I've long been a fan of Midori Notebooks, but sometimes you can just as easily make something similar on your own. I decided to make my own version of a travel album with some basic cardboard and Tim Holtz products.
The basic construction was a cinch. I took a scrap piece of 12x12 cardboard (like the piece that comes on the back of a pad of scrapbooking paper) and cut it down to 8" x 12". Then I scored it into three sections of 8" x 4" so I would have a tri-fold folder.
Of course the fun part is adding in all of the inside elements. Most of the supplies in this album came from Tim Holtz.
I like using elastic string to hold down photos and envelopes.
At one point I got carried away making the cover and used a little too much (black) distress ink. It looked horrible and I started thinking I should just start the whole thing over again. Then I got a piece of sandpaper and distressed the heck out of it. By the time I was done the black ink was gone and the cover had a really nice texture to it. In a way it almost reminds me of distressed leather. Sometimes mistakes can end up making the best results.
I think I used just about every supply I had on hand for this thing, but it was good to use up some of my stash, plus try out some new products.
On of my favorite products were the red vial labels. Much like the front cover it hadn't occured to me to use sandpaper with them before.
The inside white pages were sewn in with my sewing machine, which could also have been done by hand.
I made this album after we were already home, so I could print out photos and add them to it. But it would also make a great album for scrapbooking while you travel.
The whole thing is held closed by an elastic loop which makes it easy to carry. And that's it... a travel album made out of simple cardboard.