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Old 11-14-2007, 12:47 PM   #1
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Hi, my 8 year old niece is travelling to Spain & for Christmas I wanted to give her a book to write about her travels in but wanted to decorate it or make it more personal. Any suggestions welcomed.
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Old 11-14-2007, 10:03 PM   #2
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If you go to the Gallery and scroll down to the "Anything But a Card" category, then click on Handmade Journals you will find all sorts of decorated books. Some are spiral bound. Some are composition books - the kind with the taped hinge. Others are truly handmade, starting with a chipboard cover.
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Old 11-15-2007, 03:32 AM   #3
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I have seen some covered in maps...might see it in that gallery if it was on this site...but that was really cute for a base paper to me! And Wow for her what a trip! And a great Aunt to make this for her to always remember with!!
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:11 PM   #4
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Thanks for those suggestions - have had a look and got some good ideas - creative juices starting to flow (slowly!). Valda
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I would make sure to include some envelope or pocket pages for her to add in her own ephemera. I was going to say include a glue stick , but remind her she can assemble when she gets home. You might even make one (or send one) as a ziploc bag for any wet or dirty treasures (I am thinking ice cream wrappers, or something she picks up -and hides from her mom!)

Sounds like a fabulous gift! Don't forget the special pen to record her thoughts!

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You could do the altered composition notebook and a matching memo book (the little ones that flip at the top) and a pen. That way she will have the little one to carry with her all day too. You could even make her something simple like a binder with the big ziploc bags hole punched to keep her goodies in. How fun for her!
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Thanks Betsy, another great idea - would have forgotten the pen! Valda
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When my DH and I went to Hawaii last year, I made a journal out of manilla envelopes. I took 4 of the 8 x 10s, and stacked them, with the tab on one side, then tab on the other side, etc. I put chipboard in the envelope that makes up the front & back, cut a piece in half, so there's room for the journal to fold. Then I punched two holes in the "spine", and tied it together with ribbon. I covered the front with patterned paper, and used the "pages" to write on everyday... I used the open flaps of the envelopes to store brochures, maps, and other various paper souvenirs. Does this make sense? It was really cheap and easy, and my DH and I started a ritual where, at the end of the day, we'd have a glass (or two!) of wine and sit under the trees on the grounds of the hotel. He'd people watch, and I would write what we had done that day. Hope this helps!

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Here are a couple of ideas I've bookmarked for inspiration:
I like live4stampin's idea!
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I have a 'map' one in my gallery--it's really easy to make
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Old 11-24-2007, 12:14 PM   #11
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Thanks - another good suggestion - do U have a photo, as I am a bit slow on the uptake! Valda


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When my DH and I went to Hawaii last year, I made a journal out of manilla envelopes. I took 4 of the 8 x 10s, and stacked them, with the tab on one side, then tab on the other side, etc. I put chipboard in the envelope that makes up the front & back, cut a piece in half, so there's room for the journal to fold. Then I punched two holes in the "spine", and tied it together with ribbon. I covered the front with patterned paper, and used the "pages" to write on everyday... I used the open flaps of the envelopes to store brochures, maps, and other various paper souvenirs. Does this make sense? It was really cheap and easy, and my DH and I started a ritual where, at the end of the day, we'd have a glass (or two!) of wine and sit under the trees on the grounds of the hotel. He'd people watch, and I would write what we had done that day. Hope this helps!

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Old 12-05-2007, 02:11 PM   #12
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Hi everyone. Thanks to all the wonderful suggestions I finished the travel diary and am going to try to upload the finished product. I used most of the suggestions so kindly given throughout the "book" and thank you very sincerely for your help. Valda
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