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Traveler's Notebook (No Sew)

Hi Craft Friends! I'm Dana! With Summer fast approaching,  I know some of us will be doing some traveling and I thought it be fun to create a travel notebook to hold all our precious photos and have space to journal and record our memories. Today I'll be using the May Scrapbook kit from Tres Jolie. This kit includes 49 and Market Vintage Artistry "Everywhere " 12x12  Collection pack, Laser Elements to punch out plus extra elements you can fussycut and decorate your pages. That's not all, 49 and Market flowers, Tag set and Tres Jolie Chipboards! This kit is a great value! 

I'll be using some matching products from this collection( and my craft stash), including 49 and Market Washi tape stickers, Chipboard words and Ephemera pack. Also foam tape, foam dots, and white ribbon. I also purchased a small notepad from my Dollar store, to add to my travel notebook for a place to journal.

I was inspired by Shaw Craft you tube, when I saw her use a pasta box as her base for her travel book. But the rest of my designs are my own. This is a No Sew travel notebook. I know not all of us have access to a sewing machine. And I'm not one who can sew! So this idea seemed like the perfect solution!

To create the travel notebook, you'll need an empty pasta box 16 Oz. Size see photo:

To begin you'll need to pull apart along the seam edge of your box. Cut off all your tabs on the top and bottom, including the seam on the right edge. Your box will look like this:

Turn your box inside out so your window will face the top and not the bottom. See photo:

Next taking an x-acto knife, I trimmed out the inside piece from my pasta window.  See photo:

I covered my travel book, spine inside and outside, using some of the 12x12 patterned papers. We will decorate our album cover later. I cut my pages to measure 5x 7 inches. Spine 3x7 inches. I cut out the window on the front cover using my xaco knife. Here's a photo of the front side and back cover:

Here's a photo of the the inside:

Now take your notepad, I applied some adhesive tape to the back and adhered on the back inside cover. 

Next we'll be creating our signature books, I'll be adding two books total for this tutorial, but there is room to add more pages if you like. I cut and trimmed my signature pages to fit inside my travel notebook. I used a variety of 12x12 papers from the collection pack in this kit.

I cut to measure 8x7 inches. Scored at 4 inches and fold. Repeat with all pages. I did cut some gray cardstock (my stash) to add inside my signatures. I also added some smaller map Ephemera pages and elements. Line up all your signature pages, and attach two clamps on each side to hold them in place. Using my Crocodile punch, I punch holes in the center of my signatures,on the top and bottom. I did adhere some adhesive tape to some of the smaller map pages so they would stay in place  Here's a photo:

Repeat with your other signature book. Now line up your signature pages along the inside spine of your notebook. I marked where my holes should be. Then punch both holes into your cover. Next taking some white ribbon, I threaded through the holes in my signature pages and through the holes in my travel notebook. Then tied my ribbon into a bow on the outside spine of my book. Here's a photo:

Now we can decorate our front cover of our travel notebook. I took acouple if the small ephemera cards and adhered to the front and backside of my window. I took the Pilgrimage border strip, cut and glued around the edge of my window (miter corners) ink edges using Distress Ink (my stash) This gives a finished look. I adhered a sentiment piece along the top of my window frame. I glued acouple of the element pieces (airplane, bicycle) inside my window. Using foam dots I adhered a set of binoculars from the Laser elements sheet, camera and new experiences sentiment. The suitcases were adhered onto the cover using foam dots! Here's some closeup!

On the outside spine I cut out a heart element piece and adhered at the top using foam dots! Here's a photo!

Open your travel notebook and on the inside front cover, I added a photo at the top, chipboard sentiment. On the bottom I adhered a Laser element houses using foam dots. Page 1 (opposite page) I added a photo, and sentiment piece on the bottom of my photo. The airplane Laser element I adhered using foam dots. Here's a photo!

Taking the compass Tres Jolie chipboard piece, and added some Versamark Clear ink to the surface and sprinkled some embossing powders in light blue and white onto each section and embossed using my heat tool. (Stash) I also covered the pointer Tres Jolie chipboard piece, using some scraps of maps paper pieces. I traced, glued and cut away my excess paper using my x-acto knife. Distress any rough edges using your Distress tool (my stash) till smooth. Here's a photo!

