The journal is bound using Longstitch/linkstitch (aka Limp Binding) The pages are stitched to a spine of strong leather, with plenty of space between them for the gradual inclusion of ephemera, postcards, photos, and other souvenirs of the trip. I cut slits into the leather spine to form “loops” through which the elastic strap of the jacket can be threaded.
This view of the inside of the jacket shows the elastic strap for attaching the journal, as well as three pagemarker ribbons, which are part of the jacket.
The elastic strap weaves in and out of the journal’s leather spine…
and is held down by a snap on the outside of the jacket:
Some features of the journal itself are a 20-page fold-out photo album:
A plastic template for square petal envelopes, to make your own little pockets for small things…
using interesting papers (newspaper pages, magazines, decorative papers) that you collect along the way.
Stick these petal envelopes down wherever you need them.
Also, you can rate your travel experiences and flag your entries using the three stamps that are attached to the ends of the page marker ribbons.
When your journal is full, undo it from the jacket, and strap down a new one.
IWWMW design a travel journal (and case) that conveniently combines an artistic/creative traveler’s tools and materials for collecting/recording during a trip, and the finished works of art and memory?
- Journal integrates collected souvenirs, and records (in the form of writing, art, photos)
- Journal has storage space for art materials and journaling tools.
- Journal is strong, hard-wearing, long-lasting and keeps contents secure.
- Journal is customisable to a great degree.
- Journal is convenient to carry.
- Journal is easy to use/deploy.
- Journal is a pleasure to use.
- Journal is comprised of “artist’s grade” materials.
- Journal has pages of information that is useful while travelling.
Submit a one paragraph description of what the next steps would be to further refine and develop the artifact:
I had one day in the entire week to do my journal prototype, so there are a lot of things that have been left out as I simply did not have the time. Obviously, the actual printed pages of the journal are missing—sections for foreign words & phrases, packing checklists, To-Do or Must-Visit list pages, shopping info (bought what, where, for how much) as well as cultural and foodie notes, and lots of important travel information (itinerary, time and currency conversion, contacts, and so on) It’s also missing customisable page tabs, for different sections.
I did not get around to putting a closure on the jacket. I hoped to add small D-rings for a removable bag strap. And I would have liked the final journal case to be made of very thin but strong leather, instead of linen. A range of designs for the journal jackets (or at least diferent colours) would have to be considered.
Other ideas I had at the start of this project, and which I think are still good, are:
- a small pamphlet with 50 fun ideas for fresh, quirky, creative ways to fill your travel journal…exercises and such
- a website where REISE users can upload pictures of their journal pages, share their drawings, photos, collages, doodles…and engage in forums with a community of other artist-travelers.
I know this isn’t “one paragraph”, but I have learned so much from this course, the journey really has been the destination, and its own reward. I don’t think I’ll even bother to find out what my final score is, now, or download some meaningless certificate of completion! What was of real value here, I have already received.
Thanks and good bye!
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- Designing a creative travel journal, part 1 (smallestforest.net)
- My finished travel journal (simplestories.typepad.com)