- Arts and Design
Travel Scrapbooks Make Great Mementos
Creating a keepsake of your holidays
Your vacation is over and you hit the post holiday blues as soon as you begin unpacking your bags. Instead of moping about why not gather up all those little mementos and souvenir ticket stubs and brochures you collected and turn them into something to share with your family and friends.
A travel scrapbook can even provide added motivation for saving for your next holiday by reminding you just why it is worth it. It is also a fantastic way to re-live all the fun things you did when you feel like reminiscing.
It's a great activity for you to do with your kids too.
image creative commons "Bastet985"
Memories last long after the sun tan
Things to collect for your book
- Tickets from the plane to the train... particularly the more unusual or colorful
- Printed matter from your hotel - stationery, maps, brochure with images you can cut out
- Menus and business cards from restaurants you ate at
- empty packaging from local sweets and foods - Make sure it's not sticky ;-)
- Currency - slightly less interesting now that half the world uses Euros
- Tickets stubs and guides from museums and attractions - The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre were beautiful tickets
- Beer or wine labels - my dad had a huge collection of these that we still have.
- Restaurant bills or any other bill that is memorable - something that costs 10 times less or 10 times more than at home for example
Have you ever made a travel momento?
Ready to use travel pages
Sometimes having some of the types of prompts these kits provide are a great way to get you started.
This set offers you 57 perforated pages for you to fill with your holiday memories and slide into your own album. It comes with a CD that is full of images that can help you personalise your scrap-book in no time at all.
Tools that make it easier
Tools sets to get working like a pro
This kit includes an extensive range of items that the average scrap-booker will want to own including a 2-in-1 paper piecer/stylus, tweezers for picking up small objects, 3-by-3 inch cutting mat to protect surfaces when cutting, hole punching, setting eyelets, etc, craft knife, craft glue, 6 inch craft hammer, 6 inch metal ruler, scissors and a setting base with magnetic interchangeable tips.
More handy tools
A heat tool can be invaluable when putting all the different types of materials and mementos into your book.
Getting small and delicate items exactly where you want them is so much easier with a handy pair of tweezers.
No more gluey mess with this pen applicator.
Great sites to help you get started
- Photobook reviews 2011
Photo books are a great way to get into it for the less artistically inspired among us.
- The Top 50 Scrapbooking websites
A list with short descriptions of the top 50 sites for ideas
- Free Ebook - 15 things you need to know to become a great digital scrapbooker
This totally free download from the Scrapgirls is great, no need to sign up, 65 pages of helpful tips and advice.
Moleskins Passions Travel Journal
If you are a fan of the moleskins travel guides you will probably love this journal. It's really a combination of a planning tool, a journal and a scrapbook. There are useful things like packing lists, airport lists and calendars in the front - space to list the places you want to see and then blank pages to write and decorate. A little on the small side for some but a great choice for people who would like to try keeping a journal or scrapbook.
Check out these ideas - There are some really beautiful ideas here for you to re-create
Consider a digital version for less mess
If you don't like glue you can still create momentos
If scissors and glue are really not your thing you might like to have a look at digital scrapbooks. Among the benefits of of this is the ability to do a little bit at a time without making a huge mess. It is also generally less expensive than creating those beautiful paper version as the items and designs can be used again and again.
What is digital scrapbooking? - Photoshop elements is a great tool to use
Digital or paper which do you prefer?
Do you prefer digital or paper momentos