Why Turn Your Travels into a Scrapbook?

When Patti left a comment on a blog post telling me how she created her travel journals in a scrapbook/photo format I asked her if she’d like to show and share with us the why, what, when, where and how she goes about it. 

The scrapbook images in this post are all from her Route 66 adventure in July 2008, when she and Abi drove from Chicago, IL to San Jose, CA. Each state they passed through was highlighted in the album with text, photos and assorted memorabilia.

This is part of a series of interviews with travellers who share their individual and inspirational ways of recording travel memories.


1. Why create a scrapbook travel journal?

I love the craft of working with photos and text, and when I create an album it gives me the opportunity to relive the memories.

Patti Chicago
Also, I create the albums for posterity.
I believe it has become a lost art for families to keep records of important events; this is my way of leaving a small legacy for our son and his family.
Along with creating travel albums my crowning achievement has been the creation of our family history album.
Basically, I just think it is important to provide memories for those who follow us.

2. What do you include in your scrapbook travel journal?

I include the text I’ve written from our travels, photos, memorabilia, (such as ticket stubs, play programs, postcards, sections of maps) and I use decorative stickers, labels, ribbons, etc.

Patti Chicago Tickets

Sometimes I find things as we travel.  For example, while traveling through Kansas I came across a package of background paper – 1 sheet for each state on Route 66 – I was ecstatic when I found it!
Other items I buy once we’ve returned home.
When I begin the process of laying out the pages, I make a list of specific things I’ll need and then head for the local craft store.

3. How and When do you create your scrapbook?

I use my laptop to keep a daily written record – in a Microsoft Word document – as we travel and I try to capture special moments, bits of conversations and any highlights of the day.  I draw from these notes to write the actual text when I create the album.

Patti Misouri

Most of my albums are 12″ x 12″ (305mm x 305mm) in size.
I create pages individually, laying them out side-by-side, so I have an overall visual as I design the pages.
Once all of the pages are finished and covered in sleeves, I assemble the album.
The actual process of creating the album is always done after we’ve returned home.

Patti Texas

4. What is your favourite piece of scrapbooking equipment?

My camera is my favorite piece of equipment because I can capture moments in time.

5. Why does this type of journalling work for you?

This type of journal works well for me because I am “old-school” and a very visual hands-on person.

Patti Rainbow Bridge

I like the feel of the different textures I work with and I like the written word; telling a story through text and photos alike.
I like being able to put one of my albums into the hands of another, it is a tangible piece of history.

Patti Wilder House

And aside from the fact that I absolutely love the process, it may take me a year before I even have time to start an album. I have to have the space to spread out and know that I’ve got a good chunk of time with which to work.

And lastly, by creating the album I get the enjoyment of reliving the experience.


Check out Patti’s blog ‘One Road at a Time’ to see where her latest adventure has taken her ~
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Do you keep any form of travel journal?

Contact me if you’d like to share how *you* recount your travel memories –
Allow us to take a peek in *your* ‘journal 🙂


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22 thoughts on “Why Turn Your Travels into a Scrapbook?

  1. This is beautiful and what a wonderful trip down memory lane Patti must have when she sits down glass of red wine in hand (perhaps!) to peruse her books and travel memories.

    • Thanks Johanna! I don’t drink red wine, but a lovely glass of rose might do it. Although I tend not to have liquids in the work space because it would kill me if I spill!

  2. I think one of the reasons I started my blog was to create a digital scrapbook of our travels. I did put together a real scrapbook of a family trip we took when I was 14, driving from Philadelphia on the east coast of the United States to California and back. We took the trip over the summer and I put the scrapbook/photo album together as a Christmas present for my father. I found it when I helped my parents downsize 2 years ago and it now resides in my memory box along with reams of correspondence from back when we used to hand write letters.

  3. What a wonderful way to remember trips. These are beautiful. I sure wish that I had the time. My first blog at travelblog.org was a digital memory of our trips until it turned into a blog, which turned into a business.

    • There really is something about having a hard copy of memories, don’t you think?
      I have a variety of blog posts I often feel should now be exported and converted into a real-life book for posterity – Its a permanent concern to me that platforms change and programmes become unreadable… and then what? 😉

  4. I love them but like Andi it doesn’t seem to happen. I always take a diary and write in that plus take lots of photos but I rarely even get them printed these days. It’s quite sad because we love looking at the kid’s baby books but for our travels we resort to a slide show!

    It’s a fun thing to do. Maybe I’ll prioritise it next time we do a family trip but I think I’d have to do it on the road and leave space to add the photos later. Then most of the work would be done and all the bits and bobs wouldn’t get lost 🙂
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    • You’re right – my kids love the photo albums I put together of when they were young – Which just goes to show how the time invested in the album creation is more than recompensed with the joy they give back!
      And we all know how as time goes by less and less details are recalled 🙁
      I’m working on a quick, simple – and more importantly – FUN way to record travels while on the road so no one will have the excuse – that it didn’t happen due to time… Watch this space 🙂

  5. I think that this is a fantastic way to record your travels! My family and I have been on so many trips around Australia in our trusty caravan, but we have never thought to put anything like this together. The closest we’ve ever come is my eldest daughter recording a journal (as a school assignment) when we went across to Tassie one year – she kept a lot of ticket stubs and things for that, too.

    I’ll definitely have to show her (and my wife, she’s a crafty type too!) this post for some inspiration on future travels.

    • I know what you mean about not having the time to record memories when there’s the all important travelling experience to be had ~

      But… I do feel in this world of virtual realities that coming home with some tactile memories – such as a jotter full of random jottings from along the way – can bridge the chasm of time like no other, with the senses they can arouse via their smell and touch as well as the contents of what they say 🙂

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