The only thing better than traveling the world is looking back on all of the pictures and mementos you’ve saved from each of your vacations. Sure, you can collect them in a box and store them in your closet someplace but, another idea is to create a scrapbook to enjoy over and over and share with friends and family.
If you’re new to the idea of scrapbooking and aren’t sure how to get started, this beginner’s guide is for you.
Toss out the Rules
The rules are that there are no rules! That’s why scrapbooking is so much fun!
Don’t get hung up on a certain look or layout you’ve seen somewhere before. Sure, you can take inspiration from many different sources. But, at the end of the day, make your book your own. Do whatever comes to mind and feels most natural to you.
Also, know that it’s okay to take breaks from it. Your book shouldn’t feel like a chore.
If scrapping an entire year’s worth of travels seems like too much to take on for your first project, start smaller. Break down each of your books to focus on one particular vacation or theme.
Snap, Snap, Snap
You can’t make a scrapbook without pictures. So, take out that camera and snap away.
The more pictures you take means more pictures to choose from later on. You can use a variety of cameras and prints also. A point and shoot camera, camera phone or polaroid all work great.
A polaroid camera is an especially good option for those who are scrapping on the road and need instant pictures to add to their books.
The best scrapbooks have a mixture of media including photos and keepsakes. A good idea is to take a Ziploc bag with you on each of your adventures. Then, start saving your plane tickets, travel maps, receipts, brochures, hotel room keys- anything and everything you think would help you tell a more captivating story later on.
Pick out a Book
Once you have what you need to fill up your pages- you are ready to look for a scrapbook! Your options are endless. There are many sizes, shapes, and colors to choose from. It could take you a while to decide. Something with refillable pages is ideal, in case your book ends up being longer than you anticipated.
If you don’t want to purchase one, you can always repurpose an old photo album or get extra creative with it and make your own book using materials around the house. A quick Google search will help you on your way!
Get Your Supplies Ready
- Pictures, check!
- Scraps, check!
- Album, check!
Now you need:
- Paper, paper, and more paper. (cardstock, patterned paper, and more)
- Acid-free glue sticks for photos, craft glue for embellishments, glue dots, tape strips and whatever other sticky stuff you can find. You will use it all!
- Scissors and cutting tools
- Page protectors
- Storage bags/bins
Glue Everything Down
You have your pictures, your book, and your craft supplies. Oooh boy! Here comes the fun part. You get to arrange, and rearrange, your pages until you get it just right. Then, you will glue it all down.
Once you have your pictures and embellishments down, you can journal on all of your pages. This is where you get to tell your readers the who, what, where and when: All the moments and great stories on your trip you want to remember forever.
Live, Laugh, Travel, Snap, Scrap, Repeat
Happy scrapbooking, friends!