DIY: Create A Travel Journal
Here is a quick and easy DIY book project that is so customizable you may need to make one for every occasion!
The mister and I just returned from a two-week roadtrip. While on the trip, I wanted to record some of our adventures as they happened and keep a journal of sorts but space was limited in the packed and tiny car.
After riffling through my suitcase of paper, I came up with this simple project.
So simple in fact that is mostly involves simply folding paper in half and sewing it together. The rest is really up to you but here is what I did.
- 1 file folder
- 1 paper lunch sack
- Six sheets of ruled paper or other
- 1 sheet of sturdy white paper such as watercolor paper
- 2 six inch wide air-mail envelopes
- 2 small coin envelopes
- 1 other small manilla envelope
- Paper scraps
- Double stick tape
- Glue stick
- Sewing machine
To begin, assemble your assortment of paper bits in one place. Take up your file folder and trip about four inches from one side. I like the look and sturdiness of a file folder but you can also use recycled cardboard from a cereal box or other bit of recycled goodness.
Using double stick tape, affix your envelops to the insides of your file folder. I tacked my air mail envelopes on to the left side and my collection of manilla envies on the right. for the air mail envelopes, I fixed one on place with the flap side forward and the other flap side back.
To make that one usable, I trimmed the flap off with a pair of scissors. Now I have all sorts of places to store tiny mementos from my trip.
To create your pages, fold your paper sheets in half and arrange them, size-wise, however you like. The more variety of sizes, the more interesting your finished book will appear.
Cut out the bottom of the lunch sack and fold in half. This will create both a writing and a pasting surface for your adventures along with a couple of pockets to stuff things in that are too big for your smaller envelopes.
Layer your paper bag in with your folded pages-to-be and set inside and along the fold of your folder.
If you have a long-arm stapler, you can simply staple the whole thing into a book. If not, you can stitch it together like I did using a sewing machine and a medium length stitch. Don’t forget to back-stitch to hold it all in place.
To decorate your cover, draw up your banner or the like onto a sheet of sturdy white paper. I used pencil to outline my banner then I cut it out and added detail with my trusty markers. A hefty dose of glue stick will anchor your banner onto your cover.
I scrounged up a few strips of colored paper and couldn’t decide what else to do for the cover and discovered that they looked delightful simply folded over the outside of the book. Another healthy dose of glue stick and my book was ready for adventure!
I can’t show you the completed and filled book just yet as at the time of this writing, the mister and I had not left yet but once we return and my book is finished, I will be sure to share our adventures with you!
Greetings and salutations! My name is Jessica but my friends call me jek. I’m a California native living on the central coast with my mr. a-go-go in a tiny apartment filled with all sorts of stuff.
When not at my day job as a preschool teacher I am most probably blogging away, making things, thrift shopping, road tripping and taking more pictures than you can shake a stick at.
I generally shoot with my much used Canon Rebel XS but I also sport a Fuji Instax Wide, Holga and an assortment of disposable and/or thrifted cameras. Now, if only I would actually get all this film developed…until then, I will bake scones, make the bed and contemplate lacing up my roller skates. Thank you for visiting with me!