Hi Sophie! Can you tell us a little about yourself and Sceen’ry Travel Journal?
My name is Sophie and I am the Editor in Chief of Sceen’ry Travel Journal. I work mostly on editing, designing and collaborating with creatives and local businesses for each volume. Each volume is based on a different city around the world and showcases the best places to see, eat, travel and shop all created by locals who live in each city. We aim to release a volume every six months, though with the current state of the world, we are having to slow that down and take things as they come.
What inspires you in your work at Sceen’ry Travel Journal?
There are many layers of inspiration in working on Sceen’ry but my number one would have to be the people. Meeting so many creative individuals who are incredibly brave and are working their guts out on beautiful spaces and places.
What has been your favourite issue to date? And, why?
This is a question I have been asked so many times and is so hard to answer. Each volume has a different part of it that I loved and a different story that deeply inspired me. Though, I would have to say the Paris volume. When I visited to meet with a few of the people, I was taken aback by the kindness and generosity of the French. People give them a bad rep, but I think it is mostly because people don’t take the time to understand their culture.
What does your creative process look like?
Oh, this depends on the project! I really like to immerse myself in whatever I am doing. So, with each volume, I research and listen to anything that has to do with that city. With the Paris volume, I listened to French cafe music the entire time. It made me feel as though I was there. I ask a lot of questions to a variety of people and then I spend hours looking through photos of spaces and places. I am a very visual person, so I like to create an entire mood board for each volume, based on what I feel best represents the city.
What goes into curating an issue of Sceen’ry?
There is a lot of time spent with contributors, working with them on interviews and submissions. I also work directly with some of the businesses we feature to ensure that their stories are told the way that they wish them to be. Stories are at the forefront of what we do as there is so much value to the journey, no matter how different they are from each other. I curate all the images to best capture each location and pull it all together with the design. Voila!
How do you like to start the day?
In my dream world, I start the day with a run or pilates class, though depends on the season and how busy it is. Otherwise, I do breakfast and straight to my computer. I feel productive in the mornings so I like to get as much done then as possible and in the afternoons I allow myself to slow down.
How do you practice self-care?
I ensure that I don’t have any more than two meetings a day, this allows me to be fully present with the workload that I have. This also is self-care as I am not stressing myself out. I also take epsom salt baths twice a week and make sure that I eat really clean. I have a few intolerances, so I feel like that is forced upon me in the best way.
What are you reading, watching and listening to right now?
I just finished reading The Nightingale – HIGHLY recommend! One of the best I have read. I am not really watching much TV, just the occasional movie. I am addicted to the How I Built This podcast which interviews entrepreneurs from some of the most successful companies in the world. Literally could listen to these every day if they released them that often!
How would you describe your style?
Clean, warm, and minimal.
What’s next for Sceen’ry Travel Journal?
The question everyone in the world is asking at the moment with Covid-19. It is so hard to answer as we have no idea what the world will look like in six months time. Everything feels up in the air so we are taking it month-by-month and reevaluating consistently. It is a strange time in history, but there are also so many beautiful elements, so I am making the most of that!