DIY TRAVEL JOURNAL

Travel can be exciting, overwhelming, confusing and enlightening – and teaches you things you never knew about yourself. With 2015 a self declared year of travelling to places I’ve never been before, chances are there’ll be lots of sharing of travel ideas and stories here on the blog. At least I’m hoping so! But with so many emotions travelling through us when we, ahem, travel, it’s not surprising that we sometimes have trouble recalling that coffee shop we stumbled upon, or that perfect vintage store. It’s for that reason that I’m a huge fan of recording the things I do and see when I travel, which is where travel journals play the perfect role. And while it’s more ‘essential places to see when I come back’ as opposed to ‘dear diary, today I ate a hotdog’, writing what you did when to took a trip is a great way to pay homage to (and remember) adventure and places. For my trip down under, a little while back I decorated a simple travel journal to inspire some wanderings of the mind.

How I use my Travel Journals:

  • I separate my trip into days (Day 1, Day 2 etc) and give them a page. On those pages I mark down what I did, making sure to include details about restuarants, hotels, transport, and also all the favourite places I visited like neighbourhoods, streets and parks.
  • I include tickets, maps and other flat items that will remind me of my trip, and also jog my memory for when I come back!
  • I include things I didn’t enjoy that much or would do differently (cos that’s travel, isn’t it?).
  • I also use the journal as a place to store creative ideas I have while I’m away. you know what they say don’t you? You have your best ideas when you’re not thinking about it.
  • At the end of the trip I do a little review and make a note if I think I missed anything, because it’s not always possible to do everything is it?

How fun will it be when I have a whole bookcase full of these babies?

DIY Travel Journal

You need:

  • Plain Journal
  • Map
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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How to:

1. Place your journal on the centre of your map and indicate the size of the journal and then add 1″ (2.5cm) to the length on both the top and bottom.

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2. Cut your your piece of map paper.

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3. Add glue to the back of your paper.

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4. Wrap the paper around the edge of the journal.

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5. Use a ruler to smooth down any bumps.

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6.  Cut two slits along the spine of your journal, cut away the tab between the two slits and then fold and glue the two remaining edges inside the book covers.

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7. Allow to dry.

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8. Cut 4 rectangles out of your remaining map paper. Fold two corners down to create a triangle. Stick these triangles onto the cover of your journal to create photo corners. Voila!

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Happy travels!

Ps if you love travel crafts make sure you check out my embroidered map and leather luggage tags!

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

DIY LACE SKIRT

My travelling craft kit is pretty compact – generally just a few different colours of thread, some needles and, if I’m planning a project, my fabric or supply of choice. This holidays it was a lovely few metres of delicate lace I picked up while sourcing for one of our fabric customers. Without the necessary sewing machine required for a more serious project, I set about creating something super easy using just hand sewing, essentially creating a lace overlay for an existing skirt I found at the markets. This process is somewhat similar to what I used to make this mesh skirt, and is really very easy. It’s perfect for the sewing novice or someone without a machine.

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You need:

  • A black skirt
  • 2m of eyelet lace (if you’re on the lookout for some fabric like this the girls in the studio can definitely help you out, check out our sourcing page here).
  • Scissors
  • A needle and black thread
  • Pins

DIY Lace Skirt

How to:

1. Lay your fabric on a flat surface and overlay the skirt over the top.

DIY Lace Skirt

2. Cut the fabric along the top of the skirt, making sure to leave 2.5cm (1 inch) so you can sew it over the edge.

DIY Lace Skirt

3. To cut the right length, you want double the width of your existing skirt.

DIY Lace Skirt

4. Now you’re going to sew the long edges of the lace together so that you have a tube of fabric that fits over the top of your skirt.

DIY Lace Skirt

5. Make sure you sew the seam so that you can turn the fabric the right way out to hide the join.

DIY Lace Skirt

6. Carefully pin your lace tube to your skirt along the top of the waistband. Mine was a gathered waistband so I had to stretch out the gathering to give the right lay of the lace fabric.

