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{my first stitched travel journal}

"We are the music makers,
and we are the dreamers of dreams."
~ Arthur O'Shaughnessy

front cover, pre-trip

here's what the next pages looked like pre-trip (above), and after journaling (below)

more journaling

more pre-trip pages

inside back cover, still needs a trip wrap-up

back cover, still blank

To make this cute little book, I cut 9x12" watercolor paper (just guesstimating, imperfect) in half the long way. Like a madwoman, I sewed bits onto the strips of paper, not caring about upside down or design or method or what would wind up where in the end. Paper, maps, scrapbook paper, stuff from trips, fabric, etc. Next, I folded the paper in half and sewed along the fold. The pages are imperfect, some taller + some wider.

The goal is not a perfect travel journal.
We don't write in perfect journals.
(At least I don't)

Wildness ensued. Sewing more and more, now paying more attention to which way I would be writing in the book. Leaving inviting little journaling spots. When I came up for air I had a 4.5" x 6" book with 12 "sides" for writing, made from 3 wide strips of paper, each half of a sheet of watercolor paper.

Journaling Blocks! Nooks! Hideouts! Pockets! Oh My!

And it worked! It did! I journaled! All I can figure is that it was too tempting not to!!! There was no blank page hesitation, for there are no blank pages. Just little spots deviously asking for words.

P.S. In Vacation Spin, I wrote about stitched travel journal inspiration from Hanna.

¤ More about learning to sew at Sew-a-Go-Go.
¤ More stitched art journal pages: Faeries, The View, Dance, Swing, Motivation, Voyage.

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Reader Comments (6)

I *LOVE* this!

09.20.2010 | Unregistered Commenterchel

The journal in imperfectly wonderful. Thank you for sharing. The whole post is inspiring.

09.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenterRita A.

OMG! It's a-m-a-a-a-zing!!!!! Hugs, Terri xoxoxo

Your creativity is really amazing!

09.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenterNofretiri

OMG, it is beautiful! Well down my dear, I recognize your eagerness to fill it so much. I want to go travel again, it is just so much more fun to write when you're not at home! :-) yay you!

09.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

wonderful - wonderful! "Just little spots deviously asking for words." {love that the most!}

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