How to Enjoy the Year that Was

Farewell 2011… Welcome 2012

As we herald in a New Year I’m always excited by the blank canvas that lays before me.

What will I fill the empty spaces with?

Map Year at a Glance

Will it go as anticipated?

…or will there be serendipitous encounters resulting in spontaneous changes of plan

(as in taking an on the spur trip to the Red Centre? 😉 )

The best part of any year is being able to look back and enjoy the memories!

Here is my year at a glance for 2010

Year at a Glance

2010 ~ Year at a Glance


And now 2011…

Year at a Glance

2011 Year at a Glance


I’m not keen on resolutions (definition: A firm decision to do or not to do something) but I love change (definition: Make or become different).

To be resolute seems so blinkered, so fixed – You either do or don’t, you either have or you haven’t!

But aiming for change means even the smallest improvement towards the end aim is a huge success :)

So, what changes filled our 2011 blank canvas?

Year at a Glance


January ~ Our Map Magnets are Made in Australia and to avoid unnecessary transportation are manufactured within 50km of our Brisbane base


Year at a Glance


February ~ Having sold over 100,000 Mail-It Maps we publish the 5th edition folded this time to a DL shape, supplied with an enviro envelope and a funky translucent presentation band.



Year at a Glance


March ~ We discontinue the Scrapbook Pack, now offering the Jotting Boxes (that came in this pack for adding journalling and comments to your photo albums) via a download ~ Check out our Downloads page


Year at a Glance


April/May We celebrate TWO years of blogging



January to May 2011… 

Year at a Glance

Year at a Glance



June ~ To transpose our hand-drawn images from the drawing board to the press, we have a new member join the Journey Jottings team.
Year at a Glance
July ~ We develop a new product to add to the Journey Jottings range – Jigsaw Puzzle Postcards!



Year at a Glance


August ~ With 30 Map Magnets covering regions across Australia, we add TWO more magnets to the range!



Year at a Glance



September ~ This fabulous NEW website goes live :)



Year at a Glance



October ~ We add #09 to the Puzzle Postcard range


Year at a Glance



November ~ Off on a Red Centre Road trip to do some Journey Jotting 😉


Year at a Glance


December ~ Phil, Journey Jottings’ Customer Service Manager flies to Europe, on a well deserved break. Travel is in the blood of all our Journey Jottings team 😀



June to December 2011

Year at a Glance

 Do you jot down a note somewhere to acknowledge your achievements?

What were your highlights for 2011?

Do share in the comments below…

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Year at a Glance – October, November, December 2011

At the end of each month I notate a *highlight* so at year’s end I can see the previous twelve months simply summarized on a single sheet.

As December draws to a close I’ve just realised I haven’t posted October or November’s highlight here on the blog. But with the period between Christmas and the New Year often a time for reflection its a perfect opportunity to share…

October 2011 ~

We added a ninth image to the Australia Puzzle Postcard range ~

Year at a Glance

 #09 The Nullarbor and South Australia

Nullarbor map postcard


November 2011… I took off on a Red Centre Road Trip…

to spend some time Journey Jotting 😉

Flying into Yulara… 1st stop Uluru

Red Centre road trip

Regulars here will have read a few posts on this already, along with some of my favourite photos, such as:


Uluru Sunset Australia Ayers Rock


Uluru Waterhole


Uluru Rock Art


Kata Tjuta

Here’s the 3,000 km (2,000 mile) trip we did dotted on a map…

Red Centre Map

We flew into Yulara and after a few days visiting Uluru and Kata Tjuta we headed into Alice Springs, picking up a camperbus.

We initially headed west along the MacDonnell Ranges stopping off to see Standley Chasm, the Ochre Pits and take a swim at Orminston Gorge before an overnight stay at Glen Helen Gorge. We travelled north to the Devils Marbles, turned right at 3 Ways and headed over the Barkly and Atherton Tablelands to Cairns –

It was such a fun photogenic trip I can’t wait to share blog posts in the coming months on:-

…the sheer sided walls of

Standley Chasm Red Centre Australia


…a bend in the river where aboriginals sourced their ochre for art creation –

Ochre Pits

…a perfect spot for a swim, the beautiful

Orminston Gorge Red Centre Australia


Stay tuned! It was quite a trip 😀


When I got back to Journey Jottings’ base, our Customer Service Manager Phil was off on a European Escapade…

Year at a Glance

So I had the fun of chatting to some of our great retailers across Australia ensuring they had good stocks in the run up to Christmas and the summer season.


Next week, I’ll reveal the whole Map Journal showing,

simply summarized on a single sheet…

our 2011 Year at a Glance

What have been your *highlights* in these last few months of 2011?

Do share in the comments below 😀

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Year at a Glance – September 2011

September 2011 ~ Year at a Glance

 Our highlight in September was the fruition of Journey Jottings’ new website.

New website for Journey Jottings in September 2011

The design and development of Journey Jottings website

I made contact with Simon of Line In Web Design in July.  He and his partner Erin are digital nomads who travel the world and work on the move. The project was initiated in England and was completed in Kyoto, Japan.

I initially crossed paths with them on Twitter, both of us being part of the travelling fraternity there.

