Improve Your Mood - Travel Journal - Collage

Instead of taking photos, keeping a sketchbook or writing a diary, this travel journal is a scrapbook-style memoir of your travel experiences. You don’t need to be able to draw, or be a whiz at creative writing or photography. Learn how to capture your experiences visually, using recycled materials you can pick up easily when out and about.

Wellbeing benefits:

Notice surroundings
Learn new skills
Feel optimistic

Examples of how this activity can help me:

I want to learn how to get more enjoyment from days out, weekends and holidays.
I want to recycle in a creative way. 


10–30 minutes.

Who can I do this activity with?

On my own or with someone else.

Where can I do this activity?


How often can I do this activity?

Do this activity after days out, weekends and holidays.

What do I need?

  • Scissors and/ or a scalpel and cutting mat 
  • Glue (glue sticks are good for this activity)
  • Pencil, eraser and sharpener (for drawing shapes to cut out, if you want to)
  • Brochures, maps, guides, leaflets, tickets, postcards, receipts, wrapping paper, bags, newspapers - things you’ve picked up on your day out/ journey
  • A small sketchbook or blank sheet note book* 



Heavy quality paper is best, as it will support more glued images and will not buckle. Small books are the most portable, spiral bound will expand the most easily to allow for collage.

Did you know?

When we take part in creative activity it can slow heartbeat and reduce blood pressure. This may be due to the fact that expressive artistic activity releases neuro-chemicals, including endorphins, into the brain. These neuro-chemicals assist deep concentration, slow down pulse and breathing, and boost the immune system through what is termed ‘The Relaxation Response.’

"I thoroughly enjoyed this activity! It was relaxing, absorbing and fun!"

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