YAY! My first journal video is edited, uploaded and ready to inspire you to make your own Travel Journal. Or Stay at Home Journal. Or Art Journal. Or… I hope it inspires you. I had so much fun making this journal, this video and the posts about it. :-)

Travel Journal by iHanna

Here is my personal take on one of those “journal flip through” videos that I’ve enjoyed so many of on youtube.

If you can’t see it above, click here.

I have been meaning to share this journal with you since I finished it, but time flies… And I have tried to do all the editing in Premiere Pro and oh my gosh, what a complex program this is. Not at all like little simple Microsoft Movie Maker that I’ve used before! In Premiere there are so many options and possibilities, but I have most of them yet to explore. This time I’ve just played some with titles, added music and found the correct way to export the video so I could upload it to youtube!

Many of the flip videos I’ve been inspired by are of journals infused with ephemera and sewn pages (like the Remains of the day journals). Others are showing cool Art journals flip through videos (note: they are not all made with a flip camera, they are flip through of journals! I wish I had a flip camera, they look cool). My video is shoot with the build in laptop camera this time, as a test.

What I have noticed with many of the flip videos on youtube is that the books are empty. People show them when they are fresh and new, but not written in yet. So that is why I did my flip through video after the trip. Writing in it was a joyful experiment. I am happy to report that this kind of journal works for me!

Isn’t the music in my video great? I love it! Others might find it unusual and annoying, hehe, but you can always mute it while watching… I found it when searching for some Arabic tunes. I think this belly dance song is the perfect fit for my Egypt travel journal!

Details from the inside:

Everything flat can be ephemera for the travel journal. You have seen most of my favorite bits in the video already, but here are some photos too!

Free Tourist stuff
On the buss to the hotel from the air port I got this stack of tourist papers that I used to embellish my Travel journal. I cut out both images and some information about the sights around the place, then through away the rest.

A few business cards
In the t-shirt shop and the spice boutique I got a few business cards that has both Arabic and English writing on them. I taped them in so that you can flip them up and read both sides.

Beer label from Egypt
Favorite beer in Egypt: Sakara. Yum. I like when you can peel the label without putting it in water first.

Transparent label
Many of the pages are made with envelopes that has those transparent windows. Here I saved the information label from the snorkel I bought.

Bought postcard
I bought several postcards that I used in my Travel Journal.

Lace and dromedary
I like camels, and dromedary too. Everyone says “camels” even though they only have one puck and really are not that. They are magnificent though! So ancient and huge, I kept thinking about Luke Skywalker in the desert when I was riding on mine…

Swedish matches
What does a Swedish girl visiting Egypt do when she finds a box of Swedish matches that has Arabic writing on the street?
Answer: she picks it up and sticks it in her Travel Journal! I like this little gem better than any of the ugly statues that the other tourists bought as souvenirs!

Bast the Cat
At the huge papyrus shop I bought a few bookmarks. I gave away some as gifts, this one is taped to the inside cover of my journal, it’s of Bast the Cat.

Pyramid Yarn label
Appropriate for the location and found in my ephemera box before I left; a pyramid Yarn label. I think it is so fun in this context!

Book quote noted
I wrote down quotes from the book I was reading, this one is about intelligence.

The Lords Prayer
The Lords Prayer in Arabic. It is a golden sticker that I once bought at a flea market here in Sweden.

Travel label I made
I made my own Travel Labels on sticker paper on the computer. I used a few hieroglyphs from the ancient Egypt alphabet to decorate them, then added them here and there inside the journal as I went along.

From my blog
Also used fun images from children’s books and my brothers old activity book, plus some printed texts from previous Travel Journal posts here on the blog.

Thanks for watching! And do remember what dear old St. Augustine said:

    The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.