Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Traveler's Digest


Whenever I travel, I like to create a visual journal that acts as a repository for all my memories;  a book that I can flip through at any time and be brought right back into the thick of the adventure. I try to journal at some point on each day of all my trips, while the experience is fresh in my mind.

A few of my travel journals, filled with memories...




And my newest journal, which itself went on a journey from here...


to here...

London and Prague


A glimpse of what is inside...

















I have created a slideshow of each and every page from this journal which can be seen at
Create Mixed Media.

You can read more about my journal-making process on Bridgette Guerzon Mills' wonderful site amanobooks in this interview from 2009.

29 comments:

Lynn said...

These are all wonderful Seth. I love your use of old black photo albums from an earlier era. I have a few of those filled with old family photos...Dad's born in 1900.
I like your humor in them too.
Exciting travels!

Liz Hampton-Derivan Studio said...

These are treasures! What a wonderful way to preserve the memories.

Parabolic Muse said...

Seth, it's great Sunday morning yum to look through your pages. I'm so glad you are sharing them with us. I aspire to this kind of dedication and discipline and craft. What a great way to preserve your experience and to share it with others.

I did join the journal group, as you recommended. I am aiming toward sharing my own pages.
Chris

laurel said...

Love those! I've seen a number of travel journals but love the format and designs you've used. Now, how do you narrow down the photos to use? ;-)

Maureen said...

Marvelous journeys, Seth! Your creativity and discipline make these treasures.

Gwen said...

I LOVE the belt on the Prague journal, I may have to steal that idea...
They are all wonderful!

Karin Bartimole said...

Really cool and beautiful journals Seth! Each unique to the place and time in your life. I, too, admire the discipline you have for keeping this tradition strong and alive through your travels. Excellent!

magpie said...

i'm a happy vicarious traveler.
thanks so much for the inspiration of these.

Dyche Designs said...

I love it Seth, I'm thinking of trying to pull one together when I go to Yellowstone next month.

apaperbear said...

Seth your travel journals are amazing. I'd love to see them in real life, they have so much depth.

Michele Meister said...

wonderful post as usual :)

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Your journals are wonderful, I love the wooden cross.
I also love the mix of graffiti photos with the classic designs and sculptures in your Praque book.

Thanks for your visit to my blog, nice to *see* you.

Marie said...

What fantastic souvenirs you've given yourself! I'm inspired.
BTW,really enjoyed your journal post& love your collages.

Stephanie said...

I love looking at journals, travel, daily...all of them. Do you create loose pages as you travel and compile your jouranls when you get home?

just curious :)

mansuetude said...

I just listened about Mark Twain being considered a great travel writer. Could be a perfect journaling experience for art and writing.

Susan M said...

Wait - I get it! The belt buckle is the reminder from when the TSA gave you your patdown. Ah, the joys of flying....
Nice work. Take me with you next time.

Leslie said...

Your travel journals are awesome, and I just love that you keep them. What treasures you have filled with memories of your journeys. Inspiring!

Dave said...

Incredible journals! Very, very impressive...so cool to see!! Thanks!!

Marit said...

Wonderful books Seth! And so precious packed with memories! I'm not much of a traveler (anymore) but I know the joy of journaling the journey. It almost makes me want to travel again - just for the opportunity to make a journal out of it...!

Lisa Hoffman said...

OMG.
Stunning.
I strongly suggest that you send them all to me for my birthday which is not for MONTHS but entirely beside the point.

La Dolce Vita said...

your journals are just wonderful Seth, lots of texture and so thoughtfully put together... love the way you obscured the text ...

rivergardenstudio said...

Your London to Prague journal is incredible, i love seeing even newer textures with your photographs, (which are amazing) and the way you have captured the feelings and moods of the places you visited. So glad to see all of these pages tonight!!! roxanne

Twigart said...

I really enjoyed seeing your journals. I keep travel journals too (not as beautiful sadly) so you've definitely given me some inspiration for making them more unique. Thank you!

rebeca trevino said...

Seth
these are terrific. we are headed to spain and italy this summer, and can't wait to start my own 'travel digest'

Jo Archer said...

They are beautiful, Seth.

urbandon (Don Pezzano) said...

Great work. Loved having a good look at the slide show of the journals.

alteredbits said...

i LOVE! this is magnificent! i wish i went on such wondrous trips so i could make lovely memorial books too, but the second best thing is getting to see yours and imagine the great times you've had. these pages are so lovely!!

sandi m said...

I don't know what to say...your work is just awesome!! Beautiful, beautiful treasures.

Gillian McMurray said...

I always love seeing your travel journals. They look like they came from the travels of someone doing the Grand Tour.