Pre-holiday set up of my Travel Journal
I always set up the pages before I go, using ink pads to distress the page and mixture of ephemera, stickers, jounaling cards and washi tape, then I really only need to fill it in when I'm away. I also add things like envelopes to create pockets to store receipts and tickets/brochures. A printed google map of where you are going and hotel information is a nice addition too. I usually stick the photos in when I get back home, as I don't have a mobile printer.
Below is my latest set up (May 2022) of my travel journal ready for my summer holiday this so I can start journaling in it whilst I am there.
Resources to take with you:
I pack a kit of washi tape, pritt stick, scissors and coloured pens so that I can update on the go or in the hotel or by the pool. What better way to spend a day than sitting in the sun with your journal? Whilst there you can pick up lots of things to use in your pages; hotel paper, hotel leaflets, trip information, stubs, flyers, pretty paper bags that gifts are bought in, bingo/raffle tickets if you play, postcards, beer mats, holiday programmes/schedules, restaurant business cards, activities schedules, the list is endless.
The journal above was a handmade journal that I put together using a variety of different papers, all different sizes. I like to use a mixture of papers or you could use scrapbook paper to give different backgrounds to give the journal individuality. These pages also include an insert from a mindful colouring book as well as project life style journaling cards and ephemera. I cut the paper to size, then put it through the sewing machine to bind it, but you could use a long armed stapler instead or hand sew it.
Black paper is something I wanted to try for this journal. I have seen some lovely journals using white and gold pens and they really stand out on a black background. I also added a bit of watercolour on the pages edge and topped it off with some journaling cards from Mrs Brimbles. These were in the May or June box I think.
For further inspiration see my two completed travel journals in the videos at the bottom of this post.
Travel Journal / Smash Book Video
One of my completed Travel Journals has been filmed below. You will see how the pages came together with all the writing filled in. Enjoy the video and feel free to subscribe for new updates and videos.
20/5/2017 09:36:46 pm
What a cute idea!!! These look so fun to make and what an adorable keepsake from your travels! Pinning this to save for later!! :)
20/5/2017 09:56:47 pm
Thank you Sun Mama, it is a lovely memory keeper and you can make it as simple or as elaborate as you want xx
20/5/2017 10:37:01 pm
Ooooo yes, you definitely should, thanks for reading xx
20/5/2017 10:38:13 pm
Awwww yes your son would love that I'm sure. They can be saved forever and looked back upon for years to come xx
21/5/2017 12:03:11 am
Thank you so much for your comments. I take mine with me. Usually of spare time waiting for others getting ready xx
21/5/2017 10:27:06 am
Yes definitely give it a go. I vary mine, some years videos, some years journals xx
9/6/2019 08:07:45 pm
Love this! I’ve also done one to take on holiday and am in hotel waiting to go! And already have train tickets and hotel receipt! I did one for a Cuba holiday and I just love looking through them plus it’s like a mini informational book for friends and family that maybe would like to go too gonna watch your video when I get some wifi 💕
20/7/2019 04:53:18 pm
Awww thank you Denise, would love to see what you created, do tag me on social media so I can see xx
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