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Communique Travel Album and Traveler’s Notebook Tutorial

The amazing Communique collection became my inspiration for the album I’m planning to use for a weekend trip to Boston. As soon as I saw this collection I knew I wanted to do an album with a traveler’s notebook insert. I absolutely love creating travel albums. They are my favorite ones to make.

I created the album using chipboard and the hidden hinge binding system to hold the pages.

For the cover I used lots of fuzzy cut elements to create dimension.

Metal pieces in vintage colors that match the collection were also used.

The color of the papers are a perfect match for my photos and the graphics are so much fun to work with.

I love the vintage style of all the papers.

I fuzzy cut images and layered them to create interesting pages.

I also used magnets to hold some of the interactive pages.

I used Polaroid frames to hold some of the pictures. They go so well with this collection.

Graphic 45 has so many great products, that I always feel bad not using anything I have left over! So I used all the leftover pieces of paper I had left from making the album, found some kraft cardstock, and made a traveler’s notebook. Here are the steps I took to make it:

Step One:

The first step is to cut some kraft paper (or heavy-weight cardstock if you prefer) at your desired width and length. The beauty of traveler’s notebooks is that each traveler’s notebook is unique and different in size. For my black traveler’s notebook, the size of my pages are 7 1/2 ” by 7 1/2″.

Step Two:

Step two is to score your pages at the halfway point, (in my case the halfway point was 3 3/4 “) and fold.

Step Three:

I used my sewing machine to bind my pages together. I really liked the simple texture touch the sewing machine adds for binding.

Step Four:

Then the real fun began: decorating my pages with papers, printed image cut outs, washi tape and any other embellishments I found around my craft room.

Optional step: I also used my silhouette and a simple font to create titles. I then used a black sharpie to create lines to journal on (to make it easy to write while on-the-go) that also add a nice, personal, handmade touch to my album. You can also add lined paper or graph paper if you prefer.

I also enjoy mixing papers with printed images, especially florals as they are my favorite ones to use.

And that was it! Making the traveler’s notebook was so easy, and the final end-product was so awesome. Having the basic foundation pages also makes it so much easier to journal daily while away. To me, there’s nothing like journaling a fresh memory or feeling. I like to have my traveler’s insert pre-made and ready to take with me, and I also like to pack a little envelope with some extra goodies to use in case I feel like embellishing my story with stickers, metallic accents, or stamps. I usually write while I travel so that when it’s time to add notes into the full album, I know exactly what I want to say.

Hoping this post inspires you to create your own traveler’s notebook to take with you on those quick trips or long vacations, and help you better prep for your larger album’s content!

Thank you so much for reading, looking forward to seeing the traveler’s notebooks that everyone creates!


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