Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Journals: USA Travel Diary

  I am relocating to California in a matter of days {22 to be precise}, and have been working on a diary that will accompany me on my travels and house all my special memories. 
Last year when I went to Australia I made a travel journal {click here to see images} out of a blank-paged diary that I paid a lot of money for. This time around, I have taken a slightly differnent route. For my USA journal, I have taken an old book that I paid next-to-nothing for, and recovered it to create a personalised diary. It's pages are full of pre-existing text as it is a story book, but I will just stick images etc over the printed  pages.
At this stage of the game, I have only completed the first few pages of the diary, and here are the before and after images as well as the journal-making process.
I will continue to add more pics to my blog as each new page unfolds, and I cannot wait to see the outcome at the end of my journey.
 I found this old book at the SPCA Charity shop in Ballito, and I thought it would make the perfect 'shell' for my travel journal as it has a thick, hard cover and old stained pages which adds a lovely vintage-type effect. And it only cost me 10 bucks - Score!
 Inside the book
 I have decided to keep the pages and their text to provide a nice background for my journal. I will be sticking all sorts of things over the pages, but I like the effect of the text in the background.
(This is what the inner page looked like before I got gluing and sticking)
 End Product - The Cover
 Text on front cover: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page." (I thought this pretty little saying rather appropriate.)
 This is the back of the book, and I printed out a map of the USA, and then cut it out to make a puzzle. The border was done by cutting up airmail envelopes.
As you open the diary, there is an real fold-out map of California on the inner cover. I found this map in a travel book at the charity shop, and it may even come in handy if I decide to take a road trip around the Orange County.
 If you look carefully on the map, you will see a little dot called 'Redding.' This will be my home for 9 whole months. I can't wait to live in the beautiful countryside surrounded by mountains, lakes and trees. Aaaah.
For the introductory page, I used my typewriter to print onto a page of tick tracing paper, which I then stuck over a colourful background that can be seen in some of the images to follow.
 Good old Underwood 18. You have done me proud.
 This is the background that I made for my introductory page, and then placed the transparent sheet over it.
 The Introductory page reads as follows:
This is a diary. This is my travel diary. A place to document a journey. A journey over the seas. A journey to a foreign land. A journey through ever changing seasons of life, and a journey along the road of dreams fulfilled. 

This diary is not planned. There is not table of contents. It will be left to grow and evolve as the life attached to it grows and evolves. This will become a home to photos, souvenirs, memorabilia, and tales of unforgettable moments shared with new friends in places unexplored.

Dedication: To dreams. To hope. To adventures. To Jesus. To wanderlust. To family and friends being left behind. To a new 'family' and friends that await me. To learning new things. To growing up. To flying the nest. To love. To music. To scissors, glue and craft supplies. To embracing change. To letting go. To bliss, glory, and joy unspeakable. To living by faith. To blossoming and growing. To thoughts, ideas and revelations. To writing. To laughter. To heaven, destiny and God's plans for me. To life, and living it abundantly.
 This is an image I made on Photoshop that is actually going to be the title image for a new page that I am starting on my blog entitled 'California Diaries.' You will be able to click on this page and see all the posts and pictures from my new life in Cali.
 I had loads of fun doing this part of my journal. Basically, I made copies of my passport and visa page, and then made a mini passport that can open and close, and it reveals my visa inside. It reminds me of some of the books I used to read as a kid that had flaps uncovering hidden pictures.
From these photos, my hand-made passport actually looks scarily life like. Mission accomplished.
 I couldn't resist making a 'USA Bucket list,' with all the things I hope to do whilst over there. Some of the things include:
Go to Disneyland. Try authentic Starbucks. Go on a roadtrip. See a famous person. Snowboard. Attend Coachella 2012.
 Yes, I like to mess!
Craft Supplies Used:
Old Story Book
Brown wrapping paper
Tracing Paper
Old atlas
Old travel books
Vintage Postcards
Airmail Envelopes
Wrapping paper scraps
Lisa and Jo stamps
Scrapbooking Paper from 'Imagine That'
Sticky Tape


  1. you have a typewriter. im so jealous. haha what shall you be doing in America? other than journaling :)

  2. I love my typewriter! Picked that puppy up from an antique shop for such a steal, and I use it a lot more than I thought I would. Good buy that one.

    I am going to the USA to study actually, and of course I will journal the crap out of my trip : )

  3. Wow! That was a post and a half. Like I said you're never gonna be the same. Here's to new adventures!

  4. I love this! I'm hoping to move to Italy next year...I should do this as well!

  5. This is just wonderful!
    I'm going to Italy tomorrow and I've thought on doing something like this too. Now I'm sure, I'd love to do this!♥
    Thanks for the inspiration :)

  6. My best friend is moving to Africa and I was inspired by your post to make her a similar travel journal. Can I ask a few questions that might help make this semi-easier for me? What did you use to glue things down with? And how did you change the cover of the book? Did you remove its original cover and replace it with something else?

  7. My name is Tanja. I´m from Germany, so please apologize my simple english.
    I´m pretty new in scrapbooking, journals and so on and im surfing all day thru the internet just to get some inspiration for my Travel Journal. I traveled to Las Vegas in 2009 and i´ve still not started my journal till now because i have no idea how i could start,although i collected tons of souvenirs,tickets and flyers from there. Then i found your blog today and im totally get inspired just looking your amazing,awesome and pretty diaries. I don´t wanted to bother you, just tell you how great your work is. Unfortunately, some of the pretty items are not available in Germany. Thanks a lot!


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