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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Photo Journaling Cards - Travel Journaling Series

The next paragraphs may not make much sense at first, but trust me, it'll all fall into place at the end.

As you all know by now, I love traveling and I have had the fortune to peregrinate a lot.
I also enjoy taking pictures and making digital albums of our trips that I print in a magazine sort of format later.
On our last visit to San Francisco in 2014, I found this stationery store called Maido Stationery (http://www.mymaido.com/) and found out about the Midori Traveler's Notebook, the coolest planner/journal you'll ever have. (I've acquired 2 more since then). That's when travel journaling started.

Finally, with so many photos on my phone that don't make it into the albums, I wanted a way to incorporate them on my travel journal, and that's when the Instax SP1 printer came along.
Of course being crafty, I had to do something different for them and that's how I stumbled upon journaling cards. And here, after this long introduction, is the first one:
This is just two layers. The top layer, a white cardstock cutout with a decorative stitched border. And a bottom layer made of a simple color cardstock..
Of course after gluing the two together, using spray adhesive, I ran it through my cuttlebug machine using the embossing rubber mat (check this post for more information on this). This makes it completely flat so it is not too bulky.
Of course I embellished it with some sequins and hand drawn white dots. Sakura Gel Pens are great for that, very opaque and smooth to write with.

The back of this journaling card has a picture of my brother, my sister an I at a cousin's wedding last November. I also stamped the back using the Hero Arts Smile Background Stamp with StazOn Cotton White Solven Ink and added a strip of washi tape on top to hold the photo in place.
To make them more durable (who knows where my journal will have to go through in the future) and to avoid sequins flying all over the place, I sealed them using the Fuse from We R Memory Keepers and Avery Elle's Stamp and Die Storage Pockets.
They fit in the Traveker's Noteboock perfectly (final size of the card is 4x3") and can be held in place using clips or washi tape. 
I love how this turned out so much, that I plan on making a lot more in the future.
I hope you like it as much as I do.

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