Fourteen years ago, I started scrapbooking because it appealed to the traveler in me. Even in those ancient days of film, I took hundreds of photos on a trip. After having them all printed, I would work copiously for a few weeks and all my photos would be nicely collected in a scrapbook, complete with journaling and memorabilia. The last scrapbook I completed of a trip was from 2006, so I really need to do something differently if I am to once again have complete albums for my travels!
For our summer trip this year, I have decided to prepare a travel journal to bring with me. I always take daily notes when I am on a trip, this time I will write it directly into a notebook that I hope will turn into a completed album.
Alaskan Cruise scrap journal by Jing-Jing Nickel.
I chose Fancy Pants’ Artist Edition Spiral Brag book for my album for the following reasons:
- This book has 12 sections. It is perfect for 12 months of the year, or in my case, a 10 day vacation plus a couple of extra sections.
- Each section has 5 sheets + 1 pocket page + 1 acetate page that can fit 4 4×6 photos. I can add to the pages be adding an accordion or more pockets onto the pages. I can also subtract pages by removing them from the spiral bound.
- The sheets are lined on one side (perfect for journaling) and blank on the other side (perfect for more creative layouts or just photos).
I admit that staring at a blank book without a lot of actual trip materials makes it a daunting task. It is important to get a few page started to provide some structure. Mostly, I plan to write my journaling, leave plenty of space for photos. I will bring a few throw away photos of various sizes and put them on the page and journal around it to save space for the photos.
My other grand idea is to make a travel journal for each of my children, but let’s be real! I will plan a kid’s corner in every section where they can write a few lines and draw a picture or two of what is memorable to them
When I return from our family trip, I will share more inside pages and hopefully they won’t be quite so bland and boring by then!