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Explore Passport

I finally get to share with you one of my projects I have published in the recent issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  I never know when I am designing for the magazine "when" or "if" my projects will make it into the issue.  I am thrilled this one made it.  

Check it out.

I used real leather and cut with the Passport Book die.  I sanded the edges to get that worn look.  I inked up some mat board for the letters and set aside to dry.

I love that the pages can be cut with the die too.  I inked the pages then added some Ephemera pieces.

I used glue n'seal and black soot marker to create the smudging.

My assignment was to use a magazine to journal.  I used the Fall issue and cut out the title and balloons for one of the pages.

I cut the inked Block Talk Capital XL Die to create the "EXPLORE" for the front.  

I glued the leather pieces together to for the Passport Book then I glued the Explore.  I wanted the Passport Book to close, so I used the Pocket Envelope circles.

I pierced and punched a hole through the leather so I could add the brad.  For extra hold it's a good idea to add some glue.

I smashed the brad and wiped off any excess glue.  I used a thin piece of  leather for the tie off then cut a leather Artful Arrow.

A simple Leather Passport Book holder.

My friend had a great idea to add a pouch for a real passport.  

The pages are perfect for adding little items you may pick up along the way.  Like tickets, photo's or a spot to write a memory.

That crushed brad looks awesome!

You can add 3 pages to the book.

This is durable enough to travel with.

The latest issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine is on newstands.  You can see this project and so many more.  


Anything But Cute- Celebrate your Style
Frilly and Funkie- Places you will Go (Travel)    
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  1. Such a nifty idea! I never heard of a pasport book befor. Love it!

  2. Lovely idea and I adore the leather and ageing . Tracy x

  3. How fabulous Nicole! LOVE that you did it in real leather and the fastener idea is superb. The icing on the cake though is that it will hold a real passport. Congratulations on the publication too!

    Thanks so much for joining in our Celebrate Your Style challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Fabulous Nicole, such a fabulous little book and passport holder and wonderful for collecting snippets of memories while you are away. Congrats on having it published xxx

  5. Very impressive passport holder. Fun way to keep your memories while traveling. Congrats on having it published!

  6. Very cool travel journal! The pocket inside is brilliant. Thanks for playing along with the Frilly and Funkie "oh the places you will go" challenge!

  7. Oh wow, it's absolutely fabulous!! I love the design and the details!! The inside is amazing!! And what an awesome tutorial, too!! Congrats on having it published!! Thanks so much for playing along at Anything But Cute!!

    Lisa DT
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. How did I miss this? Fantastic project Nicole! Love all the little touches...

  9. I don't even know where to begin! Totally WOW!! Your travel journal is sooooooo cool and full of vintage goodness. Amazing in every way!!

  10. Congratulations on being published again Nichole, love your explore passport book and brilliant idea to add the pocket for your real passport! Deb xo

  11. Wow, wow, wow! What a wonderful, wonderful journal! I love the worn look, the lovely inky pages and all the collage work on the inside. Thanks for sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie "Oh the Places You'll Go" Challenge!

  12. Wow Nicole, you always so put so much work and detail into your projects and this is not exception! What an amazing journal! Every page is full of interest and I keep going back to that amazing cover! Genius idea to use an old piece of real leather, really adds to authenticity of your little book!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Oh the Places You'll Go' challenge and for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Celebrate Your Style' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)


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