Just a little die cut and voila!

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I an so “in love” with this new way to make a journal that I plan on making them for Christmas presents for my friends! I will also include the instruction (pdf) you email me!!

 

 

Sallie

A traveler writes a journal

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following is a snippet of a conversation the traveler Adam Hachlander had with Sara Barnes of MyModernMet in May 2019. If you’re interested in reading the whole article, please email me.

QUESTION: What inspired you to start keeping a Travel Journal?

ANSWER: “I used to love adventure movies, especially those like Indiana Jones when I was a teenager. I liked the idea of having all your observations and memories noted down in a tiny notebook that I could always have on myself.”

QUESTION:How do you choose what to write/sketch about?

ANSWER: “I always try to note down something interesting or an interesting fact that I’ve learned, then something about the local culture”.

QUESTION:Do you take a lot of photos?

ANSWER: (My observations regarding his answer-I think he would rather draw his memories but finds that the camera is a nuisance unless he has to use it.) “I may be forced to take a few pictures and then document the page later.”

QUESTION: What do you think the benefits are to journaling your trips?”

Answer: The biggest benefit is definitely the ability to track down any of your experiences, memories, and observations.”

 

~Sallie

Printable Journal Kits for Kids

I recently found this idea on the web and since we use journals at home I thought I would share it with you:

Free printable journal kit for kids – 100 Directions
Today I have a super fun journal kit you can print out for the kids and they can put together themselves. You just need a printer, paper, scissors, coloring materials and glue. The rest is up to the kids and their imagination! They can decorate their journal, add as many pages as they’d like (or that the cover can hold) and then they can fill their new journal with all kinds of creative ideas.

Printable journal kit designed by Jen Goode
Make and decorate your own kids journal with this free printable kit

What’s included in this free printable journal kit

4 pages of creative fun to make your own journal.

Cover
1 double page of lined pages with “stickers”
1 double pages of graph paper pages with “stickers”
1 sheet of patterned paper strips to use to decorate and assemble your journal
You add the color and the creativity!
Download this free printable kid activities

 

MaryBeth

 

Free printable journal kit for kids

Arm Chair Travel

Dear Fellow Journalers,

“We travel not to escape life, but for life to escape us.”  unknown

Arm Chair traveling is basically transporting ourselves to a destination without leaving our office, kitchen or chair in front of the fire. There are many ways to discover say London, and the many ways are movies, books, pictures, audio-books. There are other ways too.

How many of you travel up a mountain slope in Switzerland or ride a train into a forest while biking on a treadmill? Books that bring out the local culture can transport us to distant lands. Richard Paul Evans, Debbie Macomber and Kristin Hannah have a way of drawing you into the surroundings of their characters. Two books that I read recently transported me not only to the place but to the time period as well.

I saw the movie “Conagher” and wanted to read the book by Louis L’Amour. The book brought me to places I’d only seen on TV westerns. The second book is “Magic Hour” by Kristin Hannah. I’ve been to forests before but never to the State of Washington’s Olympic National Forest.

One of the best ways to use your imagination is to engage another of your 5 senses – taste. I usually order the same thing in an Italian restaurant in my town but I tried something different awhile ago and was transported to a tiny fishing village where I ate and drank to my heart’s content.

The perfect ending to a perfect day of arm-chair traveling.

~Sallie

A look back ~ Why write a Travel Journal?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

“Every trip consists of two simultaneous journeys. The outer journey and the inner journey. The outer journey is everything external: what you’re seeing, hearing, smelling, doing etc. The inner journey is what’s happening in your mind. Great travel journals weave the two journeys together.”  David Fox

I was going to start this month’s blog posts with the simple “the journey begins with the first step” but after reading the above, I realized that this type of journal means so much more than a flippant “remark” everyone has heard before. We’ve all taken journeys, haven’t we? Some of us took journeys to other states for family vacations or to attend college. Some of us have traveled abroad for business or pleasure. How many of us have souvenirs of those trips? How many of us have written a diary of that trip?

I wish I’d kept notes from my first trip to view colleges in states far from my own. If pressed, I could recall the different sights and sounds of life being lived in Maine or Virginia. I can remember how cold it was one winter in Minnesota and walking above a sidewalk inside a mall!

Far too often, I feel, we grab a passport, pack a bag and  after checking off the hundreds of tiny details to close up a home (temporarily) leave without a thought to writing anything down while on our fabulous trip.

So, this summer I propose a challenge in writing our travel journal. I know you’re thinking why do I want to do this? Your future self will thank you. Next week I’ll share some thoughts on how to create the journal as you travel.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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