As you may have gathered, I do love collecting little bits and pieces and Japan is the most perfect place for someone like me – everywhere we went, there were gorgeous little brochures, postcards and miscellany for me to tuck away in my luggage to be included in my journal on my return home.
I love this journal – I think it’s my favourite travel journal that I’ve made – it’s stuffed full of great memories, was easy to put together and it just sums up our trip so well.
Japan Travel Journal
Materials: Graphic45 Birdsong papers, KaiserCraft bling, fotojet.com
This is a very simple album, held together with binding rings. The cover was inspired by a card on Robin Shakoor’s blog. It is very hard to find Birdsong paper now – I only had a very small amount of it, which I’d bought in a kit about a year before we actually went to Japan, in anticipation of one day going and being able to use it!
I had to go out twice and buy bigger rings because I kept adding more stuff to the album!
For the photos interspersed between the pages of text, I used fotojet.com to create comic book-style collages, which I printed on heavy matte cardstock. The bag contained a cake-type thing we bought in a subway in Tokyo – I swear we didn’t get the cake just so I could have the bag to put in my journal!
We sent ourselves postcards from a few of the places we visited, including Universal Studios in Osaka – it was so nice to have them all waiting for us when we arrived home!
The “thank you” star was given to us by some children in Nara that ‘interviewed’ us for their English class – I’m not sure how easy it was to understand our “Australian English”, but it was a lot of fun!
The back cover showcases some more of this beautiful Graphic45 range – I hope they re-release it one day!