Travel memories: our newest photo albums

Blurb photo album travel memories - The cat, you and us

February is ending, and with it, the two most nostalgic months of the year come to an end.

Lately January & February have been also the coldest months, much more than in December, which means flu flying on every corner & lots of indoor time. Well, I have had both things, flu with high fever last week (not pretty) which meant that the blog & IG have been quieter than usual, and also more time at home.

Combine home & nostalgia and you’ll get me instantly dreaming about olde travel fun. As soon as I got our Cotswolds photo albums from the printer, I thought it would be great to share some pictures here of how the last travel albums turned out.

I have all of them lined in a bookcase in our living room, a colorful bunch of keepsakes containers, and it’s frequent that I take them to flip their pages. I think creating photo albums is one of the best ways we’ve found to keep the memories of our travels more present. How do you store your travel pictures? Do you print them? Or, maybe, prefer to have them in your phone?

Blurb photo album travel memories - The cat, you and us

We use Blurb for our photo albums. In case you are curious, we use their Premium paper with matte finish and the hardcover with imagewrap (although the dust jacket look good too!). We have tried all of their papers and we have finally settled on this one because is what I prefer for our pictures. I think the only one that have not tried yet is their layflat photo books, ha!

Let’s see our last 3 (well, in fact, 8, ehem…) new travel books!


Japan


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For Japan I created see-through letters saying “Nippon/Nihon” (Japan) in japanese letters for the covers. One easy tip is that you can put one picture on top of the other, so if you create a transparent image (.png) you’ll be able to do similar designs to this one.

Blurb photo album travel memories - The cat, you and us

Also, I usually add an index of everything featured in the books at the beginning. For road-trips like this one, I like to create maps to mark each of the stages and this time I went a little overboard (it’s Japan, you folks!) an draw a personalized map with small kawaii drawings. You’ll be seeing the map in more detail when I finish the Japan guide I’m still writing, sorry it’s taking that long but it will be worthy!

Blurb photo album travel memories - The cat, you and us

For the pictures, I like to keep a simple clean design, with only the image & page numbers. Sometimes I add small headings too!

Blurb photo album travel memories - The cat, you and us

Besides storing the pictures in albums, I also keep lots of other mementos of our trips, that would not be the traditional souvenir you’ll expect but that I love to collect, so, I create diaries with everything else. Check a post I did on how I collect them if you like this type of stuff too! I am a little behind with the diaries and I’m still finishing the one from Japan, so I will probably make a newer post with that too, stay tuned!


New York


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For the New York album I created a rather bold (for me) design which was inspired by one of our favorite albums: Modern vampires of the city by Vampire Weekend. For the index, every visit represents a track from the album & we have album A and B as the two sides of a record. For every day I also added a black page with the “tracks” for that day (not pictured, facepalm!). I was super happy with the result, hope you like it too!

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Juno is a New Yorker at heart, or isn’t she?

Blurb photo album travel memories - The cat, you and us

The Cotswolds


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Now that all the memories are at home with us, let’s start building new ones? Are you heading to any part of the planet this year? What’s in your travel bucket list? Would love to hear!

Blurb photo album travel memories - The cat, you and us

By the way, Blurb is making a 35% discount until the 5th of March, so if you have some travel photos pending take a look!

5 Comments / 5 

  1. Nieves - 28th February 2018

    Me encantan las fotos!! Tengo una suerte enorme por poder disfrutar de las secuencias qué habéis logrado en todos estos maravillosos viajes.

  2. Fiona - 1st March 2018

    Golly Gosh, I am blown away by all your beautiful design and all the effort that went into these! I also appreciate how you made each design so perfect for the location *gasp* Such a delight to flip through them!! I hope you’re feeling better too!! xoxo

  3. Jane Y. - 1st March 2018

    I love these photo books. I always mean to make something after traveling I can never find the time to focus on it. I would love to make one for our Korea trip that happened last year and other mini trips we went on with Piri :)

  4. Marine - 6th March 2018

    These are so cool!!! And such a great way to remember your trips, without taking up a lot of space. Shawn and I need to travel more, so I can make some albums :)

  5. Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's - 6th March 2018

    These photo books are so lovely! I remember years ago, I would take pictures with a little point-and-shoot camera, have them printed, and then those photos would get lost within the depths of my drawers. The reason I first started blogging was so that I’d be able to organise and index my photos, but most importantly, the memories behind them. But with so much of life in the digital, I think it’s really special to have something tangible like a photo book. You’ve really gone all out with yours, with the map and index and everything! You could probably sell them ;P But it’s also extra special that you get to have these memories all to yourself :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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