Hello WeR fans, it’s Chantalle back with you today. As I watch all the Summer fun happening around the world, I’m taken back to lazy long days spent on the beach and can’t wait to feel the sun on my face again soon. Mind you, Winter life in Queensland is far from cruel, so I really can’t complain!
Today I’d like to share a little idea with you that could protect your precious travel documents from the elements when out and about on holiday!
Being able to take a few important bits with you when you’re away from your hotel room is a bonus. I wanted to create more than just a passport cover, so I made up a little pouch, which can be worn under clothing. This pouch is also roomy enough to hold a mini journal (one of my essentials these days) and a pen. You can of course, create whatever size sleeve you would like. It was quick and easy and thanks to some clever WRMK tools, a snip to put together.
I started off by measuring a passport. This clever metal ruler is from a new Ultimate Essentials Tool Kit, which contains a selection of MUST HAVE tools and is just awesome. This ruler is backed with cork so there’s no drag on your projects and has both metric and imperial units. I find this feature especially useful for crafting, as I often have to convert from millimeters to inches.
To create the pouch, I used a sheet of beautiful ‘Pearl’ Mylar from Bazzill. It has an acetate feel, which was necessary for my water resistant requirements but has the most stunning pearlescent finish which is bang on trend right now.
I trimmed a 12×12 sheet down to 9 inches wide and 10 inches high. Using my Score Board, I folded it in half across, so I now had a sleeve of about 4.5 inches wide. (I chose to keep the folded side so it would be watertight on that edge.)
I then opened the sleeve up and placed the documents inside the sleeve to see how far up I wanted to the pocket to be. This can be done by eye and I then trimmed off a section just above where the documents ended, but only outside in, to the fold line.
This left me with a fold down flap. I used a 1 inch circle punch to pop a thumb bit into the top edge of the pocket, which will make removing my items easier. I was pleasantly surprised to see the Mylar was punchable!
Next, I used my sewing machine to close the pouch on three sides.
I then used my WRMK Crop A Dile Corner Chomper to round the edges of the bottom part of the flap for a nicer finish.
To keep the pouch closed, I used some Hook & Loop dots.
Here you can see how the pouch opens and closes.
To hide the Velcro dot, I added a little camera sticker from a sheet of Pink Paislee Summer Lights Stickers.
These stickers were perfect to embellish the pouch as they coordinated with the Mylar so well. I love the pastel neon vibes!
So that I can make notes on holiday, I’ve added a little travel journal to the mix. I’ve mentioned these journals in a previous post and I can’t tell you how handy they are. I have so many in different corners in my home and handbag. They are the perfect pocket size, are awesome for jotting down shopping lists, thoughts, crafting materials used… anything really! My friend first made one up for me and I’ve really been hooked on them ever since.
To create your own pocket journal, simply trim a piece of paper (I’ve used a sheet of tropical Amy Tan’s On A Whim in ‘Paradise’ for mine) to about 7 inches across x 5 inches high. This job is made super easy with the use of my new Trim & Score Board, which makes very easy as it’s two tools in one! I folded my paper in half, again rounded the edges with my and then trimmed up some dotted note paper which I simply stapled inside. You could add sheets of patterned paper in there or vellum. Seriously, you have to cook a few of of these up for yourself!
I’ve used the same Pink Paislee stickers on the outside as well as on a few of the pages inside so they coordinate with the travel pouch.
I’ve also used a few Jane Davenport Rub Ons on the cover. I love that these are slightly translucent. You can layer a few which looks so good. (I unashamedly hoard these rub ons, lol. They are just so awesome!)
To keep the pouch around my neck, I’ve strung some metallic thread under the flap and tied it at the top. To secure it within the pouch, I’ve just run a little stitch on each side, where the thread meets the edge of the closing flap.
I hope give this idea a go and if you do, be sure to tag WRMK in your feed so we can see how you are using your favourite tools to create your own magc!
Until next time, thanks so much for joining me!
Crafters Essentials Ultimate Tool Kit
Bazzill Mylar 12×12 in ‘Pearl’