A Journaling Journey – Rustico Leather Travelers Set Review

disclaimerJournaling is currently a big thing in my house.  Not to be confused with a diary which recounts one’s daily activities, journaling encompasses lots of things — from recording feelings and experiences, to collecting slips of important papers and photos to jotting down poems, sayings and sketches.  I like to think of journaling as sort of an analog version of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or even blogging!

THM_Journaling_RusticoReview1My kidlet’s journals, I have no idea what’s inside, I didn’t look

Both of my kidlets have their own journals and there are lots of times that they suddenly dash off to their rooms to scribble down whatever it is they put in there.  See, I’m not quite sure what’s in there because whatever they put in their journal is totally private and unless they want to share it with me – this mom doesn’t peek!

All of the kidlets journaling has given me hankering to start doing it again.  I started journaling way back in high school as part of a creative writing class I took.  It definitely made an impression on me.  I’ve kept for certain periods of my life ever since.  I have one from college,  which when I look back at it now, turned out to be a sort of roadmap of where I wanted my life and career to go.  I kept journals when I was pregnant with each of my kidlets.  In fact, someday I plan to give each of them their journal and share with them my thoughts and feelings about their impending arrival, my fears and insecurities about being a “good” mom and the hopes and dreams I had for them.

One of my all-time favorite journals though comes from a trip The Hubs and I took to Italy a few years back.  We visited Rome and Florence –10 days of pure international bliss and inspiration.  It documented all the adventures we had and the many amazing places we visited and things we saw on that trip.  That journal is filled with personal annotations, doodles, stickers, museum tickets, photos, wine labels and matchbook covers from various restaurants we visited.

While we may not be taking any worldly trips like that anytime soon, we do have several family trips set for this summer.  I’m planning on using my new Rustico Leather Travelers set to journal during those trips and preserve those memories.

THM_RusticoReview3Rustico Leather Travelers Set Includes Journal, Luggage Tag & Passport Cover

My Rustico Travelers set includes a leather journal, hand-sewn luggage tag and passport cover.

The Parley Journal is truly the star of this Travelers set.  It’s a beautiful flap tie journal made from top grain leather.   It features a hand sewn spine and the pages inside are of a high quality cream-colored paper stock cut in a rough, rustic style.   The flap tie, helps to keep everything neatly contained – so all those slips of paper, tickets or photos won’t accidentally fall out.

THM_RusticoReview2Rustico’s Parley Leather Journal, You Can Customize the Cover With a Name, Title or Special Date

Rustico sells larger journals, but I think the one I got is one at 5.25 x 6.75 is the perfect size for traveling.  As 5.25 x 6.75 it can easily fit into a purse, backpack or the glove compartment of a car.

You can also get your Rustico leather journal personalized with a name, title or a special date.  It can be laser engraved on the bottom right corner of the front cover to commemorate a special trip or event.

This would be a perfect gift for anyone going on a special vacation or even a college grad, especially if they plan on doing some traveling and seeing the world before they settle down to a career.  Set prices depend on which journal you choose, they start at $20 range all the way up to $95.

Now it’s your turn to share.  Are you a diarist or a journaler, and why?

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For Full Disclosure: The Harried Mom was not compensated for this post, but as part of the Entertainment New Media Network did receive a Rustico Leather Travelers set to review. As always though, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom blog are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing any products as your opinion may differ.

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  1. says

    What a cute journal! My daughter loves to write and draw and I can’t tell you how many hundreds of notepads are all over our house – I think this would be a great graduation gift for her going into jr high school. Thanks for sharing!
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  2. says

    I love journaling – it’s the scrapbooker in me. My husband actually received a journal (nondescript) at a conference that I thought we should give to our toddler as a journal. At the very least, he can draw in it.
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  3. says

    This post reminds me of the journal I had to keep for my college trip to Italy over 10 years ago. I need to see if I still have it – would love to read it now! I have considered starting a new journal, but I worry that people will find and read it. So, if I cannot be completely honest for that fear, I don’t know if it’s worth having one.
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  4. says

    I am thinking that the Rustico’s Parley Leather Journal would make a great graduation gift – especially if you can customize the cover with a name. These are some really nice items – thanks for sharing!

  5. brett says

    that’s a gorgeous journal!! i would feel almost so “grown up” using that. enjoy the travels and journaling!

  6. says

    Years ago in the Outer Banks, I came across this silly journal. It was a vacation journal. On a whim I bought it thinking I would “try” to use it. Now, years later, my kids eagerly await to chronicle our trips! This is a perfect gift for families – document not just with pictures but with words too.
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