Hello and welcome, Chantalle with you today! It has always been a dream of mine to explore North Queensland and these upcoming school holidays our family will be doing just that! A tropical adventure is exactly what we need to chase the winter blues away and I have created a quick and easy traveller’s notebook to capture the memories we will be making along the way!
I’ve kept the journal quite slim so I can pop it in my carry on luggage or have it in the rental car.
It started life as an old book that I found at a thirft store. I carefully removed the covers, leaving a nod to the original cover art by leaving a border of the green leather and then recovered the sides facing out with some beautiful papers from a Jane Davenport 8.5 x 11” Paper Pad. I used my Crop a Dile Corner Chomper to round the edges of the paper so they matched the bookboard which was rounded already.
The underside already had a pretty gold print, but it was fading, so I used a Dear Lizzy stencil and misted some coordinating shades of Color Shine over it and let it dry.
On the front cover, I have used some stamping, rub-ons and stitching to add detail.
The feather stitching was created by using an Amy Tangerine Stencil which I have had in my stash for a while. I love the sense of whimsy a feather brings!
Before I started stitching, I had already laid down so stamping in the form of a large date and some pretty florals from Vicki Boutin’s Die and Stamp sets. These sets are so clever, combining coordinating metal dies so you can produce 3D effects for your projects!
Once I was happy with the amount of detail, I started stitching the feather with teal embroidery floss. (I really love the chunkier effect stitching on board creates and I will definitely try this technique again!)
The book opens to reveal a vellum Typecast envelope which I have included and filled with some cute ephemera to be used as I journal.
It can also be used to store bits and pieces I collect along the way.
Within the book I have also included some page dividers. For reference, the book cover size is 206mm (h) x 117mm and the pages are 4.5 inches wide x 7 5/8 inches high. These dividers were created with my Tab Punch Board and have a ‘small’ size tab.
I haven’t done too many dividers, but if I chose to add a few more in later, I could always punch the holes into the divider and then carefully snip the section between the bottom of the punched circle and the edge of the divider, and then pop the divider onto the binding comb.
A great tip to bear in mind when binding, is to first add your inside pages, then the back cover (inside facing up) and then the front cover (inside facing down). In the photo below, you can see how I have arranged my pages on to the binding comb on my Cinch. The Cinch Binding Tool makes project binding a snap! So easy to use with clear instructions
The back cover has been kept quite simple with just a bit of stamping.
Here’s another look at the front with an elastic closure I made to size, using Jane Davenport’s Charm Set. It comes with three coloured elastics, which you can trim to size, then secure with fastners which come in the pack. I’ve also added a chipboard Thicker title and some of my fave Photolights Rub-Ons. I just love how easy these rub-ons are to apply!
Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! Happy travels!
Tab Punch Board
Cinch Binding Tool
Cinch Binding Combs
Crop a Dile Corner Chomper
Vicki Boutin Stamp Set
Jane Davenport 8.5 x 11” Paper Pad
Jane Davenport Charm Set
Amy Tangerine Stitching Stencils
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mustard, Citron, Peach, Sweet Cherry
Dear Lizzy Stencil
Pink Paislee Moonstruck Ephemera
Pink Paislee Take me Away Ephemera