One of our favorite cafes in Cihangir, where we returned again and again, had piles of collage fodder free for the taking. That’s where most of the random images in the journal came from. Little zine-like booklets with happenings in Istanbul. Loved cutting those up and adding them to our journals!
Made most of the number & day labels on my computer. It’s fairly simple to figure out. I printed them on premium matte photo paper which is cardstock weight. The colors are much richer on the photo paper than on plain white cardstock.
Also took a variety of old sticker letters and rub-ons. Nearly all of them have traveled along on our last few trips. I know I’ve said this before, but keeping a travel journal is a full time occupation while traveling. If you have someone who digs it as much as you…well, that’s pretty cool.
I’ve also made travel journals for solo travels. There’s something about being all alone in an apartment in a foreign city with just a journal as a companion that is wonderfully thrilling, romantic, lonely, adventuresome. Solo travel pushes me more completely into the otherness of a place. Meandering among elegant old buildings falling into ruin. Oh the pleasure! Like strolling in an old growth forest. Wandering looking seeing imagining. There is so much to turn your attention toward.