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Posted 4/16/2012 by Kelly_in_MN in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 4/16/2012 10:22:43 PM
I'm going to Italy in June and would like to put together a travel journal to help keep all my "memorabilia stuff" together and document exactly what we did and where we went so I won't wait for ever to scrap it and forget the details.

Any suggestions on paper lines? I can't seem to remember any new travel lines released lately? Also any suggestions on style/ways to make it flow/ect would be great!

I know...I'm asking a lot! lol

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Posted: 4/16/2012 10:30:59 PM
What about the travel-themed Smash book?

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Posted: 4/16/2012 11:23:45 PM
studio calico has one out called abroad



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Posted: 4/17/2012 4:11:07 AM
7 gypsies has a line that I love:

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Posted: 4/17/2012 6:21:21 AM
Abroad has some cool papers. I also am in love with the October afternoon Boarding Pass. I love all the maps and stamps and airplanes. I was a little hesitant to get this line, because it's not my normal color choice but it goes nicely with other OA papers I have.

I am using a smash book and a Travel album. It's small enough that you could take it with you on your trip. I would leave the plastic covering on it, and grab one of the rubber bands that go with it. Then you can leave in your hotel room with your baggage and put all of your tickets, receipts and stuff in it every evening. You could even jot things down as you go. Then when you get home and get all your pictures printed you have everything tucked into the book and ready to go. It also helps keep things from getting accidentally thrown away or crumpled up.


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Posted: 4/17/2012 7:36:19 AM
I saw a kit by Teresa Collins while I was stalking my LSS - I think called World Traveler - that had a journal you could put together fairly quickly.


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Posted: 4/17/2012 7:42:11 AM
I used the World Traveler journal for a trip to Spain. I put in enough pages for a page per day and I did take it with me but ended up not working on it until I got back - then it went together very quickly, and became the album I showed to people who asked about my trip (small, and managable) I find that gallon zip lock bags (1 per day) work for me while traveling - every day I empty my pockets and purse into the ziplock. I also keep a journal EVERY day of the trip.

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Posted: 4/17/2012 8:21:49 AM
Funny! Last night I made the first of 9 travel journals for my daughter and her class mates traveling to Costa Rica on a mission trip this summer!

I put mine together a little differently because they have weekly meeting and prayer groups so I added pages for those things. The front section is lines paper and then photos go in the back.

I broke mine down using categories that were tabbed down the side; Preparing for the Trip, Getting Ready, Arrival, My Week, Going Home and then thoughts and notes. Each section has different pages in it like meetings, fundraising, packing, etc. With journal prompts. This is a first mission trip for all of them so I put a lot of I feel... and I think ... prompts in the book.

For the week they will be there, I tabbed the days across the top and put sections for what we did, where we went, did I make a difference today, something fun, stuff like this.

I put a pocket that I made in the front and one in the back. I included some "saying" stickers they could put near their photos like "say cheese" and "did you see that?", just silly phrases. The extra note pages had a note from me asking them to remember to journal their thoughts every day so they can remember their experience.

I included paper clips and little journaling cards in between about every third page too. Some are blank and some have journaling prompts on them.

The photo pages, I just used kraft paper and printed out a bunch of vintage luggage stickers and decorated the pages with those.

I didn't so much use a line because I have to make 9 of them total and I didn't want to go broke! I did just do a cruise that I broke down by the day and I used Simple Stories destinations, 100 days of summer, and boarding pass.

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Posted: 4/17/2012 8:54:26 AM
I loved that there were lots of travel lines (specifically travel with world maps) at CHA this winter. Studio Calico's Abroad is my favourite of the new travel collections, and I've been using a lot of Boarding Pass from October Afternoon for the past several months. It's such an easy-to-use collection and it's one of the only times I've gone back and purchased a duplicate of a sticker sheet and other embellishments, because I had come to the end and was sad I didn't have more for the rest of the pages.

Lately I've been doing a lot of just keeping my notes in a tiny journal and my cameras on the card or computer while I travel then doing the crafty part when I get home - mostly because I've been travelling a lot lighter these days so no room for the crafty stuff! But a few times I've made a book before I left so I could fill it in as I went. This one for a seven day trip with printable journaling cards for keeping notes along the way and this one used all sorts of just bits and pieces I had left over and sitting on my desk.

Enjoy Italy!!!

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Posted: 4/17/2012 10:54:23 AM
October Afternoon - Boarding Pass. Also I like the Maya Road craft envelopes - lots of styles and sizes to add. Enjoy your trip.


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Posted: 4/17/2012 11:21:02 AM
What about using a Fancy Pants Brag Book? They already have pocket pages as well as pages for photos/postcards along with the journaling pages.


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Posted: 4/17/2012 12:27:10 PM
When we went on an eight day trip and I was having some trouble remembering everything I picked up for each day.
So I made a video on how I stayed organized on my trip.

Memorbilia organization
It starts at about 3 minutes into the video if you want to skip how I put together my album before we left.

Italy, how exciting


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Posted: 4/17/2012 2:00:36 PM
how fun! Love Studio Calico's Abroad collection, just like some of the others have mentioned.


