Carta Bella – Lets Travel -Journal | Sheena Rowlands

Hi there Magpies, Sheena here again x

For my posts this month I wanted to try something a little different for me & try and complete a travel journal whilst actually away on holiday.

Normally I keep a diary on our trips and then write it all up when I’m home. This can be a lovely way to remember a trip but can also be quite time consuming and take some discipline when you return. For this break we were staying in one place so felt this would be a good time to try a – make as you go journal.

So the first thing I did was put together a kit for myself. I opted for a few Carta Bella Lets Travel 12×12 papers plus the ephemera, brads and frame and tag die cuts. To this I added some labels, cactus stickers plus and old alpha stamp set and older travel stickers.

I packed myself a little pouch with these Elles studio – Lets Relax stamps, ink pads, wash and basic tools. I also cut part the Lets Travel postage stamp paper into lots of little stamps. I tried to do as much prep as I could before we went to make this journal.

We arrived late on our first evening so I decided to work a day behind to start with. Sometimes taking the plunge and starting a journal is the harder bit, deciding on a format that suits you. These are my first 4 pages from day 1. I used my boarding pass plus a logo from the travel brochure as ephemera. I loved the chipboard suitcases in the brad pack and pulled off a few of the chipboard layers on the back to make it flatter.

I took my small sticker printer with me and had cut a template 6×4 and 4×3 out of card so I would know how much space I should leave for bigger photos. I made the collages on a iPhone app and e mailed them home to myself to add afterwards. Depending what we did how many pages I used in the journal. I’ve used a Hotel map and ice cream receipt on Day 2.

To be able to write directly into the journal the embellishments have to be flat so stamped words and phrases are a perfect embellishment.

By Day 4 I was getting in the swing of things and catching a little time once or twice a day to keep up with the journalling. Where I left gaps for bigger photos I would pencil in what they were all to help when I got home.

I will share the rest of this Travel journal & the lessons I learnt with you later in the month.

Till next time x

Supplies used

travel journals

Carta Bella – Lets travel

Elles Studio stamps

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