• DIY Travel Journal

    by guest contributor and my assistant Sara of Alice and Lois


    Summer is all about going on adventures to new places, visiting family and friends and creating wonderful memories. What better way to capture those memories than with a handmade travel journal. This is so easy to make and you more than likely have all the supplies at home! We made quite a few in no time (so that means that I will keep wonderful record of all of our summer adventures, right?!)! We used a basic three-hole pamphlet book binding technique, super simple to do!

    Keep reading for the full tutorial…

    DIY Travel Journal



    old atlas
    card stock paper
    printer paper
    embroidery needle and thread
    awl (optional)

    diy travel journal cover


    Step 1. Make the cover – Cut card stock to 4.25 x 6.75. Cut your desired map from the Atlas, using the card stock as a pattern. We chose states that we would be traveling to this summer.
    Step 2. Glue the map on the card stock. (Tip: Just paint on glue around the outer edge of the cardstock so you don’t get a bubbled cover)

    travel journal


    Step 1. Make inside sheets – Using the card stock cover, trace sheets of paper. Cut a bit inside the line so the inside sheets are smaller than the cover. We cut 8 pieces.
    Step 2. Fold the pages in half and stack them together. Fold the cover in half. Place pages inside of the cover.
    Step 3. Using ruler, mark a spot in the middle of the fold. Then mark an inch above and below. These marks will be your sewing spots. Using your needle (or awl) make holes through all of the sheets of paper.
    Step 4. Thread needle and put needle through the middle hole from the inside. Leave a few inches of thread to tie off at the end.

    DIY journal

    Step 5. Put the needle through the top hole and pull until snug.
    Step 6. Pull needle back through middle hole.
    Step 7. Put needle through (front) of third hole.

    diy travel journal

    Step 8. Tuck needle under top stitch and pull snug. Tie off the ends and double knot and trim.


    Enjoy your travels and happy summer!

    All photos by Melissa Fenlon.


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    2. nina said… July 15, 2014 7:14 am

      just a quick link to the travel journals I made, inspired by you!
      I did a google search for the maps, as they are quite small in size, they printed out well.
      three identical copies, a part from the color of the thread, so the kids can recognize them.

      Here they are https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152623400326584.1073741829.793281583&type=1&l=16b3946f61

      thanks for SO MUCH great content!

    3. Cindy said… July 10, 2014 12:10 pm

      I LOVE THIS! I’ll just end up making hundreds of these! Haha! xx They are really pretty, and doesn’t recruiter a lot of work – Thank you for sharing! ^__^

      Cindy | mazedays.blogspot.com

    4. Holly said… July 8, 2014 11:44 am

      I love this idea. Such a simple project. 🙂

    5. kim said… July 8, 2014 9:06 am

      lovely and so simple! (my kind of project)

    6. Stacie @ Yellow Spool said… July 8, 2014 6:27 am

      Absolutely beautiful! Now… if only I had plans to travel.

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