I got my travel journal done tonight, much to my great satisfaction. Putting it together was very much a last-minute affair, and I was sewing the binding in the car on the way to the airport, but it got finished before we arrived at the parking lot.
|Ribbon binding of 3 signatures|
In desperation I had purchased an Amy Tangerine travel journal at Archiver’s in the morning of the day we left, but when I got home & opened it I could already see the stitching coming apart. Not impressed with that.
|Close-up of center bead
I ripped the stitches out of the binding and used all the inserts that had been there along with sheets from Archiver’s that I had (8.5×11″ in colors of something like Polar Ice and Natural Cream). The recent publication of Pages inspired the binding, although I had to modify it a little to suit my project. I love the ribbon I used, which I’d gotten to make bookmarks as gifts for those who bought my holiday cards last year, and the bead is a Trinkette from Michaels.
|Title page (on kraft
paper in case the Distress
Stains didn’t set
For the cover, I used a sheet of Grungepaper that I colored with Distress Stains and then set with my heat gun. No time for stamping or other decoration! I ran the top of a trail map my husband had brought me from an earlier trip this year through my Xyron and adhered it to the cover, then I stapled the acetate cover piece from the aforementioned Amy Tangerine journal over that. (I had to cut it in half; the back part is on my back cover.)
|After coming home, I did
take time to draw the
little vases I bought
I guess it really should have been my “Park City travel journal 2012” since I didn’t actually ski this year, but oh well.
|Opening page, including
small circular Zentangle
(I think I used the wine
bottle base to draw
Using the inserts from the store-bought journal worked out quite well. I had great places to attach things like lift tickets and menus to, and they provided an eclectic element of fun to the overall look. That will be a great way to use up further scraps from my paper pile. And not just in travel journals but for my holiday books as well. Must remember this.
Plenty of blogs occupy my reading list, and while I do honor the effort that others put into creating a remembrance after the actual event is over, I have come to the conclusion that said approach will just not work for me. Once it’s over, I am ready to move on to a new project. Tonight I was happy to insert all my ephemera into the journal, and I do still plan to print out a few photos and include them as well, but otherwise I am DONE. No going back and drawing fancy borders, decorating pages, etc. If I didn’t get to it on the trip, it’s not going to be in the journal.
|One of my daughter’s
contributions to the
I love the pictures that my daughter included on the pages (there is another one besides the one pictured here). In years to come it will be so sweet to page through and see her recording of her trip.