DIY: Travel Scrapbook

  • Brooke Saward
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  • Jan 5, 2016
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It has been around 8 years since I bought my last token snow globe souvenir. After realising my bedroom had a stark resemblance to the tv show “hoarders”, I realised my days of buying kitsch souvenirs were over and I would instead have to come up with an alternative plan to create travel memories back home. Thus, I started a travel scrapbook. But rather than buy one from the shop and fill in the blanks, I found it much more rewarding to make it from scratch, so here is a complete DIY so that you can make your own too!

Travel Scrapbook DIY

DIY Travel Scrapbook // You will need:

Start with a clean desk space (don’t worry – its about to get messy)

Tools: scissors, hole puncher, glue stick, pencil, ruler, sharpie pen

A5 Blank clip folder

Clear leaflets to fill

Colourful and/or patterned paper for backgrounds

Photos (many, many photos)

Postcards from around the place

Memories (foreign coins, cinema tickets, receipts, business cards, a preserved leaf… whatever you fancy really!)

Decorations (stickers, and plenty of them!)

Travel Scrapbook DIY

Step One: The Cover

Now it cannot be stressed enough how important the cover image is. This image you create should inspire you to go on new adventures (keep your scrapbook somewhere you can see it each day), as well as remind you of your fondest travel memory. For me, that was a road trip through Arizona with my boyfriend in the early days of dating each other. We were both in the USA at the same time by chance, so met up in the midst of our schedules and went on a four day road trip through the length of Arizona. The image chosen is a shot of the grand canyon, with my feet lifted into frame to remind me every day of what that moment felt like… bliss!

Be sure to pimp out your cover with loads of textures, glittery bits and pieces… whatever makes it look snazzy.

Travel Scrapbook DIY

Step Two: Mix n’ Match Moments

Picking out what travel moments are going to make the cut may or may not be a difficult task, depending on how much you travel. As a travel blogger this is quite a funny task (deciding what to leave out rather than what to include), but I managed to nail it down to a handful of trips to start off with – those that were most important to me thus far in my life.

As you can see in the image above, I even included some photo booth snaps with my mum, when she came over to Europe to visit me at my apartment in Berlin. She had never been to Europe before so it was a really special trip for her, and a special trip for me to be a part of. After a few days in Berlin when ventured onwards to Stockholm, Sweden, and finally Prague, Czech Republic, before travelling by train back to Berlin. I wanted to show her a couple highlights of Europe but with so little time I was restricted to cities, so I picked Prague (an old favourite) and Stockholm (somewhere I had never been – so somewhere we could explore together).

I also chose to sporadically include some of the beautiful post cards and cards some readers have sent me over the past couple of years (if you’d like to send me one, I’d love that! Find my address here).

I also found some cute little post it notes in the style of old mail, which I glued throughout my photos to write a quote or memory with a sharpie pen.

This whole process was really fun because it allowed me to relive so many trips I have taken over the past couple of years… it reminded me how thankful I am to be able to see the world and share it here on my blog!

Travel Scrapbook DIY

Step Three: Glue it all in! 

After you’ve mapped out your pages by laying out your designs (all over your bedroom floor no doubt), then its time to get glueing!

I decided to back each page (inside a clear pocket sheet) with a colourful card of paper to give it a little more life and then glued my images and stuck my stickers on there. After all your bits and pieces are in place be sure to write a word or two to highlight how you felt in that moment!

If your A5 plastic sheets don’t have holes in them, now is the time to grab the hole punch (just be sure to measure up where you’ll punch the holes with your ruler and pencil to mark the spot.

Also remember that this is just the beginning… you can keep on filling your travel scrapbook after each and every trip with new moments you have collected on your travels!

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Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!





    March 22, 2016

    Wow!! This is a fantastic idea!!!!! I am doing this from now on!!! I can’t wait to get started! <3 Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!! [=


    May Simpson

    March 18, 2016

    Ahhh, gotta love a little scrap book!
    My great aunt is 96 and she went travelling all over the world, open one cabinet in her house and it’s full to the brim of old travel diaries – and they’re so interesting to read! She’s just had a stroke and she loves reading them back over now as its her only form of entertainment throughout the days!

    Travel diaries are such lovely ideas and I think everyone should make their own!

    I’ll be making a postcard journal once I return from my next trip (and whilst I’m away!)

    Love, May x



    March 3, 2016

    Looks lovely! Have to do that one day, I usually pin it all on my walls but a book for it would be awesome. 😉


    music buddha bar

    February 8, 2016

    i love this topic and i’m big fan of your website and page


    Molly McIlvaine

    January 8, 2016

    I have not made a travel scrapbook since I was maybe 7?! This looks like so much fun to get back into again! I guess I’ve always felt overwhelmed having to make one for each place or country I had visited, but this is so much better! Great idea and thanks for sharing.



    January 6, 2016

    Great idea – i print all my pics and journal them but havent done tickets and mementos before…



    January 6, 2016

    This is such a great idea, and would be a great addition to my travel journal!




    January 6, 2016

    Love the result! I have tried to create travel scrapbooks before but I haven’t done it consistently.



    January 6, 2016

    I love to keep things of my travels that remind me of a nice memories. I definitely need to try this ! 🙂

    Kenza from


    Brittany Justham

    January 6, 2016

    I’d love to see pictures of the finished project to get even more decorating ideas! Great post as always, thanks for sharing!!



    January 5, 2016

    Such a great idea for your travel memories. Thanks for sharing your diy and providing inspiration!


    Michaela B

    January 5, 2016

    Travel scrapbook is a great thing!I have bought the travel journal by Moleskin and I am enjoying it so much.When I come back home from holiday it seems to be there back again when I am puting all my memories into the book.And what about the souvenirs – I buy Pandora charms which is such a nice souvenir from every destination.


    One World Just Go

    January 5, 2016

    Wow these look gorgeous! Much more fun than constantly looking at travel photos on your laptop.



    January 5, 2016

    This is such a lovely idea, I’m definitely going to do this! Thanks so much for sharing.


    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

    January 5, 2016

    This is such a great idea! I’ve got so many mementos hanging around from previous holiday just waiting to be put in an album like this.

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn


    Gabi @ Books & Trips

    January 5, 2016

    That’s so cute! I did save up a lot of scribbled maps, museum admission tickets and all kinds of knick knacks from my travels, I have them all in a box, but I need to find the time to put them all together in a scrapbook. Lovely idea, thank you for sharing!



    January 5, 2016

    The idea is brilliant, thanks for sharing!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena


    Miles of Happiness - Marie

    January 5, 2016

    I love it!!!


    Maddy Findlay

    January 5, 2016

    I love this!
    I did a similar thing but with my photos from 2015, I tried doing a 365 day visual journal (purchased from kikki k) but it was too time consuming so I decided to make a 2015 scrapbook in December!



    January 5, 2016

    I love this idea to collect your holiday memories in a lovely book! Thank you for sharing the inspiration!

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