Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Print your own Travel Journal pages

Some time ago, Filofax released a special pack of travel-related inserts for the Personal size Filofax. At its core was a 'Travel Journal' in which you could record the daily events and experiences of a trip. Unfortunately, this wasn't particularly flexible. Only a certain number of pages came in the pack, so if your trip was a long one - or you wanted to use the journal for multiple trips - you needed to buy whole extra packs.

The idea of a Filofax Travel Journal is a popular one, though, as a trawl through the comments on Philofaxy will show you. I had an offline friend ask me about producing a version for a trip she was taking. So I decided to produce one that you can print at home and that will cater for as many trips as you like, each lasting as long as you like.

At the heart of the journal is this two-page spread. You can use one of these for each day of the trip.

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Now, because each day has its own two-day spread, I needed to find a way of giving a front and back page that didn't look clunky. What I did was to produce end pages. The end pages comprise:

  • A front page to hold overall trip information, with the first page of the daily 2-page spread on its reverse.
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  • A back page to hold final reflections, with the second page of the daily 2-page spread on the reverse.

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Think of these as the front and back covers of a book, and put as many daily page spreads between them as you need for your trip.

You can download the pages either as editable Word files or as PDF files. If using the PDF versions remember to set your printer settings so as not to shrink the pages.
Download the main pages as a Word file or a PDF file.

Download the end pages as a Word file or a PDF file.

Each file should be printed double-sided with the duplex set to flip along the short edge. You can then cut out and punch individual pages as outlined in this post.

17 comments:

Steve Morton said...

Nice insert Ray, how evenly do the grey background bits print?

I know the printed version looked similar but for home printing I've sometimes found it to look a little uneven.

icclewu said...

That looks really good. Could it be tweaked for pocket size? Xx
:)

Ray Blake said...

They look really good from my laser printer, but the Word file is editable so feel free to play. If it's an issue for people using it I'll do a version with differently-formatted pages.

Ray Blake said...

Ooh, pocket size? I hadn't considered that, although I was thinking of doing an A5 version. Leave it with me to ponder, Tracy.

LJ said...

Now I'm excited. I have a holiday coming up in July and now I can print off wicked pages for my filo. Now all I need to do is decide which filo to take with me :o)

Jotje said...

Like I already told you on Twitter: I love you for doing this, Ray!!! This is exactly what I need! I will print enough to last for my 2 week summer holiday and put them in my newly acquired Purple Compact Pennybridge Travel-o-Fax. I'll blog about it after my vacation!!! THANKS!

Maus said...

Thank you so much, Ray!
At the moment I'm using the original ff ones since I'm on holidays here.
But at home I will try your inserts! Like Tracy I would be happy about a Pocket version...
greetings from Fuerteventura, Renate

Saffy said...

Wow! You are amazing, these look fab. Is it possible to change the grey to another colour for variety?

Ray Blake said...

It certainly is. Download the Word versions and this is just one of the changes you can make.

Jotje said...

Ray, I printed your pages from the PDF, made sure I had Print to normal size (instead of shrink) ticked, and the pages look perfectly. However, the cutting lines are off. They are too short (top and bottom) and don't line up in width either.
Any clue what I'm doing wrong here???

Ray Blake said...

Nope, no idea. I'll do some testing when I get home from India. In the meantime, are you able to use the Word version? Does that give you different results or the same?

Ray Blake said...

Nope, no idea. I'll do some testing when I get home from India. In the meantime, are you able to use the Word version? Does that give you different results or the same?

Nikki france said...

oh these are so wonderful!! I have my first holiday on 19th of this month for 2 weeks to UK
Sadly I have made up my mind to use my pocket Waverley for my trip, Ryanair makes you think about every pound you carry!!
You are a real star at these inserts tho!! Wish I was more word aware, but I am still learning, and mine is all in French, making my learning process a bit slow he he!!
Keep up the good work :)
Nikki X

Ray Blake said...

In response to popular demand, these are now available in pocket size.

Paul B said...

Ray, thanks very much for producing this. We are planning a semi-working holiday later this year. Its mainly a holiday but also a recce to have a look at places we may want to move to. Italy is top of our lost, so we are planning to take two weeks, spending one week each in two different regions, and travelling aorund, seeing what we think. With a little bit of tweaking of your inserts, these will be perfect for recording what we liked and didn't like about the places we visited each day. Very uiseful later on when you get back home to reality and the memories begin to fade. Once I've made the changes I need, I'll send you a copy. Thanks again.

Lady_Tamlynn said...

Just found these. Thanks very much for creating these travel pages, Ray. I'm currently setting up a travel FF for my upcoming holiday to Scotland in July and these will come in very handy :-).

Ray Blake said...

Have a great time.

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