Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Getting Ready For Vacation and Tuesday Hops

I'm sure normal people just go on vacation but not me. Maybe it's knowing that I'll have limited time to make things while I'm on vacation that I have to make things for my vacation? So I'm either prepping projects I can work on while on vacation or making things to use on vacation. Anyone else do that? One of the things we like to do is keep track of the things we do on our vacations. It's easy to think you'll remember so that when it's time to scrapbook that vacay, you'll just know but HA! The older I get, the easier that sounds and the harder it is. So I started keeping travel journals which I can refer back to when doing my scrapbooks or when I just need a mental vacation. This time of year is perfect to find these:
And, as you can tell by now, if they're on sale like they often are at back to school time...I buy multiples! I think I got this last year as a pack of 2 and they were 2 packs for $1 or something. 

Trace the shape onto your choice of scrapbook paper. I went outside my usual neutral pallette:

and cut out a front and back cover in  coordinating papers. I Mod Podged these onto the composition book and tore some other coordinating papers to collage on. I had some chipboard frames I picked up on clearance that I covered with a scrap of the coordinating paper:
I didn't want to put a lot of heavy embellishments on my journal because it was going to be in and out of my bag so I used a combination of rub-ons, clear alphabet stickers, and things left over from other projects that were printed onto clear label paper to decorate. Of course I couldn't leave it blingless, so I had to put some self adhesive rhinestones on it :) 

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Update to respond to a question from the comments:
I tore a wide strip of a third piece of paper to cover the spine. Applied Mod Podge to it and folded it over the front and back so about 1/2 of it shows on each side. Hope that makes sense!

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Steph @ Professors_Wife said...

GREAT idea!!! I've never thought of dressing up a regular ol' composition notebook, but this looks like a lot of fun - a good way to get geared up for the trip!

Christine said...

It came out so cute...I love it. You know I can't resist dressing up a notebook! Have a great trip!

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lindalou said...

Great project. It turned out so cute. So...how did you finish the binding on the side? Just curious.

Anonymous said...

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Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

This is a great idea! I can't believe I haven't thought of this for my scrapbooking. I better hurry and make one for my vacation next month!! I'm thinking I'll add pockets, too, for pamphlets and such that I pick up along the way.

Lori said...

Wowza, these are awesome! Love the papers you used, and of course, heck no, you can't leave it blingless.

mle said...

Your journal looks ready for vaca!! Enjoy!!
My girls just bought 16 journals so they can personalize their own for school instead of buying them. Their friends love getting them as gifts & they've had journal decorating parties : )

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AmyK said...

Composition books are the best, aren't they? And I'm SO excited that it's time for the back-to-school sales again! Hurray!

Your journal is great.

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Too cute and what a wonderful idea!


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Anonymous said...

I love using these composition books for notes and journaling and what a great idea to dress them up!!

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Anonymous said...

I've seen blank journals in big book stores for over $30.00 that don't look this good. Great job - and all from a .50 composition book, craft paper and a little creativity. I love it!


Rose said...

what a cute to fix up and have a beautiful journal.

Unknown said...

love these ideas and they aren't terribly expensive either.

Lorrie Everitt Studio said...

Hey Carol ... very nice. Love the bling too! I'm getting ready for vacation too ... packing my "supplies" as well to keep us busy at the cottage. I am just hoping that we have a couple of "rain" days so that the girls will want to be inside crafting.
Have a wonderful holiday.

Cindy Adkins said...

I just popped in to say "hi" and then saw your darling journal...gorgeous!!! I LOVE it!