Japan in Paper: A peek at my travel handbook

I'm a late bloomer when it comes to traveling. I only really caught the travel bug around a couple of years ago. This year, I made the decision to make a travel mini/handbook for all my major travels. I love the idea of being able to flip through my past travels and just immerse myself into the experience I had then :)

Right now, I'm working on a handbook for my most recent trip - Japan. I did a four-part travel diary on this so go check that out to see all my favorite photos from the trip!

Japan in Paper: A peel at my travel handbook • Organized! by Pam

Confession: This is literally just a peek into the travel mini. I've yet to wrap up the entire album (I'm at Day 3, but I still have a lot of "holes" all over the book) so I'll share a flip-through when I'm finally done!

Japan in Paper: A peel at my travel handbook • Organized! by Pam

I didn't really plan ahead before I made the mini. I had no premade cards or layouts. I just sat down during a time interval where I was 'free' and with my mini post-its, jotted down what I wanted to put in each spread based on the photos + stories that I wanted to preserve.

For all my travel handbooks, I'll be using the 6x8" binders from Studio Calico. I'm still not completely convinced in using all black handbooks but that's my plan for now.

Japan in Paper: A peel at my travel handbook • Organized! by Pam

I used the star transparency paper from one of the Studio Calico kits and cut it down as dividers. I wanted to do the handbook in a chronological order so I use these dividers to separate the days.

Japan in Paper: A peel at my travel handbook • Organized! by Pam

One thing I love about travel minis is the plethora of memorabilia! From the boarding pass to restaurant receipts, pretty much everything is 'scrap-worthy' since everything is so new.

For this, I actually planned ahead. I had a medium-sized plastic envelope that I brought with me wherever I go and just stuffed all the memorabilia I accumulated throughout the day.

Japan in Paper: A peel at my travel handbook • Organized! by Pam

I get the feeling that memorabilia are the proof that I actually went to any place. I don't know why, maybe it's just me! :)

I'm not 100% certain that I won't touch these spreads again so things may look a little bit different on the flip-through. Now, I have to get back to work and actually finish this baby! ;)

Oh! If you have a travel handbook or anything like that, link it in the comments below! I'd love to check it out :)