A journal is a great way for kids to record their holiday adventures but sitting down to write a diary may not be their idea of a great holiday! So we’ve designed a children’s travel journal with lots of space for drawing and fun prompts to encourage writing. And you can download and print our journal pages for FREE! Then follow the instructions below to collate and bind your journal
For this project you will need:
+ a printed out copy of our journal pdf. You can download it here.
+ a piece of thick cardboard (slightly bigger than A4)
+ scrap booking paper (we used about 12 different patterned sheets)
+ a ruler, craft knife or scissors, and glue
Start by printing out the journal pdf. There are sufficient pages for a 7 day holiday so you may need to print out 2 or 3 copies depending on the length of your trip. Print the pdf in black and white onto A4 paper, double-sided.
Cut the A4 sheets in half (to A5) and collate in the order you wish.
Cut the cardboard into two A5 sheets to make the journal front and back cover BUT add 1 cm to the width (so that the cover will be slightly wider than the pages within).
Glue pieces of scrap book paper to the both sides of the front and back cover.
Sandwich the journal pages between the front and back cover and head to your local print or stationery store to bind your journal.
We bound our journal with a black spiral binder – you could also choose a wiro binding depending on the thickness of your journal. Choose a spiral binder with a wide diameter – this will mean the pages will flip easily and there will be sufficient room for adding envelopes and for gluing found objects into the journal.
Cut large rounds in pieces of scrap book paper – we used a dinner plate as a guide.
Fold both sides of the round towards the centre as shown below (ensure both sides are of an even width).
Fold up the bottom and glue the sides together to form an envelope. Fold down the top to finish the envelope.
Glue one envelope to the inside cover and glue about 3 or 4 other envelopes onto some of the blank pages in the journal.
Fashion a pocket to glue onto the inside of the back cover.
Cut a semi-circle notch into the top of the pocket and glue to the back cover.
Gather up supplies for your small traveler to use – we included sticker sheets, glue, washi tape, stamps and stamp pads, a small box of coloured pencils and one of coloured pens (both from Smiggle) and scissors.
Enjoy your journal – and bon voyage!