Traveling The World With You

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This past Spring, Kim Lund joined us for a series on creating a Travel Journal. It’s the kind of project that can take as much time or as little as you want.  You can use her printables if you are short on time, or her layered templates if you want to use your own supplies.  If you are really running low on time, you could just use her prompts and put them in Evernote or a Word Doc.

I thought it would be fun to share a Vacation Journals, all put together, and maybe even inspire you to finish one up for any last minute trips you have coming up (here in the US, we have a 3 day weekend coming up 😉 ).

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MandaK created a very cute travel journal, using Kim’s templates along with some digital supplies.  She also gives instructions for assembling it the way she did on her blog:

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Didn’t that turn out adorable!?  I LOVE the little camera she added.

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Katie just got back from a cruise to Alaska (she and I were both in Seattle at the same time with our families for a couple of days and actually ended up staying one block away from each other…imagine our surprise!  We did get together for a photo op, I’m sure we will share soon).  She made a Vacation Journal before leaving, here’s what she did:

It took me a day to get everything already to go.  I used this cute kit:

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As well as Kim’s layered templates for this project, which are available exclusively here at THE DAILY DIGI (visit each class session to download the printables and templates).

I decided to enlarge my journal so it would fit in a 3 ring binder. I wanted to collect newsletters, menus, brochures, and other items during our trip and put them directly in the binder to keep them nice and neat. I turned each 5.5 x 8.5 template into a standard 8.5×11 inch size in PSE 8 by using the following steps:

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In Photoshop Elements, select Image> Resize> Canvas Size, in PSCS select Image>Image Size. Change settings to 8.5 inches wide by 11 inches tall.

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Then select all layers that you want to enlarge. If there are any locked layers, you will need to unlock them. Just click on them to unlock them. (In PSCS, you will need to select the layers FIRST and then resize).

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With all desired layers selected, grab the edge with your mouse and stretch until they fit the canvas. In this case, you will have to stretch a little on the sides since it doesn’t fit exactly. This may cause some distortion in title work. The template shapes will be fine though.

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You can resize the title work to make it proportional again. I hid that layer on mine because I decided to use a font instead.

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I also modified most of the templates to fit my own content. Just move the squares around as needed.

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I’m really loving how it turned out (click to enlarge images)! (Note: There will also be a tutorial showing another way to do this in the September Playbook)

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I decided to use a font (Gil Sans MT) instead of the included titles so I could customize my pages a little more. I also like how it goes with the pages I have scanned from our cruise brochure materials. I used page protectors throughout my binder for these layouts, and stocked the binder with plenty of extras so I could include maps and other items as I got them.
So far, this has been a very rewarding project. My children have appreciated knowing more details about our trip and they have looked through our book several times. I imagine that it will be a well-used tool throughout our trip! I will be sure to include more details, photos, and pages after our trip is over.

I got all of my images from brochures and internet sites since they were put together BEFORE we actually took the trip.

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Here are some photos of the travel journal I took during our cruise.

I used a standard 3 ring size binder from an office supply store that had a clear pocket cover so I could slide the cover page right into it. I will make a cute label for the spine so we can see the subject while it is sitting on our bookshelf.
This travel planner/journal ended up being such a big part of our trip! I filed all of the cruise newsletters, formal portraits, maps, postcards, and information sheets we collected from all of our stops. It was a great way to store the photos and memorabilia so they didn’t get ruined in transit. It also felt like we were creating a scrapbook while we were vacationing and that was fun for all of us. My hubby even started looking for things to put in the binder. Smiley I definitely will do this again in the future for our bigger vacations.

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Standard size page protectors were a great way to store postcards we bought. I even bought some small 5×7 prints at Pike’s Place in Seattle that I didn’t want to get bent so I just slipped them in the book.

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I feel like I don’t have to create a whole new scrapbook about this trip now because I have this binder. I will keep most of it intact. I will remove the postcards because we hang those on a wall in my son’s bedroom. I might frame some of the cruise portraits, but most of the contents will live permanently in the binder. I will have access to all the information when I choose to create some digital scrapbook pages, but I don’t feel a lot of pressure because I was able to put together the creative framework for this project before we ever left town. So fun!