New York City: My First + Best Adventure



So, you might be tired of hearing me talk about how much I miss NYC and how the move to Michigan (albeit incredible and exactly the right thing to do) has been difficult. If that’s the case — go away, because I’m going to be sharing lots more New York adventures and moments in my NYC Art Journal Mini-Album Scrapbook Project thing.

Confession: I have no idea what this project is yet. This is my usual scrapbooking/journaling/project process. It might start with an idea, it might start with a product I really want to use, it might start with a certain photo. This time it started with a sheet of NYC map paper from this month’s A Beautiful Mess Messy Box and the theme for this season of Get Messy, the art journaling group I belong to.

I do know that I need to start telling my NYC stories. I feel them inside me wanting to come out. I want to share them — with other people, but also with myself.


NYC was my first adventure. When I was 14-15 I snuck off to the city more than my fair share, never actually doing anything that could get me into trouble — just exploring, taking photos, and experiencing the energy of the city.

In college, even though I was physically further away from the city, it was still just a 50 minute train ride away. Best memory: the day I went to the UN on a trip with my Perspectives in Feminism: A Historical Analysis of Feminist Theory class. A few of us maybe possibly started our own class trip after we left the UN and got plastered at Dallas BBQ in Times Square. We then stumbled back to New Brunswick where I had a final to take (PSA: if you can take a final drunk and still get an A you know you’re in the right major).

I feel the need to document the city where j and I fell in love. Our adventures in Central Park, our nap at the top of the Met — that kiss against the brick wall in the rain. I would be doing myself a disservice to put off documenting these stories for any longer.

Enter the NYC Scrapbook/Mini-album/Art Journal Project thingy: So the base is a Basically Bare tabs album. I took the coil out and separated the sheets. I used the NYC map sheet on the front cover page and used patterned paper and cardstock to cover the inside pages.


That’s where I’m at right now. I’m going to slowly start to add things to this. I’m not sure what form the end product will be, but I’ll definitely be sharing updates, especially on instagram.

My first finished page was on this canvas sheet included with the album.


I stitched a frame with black and white ribbon from the Messy Box and then stuck down a photo I shot from the car while we were on our way to the Music Hall of Williamsburg to see Michael Kiwanuka (it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to).

I added a plastic die cut and phrase stickers from this month’s Ali Edwards Story Kit: Little Things. Ugh I’m so in love with all Ali’s stuff right now — how have I been in the scrapbooking world for more than a decade and just now really started lusting after AE?


Thanks so much to Caylee and Lauren of Get Messy for the inspiration to start this album. I can’t wait for the rest of the prompts in Season 03: Adventure — I know I’ll be able to add more to this book because of it.