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Beach Themed Travel Journal

Posted by Graphic 45 02/25/2019 29 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Videos,


Hello, G45ers!

 Looking to add a bit of sunshine to your week?  We have just the project for you, a beach themed Travel Journal by Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador Alumni, Maggi Harding.  Maggi created this album using our By the Sea - Deluxe Collector’s Edition which is now available at your local G45 retailer and our shop.  In this post, you will find great tips for DIY album making as well as a video tour.  Let's dive in!  



By the Sea Journal

By Maggi Harding


“I am so thrilled that By the Sea is back as a Deluxe Collector's Edition!  I'm going on a cruise the end of March so I made this Traveler's Journal styled mini to preserve my vacation memories.  



The Collection includes a page of cut-aparts printed on both sides.  I used these to embellish the front and back covers of my journal.  Layer up the cut-aparts with other design papers for a stunning presentation 


Tip:  Give your cover that "extra" look by popping up the cut-apart with dimensional foam tape.  Or, to save on supply costs, use cardboard as a backing to pop it up.


Another cut-apart tip: This collection includes design paper that is printed on both sides with the same sized cut-aparts.  Just cut the paper in half horizontally, fold accordion style and you have an instant pull out page.


This journal is wider than many at 1 1/2" wide.  I started with Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix journal die and cut two journal covers.  Instead of assembling using just the two covers,  I made a spine by cutting a piece of chipboard 1 1/2" wide and the same length as the journal covers.  Then I glued the two journal covers to the spine side by side. (The spine should fit perfectly between the outer score lines where the covers fold.) Cut another piece of thin (like shirt packaging) cardboard and glue to the inside of the spine.  This makes the spine nice and strong. Use a Crop-a-dile to punch holes in the spine using the already die-cut holes as a guide.  At this point string the elastic as you do for an Traveler's Notebook styled journal.  Here's a link to a traditionally made Traveler's Notebook using Graphic 45's Imagination Collection. 


I've recorded a video flip through of the mini so that you can see all of the pages.




A Journal with Graphic 45's By the Sea DCE


I used a simple design on the back cover, using another cut-apart, so that the journal would store easily.



 Instead of wrapping the journal with an elastic band, I used long lengths of seam binding.  You can either wrap ribbon around the journal as I have done in the above photo or simply tie it and let the long ribbon tails dangle as in the top photos.




This journal will hold 4 signatures but I have only included 3 so that there is lots of room inside.  The signatures are the individual books inside this journal and they are quickly bound inside with elastic thread that is secured to the book's spine.


Tip:  If you don't want the elastic to show on your outer spine, cut a piece of chipboard to fit the spine, cover with design paper and glue to fit over the spine.  Add a fun chain of charms as an embellishment.




I am so crazy about Graphic 45's new Rose Bouquet Collection!!  The ones I used here are Bon Voyage & French Blue, aren't they just fabulously gorgeous and so perfectly matched to G45's colors.  The flowers also come with the greenery you see underlying the roses.” ~Maggi



Graphic 45 Supplies:

By the Sea - Deluxe Collector's Edition

Artist Trading Tags–Kraft

Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Dies

Rose Bouquet Collection—Bon Voyage & French Blue

Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Bon Voyge

Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Triumphant Red




Other Supplies:

  • Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix Journal Die
  • Chipboard
  • Snug Hug Rust Seam Binding
  • Metal Charms - The Funkie Junkie Boutique


What a beautiful journal, well done Maggi!  We thank you for stopping the G45 blog.  Please join us in the comments below by sharing your feedback and love!  Have a wonderful week and as always... 


Happy Papercrafting!

29 Comment(s)

Vanessa LeClear:
02/25/2019, 11:20:02 AM

Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing the tips!

Jean marmo:
02/25/2019, 11:46:19 AM

This would be perfect for the cottage. So pretty

Lynn Harrell:
02/25/2019, 11:59:06 AM

Love this TN. Would love to have a tutorial on it.

