This past summer we’ve done a ton of traveling and made memories that I hope will last a lifetime! I wanted my kids to remember their travels, so I went looking for some travel journals. I was quickly frustrated. All of the journals I found were either too specific (road trip theme, for example), too babyish, too grown up, or too cutesy. They just didn’t feel like my kids and they felt very one-time use only to me. I was looking for something that could be used as a journal of our travels, in general, and not just limited to a single trip.
So I headed to my local crafts store where I went looking for some scrapbooking supplies to make my own journal. By the time I got done combining the (admittedly gorgeous) materials for their journals, I realized I’d be spending at least a couple hundred dollars on the four journals I wanted to throw together. While I loved some of the items available in the journaling section of the store, I just couldn’t afford to use them all.
So I decided to cobble together a custom solution. I purchased a few specialty journaling items (Smash had a great selection) and stickers at my local craft store. I combined these with leftover craft and scrapbook paper and cutouts that I already had around the house. I then headed to the nearest office supplies store for simple three-ring binders, filler paper, pouches, envelopes, and business card holders. I wanted to make it easy for my littler kids to write about specific things and to draw pictures, so I created my own simple journal pages that I then copied and three-hole punched. In all I managed to spend less than $35 for four custom journals and was quite pleased with how they came out.
Are you heading out of town for the holiday weekend? Want to make the most of your memories? Here’s some ideas and inspiration for easy DIY travel journals for kids that don’t cost a fortune and that will keep your kids busy as you travel now, and for many trips to come!
Photos Credit: Ciaran Blumenfeld