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.
My husband and I like to travel on the weekends in our camper van. I love that it's basically always ready to go, just stop at a grocery store somewhere on the way and we're ready. This summer will be a little different as it's the first summer since 2009 that I've had a summer job. I'm still getting used to the idea, but there was no way that I could turn down the opportunity to work at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography after getting a phone call from the director asking me to come and work. We'll just have to use the weekends wisely to make up for being busy during the work days. And since my summer vacation (actually just time between jobs) is from May 13-June 12 we were planning on using that time to take a longer trip around Iceland.
We're almost ready to get this summer started, the van is ready to go, sheets are washed and I've been trying to figure out how/if I want to document our travels (who am I kidding? of course I want to document). My plan is to take pictures as we go, print in the evening and write an overview of each day as it's coming to a close.
We took a day trip yesterday to see if there was anything missing and to make a list of what we need for our first real trip. I love that this beautiful place is only an 8 minute drive from our house. We parked the van, G napped (he was feeling sick - manflu, I'm sure), I took a walk in the drizzle and then read a book inside. I have been using today to figure out how I want my documentation to look and what I want to bring along in my kit.
Simple is what I need, so I'm putting together a kit of mostly stamps and a little bit of embellishments. I'm working in a notebook, so it's pretty hard to write in it if I use a lot of embellishments, if I want to add some I need to do that after the summer is over.
I can't wait to get going.
I love these stamps and am excited to use them for my documenting. Most of them are from Studio Calico kits but two from Ali Edwards.
Do you have any plans for travel this summer? Do you document them as you go or later when you're home?
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