Saturday, August 21, 2010

Preparing My Vacation Album

I wanted to share my process of documenting my vacation. I love planning it out and putting together the "guts" of the album where my photos and layouts will eventually be inserted. I'm so excited! I cannot wait to come back with tons of photos to place inside my album and to scrap :)

Here's a peek at what I am doing.

I am using an embroidered American Crafts album in black. I will likely choose one favorite photo to place inside the cover window.

Then I am using this Panorama map paper as the opening page. My plan is to highlight the route we take on our road trip (we're driving through at least seven states). Behind that, I will insert a scrapbook layout.

My original plan was to use the Becky Higgins album from Project Life, but I was disappointed to discover that the album is larger than my American Crafts 12x12 D-ring binders so it doesn't even fit inside my IKEA bookcase. :( I think I am going to use some of the cards that came in the kit as graphic elements throughout the album and I LOVE the page protectors that came with it so those are going in my album as well. I can mix my photos with a few of these cool cards. I'm still deciding on that...

I also have my standard 6-up photo sleeves that I love (my favorite are the ones from We R Memory Keepers because the quality is phenomenal - not flimsy like some other brands). I use lots of these to slide in photos from my trip. Then all the layouts I create just fit in between all the photo sleeves.

I love this system! I've been doing this for the last three big annual vacations we've taken (Spain, BVI, Puerto Rico) and now our USA road trip and it works great. This way I actually get my vacation albums finished, which is great... and that makes my hubby very happy! Teehee!

Here's a link to a post I did a while back showing my completed Spain album.

I am hoarding my July Studio Calico kit, Continental, as well as my SC Documentary papers because I think they will be perfect to document our amazing vacation.

Peace and happy scrapping,


Maritza Torres said...

Love the process. How exciting. You are so organized. Can't wait to see the beautiful pictures.

Ady said...

Thanks for the inspiration to do vacation albums this way. I just need to finish them. Lol

Jasmine Bailey-Barfuss said...

Ar! What a gorgeous case to keep your bling in!
I LOVE your blog layout - it is super-cute x1000