One of my favorite things is experimenting with scrapbooking, visual journals, and collages. Growing up, I always loved to collect images from magazines and photos from my friends and family and paste them together on different sheets of paper, wood, frames, and other materials.
Right now, one of my personal creative projects is my visual travel journal. I started with one of my old sketchbooks from three years ago, and I started piecing together layouts of different photos from my trips abroad and across the U.S. I also love the gorgeous photos I find in vacation and travel magazines, so I also use those photos and other visual materials I can find. The end result? Pages of travel inspiration!
On these pages, there are photos from my trip to Guatemala in 2011, as well as different images from magazines, calendars, office supplies (like folders and notebooks), scrapbook paper, and stickers I collected. I think exploring different mediums really helps me creatively and gives me a different outlet to dive deeper into visual aesthetics. Many times, I work on graphic design projects that have a more minimalist design, which I love, but sometimes it’s good to balance those projects with more visually complex projects. There’s nothing like letting creativity roam free in many different ways.
I think there are many ways to approach making travel journals, and I love how different they can be! We can use travel journals to document our life on the road or during life living in a foreign country. I’ve found my travel journals when I was abroad included diary entries, stickers and drawings that remind me of my times in each specific place. I also think we can use travel journals to reflect on our experiences like a scrapbook. I love how visually appealing these can be, and how we can take some time to relax and create a new project. Lastly, I don’t think you have to travel to specifically make travel journals. A travel journal can simply be an expression of where you would like to visit and explore in the world and how that relates to who you are.
Have you made any travel journals or written a travel diary? I love looking at different ones on Pinterest and coming up with more and more ideas! Stay tuned for the next peek inside my travel diary, all about the places I visited in Europe!