How to: Create your own scrapbook
So, you save up for what seems like forever for that special holiday, that special weekend away or that moment in which you reunite with an old school friend. But when it finally comes around it feels like it’s already slipped through your fingers and you’re back at home wishing you could relive it all over? With your own scrapbook, you can.
Even though I travel a fair amount more than the average person, I still suffer from the blues and I’m forever wishing my friendships weren’t dotted all over the world map. My time with them never feels long enough.
They say the only time you should look back is to see how far you’ve come, and I agree. I also think you should look back to remember how much you are loved and how well you have lived.
That is exactly why I love my scrapbooks so much.
To me they are like a gratitude journal (I’ve never been a keen writer despite having a blog lol, I’m more of a visual lover). So when I miss my friends, I know the memories aren’t too far…
I guess what I’m saying is that sometimes in life, the wind blows you off course and no matter how ‘together’ someone seems to have it – we all find ourselves lost from time to time.
My scrapbook is my compass. In these moments of confusion I will always dig them out of my cupboard, make a cup of tea and have a flick through.
My scrapbook fills my heart with happiness as I remembered all the life and love I’ve experienced.
From experience, I also know that more of the good stuff is just around the corner.
This blog post is in partnership with Snappy Snaps, the company I order my photo prints from, to show you how do I go about making my scrapbook and how I personally go about cherishing my memories.
To get started on your scrapbook you will need:
- A Scrapbook – shop mine here
- Sharpies –
- Coloured pens (optional for decorating)
- Glue stick
- Design pages
BUILDING YOUR SCRAPBOOK…
- Order your prints…
Select your favourite photos, the moments that capture the epic soul food and upload them to the SnappySnaps website. Place an order and await their arrival in the post.
2. Keep lots of little bits from your travels like bracelets, tickets, festival bands. Any little mementos that will bring your scrapbook to life.
3. Lay out your photos in a rough design, cut them appropriately and then stick down one by one.
4. Take your sharpee and in any gaps between photos, write down any words, phrases, locations or names that will bring the adventure back to life when you forget the tiny details.
Admittedly scrapbooks can be a lot of work and seem like too much effort to do but in reality you just need to spend a sunday every 3/4 months to update it.
Put a day in your diary and bulk print a load of photos. I started my scrapbook when I was 17 and I remember thinking that I was too old to start one. Madness. I’m so glad I went ahead anyway. Now I am turning 25 and I have 8 years of insane memories to cherish.
It’s worth every second when you pick it up and reminisce over everything you’ve been to that’s brought you to where you are now.
If making a scrapbook is really not something you fancy doing, consider uploading your photos to a premade template and print off a photobook. Let someone else do the hard work for you…
I did exactly this for my friend Zanna as a present after we spent her birthday weekend in the Peak District a few weeks back.
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Do you keep a scrapbook?
How do you treasure your memories? I’d love to know!
Love as always + happy adventuring,
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