Arte Es Vida

The Traveler’s Keepsake Journal by arteesvida
November 26, 2006, 4:55 pm
Filed under: Book Reviews, Journaling

You will discover that your stories — and your collages – will be infinite in number, told through a comination of images that layer one memory atop the other, revealing things as indescribable as emotions and as specific as a sip of single malt scotch or a pressing from a friend’s garden.”
–Louise Kollenbaum

Souvenirs de Voyage By Louise Kollenbaum is a wonderful combination of a wonderful how-to book about travel journaling combined with a working travel journal you can use for your own explorations! Billed as a traveler’s keepsake book, this beautifully bound tome offers tips on collecting, journal writing, and several art basics including how to archive collected materials and what kind of papers and glues to use. The chapter breakdown includes: Collection, A Travel Journal, Travel Collage, Composition and Color, Preservation, and Enlightened Journeys. Many of Louise Kollenbaum’s own lovely travel collages decorate many of these pages.

These chapters make it easy to forget that this book is also a complete travel journal. Lined pages for writing, blank pages for sketching or collage, and sturdy wax paper envelopes designed to hold all of your collected treasures. The pressed flowers, menus, love notes, postcards, and other bits of ephemera that tell the story of your adventures more than any written account could. This is the first journal I have seen that is designed to hold them all…and it makes me desperately want to take a trip right NOW!

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