Putting Together A Travel Journal Kit 1


Hey everyone, It’s Katie here! If there’s one thing I love to do every time I take a trip somewhere, it’s to keep a travel journal! I like to bind them ahead of time, and only bring along a small kit of supplies so that I don’t get overwhelmed and can keep it easy to document my adventure.

Today I’m going to show you how to bind & prep a travel journal!

How to Bind a Travel Journal:

DIY Travel Journal Kit- How to bind a journal and put together a kti using supplies from @tombowusa and a tutorial from @studiokatie

Supplies:

Step one:

Obviously you’ll need a journal in your Travel Journal Kit, so choose a few fun papers that you’ll want to include!

I’m making my notebook to fit in a pocket sized Travelers Notebook case, so my papers are 5.5″x7″, and I cut my cover half an inch longer at 5.5″x7.5″.

Cut your papers down to your desired size.

DIY Travel Journal Kit- How to bind a journal and put together a kti using supplies from @tombowusa and a tutorial from @studiokatie

Step two:

Fold each piece of paper in half, and bind your papers together using the needle and thread. I used a pamphlet stitch to bind my journal, Here’s a really easy tutorial for a DIY 3-hole Pamphlet Stitch.

 

DIY Travel Journal Kit- How to bind a journal and put together a kti using supplies from @tombowusa and a tutorial from @studiokatie

Step three:

Okay, now that you have your journal put together, it’s time to do a bit of pre-embellishing! I used a MONO Twin Permanent Marker and some of the letter stickers included in my Clique Kit to write out “let’s go” onto my cover.

A tip: If you have trouble with your thickers sticking, use the pen tip of the MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to place a bit of adhesive on the back of each letter before sticking them down. After drying, they are much more permanent!

DIY Travel Journal Kit- How to bind a journal and put together a kti using supplies from @tombowusa and a tutorial from @studiokatie

Step four:

Want to include tabs in your journal? Fold a label in half, and adhere it onto the edge of a page using the MONO Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner.

DIY Travel Journal Kit- How to bind a journal and put together a kti using supplies from @tombowusa and a tutorial from @studiokatie

I added a couple of Project Life cards adhered in, and used the MONO Twin Permanent Marker to do a bit of doodling on my first page. I’ll add in some journaling when I’m at the airport and have some time to kill.

DIY Travel Journal Kit- How to bind a journal and put together a kti using supplies from @tombowusa and a tutorial from @studiokatie DIY Travel Journal Kit- How to bind a journal and put together a kti using supplies from @tombowusa and a tutorial from @studiokatie

Step five:

If you plan on doing most of your journaling while traveling in a plane or road trip, you might not want to bring too many “messy” supplies. I wanted to prep some of the pages with a watercolor look.

To do this, scribble a bit of Dual Brush Pen ink onto the back and brush over it with water.

DIY Travel Journal Kit- How to bind a journal and put together a kit using supplies from @tombowusa and a tutorial from @studiokatie

And that’s it! I’ll be visiting the Tombow USA headquarters soon (yay!), so I’ve made this Travel Journal & Travel Journal Kit to bring along with me.

DIY Travel Journal Kit- How to bind a journal and put together a kit using supplies from @tombowusa and a tutorial from @studiokatie

Ideas of what to include in your travel journal kit:

  • Boarding passes: Every time I fly I keep a copy of my boarding pass (if it’s on my phone I’ll try to take a screenshot to print later) and adhere it into my journal.
  • An adhesive runner: Any of Tombow’s adhesive runners are great to bring with you. It’s so easy to include found ephemera into your journal while traveling by just running a bit of adhesive onto the back and sticking it down.
  • MONO Twin Permanent Marker for permanent black doodles and journaling and Dual Brush Pens for adding in color.
  • An instant camera is fun to include if you have the room.
  • Washi tape to add a bit of pattern.
  • Stickers! The stickers and ephemera included in this Clique Kit is sooo cute. I’ll definitely be bringing it along with me on my trip.

 


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