I have always been fond of scrap-booking but the idea of a travel journal never crossed my mind until I was preparing for my Europe trip in July 2012. I thought this trip was the ideal time to explore my creativity and make an informative journal about my experiences. I looked up ideas on Pinterest and went prepared. I took plain envelops to keep memories from each day separately. I also kept a little diary with me the whole time so I could jot down all the information our Belgian guide Christoph would give us. I can’t wait to share this journal with you today.
The best part of scrapbooking is that sky is the limit. There are no do’s and dont’s. You are welcome to use anything in your journal. One of the keys to keep interest of your audience is to try to keep each page unique by using different mediums and textures.
I have used many different items on this travel journal. Some of these are tea bags, pressed leaves, coins, stamps, cruise tickets, toilet coupons, bar coasters, hotel tissues, postcards, brochures, luggage tags, restaurant menu cards, underground metro maps, cheese foils, sweet wrappers, ice-cream receipts, my pen sketch of Eiffel Tower, Ferry sugar sachet, post-it’s, French newspaper and hotel souvenirs.
Almost all of these items are free of charge. All you need is some creativity and a lot of glue. I have also used acrylic paint, stencils, date stamp, stickers, printed Google maps, colored paper clips, colored staples, pictures, pens, french manicure marker, ribbon, lace, graffiti, magazine cuttings, clothing tags. I also sewed two words on the cover using a needle and a thread.
After the cover, there is a table of contents, travel quotes, map overview of the entire trip and preparation. This included weather forecast and packing. I also wrote how I got the idea to book this particular tour with Cosmos.
After that, each days’ highlights are displayed along with the countries traveled during that day. All major information about the country and my personal experiences are written as we go along.
After all the days have been discussed, there is a page showing a summary of the trip. So out of all the countries, which one was my personal favorite and why. This is a question that a lot of people still ask me and I always struggle with the answer. So this graph shows why I loved each country. Then there’s a quotation on how travelling isn’t just about seeing of sights, its about a change that takes place within us. It’s true our ideas about life are changed after seeing the world.