I wanted to share a quick and fun tutorial of how you can make a small keepsake journal for your next trip. I usually journal as I go when I am traveling, but this was a quick trip, and so I did all the journaling once I got home.
This might even be a fun little journal to create documenting Hanukkah or Christmas morning!
First I created the album. I found this great video (click here to view it) showing me how to make a small, 3x3 inch journal from one sheet of 12x12 scrapbook paper. I have to admit that once I figured out how to do it, I stopped watching the video, so if they continue on to decorate it, I did not follow along.
After I created the album, I decorated it keeping in mind that I was going to be adding square photos to most pages. Here is my journal before adding anything from my trip.
The cover I used some other scrapbook paper punched in a square, and December 11 was from a postcard from Anthro:
For the first spread I used bits I cut out of a seasonal Starbucks bag:
Here I use another punched square of scrapbook paper:
A fun glassine bag with a label and tag added something fun to this spread:
How could I not include a vintage dennison label:
Here I folded a fun cut out over this page...
... and onto this page:
This spread I left blank:
The inside back cover has another punched square and a folded over vintage dennison label:
Here is the back cover, I added some tinsel under plastic and tapped it down:
The next step is to lay out all your photos and ephemera from the trip in chronological order. Knowing the order you will be pasting things in your journal, helps a lot when putting it all together.
Now it is time to paste it all in, in order. No worrying about what to write - just get everything into the journal.
I made a couple subpages (one folding in and one folding up) since I was running out of pages.
Here is what I have so far:
I apologize that the cover photos of this project are not the best, but here, I added a photo of the three of us who went on the trip:
I added a bit of ephemera with where we were out and about on it:
Here is a photo, and part of a business card from a place we had lunch:
A bit of another business card of where we were headed next, along with a photo I snapped en route:
Here I used more paraphernalia from our next stop, along with a photo of our destination:
Here are just some photos that came next in chronological order:
More photos, and part of a business card made into a sub-page:
Here is the backside of the subpage - part of a photo:
2 photos, another one made into an up-lifting subpage:
The back page- which only has some tape from adding the subpage to it for now:
Now that all the photos and ephemera are in, I go back and add my journaling. For this small journal I only used three pens:
1. Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Marker to write on photos,
2. My favourite journaling pen (Pilot V Razor Point Pen )
3. Copic marker in my favourite shade (rose red).
Here is my finished journal:
Here I taped in some paper to do a quick synopsis about the trip:
Added text here to fill in the spread about our lunch:
I wrote the words "heading too..." on the left above the piece of ephemera where we had our afternoon tea... and I snapped a photo of the white house from a distance and wrote on the photo:
Added a scrap of paper for text, and wrote on the vintage label:
Journaled directly on the photos:
Here I wrote on the photos and the ephemera:
Here is the flip side of the subpage:
I wrote on the photo again here:
And here I wrote a bit more, wrapping up our trip:
On the back I added 'Holiday 2011'.
And there you have it! A mini souvenir journal, in 4 steps. I hope that my showing you piece by piece how I created it will help you create your own.
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