While others are twittering away Christmas tutorials and doing December Crafts, I’m planning a trip to the sun. And with that I’m going to create my very first Travel Journal – can’t really decide what I’m most excited about. The going away or the journaling and documenting the going away…

Egypten // Egypt books
When visiting the library I get a first taste of the country I’m visiting. It’s flavors and sounds are yet to come…

My Travel Journal Folder (Copyright Hanna Andersson)
I’ve dug through my big paper stash and taken out the papers I want to use in my Travel Journal, a kind of Art Journal for writing a lot while away – or at least that’s what I’m thinking now. If you have any ideas or suggestions for how to go about this please let me know, I’ve never had (or made!) a Travel Journal before!

Egyptian imagery (Copyright Hanna Andersson)
I found these images torn from a science magazine in my stash of papers, they will go great in the travel journal!

I am very inspired by Mary Ann Moss of the blog Dispatch from LA (see links below to her own Travel Journal and classes), so I’m going to sew my pages together in some fashion. That’s my plan so far, and to add in lots of pages for writing. I’m not taking my ordinary Art Journal – or my diary! I’m just taking this and hoping to add lots to it during the week I’m away.

Spreading the papers out (Copyright Hanna Andersson)
Spreading out all the images, scrapbook papers and painted papers to sew together the pages. But that is another post coming soon.

While planning these are some links that have inspired me to create a Travel Journal…

  • Tips and Techniques to Bring Your Travel Journal Alive – an article where Kelly writes about the difference of a travel blog and a notebook to tuck things in and jot down quotes in. Interesting and inspiring read with quite a few fun traveling prompts for journaling.
  • Pure Experimentation online class with Mary Ann, where she teaches people how to make a book much like her own travel journals with stitching and paper. I haven’t taken a class with her but I sure want to. Just looking at her photos of papers and journals is inspiration to me!
  • Lisabon Travel Journal images by Mary Ann Moss. Lots of fun pages!
  • Italy Travel Journal images by Mary Ann Moss, another travel journal shared online. Yay!
  • Crazy Quilt paper – at Rambling Rose blog, it”s about how to emptying your scrap box and sewing papers together to make lager sheets, also see her Happy n’ scrappy post. Sewing papers is so much fun!
  • I was watching Traci Bautista using her decoupage glue and making a very neat little journal on these videos below the other day. Oh my goodness, these videos are So Darn Inspiring to watch! I’m drooling over here, wanting to Create at Once!
  • Not journal inspiration, but still worth checking out: My friend Maria has created a cute monster and the most amazing wood carved Christmas candle holders. They are simply beautiful.

And some videos you just have to watch;

In the first video Traci Bautista makes decoupage with her own painted background pages cut to squares and glues them to cardboard. In the second part (below) she cuts it in half and makes a journal with a tape spine and unevenly folded papers. It looks very easy and fun.

So, let me know your thoughts on traveling + journaling below. Thanks!