Charee Filimoehala:
02/25/2019, 12:12:57 PM

Hello Lynn, Maggi has created a tutorial using this die and other papers here: Hope this helps. Happy Papercrafting!

Bev Drake:
02/25/2019, 12:08:23 PM

This journal is just stunning. Maggi does everything to perfection which showe off this paper range beautifully, Thank you for all the tips & just love this project.

Debbie Baez:
02/25/2019, 12:09:06 PM

Wow beautiful job! Nice work! Of course having gorgeous paper to work with is the best! Thanks for sharing.

Екатерина Буховцова:
02/25/2019, 12:18:17 PM

It’s beautiful!

Anne Schilling:
02/25/2019, 12:45:11 PM

Oh how fun! Sure makes me wish for warmer weather!

Martie Rollin:
02/25/2019, 12:53:36 PM

I'm so thrilled to see this terrific collection re-issued!! For ease of use while on your trip, I'd advise leaving the charms at home. Same for the beautiful dimensional flowers...too easy to knock them off in your suitcase. Such a delightful finished project...very attractive.

Barbara Millar:
02/25/2019, 01:17:06 PM

Lovely journal I would also like to see a tutorial on it

Kimberly S:
02/25/2019, 01:18:32 PM

I love this journal; you did a wonderful job and I wish my journals were as neat; my journals are definitely shabby and distressed and junky, but have no rhyme or reason. Maybe I need to use paper that matches. I’m going to dig through all my g45 kits from the past and get busy making some pretty journals. Thanks for the inspiration.

Regina Harrison:
02/25/2019, 01:19:35 PM

I love this paper collection and this journal. As for these g45 flowers, I am putting them on everything lately. They are perfect.

Susan Ashby:
02/25/2019, 01:25:27 PM

Beautiful summer journal. Thanks for the directions.

Stephanie Cook:
02/25/2019, 01:30:27 PM

Beautiful,I love everything that is beach, and ocean.

Ellen Haydon:
02/25/2019, 02:09:07 PM

I love this collection. I sent my son and daughter-in-law one of the albums for their Christmas Present. They are also divers and the under water photos are great. They also take cruise's so I am sure they will like this one also. Fantastic tips Maggi.

She Fowl:
02/25/2019, 02:10:29 PM

What a beautiful TN. Great tips. Thank you.

Barbara G.:
02/25/2019, 04:48:36 PM

This journal is absolutely gorgeous, Maggie. I am so happy G45 brought By The Sea back. I am looking forward to making this journal!

Barb in kazoo:
02/25/2019, 05:04:07 PM

Wonderful. Live it.

Sue D:
02/25/2019, 05:36:47 PM

Great tips and I like the sea/beach theme.

Beth M Beery:
02/25/2019, 08:57:47 PM

Wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

02/25/2019, 09:03:50 PM

Thanks for the tips and video Maggie! I love the bright bold colors of this G45 collection

Diane Fountain:
02/25/2019, 09:16:16 PM

What a beautiful travel journal!! Great tips

Glenda Buster:
02/25/2019, 10:26:11 PM

Gorgeous travel journal! Love the By The Sea DCE. The colors colors are bright and bold. Thank you, Maggi for the tips, video and tutorial.

Debbie Siddle:
02/26/2019, 10:01:01 AM

Ah, this is just beautiful. xx

Margaret R:
02/26/2019, 10:25:47 AM

This is fantastic! I just love the colors in this collection, and Maggie has made a joyful journal with them!

Bettina Kreuer:
02/26/2019, 12:06:05 PM

Such a lovely project. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon L Gulliksons:
02/26/2019, 01:17:45 PM

I just love the rich colors. They remind me of Normandy.

Dorothy McCarthy:
02/27/2019, 06:42:22 AM,

I just love this!!!

02/27/2019, 10:13:20 PM

Love this paper collection & this album! Great tips

Debra b:
03/26/2019, 03:36:24 PM, Breen

Wow how beautiful. Love this paper, very beachy

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