Having a honeymoon scrapbook allows you to sit back, relax and relive the precious moments of your trip, time and time again. Whether you've had a long day at the office and want to daydream of your travels, or you want to share your honeymoon photos with friends, you will be forever thankful that you put the time and effort into creating a honeymoon book.
The most important thing to remember about honeymoon scrapbook construction is to plan ahead, and to keep everything. What this means is that you don't want to decide to create a honeymoon scrapbook when you get home, but instead, decide while on your trip or even beforehand, and save all of the mementos that you can think of.
Matchbooks, brochures, restaurant menus and postcards can all be used in your scrapbook. It's things such as tickets stubs, paper coasters, and other memorabilia that will really allow you travel back in time when gazing through your scrapbook.
While you're traveling, designate a special spot to keep all of your honeymoon scrapbooking treasures. If you have a suitcase with an exterior zippered flap, keep items in this area, and place paper items inside a book or folder to preserve their integrity.
You also may want to keep a journal while you're traveling, to spark ideas for journaling inside your scrapbook. Include things such as temperature and weather, what you ate at various restaurants, colors that were in the sunsets, pleasant scents you encountered, what time you woke up each day, etc. You can spend as little as five minutes each evening writing in a travel journal, and come home with some valuable bits to use in your scrapbook. Some of these details may seem trivial at first, but you'll be glad you have the information later. These things add color to your memories and really help them come alive later.
When it comes to photos, make a list in advance of the ones you must take. Make sure you get enough of each traveler, and don't forget to bring your camera on each sightseeing outing.
Once the honeymoon is over and you're ready to scrapbook, arm yourself with the basics. Gather your photos, travel journal and mementos, pick out an album, and make sure you have acid-free adhesive, scissors, decorative paper for photo matting and journaling, page protectors and scissors. You also might look for a map of your honeymoon destination. Use it on the cover of your album, or cut it up and use it page-by-page to show where you traveled, incorporating the appropriate photos and mementos. Or, use the map on a single page in the front of your scrapbook and trace your entire travel route.
Have fun creating your honeymoon scrapbook, and don't forget to include those small details such as tastes, smells and special sights.
One final note on honeymoon scrapbooking: If you're concerned about using papers from brochures and maps that aren't "archival safe," there now are products on the market known as archival sprays or mists that can be applied to any surface to make it safe for the preservation of your photos.