How to Create an Amazing DIY Travel Album

After studying abroad in Europe and visiting over 15 different countries, I had no idea what to do with all the souvenirs, ticket stubs, and other memorable items that I had collected on the way.  My older sister was gracious enough to get me a SMASH Book for Christmas, which is sort of like a beginners scrapbook.  I loved the process of going through my pictures and memories and putting them together in a way that allowed me to tell the story of my travel experiences.

What You’ll Need:

  • Souvenirs, ticket stubs, photos, and anything else you want to include about your travels
  • Glue
  • Stickers (I loved the variety of international-themed stickers from Michaels)
  • Scissors

The Process:

I had fun with the travel album by pairing similar-themed items together on the  like my Paris map, stickers, and postcards.  I also used other SMASH Book items like the “Travel Nightmare” and “Away we Go” sheets to write in memorable moments and dates about my travels.

Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Paris, France

One thing I love about this SMASH Book is every page is already pre-printed with different themes and colors! For example, one page had the Eiffel Tour pre-printed while another other was London-themed, which was perfect for my Europe travel album!

I chose to group the pages of the SMASH Book together by the different cities I visited.  I love my Vienna page because I cut out pieces of the actual map I used to get around the city.  The crumpled map on the second page adds an authentic feel to my album because it reminds me of the slightly rainy days I spent the beautiful city that got my map wet in the first place.

Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Vienna, Austria

I loved including old receipts from some of my favorite places to eat out in Prague while I lived there.  I also included ticket stubs such as my ticket from visiting the Colosseum in Rome shown in the second picture.  It is so easy to collect the little things into a ziplock bag while you travel to get creative with them when you get back!

The best part about a travel album is making it your own! I picked stickers and pictures that reflected my personality and the way I felt about my trip.  Now I love using it as a coffee table book for inspiration for my latest travels.

I hope this gives you some inspiration for your own travel album, scrapbook, or SMASH Book.  There’s something about flipping through pages of amazing memories that looking back through your own Instagram photos doesn’t have.

Get your own SMASH Book here:

Good luck,

L x


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