Journaling is currently a big thing in my house. Not to be confused with a diary which recounts one’s daily activities, journaling encompasses lots of things — from recording feelings and experiences, to collecting slips of important papers and photos to jotting down poems, sayings and sketches. I like to think of journaling as sort of an analog version of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or even blogging!
Both of my kidlets have their own journals and there are lots of times that they suddenly dash off to their rooms to scribble down whatever it is they put in there. See, I’m not quite sure what’s in there because whatever they put in their journal is totally private and unless they want to share it with me – this mom doesn’t peek!
All of the kidlets journaling has given me hankering to start doing it again. I started journaling way back in high school as part of a creative writing class I took. It definitely made an impression on me. I’ve kept for certain periods of my life ever since. I have one from college, which when I look back at it now, turned out to be a sort of roadmap of where I wanted my life and career to go. I kept journals when I was pregnant with each of my kidlets. In fact, someday I plan to give each of them their journal and share with them my thoughts and feelings about their impending arrival, my fears and insecurities about being a “good” mom and the hopes and dreams I had for them.
One of my all-time favorite journals though comes from a trip The Hubs and I took to Italy a few years back. We visited Rome and Florence –10 days of pure international bliss and inspiration. It documented all the adventures we had and the many amazing places we visited and things we saw on that trip. That journal is filled with personal annotations, doodles, stickers, museum tickets, photos, wine labels and matchbook covers from various restaurants we visited.
While we may not be taking any worldly trips like that anytime soon, we do have several family trips set for this summer. I’m planning on using my new Rustico Leather Travelers set to journal during those trips and preserve those memories.
My Rustico Travelers set includes a leather journal, hand-sewn luggage tag and passport cover.
The Parley Journal is truly the star of this Travelers set. It’s a beautiful flap tie journal made from top grain leather. It features a hand sewn spine and the pages inside are of a high quality cream-colored paper stock cut in a rough, rustic style. The flap tie, helps to keep everything neatly contained – so all those slips of paper, tickets or photos won’t accidentally fall out.
Rustico sells larger journals, but I think the one I got is one at 5.25 x 6.75 is the perfect size for traveling. As 5.25 x 6.75 it can easily fit into a purse, backpack or the glove compartment of a car.
You can also get your Rustico leather journal personalized with a name, title or a special date. It can be laser engraved on the bottom right corner of the front cover to commemorate a special trip or event.
This would be a perfect gift for anyone going on a special vacation or even a college grad, especially if they plan on doing some traveling and seeing the world before they settle down to a career. Set prices depend on which journal you choose, they start at $20 range all the way up to $95.
Now it’s your turn to share. Are you a diarist or a journaler, and why?
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