Three years ago I was digitalising some of my one pager travel journals that I’ve created on my sketchbooks. Who would have thought that travelling would not be possible in the next two years. But somehow, I haven’t been very keen in creating more journals when I got to travel again. I’ve started a new journal for it but haven’t gone too far. However, I’m getting back to it and now in a larger scale. My dream is to create a travel journal starting from planning a travel, during travels and after travels. I’m starting it now for my next travel in March. This includes maps, routes, hotels and cost, inland travels and cost, things to prepare, places to see, things to do, food to eat, things to buy… It’s fun but there’s a lot more thinking needed to put into it. It’s not just a take out your sketchbook while traveling and start to draw kind of thing…
If you want to see more of my travel journals, you can find them here! You can also find my scrapbooks here. If you have created travel journals, please don’t hesitate to share them with me. Thanks!
Returning from my holiday in Krakow, Poland, I’ve collected all these things. I’ve always collected these kinds of things from my travels…
Having visited 50 countries, at one point I have so many of these – boarding passes, travel tickets, museum tickets, business cards, postcards, brochures, maps, receipts… I didn’t exactly know what to do with them that I started to throw them away until I thought that why not try scrapbooking.
Scrapbooking is an art of preserving and presenting our memories by combining photographs, clippings, memorabilia, souvenirs and journaling. Scrapbooking is not something new. We are all familiar to this.
So why Scrapbooking? Scrapbooking showcases my unique and personal style. It’s enjoyable as the process really takes me back from the moment of my holiday. And in the end, I have my travel memories together in one book.
Scrapbooking can be simple or it would be as extravagant by using many different kinds of materials from stickers, washi tapes, coloured papers, fancy cutter, stamps, etc. For me, I only use scissors, glue, paper, puncher and an A6 clear binder for my travel scrapbook. And of course, some writing tools. There are no rules, no right or wrong in scrapbooking. Just let your creativity flow and enjoy the process!
Remember that time when traveling is possible? Here is my travel journal from June 2019. It was fun looking back on that time when traveling seems to have become a possibility for more and more people. But then you know how the story goes…
After June 2019, I also created my travel journals digitally. This one was about Iceland from October 2019. This was published on They Draw and Travel.
My last holiday trip abroad was in London in November 2019 which I journaled as a boarding pass and as a part of a small book project.
I will continue working on illustrating my past travels and will be posting them in the coming days. I hope you’ll do the same too. Creating travel journals has a way to bring you back to those happy memories.
You can find more of my travel illustrations here!