Organizing Travel Scrapbooks


With the busy summer vacation season kicking off in just a few weeks, many scrapbookers are getting into prep mode. After all, travel scrapbooks need just as much planning (if not more) than other themed memory albums.

Whether you are traveling to the beach, Disney or the Summer Olympics, you’ll want to make sure you have your ducks in a row in order to craft a stunning scrapbook when you return home. Consider bringing along a small folder or pouch to keep mementos of your trip. For example, if you are planning to take a summer cruise you’ll want to keep your ticket stub, as well as a map of your journey, and an itinerary. You could also snag a menu, postcards and the ship’s newsletter to add to your layouts. All of these items can be easily stored in a large envelope and sorted once you arrive home.

Another vital component of your travel scrapbook is a collection of photos. Regardless of where you plan to spend your holiday, don’t forget to snap a variety of pictures that will help retell the story of your adventures. For example, a cruise vacation scrapbook could include shots of the ship at dock before you set sail, the interior of your cabin, meals and drinks that you consume, you and your family dressed up for formal dinners or other events, shore excursions and onboard activities.

Fortunately, you don’t have to look very hard for travel-themed scrapbook embellishments. Craft stores and discount retailers are teeming with stickers, stamps, die cuts and paper that feature vacation themes. For instance, if you are looking to create a memory album depicting your travels to Hawaii, Mexico or the Caribbean, you could purchase die cuts and stickers featuring palm trees, colorful fish, bathing suits, tropical drinks, snorkels, hula skirts and the sun.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.