Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kid's travel journal

“You never saw a very busy person who was unhappy.” -Dorothy Dix

In a few days I'm headed out on a weekend trip with my in-laws. 22 hours total in the car with my 6-year-old nephew seems exhausting already, so in addition to the travel games, books, and activities I've collected over the last couple of days, I decided to make a travel journal for Chase to record his memories from his first big road-trip.
Of course, I'm known to go above and beyond, and I'm sure I put forth way more effort than necessary for the job. Let's just hope it holds his interest for a couple of minutes. For my pride and more importantly, for our sanity!
I've also created a printable pdf to share with you. You'll find it at the end. I've removed the more personal touches from the original design and made it customizable for any trip (up to 12 days long!).You could choose the print-and-run method: print your pages on black and white, add some envelopes to save souvenirs, and then bind with rings. Or there's also the scrapbook-like route: add paper, stickers, ribbon, etc. to make it one of a kind.
What's included in the book:

  • Cover page
  • Overall trip plans, including where we are going, a map of the USA, who's going with us, and what we packed
  • Section title page for each day of the trip (Days 1-12 are included)
  • Journal page for each day of the trip
  • Envelopes to collect souvenirs each day and a corresponding label for the envelope
  • Post-trip/Looking Back section, including favorite memories, additional journal pages, additional drawing pages, and pages to attach a photo
Here are the materials I used for Chase's trip journal:

  • I started off with the "so cool" scrapbook journal kit from possibilities by kolette. This really just served as an inspiration point for me, although I did end up using the acetate covers, the book plate, and a couple of the woven tabs. However, each of these can be easily reproduced or adapted for your own journal.
  • Two different scrapbook paper patterns to trim pages: the blue map paper is "Road Trip" from the "Destination Vacation" collection by Reminisce and the green iconic paper is "Road Trip" by Karen Foster Design.
  • To embellish the pages, I used "Are We There Yet?" rub-ons from Reminisce's Phraseology line and self-adhesive diecut stickers from Reminisce's Genuine Boy collection.
  • Green satin ribbon to create the additional tabs for each section.
  • White cardstock for each page. I cut the pages to 5" by 6.625" before running through the printer. Yes, I know it's not the easiest size to create, but that's the direction my inspiration kit took me.
  • White envelopes to collect the souvenirs from each day. My original thought was to use paper CD sleeves, like these, but in the end I just decided on greeting card envelopes (with the flap covered in coordinating paper).

Now on to the download...
Travel Journal


**UPDATED!! The downloadable file is now available through Google Drive.

51 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, that's awesome!!!!!

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  2. P.S. Someday, I'm going to actually make myself a scrapbook BEFORE I go on the trip and journal as I go like I used to do when I was a kid.

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  3. Thankyou so much for this! I made two for my kids last trip to Chiang Mai in Thailand. They loved them!

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  4. This is fabulous! It is no longer available on Scribd without a membership. Would it be possible for me to access the journal another way? Thank you.
    Chris
    cryazzienj@yahoo.com

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  5. I would also like access without requiring a Scribd membership.

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    1. If you reply with your email address, I'd be glad to send you the file.

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  6. Is it possible to get this without buying a membership to Scribd? I would love this for my kids for our beach vacation!
    kourtnierahm@yahoo.com

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  7. So pretty....I love the coloring and use of this stamp for the cover of your journal! Can't wait to see more!!

    Travel Ideas

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  8. This is a great travel journal and I would like to make them for my niece and nephews for an upcoming family trip. Can I also be emailed the templates please? finztotheleft@comcast.net thanks so much!!!!

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  9. Me too ;-) milly.gandy@mac.com

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  10. Will you please send me the file without the Scribd membership.

    Thank you!

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  11. Hi. Would you please email the file? I don't have Scribd. Thanks! Amyrquirk@gmail.com

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  12. I would love the file too please!! bigal_ab@yahoo.com

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  13. I would love the file too please!! bigal_ab@yahoo.com

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  14. Could I possibly get the file too? kellydknox@gmail.com thank you so much!

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  15. I would LOVE this file too. Can you please email it to me!!! kmoore@shsny.com

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  16. Hello lovely, may i have the file too? We are traveling to the US from Australia in May. Would be fab for my 6 year old. someonespesh@hotmail.com

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  17. Would you send me the file please? sarahmgilliam@gmail.com

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  18. I love this idea! Is there any way to get the file without a Scribd membership?

