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Handmade Art Journal Mini Course

Handmade Art Journals + Prompts + Creative Inspiration

This is a mini version of the yearlong bookmaking and art journaling course that ran from January 1 to December 31, 2016. This version is designed to give you a taste of what we do in the 12 month version. It includes video tutorials, downloadable PDFs and loads of inspiration to help you along your creative journey.

The 2016 version of the class is called -- The Journey Within: A Year of Handmade Art Journals -- and includes lessons and tutorials from Kiala Givehand and 18 other teaching artists. To sign up for the yearlong journey, CLICK HERE. There are also four quarterly version for $40 each if you'd prefer a smaller chunk of time and fewer projects to try. CLICK HERE to see the quarterly versions.


Your Instructor


Kiala Givehand, Ed.S., M.F.A.
Kiala Givehand, Ed.S., M.F.A.

Hello Beautiful Creative You!
I'm happy you're here.

I'm Kiala Givehand, a mixed media book artist, creative business strategist, and workshop leader originally from Florida, temporarily living in Northern Georgia (by way of Oakland, California), where I reside with my husband, Damon.

For almost 20 years, I taught English, Language Arts, and Creative Writing at every level, while simultaneously traveling the U.S. delivering workshops and presentations to educators. While I still travel occasionally to work with teachers and writers, I now enjoy working one-on-one and in small groups with students, teachers, artists, writers, and creative entrepreneurs who want to identify their passions so they can embrace their gifts and talents through the empowered expression of their deepest desires. I do this work as a Creative Business Strategist because I love helping others find the thing that fills them with joy.

I've done a lot of things in my short 40+ years on this planet, but I'm most proud of raising my nephew Treavor, and listening to my inner wisdom by doing the things that make me come alive. Constructing handmade books and art journals is one of those things that allow me to feel A L I V E!!! And I'd love to have you join me on this journey. CLICK HERE if you want to see a gallery of some of my art journal pages.

I cherish every single day and treat life as one amazing adventure. I play with paint and watercolor, fold paper into books, write poetry, short fiction, & creative non-fiction, and sometimes I blog. But always, every single day, I journal and do something that I feel is creative. Oh!! And did I mention that I'm the proud owner of a fabulous collection of fountain pens? (I know. Geek alert!)

Join me and let's create something beautiful, TODAY!!


Class Curriculum


  December Mini Course Introduction
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  Making The Book
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course space opens on November 28 and registration ends on December 24th! If you purchase the course between those dates, you'll have forever access to it. You can work at your own or play along with us from start to finish in December. Our live (but virtual) session will be held on December 13, 2015 at 2:30PM Eastern Time.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Do I have to make the handmade art journal?

Absolutely not!! If you want to work in a purchased journal, you can. I do encourage you to try making your own though. The one in this class is really easy to make and there is something magical about making your own journal and filling it with you ideas and images. Looking back on it once it's done can be empowering.

When is the live session?

The live session will be on Sunday December 13, 2015 at 2:30PM Eastern Time. You will get information to access the live session once you register.

Who are the guest teachers for this class?

This mini version of the longer 2016 class doesn't have any other teachers. Just me (Kiala). I'll teach you to make your book and share my creative process for a few page spreads. You'll also get the monthly of prompts and inspiration.

I've never made a handmade book. What supplies do I need?

The supply list for the book we will make this month is simple. Here's what I will be using:

1. 8 Sheets of Canson XL Mixed Media Paper 11 x 14

2. 1 Sheet of Canson XL Mixed Media Paper 18 x 24

3. Paper cutter

4. Wide-eye needle

5. Sturdy dental floss (or waxed linen thread)

6. Awl (or a pushpin)

7. Jumbo paper clips or bulldog clips or binder clips

8. Self-healing cutting mat

9. Bone folder

10. Pencil

11. Ruler

12. OPTIONAL -- small beads, charms, or buttons

** I always share my favorite materials, tools, and brands, but I also encourage you to USE WHAT YOU HAVE and make it work.

What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days and we will give you a full refund.

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