San Francisco Travel Journal
Here is the journal I took to San Francisco in September. We celebrated our 10 year Anniversary by splurging on a big trip. It was awesome. We were gone for 5 days and my parents watched our kids (so nice of them!).
So before we left, I inked some of the pages and added images I found in books and on the internet. The purpose of doing that was to make the pages interesting to begin with. I find that when the pages are visually interesting to start with, I am more inclined to use the journal. That is true for not only travel journals, but my daily journal as well.
I started writing in it before we left. For instance, I started a packing list in there. I had a page for our flight information, a page for tour car rental information, a page for our Alcatraz tickets, etc. Those pages included order dates and confirmation numbers, as well as any specific instructions--like when to arrive for the Alcatraz ferry etc. Anything about those specific activities that we needed to remember. That way I had all the information in one location without having to worry about a pile of several papers floating around. It worked out very well.
Here is a page at the very back about stopping in Santa Barbara to write postcards to our kids.We mailed them from SB so the kids had them when we got home. I kept the postcards and clipped them in the back. I normally would put them into the kids journals, but R-Jay had done some cute sketches on each one and I wanted to make sure they were preserved with this album.
I really love lists. When I go on a trip, I make a list before I start packing so I know that I won't forget anything. I also like to remember what I take with me after the trip. So this is a photo I took of all the things I take in my day bag--the bag I take when we are out and about. Then of course there is the list next to it. (Confession: I REALLY love watching "What's in my purse/bag" videos on YouTube and looking at those kinds of photos on Flickr. So this kind of photo makes me excited. I'm a dork! )
This page is about hanging out at Stearn's Wharf in Santa Barbara. That "Beach" square is an old chipboard coaster from years ago (Lil Davis, I believe). I used foam dots to mount it up and make it into a pocket. Then the Making Memories tag could slip behind it. There is a bulleted list on the front of the tag and then another photo and journaling on the back.
This page was very fun to make. I was really excited to bring this travel journal on the trip. I normally just take random notes on a trip and keep all the tickets and pamphlets and things. Then when I get home, I make a scrapbook page or sometimes I never get around to doing anything. But this time I wanted to actually keep the journal while I was there. So I brought a few things with me. Basically a small letter stamp set, some glue, pens, small ink pads, a letter stencil, watercolor travel set, some small travel themed stickers and rub-ons, small scissors, some watercolor paper I cut down to 4" x6". It was really fun having all the stuff there so I could work on it while we were out and about or back at the hotel. I learned a lot from this experiment and I am excited for the next trip to try again.
This is a page about one of my favorite restaurants on California. This particular one is on the pier at Redondo Beach. Love it. We had a table next to a window where we could watch the waves roll onto the shore. So beautiful!! You can't see it but under the receipt is a photo of some people fishing off the pier. After we ate, we watched them for a while. One guy caught 2 weird flat things. My dad said they were some kind of shark, but I can't remember the name. We also saw sea lions swimming all around the pier.
This is a simple page about the nice anniversary dinner we had. I did not have any photos for this page but I just embellished it with small scraps of paper (red dot at the bottom) and some stamps.
A simple page about Chinatown. We did not stay there very long but it was fascinating while we were there.
I am a makeup geek. I had so much fun going to Sephora. It's one of my favorite stores. We don't have any in Utah so I make sure to go whenever we go somewhere that does have them.
This is a really cool page--very simple but cool. I had a few photos of this beach near Golden Gate Park that I wanted to include. I didn't want to use multiple pages though so I glued the bottom photo onto the page, then added the next photo with the glue just on the top and attached just above the other photo. I did that again for the final photo. I'm able to lift up the top photo to see the next and so on. It looks awesome!
Here is a simple page. I printed this picture from the internet, then while on the trip I added this map of Golden Gate Park. It was too long for the page so I folded it in half and added a tab. The list on the left page is how I remembered what we did each day. I just made a quick list as we went along and then added detailed entries later. (See my little helper Jack?)
The title page.
That green tab was off of the file folder I used to store all our travel information before the trip. You can use anything!
I hope you enjoyed seeing this little experiment. I really liked doing it and is so fun to look at now. One of my intentions was to have both me and R-Jay write in while on the trip. But of course that did not happen (he didn't really care all that much). He wrote a few sentences here and there once I got the book done after the trip. I love him anyway! :)
Have a great day!