Amsterdam Photo Diary

IMG_9293 I think it's clear from these photos that Amsterdam had great sense of life and color. There was always a surprise around every corner, be it the carnival in the middle of the city or the splatter painted chair in front of a shop. Amsterdam is probably on the top of my list of places I would return to if I had the chance. It was full of fun + history. Speaking of which, one of the highlights of the trip for me was going to the Van Gogh museum. Besides having a huge collection of his paintings, there were lots of displays + videos that talked about how he worked and his materials. It was amazing! So of course, I totally recommend Amsterdam to anyone considering going there.

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// Van Gogh Museum, a page from his sketchbook

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// Lasercut studio

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This completes all of my blog posts about my recent Prague + Amsterdam trip, and I hope you enjoyed all of the photos and outfits! If you would like any more specific information about where to stay/eat/shop etc. feel free to comment or email me at ppoppe@cox.net! Thanks for reading, x. Paige

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Travel Journal DIY

IMG_5061 Before blogging, there was journaling. Whenever I go on a big trip, mainly to Europe, I collect little bits and pieces of my travels and compile them into a big fat book. I've never been one to sit down and write much, so I choose to go a more visual route by keeping ticket stubs, brochures, and postcards, and then adding little comments of memories here and there. With thoughts of going abroad on my mind, I thought about these journals I had tucked away, and decided to share them with you. Here are my favorite pages, and some tips and tricks!

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This journal is from when I traveled to Germany + Paris with my mom for 2 weeks when I was 13. My love of all things colorful is reflected on these pages. When it comes to travel journaling, I say that anything goes. I tape in candy wrappers and even receipts, because it's fun to look at the different shops and currencies.

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If my pages are looking a little sparse, I even throw in a few related magazine cutouts, like the backpacking bag covered in travel stamps.

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The other journal I have is when I took a 26-day Europe trip through an educational program, which 3 of my friends happened to go on as well! We visited Greece, Italy, Austria, and Germany. On a trip like this, journaling is awesome because you're bound to forget certain things, and this fills in some of those gaps.

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With this journal, I packed more drawing supplies and stickers that related to the countries. This helped because I was a bit busier on this trip. I used colored markers to write down silly memories, and the stickers helped make the pages have more depth and interest.

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There are no limits to journaling! Stick whatever you want inside. One of my favorite parts is this fold out book of mini postcards, which pops up when you flip through the pages.

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You may think it's hard to collect so many things on your travels, but I will just take any brochures, etc. offered to me, and just stick them in my bag. At the end of the day, its relaxing to sit down and journal to reflect on your day.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my memories and my tips on travel journaling! I am so happy I have these little collections to look back and remember my fun vacations with friends + family. I am sure I will be avidly journaling (and blogging) while in Copenhagen, especially because I will be seeing it through an architectural background now that I am in college. Thanks so much for reading, and stay tuned for my future travels! x. Paige