Sunday, June 5, 2016

Bitten by the Traveler's Notebook Bug

I recently mentioned as we were preparing for our trip to Italy that I had gotten a traveler's journal.  Since first discovering the Midori about two months ago, I have been totally smitten!  I have the original black standard size Midori that holds the inserts I took to Italy, a passport size notebook that I use to keep track of the everyday things that go on in our household (master calendar and notes), and recently started journaling in an insert that I'm using for art and daily journaling, what many would call my "Every Day Carry."  As June began, I joined several challenge groups on Facebook/Instagram, including #rockyourhandwriting, #planwithme, and Every Day in June sketch challenge.  I joined in the hopes that I can improve my sketching, as well as my handwriting for titles and journaling.  Ideally, some of the challenges can be dovetailed together, but we'll see how that works out!  Admittedly, I'm a little intimidated by the thought of missing a day and having a blank page in this dated insert...which should help me to stay committed, although definitely there are days it's hard to squeeze in, so some days get skipped and others I'm playing catch-up.  The whole idea is to challenge myself to learn and improve, and to have some documentation of Life in the process.

I had an appointment with my functional medicine doctor on June 1st, so for my first entry of the month I sketched a stethoscope and journaled about that visit.  The following day was spent making appointments and ordering the supplements that Dr. Kessler had recommended, and included a nice lunch with my sweet son.

I've been plagued by plantar fasciitis so I haven't been walking much since we returned from Italy, but Friday I spent the day in search of art supplies and it was nice to be out and about. Hopefully the anti-inflammatory Dr. K prescribed will work its magic and I won't pay later by having to hobble about on sore heels!  I mapped my long shopping expedition on this layout which was inspired by my bright, fun dream-catcher Onzie leggings.  

Sketching and watercolor are unfamiliar territory for me, so it's nice to include something familiar like inks, sprays, washi tape and stamps in these layouts.  Most of them are Kelly Purkey planner stamps, along with a few from Impression Obsession, and W plus 9.  There's a bit of scrapbooking, stamping, bullet journaling, and ink/watercolor in each one.  I'm still working out exactly which insert I prefer and how I want to use them.  It's loads of fun.

I'll be back periodically to post some of my sketches and layouts from the various challenges.  If all goes as planned, I'll be headed to Tampa to The Paper Seahorse for a Midori Meet-up!  It will be fun to see others' art, how they use their planners, and to share ideas.

Until next time...


  1. Just popped in from our FB group. Fabulous pages! I'll follow to keep myself inspired. I'm trying to improve my drawing and handwriting too. :)

    1. Thanks for your kind comment! I used to be on lots of design teams and post nearly every day but Life is much more laid back nowadays! Hopefully you'll see something that sparks some ideas!