I can’t believe this is actually happening.  I started the Job’s Journal Instagram account back on September 6th, 2015, with hopes of keeping a diary or log of sorts, of my calligraphy and journaling journey.  Around the summer of 2015, I decided to pick up a new hobby that I could pursue in South Korea, since I planned to move from Canada to Korea for work that summer.  I wanted to have a hobby or activity that I could improve on during my time in Korea.



At the time I purchased a Midori Traveler’s Notebook, I also stocked up on a whole bunch of dip pen calligraphy supplies.  I photo-sep-15-12-44-45-pmintended to use my traveler’s notebook as a simple agenda and calendar, but upon receiving my new notebook, I quickly became engrossed with the Midori community and the wonderful art and journaling spreads that people create in their notebooks.  If you scroll through my Instagram account, you can see that my first few posts were dedicated to calligraphy and lettering, but if you scroll a bit more, you can see my interest shift to art journaling in my traveler’s notebook.


It’s amazing to see how much this little Instagram project has grown so much in a year.   I’m so grateful to have connected with so many great people around the world through Instagram.  It’s so inspiring to see so many like-minded people share the same interests and passions as you.  Everyone’s enthusiasm to create art and journal is just so infectious, and I think seeing everyone create these amazing journal spreads, paintings and calligraphy has definitely pushed me to grow creatively.


Okay, enough with this rambling.  The reason I’m here is to announce that I will be holding a little giveaway to celebrate the 20 000 follower milestone! I’ve teamed up with Colin and the wonderful folks at Eternal Leather Goods to send a natural leather traveler’s notebook in passport size to a lucky winner!



  • A handcrafted Eternal Leather Goods natural leather traveler’s notebook in Passport size (13.5 cm x 10.5 cm).



How to enter:

  • Follow @jobsjournal on Instagram
  • Follow @eternal_leather_goods on Instagram
  • Like the 20K Giveaway post on @jobsjournal account
  • Comment below this blog post, answering this question: “What is your creative goal for 2017 and how will you work towards that goal?” – Don’t forget to add your Instagram username to your comment.


  • Using Instagram accounts dedicated to giveaways will not be tolerated and any entry made with a giveaway account will not be considered for the giveaway.
  • The giveaway will close on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 9:00pm KST.
  • The giveaway winner will be chosen at random.  The winner will be announce on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 10:00pm KST.
  • This giveaway is international and includes free shipping.  As per Instagram rules, I must mention that this giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.  Contest is void where prohibited by law.

Again, I just wanted to thank you for your support and love over the past year! I cannot wait to create more and to document this journey on this blog and on Instagram.  If you would like to follow my blogging journey, please subscribe to the blog through Bloglovin’. Here’s to the next 20K and another year of creativity!



63 Comments on “20K GIVEAWAY

  1. My creative goals for 2017 is to be able to bring happiness to end customers through proper use of user experience design and interactive design. I am currently signed up for courses to obtain the certificate and will complete all the courses within 2017!

  2. My creative goal for 2017 is to create an art journal for my travels and for everyday mundane tasks. I want to improve on calligraphy and watercolor skills like Job. To buy more stationery and create a vintage art journal. @shirleychieng

  3. Iin 2017 i want to learn the art of calligraphay, as well as reborn my art skills in drawing and paintinng as i used to in the past.

  4. Congratulation on reaching 20k!!!! It has been a pleasure watching your journaling and lettering skills grow over the year!! My creative goal for 2017 is to rebrand and refocus my design business and grow it into a direction that will be both financial sustainable and creatively sustainable!! Thank you for the chance as the giveaway and congrats again!!
    Mahshed Hooshmand – @msheedo

  5. Congratulations on 20k. I’m just getting started into journaling. My goal is just to learn some simple steps by following wonderful journal inspiration like yours. @mygrandmaschair

  6. My creative goals on 2017 I wanna open store that selling art thing like scrapbook,craft , many cute sticker why I wanna open store ? Because in my country don’t have store like that 🙁
    To work my goals with work hard as well as to bring a great lover of the art and give the promotion of massive or seminars 🙂

  7. My goal for 2017 is to use creativity to document my travels. Thats the reason I work for, traveling. So lets give that leather diary the best adventurous life possible


  8. Left the job I could never love ( logistics) and now looking for uni programmes in textile design …fingers crossed – 2017 will make me the person I always wanted to become … for anyone who is looking for inspiration I recommend to spend a whole day in the museum of Natural History- believe me guys , nature has everything figured out

  9. I am new in the journalling world and I love looking at all the beautiful journals on Instagram. My creative goal for 2017 is to be able to decorate my journal like all planner addicts out there. It is nice to see everyone’s beautiful journal. I am now learning how to paint and write using a brush pen. I hope I will be able to produce beautiful work like yours and all planner addicts out there. Thank you for the opportunity to win this giveaway. My Instagram username is @newbiewee.

