Travel Journal

Tonight I am sharing a project over at PaperArtsy for the current "Resin" challenge. As it won't be long until I am off on another fabulous holiday I thought I would make a little travel journal using their wonderful Vintage Ink and the Dog stamps.

Here's a sneak peek so click the link HERE if you would like to see more.

If you have come here from PaperArtsy to see how I made the journal, then please scroll down for the instructions!

My journal measures 6" x 3 1/2" and has an (almost) 3/4" spine.

I started with some lightweight cream cardstock (9 1/2" x 7 1/4") and added some texture with grungepaste through a stencil. Once dry I then painted the whole cardstock with a light coat of Fresco Chalk Paint.

Adding the Fresco allows me to use quite a lot of water to add the PaperArtsy Infusions.

I cut boards to size for the book - hopefully you can see the measurements!  If you cut a small piece of board and fold it in half, this will give you "spacer" for the gap between the spine and the cover. Normally two widths of board is sufficient gap to allow the covers to bend.

I then folded in the edges and using Red Sticky Tape stuck them down. I find the tape easier to use than glue and a lot less messy!

After inking with the Infusions and before making the book I had stamped some images where I knew my embellishments were unlikely to be.

(Apologies for the "blue" haze on the photographs - we do have some weird and wonderful weather up here!)

I punched two holes in the spine and added an eyelet to stop the cardstock from splitting.

I cut four pieces of cardstock (6 1/2" x 5 3/4") folded them in half and punched holes to match the cover. This twine fitted the hole nicely and was easy to tie. If difficult to tie the twine, add a little spot of PVA glue to the knot and this should stop it unravelling.

I stamped cream cardstock to cover the inside of the covers and created a small pocket inside the front for small tickets which I like to collect while away.

The book is held together with some dyed seam binding which is long enough to wrap around twice. I find this the easiest way to close the journal as sometimes they do get a little bulky.

And here are some close up photographs of the finished journal (as detailed on the PaperArtsy blog).

As always thank you for joining me and I would love to see any journals this little tutorial inspires you to make.

Have a great week!

Jennie x



Unknown said…
Thanks for the details of your journal. It's a beautiful project. I love the use of infusions and your gorgeous resin pieces.
Brenda Brown said…
Ok Jennie this is utterly, utterly gorgeous. I have made two journals this week and yours has inspired me to make another in this style and colour palette. Its so beautiful with the gorgeous layers and fabulous design. Loveeeee it. Have a wonderful Easter weekend xxx
butterfly said…
Absolutely glorious, Jennie - a really stunning journal, with all your trademark attention to detail and subtle shabby chic beauty.
Alison x
Julia Aston said…
What a wonderful journal cover Jennie! love the soft colors, all the stampings and beautiful layering of ephemera on the front! What a pleasure it will be to record your trip inside! Julia xx
Darcydaydream said…
Another stunning project Jennie..Love it
Corrie Herriman said…
Beautiful !
Corrie x
A Pink said…
Huge LOVE for this Jennie . x
Ruth said…
Exquisite! x