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Travel Journal from Vintage Book - Moving Ahead - for a Trip or Grand Adventure

This handmade journal, created from a vintage children's reader, would be great for to chronicle a trip or any new adventure being undertaken next year. I have carefully selected each element, from the paper torn by hand for the text block to custom marbled endpapers, in order to best showcase the character of the original book.

The bottom line:

- Dimensions: 7-1/2" x 5-1/2"
- Blank Pages: 72 (144 front and back) pages of Ivory 120 gsm (@ 80 lb) Italian Velata, tree free, acid free, hand torn for a soft deckled edge.
- Construction: Handbound using double-needle coptic stitch.
- Endpapers and signature covers: custom marbled paper
- Features: Vintage button closure

The details:

This journal was made from a children's reader, "Moving Ahead -- Easy Growth in Reading." My wonderful customer in New England rescued it from a thrift store on one of her many shopping ventures. The train and dirigible are aubergine. (Don't you love that word? "Eggplant" is so much more romantic in French. Do you think it tastes better as well?) I carefully deconstructed the covers so I could use the original book cloth to cover the inside edge so there's no exposed book board. .

Like all well-behaved journals, this coptic bound book lies flat so you can work peacefully with no wrestling.

The blank pages are made from acid-free 120 gsm (80 lb) Velata paper from the Cartier Magnani mill in Italy. This subtly textured, ivory paper holds up great to pencil, pen and markers and even light collage and paint, though it doesn't like to get very wet. The pages are all hand torn for soft, deckled edges rather than sharp machine cuts. I prefer the more "handmade" look this gives the finished product. I have a number of artists, as well as journalers, that keep returning for more books just because of the pleasure of using this paper!

The cover is paired with custom marbled paper which I created especially to compliment the book and use for the end papers and signature covers. The signature covers are also useful as tabs to glue or tape in loose ephemera.

The closure is from a vintage button and waxed Irish linen thread.

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Travel Journal from Vintage Book - Moving Ahead - for a Trip or Grand Adventure


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: vintage book, waxed irish linen thread, italian velata paper, slow drying bookbinders glue, vintage button, marbled paper
  • Ships worldwide from Georgia, United States
  • Feedback: 691 reviews
  • Favorited by: 16 people