Travel Journal Layout with Tombow VIP Box

Capture and saviour your travel memories by creating this easy travel journal layout!


Hello Friends!

Today I am back with another fun tutorial! I recently got to travel with my husband to the city of all dreams – New York City! It has been on my bucket list for awhile. It was glorious! Upon returning, I knew I had to document this trip in my bullet journal. That gave me the idea for this blog tutorial on creating a travel journal layout.

Last week, Tombow USA released their newest VIP box which has so many new goodies! I couldn’t resist using these materials for this tutorial. Read on to see how you can create a travel journal layout using the new products included in the Tombow VIP box!


  • Journal
  • Tombow September VIP Box Materials (Fudenosuke Neon Brush Pens, Irojiten Neon Pencils, Mono Graph Pencil, Fudenosuke Hard and Soft Brush Pens, Sticky Notes. I’ve linked these items if available. Most of these items were only available by purchasing the Tombow VIP Box)
  • Tombow Mono Drawing Pen (I used size 01)
  • Scissors
  • Tombow Mini Power Glue
  • Mementos, keepsakes, travel vouchers from your trip



  • Throughout your trip, collect as many mementos as possible. I like to collect airplane tickets, admission stubs, receipts from restaurants, brochures and maps. Collect as much as you like. At the end you can sort through what material you would like to use.
  • You can include personal photos, if you wish. If you choose to do so, you can use a personal photo printer such as an Instax. I didn’t include any personal photos in this travel journal as I wanted to use what I had on hand.
  • Pick a different colour scheme! This layout uses a neon colour scheme but feel free to experiment with other colours as well.
  • Use other Tombow items in place of the VIP box items to create this tutorial!

Step 1: Create The Layout

Using the Mono Graph pencil, sketch a layout. Since the trip was three days, I decided to divide the pages into three sections – one for each day. Then create a section towards the top of the layout to add titles for each day by drawing a horizontal line across the page. In the center of the page, sketch a lettering outline for the name of the city.


Step 2: Add Titles and Letter

Sketch the titles of each day in the section you created towards the top of the layout using the Tombow mono graph pencil. I wrote – Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3. Letter over top using the Tombow fudenosuke hard tip brush pen. To add some dimension, use the fudenosuke brush pens in neon to add some shading. I did this by adding a shade to the left of each downstroke. Underneath, write the day/month/day/year using the Tombow mono drawing pen.

Once the ink is dry, use the Irojiten neon pencils to add colour to each top section. I used a different colour for each day and tried to match the pencil colour with the Fudenosuke brush pen neon colour.

Using the Fudenosuke soft tip brush pen, letter on top of the city name sketch. Very similar to the last step, add dimension to the lettering by using a Fudenosuke neon colour as shade. Feel free to add other details. In this layout, I added the word ‘getaway’ and the year ‘2019’.


Step 3: Add Pictures and Drawings

In this last step, gather all of the mementos saved. Sort through and group together by each day. Then, decide which items you would like to include in the layout on each day. Be creative! You may not need the entire admissions ticket but you can use the picture or stub of it instead. You may not need the entire travel brochure. Instead cut out the fancy words and titles. For receipts, you can save the address or the name of the yummy dish you had.

Arrange your pictures until you are happy with a layout. Try using the Tombow sticky notes to layer behind pictures. This creates an element of scrapbooking. Using the Tombow mini glue, secure all of the pictures to the page.

As a last touch, using the Tombow fudenosuke brush pens in black, the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens in neon and the Tombow Irojiten pencils in neon, add pictures and lettering to bring your layout to life.


Such a fun and easy way to document your memories from travelling ! I hope you try this tutorial. You can be as detailed or as simple as you want with this project.

If you try this project, I would love to see what you come up with. Tag me in your creations! I am interested to see all of your memories from travelling!

Be sure to follow me on the blog and on InstagramΒ (@letteringbyusha) to stay tuned to all of my lettering, crafting and personal adventures!

What is your favourite place to travel to?


Life Updates

  • I loved my travels to NYC (can you tell?)! To see more of what I did, check out my Instagram highlights titled ‘NYC’.
  • All of the TV shows are restarting for Fall! I’m looking forward to ‘This Is Us’ and ‘Survivor’.
  • I finished reading ‘The Nightingale’ by Kristin Hannah. It was really good! I loved her other booked called ‘The Great Alone’ as well.

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