This website is simply a personal site written and edited by me, the owner of Scratchmade Journal. Everything on this site (all artwork, photos, content, tutorials, opinions, reviews, deep thoughts, etc) are my own unless otherwise noted.

I started Scratchmade Journal to encourage others to pursue the joy I discovered through sketching, painting, and art journaling. This website and blog mainly focuses on nature sketching, watercoloring, and journaling infused with a love of hand lettering.

I am not a blogger, website manager, watercolorist, artist, sketcher, or teacher. I'm not even especially talented or knowledgeable. (If you've read some of my posts, you already know this.) Or maybe I'm a tiny bit of all of these things, but regardless, I am foremost a creative soul seeking to mimic the heart of her exceptionally creative Maker. And whether you recognize it or not, you are also.

I blog without obligation, only for the sole reason that I seek to share with others the many joys that have been given me.

I am a Christian, but I'm not biased. I believe that all are invited and welcome to find salvation, joy, and hope through Jesus Christ. I believe that all men and women are created as equal yet unique individuals, so therefore I will never discriminate for any reason, religious or otherwise. May you always feel welcome here!

All content on this website belongs to me (Tonya) at Scratchmade Journal. However, you may…

  • Share a post or article with an auto-generated grabbed image via social media (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc). Also, you may republish one image along with a short paragraph with a link to the original content. Nothing on this site may be republished in full, with the exception of the agreements below.

  • Share paid printables with anyone in your single-family household. Multiple copies are allowed for use with your child, sister, and/or spouse provided that they live with you full time. Besides this one exception, download links along with corresponding printables may NOT be shared, copied, distributed, altered, or sold for any reason in any form or media without my permission. If you’re interested in making multiple copies for an educational group or class, please contact me or see my educational discounts in my store.

  • Share most of my free printables under creative commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 which means you are allowed to use, copy, and share my free printables for non-commercial purposes as long as you do not change the printable, in part or whole, and give credit and link to I also grant additional permission under this license to use and share my free printables for educational purposes (e.g. for an art or nature journaling class) as long as you don’t directly profit from the printable. If you’re interested in using one of my printables for commercial reasons, please contact me. (Note: All printables that fall under this license will state so on the printable.)

I have more on artist copyrights and SJ permissions here; product and store policies are located here.

Privacy Policy
Due to GDPR regulations, I am complying and sharing this information as best I can. Please understand that I'm simply a smalltime blogger who writes this blog as a creative means. I rarely pay attention to traffic numbers, much less to data info, but here it goes...

  • My site is hosted by Squarespace; their privacy policy is located here.

  • My current newsletter host is Mailchimp; their privacy policy is located here.

  • Stripe handles my online sales; their privacy policy is located here.

  • I currently use Rafflecopter for my giveaways; their privacy policy located here.

Like most websites, my site does collect non-personally-identifying information that web browsers and servers share, such as browser type, language preference, referring site, etc. This information helps me understand how visitors use and navigate my website so I can plan and provide helpful content to my readers.

If you willingly share personal information (name, address, email, etc) at my site, I am very protective and only use your information to provide a service at your request (order fulfillment, newsletter subscription, giveaway entry, etc). I would never abuse this privilege, and I don't support companies or services who do.

As always, please take care when shopping and surfing online and never share any personal information on a site or with a person that seems suspicious or isn't verifiable. If you believe at any point that your privacy has been breached via my website, please contact me immediately.

Commissions & Commercial Licensing
I'm happy to discuss commissions for commercial or personal use. If interested, please contact me. I do not offer licensed artwork and fully retain permanent rights to all artwork, printables, images, content, etc.

Affiliate Policy
This site contains affiliate links which means I may receive a tiny commission at no cost to you if you make a purchase using an affiliate link. Not all links are affiliates. If you happen to click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, this spare change helps my frugal family, so thank you very much!

Please note that any affiliations or free product do not influence my opinions one iota. I am committed to total honesty and transparency regarding all art supplies and products. For more about the product policy, see below.

Current relationships:

Amazon: I’m a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program which is an affiliate program. All this means is that I may earn a small commission from any qualifying purchases that you make when clicking on Amazon links while at my site. Shopping through my links doesn’t cost you any extra but it helps support my work, so many thanks!

Da Vinci Paints: It's an honor to partner with this producer of exceptionally fine yet highly affordable paints, and their watercolors are what I use in my own palette. Shopping Da Vinci Paints through my links doesn't cost you any additional money but does provide my frugal family with highly-valued pocket change, so thanks!

Jackson's Art: Jackson's is my go-to store for most of my art supplies. They offer many high quality and unique items, excellent service, and fantastically affordable international shipping. Your purchase at Jackson's through my links helps support my work (and art supply bill) so thanks!

