I love to scrapbook and I love to travel……..so it was inevitable that I would eventually start making travel scrapbooks. Now anytime I have a special trip to take I am already planning a scrapbook in my head. I’ve gotten my steps down pretty well and I even have a great way to share the scrapbooks with the people I travel with. Here are my basic steps for making a travel scrapbook:
#1 – Keep it simple
The goal with a travel scrapbook should be to record memories…….there is no need to worry about designing elaborate layouts. In fact, one of my favorite ways for making a travel scrapbook is to use a kit that is meant for just that. I like to use Simple Stories Snap Albums, especially their Urban Travels line. The three-ring binder makes it easy to add as many pages as a particular trip might need.
#2 – Make notes every day
I know that you think you’ll remember all the details of your trip, but you really won’t. It’s so much easier to make notes every day so you can really record the details when you get back from your trip. I make notes in my phone so I can record the details as they happen and they are easy to reference when I’m ready to start my scrapbook. I also make screen shots of posts on Facebook then print the shots out and use them as extra notes.
#3 – Record your hotel information
I like to start off with details about the hotel where I’m staying. This helps me remember where I’ve been and is also good to have as a reference if I ever want to go back.
#4 – Vary your page sizes
It isn’t a necessary “rule”, but a scrapbook with different size pages makes for a more interesting “look” and keeps people turning the pages.
#5 – Save brochures
Collect information along the way that will add more details to what you have written.
#6 – Enlarge your favorite photos
I like to enlarge some of my favorite photos to a 5″ x 7″ size and use them as extra pages in my album. Sometimes I will mount them on a page and other times I punch holes in the photo itself and turn it into a page.
#7 – Make pockets to store extra items
Pockets can be easily created by adding adhesive to the bottom and sides of some cardstock. This makes a great place to tuck away extra items you would like to keep.
#8 – Take advantage of photo pages
Many scrapbook kits have pages with clear pockets to slip photos into. These are “easy” pages. I often print photos 2 per page on a 4″ x 6″ photo sheets. These 3″ x 4″ photos work well in the Simple Stories photo pages. I use a Canon photo printer that has options to print photos 1 per 4″ x 6″ sheet as well as 2 or 4 photos per sheet.
#9 – Save all the memorabilia you can
Ticket stubs, post cards, maps, drink coasters, receipts and business cards from great restaurants, etc. These items help to round out the story and remind you of the details of the trip.
If you follow these steps you should end up with a travel scrapbook that will be a great reminder of your trip. I like to go one step further . . . when I’ve finished my scrapbook I have a color copy made of it and spiral bind it into a book as a gift to the people I’ve traveled with. Then they get to enjoy the memories too!
Let me know if you have any other great ways to record memories of a special trip. I would love to hear your suggestions!