|My single-signature travel journal, posing with my beloved green Lamy Safari fountain pen.|
For the pages, I used five sheets of Canson drawing paper. I had a leftover pad of that paper, so I thought I might as well use it. The sheets were 9 by 12 inches, which meant that when I folded them in half to make the book, the pages were 6 by 9 inches - a reasonable size, large enough so I wouldn't be cramped, but small enough that the book wouldn't be bulky or unwieldy. I could, of course, have cut the paper to size if I needed to, but why make things more complicated if you don't have to? Also, I used five sheets of paper because that would give me nine complete page spreads - I wanted at least one page spread for each day of our week-long trip, as well as a bit of extra space if I needed it. For the cover, I used some brown handmade paper that I bought years ago for a different bookbinding project but never used. This paper came as a large roll, so I actually had to measure and cut this paper. Following Diehn's instructions, I cut it slightly larger than the interior paper.
|Sheets of paper, cut and folded, waiting to be made into a book.|
|My travel journal opened up to the centre, where you can see the loose ends of the thread hanging loose. What do people do with these ends?|
Finally, I put the finishing touches on my book by using my corner rounder to round off all the corners of the pages, since to me round corners look way classier than square corners. And I also made an envelope of vellum paper which I glued onto the back page. I will use this for any paper scraps and ephemera that I acquire on my journeys. I used vellum paper because it is translucent and will allow me to see through into the contents of the envelope. This envelope was actually a bit more trouble than it was worth however, since the paper I was using was not really large enough, so I had to make it in two pieces and glue the flap on separately, and then I was rushing to get it done and ended up with this funny looking gap between the top of the envelope and the flap. Oh well - I am still pretty happy with the end result.
|The vellum paper pocket on the back page of my travel journal - not perfect, but it works!|
I'll share the supplies that I'll be using with my travel journal in a post next Monday, and after I return from my trip I'll share some pages and let you know how my travel journal worked out! Stay tuned!
Read more: Supplies for the Travel Journal + Pages from the Travel Journal