... but opening up to reveal a sketchbook of journalling pages with a large pocket at the back to keep important documents or collected ephemera in.
I'm afraid this is the second photo-heavy post of the day. My World Traveller has already been to many places and she has tales to tell, so this is one of my War and Peace-length affairs... or should that be À la Recherche du Temps Perdu?!
So what's lurking underneath this glamorous travel folder? A simple piece of Amazon packaging...
I covered the outside with these fabulous vintage rulers from the Tim Holtz Dapper Paper Stash, inking the edges with Vintage Photo and then Ground Espresso for a weathered look.
I'd been coveting the gorgeous Globe Thinlits die for some time, so this seemed like the perfect excuse to indulge.
It's cut from plain card which I then embossed with Frantage Aged Silver.
I added Distress Paint in Stormy Sky and Evergreen Bough, spritzed with water to blend, and heated it to cause a texture reaction with the embossing enamel beneath.
A touch of highlighting with some White Fire Treasure Gold brings that texture to the fore.
I also used the Treasure Gold on my metal embellishments. (They all started out in the nickel silver finish.)
The Quote Band, Muse Token and Philosophy Tags had a simple touch of the White Fire gilding wax with a little fingertip full of Quinacridone Gold...
... whereas the Compass Coin got Treasure Gold plus the Distress Paints layered in.
The words, cut with the Adventure Words Script Thinlits, have had the same treatment as the globe.
They shimmer nicely in the sunlight (when it deigns to put in an appearance!).
Hitch Fasteners provide the simple closure, with dyed crinkle ribbon wrapped round to keep the wallet closed...
... weighted down with some more Idea-ology bits and bobs (including a Tag Label), plus a key to lock away anything particularly precious. (Click the photos for a larger view if you would like one.)
Time to open up...
The construction of the inside was slightly more complicated as I wanted to add my journalling pages. To create those pages I tore some sheets of 9x12 watercolour paper in half and distressed the edges. (These Canson papers are very similar to what I used.)
I stamped the Tim Holtz Cityscapes in Sepia Archival, front and back. There are five pages, so one for each city in the set - luck, not judgement!
I used my favourite inky smooshing to add some ageing to them. I think it was just Pumice Stone DI on the mat. Then I inked around the shabby edges with Vintage Photo.
You'll see in the finished pages that I also added some shading with Stormy Sky Distress Stain and a water brush, taking the soft blue from the cover through into the inside of the wallet.
You can also see that one side of the paper is much more textured than the other, creating lovely inky variations.
I needed a way to bind the pages into the wallet, so I scored and folded some stiff card to create my binding and glued it firmly into the fold of the packaging.
You can see the great pocket flaps at the back here, and that I'd already been using the packaging to spritz the flowers from last week's Summer Garden.
Then I simply put a thin line of glue down in the depths of each crease and pressed the pages into place, giving them some support as the glue dried!
I covered most of the interior background with the lovely U.S. states map from the Correspondence Paper Stash, all apart from the pocket flaps at the back.
There's not much of the paper left visible as, unlike me, my glamorous world traveller is sorting out her photos and ephemera as she goes (rather than leaving it all until months - or sometimes years - afterwards and trusting that she'll remember what's what and from where).
She's got some of her favourite photos scattered around, in the midst of deciding which ones to stick down onto the journalling pages.
They're from the Found Relatives Occasions pack, as you probably already know. I've tried to choose ones which have that summer holiday happiness about them.
This one's my own favourite. There's something so perfect about how it captures the golden age of travel, when it was still an unusual, romantic, glamorous thing to do (hmm, and only for the wealthy of course - so perhaps not that golden).
Around the photos and ephemera I added those colours again - the Stormy Sky and Evergreen Bough - first in watery Distress Paint and then the same colour Distress Stains layered over the top.
I like how it echoes the look of sea/land on a map, and again we're bringing the blue-green tones into the interior of the wallet.
She's started sorting out which bits of ephemera - tickets, leaflets and snapshots - belong to each visit, and is clipping them to each page as reminders for when she comes to write her experiences down later.
I'm imagining she's done the little sketches of each city at the foot of the pages herself, by the way.
The ephemera are mainly from the Expedition Ephemera Packs, either plain or vellum.
The gathered elements are attached with Idea-ology Mini Paper Clips...
... or with Hinge Clips. Since it's on the New York page, I'm pretending that's the Coney Island Ferris Wheel (I know it's not)...
... and still in the States over the page, I was very pleased that the Minnesota Avenue ticket matches up with an advertisement for trips to Minnesota and Michigan on the leaflet (from my beloved Pocket Cards) underneath - small things please me!
From New York to London, and thence onwards.
You'll notice that her relatives in England, despite having come to see her off on the next leg of her voyage, are very disapproving of this young woman gallivanting off around the world on her own.
Yes, she's headed right around the world. And the sea voyage to Australia is still a long and arduous one - about six weeks at sea - usually attempted mainly by families looking for a new life in the 1950s post-war migration...
... or by hardy groups of men, keen to make their mark in a continent still relatively unexplored. A woman alone is unusual to say the least.
But our adventuress is full of courage and curiosity (as well as being wealthy), and she's not going to let society's conventional expectations stand in her way.
(I'm simply ignoring the fact that lots of the city landmarks in the sketches wouldn't have been there for my 1950s world traveller. I hope you will too!)
Besides, she feels safe and well-prepared. At the back of her travel wallet is a sturdy security pocket, allowing her to carry documents, travel tickets and visas with safety.
There are some more of those lovely wooden rulers, and some fabulous travel luggage advertisements which she may need to study if she's to have room for all the souvenirs she's been buying en route.
There's a simple clasp to keep it secure, and more Adventure Words to sum up the whole idea of her journey.
And I'm pretty sure she's enjoying it all from beginning to end!
So that's my recycled packaging project for you. Apologies for the mammoth post, but there's not much else going on this week at Words and Pictures (aside from the small matter of a blogaversary!), so I hope it'll keep you going for a while.
I hope it's inspired you to come and play along with the World Traveller theme this week.
There's lots more inspiration from the amazing Simon Design Team over at the blog and, as always, there's that generous $50 voucher to be won, so happy travels all!
The traveller sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.
I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.
Mary Anne Radmacher
It's a whole journal rather than one set of journalling pages, but I'd like to link up at Art Journal Journey where they are playing with Maps this month.