How to Create an Illustrated Map

In two days I’m are going on a trip to Prague with my boyfriend. I have never been there and I am so excited to explore this historic city.

I was flipping through my Lonely Planet pocket guide and I thought it would be fun to illustrate my own map of Prague.

Cartography, the art op map drawing, is a centuries-old science that has captivated explorers and wanderers throughout the ages. Although the world has been thoroughly mapped, artists continue to make maps of familiar places. Every map tells a story and in illustrating maps there is endless room for creativity.

Want to know how I illustrated my first map?

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How I use my Travelers Notebook as a stamp album

I’ve had my olive green pocket-size Travelers Notebook for a while now, but I didn’t really know what I was going to use it for. I have one grid and one blanc insert. Today I am working on my blanc insert. I decided to make it a small notebook to store my postage stamps.

Travelers Journal Stamp Album

I actually love how my cover turned out, if I may say so myself..
To create an air mail theme, I used washi tape, some stickers and a couple of vintage postage stamps to decorate the cover of my blanc insert.

 

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5 Reasons to Keep a Journal

For as long as I can remember I love journals, pens, drawing and writing. I have a box full of old diaries, holiday scrapbooks and other notebooks from the past years. Still I journal almost every day.

I keep a Bullet Journal for my daily appointments, tasks and lists.

I have a Junk Journal for memory keeping.

And I have a journal in which I write for half an hour (almost) every day. I write about what happened, how I feel, what my wishes are, what my fears are.. This is a personal notebook in which I write everything that I can possibly think about.

This morning I was reflecting about why I enjoy journaling. Here are five reasons why I love to write.

My journals.
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Book Review – Creative Flow

Two days ago I walked into a bookshop and I stumbled upon a book between a few large stacks. The book has cheerful illustrations on the cover and I was drawn to it immediately.

The book is called ‘Creative Flow – A year in my mindful life’ and it is sort of a creative diary. It is written by Jocelyn de Kwant, a mindfulness journalist, and the illustrations are by Sanny van Loon. ‘Creative Flow’ is a workbook with 365 practical exercises that revolve around mindfulness. There are many drawing tasks, but also writing assignments and breathing exercises.

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Wreck this Journal with Me

A few years ago I started a Wreck this Journal, but I never finished it. I bought a new Journal last month and I finally started working on this new book.

What is Wreck this Journal?

In case you haven’t heard about Wreck this Journal before, it’s basically an creative activity notebook for adults created by Keri Smith. Each page has different directions on it and you can interpret the task any way you like. It’s about thinking out of the box and coloring outside of the lines.

Through a series of creatively and quirkily illustrated prompts, acclaimed artist Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in ‘destructive’ acts in order to experience the true creative process. Readers are introduced to a new way of art and journal making, discovering novel ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.

Examples of the tasks you can find in the Journal;

  • Crack the spine.
  • Drip something on this page.
  • A page for four letter words.
Freeze this page.
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Junk Journal – C is for Coffee

Even as a child I used to keep diaries. Last year I kept a Junk Journal for the first time.

A Junk Journal is a handmade book made up of different kinds of paper. It can be used as a diary.

My Junk Journal is made of design paper, vintage pages from old books and pieces of cloth. I use it as a diary to document events and thoughts, but I also use it for collages. One of the collages I made in my 2017 Junk Journal was about coffee.

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