12 Travel Journal Ideas To Inspire!
Are you always taking photos on your phone when you go on holidays and never actually making anything with them and end up never looking at them again? Trust me when I tell you that you are not alone. When you learn how to make an art journal that you can stuff full of summer memories, you will have those memories to treasure for decades to come.
How To Make An Art Journal You Can Take On Vacation
I absolutely love journaling and making mini albums, I got myself a little over excited thinking about making a mini album for this summer.
There are so many different variations and supplies available I didn’t know what to choose from initially but it was easy once I figured out the end goal.
The end goal is to have a gorgeous journal, the supplies I needed and travel requirements were easy to figure out after that.
A little peek into my art journal kit!
To make your own art journal kit you will need:
- A Mini art journal – you can get journals that are created for you; with fun pages and doodles etc. Brands that I can think of that offer this are Dear Lizzy, Amy Tangerine and others from American Crafts & Dawn De Vries Sokol has created books to fill in.
- An Instant Camera or digital camera + Instant photo printer like the HP Sprocket or Fujifilm Instax printer.
- A pouch (I used a flat Cath Kidston toiletry bag)
- Pens and Markers
- Stickers and embellishments
- Double sided tape adhesive roller
- Ephemera (click here for my free printables Pinterest board)
- Sharp scissors
- Mini Sketchbook (I like to draw and paint too so I carried a sketchbook)
- Watercolour set
- Water brushes
How To Make An Art Journal:
If you have decided to make your own journal, be sure to gather a lot of different types of papers;
- You can usually find all of these sold in packs on sites like Etsy.
- A Paper Trimmer
- Binding Clips
- A Sewing Machine and size 16 needles or
- An awl, tapestry needle and twine or embroidery floss.
I purchased the vintage hankie journal from Etsy but it’s easy to recreate.
- Grab your own vintage hanky, fold it in half and press with an iron.
- Fold the papers and insert into the hanky.
- Secure with blinding clips and locate the centre of the fold.
- Poke with an awl and start to sew.
- Alternatively, use a sewing machine to stitch the paper and hankie together.
I found so many incredible ideas and I’ve included the little mini album above if you don’t mind!
There are also printable pages that you can download and use to create your own mini journal!
I love Dear Lizzy! It’s a fabulous Scrapbook range and blog.
5. Summer Manifesto Twenty Twelve with Ali Edwards
6. Notes mini album (at the start of this post)
I love the idea of collecting tickets and scrap paper and just including them within my summer mini album if I use binding rings.
If you had a bound book you could create little layouts and glue in your little scraps.
Stickers are an excellent idea!
Would you create on the go or would you wait until the end of the summer to make your mini album?
7. Summer Baltic Sea with Ania Maria Horner (I love the embroidery on the cover of this album)
12. Summer Moments with Rahel Menig for Crate Paper
What is your favourite style of album?
I’ve made several different styles before, I like gathering pages and attaching them all using binding rings, with all different sized papers.
I also liked having a little ‘sketchbook’ style book with a proper spine for taking notes, doodling and sticking in tickets.
There are so many different options out there I don’t know which I prefer!
I’ve seen WRMK 4×4 albums have become very popular and I’m quite tempted to try one of the little kits to see how I feel about making little books!
It sure seems much easier that creating huge scrapbooks.