  10. Firstly congratulations! It’s funny my IG account is dedicated to my calligraphy and I too was recently introduced the the journalling community. My creative goals this year have been to do with my business but recently I began a journal again to process some life changes and my goal is to definitely to continue journalling and using my creative outlet a little more for my own personal development! @coldsnowinharvest

  11. My creative goal for 2017 is to practice minimalism with style. From my wardrobe, to my living space; from my planner layouts to my inner being- I want to demonstrate practicality at its best. I plan to execute this plan by holding fast to this “purist” mentality and fully trusting in this mental shift. An example would be that I used to carry around all my planner accessories – post its, washi tape, double sided tape, stamps… But then I realized that if i just started out with a blank piece of paper and pen, i could create something just as beautiful; i could shed away all excess and fluff. That’s just a physical example of purifying my creativity. I plan to become a creative minimalist from the inside out. As long as I balance out my input and output, I can achieve this goal.

  12. My creative goal for 2017 is to open an etsy shop. I know, not very original, but it would be a great financial help especially so I can go to baking school (another goal of mine is to own a cupcake shop). I practice lettering and typography everyday to be able to one day reach my goal. I’m trying to be more aware of things that inspire/motivate me- which is something I’ve never really done before. I wish everyone luck with their goals and the chance to win the giveaway!- @little_peonies_lettering

  13. Congratulations on 20K! My goal for 2017 is to establish a gastronomic blog, but first, I must research. Into the archives I go! @jjzxy

  14. My creative goal for 2017 is to learn some modern calligraphy! I was looking for a hobby to relax after a stressful day of work and a hobby I could also work at and be proud of improving on… I actually just signed up for my first calligraphy workshop for next month! >_<
    Congrats on 2k!!

  15. Congrats to having so much support on Instagram! My 2017 goal would be write and draw more plus try out more stationeries to share on Instagram and Facebook with my beloved followers ✍ pick me please haha (@christieso)

  16. Well, I want to create a embroidery fanzine mixed with screen printing, all totally handmade. I love create and love more show my work.
    My username: @neysaurusrex
    Congratulations for 20k. 🙂

  17. My creative goal for 2017 would be to expand more in my journalling, calligraphy and watercolour skills. I want to be able to create more beautiful layouts for each journal spread as well as include my own calligraphy and watercolour pieces inside to brighten it up. As obvious as it is, I need to put in a lot of hard work to practice until I’m confident and comfortable in doing it. Instagram is one of my favourite outlets for inspiration (including the @jobsjournal account!) and online tutorials are very helpful. Soon I hope my journal can inspire others who love the same things I do 🙂

  18. @trudeau88
    I would like to start sharing my wood burnings with more people as opposed to just friends and family, I would also like to used my photograph on more than wood and have started with leather. I am going to utilise social media to share my work, attend craft fairs and the local pub have said that they will display some of my work and let me know if people want to buy. Here’s hoping! 🙂 x

  19. My creative goal for 2017 would be incorporating my photography with journals. I can work towards the goal by doing a 365 challenge of photography that I can put to my journal. 🙂

    Happy 20K! Continue spreading your art! 🙂

    IG: @jojanni

  20. My creative goal for 2017 is to try to improve my drawing. I haven’t done much in the way of art since school & have found great inspiration on Instagram to give it a go. So I will be using the Internet to gain any tips & yet more inspiration to try and improve.

