Travel journal…Brittany

We leave Brittany tomorrow and I still have one more double page to complete for this section, but I wanted to post the pages I have done before we leave. I glued this map of Brittany in before I left Australia. I added an old postcard and a photo of us on our first day in Rennes (which is where we have our house exchange for 11 days)

I decided to an atmospheric page about the Foret de Paimpont also known as Broceliande. I bought a small booklet and used a couple of images from it. It felt right to turn the page sideways for the writing. Broceliande is supposedly where the King Arthur legends happened and where Merlin lived, according to the french version of the stories. This page looks unimpressive here in small size, but I really like the way it turned out in real life!

We have loved seeing all the ancient castles and old medieval buildings in Brittany. This is a page about that.  I’ve included some images from tourist pamphlets and a few photos we took. There were many more pics of castles and old buildings I could have used, but these honour 2 towns we loved, Dinan and Vitre.

I had to dedicate a page to the french food which is one of the main attractions (along with the old towns and history) for us to being in France. I did a rave about an amazing restaurant we went to here, and went into detail about what I ordered. It will be a nice reminder. The whole journal of course will be a great way to remember the holiday.

Tomorrow we are off to Paris for 3 nights where we will stay in an Air BnB apartment with my son, his girlfriend, my daughter and my niece and nephew. What fun!

Blessings to all in blogland.


Travel Journal -Netherlands

I have been working on my travel journal in between sight seeing, whenever I get a chance. So far I have two main problems….surprisingly .it’s really hard to find places to get photos printed. And two, my darling husband wants to be out sightseeing all day everyday just about, so it’s difficult to get long stretches of time needed for art journaling. But as you can see, I have managed it a bit.

The journal I have is A4 landscape size so when I photograph a double page it’s very long and skinny. I tried taking the pages separately as you can see, but really they are meant to be seen together.


Keeping an art journal definitely enriches the journey for me. It’s fun collecting pamphlets from the Information offices, and looking for pictures and postcards I might want to include. On the left here I have made a pocket from a photograph and put our tickets to the Utrecht museum inside it. The postcard of the old cathedral painting is just attached on one side so you can flip it back and the writing continues underneath it. Nifty huh?


For this Amsterdam spread I used a serviette printed with a 16th century Dutch still life painting on the right hand side and I really like the effect. I am enjoying using a combination of postcards, ephemera and photos that we have taken.


The backgrounds I had already prepared are coming in very handy now, many of them already had paint and some scrap paper borders, so all I had to do was stick in a photo or postcard and write something.

However I know there are a lot of totally blank pages coming up late in the journal!

I have also done a few pages based on our time in Brittany (we are still there) but I will post them tomorrow. It’s been a long day. And if I may whinge about the weather for a minute, it’s still very cold, and also rainy today. I’m sure we will have better weather next week in Tuscany. Love to you all in blogland.