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Project

As-You-Go Vacation Keepsake

Introduction

If you hate the idea of grappling with vacation memorabilia after a trip, create a keepsake as you go. Pack a hole punch and a loose-leaf ring to string together maps, postcards, and other souvenirs you collect on the road. When you get home, make a cover by affixing a sticker to the front and rubber-stamping a title on top.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 2008

Reviews (23)

  • 18 Aug, 2012

    Very good idea love it.

  • 26 May, 2012

    Great idea. Where can one get loose loose-leaf rings?
    I live in a tiny rural village. Help ideas appreciated.

  • 12 Jul, 2011

    the ring idea is also great for photo graphs or mini scrap books not just of vactions

  • 20 Aug, 2010

    I also do the "ring Thing" but with all of my gift cards that I accumulate. Whenever I hit the mall I just take off the ones I'm not using that day and I am all set to go. I also have another ring for paper based discount cards.

    Learned this tip from another mag a few years ago. Make sure you use a metal [filtered word] puncher.Not a kids version.

  • 20 Jul, 2009

    This is a great idea. I have so many baggies with odds from trips. We're going to Boston this weekend and I'll give this a go.

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    Going to Nashville, tennessee fall 2009 - I will adopt this idea; I love collecting stuff from the place I visti. Great idea!

  • 21 Aug, 2008

    GREAT idea! will be doing this on our next trip

  • 21 Aug, 2008

    This seems fun but not buying the rings

  • 20 Aug, 2008

    I just went out at lunch and bought a ring ... I'm going on vacation next week and I can't wait to start my As-You-Go Vacation Keepsake!!! And hanging it on my corkboard for a little while as a reminder is a great idea too!! Thanks Martha's team AND Tannersmama! =)

  • 19 Aug, 2008

    I send a postcard-a-day to myself. It's somehow easier than trying to keep that travel journal I start but never seem to finish.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    When my Mom and I traveled together around Norway, Sweden, France and Switzerland, I wrote and sent a postcard of our activities every day. She didn't know I was sending them to her. She was delighted on returning home to find a pictoral journal of our entire trip, complete with stories of family that we visited and my appreciation of our wonderful times together.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    What a wonderful idea. I am always buying a bag on our vacation to put the memorabilla in. Thanks for the idea.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    If you wanted to use the postcard in a scrapbook you could do 2 things. One way is to put glue only on one side (top or bottom, left or right) it would be like a flip. The second way is to make a color copy of the postcard and have your journaling from the other side show with the color copy of the front or you could copy the journaling and place the postcard beside it or below it. I hope you know what I mean.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    I love this idea! I have a corkboard in my room that I collect keepsakes on...I would love to have a reminder from my travels as I wake up everyday!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    We pick out a postcard from each stop and the kids write about the events on the back while traveling. It keeps them occupied in car/plane and also gives them something inexpensive to buy in the gift shops. We share them with grandparents too which develops verbal skills and It also records their writing abilities as the years go by. precious memories!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    You can easily make a pocket on your scrapbook page, swap the ring out for fiber, add pics you took from the trip and you are done!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    I like to mail myself a post card, then when i receive it after the vac is over,it is a pleasant remembrance.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    I've been doing this for years. First saw the idea hanging in a bathroom of a restaurant in panhandle Alaska some thirty years ago. Still works.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    I always buy postcards which I never seem to send - CrAf_t, this is a great way to use them. Since they are timely too, what a get way to fix yor vacation in the years. This is a suer idea!!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    What a great idea. Sometimes they are better than the pictures you can take. Write a note on the back about how you felt at the time, what you were thinking, or a tidbit of information you learned. When you come home, you can put it in scrapbook and your thoughts are on the back to journal on your page.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    My friend Michelle always collects postcards from around our hometown and makes a journal for herself. I always kind of thought it was weird, but I guess not if Martha suggests it!

  • 28 Jun, 2008

    Using this idea, I like to collect postcards from the places visited and write on the back my favorite memories or funny trave stories associated with them. Having them collected on the ring, I am able to easily recount the experiences and utilize the space on the back (which would be difficult to read when placed in a scrapbook).

  • 28 Jun, 2008

    Using this idea, I like to collect postcards from the places visited and write on the back my favorite memories or funny trave stories associated with them. Having them collected on the ring, I am able to easily recount the experiences and utilize the space on the back (which would be difficult to read when placed in a scrapbook).