How To Make A Vacation Keepsake That Tells Your Travel Story

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How To Make A Vacation Keepsake That Tells Your Travel Story is a sponsored post partnership with the Xyron Creative Station.

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Our travel adventures will be taking us even farther from home this year, and each place we visit teaches us something we didn't know before and we always want to bring something home to remind us of the memories we made and the lessons we learned.

To save space we don't buy traditional souvenirs, instead we buy a magnet to display in our kitchen.  This worked really well until we started going to the same place more than once.


We will be visiting Turks & Caicos again in October so I've been trying to think of the a way to remember each of our visits, and I finally came up with the perfect solution… a laminated magnet picture of us to add next to the magnet for each subsequent trips.

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This is how our travel memory area looks right now… 

A new magnet for each stop we've made over the past year. It's about to get pretty crowded! When I decided to add the homemade picture magnets I was a little worried about actually making them since I'm not the most crafty person. I love to do crafts, but they just don't come natural to me so I needed a tool that can EASILY help me with this new project.

The new Xyron® 9 inch Creative Station did just that! It makes it really easy to add adhesive, laminate and magnetic backing to any flat items. With a patented application process which requires no heat or electricity and gives off no odor, you can quickly and safely use the Creative Station in any environment.

Here is how I made our picture memory magnet.


The 9“ Creative Station™ comes ready to work.

There wasn't any assembly required. We put the lamination cartridge in and it came our the other side just like this.


After I trimmed it down we then added the magnet cartridge in and rolled it through.

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I trimmed off the excess and then it was done! So easy!

I could have skipped the first lamination part… but I wanted the extra protection because it will be in the kitchen. The magnet backing also has a thin laminate topping too. 

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And here is the finished photo memory.

I plan to add pictures each time we visit to the magnet. That should save some space and allow us to remember the memories from each year… and see how much the girls have grown!


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Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.


  1. I have photo magnet’s on my fridge that I ordered online from a company where I sent my photos to. I like this idea a lot more because I can have my own photo magnet maker and have no fear that they will send my photos to another person by mistake not that the company I ordered from but I used to work in a photo lab where the outsource company did that kind of mistake often. I have a Hp printer and all of the ink to my hearts content I would love to add a photo magnet to the back of the millions of photos I print.
    I am adding this to my amazon wishlist. Maybe hubby will see it and get it for me for Christmas.

  2. Oh I LOVE this! I have a laminating machine, but it would be so cool and helpful if I could make magnets! (I order enough photo magnets as it is!)

  3. That is very cool. I love the idea of this. I want to make a memory center, too.

  4. What a cool way to save your travel memories. My daughter collects cups from different places.

  5. I love how thing the laminates are on this and how close it sits to the area. I don’t have many pictures on my fridge because I don’t like how far away they sit from the area.

  6. What a great idea. I love all the different machines out there that make displaying memories easier. You made that look so easy.

  7. Wonderful idea! I would want to have a Creative Station for myself. I can make personalized gifts with it. Heading over to Amazon now.

  8. I love taking photos and it would be great to turn them into photo magnets. I want one of these machines.

  9. I love the idea of having this collection of memories all together and those magnets are just the cutest. This would be perfect as a gift for family and friends as well.

  10. This is such a great way to make a keepsake. I would love to turn some of my photos into magnets.

  11. I love the idea of making a keepsake like this. Those memories are perfect for the fridge where you can see them all the time!

  12. Awe what a great idea to display vacation memories! And that machine makes it look so easy, I’m going to have to check it out!

  13. This is such a great idea to express your travel story right away. The new Xyron 9in Creative Station looks really compact & looks so easy to use as well. I would love to have one such!

  14. I am loving that magnetic picture frame. That is a really great craft idea for kids, or adults that aren’t so great with crafts like myself. That Xyron Creative Station looks awesome! What a simple way to add adhesive, laminate, and make magnets!

  15. You’re right, it will help you see how much they’ve grown. Plus it’s a fantabulous idea. 🙂

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