My travel journal is complete. It is by far one of my fave-est journals I've ever done. I must admit, though. I took it with us and began writing in it and decided to journal in my sketchbook instead and then transfer and put it all together once we got home. I had so many ideas of how I wanted it to work together and decided it would be easier to do it in that manner.
*Edited per questions in the comments:
+ My journal is 5"x7" - I wanted to use a larger size than my typical 4"x6".
+ I printed all of my photos at home on my Epson R320 Printer, using 8.5x11 Epson 27# presentation matte paper. (I also use their 44# matte presentation paper - which is more of a cardstock.) I have always loved the quality of my Epson inkjet and their paper (kind of pricey, but worth it - especially when you can find it on sale) -- and in my opinion, sometimes feel like these prints are better than having them printed at any local photo developer. The only downside is that they do take a lot of ink, and of course, cartridges are expensive. However, out of all Epson printers I have owned (I've had several over the years through school, etc. and have upgraded several times, there was nothing wrong with each actual printer), to me, this one is the best with ink usage.
+ To print the large size 2-page photos, I enlarged them to 10"x7" in a layout program, printed them on the 8.5"x11" paper, cut them out and then in half to 5"x7".
+ Paper used in the journal: I used a lot of Kraft cardstock, which is available at most craft stores (I purchased a 50 sheet pack for $2.00 at Michael's using a 50%-off one-item-coupon - normally $3.99 which is still pretty cheap). I also used lined paper that I cut from one of my journal/notebooks, as well as vellum that I sewed white computer paper to (fancy, I know ;)). I included one envelope at the back and then used chipboard for the back cover which you can purchase packs of 25 (12"x12") online here. For the cover, I used the Kraft paper and a transparency.
confetti window! :)