A couple of years ago I was searching for a way to organize my instant film photos. I have Polaroids and Instax prints tucked away in containers all over my home. But I wanted to do something more with them, while documenting my weeks, too.
The solution for me was a Traveler’s notebook. You’ve no doubt seen these all over Instagram and Pinterest: a modular solution that can be used as a bullet journal, art journal, travel journal. When a friend introduced me to this concept, I was intrigued.
I’ve always been a sucker for journals, calendars and office supplies of all kinds. So I started my first journal in the middle of 2015. It took a while to hit my stride, but after a time I established a rhythm with this method of journal keeping. I don’t write lengthy entries, but simply make notes about day-to-day activities and use my instant film photos to complete the story. I often include ephemera, too: ticket stubs, business cards, dried flowers and so on.As this year is wrapping up, I’m preparing to begin another year of journals. And I’m sharing this because you may want to embark on a new project, too. Maybe you want to get photos off your phone or hard drive so you can see and enjoy them. Or maybe, like me, you have piles of instant prints just waiting for a home. No matter what, there’s great satisfaction in having actual prints and being able to reflect on your days, weeks (and years) with a visual journal.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into parts of my year. May you and yours enjoy making–and possibly documenting–wonderful memories this holiday season!