Posted in TN journaling, Traveler's Notebook, Traveler's Notebook Spreads

How I document my wildlife and nature finds in my Traveler’s Notebook

My current insert for the Summer period – official Webster’s Pages design

Last week, I took a walk to a local nature reserve called Tunstall Hills. It takes less than ten minutes to get there on foot and so I was able to leave the car behind. I didn’t take my DSLR with me but did manage to use my phone to take a few pics so I could identify some of the butterflies I spotted whilst I was there by using an identifier when I got back home. I recorded one of my finds in my Traveler’s Notebook and thought I would share the pages with you in case you fancy doing something similar in your journal.

The first page is simply a record of my little trip out and an observational drawing I did (developing my drawing skills in still one of my goals for this month too). Obviously, I didn’t draw it in the field as it landed for about five seconds, just long enough for me to get a quick snap but I copied from a photograph I found on this website into a piece of paper I cut from my sketchbook. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out although I think I need to work on my techniques for using coloured pencils!

The second page is a couple of photos from the aforementioned website and some information I collected The Wildlife Trusts website. I have a Standard Sized TN page template set up on MS Word and I add the photos and the information to that and then print it off. I identified the little brown butterfly as a ringlet. I wish I could have captured how velvety it looked!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my nature journaling. I plan to do a lot more in the future and will definitely be doing more observational drawing as I really enjoyed it.

Until next time,

Posted in Planning and journaling

Journalling about nature

Last week, I went on a short walk in my local park and spent some time looking at all of the different trees. I wanted to find some pines as my husband would like some pine cones for a project he’s currently working on – a DIY bug hotel for our garden!

I found a huge cone but it was much too big so I left it behind and will return to the park another time in search of smaller ones. There were plenty on the trees but I couldn’t find any wind fallen pine cones of the size required.

This morning, I documented my walk and my learning about pine cones and bug hotels in my Webster’s Traveler’s notebook insert and though you might like to see my finished pages.

Remembering my walk with a little journalling to go with a photo of my pine cone find!
Some information collected from The Woodland Trust blog on their website
Some bug hotel images found online plus ideas for what to add to our bug hotel

I hope you enjoyed seeing my journaling pages. You can find plenty of bug hotel inspiration online if it’s something you would like to have a go at making. Watch this space to see my husband’s creation when it’s finished!

Bye for now,

Laura x