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Saturday 21 April 2018

Friday Tutorial Post - A Travel Journal

We have a new schedule for posts this year at A Vintage Journey - and the 2nd Friday after a challenge post - we have a tutorial post!  
Today I'm sharing a travel journal I made using a brand new Wrapped Journal Die from Eileen Hull/Sizzix. 
I also used Eileen's new Journaling Words dies for 'wander' on the cover
and 'travel' and 'journal' on the first page
I tied an Idea-ology Word key (Journey) onto the jute binding.
I used Idea-ology Linen Ribbon for the journal closing allowing extra ribbon to accommodate the fattening as things were added to the journal pages!
I used ScorTape to adhere the ribbon to the back of the journal so it wouldn't get lost when untied.
Here's how the wrapped journal looks when opened up
Here's how I made it! 
 I cut the journal out of matboard and sponged the binding sides and all edges with Ranger Distress Salty Ocean.
I used blue ink to coordinate with the map pieces (from a National Geographic Magazine) that I cut to fit the cover pieces.  I sponged the edges of the map pieces with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Then I adhered the panels to the cover.
I made 4 signatures of 4 pages each -  each page is 7" x 5" and folded in half (giving a whopping 64 pages to the journal!) cut from Wendy Vecchi Newsprint paper and Paper Stash/Correspondence by Tim Holtz.  I lined up the folds in the pages with the holes in the cover, marked where the holes were and punched through the pages.  I used Idea-ology black jute string (4 pieces of 17" each) to bind each signature to the cover, tying the knots on the outside of the journal.
Here are photos of some of the pages I made.
Pockets for pressed flowers or photos
 Here is the center of the first signature where you can see the jute binding it to the cover.
 More pockets
 cards for notes
I used tags cut from Eileen's new Credit Card Sleeve and Tags die on some of the pages where I had envelopes or pockets so they could be found easily.  I looped a piece of twine through the holes on the tags.  Two of the tags are on the top of the pages, two are on the sides.

 Glassine envelope for small treasures

Even with bits sticking out past the pages, you can still cleanly close the journal and nothing falls out!
The wrapped cover design gives lots of room for expansion as things are added to the pages.
I brushed Gel Medium over the map pieces to give the cover some protection from all the handling it would get while traveling!
Now I just need to go somewhere!!
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Travel Journal -  I would also like to remind you to check out our April Challenge - Rusty and Crusty
You have until May 3rd to link up your project! 


  1. Wow! I love maps and travel-inspired art, so I love everything about your travel journal!!
    May I ask where you got the little cards that say "wander" "journey" and "story"?
    This is so beautiful!

    1. Hi Mary - they are Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Elementary Flashcards. They came out a few years ago so may be hard to find now - here is a link to a US company that has them.

    2. Thank you, Julia! Your book is amazing!

  2. Wow, Julia, this is one fabulous little journal! I love that you've used National Geographic's map on the cover, and it looks great with your Salty Ocean ink! Great job on each of those fascinating pages within! I hope this travel journal gets to see some exotic lands or a tropical island with drinks with umbrellas! Hugs!

  3. So so much fun!!! I love the cover and all the guts!

  4. Hi Julia x This is such a wonderful and inspiring post and I shall certainly make use of it when I finally fond time to make my journal xx The papers are perfect and i love the details on pages shown xx Thank You for sharing this amazing journal xx

    Huge hugs
    Annie x

  5. What an incredible travel journal you have created ,Julia . From outside to in it really is a piece of masterful crafting. So well designed, terrific use of papers and ephemera and a place to keep all those 'loose pieces' of travel memories makes for a 'real must have 'for any traveller. The National Geo map covers look superb set on the 'salty ocean'. Amazing and thank you so much for sharing your tute and all those fabulous pages .
    hugs x

  6. This is such a wonderful way to re-purpose those National Geographic maps Julia, I love the cover! The signatures look fabulous too and I love that there is still room for more expansion inside. I love this die!!! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Juulia I love this die (can't wait to get my hands on it) and you have just used it brilliantly here!! The cover looks amazing and I adore how you have done the inside pages!! A fantastic and inspiring tutorial, thank you!!!

  8. Wow Julia this is a fantastic journal full of incredible pages and details. I so love Eileen's journal dies and you have shown us some fabulous ideas of how to use this one with some brilliant and beautiful photos. Love it xxx

  9. Julia, this is the most amazing journal and you are such a doll for posting it. I just love the amazing cover design with the map and all of the awesome patterns and pockets inside. Truly an inspiring project! Thanks so much for coming to my rescue. Hugs, Autumn

  10. Oh my gosh Julia, this is amazing! Can't wait to get my hands on Eileen's wrap journal die when it is released after seeing this beauty that you created ❤ Love the use of the Nat Geo maps, brilliant idea. Thanks so much for sharing it, what an inspiration! Deb xo