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Adventure Scrapbooking :: a travel journal ready for the road

adventure scrapbooking :: a travel journal
adventure scrapbooking :: a travel journal
I’m heading out tomorrow for a little adventure. Small scale this time – just two stops and two weeks. Since I am checking a bag, I can take scissors. Scissors and a little travel journal to scrapbook a bit about each day for the next fortnight. (And thus, my desk is currently a total wreck.)

adventure scrapbooking :: a travel journal
The only things that are actually created are the cover and the title page – both very simple. The book is 6×6 with wooden covers and two binder rings. Everything on the cover is held in place with diamond glaze, so that should keep it from falling apart. In theory. Most of the inside pages have page protectors (I’m using the 6×6 page protectors by American Crafts).

adventure scrapbooking :: a travel journal
All the remaining pages have things just waiting. It’s a little bit like a mini kit each day instead of all those same supplies mixed up in one big batch. But nothing is stuck down yet so if the colours seem wrong for that day, it should be easy to switch for something better.

I’m planning to fill the pages with memorabilia and writing, plus Instax photos and maybe some other images here and there. Here and there I’ve added black chipboard pages from 7gypsies, to make into little feature collages as I go. I try to add something like that to each of my travel journals if possible. (You can see some of those in this book.)

adventure scrapbooking :: a travel journal
Since this little book is just for fun, I decided to allocate some older supplies that needed a purpose, including some kits. The wooden album covers and a few other bits came from a class kit that has been on my shelf more than three years. A bunch of the papers, die cuts and rub-ons came from a Creating Keepsakes travel journal kit that I ordered with great intentions but never used. When I opened it, I even found memorabilia I had stashed there from a trip in 2009, so I think I lugged the entire kit around for the whole trip and never actually used it. I wanted to include plenty of journaling papers so I went through a big stack of all those spiral-bound journaling pads and tore out about two dozen different designs and added some embellishments that matched too. Then I added just a couple newer things to jazz it up a bit: a Jenni Bowlin Hodge Podge minibook kit (separated and used throughout the scrapbook instead of as the book itself) and a few different letter stickers. But behold: no butterflies. We shall see if I give in and borrow my grandmother’s Martha punch to stave off butterfly withdrawal.

adventure scrapbooking :: a travel journal
The CK album fit inside this tin, but it would take up the entire space. With the 6×6 book inside the tin, I have room for the essentials, including scissors, adhesive, pens and ink pad. This is my entire box o’ craft for my suitcase! Though not to worry, as I’ve been working on lots of projects of the 12×12 variety to share with you here, so I’m not disappearing from blogland in the slightest.

Have a lovely week!


20 June 2011

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24 Comments for Adventure Scrapbooking :: a travel journal ready for the road

  1. Madeline Says:

    Have fun and travel safe. Can’t wait to see your album finished

  2. Anastasia Says:

    Great idea to scrapbook about traveling while traveling!

  3. Carmen Says:

    I just love that last picture of it all snugly inside the tin. What a great idea :) One I may have to nab for our holiday this year!

  4. alissa Says:

    love your cute little book, even unfinished. :)
    does that pdx mean portland???

  5. torrita Says:

    happy trails!! Enjoy the trip stateside (you lucky thing)!

  6. Debby B. Says:

    Hi, that is such a great idea. Filling it in bit-by-bit, day-by-day is a great idea. Hubby and I have tried all sorts of ideas to journal our hols but none that we have completed. I think I should give this a go as it looks easy to pick up and put down. Thanks for the great ideas and enjoy your hols.

  7. furrypig Says:

    wow you are amazing and organised! I want to be you when I grow up (even though I am older than you already!!) have a wonerful trip

  8. Tammy Says:

    Looks fantastic! Safe travels and enjoy filling it up along the way. :)

  9. Tracey Says:

    looks fab, have a wonderful time away :)

  10. Louise Says:

    you are very organised xx have a lovely time xx

  11. Julie Jeavons Says:

    I’m sure nothing will fall off the front. My daughter calls you ‘The Girl with the Magic Glue’ after watching your videos.
    Love those wooden covers – I must ask my Dad if he as anything suitable in his woodworking stash.

  12. Kat Says:

    Fabulous little album, Shimelle. And you’re very organised. I had a travel journal with me on our mediterranean cruise back in 2009 and didn’t even start using it!! :O
    Enjoy your break and I hope you’ll have lots of nice memories.

  13. scrappysue Says:

    Totally LOVE this; have a lovely vacation Shimelle!

  14. Jyotsana Says:

    Hey Shimelle… I just wanted one favor from you. Could you please send me some pics of the pages of any of your summer albums or minibooks… Actually I am making a summer mini-book and I am a little confused about how to embellish it. It would be a great help if you could show me some pages.. I hope you don’t mind … Also is it possible that I send you a photo of the paper stash I have and you could help me with what pages I should use for the layout.. I have started with some and completed 4 pages… just basic layout.. I have not put photos and embellishments on it.. Thanks..

  15. cinback Says:

    I am trying out this concept of scrapping on the road myself. I have taken Ali Edwards’ class “Scrapbook on the Road” and have been putting together my own album before heading out on the road! I love it and it will give be something to do in those down times. I like your idea of carrying everything in one neat little tin! Bon voyage!

  16. Carrie Says:

    I love the idea of scrapping on the road – I need to work on not making myself so exhausted during the day that I don’t work on it! I still have a few days to journal in my last trip album :)

    I used a slightly oversized zippered makeup bag for mine – it ended up holding everything perfectly and was nice and compact.

    Though, I did learn the thing about carrying on the scissors the hard way – whoops! Luckily London/Heathrow’s security was very nice about it and didn’t confiscate them :)

  17. Judi Davis Says:

    What a brilliant idea – the stash in the tin, that is. The book…. inspiring. No holiday planned – at the moment – but why not get making a scrapbook in preparation? Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your break. Jude.x

  18. cheryl Says:

    Looking forward to seeing the finished book, be safe and have fun x

  19. Rachael Says:

    OMG…you are coming to Portland?! What for?! :) Hope my city treats you well!! It is an amazingly photogenic place, so you are guaranteed some good photos!
    Have fun.

  20. Shannon Says:

    Wow – what a great idea to “pre-scrapbook”! Visiting from #commenthour, glad to meet you.

  21. Dane Findley Says:

    You know, I think if I were to start scrapping, it would seriously decrease my stress level — the ultimate art therapy!

    By the way, your photography is excellent!

    { twitter = @danenow }

  22. Amy @ A Little Nosh Says:

    Such a great idea!

  23. Rachael Says:

    PS – If you need a butterfly while in PDX, I can probably hook you up! :)

  24. oakley sunglasses Says:

    Such a great idea

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