London Design Museum

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Hiya! I hope everyone here in the USA had the loveliest of Thanksgiving. And everyone outside of the  USA had an equally lovely Thursday. MT and I drove over to San Antonio for a feast put on by my mama. But we're already back in Houston. AND I'm already about to get on a plane tonight.

It's the EU for me this week! I'll be in London for a night then to a small city on the East coast of the UK for training. But after that I'm bound for Basel, Switzerland! I'm planning to visit a Christmas market, hit up some museums, catch up with an old friend. I'm so excited--just have to get through the work part first.
Getting to travel for work is fun! and exciting! and down right exhausting. and sometimes a bit boring and tedious. Also your time isn't your own, which too me is the biggest negative. I'd say the pro's definitely outweigh the con's but want to paint an accurate picture about the whole experience.

For me personally, traveling for work means getting to go back to the UK a few times a year. This year, I'll have visited 4 times! Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle, St. Andrew's and London have been on the itinerary this year. With several repeats up to Scotland, but most importantly to my beloved London.
I made this layout using a Simple Scrapper sketch and an older story starter. My journaling is about traveling to the same place over and over again. The photos are of a Paul Smith exhibition at the Design Museum in London. But the journaling is about London.

Instead of journaling only about the exhibition and it's awesomeness, I wrote about getting to explore even more of my beloved city, getting to discover more little nocks and crannies. And maybe, just maybe falling more in love with it more than I have before.

I love that I got this story out of these photos. If I hadn't have had the Simple Scrapper story starter, it would most definitely have been just about the exhibition. I love that those things get me to look at my photos in a different way. I love the challenge of pairing a sketch AND a story. I'm not usually challenged to do both. But it worked!
Journaling Reads:

It’s no secret I love London. Living there forever changed me and set me on a course different from one I ever imagined. I practically live, breath and sleep London. Especially when you consider the fact that I work for the British. This year I’ve visited London 3 times and I’ve been able to get back a few times every year since 2011. It means that I get to maintain my love affair with that city, getting to know it even better the more I return. It also means I get to explore more of its nooks and crannies. Discover new awesome places and see some truly great things. Over the summer I wandered farther down the Southbank than I ever had and got to tour the London Design Museum. The feature was a Paul Smith retrospective that I loved. The bright bold colors, the quirky twists. Oh it was divine! My two favorites were the stripped mini cooper and a button wall 2 stories high!  I may visit this city often, but there’s no way I could ever get my full. It’s just to rich and vibrant, much like the colorful designer who’s work I got to admire on this sunny day in London.

Well, lots to do today before I get on the plane. But I'm so excited to get there. This trip I only have half a day in London. It isn't a lot but it's enough to get my fix :)

cheers & besos,

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