travel journal

new journal for amsterdam
the only time i write in a journal is when i travel. it’s my way of remembering what i did each day… otherwise it can become a blur.

new journal for amsterdam
i’ve been creating this journal for my travels ever since the amazing allison of igloo press taught jenn and i how to make them many, many years ago (2002?) at minnesota center for book arts.

new journal for amsterdam
they’re easy to make, and perfect for travel: open up the accordion on one side, and you’ve got 4 pockets for ephemera. open on the other side, and there’s the journal. i use an extra large hair band to keep it closed.

my newest journal is for my sorta-annual birthday trip to europe. i’ll be heading back to amsterdam for the first time in 2 birthdays this friday night. my journal is ready.

new journal for amsterdam
(in reading my old journals, a common — and surprising — theme emerges: i usually really want to be home after 5 days. i tend to forget that part once i’m home because i immediately want to go back…)

10 responses to “travel journal”

  1. shona~LALA dex press says:

    Is this a do-si-do book? Just asking because in my book guild we made a travel journal that looked similar with pockets, but it was 2-sided.

    Love the paper…Paper Source?

  2. Fiona says:

    Have a great trip. We’ll be passing through Schiphol airport on Thursday! Just miss you.

  3. jenn says:

    have a fabulous trip! will miss you.

  4. Anna says:

    Did we make this one ways back at pARTy? I’m thinking so. Interesting about the 5 days, but I can see that. There’s something about ones own bed that makes all others not as comfy.

    Also, Shona’s comment made me curious. Possibly because do-si-dos are my favorite GS cookie. (: But I think one would make a good pARTy: I’m envisioning little pocket size ones as well as journal size.

  5. Renai @ Are You My Ghost? says:

    This is such a beautiful idea! Have a wonderful time in Amsterdam!

  6. jen says:

    the journal actually has 4 pockets – the photos don’t show it fully extended. on one side, there are 4 pockets. on the back, the covers are attached at each end and the signature is attached.

  7. Lisa says:

    Have a great trip!

  8. jackie says:

    I love that you do this. And the part about wanting to go, and then be home, and then go again – yeah.

  9. Sonya says:

    What a lovely, lovely pile! They are not only works of art, but priceless keepers of your memories. I hear you about the wanting to be home after five days. Have a WONDERFUL time – with much in the way of tulips, windmills and Vermeers!

  10. Chandler says:

    I love these! It would be so satisfying to see them all on one shelf—pretty little memories, all in a row. I tend to just carry a little black Moleskine when I travel, but there’s absolutely nothing exciting about a shelf full of identical, nondescript black books.

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