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Create Your Own Summer Travel Journal

Summer usually signals a break in our normal routines, be it a long vacation stay or perhaps just a few interesting day trips here and there.  Either way it is an opportunity for us to make some memories and preserve them in a handmade travel journal.  This simple, folded journal is crafted from a single large sheet of watercolor paper and colorfully decorated.  It contains pockets to hold ticket stubs and other pieces of ephemera.  The sturdy paper allows the traveler to paint, sketch and write about the journey along the way.


Directions:

Step one:  Fold a large sheet of watercolor paper into eight sections. Make a cut lengthwise between the second section to the end of the third section. Fold in half lengthwise, push paper together to make a four page book.

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Step two: Using washi tape, close openings on bottom of book and form pockets inside book.

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Step three: Laying book flat exposing front and back of book, use the Scotty Palette Knife to apply a thin layer of gesso and allow to dry.

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Step four: Apply StazOn Studio Glaze first in Claret with a baby wipe. Continue to layer colors following with Blue Hawaii and Gothic Purple. Wipe with a baby wipe until desired color is achieved.  Using a stencil add more of the Gothic Purple color and heat set .

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Step five: Using a Memento marker, write words and date on front and back. Apply Amplify! to the front cover on top of the written title, heat with a heat tool and allow to cool.

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Step six:  Stamp image on scrap piece of card stock, cut out.

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Step seven: Glue the image and stickers to the front cover of the journal.  Using a stencil and gesso, add more detail to the front and back covers. Allow to dry. Apply StazOn Studio Glaze in Silver on top of the title words to highlight them.

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by Renee Zarate

Difficulty

Beginner - Intermediate

Time

45 min + dry time

Materials Needed

Imagine Crafts featuring Tsukineko:

Other Supplies

  • Watercolor Paper, Gesso, Zettiology Stamps, TCW stencil, Paper House 3D Travel Stickers
  • Miscellaneous: Scissors, adhesives, heat gun, watercolor pencils, baby wipes


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