A Travel Scrapbook is a must-have: Tips for capturing the perfect memory
What better way to document your travels and show the world all the amazing places you have been than with a scrapbook?!
Scrapbooks are very personal to me, and I catch myself looking at mine quite often. My favorite part of creating a scrapbook is using it to engage and entertain my family and friends. I find it to be an excellent conversation starter.
It’s like how we showed visitors our photo albums before mobile phones took over. With my scrapbooks, they can stand as entertainment for my guests and also a way to relive my travels. Many of my clients and myself (of course) see these scrapbooks as merit badges that make you want to cover the whole book with photos and decorations and various enhancements. I’m sure when you start, you won't want to stop scrapbooking!
Scrapbooks take time and work to assemble, so here are some tips for assembling the best scrapbook.
Create a Travel Timeline
Your travel timeline should be comprised of vacations you have been on, in order. You could write it on a sheet of paper and include it in the first page of the book. The timelines just help to create order. You can go as far as labeling parts of the pages to know where your pictures will be attached, and in what order. It helps if you have kept a printed itinerary, too...
Print out the photos you took from your trips
Your timeline helps you decide where and in what order pictures will go. It’s all about having a plan. You probably don’t want to print large images. I prefer 4x6 photos, personally. Also, it helps to organize the photos on a flash drive or in a separate folder on your computer, so it doesn’t get overwhelming.
They don't have to be anything exotic. It can be as simple as ticket stubs, receipts, wrist bands, brochures, business cards, etc. They just help to strengthen the memories from your trip. I often keep wrappers from food, especially if they are different than what we are used to at home, or in a foreign language.
Ensure that you select small items that are not too thick or too large so that they can be contained in the book.
Personalize your Scrapbook
Stickers and enhancements bring more life to your scrapbook. I believe in going the extra mile to make things look more beautiful. I used to work as a consultant for Creative Memories, and I know a lot about their products. I recommend buying themed “packs” to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Or you can always check out Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
When selecting scrapbooks, go for the 50-page ones, or else you will quickly run out of space. It’s better to have leftover sheets than not enough. That gives you more room for journaling about your experience!
Piece it together
This is the time to get creative. You can attach the pictures and the souvenirs to the places you have marked, but if you’ve not done that, you’re free to do so. Or not! Just do what feels right to. Fly by the seat of your pants and go wild!
A note: Please do not use glue or tape that is not specifically for scrapbooking! I personally love to use a tape runner or glue dots.
Need ideas to get your creative juices flowing? Pinterest is GREAT for that!
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