Hey there! Carey here, and I can't believe it's only two short weeks until school starts for us! That means it's time to document our summer travels before the hustle and bustle of school begins. Today I'd like to share with you some tips on creating a travel album to get your memories documented and photos printed to enjoy. These tips can work for traditional scrapbookers and digital scrapbookers alike.
Journal in the moment
I always take a small notebook to write in at the end of each day (or throughout the day) to capture what we're doing while the memories are fresh. A journal app on your smartphone or other device also works well.
Select format/size of album
When you are ready to begin putting your album together, it's important to decide on the format and size. This will help guide what sizes to print your photos, how many photos to include and which supplies to gather. Often, I choose a smaller format album to capture a trip, such as 6x8, 5x7, 8x8 or even some of the cute new 4x4 albums, although I have completed full-size 12x12 albums as well.
You'll also need to decide if you will be using a purchased album, creating and binding your own, standard layouts, pocket pages or digital. For this album, I decided to create my own. However, for the next trip I plan to scrapbook (aren't we all behind?) I want to do a mixture of pocket pages, paper pages and hybrid pages/elements in a small binder album.
Select and print photos
If you're anything like me, you take a LOT of photos on vacation. Often, I have several photos of the same thing or event. Selecting the best and most representative photos that you love or that capture the memory will help make putting the album together a less daunting task than if you tried to use every single photo. You'll also need to decide which size you'll print the photos and any photo collages you want to incorporate so you can edit and crop before printing. I do my photo editing, resizing and collaging in Photoshop and Lightroom, but there are numerous great apps to do this as well.
Gather your supplies
Whether you're working from your stash or purchasing new supplies, it helps greatly in the quest to complete an album to gather all the supplies together that are specific for the project. I use Iris cases to keep projects together, and they also make it easy to grab and take to a crop.
Using a coordinated kit or line with papers and embellishments helps give your album a cohesive feel. Repeating similar elements (whether it's embellishments, stamps, or alphas) throughout also provides cohesion. By limiting your choices to just a few key products and techniques, you can speed up the scrapping process by cutting down on the decision-making.
Plan the album structure
The structure of your album could be chronological, covering each day and what happened; topical, making connections based on similar topics, activities or themes (food, people, sightseeing, play, etc.); or location-based, if you visited the same place on different days, group together by location rather than date. Once you've chosen the basic structure, you can put groups of photos together and put them in order.
You also can decide on the basic design of the album: whether or not to use dividers or tabs, to follow a set layout design that is repeated throughout, to repeat specific embellishments or stamps, or to have each section follow a specific format (for example, tabbed page, journal page, post card, scrapbook page, pocket page, in any order but repeated for each secton). Laying out your album in this manner will make assembly go much quicker!
Create your album
Now to the fun part! Put your album together with photos, embellishments, and journaling.
I'll be back next month to show you how I put together my album and the start of my next travel album. Please share in the comments below any tips you have for getting those travel albums completed.
Happy Scrapping and Happy Travels!