WOYWW # 197

This is my desk tonight. I finished the travel parts of my journal today and decided the journal is too big, too heavy and not right for my needs. It is hard making a journal before a trip then adding to it pages and envelopes of memorabilia. Possibly having everything ready to finish and put together. This was my real first attempt to finish as I go. The idea that this one journal would meet my travel needs of the year and other need is not working for the reasons noted earlier. So I plan to make journals as I go adding envelopes, flaps, pocket etc. on the trip to Phoenix I me two online friends, Rita Atkinson from the sketchbook project , a Yahoo group. We have belonged to that group for 8 to 9 years. Barbara, I met at a Kelly Kilmer class two years ago and have followed her on her blog and again in the last class Marvel You Precious Life and in the Mary Ann Moss, Ticket to Venice where we made the journal. Mary Ann is the authority on travel Journals. Barbara is an incredible artist and make and binds beautiful books. It was so much fun to meet them and Phoenix is a hot spot for paper arts. We visitedThe Occasional Artist and The Craft Retreat where women meet every Monday to create.
That os it for this week. Spring forward has wrecked my life routines!


  1. I love it when you stop by my blog to visit, but I have to go through my translator to leave you a message. It's hard to leave a comment because sometimes the translator doesn't work like it should.

    I like working in big books, but since I don't journal, I can see how it would be hard to take them on trips. I agree that one book for each trip is probably better.

    Thanks again for stopping by. I always appreciate it when you do.

  2. I'm a BIG book fan and I fill books all the time (art journals) but I hardly travel, so I don't know what I would use for that... probably loose pages to bind together later - so you can add extra things/paper/envelopes... but then again, that seems a bit difficult to travel with too... hmm, Anyway, LOVE how your pages look! Happy woyww, Marit #79

  3. Wow girl are you psychic? The funeral horse and carriage was followed by a jazz band!!!
    Thanks for calling by. :-)
    A x # 44

  4. hi Monica, busy desk, and I know what you mean about 'pre-making' a journal ready to be filled - it just doesn't capture the moment, does it? I like to personalise my pages, and that meand capturing the memories after the event, to decide what is relevant and how to lay it out.

    Your craft room is awesome by the way!

    Happy woyww

    Debs #95

  5. A journal for each trip sounds like the way to go. I keep just a hand written one in the trailer to keep track of the trips we make in it. Always fun to read where we were last and what we did. The pics and other memorabilla ususally get secrp booked.
    Krisha #97

  6. This is one thing that I have not done, making a travel journal, I should put it on mt to do list. You journal is looking good from here.


  7. Your travel journal looks fab, so full and interesting.

    Happy WOYWW Susi #64

  8. Oooh your travel journal is looking really good. Gorgeous colours in there. Our clocks haven't changed yet - isn't it just a pain? Happy Wednesday. :o)
    Sue x (MiniOwner@109)

  9. Your journal looks great. It was so much fun getting together and sharing our treasures. Hope we can do it again soon.

  10. your desk is looking great it is a shame your journal didn't work out buHappy WOYWW
    Riat at least you have managed to see why and you can work on it for future journals

  11. I make what I call my trash books when traveling. I just take white card stock, page protectors, colored pencils, glue sticks, a 2 way glue pen...when it is blue and wet it is permanent when dry and clear it is like a post it note, some travel stamps and stamp pad, and anything else I deem necessary. I do some coloring, stick stuff down journal each day. If I am not sure I want something on that page I use the post it note glue. I use envelopes to store stuff in and try to work on it each night. I love the trash books and have been making them 30 years...long before Smash books or art journaling became popular. It is just a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Vickie #1

  12. Shame the travel journal doesn't meet your needs because it look amazing! Ho hum, we live and learn. Your online meet ups sound fun!


  13. Beautiful journal! I can't wait to get my ARTHaven up and running again so that I can continue with the various journals I've got in the making!

    Thanks for your nice comment. Actually, I am really enjoying packing things up, and planning for our new home. It will be fun setting up my new creative space, making the whole house nice, and also exploring our new area.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #84

  14. Well it looks to be a fabulous journal, so at least the change of plans wasn't a waste of time--you still have something wonderful there, and probably full of great memories!

    Happy WOYWW!
    #124 this week

  15. Great journal sure you will iron out the tweaks needed to make you completely happy

  16. I do a journal for each trip as I find the same as you...it just gets too thick and heavy otherwise!

    Sorry it didn't work out for you as it looks as though you have done a fabulous job on it!

  17. What a lovely idea to make a travel art journal! I think the idea of adding pockets and stuff is very good!
    Lots of hugs,

  18. Monica - love the new look here on your blog. I too make a journal per long trip, sometimes an altered book. Big and heavy just doesn't work and usually gets messed up anyway (broken bindings etc.) Keep looking and I will too - let us know what you come up with. Lori W at Art Camp for Women

  19. Oh I forgot to ask - did you get to Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale? Lori W

  20. What a fab looking journal you have there, reminds me I have several pages to do!
    Wishing you a lovely crafty weekend.
    Rum x

  21. Great desk, it's ready to make some magic. The journal is looking GOOD!!

  22. I love that journal page, Monica! How exciting that you got to meet up with online friends!


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