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Photo Albums as Travel Memory Books (or Scrapbooking for the Impatient)

Jan 2, 2019 | Tips & Ideas, Travel

I always end up with a bunch of odds and ends from trips that I’m just not sure what to do with. I’m not a scrapbooker (too impatient, and I keep second-guessing myself since it’s fairly permanent), but I’m enough of a hoarder that I don’t just want to throw them away. I decided to do something simple and fast, and I really like the way it turned out.

I debated between the 5×7 and 6×8 photo albums, but ended up going with the 6×8 since the maps fit better. The 6×8 albums also have clear pockets so I can see both sides of things put in them.

I gathered up all of my postcards, museum passes, maps, train tickets and printed out a few photos. I also picked up some handmade paper in Florence and wanted to include those pieces as well. We met up with my brother after his wedding, and he introduced me to the fun of Instax cameras, so had a couple of those prints to throw in too. I also got my trusty paper cutter out. I did not use any glue or tape, as the opening being on the interior edge of the pages means everything stays pretty well in place.

First off, I took out the covers, and cut down two 8×10 photos from the trip to replace them with. The actual cover size is 6 1/4″ x 8 3/8″, so it was just a smidge short, but they fit fine.

I love the way this looks, although I may venture far enough into scrapbooking territory to add a title across the top of the photo at some point.

For the inside cover, I used a piece of my beautiful Florentine paper from Il Papiro instead of just having the back of the photo visible.

I then just started adding in my memorabilia from the trip by city. The maps make nice backgrounds, and I’m glad I got two for each city – that way, I could cut one down for display, and tuck a folded one into the inside of it. We discovered that while there is internet in Italy, it often fails at key moments – we would have saved ourselves some transportation costs if we would have had a paper map ready for each city as we arrived.

I really didn’t spend too much thought or planning on this, I just put things in where they fit grouped by destination and love the eclectic feel of it.

It’s pretty thick after adding all of this, but I love the way it turned out! It only took me about 15-20 minutes from start to finish, and now I have a treasure to thumb through for the rest of our lives to remember this once in a lifetime trip. I have room to add or rearrange if I find more stuff still tucked away in the luggage or want to round it out with more photos.

Now I need to go through junk drawers and paper piles to see what other trips or events should be put into a nice, manageable, editable little CocoPolka photo album!


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