In my first post about this vacation journal, I showed the blank journal and the little kit of items that I brought with me on our anniversary trip to Grenada. In this post, I’d like to share a bit about how I actually used it while we were there.
I had hoped to use some of the 12 hours(!) of travel time on our way to Grenada to catch up on my photos (read about my workflow HERE), but when I discovered that my laptop battery had died and that there was no way to charge it on the plane (boo), I pulled out my journal to get started right away.
Obviously there wasn’t a lot to write about yet! But I think it got me off onto the right foot for documenting the rest of the trip. (The rest of the traveling time, I read and colored in a grown-up coloring book…) Before we started the trip, I hadn’t thought much about how I was going to lay out the journal, but as I worked on it on the plane, I was able to do some thinking and make some decisions. Right away, I realized that I didn’t want to do too much embellishment ahead of time, and I also decided that I would leave a lot of space for photos among the hand-written text I’d add.
Once we were actually at our destination, I ended up writing in my journal every day!
It turns out that you really do have a lot more time when you don’t have kids with you! Haha! While I definitely enjoyed just watching the water, soaking up the silence, walking, reading, and generally just being happy on the beach, there was still plenty of time for pulling out my little journal+kit and recording everything that we’d been up to. I have no idea how long I spent on it each day, but I did add a little embellished date header for each day, and wrote as many details as I could remember.
I didn’t set out to write prosy entries– I thought it would be more bullet-point type of lists, but it turns out, prose is faster for me to write!
Unfortunately, the three colored pens I’d purchased and had hoped to use for this journal were dry! I knew that one of them was dry before the trip, but I had thought that the other two were working okay. Not so. Bummer. I had also brought a black Project Life 0.05** pen with me, intending to use it for doodling or titles or something. It ended up being my main writing instrument. It wasn’t a huge deal, but I definitely would have brought a finer-tipped pen if I had known!
It was exciting to have such a complete journal right at the end of the trip! I had the luxury of an on-plane power outlet for part of the trip home, so I did a lot of photo-processing for much of our travel time (It took away the sting of leaving such a beautiful place and such a relaxing vacation by being able to re-live the memories, haha!). However one of our planes didn’t have an outlet, so when my laptop battery inevitably died (it’s getting old), I pulled out my journal, finished up the writing for the last day, and started trying to add a few bits of ephemera.
I thought about adding some photos of the journal pages, but there are so many that I thought that maybe a video might show it a bit better. So, here it is– my very first YouTube video ever.
**seriously, what are the units on pen tip measurements? My science-background brain is twitching over not having units after that number right there…