here we have it then, a look at my bavarian travel journal!
I had a scrap of leather and used it to make a simple wrap around cover. when i return from germany i’ll sew the back flap of my accordion to the center. in the meantime it will be easier to write and draw in if i have more freedom to manipulate the panels.
i inserted vintage german postcards into the existing slots of this century-old accordion book i brought back from france many moons ago. knew i’d get around to using it one day! i can leave the postcards as they are, or remove them and add bits i find along the way, or i may collage or write on top of the postcards as they are. i will probably add some photos that i’ve taken once i return home.
on the backs of the “pages” with the postcards, i glued little sewn panels made from various german treasure i’ve been collecting. this enables me to still remove the postcards on the reverse. i like having that option.
the watercolor paper were scraps i had lying around in my drawers. most are 150 lb. fabriano hot press. i made a few flaps by just folding over longer scraps.
when closed my accordion book is 4 x 6, when open flat it’s well over 6 feet long.
i have no idea if this will be too much, too little, or just enough room to write & draw. I suspect it will be in the goldilocks range. we shall see!
i may divide the white pages up into daily sections and pre-date them. i do that sometimes and it’s helpful to spread things out a bit and ensure you aren’t left with a lot of blank pages towards the end. of course gluing photos over blank pages works too!
i can’t remember EVER finishing my travel journal for a trip 6 weeks in advance.
now i’m off to find some really gorgeous bavarian looking lettering to draw/copy into my book or on a fold out page.
i think the dip pens used to write many of these postcards is exquisite. dontcha think?!