Journaling & a giveaway…

November 20, 2011

Gadanke Journals…

We only have 6 more weeks until Christmas.  Can you believe that?  I am not even close to starting my shopping, but I have at least one gift checked off my list.  Its a very special set of journals for my teenager. The teenage years are such an emotional time that they need somewhere to keep their thoughts! What a better place than a journal!!  

 My friend Katie makes Gadanke journals.  I truly believe that “handmade” is better than “boxed up” gifts.  This is one great handmade gift!  You can also use for your spouse or boyfriend (journal your special times with them and give it to them as a gift), prayer journal, holiday memories, vacation memories, pregnancy, and so much more. They are great keepsakes. 

What are Gadanke journals?

– They’re for people who say they never know what to write about. Gadanke journals have lots of writing prompts to help keep the ball rolling. 
– The journals are small, so they fit in your purse. A lot of women take them to the coffee shop. You could even journal sitting in the carpool lane! 
– The books give you a place to put your stuff. Date night movie ticket stubs? Vacation postcards? Paste them in or open the loose bindings and pop ’em in.
– And for those who wish they were craftier or want crafting to be easier and more fun, the tags, envelopes and cool papers in the journals help bridge the gap and inspire you to start embellishing your pages.

A very special Gadanke Journal GIVEAWAY!

 One lucky winner will receive a journal of your choice.

 To enter, visit the Gadanke shop and come back here to tell which journal you’d love to have for celebrating your stories  If you have another question or anything, that’s totally fine, too. You can ask it here.

Extra entries:
 If you like to enter extra entries for the giveaway:

Follow Gadanke on Twitter:
Like Gadanke on facebook
Subscribe to Gadanke blog

Good Luck to everyone.  The giveaway starts now and ends at 11:59 pm on November 23rd.

About Gadanke…

Gadanke’s motto
: Celebrate your story!

Document who you are and what you crave and believe. Handmade journaling products at Gadanke are filled with creative writing prompts and tidbits to make you think (and laugh!). These baby books, prayer journals, travel books, and diaries make your writing process more meaningful and fun! Plus they’re totally eco-savvy with 100% recycled papers.

 If you’re interested, here’s a piece of Katie’s story…
A couple of years ago, NPR’s StoryCorp was in town. It was also my grandma’s 90th birthday.The two of us decided to hop into the recording studio to capture some pieces of her story. I had all sorts of prompts to help her with her story telling. (I was always the listener, the one who asked question after question.) The only problem? My grandma couldn’t remember. Too much time had passed.

Later, my dad turned to me and said, “Katie, I need you to write down your story.” I knew he wished he had his mom’s stories. So I started writing. I started wondering about all of the other women who have stories deep inside of them, and I started thinking about how my tendency to just listen and ask could help put those stories onto paper. Gadanke was born with fabulous writing prompts and recycled papers. I feel so lucky to be living my dream!

A tourists journal in Berlin, Germany

Because she likes lists…

Autumn Apple Picking Cider Making Food Journal Entry

Visit Gadanke’s website {here}.

121 comments on “Journaling & a giveaway…

  1. Mommyblogger says:

    Such a fun idea- I’d definitely choose “love letter”. I’d love to have this as a gift for the hubby 🙂

  2. These are lovely. I would choose one of the She journals.

  3. Kendall says:

    I love the “Become” journal. That would be a great one to have for a starter 🙂

  4. How lovely,
    I think the love letter journal or the seeking grace journal… or both 🙂

  5. I love the “You Are Loved” Baby Book – such a fun alternative to the traditional baby book.

  6. The Real Me! says:

    Those journals are so cute! I REALLY like this one. {She: Me, My Heart, My World} ~ Personal Journal 1.1 in the Silver Lining color.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. The Real Me! says:

    I like her on FB. I was looking at some of the people’s journals and they really are cute!

  8. Heather says:

    I really like the “She: Me, My Heart, My World” — although all of them are really cute!

  9. Heather says:

    I am a fan of Gadanke on FB 🙂

  10. I would love to have the prayer journal. I pray so much better when I write it down, and it’s fun to look back on. These are neat!

  11. I like Gadanke on Facebook.

  12. I subscribed to the Gadanke blog.

  13. Amy says:

    I am having a hard time choosing between the Love Where We Live and Taste (the food & recipe journal).

  14. Amy says:

    I subscribed to Gadanke blog.

  15. Me Befuzzled says:

    I’d pick the orange “something serious with something silly” journal- so lovely!

  16. Me Befuzzled says:

    I liked Gadanke on facebook

  17. terri says:

    I would choose the “Love Where You Live” journal. My husband and I recently moved to a very rural town in southwest Va. and I’ve yet to fall in love with this area. I think this journal might put me on the right path though 🙂

  18. Jessi says:

    This is an AWESOME giveaway. For real. I’m in love with the ‘Become’ journal though all of them are amazing.

