Friday, June 29, 2007

Scrapbooking Your Vacation

Good Afternoon Ladies!
As I get the family packed for a trip to the beach for the Fourth of July, I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of my favorite tips for scrapbooking your vacation memories. If we take a trip for five days or more, I will make a travel album just for that trip, but all of the following ideas can be applied to any vacation, whether it is just an overnight or a month long holiday.
1. Keep a small journal, and take five minutes to jot down what happened on that day. I have done this with every trip I have been on since I started scrapbooking, and it is extremely helpful if you plan to scrapbook the trip well after you have been home.

2. Bring your camera- everywhere you go. I always pack a plastic bag to store my camera so it can be protected from the elements, along with an extra battery and picture card.

3. Add "local color" to your journaling. For our trip to Maui, I included several Hawaiian phrases into my journaling. This helps anyone looking through your scrapbooks to feel like they have gone on vacation with you.

4. Focus on the photos. Try to vary your shots between close-up and wide angle photographs. Don't forget to put your family in front of those special places like Cinderella's castle or historic monuments.

5. Choose papers and embellishments that have a timeless look. Because you want the focus of the album to be on the vacation memories themselves, choose supplies that will not overwhelm your photos and journaling. I tend to pick a company that has coordinating papers and embellishments for each of my vacation albums and use the products on every layout.

Don't forget the sunscreen!


Darlene said...

I like your idea about the journaling book. I always try to remember the cute little sayings the girls come up with, but it's tough to remember everything. I always tell myself I should have written that down. Maybe I'll keep a little notepad handy for next time!

nelle said...

The journaling tip is a great idea. I always keep a little notebook with me on our trips and at the end of the day I write kinda like in a Dear Diary style. When it comes time to scrap the vacation, it is nice to have these moments down on paper to help jumpstart my journaling. Also helps me to remember the details I might have otherwise forgotten.