DIY Pocket Travel Journal Tutorial

Keep a record of your travels with a quick and simple DIY Pocket Travel Journal. Make ahead and take with you on your next trip to fill with memories.

DIY Pocket Travel Journal
Before leaving on my trip to Queensland, Australia last month I shared a sneak peek at the mini travel journal I’d put together to take with me. I’m just finishing up my little album by adding all the photos and journaling and wanted to share with you how its come together. Here’s what it looked like then:
DIY Pocket Travel Journal
And here’s what it’s looking like now. The album includes photos and point form journaling along with a few bits of  memorabilia from the trip. Because the album is so little it was easy to take with me to Australia and when I had time I was able to add a bit of journaling while everything was fresh in my mind and save the rest of the work for when I got home.
DIY Pocket Travel Journal
Supplies to make a Pocket Travel Journal:
making memories bracket 
DIY Pocket Travel Journal

Make your own Pocket Travel Journal:

1. Find an inexpensive notebook/notepad to use for your album housing. I found mine at the dollar store.

2. Remove the inside pages from the notebook/notepad using a ruler and exacto knife and cover the inside with patterned paper. View the short video below for more details.

3. Choose a variety of coordinating papers in a cute colour scheme and create your album pages to fit inside your album cover. All of my album pages measure 3.5′ X 5.5″

4. I chose to put all my album pages together before my trip and take them with me to add journaling while in Australia. Keeping my album size small made it ideal for travel. Here are what my pages looked like before adding photos/journaling:

DIY Pocket Travel Journal

5. I used a variety of scraps of pattern paper, premade journaling spots and labels from Elle’s Studio Summer Lovin’ collection and chipboard stickers to create the pages. I attached different elements using a gluestick or simply stapled them onto the page. 6. As a final touch you could use a rounded corner punch to round all the corners of your pages or just a couple corners like I did. 7. Tuck all your pages in order into your album cover, secure with an elastic and that’s it! A cute and simple way to record your travel memories! For another view of my mini travel album you can watch the following video. This is my very first blog video EVER so you’ll have to go easy on me, I was a little nervous. 😉 I hope you enjoyed this blog post. If you did I’d love for you to share it with your friends via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Stumble Upon! Thanks so much and if you have any questions about the album I’d love to answer them, just leave me a comment or shoot me a quick email! DIY Pocket Travel Journal I’m linking up with these fabulous blogs.

Rebecca Cooper is a 36-year-old wife and mother of four who lives with her family in sunny Arizona. As a photographer, crafter, author, and blogger, she finds joy and fulfillment in celebrating everyday moments. She loves to read and eat chocolate, and is a firm believer in afternoon naps. Rebecca shares her family’s adventures, photo tips, simple craft projects + more right here at Simple as That.

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  1. Elise Ann Wormuth says

    I love your travel journal and wish that I had started early enough to make mine (we’re leaving on Friday). Excellent project!

  2. Lianna says

    Great video blog! And I love this idea! I’m thinking I might give this a try…it goes right along with my Project Life album! Thanks! =)

  3. Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography says

    I love this Rebecca & it was go great to hear your voice. I feel like I know you all the more now.

    Hope your week is off to a great start!

  4. Emma's Momma says

    I loved your little travel journal. I liked you up on my pintrest already!! Your cards also look like perfect layouts for project life cards.

  5. Kacey says

    Wow, you’re so crafty and creative. I’m in awe. I wish I could take you with me on all my trips so you could whip up these cute journals for me.

  6. Lilou says

    How to tell you… heu… I’m love with your mini journal: size, colours, cleaver, ponytail… I will follow you and hope to see more of your cute and simple inspiration, thanks
    XOXO, Lilou from France

  7. Cheyenne says

    So doing this for my trips! First up is St. John in u.s. virgin islands….thanks so much for the awesome idea! Now i can remember all the memories.


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