Hi! It’s Pepper and It has been a long time since I share a post here. Glad to be back! This month and the next, I’m guest designing here with Sahin Designs.
Today, I’m sharing how I include my travel stories in my project life album. I struggle a lot with scrapbooking travel stories last time because I usually document each trip with one 6×8 inch album on its own, and that’s very time-consuming. Furthermore, I feel the need to tell a ‘complete’ story in my project life album, so that every week of my life (including the travelling week) is documented. So my current method is to document the main travel story in my Project Life album, and that release some of the stress from me to do a big project like one 6×8 travel album. Now having the story documented, I can start the travel album project anytime I’m comfortable or free. Phew, less stress is good!
Step 1 – Choose the photos
The idea here’s to not scrapbook all 3000 photos of your travels in your PL so that it doesn’t look like the only thing you do in your life is travelling. I suggest the following formula to keep the photos to less than 10:
- One photo of yourself – be it selfie or portrait or and #ootd shot.
- One shot that shows a ‘main’ location for each day of your trip – Say you travel for 7 days, and each day you visited 3 tourist attractions, it will be 21 photos if you scrapbook everything, so pick one of each day, and you will only have 7 photos to handle. By ‘main’ location, it can mean the grandest location of the place where you have a story to tell.
- One shot that includes everyone on the trip – it will be best if these shots overlap with those in point 2.
Step 2 – Choose the stories + collect the journaling
One quick way is to look through your Instagram posts or Insta-stories that you shared during the trip. I often write a general journaling for the trip, that includes the basic 5W1H. I will also include my intention for the trip and perhaps one lesson learnt from the trip. I will EXCLUDE all the tiny stories or small anecdote of the trip unless it’s an example of my intention and lesson learnt.
Step 3 – Use digital products
There is a benefit of hybrid pocket scrapbooking that I have loved ever since I converted in 2015. You just need to print your favourite journaling cards with your journaling chosen in Step 2, and your photos which were chosen in Step 1, print -> cut -> slide them into pockets 🙂 You can refer to my hybrid pocket scrapbooking process part 1 and part 2 for my hybrid workflow.
Step 4 (optional) – Embellish
You can call it done in step 3, and let the stories and gorgeous photos of your travel do its job of keeping your stories documented, or you can go a little further by adding some meaningful embellishment. I often add some circles, labels and word banners from the same collection as where I choose my journaling cards so that they look all coordinated. I highly recommend Travelogue and Tourist collection for this purpose.
Here is a recent one I did – using Travelogue collection to document my one week Perth trip in my Project Life album.
Here is one I did for a trip to Seoul in my 2016 Project Life 9×12 album using Grace collection. Keeping it real simple.
I hope this post inspires you to start documenting your travel stories in your Project Life album, be it big or small trip, it can be done as long as you follow the 4 simple steps above.
Once you have a chance to read the article I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic.
What’s your process look like when you document your long trips and vacations? Do you have certain tricks that make your workflow easy to work with or is there anything challenging for you when it comes to scrapbooking travel photos?