Hi everyone. It is just about Friday for me. Hurrah!
I had plans to make a travel journal before I left for Japan. I thought about buying a large sheet of beautiful Japanese paper for using on the cover and then I would make a more traditional Japanese style book. Like these in this next photo that I borrowed from the internet.
But I never found any paper and never made a book. Yet I didn't want to wait too long to start a journal, which might happen if I waited to find the right paper and produce a homemade journal. Even though I do want to try a journal like those in the photo I borrowed from Pinterest, I knew I wouldn't get a journal done fast enough to capture the trip while the stories were still fresh. Some of this is because I am excited to work on a travel journal and finish processing my trip, and some of it is that if I wait too long, the journal just becomes a Japan journal and not a Japan travel journal.
So I went out and bought a Dina Wakely journal. I like the size of the journal, the hard bound cover and also the amount of pages in it. I also decided to make this journal a collection of paper bits and bobs that I brought home, some drawing pages, some more arty pages, and a few other assorted pages.
It's been my project most of this week and I am having fun working on it.
I am showing you the front cover page when you open up the journal. I had a huge stack of luggage stickers (from all the luggage of 5 adults and 8 kids) so I used a few on my page, as well as a piece of this gorgeous napkin. (I just loved the design and ordered a couple from a woman on Etsy). I stamped the love word, added the tiny plastic fan I had in my stash, and also included a postage stamp from Japan.
With the butterflies and flowers I am going to link up to Jo's flora and fauna challenge at Art Journal Journey I am also going to link up to Moo Mania and their latest flower challenge.
And here's the back side of the page where I used a piece or origami paper, some paper flowers, stamped and colored image as well as a paper folder that held some disposable chopsticks. On the right is a copy of the newspaper article our local paper ran on the day we left.
I will have more to show you another day, as well as more photos from the trip. You will be sick of Japan before I am done most likely. :)
Happy almost end of the work week everyone.
And thanks for visiting today.