Is that the beginning of a Project Life Travel Scrapbook? Why yes, yes it is!
When you are in the throes of parenting a young child it is incredibly easy to forget that you had a life before said kiddo. Right now, I am trying to remember what is was like to not be a human kleenex. With the desire to remember our pre baby days /adventures / vacations, I set a goal early this year to document three of the five trips we took before having Rowan, you know, before my memory completely goes to mush!
A few weeks ago, I shared this layout from our 2007 trip to Argentina and Chile and since then, I have been working hard, to actually finish the rest. And you guys, I am pretty stoked to share that complete trip and discuss how I set up this Project Life travel album. So here it goes….
For the title page, I enlarged a photo and added a title in PSE.
How did I choose one photo as my title page? Good question! I picked a picture that best represented our trip. When Aaron and I talk about Argentina and Chile, the first story we recount is that of asking about the wild horses in Patagonia. Although we don’t speak Spanish, we attempted to confirm their existence to a cab driver. Through a series of gestures and stringing together the words, “cabjello sins trabejos” which roughly translates roughly as “horse without jobs”, we were able to figure out that they did exist in Patagonia and they could be seen roaming the countryside. An awkward funny moment that I often associate with this trip. A memorable story meant a memorable picture of horses got the title spot.
Next I enlarged another 12 x 12 and combined it with a Design A page protector. I repeated this design through out.
How did you decide what to scrapbook first? Good question! I choose to document the trip by the places we visited and scrapped them in order we saw them. Since we visited Buenos Aires, Patogonia, Mendoza, and Chile, I created one or two pages on these locations, depending on what stories I wanted to tell. Below, you can see that I included two layouts highlighting our time in Buenos Aires where I grouped photos by neighbourhood and colour.
For our time in Patagonia, I decided to created pages based on the hotel we stayed at and the glaciers we saw:
For our time in Mendoza, I created a page our our winery tours:
For our time in Chile, I created a page on visiting Portal Natales, a national park:
How did you decide what pictures to include? How did you decide what pictures to “leave out”? Good questions! First, these photos were taken before I was a scrapbooker and I didn’t have a lot to choose from. I started looking at the photos taken and seeing what pictures helped to tell the best visual story. I don’t scrapbook every photo, nor do I think it is possible to include everything you shot. One of my scrapbooking motto’s in life is “something is better than nothing”…..yes, I can’t believe I have a scrapbooking motto either – crazy, right!?! With that mantra in mind, I used “the best” 4 to 7 photos from the trip. Should I want to include more pictures in this album, in the future, I can easily add in a Project Life envelope or 6 x 12 insert to capture those details.
How did you remember all those details for journaling? Good question! I relied heavily on Facebook status updates to capture my thoughts from 2007. I also used it to gather dates as I did not keep any memoribilla from that trip. And the audience gasps. Yes, I am bummed about that too. Luckily enough, I had some information to piece a story together !!! When i was stuck, I briefly mentioned the sights that we saw and/or I tried to answer the question, “what do I want to remember?” Again, “something is better than nothing”!
For the end page, I enlarged another photo and added a quote about travel in PSE.
How did I choose this one photo as my end page? Good question! I picked a “walking away” picture to signal the end. How very literal of me! I choose this photo of Aaron walking in the Patagonia mountains because it has similar light to the title page. Also the bottom of the page had space that I could add a quote.
How did I choose this quote? Good question! I simply went to Pinterest, searched “travel quotes” and choose which one “spoke” to me the most. The quote I choose was from a Winnie the Pooh story. Although I am not a crazy WTP fan, the words somehow reminded me of starting our first year of married life together. As I mentioned above, this was the first of five trips we took before we became parents. I think it sets a nice tone for the future album.
How do you plan on documenting the other 4 trips? Good question! I plan on doing something similar with the other adventures. I will use Project Life page protectors, cards from the Midnight edition and employ some of the same strageties as I have outlined above. Right now I am half through documenting our 2008 trip to California and enjoying the process.
If you have made it to end of the post – thank you and congrats !?!
Are you stuck documenting your vacations? Do you have questions about how I set up your own vacation album? Ask away – I am all ears!