Secret Diary Journals: The Haunted Asylums Series

Secret Diary Journals: The Haunted Asylums Series

Just sharing a sampling of photos from the Haunted Asylum secret diary journals line. The photos for books pictured were compiled from an exploration into St. Albans Sanatorium in Radford, Virginia.

The interior photo is of St. Albans Sanatorium in Radford, Virginia.

The interior photo is of St. Albans Sanatorium in Radford, Virginia.

Hydrotherapy - St. Albans Sanatorium, Radford, VA.

Hydrotherapy - St. Albans Sanatorium, Radford, VA.

Rooftop lounging - St. Albans Sanatorium, Radford, Virginia

Rooftop lounging - St. Albans Sanatorium, Radford, Virginia

Interior of a Handmade Haunted Asylums Journal, featuring photos from St. Albans Sanatorium in Radford, Virginia.

Interior of a Handmade Haunted Asylums Journal, featuring photos from St. Albans Sanatorium in Radford, Virginia.

Exploring St. Albans Sanatorium, Radford, Virginia.

Exploring St. Albans Sanatorium, Radford, Virginia.

Walking the haunted halls of St. Albans Sanatorium, Radford, Virginia.

Walking the haunted halls of St. Albans Sanatorium, Radford, Virginia.

The writing on the wall (or a closet door, rather). Who are you? Are you sane? Messages inside St. Albans Sanatorium, Radford, Virginia. 

The writing on the wall (or a closet door, rather). Who are you? Are you sane? Messages inside St. Albans Sanatorium, Radford, Virginia. 

The Story - by Jamie Davis Whitmer

Once upon a time, a younger version of myself set off on an adventure to explore abandoned insane asylums and prisons.  My first book, Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums was born. But there were still stories to tell. Somehere deep within the innards of an abandoned insane asylum in the Northeastern United States, I made a discovery...

A handmade patient’s journal, taped and stapled together using a culmination of whatever materials were available during art therapy. There were envelopes, photos, and assorted charms hidden within the book.

What you hold in your hands is a copy inspired by the original patient’s journal. Peppered by color photos taken during the course of my own explorations into abandoned asylums and prisons, the journal also features envelopes for holding your treasures (one has been started for you). I have upcycled hardcover books and given them new life with each creation, making each journal a truly one-of-a-kind handmade book.

I hope that it inspires you to document a chapter in your own journey. Create some madness. Make something for yourself. Escape the prison of your own mind. Write your own book. 

 

 

Morning Pages or Meditation?

Morning Pages or Meditation?

Secret Diary Journals Now With Graph Paper!

Secret Diary Journals Now With Graph Paper!