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« Reply #30 on: September 28, 2008 06:44:45 PM »

You know, if I had to do it all now I don't think I'd be able too. I'd get so confused will all the crap useful stuff I picked up along the way. Cheesy

I always collect things when I travel with plans to scrapbook them. But when I finally get around to printing my pictures, I never remember where things are from, so I end up throwing most of it away.  I've never seen anything like this before (I never look at the papercraft boards...shame on me!  Embarrassed ), but I am uber-impressed and inspired.  I love that you made it while traveling.  I am definitely going to "borrow" your idea on my next adventure...wherever that may be.  Cool

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« Reply #31 on: September 28, 2008 08:28:29 PM »

Wow, that book is amazing. I guess I take it for granted that I live in Northern California within a days drive of many of the "California things" in your book. I think you saw the perfect mix of things and were able to capture the experience of the many climates and topographies of my home state.

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« Reply #32 on: September 29, 2008 02:21:25 AM »

Lovely traveling journal Phizzychick  Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: September 29, 2008 04:21:26 AM »

i felt like i was looking back on my own holiday looking at this! and then got a bit sad when you said that was it.
looks like u had a great time.. on holiday and with making the book!
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« Reply #34 on: September 29, 2008 05:40:08 AM »

Wow, thank you so much everyone! I'm glad it's interesting to other people (not just me) since I'm going to be thrusting it in people's faces soon to show them about my trip! Cheesy

May I ask how many pages are in the book and how heavy the paper is?  I am determined to conquer my fear of collage and assemblage and collecting facts and tips makes me feel more secure.   Undecided

It's thick cardstock paper, but I'm not sure exactly, Racky (book maker extraordinaire) will hopefully be able to elaborate on the type. It took the initial watercolour really well. I know as soon as I got the bingo book from Racky it'd be perfect for this journal, it's the perfect size to carry around, and the covers are so sturdy the pages are well protected from hanging around in the bottom of my bag all the time Grin

If you want me to help any further just ask! Things I looked out for were flyers or leaflets with nice words or images (get 2, one to keep, one to cut up) tickets, business cards, food packets, free maps and newspapers, stickers (that's what the Yosemite images are), room cards... anything little that can be fitted in or can be cut down for images. No matter how you think you'll use it at the time, you'll always come up with an idea that night. Wink Oh and don't forget a good bag with pockets for storing it all! Cheesy

There's 21 pages in all. Some I've missed out on here because I thought there would be too many pics (they're on my flickr) and I've yet to finish the trip home page because I fell asleep on the plane! Cheesy I need to get that done today!

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« Reply #35 on: September 29, 2008 05:56:43 AM »

wow I love this idea. Like others have said I pick up all sorts of ephemera when I travel and end up with a heap of stuff that becomes an undifferentiated mass of bits and I am never sure where each is from. I love the idea of bringing a blank, coloured book and sticking them in as I go. I tend to wait until I have photos to add, but then never get the photos printed so the whole thing doesnt get done.

You have totally inspired me, I have a bundle of stuff from my recent trip to switzerland,

To add to the technical questions above, the covers are cardstock with bingo cards glued on?? or just the cards, cardstock leaves as you said, you painted them with watercolours? any particular techniques? Any tips and advice,

I like the binding too of the book, in general I wouldnt be wild about wire binding but this looks great and seems a lot more practical given the eventual bulk of each page.

Racky do you know if there is a way to create this kind of binding without specialised equipment? I live about a million miles away from any print shop etc.


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« Reply #36 on: September 29, 2008 06:06:03 AM »

Rackycoo made the book with the bingo card covers, they're really sturdy in themselves because they're about 4mm thick. She glued fancy papers to the insides and then bound them.

The paper inside was plain and I went through and added watercolours before my trip. Because of the way the book was bound I was able to pull out and rearrange the pages to get the right colour combinations whilst I was away.

They started off like this, but with different shadings and colous for each page/set of pages...
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« Reply #37 on: September 29, 2008 06:45:54 AM »

Racky do you know if there is a way to create this kind of binding without specialised equipment? I live about a million miles away from any print shop etc.

Stores that do copying (like Office Max or Kinko's) can do binding for you. Or if you don't have those near you, you could always punch holes in the Bingo cards and pages and use several binder rings to hold the pages together.

For those of you who asked, I got those Bingo cards at The Paper Flea Market, but unfortunately, they are currently out of stock on them.

« Reply #38 on: September 29, 2008 07:39:56 AM »

Ladies,  great job.  I love seeing the little bits of paper we picked up at that art festival and how it ended up in your pages.  I'll have to give this a try the next time I go on a trip.

« Reply #39 on: September 29, 2008 08:24:07 AM »

This is so many fantabulous forms of amazing, I don't even know where to start. The book itself is beautiful, Racky, and it was such a great idea to do the watercolors before you left, Phizzy. I've done some trip books (nothing like this, though!) and have just started really trying altered books, and this has certainly set the bar!

Really beautiful work, I'm still quite stunned. And super-glad that you had such fun on your trip! Cheesy


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