So you might recall that back in July, I took a solo vacation down to Paso Robles, California to visit my family. Just me without the hubbs. I knew I'd have lots of relax time so for that special trip, I repurposed a little book into a Ready Set Go journal to take with me. My intention was to have the pages ready and just waiting for journaling in the moment as well as to have a place to stash business cards, pictures, and any other little souvenirs I found along the way. And that, my dears, is exactly what I did...
Here's what it looked like before my trip...
Before my trip, it was pretty full looking just from the glueing and sewing in various papers and adding bits of this. However, now that it's full of journaling, pictures, cards, it is bulging at the seams and sporting that well-worn, well-loved look. :-)
Here's some pix of the exterior of the journal...these are the views that make me happy and makes all the work that it takes to put these books together all worthwhile.
Views of some pages...
That little tag with the "don't worry be happy" lettering is a cardboard luggage tag. I missed the check-in time on my flight out of Portland and had to rebook my flight. Thank goodness I didn't pack my journal in my checked bags so I was able to work through that stress and realize that even though I didn't get on the airplane yet, I was still on vacation!
If you'd like to look at any page closer, just click on it.
(this is a quote from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet - so perfect that I had my travel copy with me so I could go to that for inspiration!)
One night my sister, her husband and I went to the Mid-State Fair one night to watch Smashmouth. We also walked around and hung out and found a photo booth! Yay!
Somewhere along the way at the fair, I got an arcade token mixed in with some change. Normally, I would be annoyed but when I realized this, I thought "Yee-haw! Souvenir!!!"
When I got home, I found a package had arrived from my super friend, Hope, filled with fabulous treasures. I loved the tag she made for me so it now lives in this journal.
If you'll indulge me just a wee bit more, I have a few more pics of the journal, mostly done and stuffed full of memories!
There's still some room so I may add a few more pictures and journaling but for the most part, she's done! Thanks for hanging in there with me! :-)