Set tge pointer chipboard piece aside for now. Take your compass chipboard piece, and glue onto page 2. Page 3 I made a flip page measuring 4 x 5 & 3/4 inches, score 1/2 inch on the right side and adhere onto your page. I glued a sentiment phase on the front. You can add a photo underneath if you like. Here's a closeup look:

Page 4 and 4 I left blank. Page 6: I cut out one of the postcards and created pocket  I stapled some tickets and tucked inside my pocket along with one of the tags from the tag set included in your kit! For page 7: I fussycut some houses from the front of my laser element sheet and glued along the bottom. I adhered the door  Laser element on top using foam dots. Then glued a sentiment at the top!

Page 8: I adhered a photo of my mom back in 1990, and a sentiment along the top of my photo. The opposite page, I left as is. Here's a photo!

Page 10: I cut a scrap paper and adhered on my page. I stapled a stamp on the upper left corner, a sentiment circle, paper dolls from my stash. The suitcases at the bottom left edge I adhered using foam dots. The opposite page I left as is. Here's a closeup!

Page 12: I made a diagonal pocket, tucked a ledger card, one of the tags, and folded stamp strip from the Laser element sheet, into my pocket. I glued a chipboard sentiment and heart onto the front pocket! 

Page 13: another photo, sentiment chipboard piece, and Laser houses(foam dots) at the bottom. Here's a photo:

Page 14: I glued the pointer Tres Jolie chipboard piece onto my page. The blue arrow (from my stash) washi tape sticker and "Here" chipboard sentiment. 

Page 15: I took a notepad ephemera piece, scored 1/2 inch at the top and adhered as a flip up page. I adhered a photo and sentiment underneath. Here's a closeup look!

Page 16: I tore a piece of scrap paper (tickets) inked the edges and adhered on the left side. Using foam dots I adhered a row of houses at the bottom. 

Page 17: I glued a set of Tim Holtz paper dolls (my stash) adhered the Laser element window, making sure the children's faces show through the window. I glued some of the beautiful 49 and Market flowers/stem/leaves (in your kit) at the top of my window. Then glued a sentiment above. Here's a closeup photo!

Page 18: I took 3 of the tags, cut off the strings and trimmed the bottom to make pendant flags, strung a piece of the leftover string through my holes in my tags. Knot at both ends. Then adhere at the top using foam dots. I glued a ephemera photo mat, a sentiment and butterfly Laser pieces to my page. The gold clip sticker from my washi tape sticker pack. (My stash)

Page 19: I took a scrap piece of paper cut it diagonally and glued on the top of my page. I cut out this Laser element frame and adhered using foam dots. I added a photo, camera and sentiment piece from the Laser sheets. Here's a photo!

Page 22: I made a pocket page,  I cut a strip of the postcards, scored in between each postcard, then folded into a tiny book. Tuck into your pocket. I glued a bicycle Laser element onto my pocket and sentiment at the top. Page 23: I popped some paper dolls (my stash) onto my page and glued a sentiment at the top! Here's a photo:

On page 29: I diecut a envelope using my Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets dies. I glued my envelope together. For the inside piece, I diecut my card using scrap paper, added a photo and stamp. Here's some photos!

Here's my finished signature page:

To finish I covered my blank notepad using some scrap paper. 

Here's another signature page I hope inspire you! 

I hope you will try making your own travel notebook and scrap all those vacation photos! Thanks for visiting the Tres Jolie blog!

We have a new mood board challenge for the month. Here are the rules. 
*You can create any type of project for the challenge. 
*You MUST say what you were inspired by. 
*You MUST include the twist in your design. 
*We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 of Tres Jolie’s products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
It MUST be a new project.
Here is the mood board:
The twist for this month is: OH THE PLACES YOU WILL GO
Place your entries in the May 2023 challenge folder on Tres Jolie Kit Club Cafe Facebook page. This challenge ends on May 31st 2023 at 11:59 pm CST. All entries must be in this folder to be eligible for the prize (to have everyone eligible to win, we are limited the same winner to once every 3 months).












  • Thank you so much Debbie for your compliments on my project. I’m so happy you liked how I decorated my Travelers Notebook.

  • What a great Travelers Notebook. I have never created one. Yours looks so nice and I love the door and window chipboard pieces you used it really added a nice touch to the pages. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Deborah Adams

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