Relive your favorite travel memories by creating keepsakes from your family vacation photos, souvenirs, postcards, and other memorabilia.
Give the maps that guided you to favorite destinations a second life in a scrapbook. The printed papers become colorful and fitting backdrops for vacation mementos (and using them is easier than folding the map itself).
Maps, ticket stubs, and receipts add an authentic touch to a vacation scrapbook, but incorporating them can be messy. Instead, organize your memorabilia in a three-ring binder with plastic sleeves meant for business and baseball cards. Slide souvenirs into compartments, or if they don't fit, use a paper clip to attach them to a pocket. Trim maps, and slide them into the binder's outside sleeves (even on the spine).
Enlarge photos from a recent trip and make foldouts: an accordion type, formed by taping photocopies together, or an origami-style version, using a bone folder to make sharp creases. These inserts, pasted into an ordinary journal, add an element of surprise to the story of the trip and convey some of the city's grandeur.
Hold on to favorite travel memories by storing them in vacation memory jars. Filled with souvenirs collected on trips and pictures developed afterward, they are like little worlds that can be visited again and again. Kids can also add to them or rearrange them anytime they like. Bent wire can be used to lower and position objects in a thin-necked jar.
Rather than let vacation photos languish in a drawer, why not bind them into mini albums as soon as you get them in your hands? To make one, simply stack your pictures and sandwich them between decorative paper covers. Be sure the edge of the stack that will be bound is perfectly flat -- it won't work if the pieces don't line up exactly -- and clamp them in place with binder clips. Use as many photos as you like, as long as your clips are big enough. Brush a thick coat of white craft glue over the edge; let dry overnight. Add self-adhesive bookbinding tape and a decorative self-adhesive label to the cover, if desired.
To make these mini travel photo pages, slip a piece of heavy card stock into an airmail envelope. Using a utility knife, cut out face of envelope, leaving backing and decorative border intact; repeat with 4 more envelopes. Cut photos to size; insert into envelopes. Stack envelopes; glue all flaps together using an archival glue stick. Cut 1 envelope-length slit along 1 edge of scrapbook page. Slip flaps through; fold over, and tape to opposite side to secure.
A photograph captures a place with precision. But when it comes time to paste the images in a book, why not organize your experience a little more impressionistically? This collage tells the story of a trip to Vienna. After a trip, you can make a series of collages consisting of pictures you've taken and objects you've collected along the way -- anything from a restaurant napkin to a packet of sugar. Then photograph all the collages and arrange them in a leather-bound book for a presentation that unfolds like a movie.
Transform out-of-date travel books from visited cities into accordion scrapbooks using the original covers, a few of the pages, and maps. You can showcase photos from your trip as well as printed ephemera gathered along the way, such as business cards, wine labels, cafe napkins, and sightseeing scraps.