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
card stock paper
embroidery needle and thread
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)
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.
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.
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.