Travel Journal: January 2019 – Aladdin

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You know, I hate scrapbooking…

I have tried on multiple occasions to scrapbook. I tried traditional scrapbooking. I would spend hours on a layout, glue it down, and then tear it apart the next day. I tried pocket scrapbooking…. I couldn’t even get the pictures printed and the cards in the pockets.

So, really, I’m going to try this again?!

Yah.

I’m trying my hand at a more freeform style – a travel journal. This is a small-ish, journal style scrapbook that can be whatever you want it to be. I plan on making small illustrations, writing only as much as I want (surprise – I’m not big into journaling either! LOL!), and adding in ephemera and pics from the “event” or trip.

I have a page to do from earlier in the month, but I saved pages in the journal for that. I knew I had to get this page ready so I should share it today. And, the bonus, it’s done and ready for a pic from the night we go to see Aladdin, the Broadway musical. Yippee!

For the Connie Can Crop This Magical Moment Blog Hop (January 2019) Featuring: Cozy Cat Designs Aladdin coloring pages, Prima Tropicals watercolors. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #traveljournal #aladdin #disney

I bought the journal months ago as it piqued my interest. (More on that another day…) Of course, with my scrapbook commitment issues, I really didn’t know where I was going to start. 2019 seemed like a good place! Then, when this hop theme came up, and our tickets to go see Aladdin coincide, I knew it was time to give this a try. And I can’t be more happy with the result of my first page!

I found some digital art from Creative Market – because I’m not great at drawing. I knew, once I saw the images, that this is what the layout would look like.

In hindsight, I should have looked for a journal that has mixed media pages. The pages of this journal are thin and won’t take ink or water well. To get past this, I prepped the book by separating the page from the rest of the journal with a piece of cardboard behind it. I then taped down the page with some washi tape, and applied a thin layer of clear gesso to the page so I could watercolor on it without fear of the page soaking through, balling up or wrinkling excessively. It worked great! I may end up gluing pages together so they’re a little less see-through, but I haven’t made up my mind on that yet…

I sized the Cave of Wonders image on my computer so it would fit in the journal corner, then I printed it out. I rubbed a pencil on the back side of the printed image and used a score tool to trace the image onto the journal. I did the same thing with the “Aladdin” title. For that, I just found a sample from Google Images and printed it out. This journal is for personal use, so I’m not worried about any copyright infringement issues.

Then the fun part – watercoloring! I’m in love with these Prima Tropicals watercolors. The color can be as intense as you want with very little ink. Needless to say, I diluted it down a ton to start the sandy lion – adding darker and darker layers with Aquapainters as each previous layer dried. In order to keep the jewels looking pristine, I covered them with masking fluid, removing the coating only after I was sure I was done with all the sand. Then, I painted in the jewels and coins, adding some All-Purpose Ink in Vegas Gold and Frost White for some sparkle, and white gouache to make the pearls and sparkles. I then came back and painted in the name in a coordinating blue, with a very small paintbrush. I remembered to snap some extra pictures for you…

All I need is a picture of me and Brian at the performance and the page will be complete!

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