Custom Journal Process


If you’ve been curious about the idea of a custom project, but aren’t sure where to start… this is the blog post for you!

Here’s a look at the cycle of a custom journal project:

And here are a few things to keep in mind about the process:

  • Each project is unique. We have some general pricing guidelines, but we’ll make an exact quote that aligns with your project’s unique specifications.

  • Your timeline will also be unique. While we recommend you allow 2 weeks for designwork and 4 weeks for printing and shipping, we are sometimes able to complete a job more quickly, depending on its complexity, order quantity, and shipping location.

  • You’re working with a human, not a computer. To provide the exact journal you’re looking for, we work one-on-one with you to make your ideas a reality. On a practical note, we are based in Alaska and operate on Alaska time (one hour behind Pacific time).

  • Can I see the templates before I get started? Absolutely! Drop us a line or fill out our custom quote form and we will send you a link to our template pack, with over 250 pre-designed spreads. That’s over 500 pages!

  • I have a lot of ideas, but I’m not sure where to get started. Here are two easy places: 1. Purchase a copy of “Lord, Teach Us To Pray” and we’ll give you $8 off your custom order. Or, 2. download this custom project brainstorming PDF (print it double-sided, and flip the page on the short edge).


Let’s chat! Fill out this form for a custom quote, or contact us to learn more about the process.

Our Lady of the Rosary

Blog, Reflections

To be honest, as much as I love Mary, I don’t love praying the rosary.

I get distracted midway through, and feel guilty when I lose my place. I like the idea of the prayer, and I ask Mary to pray for me, but the rosary has never really been my thing.

I wrote the Rosary Companion Journal for these very reasons: to help me pray better, with more intentionality.

This journal has a variety of sections, to pray the rosary in different ways:

  • Write your own Intercessions: sections to write tailored meditations on each mystery. Use these spaces to reflect on scripture, creative interpretations, or modern issues that parallel the mysteries.
  • Write your own petitions. For each mystery (or even for each bead!), plan your intentions. I think this method is especially helpful way to keep me focused, when I’m praying for things I care for most.
  • Write your own interjections. In each Hail, Mary, add a specific Marian trait: “Holy Mary, Mother of God and Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.” “Holy Mary, Mother of God and Virgin most pure, pray for us.” This can also be done with Jesus’s name: “Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, King of the Universe.”

Mary’s “Fiat” is an example to all of us: we are called to say “yes” to God, to be open to his plan for our lives.

On this the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, let’s thank Mary for her selflessness and her commitment to Our Lord.

Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

FREE Weekly Planner Printables

Blog, Planners

It’s the beginning of a new school year, and we’re all gearing up for another crazy season. Are you ready?

If not, keep reading.

I was reasonably well organized at my last job with the help of my Bullet Journal, but when I switched jobs this summer, I just couldn’t keep up with all the projects and deadlines and timelines. It was too much to track, and too much work to make so many pages so quickly.

Sure, I could buy a planner for a couple bucks from the store. But none of them fit me. None of them had everything I wanted.

So, as any reasonable girl would do, I went to Pinterest.

There were millions of options, as Pinterest tends to provide, but I began curating content that fit my style, and stumbled across the Traveler’s Notebooks, or the Midori system.

I’d looked at this system before; it looks so cute put together!… But I didn’t want to invest a ton of money on building a system I may or may not like or use.

I’d rather not spend any money, to be honest.

So I created my own version of a Traveler’s Notebook, in a desktop size: plain old 8.5×11 inch paper!

No cutting, no waste, no new expenses.

Everybody has plain old printer paper on hand. It costs practically nothing, and it’s a good size.

I made a cover out of some extra leather we had in our stock, and I used elastic string to run a few bands up and down the spine.

Print, fold, insert, go.

That’s my kind of timeline.

And I think this could work for you, too.

Because I love this system so much, I’m going to let you try out my printables for free! No mailing list, no email, no strings attached!

Download and print your very first journal insert here.

Here’s what you need to know about it:

  • Use letter-sized paper (8.5″x11″).
  • Print it double-sided (and have it flip on the short edge!)
  • Most printers are able to handle 0.25″ margins, so there should be no need to “fit” or “scale” this page. It’s made to print in its original, actual size.
  • Fold the booklet in half, and you’re ready to go for the next 2 weeks! If you want more weeks, simply print multiple copies and nest them inside each other.
  • Share this website with your friends if they want a copy, too! All I ask is that you link back to this original website.

After developing my first printable, I’ve made over 60 pages of printable resources to fit my needs. I’m looking forward to sharing them with you over the next few weeks.

I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me. Because we’re all crazy busy, and we need to stick together.

I’m rooting for you!

Sacred Heart & Immaculate Heart coloring page

Art, Blog, Coloring Pages

I’ve always wanted to design my own coloring book, so this is a step in the right direction: a good learning curve.

As Pope Saint John Paul II said:

“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.”

That’s been my goal with these creative ventures: to develop these talents God gave me.

Click to download this free sheet: Download the Sacred Heart Immaculate Heart PDF

Sacred Heart Immaculate Heart

Who owns the extra clothing in your closet?


The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.” (source)

I’ve been thinking about this quote from St. Basil the Great lately… specifically in the clothing area. I have a surprising amount of clothes that I don’t like or don’t fit properly; why don’t I give them away?

This quote, paired with a minimalist-style desire for less “stuff” in my life, led to the ultimate overhaul of my entire wardrobe.

As I was sorting things, I was having a philosophical discussion with myself (as often happens when I’m home alone; the cat is not much of a conversationalist). Here’s the question:

Why do we give less fortunate people our junk?

The initial answer seems obvious: they don’t have much, so they’ll be grateful for whatever we give them. But what kind of attitude is that? Do I think the invisible “they” don’t know any better and don’t realize they’re getting my junk?

Now, let me add that I come from a very secondhand and thirdhand family… we love Goodwill and thrift stores, and about 90% of my clothing is already secondhand. I’m not a spendy gal. But! We as a community of privileged need to change our attitude.

There were several times I caught myself holding back on donating a dress or pair of shoes… “I paid a lot of money for that! I should hang on to it!” …even though it doesn’t fit and I haven’t worn it in 3 years.

Why should I keep that dress from those who are less fortunate? They are humans just like me and deserve nice things for nice occasions- maybe a wedding or funeral dress? …Does it even matter?

A second excuse I used for keeping clothing was this: “Second-Cousin-Once-Removed-Euphronia-Fitzherbert gave me that top. I should hang on to it.”

The real question I should ask is this: would sweet little Mrs. Fitzherbert be offended if that shirt was given away and worn by someone who needs it multiple times a month (or week!), or would she prefer that it hangs in the closet for another 2 years until I decide that a lime green turtleneck just isn’t going to come back in style?

I had to break the hearts of a few distant relatives today, but they are no worse off for not knowing and I can clear my conscience. It’s something I plan to focus on as I get the rest of the house in order: how can I give from my surplus, instead of just my excess?


What are you holding on to that a neighbor needs? Food? A pair of shoes? Spending money? In what areas of your life are you being challenged to surrender your “wants” in order to help the needs of another?

(Author’s note: this post was originally published on one of my other blogs. I’m bringing my best work here, to showcase it and share it a little further).