Handmade Journals
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Just My Type creates one-of-a-kind, handmade journals from upcycled materials. Journals, sketchbooks and planners are refillable with soft-cover inserts.


Just My Type features the bookbinding creativity of Donna Erickson from Missoula, Montana. Growing up on a ranch near Missoula, Donna has always loved working with her hands. She’s a maker, fixer-upper, and re-user. The rural background fostered a sensitivity to aged, worn materials. 


Donna is a mixed-media artist, bookbinder and art journaler who loves color, texture and all things paper. She learned bookbinding at Hollanders in Ann Arbor, Michigan 18 years ago and has since built hundreds of journals, sketchbooks and planners.

From her studio in Missoula, Donna is highly active, not only with Just My Type but with gardening, hiking, ‘junking’ of all kinds, watercolor painting, and writing. Working at Skyline Ranch, where she grew up, keeps her in shape and reveals new materials for her art.

Just My Type regularly participates in juried arts and vintage shows.  The work has been featured at The Prairie Sisters and Little Red Truck vintage markets as well as several Made Fair shows in Missoula and Helena.  

Just My Type work is distinctive, partly due to the use of upcycled and vintage materials—wood, leather, game boards, discarded books, vintage papers, junk mail, fabrics, music scores, and more. The list of recycled treasures is almost endless.  In addition, cover designs are one-of-a-kind, featuring original inked designs. The books are uniquely beautiful, functional and innovative.

Inside each hand-bound book, you will find vintage, upcycled, hand-painted, and/or new papers, including sketch paper, art papers, maps, wallpaper, vellum and unusual paper ephemera. The books make wonderful gifts. They can be used as travel journals, planners, day books, list-keepers, scrapbooks, or sketchbooks.

Having spent nearly two decades working in academia, Donna has a passion for teaching.  She occasionally offers classes in bookbinding and mixed-media art journaling.