Traveler’s Notebook & Film

In Film, How-to, Inspiration, Instant Film, Memory-keeping
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Over the years, have you collected a drawer full of film? Or maybe you have them stacked up in a pile, or tucked away in a basket?

I have a few of my favorites framed and hung on the walls of my studio, but the vast majority end up here.

Ever so often, I grab my favorites and collect them in a simple, traveler’s notebook. Along with journaling, this is an excellent way to capture and keep those memories forever.

I begin with an old, leather bound traveler’s notebook and a plain insert. These are easily found at your local craft or bookstore, but any notebook or journal you have at home will do.

I like to stamp the date at the beginning, just so I can remember what year these images were taken.

There is no right or wrong way, just document what feels natural to you.

I use adhesive photo corners to attach my film to the pages. Previously, I have tried using permanent rolling tape, which also worked well for adhering photos. However, I like the idea that I can remove the film images if needed (possibly to scan), with minimal damage to the actual film photograph.

Simple journaling completes the page.

There are no hard and fast rules – I turn my traveler’s notebook vertically if needed. I enjoy the visual interest of different formats and twists and turns in the notebook.

Add as many words or thoughts as you like. I try to find a few words to match the mood or capture the feeling of my image.

Here are a few more images from my traveler’s notebook.

I love to tuck this leather bound notebook in my handbag and take it with me during the day. I pull it out when I need a gentle reminder of my love of film.

I hope this has provided you with a little inspiration to use your film photographs in different and fun ways.

Let me know if you decide to create your own.



  1. I’ve been feeling the pull to work with my hands to make something, and this project will be perfect! Think I’ll make a fall film project using the journal as you’ve described. Thanks for the great inspiration!

  2. This is so good, Azzari. I’m always inspired by the way you use your photographs, taking care to enjoy them long after the shutter click. Too many of my images end up living on my computer, rather than out in the world. I need to print more! Love the idea of a notebook.

    • Great, Chinwe! And yes, too many of our images end up living on the computer hard drive. Hope this works out well for you!

  3. Ohhhhh. These are so very beautiful.
    I keep my polaroids in bundles in tin boxes, but I really must take them out. Also I love, love, love that you take these about with you during the day.
    Thank you for the inspiration. Always.

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