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

With maps as discussed in convo. To be shipped Priority International mail no later than Wednesday, November 28. Thanks!

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.

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 FOUR 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

Packages under one pound, which at this time only includes the smaller versatile travel journals, ship first class mail by default. PLEASE UPGRADE TO PRIORITY OR EXPRESS MAIL IF YOU HAVE A TIGHT DEADLINE. All other packages ship priority mail to US addresses.

I charge the actual cost of shipping and insurance. Books are heavy.
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, and I will figure out a cost for you.

I've done the best I can to estimate and charge the actual cost for shipping. Books are heavy and international shipping costs have more than doubled over the last several years. I apologize for the high prices, but I don't make money on shipping. These are the actual costs.
Well, no. I can only personally guarantee a ship date, not a delivery date, since once I mail it, I'm not in charge of when it's delivered. Unless I bring it to your house. Which I'm happy to do if you live in my home town. Otherwise we both have to trust to USPS to do its job in a timely manner. I offer upgraded shipping on every item, so please go with your own personal trust level in the postal service to get it to you in the available time.
You're right! Most of the travel journals in my shop my unique versatile travel journal with pockets and envelopes seen here. . .


. . .shown with a wide variety of maps, quotes and cover options. All travel journals with a starting price of $45 are this design.

By far my most popular design, it's also my smallest. If you want something larger, any cover can also be used on this medium size (5.5 x 7.5+) book:


or my biggest travel journal here:


For Jody Leon: Two Versatile Journals with Priority International Shipping


  • 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: 1123 reviews