  21. My 2017 goal is to Eat more.Play more.Love more.Explore more.Experience more.Learn more.Feel more. ♡ I would like to meet more people and listen every different stories, explore more things and record every precious moments, records in this very special and the only mine book if I get this shiorililian

  22. My goal for 2017 is to travel more. I like to go to conventions with my friends and i want to explore more areas! Make more memories, and i hope to pick up more pretty papers, because there is more than one way to recycle, and it’s not just by trash! —luckyxturtle

  23. Congrats on reaching 20k Instagram followers! This is a beautiful traveler’s notebook. I haven’t really thought about my goal for 2017 yet, but I’d like to continue learning and practicing my watercolor art and hand lettering. I’d really like to start a blog and post regularly with some journaling videos.

  24. For 2017, I want to get into the exchange programme of the fashion design school in England. I am going to try my best to get the chance~~

  25. My creative goal for 2017 is to pick up calligraphy skills and I’m not very good and my writing is pretty ugly. I wanna practice so that I can write on my beautiful travellers notebook!
    How will I work is that I’d practice more as you can see on my instagram account : michiplans. I would buy more supplies for calligraphy but currently I’m broke. so I have to practice whatever pens or pencils I have now then probably next year I can get more supplies and I can work on it!
    Thanks for this giveaway! Actually my instagram account :michimcchicken is private and I’ve kept following you.. But then it’s private account so I used this account(michiplans) instead because this is mainly for my travellers notebook for public..

  26. Congrats for the 20k!! My creative goal for the next year is to do more journaling. I just started doing it and it really helps me to organize my life.

    Ig: caminamina

  27. My goal is to find my way back to having fun beeing creative, by painting at least seven minutes a day and one time a week painting for at least 2hours. That’s is why this journal would be perfect for me. 😉 #keepingfingerscrossedinsweden #axvarellgren

  28. My creative goal for 2017 is to make a book/collection of my poems. I will try my best to write a poem daily in pursuit of that goal.


  29. My creative goal for 2017 is not exactly creative in itself but I believe will inspire me to be more creative once I accomplish it. I hope to de-clutter my living space and room as I tend to hold onto things I don’t need. Because of all the items I feel so uninspired to do anything or to use the space to be creative. If I clear everything it will motivate me more as it will become a space that I can fully enjoy 🙂

  30. First and foremost, congrats to achieve 20K followers in insta! My goals in between 2016 till 2017 is to spear all the art ideas by using photoshop, drawing, sketching, watercolouring and taking fabulous photos !
    I hope I can improve and enhance my calligraphy and watercolouring skill by keeping research on google, youtube, instagram fellas and all the media available to obtain more creative and innovative art aspect! ♡ @gnnytan

  31. My creative goal for 2017 is to practice my calligraphy, and make progress!!!
    @hippieplannermom on instagram
    Thank you for the opportunity and congrats on your 20K.

  32. Congrats! My creative goal for 2017 is to go from architecture to graphic design. I know that the biggest hurdle is learning to work well with type. ln_itsa

  33. Hello!

    My creative goal for 2017 is to polish my sculpting ability. I want to make more realistic and detailed polymer clay crafts. As well as, to expand my crochet technique.

    Thank you so much for this opportunity. Journaling and planning has helped me so much now that I started college. My instagram username is @dayi3.

  34. Hey you.. Congrats
    My creative goal for 2017…. I always wanted to write a book.. And I’m putting some money away to make a writing course… Let’s see what happens 😉
    All the best for you
    My name in Instagram @fantasmasnolaboratorio

  35. We often spend so much time forming to-do lists that we don’t really reflect on what we have done (or at least, I do). In addition to maintaining my notebook of things, my creative challenge for 2017 is to create art around things that I have done: a twist on 30 things before 30.

    1. Oh and I suppose how: notebook. Pens. See where the journey takes me. Probably a 30-50 spread moleskin at about passport sabout or slightly larger. More specifics than that over three months ahead of time are markers for failure in my project.

  36. My creative goal for 2017 is to really get into hand lettering and letterpress printing. I’ve started to idea generate and find sources for inspiration but the push will be to making myself devote time to practice and develop the skills. @cerulean_sundries

  37. Hi Job! It’s pkitty11 from Instagram. Congratulations on reaching 20 000 followers. You are always an inspiration! My goal for 2017 is to continue journaling, do more writing and participate in all the Mission Inspiration challenges. Best wishes!

