DIY Travel Journal Smash Book Gift Idea for a Graduate

My future sister-in-law Tara is graduating from college this weekend and I wanted to just give her a little something for the occasion.  I bought a dollar tree composition notebook and just went crazy!
I didn’t do a step by step tutorial for it but basically I took a map from the computer of Lubbock where her and my brother met and are going to live.  I painted it with tea to give it that fun aged look.
I stamped a heart in the place where they met for a fun little detail since they are getting married very very soon.  I decoupaged that on the front and then did the rest of the back and insides in brown wrapping paper also from dollar tree.  I ordered some fun travel stickers from Hobby Lobby that all matched the same colors and also some pockets for their tickets and other small souvenirs.
I hot glued fun ribbon to the binding and for a tie to keep it closed.  I also painted a border all around just to add some more interest.  I put their names in the front with my Cricut and that’s about it.
I got a travel journal for us when we got married and we take it on trips and write in it and tape tons of stuff in it.  I love to look at it every once in a while.  It’s a great gift for a graduate either from high school or college.
I just painted some tea from the fridge right onto the white pages and let them dry completely.  Very simple and looks neat.
I usually crinkle up paper before I decoupage it onto something if it doesn’t matter if it looks a little messy.  I like the texture it creates.
Here’s a close up of the heart I stamped on the campus of LCU where I am pretty sure they met for the first time.
The final product-the front cover…that ribbon is so cute!  Why didn’t I buy more??
The back
The front inside with a small pocket
My Cricut is so wonderful!
A large pocket with a smaller one on top
By |2015-05-01T02:37:37-06:00May 2nd, 2013|8 Comments


  1. Jerome June 13, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    What kind of paper did you use for the inside

    • Deonna June 21, 2017 at 10:55 pm - Reply

      I just used a plain notebook and then used scrapbook paper for the inside decor! 🙂

  2. Lisa N March 30, 2016 at 12:17 am - Reply

    I am planning on making one for my sisters graduation! Where did you get the brown pockets? Thanks and I m so excited to give this a try!

    • Deonna March 30, 2016 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Hey Lisa! Everything was from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby and they are in the scrapbooking or smashbook section at Michaels. If you make one, please email me the pictures because I would LOVE to share it with my readers!

  3. Ashley May 19, 2015 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    hi Deonna! I made this for my boyfriend’s graduation and I love it! Thanks so much for the idea! I have photos I would love to show you but I am unsure how to upload them to this reply chain.

  4. Caroline October 7, 2014 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    How adorable! Going to try this! 🙂

    • Deonna October 17, 2014 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      Please share pictures! I love seeing someone recreate a project I share 😉

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