Creative Travel Projects

Before you head on your next trip, check out these simple projects to capture all your vacation memories.


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Summer 06 Sun photo album
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Three-Ring Travel Album

    Bring summer sun home to a three-ring album. Add patterned paper and chipboard shapes to the cover and interior.

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Make Custom Tags

    You won't lose your luggage on your next trip with this custom-made tag. Simply mix and match your favorite papers, print off your address, and laminate. To create the hole, use a small punch and finish it off with a creative eyelet. Then thread a small chain through and attach it to your bag.

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Shaped Chipboard Album

    Purchase a shaped chipboard album for a creative mini album. Prepare the album in advance for on-the-road journaling.

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Chipboard Album Inside

    Save spots for journaling and photos with a simple background of monochromatic papers. When you return from your trip, place photos in the album.

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Stamp as You Go

    To keep up with your busy travels, bring along basic stamps like these to create simple cards you can add to your photo album when you return from the trip.

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Airplane-Shape Album

    Use an airplane-shape chipboard album for air travel. The small size makes it a project you can finish in a day.

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Inside of the Airplane-Shape Album

    The pages are the perfect size for a photo and a little journaling. This mini book comes with enough pages to include vacation highlights yet is still a project you can finish quickly. Use the plane as a template to trace and cut out patterned paper for each page. Stitch around the exterior edge of each plane shape. Adhere the patterned paper to each album page. Use a nail-buffing block to remove any excess paper and smooth the edges.

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Dear Me...

    Instead of keeping a journal of your travels, send postcards to yourself describing each day of your vacation. Then make an album of the postcards when you return home.

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Flip File Album

    A genius use of a flip file is to make it into a vacation album. Set the finished product on a side table or desk for quick reminiscing.

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Day-by-Day Cards for Flip File

    Don't let a single day of a great vacation slip from your mind. Create dividers by covering index tab cards with decorative paper. Add the day number with stickers and jot down the day's activities.

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Nestled Photos in Flip File

    Nestle cropped photos behind each day's card, and you're ready to flip through to enjoy the memories!

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Safe Keepings

    Photos are the most treasured part of a trip. Here are a few ideas to make sure you will get your photos returned to you if the film happens to go missing. We recommend taking a photo of your home address if you are using a film camera so the developer will be able to return your missing photos. For disposable cameras, stick an address label to the bottom for easy returns. To ensure your digital camera of a safe homecoming, be sure you have your address and phone number tucked inside its case.

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Disney Vacation Album

    Decorate an album cover with theme products so it's instantly recognizable. For a mouse-ear embellishment on the cover, cut out circles from coordinating patterned paper and piece them together.

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Large Memory Letters

    Use large papier-mache letters to share vacation memories. Lay each letter facedown on paper to outline its shape. Cut the shape into sections that work with your images. Paint the sides and backs of the letters with crafts paint; let dry. Use the pattern to cut postcards and photos to size. Apply spray adhesive to your cut postcard and picture pieces, and cover the letters.

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Stay Organized

    Don't let your travel souvenirs be forgotten. Make a quick list of everything you want to bring home, and then check each off as you find them.

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Handwritten Memories

    Handwritten thoughts from a vacation fill the large bubble-turned-car-exhaust-cloud. Add quotes from the kids and cut silhouettes from photos from the trip to add interest and context to a scrapbook page. Emphasize the tone of the quotes with capital letters and color.

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Memory Book

    Make it as you go. Bring along a small bag of supplies including a blank journal to scrap as you go. Store small keepsakes and journal each day of your trip to save your memories for a lifetime.

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Beach-Theme Scrapbook Page

    Combine photos and strips of patterned paper to create a striped scrapbook page. Orange patterned paper brings out the blue ocean in the photos. Have a standard-size photo you want to use for this design? Enlarge it and trim it to look panoramic.

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Clearly Organized

    Keep your memorabilia organized in empty page protectors or sealable bags. Bring a few along so you can sort them into categories, making scrapbooking much easier when you are home.

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Photo Swatch Book

    Favorite quotes, places you've been, things you love . . . Make a list of everything worth counting with this by-the-numbers swatch book. Fill this little purse-size photo book with memories of your last trip at BHGlifeinphotos.com.

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Reaching Your Destination

    No need to carry your address book with you on your next vacation. Instead just print out your friends' and family's addresses on labels. This trick will make sending postcards a breeze.

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Scrap Shopping

    To liven up your scrapbook album, stop at a local scrapbook shop to pick out theme stickers, papers, and stationery from the area. Keep on the lookout for other treasures that would make good openers, such as menus or photos of unique signs.

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Simple Translations

    For your international journeys, make pocket-size translation cards. Simply print the phases on note cards and connect them with a small chain. Visit www.travlang.com/languages for common foreign language translations.

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One Big Album

    Put all the family vacation photos into one big album. This will save money and time once you find that super special album. Add chipboard letters and decorative buttons for extra spunk, as we did here.

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Easy Vacation Album

    Scrapbook your vacation photos in a flash as this designer did with her 8x8-inch album. She kept it lively from the start: Her cover features a painted metal frame, a tied-on metal-rim tag, and an epoxy sticker.

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Clever Travel Bag

    Designate a bag to be the carryall for road trips. Pack it with essentials for yourself. Be sure to pack small toys to keep little ones entertained.

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