Getting so excited for teaching in Italy this month! As part of our class prep, Amy and I got together to make "sample" travel journals, to provide examples and possible ideas to the students before they make their own, and for our travels around Italy before and after class. The week of class we'll be making travel journals alongside the students from the same materials in their kits.
For this journal, I used some of the marbled paper I made earlier this year on the cover.
When looking through my papers and ephemera, I came across this old advertisement card and thought the boot was a fun nod to Italy, so cut an opening in the cover.
Amy gave me this pretty piece of Italy- she had two, so we each used them on our covers.
For my back cover, I used another piece of the marbled paper I made, and the spine has an alphabet printed on some cardstock. I printed it so long ago, I have no idea where I got the orginal image, I think a font book like those from Dover or this royalty free filled book, but not sure.
Here's the inside cover. I bought that ship bookplate, and the old envelope with Italian address in Rome, so I thought it particularly fitting to use them here.
Couldn't resist a little pre-trip playing in the book...
I used a lot of found papers like this piece from an Anthropologie catalog, a scrap of watercolor sample from Sketchbookery class, and a piece of an art instruction catalog.
Of course, I put in some "good" papers, like watercolor sheets and marbled sheets etc., but the everyday fodder is fun to use for a base that gets covered up with found items, photographs, or postcards.
I also gathered supplies from my recent order from Tina's Life Love Paper shop. I love all she makes and often miss out, her collections sell out so fast.
She makes the coolest things...and has a travel journal of her own in progress on her blog right now.
These are the specific items I've selected to pack and bring along for use while there...
...but I'm so tempted to tape or staple this one in right now...it is so fantastic after all!
And, she has a sale going on for a few more days...for the paper lovers out there like me...
More of my own marbled paper on the right side with a piece of doodled on paper peeking out from underneath, and some stamps, part of a paper placemat, and marbled paper all bought in Rome on the left side.
Oh man, I can barely stand it now...so ready to start filling it in! I'll be back with another post on what other supplies I'm taking and more suggestions for students of things they might want to gather and bring along soon.
But for now, it's back to the list of ten thousand things I need to do before leaving ....