I’ve never considered myself a scrapbooker. I don’t go down that aisle. I don’t do stamping. I do not need a super duper puncher thingy.

But let’s face it. If you’re crafty and you need to make a photo album, you’re gonna scrapbook the hell out of that thing.

After my recent trip to Europe I made what I would call an album/scrapbook hybrid. It’s mainly photos with minimal labeling and a few ticket stubs/maps/etc. thrown into a straightforward red canvas book with 12×12 pages (Martha at Michael’s, of course).

I had a booklet describing the different stops on my cruise, so I grabbed the place names from each page to divide the sections.

I stuck the photos on with cheap-y photo corners that proved difficult to use, to say the least. But I like the way photo corners look.

I thought the pages looked a little dull so I added some decorative tape here and there. I thought the patterns looked sort of Mediterranean.

Then, in the front I tucked in my travel journal. It’s just a little Moleskin lined notebook that I about half filled. I created a little pocket for it by cutting the backing off just the edges of a piece of decorative tape and sticking it down over the notebook.