Photo & Travel Journal – Medium

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A Photo Journal or Travel Journal is a combination of a Journal and a Photo Book. These books which come in 3 sizes, are handcrafted with great care and love from recuperated leather, White FSC certified quality paper and a plastic photo book to tuck away 36, 48 or 96 – 10×15 photographs (4x6inch).There are 3 signatures (booklets) in each Photo Journal. The first and last signatures each contain 36 pages of writing/drawing paper to jot down your travel experiences, memories or thoughts or even doodle or draw. You can choose to have lines printed if you like. In de middle signature you can add your favorite images.

The Leather I recuperate from old Leather seats and sofas changes constantly as I find new couches to dismantle. That is why the choice in available leather colors, perpetually changes as well, which makes the book YOU buy TRULY ONE OF A KIND. 

A new Photo Journal for each new trip? Yup, that’s a great idea…

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Photo & Tavel Journal – Medium

Why leave your photos on your Mobile or PC?

Do you ever even look at them anymore? Have you experienced the charm of a Photo & Travel Journal – Medium before? Get together on the couch with your partner, your kids, your parents, or your friends to leaf through those great memories. Laugh or shed a tear, but most of all enjoy what you see and each other. Such occasions aren’t necessarily old-fashioned, they are imperative for us as we are more often than not only digitally engaged. We are always looking at a screen, where is the fun in that?

Photo & Travel Journal – Medium:

I handmake my PHOTO & TRAVEL JOURNAL – Medium in Belgium, firstly with the utmost care and secondly with a HEART FOR NATURE.  

I cut the leather roughly to size as well as a piece of cork. Subsequently, I glue both pieces together to form a sturdy leather cover.

I fasten the same template to the book because it helps me punch the holes where the paper will be sewn into the cover later.

They deliver the paper in large parent sheets. I cut the paper to size in sets 9 (9 sheets to a signature)  once I have marked the paper. Next, I get the correct number of signatures, print them when needed, fold them, and cut them again to even the edges. 


I use a photobook insert by Henzo, it has room for 72 photos, 2 to a page. 10×15 cm or 4×6 inch.

I cut the Flypapers to size as well. I fold them over the first and last signatures. 

Both the cover and the paper are now ready to be sewn together.  

The Signatures are hand sewn into the cover, but unlike most bindings, this one is visible on the outside. As can be seen, our books show a decorative stitch on the outside of the spine. 

This unique stitching allows your book to always lay flat when writing or drawing. 

Make YOUR PHOTO & TRAVEL JOURNAL – Medium  all your own by choosing from different options like:

  • Leather Color
  • Personalization on the Cover
  • Blank or Lined
  • Closure Style
  • and more

The Materials for my Photo & Travel Journal – Medium:

The Leather:

I recuperate the Leather from old Leather seats and sofas. As I find new couches to dismantle, I add new available colors and textures of Leather. Therefore the choice of available leather colors perpetually changes as well. That makes the products YOU buy undoubtedly TRULY ONE OF A KIND.

I find these couches within a 10 to 15-kilometer radius of my home. As a result, I keep my Ecological Footprint as small as possible.

We use as many Certified and Ecological materials as possible. In Short, it helps us keep true to our Ecological Concept.

I distribute the unused materials of these couches amongst other partners. For instance: foam, feathers, and other filling materials. Consequently, they in turn upcycle or recycle these materials as well. For example, Insulation Materials, stuffing for kids’ toys, Animal Bedding, Automotive Applications as well as Mats for Martial Arts, and other sports flooring. Obviously, there are many more uses.

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Check our other Leather Items as well. We pride ourselves on delivering beautiful and quality Leather Products that, most importantly are HANDCRAFTED WITH A HEART FOR NATURE – 

My Photo & Travel Journal – Medium?  It’s Circular and Ecological!

The Cork: 

I use a 2mm thick insulation cork to strengthen the leather covers on the inside, when necessary. This type of cork is much more refined which makes it more flexible. Cork is a 100% natural product, which is a bonus, obviously. 

The Paper for my Photo & Travel Journal – Medium:  

The Flypapers:

The papers in the front and back of the book block are called “Flypapers”. 

Flypapers give your book that extra touch. Specifically, they give the writing or drawing paper extra protection from dirt and handling.

The paper has a very natural look and weighs 100gr/m². There are 10 different soft colors to choose from.  

The paper is VEGAN and will not discolor with age or disintegrate and is acid-free. 

The Bookblock:

The writing or sketching paper on the inside, otherwise called “Bookblock”, is divided into several signatures. They look like small booklets. Each of these signatures contains 9 sheets or 36 pages. 

I chose the paper with great care for its quality as well as for the necessary ecological certification (FSC or PEFC) and always produced acid-free, without bleach or other aggressive chemicals. Therefore it will not discolor with age nor disintegrate. 

You can choose between 120gr/m² or 160gr/m² paper. Most of the books out there contain paper between 50gr/m² and 90gr/m². 

In this case, the book block also contains one photobook insert by Henzo. It holds 72 photos, 2 to a page. The maximum size for the photos is 10×15 cm or 4×6 inches.

The extra thickness of the paper is not only great for writing on one hand, but you can also use many other art media. For example fountain pen, pencil, markers, crayon and pastels, even watercolor on the thickest paper. The smooth texture of the paper allows for a  superior writing and drawing results. 

The Thread:

The sewing thread is made of five-ply waxed linen. In fact, the 5 strands of linen are twisted and waxed. For this reason it is very sturdy and will not break.