A couple of day-markers I created while living in Norway last spring, in honor of fellow travelers I met.Honoring my time in Madrid with my godson last year (madrina is “godmother” in Spanish), and my flight to Paris afterwards.A two-day delay to my flight to San Francisco last summer — and eventual departure! — definitely felt worth recording.
2. Memorabilia collages
Time needed: 30 minutesAnother kind of art journal entry I started doing last year was collages, specifically of memorabilia. By memorabilia, I mean all those little pieces of paper we often collect during a trip or even in our hometown — be it business cards, beer labels, ticket stubs, boarding passes, receipts, stickers, paper sugar packets from cafés, handwritten maps or notes, and the list goes on…For me, memorabilia is essentially anything that has meaning or represents a memory — and is thus hard to part with.In the past, these little pieces of paper would float around the edges of my life after a trip — they’d accumulate everywhere, pile up on my desk, get crumpled in the front pocket of my backpack, until I finally forced myself to throw them away. Until, that is, I made my first memorabilia collage last spring, and I haven’t stopped since.Again, the steps involved are simple: I bring all the memorabilia together I want to use for a particular collage, spend about 15 minutes arranging it on a double-page spread in my art journal, and then spend the next 15 minutes pasting the items down with a gluestick. I also keep a pair of scissors nearby, in case I need to do any trimming to make a certain item fit.
I love how collages feel like we’re putting a puzzle together — and on a deeper level, creating collages is a way to put the pieces of our days or journeys together, too.