Monday, August 17, 2015

Prepping for Peru

As I was sewing together my journal for our next trip, I kept getting distracted. Peru. I was really going. It's actually happening.

This is a country I've wanted to visit since I was a little kid, and Machu Picchu is a destination every traveler dreams about. This year, for my 40th birthday, it's happening. 

When I sat down to make my journal, I was inspired by the journal I made for our 2014 trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. For that trip, I made a small folio, that fit nicely into my travel bag. It held one signature at a time, and then I sewed each signature into the bigger journal on the go as I filled them. 

This trip, I decided to skip the sewing on the go part, but just make the folio and signatures. Peru has a strong weaving and textile culture, so I plan pick up something from one of the markets we'll be visiting and use that when I get home to make the larger journal that I'll sew all my full signatures into. 

This way, the final journal is the exact size to fit everything and I still can travel light when I'm out and about. 
I decided to use a vintage flight route map for the cover. These types of maps fascinate me, there is the added bonus of being able to use it for another trip if I wanted to. 

The title page is the image that comes to mind every time of think of Peru, the classic view of Machu Picchu. 
Along with my regular kit, I'm also bringing little maps from a dated guide book that I had picked up in a used book store. It's too old to use for up to date information, but the small maps in it can be used on the go. 

New journal, new decade, new adventure. Let's go!