  19. Me Befuzzled says:

    And I followed that blog 🙂

  20. SewLindaAnn says:

    I really like the Seeking Grace journal. Perfect for those special thoughts and prayers during the day.

  21. Jessica says:

    i’d love the kids journal for my neice or the seek grace one for me!

  22. Jennifer says:

    Would love the seeking grace in turquoise for myself and the jump up for my kids. Love her journals!

  23. Jennifer says:

    Liked Gadanke on FB!

  24. Jennifer says:

    Subscribed to her blog, too!

  25. Leslie says:

    I like the jump up journals for kids!

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  26. Tiffany Good says:

    I love the something serious with something silly – I am constantly makings lists or writing & rewriting thing down – it’d be fun to use the prompts to make even more lists! I think I’d be even more inclined to get my lists complete in the day if I had this cute notebook!

  27. i love the love letter one 🙂 so cute!

  28. Tanya F says:

    Following blog

  29. Tanya F says:

    I would love several of these… Become, Something Serious with Something Silly, Love, Prayer… Hard to choose – I think these are great as reminders to use our minds more and to provide memories & insight for family mbers beyond our days.

  30. Tanya F says:

    Also pinned on Pinterest… Does that count? 🙂

  31. I was just looking at these last week! I would love the Become journal in magenta ink.


  32. I liked Gadanke”s Fb Page 🙂


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  33. Staceybug says:

    I really like the {Journey} ~ Travel Journal. I just moved to TX from CA and we are just starting our journey to settle here in TX. This would be a fun way to document it.

  34. I subscribed to her site 🙂 I already read her blog but now I am officially subscribed!


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  35. following Katie on Twitter 🙂


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  36. LMB says:

    {Become} ~ Diary for Finding Your Direction seems the best place for me to start right now. I am taking a wellness class; learning to make better choices, eat better, live better. So many doors are opening inside of me right now that I need to get myself thru. This would be a good place to organize those thoughts.

  37. tina says:

    My daughter would love the Something serious with something silly doodle one.

  38. Abbie says:

    These are so cute! I would want to get a Love Letter Journal. I think that is the greatest idea ever! 🙂

  39. Bailey says:

    Something Serious With Something Silly would make a great gift for my sister! Thanks for introducing us to these, they are great!

  40. Bailey says:

    I like Gadanke on Facebook.

  41. MagenRanae says:

    I’d pick the prayer journal!

  42. MagenRanae says:

    I liked Gadanke on Facebook.

  43. Katie says:

    I love the Seeking Grace journal.

  44. Elissa says:

    Love them! I would pick she!

  45. Shannan says:

    Subscribed to the blog and liked on Facebook. I love several of the journals but for right now the Become journal would be the best.

  46. Sandy says:

    I love to keep records of events and thoughts–and with the Holiday so close the “Joy to the
    World” would be perfect…

  47. Carter Clan says:

    I love those journals. Love where you live is my favorite!!

  48. I would pick something serious with something silly.

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  49. Sheri says:

    I would love the something serious with something silly journal too cute! I liked on facebook and twitter and I’m not sure how to follow a blog but i saved her site in my favorites…. Thanks!

  50. I’m following on twitter.

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  51. I like them on facebook.

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  52. Ashley says:

    I love these journals! I love the Christmas one. This year my daughter is 3 so we are doing lots of activities to countdown December. I also am following on facebook and subscribed to her blog!

  53. Lori-Anne says:

    It’s a toss up between the Grace Prayer Journal & the She is…..both are favs!

  54. The Journey travel journal is my favorite. 🙂

  55. Oh my gosh! I love several of these little journals. I am having a hard time deciding between the She: Me, My Heart, My World} ~ Personal Journal 1.1 AND the travel journal AND the love letter book. So many cute journals, oh my! :o)

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  56. I am now following you on twitter! :o)

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  57. Destiny says:

    Oh my! I love these journals! How can you pick just one? I love them all… I really like the Love Where We Live and Christmas Journal because my husband and I could do it together. Or the Love Letters so I can give him a little love letter. The Little Things would be great to use on my commute to work. Oh my, how can I choose just one????

  58. Destiny says:

    I liked Gadanke on Facebook

  59. Destiny says:

    I’m following Gadanke with Google reader.

  60. I would choose She. in coral orange. Great idea! Thank you for sharing!

  61. I am following via Google Reader.

  62. Lizzie says:

    I love the You are loved baby journal

  63. Julie G. says:

    Taste of food…of life in Capri blue. What a beautiful way to start a recipe collection.

  64. Julie G. says:

    Following on Facebook too!

  65. Sara says:

    I need the Baby journal! Such an awesome idea!

  66. Sara says:

    I subscribed to Katie’s blog.

