Tuesday, May 11, 2010

DIY Tuesday: Travel Journal

I always make a travel journal when we go on an extended trip or mini-vacation to document all of our happenings and such. I made one last year when my hubby and I went on a mini-vacation to the mountains. It is SO much fun to look back through the journaling and mementos about the trip and remember details that would otherwise be forgotten. You can see the finished one from last year here.

The idea is to have the journal with you on the trip and that you journal in it each day (sometimes more than once!), jotting down thoughts and happenings each day. Also, collect mementos such as receipts from eating out or purchases, tickets to events/places, brochures, stickers, postcards, etc! As you gather mementos, hole punch them and stick them right into the journal, or glue them down with adhesive.

Making one for a trip is super easy and quick to put together :)
Supplies to make the journal:
+ Random assortment of papers (I usually allow 2-3 per day of the trip)
+ Random assortment of envelopes (I usually allow 1 per day)
+ Binder rings (at least 2)


For the cover, I reused some old cardboard like I did for this journal. I added a vintage map of North Carolina, sewed some paper rounds together, used a rub-on, and added a few other embellishments.

Supplies to take with you on the trip:
+ Pair of mini scissors
+ Hole punch
+ Adhesive
+ Different colors of pens (so your journaling will be in different colors each day :))
+ 6" x 9" envelope (to carry around with you and gather mementos throughout the day)



Inside Pages:
I pack all of my materials in a zipper pouch so they are all there together. Everything needed for your travel journal is below :)Once you get back and have your pictures developed/printed, it's easy to see where they go in the journal because you have already journaled about them! :) Just punch holes and add them right in :)

*EDITED 5/12/10: Thank you so much for all of the lovely comments about this post! :)

krankemommy said: I really love the idea of making these small notebooks/journals. They seem to be easy to make and the options seems virtually endless! The only question I have about them is what do you do with them once you are done? Most of my "crafting" is sewing and most of my sewing is clothing, so we have an obvious use for the result of my labor. I think I would worry that I wouldn't know what to do with the journals once they are done. You mentioned that you liked to look back on them, but how do you store them/use them until you are ready to go through it? Thanks!

I love your website!!!


Thank you for a great question about displaying/storing the journals! :) I store a lot of mine in a decorative wire basket on a shelf above my craft table. I also have a couple beside the basket on the shelf. I have thought about adding another basket to store more, or to continue putting them on there like you would a normal book. Though these shelves aren't huge, they would store a lot of them standing upright. I have seen others store theirs in this fashion- they put them on a bookshelf in a family area. Or keep a couple in a basket on a coffee or end table (of course, if you have a little one, this might not be the best idea-- I know I can't do this or they would end up in a bunch of pieces ;)). Now, as I continue to make journals, I know I'll eventually fill up the space on that shelf, lol :) Once you run out of room in your allotted space, you could store them in a plastic storage container in the attic, garage, under the bed, etc. and rotate some of them out at different times in the year. I have a couple of older journals in a storage container under the bed and while they are not prominently displayed in my home, it is fun to pull them out and look through them from time to time. They are definitely treasured possessions and great for reminiscing about past events/times :)
agnes sim said: wow..lovely travel journal!! Got a request here, do you have any idea or sample for wedding guest book? My wedding is hold on this OCT, so plan to DIY a wedding guest book, but no idea yet. ;-) do you have any suggestion or tutorial?

I do not have a tutorial at this time for a wedding guest book - although you have inspired me to think and explore that idea some more! If I develop an idea/tutorial, or if I find some great ideas on the www, I will definitely post them! Thanks! :)

++ Thank you again for all of your lovely comments on my posts! I LOVE reading each and every one of them and do try to answer questions in posts or via email or on your blog! :)

20 comments:

  1. I really love the idea of making these small notebooks/journals. They seem to be easy to make and the options seems virtually endless! The only question I have about them is what do you do with them once you are done? Most of my "crafting" is sewing and most of my sewing is clothing, so we have an obvious use for the result of my labor. I think I would worry that I wouldn't know what to do with the journals once they are done. You mentioned that you liked to look back on them, but how do you store them/use them until you are ready to go through it? Thanks!

    I love your website!!!

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  2. this is great! This is pretty much how i make all my wee journals - especially the december daily ones. Theyre so easy. I also love using baseball card protector pages. Great tutorial! So detailed!

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  3. Very smart of you to do this. Then you don't have a bag or box of memorabilia that tends to sit far too long on a shelf and then you forget what things were. I like you journal. Happy travels...

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  4. This journal is really beautiful. I did the same thing during a holiday to Egypt a couple of years ago. I wasn't as creative as you though, so I bought the journal instead of making it. It was fun writing in it after each day, and its so nice to look back on now.

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  5. Gorgeous! We're heading to Las Vegas over the weekend - wonder if I have time to whip one of these up before we leave?! I'll be linking to this in my week in review post on Saturday for sure - thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. wow..lovely travel journal!! Got a request here, do you have any idea or sample for wedding guest book? My wedding is hold on this OCT, so plan to DIY a wedding guest book, but no idea yet. ;-) do you have any suggestion or tutorial?

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  7. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [11 May 10:02pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  8. This is a lovely idea! Thanks for the inspiration and the fabulous directions. I have made only a few mini-albums in my life, because I never know how to arrange the pages. But I think your directions make it a bit easier. Thanks again!

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  9. Your question about a DIY guest book made me think of a mini guest book at a wedding I shot last summer. It was tiny (about 2x3'' made with cardstock and twine) and each guest put their thumb print in the book. They also could make their thumb print out to be any animal which was fun!

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  10. Wow! Thank you for posting a response to my comment. I often want to save memorabilia from a particular trip, but I never know how to keep it all together and make something useful out of it. This is SO perfect for me...I am seriously in love, I can't wait to try it out.

    I liked your idea of storing them on your shelves in the basket. I don't have a lot of room for displaying things, but choosing to display a few of them (as pertains to the season) is a GREAT idea. Now all I have to do is figure out what to start with. I think I might do a journal about our everyday week, just to get started!

    Your blog really is an inspiration for me!

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  11. Hi, thanks for ur respond. Love you!! ;-)

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  12. I love how simple this project is yet very creative! I'll definitely give it a try!

    Lovely blog! I'll be checking more often.

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  13. This is such an adorable idea. I'm about to leave for a trip and I'm searching for travel journal ideas and this is brilliant!

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  14. Such a great idea! I am linking on my blog to this post and will be using it for a Thanksgiving journal.

    Thanks for the tutorial - such a simple idea but perfect for so many situations.

    Mary Anne

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  15. These ideas are fantastic and something I also enjy doing, I like to make notes of daily or day trip events so that I won't forget later on, but I usually forget to take a journal with me.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  16. this is a great idea. .thank you so much.

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  17. I think I might burst due to the inspiration you've provided here. My "scrap collecting" may now have some higher purpose! I've been wanting to break out and do something more freestyle and this may be it. Thanks so much. (Not to toot my own horn, But I read that you like vintage so I thought I'd tell you my last post was of a vintage card I created it.) *smile*

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  18. Thanks! You gave me some great inspiration to make my own "art" journal! I've linked your idea to my blog! Me and My Crafts :)

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  19. chel.cl@hotmail.comOctober 6, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    oi sou do Brasil e amei conhecer seu blog é lindo !!!! parabéns!!! beijos Raquel Santiago

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  20. Thanks for the inspiration! I love your journal!

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