The Travel Journal
Over the weekend my friend Sophie emailed me with a question regarding what to do with all the little things she collects on her travels – addresses, business cards, brochures of favorite places – that she holds onto and can share with friends who are headed to the same place. Currently she uses a binder with plastic sleeves, but figured there must be a better solution, but not sure she has the patience for scrapbooking. I thought I’d share a few ideas that have caught my eye, but I’d love to open it up to your thoughts!
1. I was majorly inspired by yesterday’s Boarding Pass with Jodi McKee. Her “mini-books” [top 2 images] that use simple binder rings let you make a book any shape or size, and you can even design your own cover. I love the possibilities of having a map fold out, and it’s also a great tangible way to showcase your pictures, which tend to live online these days (for me at least), and even postcards. Here’s a whole post about her mini-books, where she credits Elizabeth to turning her onto the idea.
2. For my birthday my friend Elena gave me this awesome new Moleskine Travel Journal/ Carnet Voyage (my friends know me well!). In fact it’s so new I could only find the press release on the Moleskine site at first, but you can buy your own here. It’s full of practical information, tabs, stickers and places for photos/clippings so you can customize it to be your own travel bible.
3. The next two ideas are from the Design*Sponge DIY archives. The photo above is a DIY Catalogue Project by Grace Light of Poetic Home, that she made as a handmade gift to share her love with her husband using a card catalog generator. While I’m all for love, I thought it could be a cute, old school way to keep your favorite addresses for wherever you live and for your travels. Similarly, the project below for a Vintage Postcard Calendar by Ashley is another clever way to use simple items for storage. I love the idea of using travel-related vintage postcards to divide up each location, and instead of being a calendar, you could keep your favorite recipes from each trip, along with maps and ticket stubs.
I plan on digging through the Boarding Pass archives soon to share more things that people are doing to record their travels, but I’d love to hear your ideas too!