Have you ever thought your story deserves a book but didn’t know where to start? In my latest online course The Book of You you will learn about techniques and strategies for making and keeping a visual diary: a place to illustrate your memories and record your present, making a book that is a witness to you and your life, both the adventurous and the everyday. (Click here to see the course!)

If you have any doubts about whether you need to be making a book of you, imagine if your grandmother had kept a book like this, full of  visual notes about her shoes, the food she enjoyed, who she met, her home – its rooms and furniture, where she enjoyed walking and why, the music she liked, adding her to-do lists and her thoughts. Can you imagine what a treasure this would be? Well now you are going to make one for yourself.

Inside this course are ideas, prompts, and practical instruction on how to start your book and make pages that are fun and interesting: a visual library of your experiences and memories. We will cover:

  • Choosing and preparing a book
  • Suggested supplies
  • What’s in a portable art kit
  • How to use found papers
  • Adding pockets to store loose cards and papers
  • Using water solubles, stencils, ink and other mixed media to build up your pages visually
  • Easy, no-fail ways to trick yourself into adding drawing and painting to your pages
  • Adding maps
  • Lettering and adding your words
  • Adding borders, frames, and mark making to pull your pages together
  • Flip throughs of my illustrated diaries for ideas
  • Written prompts to get you jumpstarted

The course has 2 hours and 45 minutes of instruction and over 45 minutes of video flip throughs. All lessons are downloadable to watch on the go. Cost is $75 usd. Just click here to go on over to Thinkific and start making your pages.


Here are some happy journal makers weighing in:

“I enjoyed your course so very much! The way you organized the content and demonstrated techniques has given me a shot of confidence and inspiration.” – Sandy

“Kelly’s classes are inspiring and motivating. Kelly also gives great pep talks.” – Lois

“Your encouragement re drawing is terrific and so needed. Helps give me the courage to just open the book and do it.” – Helene