I am sitting on a plane flying to Amsterdam as I type this post. I sit next to a window and can see that the sun is starting to come up on the horizon; there really isn’t much that compares to a sunrise on an airplane. That said, there’s not much to be said about having to arrive at the airport between 3-4 a.m.
Normally I don’t travel much out of the country, but this is my 2nd trip of 2017. Traveling this much was not planned, but not unwelcome either. I had planned a trip to Boston with my daughter as a reward for her meeting some big personal goals as well as shopping for a confirmation dress. After making all of the reservations for our trip, I was offered the opportunity to travel to Holland for work related training. I couldn’t pass this opportunity up, so 45 hours after coming home from Boston, I’m back on a plane heading the other way.
Knowing that I’d want to document as much as possible about our Boston trip (and knowing that I am quick to forget if I don’t document right away) I decided to pack a small kit to bring along. We were only bringing carry-on luggage, so I had to be super picky about what to bring so I pulled together some of my well loved products and prepped the notebook by stamping on a few pages before we left.
The kit that I brought with me included two black pens, some washi tape, small vellum stickers from an Ali Edwards story kit, alphabet stencils, word stickers, a small paper trimmer and my Canon Selphy printer. Everything except for the trimmer and the printer fit into a story kit envelope which was quite nice.
I brought a Pocket Page Notebook from The Stamp Spot with me and it was absolutely perfect for documenting on the go. The pockets are perfect for all kinds of memorabilia and mine are filled with brochures, napkins, ticket stubs, price tags and receipts. I love having a place to put all of these fun little reminders of our adventures.
I squeezed 1-2 hours to document every morning while my teenager slept a bit later than I did. It was the perfect time for documenting as everything was still fresh in my memory and I really enjoyed getting the pictures printed and the words onto my page.
There isn’t much that I’d change about my travel kit, it worked really well for this trip, I knew we’d have a lot of pictures, so having the Selphy printer was really convenient. I would have loved having scissors instead of the paper trimmer, but since we only had carry-on I didn’t want to take the chance of airport security taking them away. The paper trimmer worked out fine though, scissors just would have been more convenient. I also would have wanted more word stickers, but that’s something I can add onto the page once I’m home. I struggled a bit with whether to pack alpha stickers or stamps, but was really pleased with the stencils I brought. They’re flat and take virtually no room, make no mess, and don’t get used up. They were a huge win.
I love the way the notebook is coming together. I didn’t quite finish it, but will work on it as soon as I get home from Holland. I am so pleased with the Pocket Page Notebook, I love having all of the stuff we collected displayed in the pockets and love the where the previous page is peeking out between the “white space” in the pockets.
I made a few changes to my travel kit for my trip to Holland. I left the printer and the trimmer at home and brought along my Instax camera instead. This is a completely different kind of trip, so I figured there was no need to bring the printer and since I don’t have the printer there’s nothing I need to trim. I did add a tape runner to this kit as well. Washi worked fine for my Boston notebook, but I would have liked to have a tape runner with me to get everything stuck down more permanently.