Italy Traveler’s Notebook Process

img_6619I am so excited to be sharing another traveler’s notebook process in my Italy TN!  Mostly, I am excited to be re-living one of the most amazing vacations I have ever been on!  If you are new here, my husband and I recently took a 12 day trip to Rome and Florence that we had been saving towards for a very long time.  It was a dream come true!  As we traveled, I kept an actual traveler’s notebook, printing pictures on the road, collecting souvenirs to include in the pages of the notebook, and documenting the trip of a lifetime.  Since returning home, I’ve been working hard to try to finish up my TN!

I did create a process video for this entry that you can check out below:

The very first thing I do when starting any traveler’s notebook page is choose the larger elements that I want to include on the page.  This includes pictures and any large ephemera pieces.  As I got started on the page, I played with the layout of these larger pieces, keeping in mind where I would be able to include journaling. I also chose a brown and gold piece of washi to anchor both pages.  This perfectly captured the event…a tour of the Florence Leather School!

img_6622The other technique that I have enjoyed in this traveler’s notebook is the use of tip-ins and interactive elements.  I feel like these movable pieces really draw you into the notebook and make looking through it an active experience instead of a passive one.  You get the feeling of exploring along with us!  On this page, I included several tip-ins, allowing more space for journaling, which is a big plus with so many stories to tell!  I backed up and layered the pictures with paper from a 6 x 6 paper pad from the Maggie Holmes “Gather” collection.  These fit nicely with the color scheme of the rest of the notebook.

After I adhered all the main elements to the page, using washi tape to the secure the movable elements and a Tombow permanent tape runner for others, I turned to smaller ephemera pieces.  In order to streamline my documenting process while in Italy, I limited myself to just a couple of different ephemera collections.  I included ephemera pieces from Maggie Holmes and Heidi Swap.  Since returning home, I have stuck with the last few pieces of ephemera I had left to create a cohesive look.  I scattered a variety of ephemera pieces across the page, then turned to a Maggie Holmes sticker book for a few final touches.

img_6621The last element I added to the page was the “Return Ticket” title on the right side of the page. This page commemorated a fun tradition in Florence with the wild boar fountain pictured.  Legend says that if you put a coin in the boar’s mouth and it falls out and through the grate at the base, you will return to Florence. Both my husband and I gave it a try! To add the title, I used chalkboard alpha stamps from By the Well 4 God.  I love the rustic, loose feel of these alpha sets, and they go perfectly in this notebook.  The size is also perfect for working in a traveler’s notebook!

As the page wrapped up, I added journaling and called it done.  I’ve written immensely more in this TN than I ever have before, which is a new twist I have really enjoyed.  I’ve taken a lot of care to write down many of the stories and memories in hopes of reflecting on them for years to come!  You can check out another process in this notebook in this blog post –> Have Notebook, Will Travel!


Keep it creative,

-The Scrappy Wife

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Published by Elisa

I'm a mom of 3 who loves all things creative! My current passion is bible journaling, a creative outlet that has really shaped my faith journey. I'm also excited about diving into some memory-keeping projects and dabbling in a bit of art journaling.

2 thoughts on “Italy Traveler’s Notebook Process

  1. Really turned out beautiful. The wild boar pics are so cute. Maybe you’ll be heading back. LOL! Love the Maggie Holmes ephemera – I have that same sticker book and I love it. You really did a great job on it. Thanks so much for sharing. Jo :o)

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