The Journal

 

Now I’m home, I’m steadily going through the ephemera and gathering my journal and “project life” pages together.  I thought it might be useful to review how the pocket journal held up to the trip and how I managed to keep my daily journalling going.

 

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The pocket journal itself remained on my desk in our suite and I simply put a few journalling cards in my pocket each day to scribble on as and when I felt like it.  when I returned at the end of the tour, I’d tuck the cards in the appropriate pocket, along with any other ephemera I had collected.  Anything that I wanted to keep but which didn’t seem to fit in the pocket, I put in the small concertina file I’d taken along with me, too.

 

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But somewhere around half way through, disaster struck.  The quantity of stuff that I was collecting caused the flimsy acetate binding to tear and I needed to do a running repair with some washi tape – itself not the strongest of media.  But it held out ok and I simply took care with it for the rest of the trip.

 

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By the time I got home, I had a very full book and I realised that I hadn’t allowed enough “breathing space” on the spine.  I ought to have been a little more generous with those measurements.

 

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The other design issue was as a result of cutting it out with the Silhouette.  The “scored line” is actually a perforated line, and you know what happens to perforated lines, don’t you?

 

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Another lesson learned, though most of the book had withstood the journey fairly well.

 

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First job was to cut the binding string and remove the acetate spine.

 

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I reinforced the torn pages inside and added another layer of paper to create a stronger construction.

 

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I then taped the sections together more securely – I think it was unreasonable to expect a piece of flimsy acetate to hold it all together with hindsight and this time, I chose some Japanese adhesive fabric tape – bought in Japan, needless to say ;-)

 

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When I’d done, it looked a bit like medical sticking plaster which rather amused me. Had I been able to get a better colour, then it might have looked more artful, but hey, sometimes an elastoplast/band aid is exactly what’s needed, isn’t it?

 

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It was holding together much better so I replaced the stitching using the same red and white butchers string.

 

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I wasn’t sure whether to cover this up at this stage

 

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or to leave the spine stitching exposed.

 

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I decided to leave it open and cut the paper (almost!) flush.

 

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I added a title and finished the cover off and it’s done.

 

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It’s now sitting on my shelf with the other travel journals.  I think soon, it will be time for a bigger shelf, don’t you?

What story to tell?

Was it only yesterday?