Monday, February 06, 2012

Getting my craft on - Mini scrapbook travel journal

Whenever we used to travel overseas, I'd keep a little notebook with me and divide it into 3 sections:

  1. things to do
  2. actual day to day notes - there's nothing worse than getting back and whole days of your holiday are blank
  3. budgets (I get quite freaked out if I don't know what's going on with the money so if this seems boring to you, that's why!)

Sometime last year I saw someone make a scrapbook travel journal and I was inspired. Hers was much too "fussy" for my taste (and non-interest in scrapbooking) but I loved the idea of capturing memories on the day and just putting pics in when you get back.

After all, I did the daily writing anyway.

So eventually I had all the supplies and to be honest, I only assembled the book on my first night on holiday but at least everything was ready.

  1. Chipboard covers
  2. Binder rings
  3. Two-hole punch
  4. Scrapbook paper
  5. Cardstock or project board
  6. Notebook paper - I used a graph book for the budget papers (I haven't shown those because they're private!)
  7. Stamps
  8. Glue
  9. Photos
  10. Number stickers (before I saw these, I was going to use plain circle stickers and write the numbers on them)

How to make

  1. Decide how big you want your journal. I initially used one double spread per day we were away but then later after going through all the pics, added another four pages.
  2. Lay everything out first to make sure what's in your head works out visually too. I had to change some papers here and there because the colours didn't look good together.
  3. When you're happy, punch the paper and bind with binder rings.
  4. I saw the idea for the cover page ages ago (I'm not sure where) so I made sure to get that pic on day 1.
  5. I wrote in my book every night, sometimes I had to catch up two nights.
  6. I made a separate folder within my Ballito folder called scrapbook and dragged the pics I needed to print. Sometimes I cheated and made collages.
  7. I tried various methods of sticking the photos to the pages - the one that worked best for me was putting glue on the page and then affixing the photo. 
  8. A normal glue stick works better than liquid glue, double-sided tape or those sticky dots. Nice to know cheaper is best :)
  9. And there it is - a quick way of capturing our memories - in all its imperfect glory
  10. We all LOVE it - me, D and the kids keep paging through it and best of all, because it's not perfect, I'm not at all precious about people (two and a half year old twins!) touching it :)

bakers twine from In Good Company - I won't tell you how much I spent when I went but it was three times what I'd budgeted.
examples of the extra pages I added
the "splash" card is a free download from Monika Wright
I had a little man wanting in on the photo action
this is what all the journalling pages look like - words on one side and pic on the other


This was undoubtedly one of the best ideas I've ever had (not that I tend to the dramatic!) and I will definitely be making more for gifts and for our future trips.

I still have not blogged or posted pics of half of our travels from 2008 and 2009 but if I'd had little books like these they would have been DONE! I used to blog ours but it got away from us.

How do you document your travel (international and domestic) adventures?

What do you think of my little book?

PS. Linking up to all the parties in the link on my menu bar


  1. Lovely idea!! Love your book, so simple yet so perfect!! Being a scrapbooker, I know the effort that goes into it..

  2. Oh how nice! I love that idea!

  3. Oh U truly love this. I always just made albums or photo books these days, but this looks great

  4. Love your book! It looks very simple, but it would take me FOREVER. I am still terrible at organizing/actually using pictures. The cover photo is great!

    My cousin is doing Project Life, which looks a lot like this...a bit of journaling, a few pictures, and a cute layout for each week of the year. Have you heard of it? I know I would never finish it, but it's a pretty cool project.

  5. That looks so cute!

    Usually I just take a gazillion photos and blig about it afterwards.

  6. I LOVE it. It's so you!
    Well done.xx

  7. I didn't realize how in depth this "little book" was! I totally want to make this! Now I need to go on a vacation! LOL! The girls would love this, both helping to make it and keeping it as their own.

  8. Oh that is beautiful! What a neat idea!

    I have made a sort of a journal before but it wasn't nearly as fancy looking as yours.

    BTW I've tagged you :-)

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  10. This is such a perfect and simple way to do it. Well done.

  11. Looks lovely, and such a great idea! My daughter has been making these for several years now. She collects things during our vacation, and adds them to her scrapbook along with her photos.

  12. I love your Travel journal!!!!

    Would you mind linking it up on my blog please?? :)

  13. Great idea! And it looks so pretty!!

    Thanks for linking up to Simply Klassic Sunday!


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