Yvonne Blair Designs: A Blog Hop and a Sweet Giveaway!

Hey guys! I am over-the-moon excited to introduce you to some fabulous new products from my dear friend– and truly one of the sweetest people on the planet– Yvonne Blair!

I met Yvonne at Ranger U in 2011, and it took about a nanosecond for her to become family to me. She’s as talented as she is kind, too, as is apparent when you get a look at her creations. Yvonne’s new Inky Art Journals are a dream– housed between the heavy-duty chipboard covers are thick, durable manila cardstock pages that really stand up to layering paints, inks and adhesives. And, bonus– they open perfectly flat, so you can easily make full-spread layouts without breaking the book’s spine. Check ’em out on Yvonne’s website.

Of course, a journal needs some inky love to fulfill its destiny, and Yvonne has things covered there with her innovative Journal Buddy. This cool tool makes it so easy to create beautiful flowing arc lines and perfectly-spaced lists in your Inky Art Journal (or any other piece of art, for that matter).

Journal Buddy


Here’s Yvonne’s 4 x 8″ journal, all dolled up for the Christmas season. Every year, I plan to document the holidays, and every year, I realize around the 26th of December that I sort of forgot to do so. Not this year! Check out what a little Distress Paint, a gold Krylon pen, and some texture paste can do on the cover of this journal:


I made that snowy hill by tracing the upper curve of the Journal Buddy with a pencil, then filling in the area with texture paste and lots of chunky glitter:

Cover Buddy


For this retro spread inside, I used the Journal Buddy to draw two closely-spaced arcs at both the top and bottom of the page, then freehanded little stripes to combine the lines. Easy peasy! The Tim Holtz Halftone Christmas Tree looks right at home, I think.



The net spread in my Christmas-Journal-in-Progress was made by lightly tracing the upper arc of the Journal Buddy as a guide for hand lettering, and using the striped portion of the Buddy to make lines for my Playlist songs.

Line Tool


I hand wrote the title in permanent ink, then erased the penciled-in guide. I inked over the journaling lines with a dark black paint pen, and then went to town decorating. (Isn’t that Lawn Fawn Yeti stamp so stinkin’ cute??)



I’ll be adding to my journal regularly as the holidays approach, but for now, it’s time for you to check out the amazing art created by the other ladies in this blog hop.. and maybe even win an Yvonne Blair Journal and Journal Buddy of your own!

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For a chance to win, simply visit each of the blogs on our list and leave a comment.

Annette Green
Candy Colwell
Cheryl Boglioli
Cheryl Grigsby
Susan Mostek
Yvonne Blair

For your comment here, please tell me how you’d use an Inky Art Journal and Journal Buddy!

Have fun hopping, and good luck!