Saturday 12 October 2013

Going Post - card - al

Julie Kirk has been hosting a series of blog posts called Going Postal.  And she also talked about a travel journal here.  And I made a comment that Julie's post-themed journal had given me an idea:

This has given me a great idea. I am going to New England for a holiday soon. I always buy postcards when I'm away despite the 1000s of photos I take. I often put postcards into my travel journal but I think this time I will send myself a postcard every day to record our holiday. When I get back I shall have an almost ready made journal.

I didn't send the postcards to myself but I did buy them and write on them each day to record our trip.

Here are the postcards that I use plus a few spares!

Now that I'm home after 3 days in Boston and 1580 mile drive through Massachussets, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine I have put together my journal.

Whilst we were away I picked up any free maps that were available.

I cut up some cardstock into 6x4" pieces to stick the maps onto.

I cut out a piece of 6x4" acetate from a piece of packaging so that I could place it on the map to see which bits I was going to cut out.

I trimmed down the postcard that I had bought to be the cover so it is 7x5" and cut a piece of chipboard the same size to make the back cover.

I put the postcards into the right order and then went through them adding the appropriate maps.

I put some autumnal paper on one side of the back cover and stuck a postcard on.  I didn't see this sign but we did go through Mexico and I went to Peru on my last New England visit.

I printed out a map of New England from Google maps and stuck it on the inside of the back cover.

Here's a short video of how the book looks.  I filmed before I bound it together as I thought it would be easier to turn the pages for the filming.

I punched the holes in each page and put the book rings through.  I didn't like how it looked with ribbons attached to the rings but it looks slightly unfinished.  Will have to give it some thought.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. What a wonderful idea. I will be making one of these lovelies on my next trip!

  2. What a great idea!!
    All I need now is a trip somewhere!!

  3. Brilliant idea, it looks lovely.

  4. Such a great post Bernice - it's great to have followed your project right from your initial idea to completion - and with a video to make it all clear too. Brilliant stuff.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Going Postal - I've saved it to the board now and hope lots of postal-lovers head your way to be inspired:

    As for your book feeling unfinished - that's the same reason I wrapped the spine on my postcard album with corrugated card [I've also done it with self-adhesive fabric paper too] - so that might be something worth keeping in mind.

    Thanks again for joining me.

    Julie :-)

  5. Love your project, it's such a good idea.
    Kim M


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