As always, exercise discernment when surfing and shopping any website. Scratchmade Journal makes no representation and is not responsible for the content of any other websites, affiliates, companies, articles, or third-party sellers.

If I recommend or link to a product or website that is disagreeable to you for any reason, please disregard my advice! However, if a link goes to questionable material or an invalid website, see the "Broken or Questionable Links" section below.

Promotional Product Policy
I purchase most of the products that you see on this blog simply for myself. I'm happy to share my experiences (good and bad) with others in the hopes that it will help readers wisely save or spend their hard-earned dollars. Any products in posts, giveaways, or any area of the blog are always paid for in full by me unless otherwise stated. For more on the giveaway policy, see below.

For companies: If you have a product or service that would be of interest to me and/or the readers of this site, let's talk! I don't accept products in exchange for reviews or promotions, but I'm happy to test products, evaluate books, etc. If I think your product or service is relevant to my readers, then I'm happy to share. All offers given to me are to be freely used as I see fit.

For readers: I occasionally receive free samples and products from companies, and I'm thankful for these extras that come my way. However, companies and distributors who are interested in sharing products with me are welcome to do so but are never guaranteed a review, promotion, or any other compensation— monetary, mention, or otherwise— and if possible, are always made aware of my honesty and integrity policy before sending any type of product.

Regardless of whether I paid for a product or not, I am 100-percent committed to sharing an honest assessment that includes both the pros and cons. Please note that my reviews and opinions are simply that— opinions. What may be a negative experience for me could be something positive for you. Or vice versa.

The bottom line: Integrity is essential to my purpose in life, to this blog, and to my belief system. I want my words to be trustworthy and true, and I promise to maintain that integrity throughout all that I do which (of course) includes Scratchmade Journal.

Giveaway Policy
All products or services in giveaways/promotions are paid for in full by me unless otherwise stated. If I receive a product or service at a discount or for free, I will disclose that information within the giveaway promotion.

To be eligible, entrant must have a valid U.S. mailing address (reasons are stated below), be a U.S. citizen age 18+ at the date of entry, and follow any additional rules stated within each individual giveaway promotion.

Giveaways start and end on Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Winner(s) will be randomly chosen and notified via entry email within 24 hours after the giveaway ends. Winner must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

Entrants may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If fraudulent methods are detected, submission(s) will be removed from eligibility. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

If a follow, subscribe, comment, or other similar rule or entry point is established, entrant must still be an active subscriber, follower, etc throughout the duration of the giveaway time period and at least 24 hours after the giveaway ends or the entrant will be disqualified from the giveaway.

Scratchmade Journal reserves full right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend any or all giveaways/promotions at sole discretion. This could include but isn't limited to fraud, acts of God, internet or computer issues, theft of promotional products, etc. Entrants agree to release and hold harmless Scratchmade Journal from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from entrant's participation in the giveaway and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof.

Entrants agree that Scratchmade Journal is not held responsible for any prize that is not received or is not received as understood. Any issues involving the shipment, delivery, receipt, quantity, quality, etc, of a product or shipment is the entrant's complete responsibility.

Winner(s) may not transfer, return, or exchange products and/or prizes. Winner(s) must also agree according to the law for their name to be published.

Promotional products are subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws. There's never a purchase or fee necessary to enter, and void where prohibited by law.

By participating, entrants agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these rules and to lawfully meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, entrants agree to accept the decisions of Scratchmade Journal and/or any sponsors as final and binding as it relates to the content.

A few of the many reasons for U.S. only giveaway/shipping requirements:
- Certain products and ingredients are banned for personal transport or shipment to certain countries.
- The cost of international shipping is often beyond the value of the giveaway items or current operating budget.
- Countries outside the U.S. have differing prize and promotional laws that prohibit many giveaways.

Subscriber-only Giveaways: Entrants to newsletter subscriber giveaways must submit to the general giveaway rules and policies above and any additional rules stated alongside the giveaway. In addition, winning entry of any subscriber-only giveaway must be an active subscriber before the giveaway begins and remain active until the time a winner is randomly chosen and notified.

Broken or Questionable Links
I try my best to maintain a pleasing and up-to-date website so you can have a good, safe experience every time you visit SJ. However, it is a very big job to keep up with it all. If you discover a broken link on my site, or especially a link that goes to an invalid, questionable, or spammy website, please contact me so I can remove it immediately. Thank you so much for taking the time to do so. I appreciate your input!

My Promise
I highly value kindness, honesty, and integrity, and it is my goal to manage a website that encourages you wherever you are in your artistic journey. It is important to me that Scratchmade Journal is a safe, fun place for anyone at any age to find valid, quality information. Any compensation received though the services of this blog will never influence the content, topics, or posts made in this blog.

Thank you very much for your support!
Tonya at Scratchmade Journal