I am traveling a lot this year. As soon as I arrive home from Spain/Portugal, I'll join my dear friend, Tanya, on a Caribbean cruise. (I'll have just enough time to do laundry!) This is a maiden voyage for both of us and, of course, we're both excited and raring to go.
It is impossible for me to travel without a journal. I made one for myself and one for Tanya as a surprise for her birthday which is coming up soon.
I had a few odd sized books from the Dollar Store and decided to use these as the substrate for the journal. Pages were separated from the books, sanded, gesso applied.
Each page was painted with water color paints, water color pencils, and/or water soluble crayons. I made pairs out of assorted sized pages and painted them to match; script rubber stamped with acrylic paint. Dates were inkjet printed and adhered to pages with gel medium.
I made a simple stencil out of card stock and stenciled the palm tree on a couple of pages using stamp pads. The book is held together with rattail ties - the ends of which were dotted with Smooch accent ink. (Holes punched with Cinch machine.) I drew/painted a cruise ship on the front cover and added our names. (Both journals are virtually the same.)
I had no real plan for these journals when I started out. I considered using a pastel palette, but I'm so not a pastel girl! I just worked intuitively and let it "happen". I'm very pleased with the result.