By now you most certainly know that we love being on the road, taking pictures all the way from beginning to end. Our daughter is the chief chronicler and takes care of our travel journal. Not that we had one. Up until now.
In fact, I didn't even know you could have a special journal for your travels. But thankfully there is Katie of Gadanke who handcrafts those fabulously entertaining journals out of recycled paper.
Katie makes a travel journal for you that prompts you to notice more than you regularly do. She invites you to smell things, to remember sounds and tastes... No! There's nothing regular about such kind of journaling. The vacation taken with this journal is one in a lifetime, I am telling you. I know because I have а Gadanke journal right in front of me right now. I can touch it, I can smell it. And it smells of the sun and the wind in the sails.
This travel journal is such an extraordinary idea that I wish to share with all of you. The small but delightful stack of paper can make even those who have no special attitude to traveling fall in love with it. Can you imagine 60 pages of journaling space?
It has a mini calendar, a map to point out where you were, space to paste travel stubs and receipts, pockets to collect smaller bits of memorabilia, there are even star stickers to rate your experience!
But what I find extraordinarily clever are the creative writing prompts that set you in such a humorous mood that you are bound to have fun, whatever happens. For example, the lines I cannot wait to get filled up are right below the sentence:
For the record
we were not lost,
we were merely enjoying the views!
Who hasn't got lost on a journey! We surely do often but ah, the sweetness of those secret encounters we were unprepared for will now be documented. Thank you, Katie!
I can't wait for our next trip. I want it to start tomorrow. No, I want to get going today. I am getting the goosebumps thinking of all the little details my daughter can write in that journal. Honestly, I envy her because it's hers now. And I promised only she will get to write in it, and stick photos and tickets. Why, oh why was I so quick to promise?
Katie makes other journals too. I want to have them all but I could make do with these three for starters:
They are all thoughtfully compiled to help us look behind the curtains and beyond our expectations. I would love to be able to be so inspired each day of my life. Now I know that thanks to the creative genius of Katie of Gadanke many of us will be able to explore their own Universes.
From today until Sunday, February 5th Katie is offering a generous discount to all Kanelstrand readers. use code KANAL10 to get 10% off your order!
And hush, don't tell this to anyone but Katie is that super awesome person, who I can't stop talking to. So, just for you, here is her twitter and facebook page. And, she also has a blog about home making. She is your new best friend, I promise.
Me? I know I'm going on a simplification journey tomorrow. What about you? Where are YOU going tomorrow?