Tips for Making Your First Travel Journal
What kind of things do you accumulate on vacation? I know when I get home I find all sorts of things, from receipts to travel brochures in my luggage. My camera roll is flooded with hundred of photos documenting my trip. Are you interested in learning how to put all of these items together in your very first travel journal? Below you will find the tools and steps needed to being your new project.
Travel Journal Essentials:
- A Spiral Notebook: Personally, I prefer non-lined pages, but there are definitely pros to lined pages – it can make journaling easier if you like to write directly on the page. A spiral notebook will expand easier and you can choose a journal that had refillable pages.
- Stickers: Try looking for multi-dimensional stickers as well! You can layer and cut them also to create truly unique ephemera for your travel journal. Don’t be afraid to get creative.
- Washi Tape: Great for decorating paper edges and attaching photos to your page.
- Scrapbook Paper: For matting your pictures and to use as an interesting background.
- Photos and Memorabilia: Some ideas include ticket stubs, maps, plane tickets, brochures, receipts, menus, coasters, hotel keys. The possibilities are endless.
- Journaling Pens
Got your supplies? Now you are ready to start making your travel journal! A travel journal is a lot like a scrapbook, but with less focus on strict layout design. You can really let your free spirit flow. Include lots of journal entries and details of your trip to make your travel diary truly unique.
1. Gather your materials
Enjoy this step! Here you get to gather all of your memorabilia from the trip. Narrow down your favorite photos and organize how you’d like them laid out in your travel journal. Will it be chronological? By city or country? Organizing them by size can make things easy too if you are open about the order of your photos.
I love using the FreePrints app for my photos! You get 75 free photos a month. The picture quality is great and the matt photos don’t show fingerprints.
Now is also the time to round up all of your ticket stubs, receipts, business cards etc that you want to use in your travel diary. I like to put them all in separate little baggies and organize them by category so I can find everything more easily later on.
2. Create your background
Once you have collected all of your photos and scraps from the trip, it is time to choose what scrapbook photo or image(s) you want to serve as your background for the page. Maps or stamped patters make great backgrounds. I also love using tissue paper glued on with Mod Podge as a background. It turns out semi-transparent and adds an interesting texture to the travel journal.
3. Design the rest of the layout
It is helpful to choose a theme (even a title) for each page of your journal. Possible themes include cities, food, color themes, people, types of travel etc. Make the layouts your own by getting creative and really putting your own personality into it.
Adding details like washi tape to the edges, or to stick things down can add a touch of whimsy. You can include magazine cutouts, words, stickers etc. Layering your elements can add a touch of dimension as well (always a welcome element in a layout), just be careful not to go too crazy and make your page unfocused.
4. Paste your items
Using the adhesive of your choice past everything in place and enjoy!
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