  67. Lise says:

    I love the recipe and food journal

  68. Daniela says:

    I would love the You Are Loved Baby book! I really worked hard keeping up with all of my first baby’s milestones and little stories of things she did and when but now with my second it has been hard since we are extremely busy. It would be great to have a book already made up and ready to write in! Since they are close in age it could serve as a book they could both look back on 🙂 that one is definitely my favorite! The others are also great though! I’m following on twitter, liked on Facebook and following her blog as well! Such neat posts and journals!

  69. Dana says:

    OMGoodness! I love the Orange Coral She journal!! So gorgeous and fun! I love writing and pretty papers and will certainly enjoy this fabulous item!

  70. Dana says:

    I follow Gadanke on Twitter!

  71. Dana says:

    I like Gadanke on FB!

  72. Lindsay says:

    Wow! I don’t know where to start! Whether or not I win I just found Christmas gifts – You are Loved (my two girs), She (for my grandma) and Become (for me) and the Prayer one (for my dear friend).
    Following her blog now too!

  73. Casey of SMD says:

    I like the Something Serious Something Silly doodly journal! Such neat ideas!

  74. L Sawyer says:

    the “something serious with something silly” would be perfect for my niece, and the “she” one would be great for my other niece… Can see these wrapped up with iTunes gift cards!! Been looking for something simple, hip but different for tween/teen… hard age to buy for in reasonable price range!

  75. L Sawyer says:

    subscribed to makingthishome!

  76. L Sawyer says:

    following on twitter now too!

  77. L Sawyer says:

    And “liked” on FaceBook… and shared on Pinterest too!! 🙂

  78. I think a travel journal would be such a neat thing to have.

  79. carla says:

    no need to enter me—just wanted to add journaling saved my life.


  80. I would love the SHE in lime green for my teen daughter! (I want one too!! They are great!!!)

  81. I “liked” on Facebook!

  82. Leslie says:

    {Something Serious with Something Silly} ~ Doodle List is my favorite!

  83. mzeile says:

    They are all really cute but I would LOVE the prayer journal!!!

  84. Victoria says:

    I would love the Prayer Journal.
    I am trying to grow in that area of my spiritual walk and a neat prayer journal like that would help so much.

  85. Victoria says:

    Liked on Facebook!

  86. Victoria says:

    Subscribed to Blog!

  87. I love the You are Loved and the She!

  88. I liked on FB too!

  89. Kurt & Erica says:

    I would love the Adoption journal. With our story and our ever up and down emotions, it would be fantastic to have a journal to write it all down.

  90. I love the Something Serious with Something Silly~Doodle List. I think it would be a great way to record my thoughts to someday give to my daughter.

  91. natsimone says:

    Definitely the prayer journal!

  92. natsimone says:

    I liked Gadanke on facebook

  93. I love the You Are Loved baby book–especially since we are 3 months pregnant.

  94. Rebecca says:

    I love the fabric covered ones!

  95. Donna says:

    Would love the jump up for kids! My daughter is at the ‘diary’ stage. Thanks for the giveaway!

  96. Donna says:

    Liked on facebook!

  97. Donna says:

    Following through my google reader!

  98. Olya says:

    I’d love to have “Journey”!
    These are all adorable journals. Such a neat idea!

  99. Olya says:

    Liked on Facebook!

  100. Olya says:

    Also, added to the Google Reader.

  101. Melanie H says:

    Wow – really hard to choose a favorite, but I decided to choose something for ME – {She: Me, My Heart, My World} ~ Personal Journal 1.1.

    I also started following on FB and subscribed to her blog!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win

  102. I would love to win the Home Minibook! It’s definitely my favorite journal!

  103. Marji says:

    I would choose the travel journal, though any of them would be great to have.

  104. Marji says:

    I am already a follower on Twitter.
    Liked on FB.

  105. Kendall says:

    I’m following on Twitter

  106. Kendall says:

    I liked their FB page

  107. Judi says:

    Something Serious with Something Silly looks like a ton of fun. I love lists!

  108. Judi says:

    following on twitter

  109. Judi says:

    liked her on facebook

  110. Judi says:

    subscribed to the blog

  111. dani says:

    These are great! I would love to receive either the Prayer or Become journal to document my emotions from the recent loss of my dad or from leaving my job after 13 years to stay home with my boys.

  112. dani says:

    I liked Gadanke on FB

  113. What a fabulous giveaway! Thanks!

    The journals all look amazing. I’ve been meaning to start a prayer journal so I’d love the seeking grace journal.

  114. Laura says:

    I love the Seeking Grace journal! Thank you!

  115. The J9 says:

    I really liked the “Become” journal!

  116. Grace's Mom says:

    I like the She journals – but I also like the travel one as a gift for my family members who travel a lot. I’m torn!

  117. Love your Blog and I love those cute Journals. I would love love love to win the Love where you Live One. I love journaling and keeping little notes and stubs and flyers etc. Her stuff looks great. Choose Me! Keep up the good work on your Blog. Thanks

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