About Me

journaling-for-joy-handcrafted-journals-nepal-thai-paper-mary-annHi! I am Mary Ann Marszalek, and I live in the heart of the Rocky Mountains with an exuberant Bernese Mountain dog named Elsa.  Elsa, a joyful and adventurous companion, is also my teacher and role model.  She teaches me every day about the art of enjoying life, and most importantly, about the art of being a good human.

I started creating these eco-friendly journals in 2016, and consciously chose papers that are sustainably harvested or recycled.  These colorful papers are handmade and hand-marbled in Nepal and Thailand, two countries which I have visited and that hold a special place in my heart.  I remember the warm smiles and generosity of the Nepali people, living amongst the bustling and dusty streets of Kathmandu and throughout the quiet villages of the majestic Himalayas.  When I work with these papers, I reconnect to cherished memories of people, places, and experiences that warm my heart.

A few words about my logo…As the rising sun bursts forth on the horizon, birthing a new dawn and radiating brilliant promises of hope, hummingbirds feed on the nectar of the white poppy, a symbol of peace.  To me, hummingbird represents joy and resilience.  Although small in size, hummingbird migrates thousands of miles each year on his/her long journey.  I eagerly await hummingbird’s return to my garden each spring, and I love to gaze upon the brilliant iridescent plumage of blues and greens and listen to the busy humming of their wings and their cheerful chirps.  They bring a sense of joy and playfulness to my home.