I recently bought a new truck and decided to keep track of mileage expenses in style. I started with a 7gypsies wire bound album; there’s probably a blank book in my stash for any purpose you can think of. Easy to take apart, I masked the front cover and sprayed it with glimmer mist, then embellished it with a hand-coloured October Afternoon wild card, a piece of Studio Calico FabRips, mileage scale tape, a Basic Grey border sticker, handmade embellishment, hand-coloured fabric title and vellum quote which says “Don’t drive as if you owned the road. Drive as if you owned the car.”
While I wanted to keep the cover fairly low profile (I’ll be using it in the truck, after all) I couldn’t resist attaching this mileage wheel that I made by stamping into modeling clay, colouring and adding a metal spinner. The stamp is part of Tim Holtz’s Winter 2012 release; perfect for my purpose.
After deciding exactly what information I wanted to record I custom-designed the pages and ran them through my printer. On the first page I included details about my truck, and added a photo set in a frame embossed on the Cuttlebug. Aren’t my new wheels pretty?
The first section – almost half the pages – are for tracking things like fuel costs/average mileage, etc. I have additional sections where I’ll note scheduled maintenance and repairs, and also a section where I’ll record details of road trips such as destination and total trip mileage. After running them through the printer, I randomly stamped transportation-related images such as maps, compass rose, etc. on the pages. The map and gas pump image you see here are from the Route 66 set by Artistic Outpost. There’s a stamped header on the first of each section page – love those PSX Alphabet Pixies!
When I was gathering supplies for this project, I came across an ancient sheet of printed vellum with map images on it. Here you can see that I used it to further separate the sections of my book, and added hand-stamped tabs (this time old Autumn Leaves file tabs) to make it easy to find the right section. Can you believe I own a punch that makes those square holes? Don’t even ask!
The back cover was first masked and sprayed, and then stamped using various colours of Distress Ink. A rub-on repeating the words ‘my travels’ finishes it off.
So far, I’ve been good about recording mileage every time I refuel. While I can’t imagine that collecting this data will change anything about where or how I drive, I do think that it will be interesting to look back on in future; here’s hoping for the day when gasoline is obsolete and we can only reflect and marvel at having paid upwards of $1.30 per litre!