Hello Friday! Carey here, and I'm back to share with you a travel album I created recently. This album covers a camping/canoeing/fishing trip we took to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I had a LOT a photos of the beautiful scenery, wildlife and activities. When I set out to create this album, I followed the steps I outlined in a previous post for creating travel albums. These tips can work for traditional scrapbookers and digital scrapbookers alike. I also had a goal to keep it simple so I could complete the album.
To recap the basic process:
- Journal in the moment.
- Select format/size of album.
- Select and print photos.
- Select ephemera. (<---added thanks to Kirsten!)
- Gather your supplies.
- Plan the album structure.
- Create your album.
For this album, I chose to make my own. I used a 6x8 in. format so that I could fit two 4x6 in. photos (trimmed a little or using true digital size) on the page , but also because I knew that I could cut my 12x12 in. paper down and get two 6x8 sheets. I used chipboard cut to size for the front and back covers and punched holes using my Crop-a-dile. The key to putting the album together quickly was to limit my supplies. It was also an opportunity to use some older supplies from my stash. I chose neutral papers, a stamp set, some themed and label stickers and mini alphas. Most of the papers were single-sided, so I glued two sheets back-to-back for the album page, which also provided more stability and durability to the pages.
The format of my album begins with an overview page, then a section for each day separated by tabs.
Each section contains the journaling I wrote during the vacation, followed by photos from the day.
One of the things I enjoyed about scrapbooking after some time passed was to be able to include additional memories and notes that I did not record during the actual vacation. I was able to have a different perspective and incorporate the jokes and stories we had shared within the family as we reminisced about the trip. Had I put the album together right after the vacation, I don't think those stories would have made it in!
After I completed the interior of the album, I spent a little more time getting creative with the cover. I used a stencil and mists, stamps and stickers to decorate.
I'm so happy to have the trip and memories documented and in a format the whole family can enjoy! For my next travel album, I'm using a 6x8 binder and collection by Simple Stories, filled with standard pages as well as pocket pages. Again, I'm trying to keep it simple but I am adding more embellishments to keep it interesting!
I hope I've given you a few ideas to create your own travel album. Please share your ideas or links in the comments!