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In my Traveling Art Journal Box

I don't know about you, but I tend to jump around from craft to craft.  Whether it be scrapbooking, card making, sewing, art journaling or something else, it is always nice to have a little portable take-along-box of supplies to bring with you when traveling.  We just returned home this week from a vacation (in Manitoba visiting family) and for this trip, my go-to craft was art journaling. 

To begin, I was in need of a container to hold my portable studio. So, I asked for ideas via Twitter and got some great suggestions as to a container to use for my art journaling supplies.

ArtfulWoman (a.k.a. Bronwyn Simons) suggested a  "cute metal lunchbox."

BalzerDesigns (a.k.a. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer) uses a "lunch box or pencil case."

JaydePhoenix (of Ac-cen-tchu-ate the Positive) says, "I'm silly enough to go really 1940s and use a cigar/pencil box tied up with ribbon to hold it closed lol." (Well, I don't think that's silly though!  I think that if you have something pretty then you will be inspired to create with what's inside it.)

I looked around for a few days and ended up going with a clear plastic bin with lid that I found at Walmart.  It's just a small bin, so that it doesn't take up a lot of room in the car, but is still large enough to fit my art journal and some supplies. Surprisingly, it actually fits a lot of supplies! (What you see on top is some woodgrain drawer liner, but it wouldn't stick so this came off pretty quickly.)

Here is a run-down of what I brought along:

Art Journal: a small old hardcover book that I've been working in for awhile. 

Stamps: some handcarved, an older date stamp from Jenni Bowlin Studios, texture "Statement" stamps from Redlead PaperWorks, some stamps from Crafty Secrets, and other miscellaneous ones in a clear plastic cd cover (see below). Also an acrylic block.

Inks & Sprays: Liquitex Inks , Smooch Inks and Smooch Spritz 's, Adirondack InksStazOn Ink Pads in brown and black (I could have done with just one, but had room for two in the bin.)

– Pencils/Markers: sketching pencil by Berol Prismacolor in 5B, and a black marker from the dollar store (my good one dried out and this substitute really didn't do well – it bled.), Copic Markers in shades of green, watercolour pencils by Derwent , General's Kimberly , and Faber-Castell

Paints: Golden Fluid Acrylics in "Yellow Ochre" and "Green Gold," Making Memories "Spotlight," and Faber-Castell Gelatos . (Next time I will add more colours of paints, but using the Faber-Castell Gelatos and the watercolour pencils I could mix my own colours with the Spotlight as a base.)

Texture Tools: a small pop bottle lid for adding texture with paint, a little screen netting, bubble wrap, another bit of punched holes and some face cleaning pads

Other Tools: scissors,  2 sizes of paint brushes and a pallet knife, paint pallet (a plastic lid would work well for this), a small cup for water (for painting),  baby wipes, a glue stick by Scotch ,  Washi Tape

I also had some baggies along to keep any items from possibly leaking inside the art box bin while we were traveling.  Plus, the pens and pencils were secured in an elastic band.

And here is inside the CD case that holds some other miscellaneous stamps.  Some of these I drew and had made by a local company.  Others shown here are by Crafty Secrets, L'il Davis, and Technique Tuesday.

* Edited: Something I would add next time would be some Gel Medium or Mod Podge.  Definitely handy to have for adhering little bits of collage or ephemera and also for image transfers.

Next I'll show you some of the pages I worked on, while on vacation, using these supplies in my traveling art journal box.  

What about you?  Do you have a portable craft box you take along with you on vacation?  What do you include in yours? Send an email to scrapscene (no space) if you'd like to have your ideas shared on ScrapScene.

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  1. Karenliz
    June 10th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    WOW That plastic container carries a lot. I just started art journaling and was trying to put together a travel box. Thanks for the idea. One question….are these supplies always in there or do you change them out often?

    Thanks for the ideas!

  2. June 10th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    Hi Karen, I just made this art journaling box up for this trip, but I think I’m going to keep everything together in here for now. We live in a small space so I mostly have to clean things up when I play with my supplies. This small bit will be easier to access. 😉 Oh, and the container is about 12″ long x 7 1/2″ wide x 5″ high.

  3. June 10th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    Love this post! I never need more then an hour for packing my clothes, but packing my art journal box takes more then half a day, merely because i cannot decide. These are great tips, so thanks!

  4. Karen Pruzansky
    June 10th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    I love your travel kit! Great idea to use a CD case for the stamps.

  5. June 10th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    I usually travel with the bare essentials: scissors, tape runner, journal pen, glue stick, and a 2″ binder that I put together with notebook paper, cardstock, and variety of pocket pages that I fill up along the way. It looks like a smaller Project Life memory book. I like the variety of things you bring. That may be the way to go on my next travel adventure.

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