A Travel Scrapbook Brings it All Together

Kira Laktionov/flickr
Kira Laktionov/flickr

The perfect trip deserves the perfect travel scrapbook to commemorate it. We’ve compiled some ideas to help create one that will let you look back with fondness on your exciting adventures.
Creating a travel scrapbook is a fun and rewarding process sure to leave you with a veritable treasure trove of memories, all nicely contained in a beautiful format that anyone who visits your home can appreciate.
So instead of keeping your cherished memories hidden away in the depths of your hard drive, turn to the scrapbooking ideas below for some inspiration and guidance, and let the real emotions of your trip burst off the page.

Start with the Basics

Tom Hart/flickr
Tom Hart/flickr

There are some easy things you can do to make sure your scrapbook is as aesthetically pleasing as possible:

  • Make sure you don’t use too many images per page.
  • Add variation to your scrapbooking style between pages. Some pages may contain just one picture, while others could contain many — there are exceptions to every rule!
  • For the cover page, try placing a large, iconic image of your trip in the center and surround it with a design that’s complementary without being too visually demanding.
  • Remember to simplify: you want to keep your memories vivid, and making the scrapbook too busy or confusing can work against that end goal.

Focus on Your Subjects

Moyan Brenn/flickr
Moyan Brenn/flickr

People are at the heart of why you create a travel scrapbook — you want to remember the moments you shared with others, and you also want people to be able to share in your trip once you’re back home.
Highlighting your subjects and their relationship to the environment around them, whether it’s a city or the wilderness, is the best way to bring your book to life. It’s also a good idea to make sure that you — or whoever’s playing the role of photographer — are in some of the photos as well.
Try taking turns with the camera throughout your trip so that everyone gets a spot in the pictures and, eventually, in the scrapbook. If the whole crew brought their own cameras, make sure you share and swap photos after your trip so that everyone’s perspective makes an appearance.

Color Coordination

Domy Kamsya/flickr
Domy Kamsya/flickr

Color is a critical part of the design process — take a look at the predominant color trends that appear in your pictures and use them to categorize each page, choose the color of the paper, and decide on other details and designs you’ll customize when creating your scrapbook.
You don’t have to “match” your paper color with the pictures, per se — many opt for simple, complementary colors, or just stick to black and white paper. After all, you don’t want the focus to be taken away from the images, so finding something that accentuates their appeal is ideal.

Find Feeling with Filters

Antony Pratap/flickr
Antony Pratap/flickr

If you’re looking for a more integrated look to your scrapbook, then you’ll want to avoid using too many different filters on your photos. Try sticking with one or two that fit well with the “aura” of your trip — this will ensure your scrapbook is fluid and consistent.
If you’re going for a more casual, less polished look, then the more different types of images and filters you use, the better! The route you choose is entirely your decision.

Choosing a Layout

 Matthias Ripp/flickr
Matthias Ripp/flickr

Arranging your travel scrapbook is all about finding something that suits your personality and reflects the type of trip you took. A grid arrangement, for example, will promote a sense of order, but will also allow your pictures to shine through and tell their stories. A more casual arrangement, like positioning your images in concentric circles, entails less order than a grid and adds to the fun sensibility of your project.
As a final, more overreaching tip, it’s usually a good idea to go with your gut and try to avoid over-thinking your design — let the pictures speak to you and you’re bound to end up with a beautiful book to cherish in the years and even decades to come.
Hopefully, these tips have given you the motivation to go out and start your brand new photobook adventure. For the simplest design process, the most attractive books, and of course, the highest quality printing, there’s no need to turn to your scissors and glue — photobooks from AdoramaPix are all you need.