DIY Lace Skirt

7. Finally, sew the lace casing onto the waistband of your skirt, making sure to fold it over at the top so it has a nice clean finish. To make sure the stitches aren’t too obvious, sew short, invisible ones on the right side, and longer ones at the back of the fabric. If your skirt has a zip you will need to sew it carefully around the zip so the skirt can be opened and closed.

DIY Lace Skirt

Voila!

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Photos by Mel Carrero

DIY PRINTABLE TO DO LIST

The beginning of the year is always an exciting time, it feels like a fresh new start where you can put on paper all your wildest dreams for the year. Like most years I’m spending a bit of time with my family just north of Byron Bay and although the working year has already started (emails are piling up!) I love taking a little bit of time to work out the year’s strategy – things relating to the site like new directions, potential DIY projects, collaboration ideas, as well as life things like travel destinations, organisation things and health and fitness goals. My mum has always loved a good mind map and it turns out I do too!

Now let’s be honest, this brainstorming phase is probably the easiest part of the process – as many of you probably know it’s easy to list something you want to do but it’s the follow through that can be illusive. I mean come on, who hasn’t created a huge scary goal that has remained un-tackled as life gets in the way and the year ticks on? For me, the trick is to work out a way to turn those big goals into little, achievable chunks that you can tackle one at a time, and then spread those out amongst the months/weeks of the year.

With that in mind, Belinda Love Lee and I got together to create this printable to do list. Just as a new notebook can inspire a sense of inspiration and fresh start (in me at least),  this gorgeous to do list is designed to help you recreate that new leaf feeling every week, as both a place to list small tasks and a place to put those important, goal getting milestones.

Download the colour version here.

Download the black and white version here.

Printable to do list DIY PRINTABLE TO DO LIST

Big thanks to Belinda for helping me to create this!

DIY WANDERLUST INSPIRED LEATHER LUGGAGE TAGS

Sitting down to write my goals for this year, one area that I dedicated a little bit of time to was planning 2015’s potential (hoping, finger’s crossed!) destinations. Although the list is pretty flexible depending on what this year brings, one thing I really want to do is a little road trip around the US – it’s something that’s fascinated me for years and year, and I’m putting it at the top of my priority list! In the event that you’re sitting at your desk dreaming of your next trip, I thought I would share a little DIY we created in the studio using the gorgeous leather stamps – these wanderlust inspired luggage tags. Enjoy!

DIY Leather Luggage Tags

You need: 

  • Leather
  • Paper
  • Leather Stamp Set (buy yours here in the store!)
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Multi Hole Punch
  • Mallet
  • Tape
  • 2 x chopping boards (or books)

How to make leather luggage tags

How to:

1. Make a paper template by cutting a 10cm x 4cm rectangle then cut the corners off on one side. Take your template and trace around in on the back of some leather.

How to make leather luggage tags

2. Cut the shape out.

How to make leather luggage tags

3. Along the centre of the tag, make a mark 1cm from the edge.

How to make leather luggage tags

4.  Punch a hole over the point you have marked.

How to make leather luggage tags

5. Tape the leather to a table or floor.

How to make leather luggage tags

6. Take your chopping board (or book) and line it up to under where you want your first line of letter to be.

How to make leather luggage tags

7. Tape down the board to stop it from moving.

How to make leather luggage tags

8. Take a leather letter stamps and line it up above the  first board, then place the second board on the other side of the stamp so that the stamp is sandwiched between. Tape down the second board. This will give you a guideline and keep your letters straight.

How to make leather luggage tags

9.  On a scrap piece of leather, experiment with how many times you need to hit the stamps to make a good impression, this will vary on the type of leather you have.  Once you are ready, decide on what you want your tags to say and stamp away!

How to make leather luggage tags

10. Cut a piece of  string, fold the piece of string in half and thread it through the hole. Tie a knot at the end and tada, your done!

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Here’s to a year of travel and adventure!

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Ps check out my favourite books to inspire your travel, and a few of 2014’s destinations – Kyoto, Sardinia and New Zealand.