I was drawn to their travel blog Never Ending Voyage, which Simon had both designed and developed. I was amused that he too used a sailing ship as part of their brand design and found it even funnier when I saw his surname… Fairbairn, the same as mine (no relation!) To add a further sidetrack of synchronisity Simon’s partner Erin’s birthday is the same as my partner’s… One has to smile! 😉

Simon put together a comprehensive proposal whilst in England (where I posted him some samples so he could get a feel for our products). We exchanged numerous emails in which he drilled me for information as to what the primary and secondary purpose of the site was, who my users were to ensure the design would connect, engage and hold them, and what I wanted them to know or do during their visit.

Two new Map Magnets and New website

While he started work behind the scenes, I started work on the Menu bar, which forms the site map for the visitor – Poor website navigation is a personal bane of mine – so I was keen any information be no more than two clicks away, and that it would be findable more than a fluky first time! I therefore asked him to incorporate a Menu bar with double drop downs.

The visual design needed to convey our ‘Why’. Why we do what we do here at Journey Jottings ~ Our essence… the fun of highlighting holiday adventures for future reminiscing with tactile holiday memories… spending time with travel memories is like taking a mini-break.

Our hand-drawn pictorial maps are printed on uncoated textured paper, which Simon scanned in to use as the site’s background and incorporated our signature travelling trails of dots and footprints ‘walking’ under the main section of the page, and on the blog ‘walking’ over the right hand column.

He created three main focus areas on the Home page clearly pointing the way for first time visitors –

  • Did they need an Introduction to what we did?
  • Want to get straight down to business and simply Buy Now?
  • Or need to get in touch and Contact Us?

New Journey Jottings website

He also developed a number of plugins for managing sales and freight that allow for postage rates to be calculated for both our local domestic market and international destinations.

To read about the behind the scenes ‘geeky’ stuff Simon wrote up a post on his Line In site ~ Check out his Line In Portfolio.


Each month I notate on a Map Journal a highlight so at year’s end 2011 will be simply summarized on a single sheet and as I scratch my head and say…

“Where did that year go?”

I can peruse my Year at a Glance and go…

“Oh yes, I remember now!” 😉

 What was your September highlight?

Do share in the comments below 

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Year at a Glance – August 2011

As the year flies past, at the end of each month I select a highlight to record so at year’s end (when I’m thinking ‘Where did that go?’) I can view the Year at a Glance and say – That’s where it went… and just look at what I did!

August 2011 Year at a GlanceHaving got the Puzzle Postcards in production in July, the first were being delivered to retailers in August…

But also in August we added two new designs to the Map Magnet range.

Australia pictorial Map MagnetsMap Magnet #32 is of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.

And Map Magnet #33 is from Melbourne up to Mildura in Victoria.

Both can be found on the Eastern Australia Map Magnets page (scroll down to the very bottom)

 What was your highlight last month?

Do share in the comments below :)

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Year at a Glance – July’s highlight: Puzzle Postcard Maps in Production

We celebrate and enjoy

  • *sporting highlights*
  • *holiday highlights* but how often do you hear about
  •  *business highlights*?

Each month I notate a *Journey Jottings highlight*, which I summarize on a single sheet, so at year’s end I can view Journey Jottings’ year at a glance.

July’s *highlight*? The development of a new product line ~ our

Jigsaw Puzzle Postcard Map

Year at a Glance ~ July 2011

There’re 8 NEW Jigsaw Puzzle Postcard Map designs: One to cover the whole of Australia, plus 7 more detailed regions in postcard sized chunks.


Australia Jigsaw Puzzle Postcard

Each jigsaw puzzle postcard map comes with a red printed envelope, and a backing sheet to illustrate how you

  • write on the back of the postcard
  • take the pieces apart and put them in the envelope
  • mail it to the recipient
  • who then has to put it back together to read your message.

Journey Jottings Puzzle Postcard

#2 Tropical Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef puzzle postcard map

Queensland Jigsaw Puzzle Postcard

#3 East Coast of Australia map in a jigsaw puzzle postcard

East Coast Australia Jigsaw Puzzle Postcard#4 The South East of Australia map covering Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide postcard

SE Australia Map Postcard

Then up to

#5 the Centre of Australia for this postcard map

The Centre of Australia Map as a Puzzle Postcard

#6 The Top End and the Kimberleys Puzzle Postcard Map

Australia Top End & Kimberleys

#7 Ningaloo and the Pilbara, Western Australia map

Ningaloo & Pilbara Puzzle Postcard MapAnd finally

#8 the South West of Western Australia postcard map

SW Western Australia Puzzle Postcard Map

So this month’s *business highlight* was

  • selecting the regions to be covered with this new map line
  • designing the artwork for the instructions on the backing sheet
  • preparing the artwork of maps & backing sheet for the press
  • selecting the red envelope and organizing printing of kangaroo & echidna image

Red Journey Jottings envelope


and finally

  • bringing it all together so its all printed, collated and packaged ready for our retailers…

Its amazing how many little steps it takes to get to some finishing lines… but

Fun times 😀

What have been your recent highlights? 

Buy an Australia Puzzle Postcard Map here :)

Journey Jottings highlights holiday adventures