Wednesday, April 18, 2012


(traveler project part 2) 

Combine your kid's drawings with this super useful project:

I like the kids keep a travel journal and/or have a travel art pads when we're away. I encourage this a little differently each time we travel. This time, using the same airplane art-part I, from the luggage tags, as the foundation of the project, I created these matching journals for each of them.

These simple but, useful journals were filled with more airplane drawings before the plane even left the ground.
Continue below for full tutorial:

Heavy cover stock that can still fit through a printer
Unlined drawing paper
Hole Punch
X-acto Knife
Cutting materials (I use a t-square, metal ruler and triangle)
Cord for binding

Using the same scan, in Photoshop, I colored their artwork to coordinate with their luggage tags before printing, but, this is optional. I sized the art, again, to fit into 1/4 of a piece of typing paper (A4 in Europe or 81/2 x 11 inches) and then, printed one cover for each of the children, onto the cover stock.

1 cover from card stock (include front + back cover): Remember that the cover piece must include both a cover and back cover in one long piece that you will fold down the middle. (For example, if you use the same size I used, this means that it is like cutting the paper in 1/2 or down the middle, the long way.) Cut approximately full length 10 interior pages to match this double size. Stack the cover on top of the interior pages and fold the journal in half so that the final journal has 20 pages. Finish by smoothing the fold with a boning tool. Carefully cut two holes along the spine and thread cord through these holes to bind. Secure the cord; clip excess and your journal is complete. (Note: A regular hole punch is able to perforate about 20 standard sheets of paper.)  

Happy inspired travels!

Continue here for a second use of your kids artwork. Make Luggage Labels. I love these as a unique way to personalise luggage:!
Click (here) to see how to make the matching Luggage Tags

Happy Making.  As always, I love to hear from you and see how you use these tutorials.

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Clip-on page-a-day (vacation) Journals
Luggage Tags
Freezer Paper Travel Tees,
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  1. this is a cool idea! and unlike much kids craft it's understated and stylish! I really love it. Wondering if it could use it with the girly guides some time....

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and I'm so happy to hear your response! That makes my day. I would be very happy to have this project spread. Don't hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions.

  2. What a fantastic idea on so many levels. I love the idea of personalizing a journal for each trip. What precious memories these records of childhood trips will be! Allowing the children to look at both new and beloved places through reflective eyes is such a gift - not to mention that a forum for a bit of quiet reflection is a gift for mom and dad too! I am getting started on making these for our next trip. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. It makes my day to hear how this has hit home with you, too! I've tried various forms of journals with the children but, these travel journals, by far, have been the most successful. (I found choosing their artwork was the most difficult task, so I encourage them to continue it in their journals.) I like travel rituals from conception through reflection -- I hope that you get the opportunity to make these little treasures, too! Enjoy.

    2. love the coordinated tags too! I may need some photo shop coaching - just got the light version. will that do?

    3. I'd love to see if I can find a solution with you. Let's email and maybe the results could be something to share.

  3. So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

    1. What a wonderful note. Thank you so much for coming by. I can't wait to peruse your site.

  4. Great idea! Thanks a lot for this tutorial :)

  5. Great idea! Thanks a lot for your tutorial :)

  6. This is so adorable!!! Just saw this now.

    1. Mamoo Kids! I'm so glad that you've found these. They're wonderful for the Summer!


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