Travel Girl Journal (October Afternoon)

Hi Everyone

It’s been a crazy old time here at PaperVine in the last couple of months! I recently attended SENZ (New Zealand’s Largest Scrapbook Expo) with my PaperVine Shop and I have really been focusing on growing that business. I did have time to complete a couple of final projects for October Afternoon using their simply stunning line Travel Girl and I have the first of those projects to share today. 

“On the Go” Album

This album was created as a “Smash” style project. It’s all ready to go – just slip it in your backpack when you set off on your travels and journal like crazy as you go along! 

Before we take a look inside – I will show you quickly how I made this button on the front. It is simply threaded onto some elastic and tied at the back – but having a closure like this keeps everything together and makes it less likely your treasures inside will be lost.

I used this simply gorgeous stamp to create the button. Before starting – gather your supplies:
A stamp, Stayzon ink, a small piece of cotton fabric and a brayer/roller. You will also need a handmade button blank – available at any sewing store.

  1. Ink your stamp really well
  2. Gently lay your fabric on top
  3. Carefully and firmly pass the roller over the fabric – ONCE ONLY
  4. Remove fabric – and Voila! 

All you need to do now is use that fabric to cover your button blank as per the manufacturer instructions. Let’s take a look inside the album:

I have used many elements to create and decorate the pages – see below for more details:
a)The inside cover tells the start of the story – jetting off on an adventure. The Airplane card is from the Miscellany Pieces.
b) I have added some glassine envelopes throughout the album – which can be used to contain maybe a boarding pass or a memento from your flight
c) Small tags are great as you can use them to jot down a quick thought or memory you want to preserve. 
d) I have used elements from the Word Stickers and Banners to decorate these.

e) You can use tags horizontally and vertically to create a layered effect
f) Plain cardstock folded in half makes a great showcase for larger stickers and can be left blank so you can add some favorite photos at a later time
g) Some of these elements are so playful! These cards from the Miscellany are so cute!
h) I have also used blank postcards and pieces of patterned paper cut to size to create pages.

One of my favorite things to do in albums like this is to create little folders to tell a story within a story. They are “self contained” within the album as a whole – here is how you can easily do this:

  1. Using a larger element as the front and back “cover, thread only the back onto your binding
  2. Thread on your other elements, largest first down to the smallest
  3. Finally – thread the front cover page on and continue assembling the rest of the album

(Note: the bottom three pictures depict the technique only and are not the exact same elements as in the main picture!)

Tune in later this week for a journal cards holder made with the same collection!

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  • Reply Tracy July 17, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Awesome Lowri. Your so tanlented, would love to see more of your projects on here but know your busy 😉

  • Reply Shona Chambers July 17, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Hi Lowri, this is fantastic with so much detail!! I have finally got my hands on the Travel Girl kit and can't wait to start creating. I see this kit used by so many people, its just gorgeous and can't wait to see what else you come up with!!

  • Reply Tonya Kaushik July 17, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    This is awesome! What product did you use for the spiral binding?

  • Reply Liz Parsons July 18, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Hi Lowri,
    Really like the design, especially the elastic/button. Is the elastic thin elastic threaded through a the loop on the back of the button, so you can't see any joined from the front of the journal? I was thinking of making one for our next holiday. thanks Liz Parsons

    • Reply LowriMcNabb July 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Hi Liz – yes that's right.
      The back of the button has a shank through which I threaded the elastic.
      It is just tied at the back. Hope that helps 🙂

    • Reply Liz Parsons July 27, 2013 at 1:07 AM

      Yes thats' a great help. You have inspired me to make "All about me" notebooks for my daughters' 8th birthday party. thanks for sharing. Liz

  • Reply kate blue July 19, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    dang, you are making me wanna pull out my Binding machine..I've never used it but need to after seeing this!

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