Travel & Art Journal an Amazing Adventure
Greece - UK - France

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure.
There is no end to the adventures we can have
if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
– Jawaharial Nehru

Traveling changes you. Keeping an art journal helps process and remind us of the important memories. Going on our amazing adventure to the UK, France and Greece was wonder full! So much beauty! I’m finding my life and perspectives have expanded through the process of going so many new places and meeting new people that have now become friends. Writing and art journaling the journey is so rewarding.

This Year has Brought a lot of Firsts

This was the first time we’ve gone on a trip for a whole month. We had a marvelous time, but a month is a long time to be traveling. 

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel
until he comes home and rests his head
on his old, familiar pillow.”
– Lin Yutang

For this big trip adventure I made a travel journal out of a paperback dotted journal and an old book cover I altered in a scrapbook type of journal. This was my main journal for the UK and France part of the journey. In the Greece art part of the trip we made another art journal in class. I also brought my regular journal which I always carry with me. Too many journals to put info in really, but I learned a lot and have no regrets.

  • 1st time to Mont-Saint-Michel, France – checking that off on my bucket list. What an amazing place!
  • First time to meet Mary Beth and John Shaw, whom I’ve designed stencils for two years. What a delight!
  • 1st time we’ve gone on a group tour. We went on 2 walking tours, one prayer walking with NOVO in London and the other an art walking tour in Greece with  the Blue Walk and Mary Beth Shaw from StencilGirl® Products.
  • 1st time I’ve done travel journaling with a group making an abstract travel journal

An Abstract Greece Travel Journal

All the participants made a travel journal in Mary Beth Shaw’s class. She has a casual easy style that allows for each person to create in freedom. Like I said, I had never made an abstract travel journal and was excited for the challenge to make it meaningful and relate to the memories we were making there. In the class there was a focus on pattern, color and texture. Of course we used StenciGirl® stencils. I loved it!

3 Goals for Growth in Travel Art Journaling

I had three goals for my art journal:

  1. Loosen up my style and create meaningful pages without having to represent every thing.
  2. Creatively use collage and mixed media
  3. Use watercolor in new ways since it travels so much easier than acrylic paint.

I was very pleased at what watercolor can do and how it can be used in mixed media and grew in ways to use collage creatively.

Nearly halfway through the Greece tour, I was able to make this new travel art journaling my own by mixing the process I was learning with my own art journaling process. When my pages all had some color, line, pattern and collage on them, I looked through them asking myself if that particular page felt like of any significant place, event or feeling on our trip. They did! I was pleasantly surprised and named some of the pages.

Looking through the photos on my iPad for places, events or things that held significance for me, I incorporated some of those images by sketching and painting them on the pages. What fun! Here are some photos I looked at and the journal pages that represent them.

This revelation of combining abstraction with representational art in new ways is exciting for me.

Thank you for joining me for this mini-journey through my travel journal pages.

May you be blessed in your own creative journey at home and abroad!

Stencils Used in This Post

Many stencils were used in Mary Beth’s class from StencilGirl® Products. The stencils in the scrapbook style page are these below:

StencilGirl® Products
Bible Journaling Figures
9×12″ L

StencilGirl® Products
Figures Praising
9×12″ L727

StencilGirl® Products
Going Global Small
6×6″ s556

Living Your Word 2019 Opportunity!

Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
URL for Facebook group:

URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2019




Valerie: (this one :-))


  1. This is so delightful friend! I love the abstract loose work in your journal and the texture too. Yay for travels journals!

    • Thank you Anneli. I know you understand so well. I’m in good company with you! We’re both into the abstraction now. Cheers to more!

  2. Valerie, your journal is wonderful! I love how you mixed what you learned with your own style and the way you shared the photos and how you interpreted them. I’m always so thankful that you share your art techniques and creative insights and inspiration with us. 🙂

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