No matter where we travel to, we always come back with a collection of memorabilia. Museum tickets, dog-eared maps, a handful of coins…it all takes pride of place in our suitcase. And then, it sits inside a drawer, rooted through on odd occasions (and, sometimes, thrown away when we have a big clear-out!)
We’ve stumbled across some wonderful ways to preserve our holiday memorabilia and wanted to share them with you. These fun, easy craft projects will create keepsakes to transport you back to your last trip, and you’ll never have to banish your memories to that bottom drawer again!
- Create a scrap book
Glue, paper, scissors at the ready! Creating a scrapbook is one of our favourite ways to display everything we collected on our travels.
Never created a scrapbook before? Start with a plain notebook (we like a ring bound book with a hard cover) and everything you’d like to add to your scrapbook (including holiday photos). Begin by creating a collage on the first page, laying out the items you’d like to group together. Once you’re happy with the layout, glue each piece to the page. Now you’re ready to fill the whole scrapbook!
- Fill a photo album
Remember when you used to send rolls of film to be developed? And the excitement when the Postman pushed the envelope through the postbox? There’s nothing quite like leafing through a pack of glossy snaps to conjure up that holiday feeling!
Creating a photo album might not seem like a craft but we’re adding it in because it’s all too easy to leave hundreds of photos on your computer, never to be seen again…
Top tip: Make an album for each trip you go on, no matter whether it’s a weekend away or a longer adventure. Any extra spaces in the album can be filled with ticket stubs, maps, leftover currency, and any other mementoes you brought back!
- Build a holiday memory box
Ticket stubs, dog-eared maps and leftover currency at the bottom of your suitcase? Create a holiday memory box to store everything you collected on your travels. It’s an easy way to hold on to the bits and pieces you’d like to keep but don’t know what to do with!
You can use any type of box but we like to use a wooden one as it’s sturdier. Once you’ve chosen your box, it’s time to let those creative juices flow! Cover the memory box with maps, photos or postcards, or simply paint on the name of the place you visited. Once your box is finished, simply place everything inside et voilà, holiday memories all in one place!
- Make a keepsake box photo frame
Like the idea of a holiday keepsake box but want to see your souvenirs without rooting through a box? We think you’ll love creating a map box frame! Using a photo frame that’s deeper than standard means you can add in photos and memorabilia but still display the frame on a wall or bookcase. They’re a perfect size for that little space on the wall by the front door, so you’ll be reminded of your trip when you head off to work!
Once you’ve chosen your box frame (they’re available from most craft shops), gather up everything you’d like to put into your frame, and start creating your 3D collage!
Top tip: We think the easiest way to start is by covering the backboard. Brought maps back from your travels? Glue them onto the backboard to create a stylish background for your holiday memorabilia.
- Craft a cushion
Snuggle up to a cushion adorned with your holiday snaps, and made by you!
This fun craft sounds much harder than it actually is – all you’ll need is an inkjet printer and iron-on heat transfer printer paper, plus your fabric and cushion pad. There are lots of online tutorials for inspiration and the pack of iron-on transfer paper comes with instructions but, in a nutshell, you simply print your holiday photo on to the transfer paper and iron it on to the fabric!
Try out some of these new ways to document your adventures this year and you’ll have some fun and exciting ways to reminisce and share your memories. Feel free to share your travel experiences with us at click here to be in with a chance of winning a £100 Love2shop voucher!