Saturday, 10 April 2010

Travel Journal by K Two Products

At Christmas i was lucky enough to get two stationery themed presents.  A travel Journal and Travel clippigs file, both made by K Two Products.  I now know the items came from my friends (Twitter ones, not real ones) at The Paperie who always provide great service.
I shall look at the Travel Journal first.  I've now started using this as camping season has begun and I like to record my travels throughout the year so that we can look back and enjoy on dark Winter nights.  I dont exclusively record VW van trips though.  We've recently found out that many hotels now allow dogs which allows us trips away with the 'old dears' who arent going camping anywhere.
The journal itself is pocket sized, bigger than a Moleskine pocket though (A6 size) with a smooth cover that looks like it might resist a splash of rain or spilled wine, whichever is more common on your travels.
The picture on the cover looks like an old fashioned rail advertising poster and looks like the Swiss Alps or somewhere like that.  The impression certainly is of travel abroad and adventure.  We can get plenty of that at home in a Vdub thank you!
I've usually used larger journals for travel and may still use a separate one for a long trip.  For example we plan to go to Europe in the van againe this year and that would probably warrant a journal all of it's own - good excuse to buy another one.  The journal is kept shut by an elastic band (like one to hold your hair back).  It's fastened on the back cover and fits lengthwise round the journal.

So what's inside the Travel Notes book then?  Well there are 3 lined pages with a space for date and location at the top and every fourth page is plain for drawings, sticking in photographs, mementos or similar.  It's the same 'loop the loop, Air Crash Investigations' style plane on these pages.  There is also a section at the back for contacts, where I guess you could put either details of those you want to send cards and emails to on your trip or of the places you intend to stay or visit on your trip, or both of course.
Again this might be more useful on a longer trip than the short weekends that I intend to be recording but I may pop in the details of were we've stayed at some point.After the contacts section is one that is lined and headed notes.  You could put anything you liked in that section.  The pictures dont quite show it properly but the journal section is cream/buff coloured paper, the contacts section is pink coloured paper and the notes section is blue coloured paper.  The paper itself is smooth and quite thick.  I'm not sure of the weight but it's bordering on thin card I would say.  I've only written on it in ballpoint but I think it would stand up to most types of pen without bleeding or showing through to the other side.
What I've decided to do with the plain pages is use a Polaroid Pogo printer for photographs.  This is a small printer that prints 2"x3" photos that have a sticky backing so you can stick them straight into the journal.  The printer is pocket sized too so you can use it on your travels.  You can Bluetooth prints from your phone or use Pictbridge technology and connect your camera to it. The print paper comes in packets of 10 and you can buy 30 or 70 at a time.  Yes it's not the cheapest way to print anything but it is fun.  The quality of the prints depends on what you've taken the picture with (perhaps not surprisingly).  The prints from my Nikon Coolpix S6 are miles better than the ones from my phone but it all adds to the effect of recording the trip as you go along. 
Finally the notebook has the now, almost obligatory pocket at the back.  It's really just a small pocket that you can slip receipts or small cards into but still handy enough.  I like this Travel Notes journal.  It's small enough to pop in your bag but large enough to stick in photos and write in comfortably.  I'm not sure however if it will last the whole season.  We shall see...


Maika said...

Big fan of Scotland favorite country in the world. Forever Alba! Yay! Ahem. I've noticed that you use planners in a lot of ways; you have a diversity of graphs, charts, etc., and I thought that you might be interested in this planner, which is an academic planner, but which has everything anyone could need. I think it's the most complete planner ever. It's from a Korean site at, and the name of the company is Millo Design.
Maybe, if you can get one, you might be able to review it...given how you use your planners, you might like it. Good luck!
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Superpooky said...

Thanks for your comments. It sure looks like a fun planner. Why is there such good stationery from the likes of Korea and yet it's so hard to get hold of. I shall be sure to stop by your blog, thanks for stopping by mine