Sunday, July 29, 2018

Handmade Travel-Themed Album and Junk Journal

I haven't shared any finished quilts lately because I have been totally obsessed with making junk journals. Making these journals is a lot like making quilts -- only with paper and glue, rather than fabric and thread.

I'd never even heard of them a couple months ago. And since then I've made several: two bee and bee hive themed; two Alice in Wonderland themed; two vintage sewing themed; two mini junk journals (one bee themed and one butterfly themed) and one travel themed. Whew!

I'm sharing the travel album and journal in this blog post as part of a Frilly and Funkie "planes, trains, and automobiles" challenge mentioned in this blog post.

Here are photos of this fun project (which will be a birthday gift for a friend who will be traveling to Israel later this year). 

 This album / journal is made from 3-1/2 X 8 inch tags that I cut with my Brother Scan n Cut. The front cover is decorated with travel-related images.

Inside the front cover is a pocket where I've added some tags. But when this is put to use by the recipient, I expect that she will use this pocket to store ephemera from her trip. The tag sticker at the bottom is for her to perhaps add a description of her trip -- such as the dates of her trip and the main places she visited. On the right side is another chipboard tag that will be perfect for adding a favorite photo from the trip.

When the tag (page) is turned, there is a double pocket for more memorabilia from the trip. And on the right side, is a 10-page signature of tea-dyed papers, providing 40 pages for journaling about the trip. 

Behind the mini-journal, is a large tag with room for photos.

The large tag flips up to reveal more space for photos.

And one more flip-up to remind us that travel is a good thing.

I hope my friend likes her travel album/journal to memorialize her fun trip later this year.


Sara Barker said...

Very cool project, Nancy! I love all those beautifully decorated pages to record memories. Thank you for sharing in our Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Challenge at Frilly and Funkie! Hugs!

Larimore2 said...

This is super cute!!!!
You've just inspired my next tag journal/book in your way to connect the pages!
You see; I am often seeing only the same way I've already done some project (in my case, connecting the tags with a binder or a key ring into the top holes), & I get stuck on that until I see a new perspective. My OCD sticks very close by... aaaaall the time. *sigh*
Your friend is gonna LOVE this ADORABLE gift!!!
Now ur hooked, girl... scissors, glue, & ALL!!
(But don't give up your quilts. My Cousin/Bestie also quilts fanatically, & I'd give an arm (mmmmmaybe!) to have her talent on a sewing machine.)

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Wow, wow, wow! This is fabulous! I love the vintage feel, the wonderful interactive elements and the clever construction of this lovely mini album! And you used maps! Bonus points for that! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Frilly and Funkie "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" challenge!

Jenny Marples said...

Junk journals are so addictive aren't they! This one is fantastic! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

Larimore2 said...

YAY!!! U lucky ducky girl: more goodies for U to make another FANTASTIC project!!
I’m still planning to make some tweaks like yours into Tag Album of my own- THANK U for teaching me some new twists & turns!!!

Sara Barker said...

I'm back to say congratulations on being our lucky winner at Frilly and Funkie! I REALLY love your project, so I'm pleased you won! Hugs!

Cheryl Ann said...

Wow! Beautiful design!

TerriLynn said...

Wow! I've been pouring over your blog loving everything I see. This is really really cool. Love it.


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