My Digital Travel Journal

In the past year I've been experimenting with Goodnotes on my iPad and seeing what kind of digital journals I can keep. One thing I've tried out is keeping a digital travel journal. Simpler than a scrapbook, I just add a few photos and bits and pieces as we're traveling.

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I've found a big bonus to going digital for my travel journal, is not only do you have to carry a lot less stuff, but especially here in Mexico we get no paper ephemera. Often when you travel there's ticket stubs, maps, etc. But here we never get any little bits of paper. So going digital makes a lot of sense when there's nothing physical I'm trying to include. Also, it's a lot easier to browse the internet to look for interesting graphics to include from the places we've visited.

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The hardest thing to get used to for me is not being able to shadow my elements. I generally have been using frames that are already shadowed and trying to convince myself that the no shadow look is okay. I may ultimately end up making some shadowed elements just for use in my travel journal.

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The planner I'm using is from DPlanStudio. I do most of the journaling in the Goodnotes app on my iPad, with a little here and there done in the Photoshop app also on iPad.

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What do you think? I like the informality of the journal background and I may see what other ways I can use it in the coming year.

Recent Comments

Jen Johnson
Jen Johnson Sat, 01/21/2023 - 16:43

This is so super cool!

Margaret Anne
Margaret Anne Sat, 01/21/2023 - 12:13

Dafont is also one of my favorites too. I have several of their fonts on my IPAD because they are great for using the papers we get from this website and using a clipping mask to adhere them to the font in my layouts.

Sarah Palmer
Sarah Palmer Wed, 01/18/2023 - 15:13

Thank you, Marisa! I love Dafont & spend way too much time ogling the fonts (it's like an art gallery for me) - but I'd never noticed this one. Downloading it now!

Marisa Lerin
Marisa Lerin Mon, 01/16/2023 - 07:37

It's the Stampete font:

Margaret Anne
Margaret Anne Sat, 01/14/2023 - 05:21

I enjoy the look of travelers notebooks, myself. I love to make digital journals as well. This is a very pleasant layout.

Sarah Palmer
Sarah Palmer Fri, 01/13/2023 - 09:42

I absolutely love these layouts & this idea! I especially love the stamp? font? labels? you used for the locations. Would you be willing to share what you used? It's such a great retro look.

Tina Shaw
Tina Shaw Fri, 01/13/2023 - 06:23

You can say that his mom all you want, Marisa! :P

So, Goodnotes is an iOS only product BUT, I did find a waitlist to beta test it on Windows, if anyone is interested:

I have got to get more organized this year! :D

Sue Bundy
Sue Bundy Thu, 01/12/2023 - 06:45

I love this! Thinking of so many things I could do. I am interested in learning how to do this!!! I've also wanted to learn how to make and use a digital planner.

Mariana Perri
Mariana Perri Thu, 01/12/2023 - 03:02

This looks amazing!
Travel ephemera has become hard to come around... everything is gone digital. I have a traditional album of a trip I made to Rome that even uses the paper from menus I was gifted as base, but now all we get are QR codes. This is a good solution!