If you are an avid crafter like myself then the thought of leaving behind your collection of beloved supplies to travel the world can seem like a daunting task. It might even put you off going altogether. But it needn’t. You just have to adapt or change your craft.
I have always been someone with multiple project on the go. Sometimes it was sewing and embroidery, sometimes card making and sometimes mixed media art journaling. However I soon realised that none of these endeavours would be very successful whilst I was travelling in south east Asia. I started to think about what I enjoyed that could be done on the road. I like to draw, paint, write and scrapbook. All of these can be done while travelling albeit in a more minimalist way. I began to research travel journaling and came accross the Midori Travelers Notebook. It soon became clear that this was a notebook with a cult following. The internet contained a wealth of Midori set up videos and great inspiration on how to customise them. Crafters out there where doing amazing things with such a simple notebook design.
For those who don’t know a Midori is a brand name. It’s notebook consists of a cover (usually leather) with a elastic through the middle. The elastic allows you to slot multiple pathlet style notebooks into the cover.
You can view the Midori Travelers Notebook on their official site: www.travelers-company.com. But I bought mine from Amazon.
Next I needed to think about what to take with me to work in my journal. I bought a decent sized pencil case with multiple compartments and began to fill it with everything I might need.
What I packed
- Pencil case
- Travelsize watercolour set
- 24 watercolour pencils
- 12 felt tip pens
- 4 colourful writing pens
- 8 black drawing pens in a variety of thicknesses.
- Mechanical pencil with refills
- 3 watercolour brushes in varying sizes
- White gel pen
- Glue pen
- Fountain pen
- Collection of washi tapes
- Travel scissors
I am also taking my Fiji Install Mini 90 (Polaroid style camera)
With these items I am hoping to successfully document my trip and satisfy my creativity.