When I started getting into the idea of memory-keeping, I decided to make travel albums / travelogues for every major trip that I go to (which means I have to make one for my Hong Kong trip from way back + Cebu / Bohol trip a few years back). I love having a visual reminder of places that I've visited and experiences that I've encountered.
Two years ago (has it been that long?), I set foot on my dream country for the first time. Japan will always have a special place in my heart so I thought of starting this Travelogue series with this momentous trip!
I will be dividing this travelogue into four parts, each representing a day in my trip. Also, I won't go into a lot of detail on the places I visited and the things I did in Japan last March 2014. You can read my Day 1 Travel Diary for that. This series will focus more on travel memory-keeping tips and products that I used to create the album.
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Enough chit-chat, here's how Day 1 of my Japan 2014 trip looked like in paper form!
For the cover page, I wanted to make the Instax photo to be the focal point. This photo means a lot to me because, at the time, I really felt that I was in my dream country. That I wasn't dreaming this whole thing up. I kept the page intentionally simple so that the Instax photo (that I actually took with my smartphone and printed through the Instax Share printer) would stand out. I also love adding stamped dates as it adds to the whole "diary" theme.
The back of my cover page features a travel-quote that I believe I got as a freebie in one of the old Studio Calico scrapbook kits. Day 1 officially begins on the right layout!
Since I didn't have my boarding pass with me (the University that sponsored this trip needed it for documentation), I used the luggage sticker as a memorabilia from the flight to Narita Airport. I added a huge wood veneer number to indicated the day. I also added a short stream-of-consciousness journaling on how excited I was for the trip and for winter weather.
Another Instax photo makes an appearance! This time, it's the view from the plane as we're flying over Japan. I adhered the photo on some pattern paper and added a fun vintage stamps-themed washi tape on top. For my journaling, I added a pop of color with the "Adventure is out there!" stamp. Perfect for documenting the start of this awesome trip.
This old card from Studio Calico was perfect for documenting the most-used phrase of the trip, samui desu yo, which translates to "It's cold!" I used a Kuretake brush pen to write the hiragana for extra coolness.
This spread focused on the two-hour bus ride from Narita Airport to Tsukuba City. I made sure to take photos and make note of what I saw during the ride. It was definitely a good "overview" of Japan as I saw a couple of iconic things such as vending machines in every corner, traditional houses, sprawling nature, pachinko parlors and high school students in their cool uniforms.
I think the best part about creating a travel handbook is the fact that you can actually keep your travel ephemera and not feel guilty about the clutter! I kept my luggage tag for the bus ride. The conductor encircled the destination (Tsukuba City) and it added a nice touch to the tag.
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Recently, I prefer adding more details on photos before printing it. In the past, I would just write directly on the photo or stamp directly on it but I've ruined quite a number of photos that way. Reprinting was a bit of a hassle especially when I forget to save the edited photos. I added a small wood veneer geotag to add a little dimension in this card.
This Trip Overview card was perfect for documenting the things I saw during the two-hour bus ride, along with some photos I took through the bus window.
This was my first time solo in a hotel room so it was worth documenting the experience. Plus, photos of hotel rooms really excite me ;) I took outfit-of-the-day, better known as OOTD, shots since it was my first time dressing up for winter!
First authentic tonkatsu needs to be documented and honestly, photos of food just looks so good. I kept the receipt and as you might have noticed, it has started to fade a bit. What I do to preserve this is to actually photocopy the receipt and cut it out to be the same size. I insert the photo copy behind the receipt so that when the original copy fades out completely, I can attach the photocopied one to replace it.
Last layout for Part 1! Kept another receipt from a convenience store and thankfully, this one is an actual printed receipt (not thermal) so it wouldn't fade over time. For the last photo, I edited this to be black and white because the original shot wasn't good - grainy, color was off, and generally not interesting. If you have a photo that you really want to include but doesn't look too good, try playing around with turning it to black-and-white! I added "Oyasuminasai, Tsukuba" in Photoshop before printing the photo.
That's it for Part 1! I hope you enjoyed looking through my travelogue and it would be awesome if this inspired you to create your own.
Have you tried documenting your travels in a tangible, feel-it-in-your-hand kind of way? What's your favorite method? Drop a line in the comments section and let us know!