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**I am still making for Christmas delivery to US addresses! Orders placed today will ship in approximately one week. Outside the US, I'm sorry but I no longer anticipate delivery in time for holiday giving.***

This is one of my three basic travel journal designs, all thoughtfully created to include space for photos and writing, with pockets and envelopes for mementos -- all made of quality acid-free materials to carefully preserve the your travel stories. All of the maps and designs that you see throughout my shop can be used on any of the three basic designs you can see here:


This compact journal will be your perfect traveling companion on your next journey. Packed with features, it has heavy pages for drawing and writing, lots of pockets, envelopes and tabs for collecting things along the way and a spine that expands to three inches to accommodate your photos and finds. What a great memento of a memorable trip!

Perfect for

-A traveling artist who likes to work small and keep their book at hand. The paper will accommodate all media that I have tested on it. It curls a bit when very wet but will dry flat.
-One who likes to glue things in as they journal, as the heavy paper will take lots of glue and additions and the spine will expand to accommodate it. No more journals bursting and the seams and splaying open!
-Of course the 80 blank pages are great for writing too!

This listing is for ONE journal. Three are shown to illustrate the variety available.

The listing includes personalization of the cover with names, dates and/or a short phrase. Please leave your choice of maps and what you'd like printed on the front when you check out

NOTE: This is a custom made item that will be made to order for you with the maps of your choice. See current processing time under the Shipping & Policies tab where it says "Ready to Ship in . . . "l. If you have a short deadline, please contact me before ordering to be sure I can accommodate you.

Bottom Line:
Size: 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" (11.5 cm x 16.5 cm)
Pages: 40 (80 front and back) made from heavy weight 250 gsm French made paper, hand torn for a soft deckled edge
Covers: New Davey board cut to size and covered with prints of a vintage map. Front cover features a window for your photo or printed text to show through as cover design.
Concertina Spine: expandable Pendaflex hanging file adjustable from 1" to 3" in width
Pockets and envelopes: four pockets and envelopes made from manilla catalog and coin envelopes. (Please see photos)
Tabs: twelve tabs made from index cards for gluing in postcards, photographs, etc.
Spine and Fore edge Closures: African trade beads and waxed Irish linen thread

***I currently have THREE custom travel journal options available to meet a very wide variety of customer needs.
Please visit my blog here to see them compared side by side: http://cindyleaders.blogspot.com/p/journals.html

Your shipping charge provides for priority shipping to US addresses and insurance.

Visit my shop for more creative offerings: http://www.etsy.com/shop/UsefulBooks

**International buyers are responsible for customs fees and tariffs. Please contact me prior to ordering multiple items so that I can calculate a combined price.

Custom made items cannot be returned, so please carefully review the details of the item prior to ordering. I am always happy to clarify and discuss which of my travel journals may serve your purposes best, so please feel more than free to contact me!

Frequently asked questions about FreeRangeBookbinding

Default shipping for single small books is via USPS first class mail for $3.50, insured, with a tracking number, estimated to arrive in 5-7 business days. If you have a deadline, please upgrade to priority mail upon checkout.

All shipments of larger or multiple books are sent priority mail, estimated but not guaranteed to arrive in 2-3 days. You also have the option to upgrade to Express mail if you want a guaranteed delivery date from USPS. If you don't see an option you want, please contact me, and I will accommodate you.
The default for orders outside the US is for first class international shipping. First class takes 2 to 3 weeks to arrive in most locations, but may take longer if a shipment gets hung up in customs. If you would like to upgrade to priority mail, let me know, an I will figure out a cost for you.
Unfortunately, international shipping IS expensive, and books are heavy! While listings do not reflect this because of the complications of calculating varying weights of shipments, I WILL combine shipping and refund any amount you pay beyond the actual cost of shipping and insurance.

In the case of wedding and scrap books that come in a variety of sizes, Etsy only allows one shipping cost, so the cost shown is for shipping the largest book. Once again, I promise to refund any extra that you pay beyond the actual cost. I don't make money on my shipping.

Compact Expandable Travel Journal with Custom Map - Pockets and Envelopes - MADE TO ORDER



  • Handmade item
  • Materials: print of vintage map, waxed Irish linen thread, heavy paper, manila envelopes, index cards, vintage African trade beads
  • Made to order
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
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