A new week means some new blog posts! I hope everyone is staying safe/healthy and enjoyed the weekend at home. What have you been up to to keep busy, or have you taken up any new hobbies?
One thing I have been working on a little bit is my travel memory book. I started this a month or two ago, so I had quite a bit done, but I needed to add a few more photos from my February trips. Anyway, I felt like this was the perfect time to share what I used and how I made my travel memory book.
Book or journal: I used more of a guided book specific toward travel. It says “Let’s Go On An Adventure” on the front. I wasn’t able to find it online, but there are lots of adventure/travel specific books you can use, or you can use any other book/notebook you like! I included a photo of my book below.
Photos: I used a mix of photos I printed out at CVS and photos I printed out on my HP Sprocket. I highly recommend a Sprocket if you will be printing out a lot of different photos or have uses for it other than just the memory book. It prints tiny photos that can be a sticker or just a regular photo. Using them as stickers makes it super easy to design pages. I also use Polaroid photos that I took on my Instax Mini, which is another fun way to document trips.
Tape: I used tape for my memory book because that is what I had on hand, but you can definitely get other kinds of adhesive stickers and tapes on Amazon or at a craft store.
Stickers: For some reason I always have stickers around, so I used what I had on hand. Some of my favorite stickers to use are more travel related, but I also used some food and nature stickers! I also added some stickers that I got as souvenirs.
Postcards, receipts, tickets, souvenirs, prints, etc.: Anything you collect during your trips is great to add to your memory book! I had some postcards, tickets, and receipts from some of the parks we visited to add to my memory book.
Pens, markers, or anything to write with: I just used some normal colorful pens to write out different things on the pages. Markers are a great option too if the pages are thicker. Some of the things I wrote out were destinations, trip dates, who I traveled with, my favorite sights/eats/drinks, etc.
After you gather your book and supplies, you can get started! It is really up to you how you design your memory book, but I do have a couple tips. I think these would have helped me out with just the overall design and layout of the pages.
- This one might be obvious, but organize your book in chronological order.
- Decide in advance how many pages you will need for each trip (longer trips may need 2-3 pages, while some trips will only need 1 page)
- Create a layout for the pages before actually putting anything on the pages (I made this mistake on a few pages). You will have less blank space this way and potentially a cuter, more layered look.
- Have fun! I don’t get to be super creative very often, so this was the perfect way for me to do so.
Here are a couple pages of mine. My handwriting isn’t great but otherwise I think they are cute.
Happy memory book making to anyone who decides to make one! You can obviously create a memory book for anything, not just travel. I used to make them after each grade level in middle school and high school. Comment below any questions and share some ideas for adding to a travel (or just regular) memory book 🙂
HP Sprocket is linked here in case you want to check it out!