When we decided to take a family vacation in Hawaii, FB and I told ourselves that we needed "a project" to work on while we were there. Yeah. I know... it's crazy... to want to work on things when we were vacationing. But from our previous travels, we knew that we would be inspired when we are very far away from home... being immersed in an extraordinary environment.
So I decided that I would take my Traveler's Notebook and create a mini travel journal about our vacation. I threw a few tools (my favorite mt masking tapes, water color paint, pencils and Polaroid PoGo with extra films.)
Whenever we had some downtime (usually during kiddos' nap time), I would pull out my project bag (aka SIWA round bag in red) and start filling the pages with all the great memories from the day. I loved working in the garden, on the patio... while breathing tropical air. I tried not to be too critical with how it looked (as I usually would at home being such a perfectionist)... instead just let the page to be what it wanted it to be. It was really meditative and refreshing process especially because I left all the connectivity behind and working on this book was all I needed to do whenever the little moment presented itself.
I took a "craft refill notebook" for Traveler's Notebook which has thicker papers that can take quite bit of moisture from water color paint. I loved its tear away details! I was able to easily remove the page from the notebook and use it as a postcard. I liked using the refill notebook so much that ordering more of those refills for the baum-kuchen shop was the first thing I did when I came home!
Now my travel journal is nicely put away in my archival binder and I can always go back to the fun time we had whenever I want to in my living room:)