Tuesday, September 6, 2016

10 Tips for Creating a Scrapbook Travel Journal

Creating a travel journal while on vacation is a great way to capture the memories as they happen. Here are 10 tips that I learned through my travels.

1.  Keep it Simple-I limit myself to one small "grocery bag" of scrapbook supplies. If you are packing more than that, challenge yourself to leave some of it at home.  You will be forced to be more creative with less.

2.  Let go of perfection-This is the hardest one for me.  A travel journal is not meant to be perfect.  It's should be created organically.  Journaling mistakes, remnants of sand or your morning coffee on your page, or blurry photos are all part of the travel experience.  Try to embrace it.

3.  Get creative with limited supplies-Since you don't have all of your normal supplies at hand, you will be forced to get more creative. Try some new techniques like hand drawing your titles.

4.  Use stamps-Stamps don't take up much room and they can be used for many purposes (titles, embellishments, backgrounds, etc.)

5.  Don't forget to Journal....that's the whole point right? Notice the small things around you.  How did you feel?  What is the smell? What was your favorite part of the day?

6.  Doodle-First of all, I am not a doodler but I want to be.  I have seen the most amazing photos of doodling in travel journals.  I have tried water color pencils and they are fun to work with.  They can be used wet or dry.  Remember a little water goes a long way.  Try not to get your brush too wet or your paper may wrinkle.

7.  Include Postcards, tickets, receipts, menus in your journal-All of the little mementos that you collect throughout your travels can be used as part of your design.

8.  Attach items to your journal with staplers, washi tape, string, paper clips-Be creative with how you attach items to your journal.  All of the ways I just spoke about are much more interesting than just using tape.

9.  Make pockets to hold memorabilia-There are so many fun ways to add pockets to your journal.  Here are a few links on Pinterest that I like.  Envelope idea #1Envelope Idea #2

10.  Let everyone join in on the fun-Why not ask others in your travel group if they want to make their own journal.  When traveling with my niece and nephew, we worked on our journals every morning.  It was a fun way to start the day.

Supplies: Amy Tangerine Sketchbook, Embellishments-American Crafts Shoreline Collection, shipping tag, Derwent Watercolor pencils, Creative Memories fine-tip pen.

Please visit the Get it Scrapped Blog and read the article 3 Options for Scrapbooking on the Go.  It also features the layout that I am sharing with you today along with many other tips and creative projects.

Now let's go create! Shanna