Sunday Paper Travel Journal

 

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Japan has always been one of my family’s dream destinations. This year, we made a spur-of-the-moment decision and made our travel dream come true. I had to plan for our entire trip in three weeks!

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I used my Sunday Paper Travel Journal to jot down my plans for my trip. It has been my personal tradition to make a detailed illustrated itinerary for each new place I visit. I used the dotted and graph sections for illustrating the landmarks I planned to see. I was very happy that the paper is suitable for watercolour illustrations.

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I loved that the journal came with a canvas pouch so you can also bring your basic journaling kit in case you have time to do journaling on the go. I kept my travel ephemera (receipts, tickets, stubs, calling cards, maps, menus, etc.) in it as well.

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I put in 2 of my most favourite pictures from Kyoto and Osaka as souvenir photos to commemorate my trip.

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Travel Journaling Tips

  1. In some countries like Japan, there are stamping stations at famous tourist landmarks and train stations for decorating your travel journal.
  2. Collect ephemera in the form of travel tickets, menus, stubs, receipts, calling cards, maps and brochures. You can attach these to your journal to make it even more authentic.
  3. I like working on my travel journal before and after a trip. It’s more important for me to enjoy the place while I am there. I write down small notes about the highlights of each day in a notebook so I can journal about them when I am back home.

You can order your own Sunday Paper Travel journal here.

A Sticky Situation – Organizing My Sticker Collection

Stickers have always been one of my neglected craft materials because I’ve always been afraid to use them.  I would think they are “too pretty to use” or that “they might run out”.  Lately, I’ve been using them a lot in my art journaling and creative planning so I decided to put them all together in one place to keep them organised, thus easier to use when crafting.  I went through all my scrapbook stuff and gathered all my stickers together.

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A beautiful mess

Once I had them all scattered on the floor, I realized that they could be lumped into categories: planner, clear, label, illustrations, phrase and alphabet.  I’m putting them by category in  an A5 sized clear book, very handy to bring anywhere (an idea I got from my art titas, Rianne and Lai.)

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Planner stickers from Me and My Big Ideas

 

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Clear stickers look wonderful on photos.

 

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Label Stickers

 

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Sticker Illustrations – best for art journaling!

 

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Phrase stickers

 

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My new addiction: Alphabet Stickers

I ran into a bit of a problem when I saw that I had stickers that would not fit into the A5 clear book because they were 6 x 12.  I decided to just separate these sticker sets and place them in an A4 clear book instead.

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6 x 12 sized sticker sets

It’s so much easier to use my stickers now because I just need to take my A5 clear book with me whenever I journal.  Seeing all my stickers at one glance gives me a picture of how much I have already accumulated.  I’ve trained myself to think that going beyond one A5 clear book for stickers would be hoarding already.

How about you? How do you store your stickers?