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Accordion-Style Travelogue

A travel scrapbook can showcase photographs from your trip as well as printed ephemera gathered along the way, such as business cards, wine labels, cafe napkins, and sightseeing scraps.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2006


A guidebook's pages make natural backdrops for photographs of the locales you've visited. You can also insert a miniature album of favorite sights using your own snapshots and airmail envelopes. A pocket added to the back page gives the book another interactive element, allowing readers to remove the items tucked inside. To record the year of the trip, a numeral is stamped on each of four French stamps (stamps from the world over can be bought at stamp-collecting shops).

For this scrapbook, out-of-date travel books from the visited cities are taken apart, then reassembled into accordion books using the original covers, a few of the pages, and maps. To play up the travel theme, stamps are cut and glued to photo corners to create decorative holders for snapshots.


  • Photo adhesive paper

  • Decorative paper


  1. Using a utility knife and ruler, cut off covers of a used hardcover travel book, keeping 1/8 inch of spine intact; set covers aside, and discard spine.

  2. Cut out pages (we used 12) to use as backgrounds (you can also use store-bought scraps, such as maps). Attach photos and scraps to pages.

  3. Lay out 6 pages, right sides down. Join pages with photo adhesive tape. Back with remaining 6 pages, using photo adhesive paper.

  4. Use photo adhesive tape to attach left side of first page to right side of front cover. Attach decorative paper to inside of cover using photo adhesive paper to create an end paper and to hide tape. Repeat for back cover.

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