My husband and I are heading out for an extra long weekend to New York city tomorrow! Of course we have the typical list of sites to see and only three days to see them. I’m the typical tourist that loves to see all of the major attractions with all of the other people that want to see the same things 🙂
I wanted to document our trip and as a rehabilitated scrapbooker, that was my first thought. However, as we all know, when we get home from the trip, the photos tend to stay in digital form and working on that scrapbook becomes more of a chore than a relaxing escape.
My solution is to make a smash book on the go. It’s scrapbooking without the pressure. My only dilemma was printing pictures. I know myself, and if I wait until I get home to print pictures, it won’t get done. My second solution, I purchased a portable photo printer, a Canon Selphy (not a great name, but it seems to do the trick) It prints using USB connection and inserting an SD card. It also works through wifi if you install the dedicated app on your phone. The print quality is quite good, my only concern is how long each ink cartridge will last. This weekend will put it to the test.
I have constructed a travel kit pictured below.
I purchased a Smash Book (the black Mod style) and I’m taking a couple of the accessories that they make to go with the book. The glue stick, Liquitex paint pens and washi tapes are to decorate the pages as I go. The additional stamps, stickers, Inktense pencils and watercolours are to play in a mini Moleskin book that I’m also bringing. This should occupy my evenings in the hotel room while avoiding being on the streets of New York after dark.
Everything except the printer fits into a an old package for sheets and is currently packed in the suitcase ready to go. My goal is to finish this project on the go. I have always wanted to document a trip while on the actual trip. I envy the artists that sit down anywhere, make a quick sketch and painting, a little journaling about the scene and they’re on their way to the next site. In my own way this is my travel journal for this trip and I’m excited to see how it turns out!