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You asked how I am doing with making pages for the journal inspired by Mary Ann Moss's "Ticket to Venice" class. The short answer is GREAT. I am having a grand time assembling pages, and I have loved watching her videos. Now that I am on my own, I was quite inspired to see Mary Ann's travel plan -- taking a trip alone, walking and exploring and photographing by day, journaling by night. It looks quite feasible and very, very fun.
But as I do not have any big travel on the agenda soon, I decided to take a more general approach to the journal. I could not resist also watching the videos for Mary Ann's "Remains of the Day" class which involves a similar journal but using more daily ephemera and piecing the bits together without an overall theme.
So, as I've said (and as you can see in the little slide show of pages above) I've really been having fun mixing paper scraps and random items. But I would find it hard to make a travel journal for a specific destination. I think I would be inclined, while traveling, to gather up lots of papers, take lots of pictures, keep notes or journaling bits on separate cards or in the Midori Travel Journal, and then assemble it all when I get back home.
But then again, what you are doing looks quite perfect for your Italy trips -- just means leaving a lot more blank pages for insertion of photos and souvenir bits and journaling. But then making the book doesn't seem like it'd be as much fun. I will be going up to Washington State in a few weeks and my plan will to be take lots of pictures and collect papers and make a book about it all when I get home. We'll see how that goes.
By the way, Mary Ann says in her videos that she prints photos on Staples Matte photo paper. I bought some and I LOVE how it looks and feels. The photos take on a different look and the weight and texture of the paper makes great book pages. I can second her recommendation.
I now find myself looking at papers everywhere, seeing it as a potential book page part.