Girls + 1 Weekend..

It has been quite a while since I’ve checked in to this little blog, along with all my other social medias. We experienced a family loss that kind of took the wind out of my sails, but there is more to it than that, I’ll expand on this a little more in an end of the year blog post.

In the meantime, I wanted to share this rather long blog post about my “Girls Weekend” with my daughter + 1, and the subsequent mini art journal process and pages.

This post is pretty photo heavy, so hang on to your hats and grab a cup of tea!


I’ll start out with the gathering of supplies. Some awesome little office goodies I found at The Container Store.


Various ephemera to work with, menu, hotel receipt, comment card, and my daughters train ticket .


Brochures and maps of the town, our valet parking ticket and a mini folder from our room keys.IMG_1063

Lastly, a couple of sweet photos taken on our trip.


Supplies gathered, along with a few items from around my art room, and I’m ready to start pulling my pages together. I start by laying down a foundation of the ephemera for that page. I tried to keep things in somewhat of a chronological order knowing I would be going back and journaling about it. Those little slips of paper at the top left are my journaling notes. I have since put together a small book for the same purpose.

Then, I start embellishing the page, after that it’s ready to journal on.


I didn’t leave room to journal on this page spread, I’ll be using a journaling card, then putting it into that little folder.


Open it up and there you have it. How cute is that illustration from the hotel brochure! If I had worked on this in the room, I might have not taken the time to find these little touches.

IMG_1085The front cover and first page. Dec. 11th Our Lady of Guadelupe Day, I thought this was a good place to start…


…along with a postage stamp of a train (my daughter took the train over because of snow on the passes) and one of Saint Augustine, the patron saint of party! Dude!


Our second day there. With a day of shopping under our belts, we slept in, then got ready for brunch and another day’s shopping.

While I was getting ready, my daughter grabbed my phone and took some awesome selfies of her and + 1. All of them came out great, but this one was my favorite!

IMG_1096So many great restaurants within walking distance. We only had a couple of days, but we put a dent in as many as we could!


I love cityscapes, especially if I’ve been to that city! I love my little town, but it’s nice to get back to the city once in a while!


We topped off our weekend with meeting my son and his girlfriend for brunch. It was such a cute little place, packed, but super tasty food!

I hope this gave you an idea of how I pull together my travel pages. I usually try to work on my journals while traveling, but if it doesn’t work out, taking notes to refer to later works just as well.

If I don’t get back here before Christmas…

Happy Holidays,

Thanks for stopping by,


3 thoughts on “Girls + 1 Weekend..

  1. hi patty, i am so sorry to hear of your loss… thank you for sharing these pages. what a special way to document this time. i love your style. those page reinforcements are adorable, as is the tiny clothespin heart. is this little journal slipped into a “dori” type cover? your postage stamp collection seems to have a stamp for every occasion! love that 😉 merry christmas to you and yours xo


    1. Hi Jenny! I’m so sorry it took so long to approve this comment, I thought I had on my phone, but I guess it didn’t take. Grrr! Yes, that is my version of a dori cover for that journal. I hope you had a Merry Christmas. Happy New Year to you and yours!


  2. Hi Patty So sorry to hear about your family loss.
    Thanks again for sharing your journaling girls weekend and the gorgeous photos of daughter +1. Very sweet!
    Great idea about using all the hotel and train ephemera, it really adds to the look of the journal pages.
    Have a lovely Christmas and holiday season!


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