Thursday, June 26, 2014

Have Journal, Will Travel

You might remember from this post that we took a Caribbean cruise from New Orleans in March.  I was so inspired on that trip that I tried to bring some of that inspiration to my art.  It's an ongoing process.

What I didn't mention was that I created a journal especially for that trip.  I got the idea from Mary Ann Moss over at Dispatch From LA.  I love her blog so much.  I love her style, and her art journal pages are gorgeous.  Anyway, she mentioned that she creates a journal for each trip she takes.  I also have a travel journal, but it's one with multiple trips in it.  I've love keeping it, but was intrigued by the idea of having a dedicated journal for our cruise.

Following Mary Ann's lead, while also staying true to my own style, I fashioned a new journal for our trip.  I included lots of pockets for adding postcards and other treasures found along the way in NOLA and our cruise ship ports.  In my everyday journals I add words and phrases that inspire me our make me laugh, so I created some of my favorite travel words and phrases such as: journey, get away, day trippin', room service, and lots more.  I typed them up on vintage ledger paper with my rickety old typewriter then cut them out.

I just finished adding all of my photos to my journal, and writing a little bit about each photo. I felt a bit behind in that task, but then realized when I was doing it that it was a really fun way to relive our trip.

In any event, the journal is finished now, and I know I'll visually enjoy our cruise over and over again.

We leave for Boston tonight, and I've decided to do a journal for that trip, too.  The multi-trip travel journal may be shelved for now in favor of the trip-specific travel journal.  How do you document your adventures?  I'd love to know.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Magpie Journals

I love a journal.  I always have documented my life in some way, in a diary, an art journal, a writing notebook, or a scrapbook.

Earlier this year, I experimented with some different formats for my daily journaling practice, and came up with what I call the Magpie Journal.  It's a journal with plenty of pages for writing in the morning, but also has different pockets and flaps to insert photos from my day, movie ticket stubs, postcards, or other shiny treasures I collect throughout my day.

I recently completed several.

As Oscar Wilde said, "I never travel without my diary.  One should always have something sensational to read on the train."

I love that.  And the Magpie Journals certainly would make awesome travel journals.

Each is a one-of-a-kind handcrafted original.

Inside there are 50 sheets of paper, including assorted vintage papers, ledger pages and manuscript papers, re-purposed security envelope pockets, assorted scrapbooking papers, a postcard, a collaged tag (handmade by yours truly), and lots of other doo-dads like tags, stickers, flashcards, labels, tickets, ribbons, flags, and more.

These journals are the perfect starting point: they're filled with inspiration to get you going, and have plenty of blank pages to do your own thing.  A fun and simple way to document your everyday life, or to create a keepsake for someone else.  Or, as previously mentioned, to use in Oscar Wilde fashion on the train.