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Croatia Travel Journal

Croatia Travel Journal by Lauren Likes. Tips and ideas for journaling and saving your favorite tickets, labels and all those fun little bits when you travel to capture the beauty of your travels without overwhelming your time and energy.

Last summer we took a dream trip through Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary. We drove the coast, explored the mountains and pretty much lived in a fairy tale for 3 weeks. Croatia and Slovenia are stoked full of the most surreal and idyllic cities and landscapes. The turquoise oceans, the red/orange rooftops of 1000 year old cities, flowers in every window and truffles on everything. It is a delight for your senses and an artists’ pleasure.

While travelling I wanted to be in every moment, but every moment came back to back to back and faster and faster and we were a bit overwhelmed with the gorgeousness of every turn we made. Thankfully I came prepared with a beautiful and simple travel journal and I only needed a few moments each day to capture the highlights of our trip so as to not lose the beauty of our time.

Below is the process I used for capturing this trip in my travel journal. I am passionate about collecting your memories, but not letting them sit on a shelf. But turning them into inspiration and that inspiration into art.

If you would like to move your photos and notes from the page to the canvas of your choice, join me in my course Travel Like An Artist. You will learn how to take the beauty, flavors, colors, ideas and inspiration from your latest trip and turn it into new, unqiue and inspired artwork. Learn more here.



  • Have your journal prepped and ready to go, don’t waste time and energy creating each page background when you could be traveling, eating or sleeping
  • Spend 5 minutes working every night
  • Do the least amount possible. Decide what is important for you to document and do, at least, the bare minimum each night so that you have the most important parts recorded. Anything in addition is just gravy 😉
  • Keep a generic format for your journaling: date, location, general overview of your day and the highlight.
  • Veer off the format and simply write a note about your favorite part of the trip so far or a love letter to a new type of tea you tried and loved.
  • Don’t over pack. You don’t want to be overwhelmed with supplies
  • Use those tickets and pretty papers you pick up! Hoarding is not cute or useful
  • Throw away papers and things you pick up as you travel. What you think is an absolute necessity today likely wont be tomorrow. I usually always pick up a pamphlet, map, etc everywhere we go and then every few days sort through and toss out the ones that are ugly, boring, useless, duplicates, just too heavy, etc.
  • Always buy postcards…
  • Get creative. Find ways to use elements, like larger maps or double-sided tickets. Fold things up, only tape them down on one side.
  • Keep what is important to YOU. Some people keep receipts, tags, napkins, notes, trash, tickets. It doesn’t matter. Whatever you like, staple it in. Some of my favorite things to collect are beer or drink labels, tickets, things in other languages and receipts.
  • Be ok with blank space. You don’t have to fill the whole journal or every page. This is why having a pre-prepped journal is nice, some pages can speak for themselves.
  • It’s ok to rip things. I fear, in the moment, ripping something up to use a small portion that I will regret it forever but I never once have. There is still plenty left over to scrapbook with.
  • This journal is about journaling, not about being the most beautiful, so let some expectations go.

I hope you enjoyed a peek into our summer and my journal. This book, because of all it’s wonkiness and random memories and items always tends to be one of my favorites. These moments that I collected in here are some of my favorite and will last beyond my lifetime because I took the time to stop and write them down.

I hope you are inspired to create your own travel journal and to record your memories. I am working on a new class focused on just this, so be sure to sign up for my mailing list to be the first to hear when it is available!

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Birthday Weekend Minibook

Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy BoxYou may remember, a year ago almost, we went to one of the magical islands of Korea to celebrate my birthday. I came home and immediately began working on this minibook but for some reason got stuck at the very very end. Serial project non finished here. So this past weekend I made myself finish a bunch of projects that were just sitting around waiting on one or two last touches. This book was really simple, as I followed by fool proof strategy. I printed only the photos I wanted to use, I chose a color scheme, then picked out a handful of card and embellishments in that color/theme and worked from a ‘kit’ that I made myself. This technique helps me narrow down my choices and keep my books cohesive. About 95% of the embellishments and cards came from a few Messy Boxes which have quickly become my scrapbooking supplies of choice. Now, onto the book! Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box

I love simple and quick albums. I love, even more, having books finished and in my hands so I can remember all the fun of surprise fun weekends. Now onto documenting all the fun to come this year!

Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions (no longer available).

New Pocket Prompt Class at Big Picture Classes!

Main-4-BPC Main-3-BPC main-1-BPC PROMO-2I warned you guys there were some fun things in the works behind the scenes!! I have a new class out with Big Picture Classes today! 

I’m teaching June’s Pocket Prompt class where we are creating a spread centered around my favorite element: water! 

In the class we will: 

  • Create a themed spread all about your adventures in the water
  • Share tips for safeguarding your phone in the water
  • 5 new photography challenges for capturing your next beach, lake, or pool adventure
  • 5 journaling challenges to stretch your current journaling to be more thorough and indulgent
  • Make a spread using a “color story”
  • Tips for including journaling when you don’t love your handwriting

Summer time for me is all about seeking the water every chance I get and I know the same is true for you guys when that summer heat hits. So join me and we will walk together from the very beginning, taking the photos, to building a complete spread.

Don’t forget! You can do a FREE 2 week trial with Big Picture Classes and try out their amazing library of classes, including mine! 

PS if you are heading out for vacation, while you’re already taking my Pocket Prompt Class, check out my other class Mini On The Go and make a full mini book while you’re travelling!