This is how I created it.
Fabric/Paper made of vintage maps, raw silk, tissue paper. This fabric will be used for the journal cover and page hinges.
resulting fabric rubber stamped and additional paint
random machine stitching added (gold metallic thread)
untreated canvas painted with multiple layers of water color
canvas cut down to size, embellished with rubber stamps
travel dates machine embroidered on each page
"hinge" stitched to each page
page pockets created using water color paper and decorative papers; dates ink jet printed
example of how these pages will fit in the journal - used Cinch machine to punch holes - oh so easy!
book board cut to size; fabric/paper adhered using my favorite method of gluing book pages: 50/50 PVA glue and methyl cellulose. Back cover made in a similar fashion using decorative paper. (Poor planning - I didn't make enough fabric/paper and knew I could never duplicate it!)
The journal is approximately 2 inches thick. Rattail threaded threw holes. Stood the journal on end between two covered bricks and placed a 1 inch pvc pipe over top to enable the tying of the rattail firmly in place but still give the pages wiggle room.
Here's the finished journal. The next time you see it, it will be filled with memorabilia from our trip!