Holidays and breaks from the everyday give us experiences and memories that we'll cherish when we look back on our lives. And these feelings are often tied to photographs – family snapshots of siblings sharing ice creams on the beach, or group selfies of teenage friends enjoying the thrill of their first trips without parents. When author, illustrator and journaler Kia Marie Hunt went to Costa Rica with her partner to celebrate their eight-year anniversary, she was determined she would make it a trip they would remember – by creating a special scrapbook.
"It was such an adventure," she says. "We all like to think we will remember things clearly forever, but the truth is that so many of the smaller details would have fallen through the cracks if I hadn't added them into my travel journal. It makes me so happy to look back on those pages and know that all of those good times will now never be forgotten."
Kia has been journaling for as long as she can remember. The creator of kids' journal series My Awesome Year, she shares journaling ideas and tips with over 130K followers on her two Instagram accounts: @InspiringJournals and @KiaCreates. She also supplies monthly DIY kits via her Journal Club and runs an Etsy shop where she sells stationery, stickers and other "journaling goodies". Here's her step-by-step guide to travel scrapbooking made simple.