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    1. If you send me your email, I'd be glad to forward it your way!

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  19. Such a cute idea! Best printable kids travel journal I've seen! Can I get the file emailed to me as well? amyharris0919@gmail.com Thanks so much!

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  20. I would love a copy if you're still sharing! ghiapet74 at yahoo.com Thanks :)

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  21. Please send me the file too...mcnewvillage@hotmail.com

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  22. This is an awesome travel journal, are you still sharing the file via email? I couldn't tell which year comments were posted. Thanks!

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    1. If you send me your email, I'd be glad to forward it your way!

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    2. Thanks so much! I sent you an email through your blog contact info. Thanks again!!

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  23. Hi! We just love your journal and will be going on a road trip to Washington D.C. Are you still sharing the file via email? My email is joshiegirl@hotmail.com. Thank you!

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  24. What a great journal!! would you please share it with me ia email?? Thank you so much !!
    How generous of you!! Athena7110@gmail.com

    Thanks again

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  25. This looks so helpful for our upcoming trip with two kids!
    Please email me the file!
    jamie@spilledthemilk.com

    THANK YOU!! :)

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  26. Thank you for sharing your printable journal pages. This is so much nicer then ones that I have found that are pre-made. Would you be so kind as to send me the file for them as I would prefer to not have to subscribe to Scribd? Blessings, Joy

    joy.kratofil@gmail.com

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  27. Hi, I also would love to print this if you're still emailing as I'm not a member either. It is so awesome because not only is it beautiful, but it's not too childish for my older kids!! Ireland here we come.... mcmandels@yahoo.com

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  28. I would love to make this travel journal, but am unable to access the file. Can you please forward it my way also? Such a great idea. Thank you! sbecka57@yahoo.com

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  29. If you are still sharing...I'd love the file! amber.preb @ gmail.com

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  30. Hi can you email the file to Julie_manselle@hotmail.com

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  31. No need to email me anymore... the file is now available through Google Drive... see the link in the blog post...

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  32. I don't see a link to view it on Google. Could you email it to me as well? I would love to make these for my girls for Disney in September!
    christamarie07@hotmail.com

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    1. No need to email me anymore... the file is now available through Google Drive... see the link in the blog post...

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  33. Can you share the file with me too? I would love to do this on our vacation coming up? thank you stacey.morris516@gmail.com

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    1. No need for me to email the file anymore... the file is now available through Google Drive... see the link at the end of the blog post...

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  34. Ooohhh! It's amazing!
    With some adjustments we use to go from Barcelona to Oslo this summer.
    Thank you so much!

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    1. Awesome! Have fun on your vacation!

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  35. Would it be possible for me to get this download without using google docs? My email is kfelbush@yahoo.com

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  36. I love, love, LOVE this journal. This is our second year using it. Our trip is a little longer than the book allows, so I need to add some pages, which I can do, but that font... that adorable FONT. I cannot find it. Could you share the font name and where I could buy/download it?

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    1. The all caps font is Bebas (http://www.dafont.com/bebas.font), and the other is MP Baxter (which unfortunately is totally stumping me... it's not on my current computer, and I can't seem to find it online either). Sorry that I'm not much help!

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    2. Thanks for your help @JJB. I've searched all over for MP Baxter and it just doesn't exist anymore. :( Do you know of anyone who might have the font and would share? :)

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  37. I FOUND THE FONT! This very clever gentleman, Tal Leming created it. The font , now distributed by MyPublisher, can be accessed by downloading their free Bookmaker software found here https://www.mypublisher.com/getStarted

    Per Tal...

    "FWIW, I took the ideas that I liked in Baxter and made a new, full family (multiple weights, italics) called Marigny:

    https://typesupply.com/fonts/marigny

    It's not a Baxter replacement, but it has a similar feel.

    Thanks,
    Tal"

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    1. Wow!! You are quite the sleuth! Thanks for the update!!!

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    2. Can I plz be sent a copy of this that I am able to edit for my children?

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    3. Sorry, I created this over five years ago and only have the pdf available.

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  38. I was wondering if there is any way I could open this and be able to add a few final touches for my children?

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    1. Sorry, I created this over five years ago and only have the pdf available.

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