Hey you birdies!
I’m back with a new DIY for the upcoming summer where I’m very excited over it!
So this summer, I’m going to be away for some days in Spain and I’m really loving what I’ve done with a summer travel journal I just bought.
If you follow me on instagram, you already have seen a sneak peak of my new journal and now I really want to show you how I’ve set it up for the summer!
This is a creative and personal DIY, so I’m not going to write down what you will need to make this. See this post as an inspiration and make it your own!
The notebook itself
So some days ago, I went over to a stationery shop in town to look for a nice notebook. I chose this very beautiful notebook from the Van Gogh museum. I absolutely love the painting on the cover! It’s calming and very nature-ish, perfect for a vacation if you ask me.
Last year, I bought one from Hema (a stationery shop in The Netherlands), that one was a A5 size, ringbound with many extra’s for a vacation. I loved that one, but it got a bit to bulky at the end. So I wanted to look for one that is a bit smaller that I could decorate myself.
This notebook is 15,3 cm x 10,5 cm x 1 cm. It’s not exactly a A6, this one is a little bit longer.
I chose this one because this size is much more convenient for travels.
When you flip it open, you immediately see the lining on the right of the pages, and the blank left pages. Actually I didn’t knew that when I bought it, because it was wrapped in plastic. (Obviously it was informated on the back of the notebook, but I didn’t saw that untill I was home.) But I really like it! That means journalling on the right of the pages, and crafting and drawing on the left!
There are 17 lines on one page, 0.8 mm away from each other. Personally I prefer to have more lines on one page, but I can deal with it.
You probably don’t see it on the pictures, but the lining is a dark-green instead of black, so nice!
So when I flip it open on the first page, you see a nice flower sticker on the left and a label on the right of the pages. They are both from the Flow Book For Paper Lovers (Sadly, I heard it’s hard to order this book when you don’t live in The Netherlands) A book filled with paper goodies.
On the label I wrote the purpose of the journal and under that the dates of the vacation.
I think it’s so important to do this, if you ever want to look back in that journal, you know when and where you used that journal!
On the next two pages, I just decorated it with a nice card, and a screenshot from Google Maps where our house in spain is mapped. Above the card with the lovely painting I wrote Spain first with a marker and after that with a fineliner. I have seen this way of calligraphy often on pinterest and instagram and I think it’s a beautiful.
So here we start with the actual travel journal. On the right page, I put a index to organize where everything is in my journal, since I wanted to put a lot in it!
After the index, I numbered all of the right pages so you can find everything very easily when you look at the index.
One thing I want to be sure of, is that I have the right information when I’m about to leave for a trip.
So here I put some personal information like my mother’s name and number, my Doctor’s and my insurance in case of a emergency. You never know when you need it!
Also in case of missing, I also wrote my email and phone number in my journal.
On the next four pages, I made some space for a checklist. I’m only going to take one small suitcase and a backpack with me, so this much space will be enough.
So on the first page, I write everything I want to take with me in my backpack. Like my journal (ofcourse!), a book and my Ipod.
On the next 2 pages I write everything I want to put in my suitcase.
And on the last page I write down everything I want to wear in the plane that day and under all of the liquids I’m taking with me on the plane.
These next two pages really gives me organisation in my journey!
Here I have put a map of some countries in Europe. You also see a line from Amsterdam to the east of Spain, Valencia. That line is the Plane I’m on. After that I need to take the bus and the train. I don’t speak one word spanish and I’m alone in the plain and bus, so it takes some stress away by writing it and mapping it!
My journey back to home isn’t mapped yet, because it’s still far away and I don’t want to make mistakes in my journal. I’m going to write that when I’m sure of it.
Before I Go – writing promps
This is one of my favorite parts of the journal! In the back of my journal, I glued on a list of travel journal writing promps I found on pinterest.The first four promps are for before you start your journey, I want to write those about a week before I leave.
Example: 4. (before you go) What are you most looking forward to?
The promps are from helloneverland.com
And the last thing that’s in my journal so far, a list of shops I want to visit in Valencia. By now, I only have one stationery shop, but I guess there will be more!
I don’t have any ideas after that to put in my journal, so I’m going to start writing down my journey in the rest of the journal!
And that is how I have set up my travel journal.
I’d love to hear if you have any more ideas to put in it!
Also if you’re going to make this, be sure to share it with me on instagram or by email.
Have a nice week sweethearts, enjoy the sun, do something you love and I see you in my next post.