Hello! It's Jennifer Larson. Since the monthly theme is vacationers, I wanted to share my process for creating a vacation album. I've shared my vacation albums before, but I am looking at it more fully from the beginning of the planning stages this time, and I've started trying something new that I'd like to share later this week. Here's the plan for the week:
Monday: Memorabilia and journaling
Tuesday: Organizing the album
Wednesday: Selection photos
Friday: Alternate albums
When I go on vacation, I usually keep a shopping bag in the car tucked under a front seat for memorabilia and ephemera: postcards, maps, stickers, etc. When I get home, I put them in a Craft Keeper or Iris container until I'm ready to make the album. Here's one I am working on right now from 2013, our trip to Glacier National Park and Spokane:
And the one I started for this year's vacation to Maine:
After I select the album I will use to scrap the vacation, I glue an envelope into the back of the album, cutting the flap off before I do. Then I cull the memorabilia/ephemera, keeping only the ones that accompany the story best, and I put them in the envelope, sort of as a last chapter for the vacation. Here's what I did for Glacier/Spokane:
While vacationing, I usually take a small notebook and write lists of memorable details that happen every day. When we return home, I tear out the pages and put them in the Craft Keeper with the ephemera. When I'm ready to make the layouts, I use these lists to recreate the vacation, even if I make the album years later. I'll discuss this more on Thursday.
That's it for today! Tomorrow I'll be back to share my process for organizing the album.