What a relief, on my part. It definitely took longer than I expected, but this travel sketchbook has taught me ALOT about myself. I guess I'll just start from the beginning! 

I've always wanted to create a travel sketchbook and I knew I wanted to document this trip. I didn't want to purchase a new sketchbook with more pages than I knew I would need, so I decided to create my own mini sketchbook. Mind you, it was my first time really binding a sketchbook together. I don't count those times back in elementary school when I would fold a bunch of printer paper in half and bind it with staples, lol.

At the time, I encountered Sea Lemon on YouTube (who specializes in bookbinding) and I decided to try out her coptic stitch and it was quite easy and therapeutic. If you'd like to learn how to bind your own sketchbook with this particular stitch, watch her tutorial here: (How to Make a Sketchbook: Coptic Stitch)

I could've sworn I took pictures of my process in making the sketchbook...I can't seem to find them. Thankfully though, I did save a snap at the final stages:

As for the materials I used:

  1. Strathmore Mixed Media Paper (from a sketchbook)
  2. Black Moleskine soft cover
  3. Black craft thread from Michael's Arts & Crafts
  4. Xacto knife
  5. Pencil
  6. Round kraft sticker and kraft flag from Target
  7. Clips from Target

Once I completely it, I made a video about it and my trip to SF:

As mentioned in this video, I talked about how I wanted to make time for doodling on my trip. With the amount of pages, I was a bit worried that I wouldn't have the time, and I was right. I should've known! lol. I realize that when I spend time with my family, I want to be fully present. I felt that sketching on the go while with them would only hinder me from really having fun. We were pretty much out and about most of that weekend, and when we did head back to their apartment, I just wanted to rest and chill. So honestly, throughout the whole trip...I only got to finish 2/32 pages.

So, since I didn't get to fill the rest of the pages during my trip, I decided to just write a list on my iPhone of the places, food and things I did that weekend that I wanted to illustrate. I made sure that I divided the pages evenly throughout those 4 days, so that meant that I would have to fill up 8 pages per day. Which in the end worked out well! 

So once I got home, I didn't work on it for a few days. The introvert in me needed some time to recharge before heading back into the studio full force.

Once I got back in the flow of things, I worked on my SF mini sketchbook bit by bit. 


Overall, I would say it took me about 3 months to complete. I don't remember the actual date when I finished it, but I know it was before the holidays. I swear, when that day finally came, I felt all this weight lifted off my shoulders, and I just didn't know what to do with myself. lol.

My problem was that I didn't manage my time well enough. I had a lot of upcoming videos I already had in queue that I knew I really wanted to put out on my channel, and creating content for 2 channels isn't easy thats for sure! Plus, I wanted to make time for doodling and posting on my Instagram, and I had my regular job, Auntie Duties and other daily responsibilities that I had to tend to. So, working on my SF mini sketchbook kept being pushed back further and further. I know people weren't nagging me to get it done and I'm sure there were people who just couldn't wait to see it all finished...but I just wasn't making a schedule and deadline for it. Which I probably should have now that I think about it. But, hey...when you start a new project, you can't always expect it to go as planned. I was testing the waters, so to speak and at least NOW I know what to expect, and how I usually work. Which, has changed quite a bit since then and I'm happy that I'm getting better and better at managing my time!

Now, onto the video. I didn't keep tabs of how long it took me to put this together, but I would say 2-3 weeks. Filming it was pretty tedious, because I was trying to get all the different angles. Editing it though, was EXTRA tedious but I had a lot of fun going through all the video clips (many snapchat stories, lol) and just reliving all those fun moments put a smile to my face. I had already expected this video to be more than 20 mins. long because I wanted to put all the fun shots in there! I usually avoid making videos more than 10 mins. long but this particular video is an exception ;) My Macbook Pro officially hates me because now it's slowing down from all the space I've taken up. lol. 

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this video and my sketchbook as much as I enjoyed putting it all together. It's like my little baby. I've helped it grow into this beautiful thing, filled with memories and fun times. I feel so proud! haha.

I can't wait to make more! I really hope that I'll be able to travel more in the future because travel sketchbooks are my favorite :)