You know how I made my sea soul journal? I had planned to work on it while on vacation at the beach earlier this month.
Well. I didn't do a stitch in it. Didn't even pull out my journal. I was too busy relaxing on the beach, swimming and enjoying the atmosphere.
I did, however, take over 300 photos on my iPhone, so I decided to make a journal like this one that I have been wanting to do for ages - using instagram photos to have the book made, and then writing in the details myself. I did think it would be fun to take it a step further and add some fun bits of ephemera, both old and from my trip.
I will not bore you with every page of the book I made, but will share my faves...
I saved some sand in a small glassine envelope.
Using some of the bits of ephemera I set aside to use in my Sea Soul journal (which will be an ongoing journal, so never fear, it will get completed eventually!), a tourist magazine from the island we stayed on, and a Sakura Microperm pen (to ensure there would be no bleeding).
Above I used some letters from an old game and a snip from an antique book. See detail below.
I used the lady from my Sea Soul Collage Sheet on the page below:
I was able to capture a lot of in/under water moments using a Lifeproof case on my iPhone - it was great fun!
We lucked out and saw sea turtles hatching - it was a wonderful experience and deserved a full spread, as shown below with some other spreads that just have some writing, no ephemera on them:
Below is the inside back cover...I used an screen shot of a text Mike sent me and an image from a travel magazine I got from our bed and breakfast.
I couldn't have agreed with Mike more. Monday morning back at work was tough!
Final thoughts: I have heard great things about BLURB books so I decided to go with them. I will admit that I probably will not use them again. I was disappointed with what I got for the price (thq quality of the paper, the slow but costly shipping speed, etc), and I was unhappy of how the cover images didn't line up , even though I was using their template in Adobe InDesign .
I would make another book like though, and will have to experiment with other printing options out there.