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Versatile Travel Journal with Map Handmade for Artists, Collectors and Writers Made to Order for You

Got a trip coming up? Custom design your travel journal with a map of your choice! Convo me before purchase to discuss delivery time and map options. This listing is for ONE journal. Three are pictured to illustrate the variety available.

Perfect for those who want a memento of a special trip or one who may be intimidated by filling a larger journal.

**This item is made to order. Please allow two to three weeks for me to make it for you. If you have a short deadline, please contact me before ordering to be sure I can accommodate you. Depending on your urgency and my schedule, a 20% rush order may apply.

Personalization can be added to the front for an additional $5.

Bottom line:
Size: 4-3/8" x 6-3/8" (11 cm x 16 cm)
Covers: New Davey board cut to size and covered with vintage map, printed with archival ink that is fade and water resistant. Front cover features a window for your photo or printed text to show through as cover design.
Structure: Modified accordion book with stitched inclusions. Opens from either side or all the way out for display.
Pockets and envelopes: two pockets and four envelopes made from a variety of manila envelopes. (Please see photos)
Tabs: four tabs made from manila file folders for gluing in postcards, photographs, etc.
Endpapers: Coordinating card stock
Spine and Fore edge Closures: African trade beads and waxed Irish linen thread

***I currently have FIVE 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:


The details:

I designed the Versatile Travel Journal to fit the needs of the artist, scrapbooker, photographer, collector and writer all in one delightful, foldy little package. With pockets and envelopes for stashing things, an assortment of papers for writing, drawing and heavy enough for photos, it's got a little something for everyone!

This compact modified accordion book measures 4-3/8 x 6-3/8 and perfectly accommodates 4 x 6 photograph with no room for captions. There's window in the front cover so that you can personalize it with a title, artwork or photo of your own choosing. Whatever you affix to the first page becomes your cover image!

(To read the following description with additional pictures for illustration, visit my blog here:http://cindyleaders.blogspot.com/2010/05/amazing-versatile-expandable-travel.html)

The basic structure is an accordion book made from heavy weight 200 gsm Italian velata paper. Not only does this provide an excellent substrate for the other elements in the book, it takes paint and collage work very well.

There are separate closures on both sides of the book so that you can open it either way to expose the section you want or you can open both sides and spread the whole thing out.

One section on each side consists of a pamphlet book with 24 pages (48 front and back): 16 from blank, unlined paper and 8 from graph, ledger, legal and primary paper for variety and a touch of whimsy.

There are also two pockets made from a manila business envelope and four tabs made from sturdy manila folders which you can use to add in photos, brochures, menus, anything that fits, as separate "pages" in the book.

My favorite inclusion is a manila catalog envelope that has been cut and the bottom, folded and stitched into the book so as to form two envelopes, concealing when opened two small coin envelopes inserted between them. I've added a wrapping closure to keep everything secure.

There are also some blank pages of the heavy paper left open for your art or photos. And because it's an accordion, you can keep adding stuff till your heart's content and it will grow with you.

Here's what a happy customer said about hers:

In my eyes, the journal is absolutely beautiful and handy: The size is just perfect for traveling. I love that you can open it from two sides and how you fitted the buttons there to close it. The many possibilities to keep bits and peaces from a holiday in different pockets are also great. Right now, I couldn't honestly say what to change about the journal :)

These can be covered with any kind of paper for uses other than travel. The possibilities are endless! I can even print your photos to grace the covers.

Visit my blog for a complete description of all five travel journals available in a variety of sizes for a variety of needs:


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

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.

For Danielle with Priority International Shipping: Versatile Travel Journal with Map


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: print of vintage map, african trade beads, book board, card stock, envelopes, italian velata paper, graph paper, ledger paper, legal pad paper, primary paper, synthetic glue, manila folder, waxed irish linen thread
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 1004 reviews