Whilst being in lockdown, I’ve managed to do a few things that I’ve been meaning to do for a while but I’ve never had time to do. One of those things was making a travel scrapbook full of all the memories of the adventures Liam and I have been on together. Having looked at ideas online of how to make a scrapbook, I found that some of the ideas looked quite complicated and I didn’t have all the crafty things that were needed. With this in mind, I wanted to share how I made a simple travel scrapbook with things that I already had, all things which can be easily bought online!
1 – The first step to making a travel scrapbook is finding the right scrapbook to use. Luckily, I had an empty one ready to use, but if I was looking for a new one, WHSmith is a good place to start. They have a nice range of scrapbooks, some specifically travel related, all at affordable prices. I would recommend getting a scrapbook that is A4 or bigger so the pages are big enough to fit lots on.
2 – Once you’ve got a scrapbook, the next thing you’ll need is a way to print photos. If you can print photos at home from a printer, that’s a really good way to do it! I wanted to try something different and have smaller photos and, having received a Kiipix Smartphone Picture Printer as a birthday gift, it was the perfect opportunity to use it. At just under £40, the printer is on the expensive side, and requires Fujifilm Instax Mini Film to print photos. Despite this, I enjoyed using it to make my scrapbook and I like that the photos came out small so I could fit more on the page. The Polaroid style photos meant that I could write underneath them too, which was a nice way to show when and where the photos were taken.
3 – Photos form the main part of my scrapbook, but I also wanted to add some of the memorabilia (such as tickets) that I’d collected on my travels. I found everything that could be stuck in and added it to the blank pages on the left, as it’s nice to show some of the things we’d done whilst visiting a place. In future, I’ll definitely make sure to keep hold of any tickets or leaflets I pick up when travelling for this reason!
4 – After sticking all the photos and tickets etc. into my scrapbook, the next thing I wanted to do was make it look a bit more interesting and fill in the gaps. I found some stickers that I’d had for a while, some which were travel related, to stick around the photos. This definitely made the pages look more like a scrapbook without me having to buy lots of fancy craft bits.
5 – The final step in making my scrapbook was to write down a bit about each of the photos. This was a good way of filling in the gaps and I liked reminiscing about all my holiday memories. Adding some writing finished off the scrapbook nicely and it’s a good way of making a page look full but not overcrowded.
I really enjoyed making a simple travel scrapbook, especially at the moment whilst foreign travel is pretty much a no go. It’s good to reminisce about happy holiday memories, knowing that at some point in the future we’ll be able to make more memories once it’s safe to do so.
To read more about some of my travels, take a look at my Out and About category.