I'm _finally_ getting started on the album for our trip around the world in 1996. This is the journal block for this album. It's designed to identify the date, place, weather, etc. without always having to do so in the journalling elsewhere on the page, and to make it pictorial where that can convey the meaning without more words. I'd hope this will help unify the book, as well, since there will be many colors, fonts, etc. I kept a diary, so I have lots of journaling content.
The birds at the left are a play on our family name "Crane." May also use Kanji symbol for Crane when I get to the pages for Asia. I've made brushes from some clip-art for the weather--rain, sun, hot & sunny or partly cloudy. The globe is another brush adapted from clip-art. Date created from Expedition Passport Stamp brushes. Cranes, globe, weather symbols adapted from resources on my computer. Grunge effect by using "dirt" brush in Corel Photo-Paint X4.
I'm just getting started on the album, and it's worth it to me to get this element "just right," so please feel free to offer suggestions and comments. Thanks for looking.