Statement
This website and blog 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 am not into religion. 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, ever discriminate for any reason, religious or otherwise. May you always feel welcome here!


Copyright
All content on this website belongs to me (Tonya) at Scratchmade Journal.

Nothing on this site, in part or full, may be copied, redistributed, reposted, or claimed as your own. Copying all or any portion of text or images and republishing online or in online or print format without prior consent is illegal and punishable by law.

Sharing a link with a grabbed image via social media (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc) is totally fine. Word of mouth is much appreciated, plus I'm happy my work spoke to you, so thanks!

Downloads and printables are for personal, single use only and may NOT be copied, distributed, altered, shared, or sold for any reason in any form or media without express permission from the owner of this website. Please do NOT share the original PDF or a direct link to the download. Sharing a link or pin to the original post where the printable or download is mentioned is just fine. Also, please limit printables, free or paid, to one per household. Please refer family & friends to Scratchmade Journal so they can download their own.

If you would like to use or republish any content on this site, please ask permission via the contact form.

Product and store policies are located here.


Commissions & Commercial Licensing
I do not offer commissionable or licensed artwork at this time, and I retain all 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 affiliates are...

Cheap Joe's: I proudly serve as a Cheap Joe's Ambassador, and it's an honor to support and promote this locally-owned company. All this means is that I may receive a small discount on in-store purchases from Cheap Joe's, and I may occasionally receive products for use or review.

Jackson's Art: Jackson's has always been my go-to place for many EU and U.K. brands because they make so many of these brands more affordable and accessible. Plus, they offer unique items, excellent service, and fantastically cheap international shipping. Your purchase at Jackson's through my links helps support my work (and art supply bill) so thanks!

Da Vinci Paints: It's an honor to share this producer of exceptionally fine paints, and their watercolors comprise a huge portion of my palette. Again, shopping through my links to Da Vinci doesn't cost you any additional money but does provide my frugal family with highly-valued pocket change.

Amazon: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Your purchase through any Amazon links helps support my work, so many 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.

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.

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.

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.

A few of the many reasons for U.S. only 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. In addition, winning entry of "subscriber only" giveaway must be from a subscriber who is active before the giveaway begins and remains active until the time a winner is randomly chosen.


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