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Hands up if you’re sometimes guilty of taking tons of photos and never looking at them again? Yup, I’m right there with you.
One of the things I quickly learned over the last year is that those photos pile right up if I don’t sort them out quickly. I spent most of July sorting through photos from Eswatini, Japan and even Thailand. That’s over 5000 photos. Eek.
As a digital nomad, minimalism plays a pretty big role in my life. I live out of a 23kg suitcase, which means I can only squeeze in the things I truly want and need. That means I have around 10 days of clothing, all my camera gear, workout gear, essential toiletries and not much else. But recently I’ve been making sure there’s always space for a few home comforts, too.
Making a home
Since slowing down, each apartment has started to feel like ‘home’ rather than just a short-term base. And one of the easiest ways to make a place feel more home-y is with photos and memories. Of the six home comforts I carry around with me, two of them are photo-related. (The others, if you’re curious, are a couple of gifts from my parents and my bestie, plus slippers and a pillowcase.)
The first photo-related item is… a photo! It’s a silly photo booth picture of me and Brendan at a party earlier this year. Not flattering, but definitely a great memory.
The other is a photo book of travel memories from the last year, and that’s what we’re talking about today!
Creating a travel photo book with Colorland
I’ve been meaning to get some of my travel photos printed since forever… and yet I haven’t. So as my first full-time travel anniversary approaches, I decided to change that. I rounded up some of my favourite photos from the last 12 months and put together this cute little photo book to take into the next year.
The luxury photo book
There are three types of photo books available at Colorland: Classic, Exclusive and Luxury. Since I’m all about quality over quantity now, the luxury album was an easy choice.
The luxury photo album comes with a maximum of 40 pages. That was totally fine for me because I wanted to keep it small and curated. Yes, it was tough to leave some of my favourite memories out, but realistically I wouldn’t be able to travel with anything much bigger.
If you want more pages, the classic or exclusive photo book can have up to 160 pages each.
Even though I’m making space for home comforts, books aren’t the lightest thing to lug around. This is the smallest option available and it’s the perfect size for nomadic life.
If you have a ‘real’ home, you might want to choose a larger option to cover your coffee table. The luxury album is available up to 25×25, and the classic and exclusive photo books are available from 20×20 up to A4 size.
It’s been a while since I ordered prints or photo books online, and this was the part that surprised. Your Colorland photo book is limited only by your imagination.
Once you’ve chosen your photo book style, there are pages of templates you can choose from. You can choose by the occasion (wedding, birthday, baby) or by the theme of the photos (travel, portfolio, girly). I choose a simple, white design and added the occasional black background for contrast because I wanted to keep it timeless.
The drag and drop designer lets you arrange photos exactly as you want. There are loads of pre-designed layouts to browse through, so make sure you leave enough time to play around!
Other uses for your photo book
I created this travel photo book as a way to remember my first year of travel. It’s something I hope to add to every year, so I can look back on the special moments whenever I feel like it. It’s a great remedy for a bad day at work or a travel plan gone wrong.
While I was putting together my photo book, though, I had so many thoughts of how else they could be used. Obviously, a photo book is a great way to remember a wedding or new child. But it could also be used as a special way to display a photography portfolio, a birthday gift for a good friend, or even as a thank you to the ladies who came on your hen do. If you’re also a travel blogger, you could even use it as a way to show your best case studies to potential clients.
Photo book giveaway!
Update: This giveaway has now ended – but you haven’t missed out completely. Use can still use the code ‘ALAJODE’ to get a photobook classic A4, 80 pages for £12.99 + £5.99 delivery (75% off). Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram so I can see your creation!
And now comes the fun part! I’ve teamed up with Colorland to give THREE of my readers the chance to create their own photo book. Whether you’re a photographer building a portfolio or a fellow digital nomad, you can use it for whatever you like. Here’s what you can win:
- First prize: Photo Book Classic A4 (80 pages)
- Second prize: Photo Book Classic A4 (48 pages)
- Third prize: Photo Book Classic A4 (28 pages)
How to enter
To be in with a chance of winning, make sure you are following me on Instagram (@alajode). All you have to do is leave a comment on this photo and let me know how you would use your photo book if you won. I’ll be choosing my three favourites, so get as creative as you like! You have until midnight on Monday 15 October to enter and I will announce the winners over on my Twitter page.
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IT’S #GIVEAWAY TIME! ⠀⠀ I’ve teamed up with @colorland_uk to gift three of you your own photo book. Check the link in my bio to see how I used mine to take my travel memories with me & find out how to enter (all the T&C’s are there too!). Then leave a comment below letting me know what you would create if you won. Good luck!
I can’t wait to see your ideas. Good luck!
Terms and conditions
The winner will be chosen and contacted on Monday 15 October 2018. The winner will be chosen by me and my decision is final. If a winner does not respond after two weeks, a new winner will be chosen to take their prize. This competition is open to residents of countries that Colorland can ship to (UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Lithuania, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland). No purchase necessary. Prize cannot be exchanged.