sewing egyptian pages diptych

After all that Travel Journal Inspiration in my earlier post I have been sewing happily away in all kind of papers! The sewing machine can take it, but the needle will need to be replaced after a while (though not yet!). I’m making spreads, adding illustrations, sewing, folding and having a blast over here!

Sewing in paper (Copyright Hanna Andersson)
Sewing book pages to size. I’m using all kinds of small papers and sewing them together so that each page is about the same size. Talk about recycling. The smaller the paper the more sewing I have to do! My soon to be Travel Journal is going to be crazy heavy I’m afraid, I can’t stop making pages now…

Travel Journal Page (Copyright Hanna Andersson)
In there you can see some painted watercolor papers.

Spray paint patterns (Copyright Hanna Andersson)
And also acrylic background with a spray painted pattern. The papers I’ve made myself are even funnier to use than the bought ones.

Sewing images in (Copyright Hanna Andersson)
Also sewing in some illustrations that I think will fit the theme of the travel.

Sewing spreads together (Copyright Hanna Andersson)
Folded spreads with lots of scrap booking papers. Finally a great way to use all those papers I’ve been given!

some of the pages (Copyright Hanna Andersson)
One pile of folded papers finished! I choose this square size because I wanted to fit an ordinary postcard on the pages in both directions. I will see if I find some fun postcards while away.

I got a lot of great advice on my last post about the Travel Journal, thank you girls! I will try not to bring to much art material, because I usually never feel inspired to paint or draw when I’m not at home. I will bring Gelly roll pens in different colors to write with, tape, a glue stick and then look for stamps, stickers and ephemera on location of course.

Tape glue is great (Copyright Hanna Andersson)
Maybe I should bring this tape glue that I’ve been trying out lately? It works great for adding home decor images to my Sketchbook and craft idea articles into my Inspiration Book! Love it!

I think I will bind my book together when I get home since I made so many spreads and I’m only going to be away for 7 days. I don’t want to hold myself back when I fill it afraid that I will write it up before I go home. And I don’t want to come home with a book that is only half filled, that won’t be a great Travel Journal will it? So I will bring lots of signatures and bind them together when I’m back home.

Further travel reading & inspiration:

* J?adore Voyager: Barcelona Journal – Lisa Sonora Beam’s very cool travel journal!
* How to create a travel journal from the fun eHow on how to journal so you don’t forget the fun you had.
* Create a More Vivid Travel Journal – 10 Tips to Enliven Your Writing by David Cox
* Ancient Egyptian Cartouche Lesson – just for fun…