I bought this jelly roll almost a year ago on sale. I’ve been waiting for a project to use it.
We always take a long trip in the Fall and I’ve wanted a journal to take with me. Last year I took spiral-bound note cards which were great for writing down activities, but I needed a place to put all of those other souvenirs. I’m a big fan of Julie Fei-Fan Baltzer and she just happened to have a video of her pocket journal. Perfect for our trip. Here is her tutorial.
I loved this idea with a pocket for each day. Julie makes this with washi tape. I really wanted to make mine with fabric tape – homemade fabric tape. Also, I wanted to make this journal from supplies I already had in my stash.
Here is how I made my fabric tape. I laid the fabric strips on a large sheet of adhesive.
Then I cut them apart.
Now with a rotary cutter I cut 3/4 inch strips.
These were now used to tape the pages together. I experimented with using the adhesive in my Xyron but the fabric strips didn’t stick as well.
After completed, I used a strip of the fabric to tie the journal closed.
Since we will be gone 10 days I made 10 pocket pages. I also put the day of the week on each pocket and added a little fabric tape for decoration. I cut 4 x 8 inch pages to fit inside the pockets to write on.
This was a real easy project. You can use washi tape or any other tape instead of fabric tape. Also it could be bound by sewing the pages.
I’m excited to have this journal all ready for our trip. I’ll be able to put tickets and menus and other tidbits in the pockets. I also have fabric tape to use for other projects. Any other ideas out there for using my fabric tape?
Great journal-pretty and functional. Great idea to make your own tape. TFS
This turned out beautifully Lynda! I love the colours you chose. Those pockets will come in so handy like you said, to fill with tickets and such. I hope you share your journal when you’ve taken your trip and filled it!
So, so cute, Lynda and a great idea to make your own tape with cloth. I am looking forward to what comes out of it!
Your journal is so pretty and I love the fabrics! I am a big fan of Julie’s work too, and I loved her travel journal project. Now I’m even more inspired to make one for myself!
Kim, Great! Julie does so inspire me. I just love her stuff and her whole attitude. Would love to see yours!
That is a wonderful idea. You can use all your fabric pieces that have been in storage too. (I’m a past quilter with fabric guilt).
Want to teach it?
If you did use xyron…what kind of adhesive sheet did you use?
Please reply..I love the idea!!! If I cannot find what you used I may try it with Scor Tape.
Peggy, I just used a sheet of adhesive I had bought awhile back. I have no idea where I got it or what it was but it’s just one large sheet of adhesive. Thanks for dropping by. Lynda
I am getting ready to travel to New Orleans in 10 days with my 12 yr old daughter for 1 week. She will be attending Southern Regional Oireachtas (or-ock-tus), which is the National and World qualifier competition for competative Irish Dancers. My daughter is attending for the 1st time. We will have several extra days to sight see while we are there.
I am working on making a travel journal special for this trip. (jennibellie.blogspot.co.uk has a wonderful travel journal she made from recycled material) My daughter also homeschools, so I want this journal to be multifaceted. I love the pockets you have incorporated into your travel journal for menus and such.
I can tell you one thing I like to use fabric tape or washi tape, duct tape, paper tape, or any type of tape. I will use it to “hinge” journaling cards or small envelopes to a journal page. I tape my item on the front and back edges of whatever item I want to add to create a hinge. So it kind of creates a page on a page so to speak. I especially like to use this method to attach make shift pockets or envelopes to put photos in. (I apologize for taking the long road to get to the point.)
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Kimmie, First of all, congrats to your daughter! And what a great place to travel to and add in some sight seeing!
I like your idea of using the washi tape as a hinge. I’ve got some of that tape and just haven’t used it much. When I made this pocket journal I didn’t have any and just made mine with fabric. I do love this as a travel journal and the pockets are easy since they are just the paper folded up. Thanks so much for dropping by. Lynda