We are back from our holiday in Italy. A little sad and glad at the same time. We had a wonderful time, such a beautiful country and such lovely people. I even understood some Italian this time around, though I realy should try and finish my course before I go there next time. I might even be able to say some words in Italian by then, other then bon giorno, ciao, prego and grazie =).
Back home I’m having some trouble getting back in my rhythm, so I thought I would start off with showing you what I made to take with me on my holiday.
At first I was only going to take a tiny little file folder journal, but since we bought this little printer for the holiday snaps, I realy wanted something bigger so I could journal and add some photo’s at the same time.
So I made a A5 sized pamphlet stitch journal with 10 folio’s and as making one is almost as time consuming as making several, I made 6. I gave one to my daughter, one to my niece, two for my sisters friends daughters, one for me and a spare.
This is the one I chose for myself.
I made some die cuts, tags, envelopes and things we could add on to the journal for each booklet.
This is the tiny file folder journal I made just for writing and while on the road.
I used a travel theme throughout the booklet.
Distressed the heck out of it, because I like that look.
I do like the effect I got by distressing the pages after assembling the booklet, which was actually an oops…
Wrote the country and the year on the tab with india ink and a pen nib.
And then got scared I wouldn’t be able to do any art journalling in the booklets, because the first one was too pretty and the second one was too small and pretty…
So I quickly slapped together an art journal with 5 signatures. gesso-ed pages, sketch paper, lined paper and book pages. Tied them to a canvas cover and decorated it a bit. Thinking I might need that.
Turned out I really didn’t! It was way to hot. 38 Degrees C in the shade is not a temperature to be art journalling in. I did make one page though.
I did do a lot of journalling. I feel the writing in itself is a meditative and calming process and I loved doing it.
The books took rather a beating while there, but they held up just fine.