Earlier this year, Alex and I went to Japan for 10 days and I brought along some of my scrapbooking supplies (you can see me scrapbooking on the train here) to try to get in some scrapbooking (and journaling, because I’m terrible at that!) while we were on the go. I was able to get a lot of the pages set up and I made the album cover while there. I think if I had my Selphy photo printer with me, I would’ve been able to do MUCH more scrapbooking each night. Live and learn!
I finished Thursday, May 21st through Sunday May 24th in the album before I ran out of space in the book. There is room for a second book, so I will finish Monday, May 25th through Saturday, May 30th soon. I used Kelly Purkey’s wallet system (outer cover, the booklet used in this half of my album, the booklet I’ll use in the second half), which I picked up especially for the trip because I wanted something similar to a Midori traveler’s planner but I wanted to be able to create the cover myself.
The booklet comes with 14 pages so I extended its use by adding in plenty of additional pages using patterned cardstock from Kelly Purkey’s Second City 6×6 paper pad from Basic Grey. I figured the city motifs would be best used for this trip and wanted to use a collection of patterned papers to give the album a cohesive look since I knew I would be including a ton of different cards/tickets/brochures that may not match.
I included my Japan Rail Pass in the front cover to make the cover a little more sturdy and because I wasn’t sure where I wanted to include it in the album. If you’re going to Japan, I highly suggest getting the pass if you’re looking to travel from city to city a bit. You can see some other tips in my general post on our trip to Japan.
For each day, I included the date, the day of the week, and the number of steps we took based on the pedometer++ app on my phone. I hadn’t replaced my Fitbit at the time, so we relied on my phone to calculate our distance since it was in the bag we carried everywhere. I highly suggest keeping track of the distance you cover during your trips: miles driven, stairs climbed, whatever! I think it’s a small thing that you can track each day that gives your journaling (or lack of) something that you’ll remember in the future…we’ll remember the day with 30,711 steps for sure!
I included the shopping bag from a tourist hotspot (Kiddy Land) by wrapping it around some cardstock and then adhering a patterned paper behind it to make it extra thick. I wanted to include it in the album because I didn’t get many photos inside the famous store and I loved the design of it.
Don’t toss the tickets from attractions and don’t be afraid to use them as an embellishment instead of the main piece of a layout. I used the ticket from a garden behind an instax photo from the same location. You’ll see that I throw in subway and train tickets into layouts, too.
More inserts using patterned cardstock and washi! One thing I want to point out: the paper pad I used only has 1-sided papers so these inserts are created by glueing together two pieces of cardstock together. It’s great for making the pages more durable, but it also takes a little more time to create the pages. If you can find 2-sided patterned paper, use that.
I was inspired by my grandmother’s “pre-baby” travel album to include flip pages in this minibook. I give very basic instructions to create this feature in this IG video. This creates less stress on the spine of your album, and it helps reduce having so much bulk centered in one spot.
I call this last section of pages my “omg-there’s-only-so-many-more-pages-left!” scramble. The rail pass information has printed information inside that includes my name, how much I paid, and the type of pass I was picking up at the JR office. If you’re able to include things that have your name and the date on them, figure out a way to do it! It’s something you’ll enjoy looking back on in the future.
Opposite of the rail pass exchange ticket is a pocket containing a bookmark, ticket, and Instax photos from Kamakura. I didn’t want to overwhelm the page so I tucked everything into the pocket and kept them from getting lost using the clip.
On the last page, I included a receipt from a store that is found in the U.S. but everything is in Japanese, red bean matcha kitkat packaging, and the ticket from Robot Restaurant. The ticket is taped in so I can flip it to see our seat numbers and three of the photos we took during the show.
I love flipping through this album and looking at what I have shoved into the 14 pages to make 27 pages! And this is only half of our trip! I’m looking forward to sitting down and finishing this project before the end of the year so I can maybe make a video walkthrough to better show the more interactive pages and to highlight a few different things I did to include more information without worrying about too much journaling.