  38. My creative goa for 2017 is to make a wonderful journal of all the places I’ve been to, specifically focusing on those remote places in the Philippines, my home country. For this goal, I’m continuously researching for inspirations and drafting designs for my travel journal. You’re an awesome inspiration for me! Thank you!! ✈

  39. For 2017, i want to not only get good grades for my courses, but also get prepared,since I am going to graduate next year. to be prepared, i study hard, join work-related workshop that provided by the university, and read.books related to it. by the way, I really like you, check your instagram updates help me do my work.

  40. Yaaaaay Job! So excited for you 🙂 I’m not entering in the contest but I think my goal would be to start a new creative instagram account again!! So so proud of you x

  41. Hi Job! It’s Giddyandgiggly on IG! Congrats on 20k followers, your pages are incredible and I so look forward to your new posts! My creative goal for 2017 is to start journaling everyday, and to start filming youtube videos! Thanks for this giveaway!

  42. Congratulation on reaching 20K! It’s has been a great time since I’ve followed your Instagram and followed on your incredible work of art!! My creative goal for 2017 might isn’t that creative as others but I wish myself can travel back to South Korea again for at least a year. To reach my goal, I hope my job interview next week will done perfect so that I can gain some money first and heading to Seoul before 2018!!
    My instagram account is @polarkiki
    Thanks for this event and congrats again!!!! Yayyy!!!

  43. Hi there, first of all, I’d like to thank you for these beautiful posts on Instagram. You are one of the first instagram pages I started following 2 weeks ago, when I discovered about journalling and all the calligraphy and brushes and ahhh, so much to do with all these art and craft stuff, this is crazy. Ive literally loved all that relates to journalling ever since i saw your insta. So for 2017, I just wish to pursue this new journalling thing, and hopefully to make my next travels memorable in my journal.
    Thank you for inspiring me.
    I hope you enjoy Korea, definitely on my list.

  44. My creative goal for 2017 is dye my hair purple mixed with ash(?). actually my family doesn’t approve if I dye my hair but at least I want to dye my hair once in my life ><
    IG acc: @dailyhenny

  45. Hello,
    My creative goal is to water color something every day. I am pretty new to water colors but the only way I’m gonna get better and understand them is to use them consistently. And my Instagram name is life.as.nicki. Congratulations and cheers to many more successes.

  46. My artistic goal is to be committed to do a little something everyday to push to my artistic pursuits a little further each day. It can be watercolour painting, brush lettering, calligraphy, doodles or a sketch. All i need is a commitment of 15 mins a day. My target is to attain the 10,000 hours required for mastery in my artistic skills! Hope i can win this and propel my interests! @dec_adenceart

    1. Congratulations Cadence! You’ve won the 20K giveaway! Please check your Instagram direct messages so we can send your new notebook to you ASAP! Thank you for your support and keep creating! I’m sure you’ll create wonderful things in 2017!

  47. First of all, congrats on 20k followers! I’m a new follower, but I’m in love with all your posts already.

    My creative goal for 2017 is to raise my son as best as I can. I hope to be efficient, smart, loving, and a fun mom to my son (due this October 2016). I also want to commemorate all the special moments in my little one’s life, so journaling would be a fantastic outlet for this, providing I can find the time and energy to do so! Haha!

    IG account: @bonimutyam

  48. Congrats on the milestone! My creative goal for 2017 is definitely to take my book blog seriously, as well as my bookstagram account. I want to write proper reviews, try my luck at requesting for review copies and also to improve my photography and editing for my bookish photos!

  49. Congratulations!
    I love your Instagram account very much! It had given me lots of inspirations!
    My creative goal of 2017 is quite simple actually. Since I am a newbie in journaling, my goal is to complete a full notebook of 365 days! I will spare some time everyday to work on this and allow myself to escape from busy life a little bit.
    I also want to travel around the city that I live to find out more of its beauty, and sketch it down of course!
    Hope I can see more of your posts and shares!

    My Instagram account: metheinvisible

  50. My creative goal of 2017 is to bring my travelers notebook to visit its hometown,Japan.I would like to visit Traveler’s Factory in Naka-meguro and buy myself a special midori charm (maybe some masking tapes as well).In order to achieve this goal, i will work hard to earn money so that i can buy a lot of pretty stationeries there!

    Congratulations on your achievement!hope to see more posts from you in future!!


  51. My creative goal for 2017 is to create a more colorful & inspiring everyday journaling. My IG is @peacefulspes.
    Congrats on 20k followers.
    You deserve it ^_^

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