Hi friends! Amy here, with four more tips for scrapbooking your vacation photos.
I have to tell you something exciting: yesterday I managed to work through the 203 photos I took on my recent trip. I deleted 59 and have thirty-ish I want to print and scrap. But I'm sticking with this Disney 2010 group of photos first!
I loved reading yesterday's comments. I love that some of you are not intimidated by the mound of vacation photos—love and am inspired! And I love that some of you, like me, struggle with it a bit. Because...I'm inspired to not struggle. Just do! So with that, here are four more tips for scrapbooking your vacation photos.
3. Tell a funny story. It's not that I don't laugh in my regular, non-vacation life. But I really do laugh more when I'm on a trip. I think it's because all of the everyday worries just can't be worried about, and so the funny stuff stands out more. Some of the funny stories from vacations become family legends even! In this layout, I tell the story of Aladdin and the Chick, which still makes all of us laugh:
4. Make two-page layouts. I tend to make a lot of one-page layouts, even though in my deepest scrapbooker heart, I love and adore two-page spreads. There's just so much room for photos and stories! (I think that because single-page layouts look better when you share them online, we gravitate towards making more of them. But that's just my opinion.) Take that layout about Aladdin. I could've easily made it as a single page, with just the photo with Aladdin and Jasmine. But by adding all of the rest of the photos (they are all pictures with characters), I present a bigger story and get a few more photos off of my computer.
Sometimes it feels a little tricky to get it all balanced—this is work that I consider to be play, though! Try starting your two-page layout by building out from the center, like I did in the above layout. I put the two pieces of turquoise cardstock right next to each other so that they felt like one bit canvas, and then I worked out from the middle. This gave me an almost-symmetrical feel. I always tie the two halves of a double-page spread together with repetition: some of the same type (color, shape, technique) of supplies. I also try to include words on both sides (since there are pictures on both as well) for a more balanced feel. (Jenny wrote an entire week's worth of blog posts about two page layouts that starts here; here is an article I wrote with some other ideas for two page layouts.)
5. Focus on a relationship. Sometimes the story from a trip is about what you did, or saw, or experienced. But if you pay attention, there are so many other little stories, some of them based on relationships. Watch for those connections when you're processing your photos. When I am Photoshopping a whole bunch of pictures, I keep a document open on my computer where I make notes about how I might use the images. That was how I had the ah-ha moment that led to this layout: as I made notes, I realized I had a bunch of pictures of my two youngest together. You get a bit of the story of what we did, but also my thoughts on their relationship:
6. Scrap the Outfits. This is especially fun if you have teenage girls. Or tween girls. Or, heck, girls of any age who are obsessed with clothes, even when they're on vacation! (I bet there are boys who care about this, too. Mine just don't.) I've made vacation layouts about swimsuits, winter coats, and inappropriate hiking attire. I even have a layout about how my mom always looks put together, even during a windstorm at Lake Powell.
Or, for a different angle, you could scrap about the clothing you bought during a trip. Especially the commemorative t-shirts.
Tune in tomorrow for four more tips! But before that, tell me: what is your favorite kind of trip to scrapbook? Mine are trips to southern Utah. If it's got red cliffs and blue sky and desert vistas, I'm a happy girl!