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Posted: 4/17/2012 3:44:36 PM
And don't forget Ali Edwards' Scrapbook on the Road class: Ali's Scrapbook on the Road class

If I were going someplace fabulous, like you, (and I have purchased this class, just not gotten off my butt and made one, LOL) I would do Mary Ann Moss' Remains of the Day style journal. She and her sister use these for travel journals, and they are fabulous to look at.

Remains of the Day

I often carry a small notebook with me (Moleskins are perfect for this) to jot things down as they happen. This really helped me when I went to England years ago, before digital cameras. I had all sorts of notes to remind me of my pics.

I should add on my next trip to Disneyland in July I am going to being some of the journal cards from Project Life, for my husband and I to journal on.

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Posted: 4/17/2012 4:07:38 PM
A couple years ago I did a book with an SEI line. Our trip was broken into 3 parts, so I sectioned the book off. I wrote our plans on the first page so i had any important notes and then took notes on the other pages of what we did. I had some pocket pages and tucked in tickets, maps etc. .

If I was going today I'd use the Simple Stories album with the Destination line

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Posted: 4/17/2012 5:42:54 PM
I love Abroad and I have bits of Boarding Pass, and I've used some of the Theresa Collins line as well.

I love travel lines, but generally when I do travel journals I don't do all specifically travel themed supplies. I look at the typical colors and motifs of the region I'm traveling to and find things that look good with that. Like when I was in Turkey and Dubai last year, I didn't use travel paper, but rather bold colored papers and stamps with motifs that had a Middle Eastern feel to them. For Greece I used lots of blue and white. I'd look and see what kinds of things you can find that remind you of Italy but aren't necessarily travel themed. I will admit, lots of map papers do generally make their way into my travel journals... I'll also pull maps out of an old atlas for the region I'm visiting.

Here's a link to the travel journals I've done so far.

And Ali's scrapbook on the road class is well worth the money!


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Posted: 4/17/2012 8:06:20 PM
I would check out kathy orta's site for a tutorial, she has some great albums where you can stuff things in and would be GREAT for a travel journal.

As for paper....7 gypies is what I would pick, personally.


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Posted: 4/17/2012 10:03:40 PM
Thank you SO MUCH everyone!!! You all have amazing suggestions!! Now just to decide what route I want to go Thanks for all the links too. I've been looking and watching like made this evening

Mabarnet...I would love to see the travel journals you just put together! I love the idea of adding sections for getting ready for the trip and thoughts/review afterwards. Great idea!!

I love OA so I may go that direction but I need to check out the others as I don't remember what they look like or haven't seen them yet. Maybe I'll mix and match a little.

Again thanks so much ladies!! You never disappoint!


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Posted: 4/17/2012 10:41:59 PM
Also....Tracy, great idea on the baggies for each day! I'm definitely going to do that plus you can reuse then for future trips! Love it!

Gwen, I love your travel albums! I love that they are busting at the seams full of fun memories! I definitely want mine to look like that

Kristen, thank you so much for the link to the Remains of the Day class...I'm signing up for that in hopes that I could make a travel journal like that for the next time I go somewhere. I think it'll take me that long to make something so beautiful!! Plus my sewing is less than stellar lol

Thanks again everyone! I have a huge list of tips from all of you for my travel journal! I can't wait to get started on it!


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Posted: 4/18/2012 10:00:08 AM
As far as the album I would use the Simple Stories new 6x8..It really is great...You could use whatever paper line to do the inside. The SS comes with quite a few page protectors in different sizes which would be a great addition for sliding in things you would want to stay protected.

Destinations is a great travel line that I am using for a trip to Alaska as far as a trip to Italy I like some of the other suggestions Studio Calico and OA.


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Posted: 5/4/2012 4:14:25 PM
Gosh, there are so many ways to do this!
I typically will carry a small travel journal notebook with me (one I can throw in my purse) to ensure that I journal daily, on trains, etc. and capture all those crazy things that we say to each other while traveling. Cavallini has lots of pretty journals; check out Paper Source too!

I second the baggies idea - crucial for capturing ephemera.

I've also done Ali Edwards class (very reasonable) but alas was too tired to ever scrap on the road! Shimelle has lots of ideas for how to scrap all those 4x6 photos in her 4x6 Photo Love series, so make sure you watch that if you decide to do a traditional scrapbook when you get home with 1,000 photos.

As for lines, I have used 7 Gypsies (Lille and others), October Afternoon, and am currently using Abroad and Basic Grey's "What's Up" line for a recent trip to Paris Disneyland. Love the hot air balloons!

Have so much fun in Italy!


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Posted: 5/4/2012 4:25:39 PM
I am doing my first travel journal next week for a cruise. I am using an Amy Tan book, my Instax camera and my stash of travel products. I still felt unsure, so I also downloaded Ali's class as well.

Gwen, your albums are fabulous. Thank you for sharing them.


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Posted: 5/4/2012 4:30:25 PM
I recently did a massive Central America series. All the lines have been mentioned which I think are great as well.

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