my travel sketchbook: San Francisco

Hello hello!

Last month I visited San Francisco for the first time and naturally I’ve kept a moleskine sketchbook with me throughout the trip, to be filled with sketches, instax photos, doodles and notes about my adventures. I did some urban sketching on location a few times (Golden Gate Bridge – check!) and worked on my daily notes back at the hotel each night, allowing me to document most of the trip before boarding our plane back!
Once I was at home I journaled about our last day there, printed a few tiny photos (I use wireless Canon Selphy printer) since my well used/loved Instax camera finally gave out while on the trip, added some extra stickers and washi tape and called it done.
And so here it is, my San Francisco sketchbook:

and the last few pages:
I’m so glad I took those instant polaroid photos, kept up with daily notes and included some of the paper memorabilia from the places we went to. Documenting on-the-go not only allowed me to capture all the little details that would otherwise be forgotten quickly, but provided me with a treasured time-capsule of my trip as soon as I was back home.
I love all my travel sketchbooks and would definitely recommend this kind of memory keeping to anyone who likes to travel.

So that’s it for now, friends. Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my stuff 🙂

my travel sketchbook: Arizona

Please pardon my dust, as I get back to this thing called blogging.
Last month I’ve had a chance to attend crafters’ paradise show, a.k.a. Creativation (former CHA) in Phoenix with my ever so supportive hubby. I’ve kept a travel sketchbook with me throughout the trip and filled it with notes, instax photos, doodles and little sketches about our Arizona adventures. I was able to work on my sketchbook each night back at the hotel, allowing me to complete 90% of it by the time I got home. I’ve kept it simple, adding only a few stickers and washi tapes I’ve brought with me on this trip.
The album is Heidi Swapp’s instax album I got in Michael’s couple of months ago. It has nice white pages that looked thick enough to possibly hold watercolours AND it has vellum on every other page *insert all the heart eyes emojis here* I used the white pages for my Instax photos and sketches (which worked out great by the way, warping only a little bit when I did a full painted page) and vellum pages for journaling. I loved the whole see-through pages look throughout the sketchbook. Vellum is just my favourite 🙂
Anyways, here it is, my Arizona sketchbook start to finish.

I’m so glad both my husband and I have kept up our daily notes no matter how tired we were each night after days’ excursions. Little (and even not so little) details disappear quickly and I really wanted to capture as much of our trip as possible while the memories were still fresh.
I am also currently working on a travel 6″x8″ scrapbook album of this Arizona trip. I’ll share the finish pages here as well, so stay tuned for that ?

thank you for visiting and checking out my sketchbook! if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to answer them promptly.


magic lights printable

hey guys,
Today’s #100daysproject is a combination of our True Bokeh app + Paint Paper Studio app + the ‘Celebration of Light’ fireworks that are taking place right now in Vancouver. With our two apps, you can easily take and edit photos like this one yourself. For now here’s a free printable for you 🙂
magic_lights_printable_OlyaSchmidtTo download this freebie just click on the image to enlarge, then right click and save. And don’t forget to tag me if you use it in your projects, I would love to see it!