Vacation Scrapbook Albums

Capture special vacation memories in a one-of-a-kind album. Take inspiration from these examples and create your own treasured keepsake.

Make a Day-By-Day Album

Design by Shannon Zickel

Struggling to organize your vacation photos? Try a chronological theme. Shannon devoted each spread of this album to a different day of her family vacation. She embellished the cover with a variety of stickers -- a palm tree outline, letters, and epoxy motifs.


SOURCES: Album: American Crafts. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (red dot, blue/red diamonds), Scenic Route Paper Co. (yellow dot, blue dot). Die cuts: Making Memories (journaling papers). Stickers: Heidi Swapp (palm tree, letters on title page), Doodlebug Design ("family"), American Crafts ("vacations," numbers), Making Memories ("o"), Love, Elsie (epoxy). Rub-ons, felt trim: Creative Imaginations. Chipboard accents: Imagination Project (circle). Buttons: Autumn Leaves (solid), Making Memories (printed). Stamps: Hero Arts (moments), All Night Media (swirl). Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Pen: American Crafts.

Number Your Pages

Design by Shannon Zickel

Using the same structure for each page, Shannon varied the look by slightly altering colors and shapes of the accents. A numbered icon for each day appears in the lower right-hand corner of each page.

Keep the Date

Design by Shannon Zickel

To document the vacation's date, Shannon stamped months and days on each page. If you use a single album for several family vacations, including the date will help to distinguish which trip you are looking at.

Pull Together in Style

Design by Shannon Zickel

On each page, Shannon picked six of her favorite photos from a particular day and displayed them in a grid pattern. She paired the photos with journaling about the day's activities. Buttons, patterned paper cut into shapes, and stamps finish off the design.

Create a Colorful and Clever Album

Design by Amy Licht

Record memorable vacation moments in an album dedicated to the trip. Utilize the window in a purchased album for your title. Create the title out of letter stickers and rub-ons, then add a label holder.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (polka dot, red paisley), Scenic Route Paper Co. (green floral). Fonts: Fancy Free (journaling), Swank Labels (dingbat) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Chatterbox. Label holders: Heidi Swapp. Brads: Happy Hammer. Ribbon: Strano. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons, album: American Crafts.

Follow a Template

Design by Amy Licht

Using a curvy template, Amy made the eye-catching background for each page in her album and adhered it to a contrasting background.

Sass up Your Pages with Shapes

Design by Amy Licht

When creating the right-hand pages in her album, Amy flipped her curvy template before tracing and cutting out the background. When opposite pages are placed next to each other, the result is a mirror effect. Amy also printed a shield-shape dingbat as the outline for her journaling box on coordinating cardstock.

Link it all Together

Design by Amy Licht

Amy embellished her album pages using similar elements on each spread. She ran a ribbon border across both pages, adding a rub-on border below the ribbon and balancing it with a sticker title and grouping of buttons on the opposite page.

Make it Easy as A, B, C

Design by Heather Melzer

Heather devised a creative solution for showcasing her favorite family vacation photos by utilizing letters from the alphabet on each page. Her cover embellishment reflects her "ABC" theme.


SOURCES: Album, patterned paper: K&Company. Computer fonts: Swiss Thin 721 (journaling) by Bitstream, Punchlabel (highlighted words)

Unify Your Pages with Letters

Design by Heather Melzer

Before creating her pages, Heather sorted through her photos and chose a letter of the alphabet to represent each one. She then included one large photo, a square of patterned paper, a short journaling block, and a graphic black-and-white letter on each page.

Play up Your Text

Design by Heather Melzer

Using a computer to print her journaling, Heather stylized her font to highlight one word in her text, complementing the black-and-white look of the large metal letter on each page.

Start Assembling

Design by Heather Melzer

When assembling her album, Heather mounted her photos on the background sheets flush with the edges. She then added a 2x2" square of patterned paper and a journaling block to complete the look.

Pocket Your Pictures in an Album

Design by Leslie Lightfoot

An easy way to quickly show off your photos is to slip them into a pocket-page album. Leslie dressed up the plain cover of her album with a patterned paper band that easily slips over the edge and is embellished with a beach-theme title and stickers. The page protectors in Leslie?s 12x12" album each contain six 6x4" sections to fill with standard prints and a bit of journaling.


SOURCES: Album, pocket pages, journaling cards: Pebbles, Inc. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (title page), K&Company (cover). Font: Swiss721 Bold (sans serif) off the Internet, Aunt Marie (script) by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: Creative Imaginations (title page), K&Company (cover). Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Decorative brad: Around the Block.

Write Quick and Easy Journaling

Design by Leslie Lightfoot

Leslie used preprinted cards for her journaling, but you could print or handwrite yours on 6x4" pieces of cardstock or patterned paper and add flat accents.

Choose a Standout Element

Design by Leslie Lightfoot

One of Leslie's quick tips is to make one photo stand out by trimming 1/4" off the top and side and mounting it on a 6x4" piece of cardstock. To give your cover a bit of creative expression, slip bands of patterned paper over the cover and add stickers.

Keep it Simple

Design by Dana Smith

Dana scrapped her vacation photos in a flash by including them in 8x8" album. Her cover features a painted metal frame, a tied-on metal-rim tag, and an epoxy sticker.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Font: Task List by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rub-ons, album: Chatterbox. Twill: Scenic Route Paper Co. Metal frame: Artistic Expressions. Metal letters, rub-ons, acrylic paint: Making Memories. Photo corners: Kolo. Punch: Fiskars.

Include a Title Page

Design by Dana Smith

Just like in a book, a title page can introduce the setting for your vacation album. Dana designed this page to include plenty of space to tell the story behind her vacation, and set the tone for the rest of the album.

Embellish, Embellish, Embellish

Design by Dana Smith

Dana highlighted her vacation pages with large, action photos and accented them with a large journaling block printed along the side of the page. She then embellished her page with punched cardstock circles, a metal letter title, and a metal-rim tag adorned with an epoxy sticker and twill ribbon.

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