Catch of the Day Travel Journal

Hello, G45ers!

  Commemorate your summer travels with one of our Travel Journal & Notebook Set.  These are prefect for adding your photos, travel notes, and even sketching a thing or two along the journey.  Today on the blog, Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador, Jenn DuBell shows us how to decorate the journal and even add some fun interactive elements using our Catch of the Day paper collection.  This project is a great example of what can be created this month for our #G45TravelJournal – August Challenge.  Enjoy the step by step directions and video tour!


Catch of the Day

Decorated Travel Album & Notebook Set

By Jenn DuBell


“The Graphic 45 Travel Journal & Notebook Set is the perfect project starter to create a place for all of those momentos and photos from a vacation or event.

The album measures 4.75 X 8.75 X 1.75 and includes three different notebooks that measure 4.25 X 8.25.

1- Watercolor paper notebook

1- Grid paper notebook

1- Lined paper notebook


These are available in the Kraft I have used as well as a black version.

For my album I have used the Catch of the Day collection, a beautiful sea themed paper collection!

This will make a wonderful memento for an upcoming beach trip.


Graphic 45 supplies:

Travel Journal & Notebook Set

Catch of the Day 12×12 Collection pack

Catch of the Day 8X8 Pad

Catch of the Day Chipboard

Catch of the Day Ephemera Assortment

Catch of the Day Journaling Cards

Catch of the Day 12×12 Patterns and Solids Pad

Other Supplies:

Navy cardstock sheets

Red cardstock sheets



Scoring Board and tool

Cutting tools

Chain and charms for spine

Hole punch

Crop a dile or other corner rounding tool

Distress ink Vintage photo

I have a walkthrough of my completed album as well as a tutorial of my homemade waterfall folio inserts.


Video Tour:

Catch of the Day Travel Album Tour by Jenn DuBell | Graphic 45


Here are some more views of my album and instructions on how I decorated it.


Step by Step Tutorial:



For the back cover cut the same pieces as done for the front. The large piece needs to have a hole punched for the band closure. I used a ½” hole punch to do this. To create the hole reinforcer cut a ½” circle from a coordinating paper then hole punch the center and adhere around the grommet after adhering the paper.




To cover the spine:


Cut a piece of the “Ship Ahoy!” to 1 ½”X8 ½” and use a hole punch to punch holes for the grommets. **optional** – If you prefer not to cover the grommets, cut this piece to 1 ½”X7 ½” to fit between them.


For the inside:







Next, we will create some fun inserts!


For my album, I created two waterfall folios with belly bands, tags with photo mounts and journaling space and a fun flip open photo mount.

I explain my process further for these in the video walkthrough of my completed album.



Each folio flips open to reveal a space for journaling on the top and bottom with a 6 page waterfall for photos. These are placed in the front and back pockets of the travel Journal.

Next, gather up all of the leftover papers and scraps along with stickers, chipboards,and ephemera assortment to decorate some of the notebook pages. Fun! These can be done any way you choose. I have also added some die cut elements, stamping,  and fussy cuts to my pages.



Here are a few examples of decorated pages:



Create some fun clip embellishments to add to your pages.


Add elements of interest with stickers, chipboards and ribbon or cord to the inside pockets.





Thank you for viewing my project today!” ~Jenn


Happy Papercrafting!


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