I have been trying for years to find a way on how to do something like this with a sketchbook. Everything I have tried has either been way too simple or way too complicated. I was really wanting to do something like this for my trip to Amsterdam back in August, but didn't have time to figure it out. Thankfully, I discovered Samantha's book on Amazon. Instead of starting on the day I got it, I decided to go back in time and do the Amsterdam trip first. They take up a couple of spreads. Then I will jump ahead to now!
The next step would be to add color to this page! Thank you Samantha!
Here are my completed pages from my trip to Amsterdam! I like each one for different reasons. I left space for traditional "journaling" in order to capture a continuous story of the trip rather than just pieces of it. It was my first international trip so there was a lot to take in. I am happy I was able to put some of the souvenirs in there by way of the collage technique!
Some in progress Daily Sketches
Ice skating page where the ice skates became the hero image
Christmas Day turned into a collage of wrapping paper and the "busy day" method. Except I applied it to the gifts that were received :)
Another page. Mixture of "hero" images.
Page of the day my new nephew was born!!
Detail of my sister with my 2 year old niece. Teaching her how to decorate cookies and not make a total mess!!
Time to add color!
Pages with color!
These pages have been a lot of fun to put together. I am not a person that can get a page in everyday, especially since I have a full-time job and I make art pieces outside of work. I am unable to make a page each day. I make one every few days, especially if there are things I want to remember. I have also combined days into one page if I just worked in my studio for most of the day. My family and friends love this way too much that they tell me what they want me to draw!!