Saturday, November 7, 2009

Vacation Log

My friend and fellow-blogger Jeanne mentioned a class on her blog a few days ago, and I decided to check it out. I love to blog--in fact, I'm just a wee bit addicted to it, but every once in a while, I need a little burst of inspiration. I decided to sign up for the same class, Blogging for Scrapbookers, and even though I started late, am liking the the ideas. Whether  any of them find their ways into my blog remains to be seen.

I decided to post some photos of an album I've been working on: Our Vacation Log. The inspiration for this comes from the photo storage process I mentioned a few weeks ago:  What to do with the Photos? I keep finding photos that I fall in love with again, and want to feature in some way.

And there are some who might begin to notice that as they move through middle age (not that I would be so rude as to mention specifically WHO but I might be one of them), they don't always remember exactly which trip occurred when. And trips I have taken with family tend to be very near and dear to my heart.



So I decided to create a very simple 8" x 8" ringed binder that would have one page per each trip we've taken over the years.


And I'm really enjoying the process!


It's such a "trip down memory lane", perfect for the "empty nester", (and rather useful for advocating to one's spouse for other trips, as I keep sharing "remember when we. . . . . " pages.)


One of the best parts is that I'm forced to choose only 2, 3 or 4 photos that seem to represent the trip the best. It's really an album about the highlights, and I keep the layouts as simple as possible, so that the "foo-foo" doesn't grandstand and take away from the focus of the memory and the photos.


This last example was not exactly a "vacation", but was one of the more memorable sets of trips in our lives, a trip down to Texas following the Grand Forks's flood, leaving our children with Robert and Barb, (where they all seemed to overwhelmingly fall in love with each other), and then the trip back to get them way too many weeks later when our house was approaching habitable again.

I'll share more later about the wonderful geeky details I'm picking up from this class.


Tammy said...

Welcome to the class. I started a few days late and have had a good time catching up. I like your idea of a Travel Log because I have the same problem (I'm not mentioning age or mental state)with trying to remember what we did when. One of my tricks is receipts and Bank Statements, they remind me of where we were and when. See you in class.

Yolanda said...

Great idea!

Cathi Green said...

What an amazing idea! I love traveling, I might have to do this. Enjoy your class :)

shirley said...

I know a couple people taking the class - they have enjoyed it so far. I like the travel log concept - the album looks great.
Thanks for the comments on my blog - I didn't really pick up any books - just some stuff for the kids.
Hey, how are you liking the new camera? I just got a wireless remote for mine, and it was a very cheap alternative to Nikon's overpriced version - check out my blog for the details.

Maria said...

I like the "Memory Lane" concept for a future photobook. Very cool idea!

pat said...

What a great idea for a vacation memory book! Keeping it to one page per trip really forces you to glean the photos; love this!!

Lou said...

Love your book! That's a great idea!

Diana said...

what a great way to showcase your diffrent photos and remembering the great times TFS

Cat said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I really like your idea for a vacation log - might have to try that myself sometime!!
I'm enjoying reading the prompts from Shimelle but i'm not actually doing any of them yet!

Jeanne said...

Wow, I had no idea, Angela! Welcome to the class. As you can tell from my blog, I've not implemented the ideas just yet, but I hope to in the not too distant future. I'm tickled you were inspired to check it out AND sign up!

I LOVE your Travel Log idea! What a great way to take a fun trip down memory lane. Now, if we actually traveled to other places, I might have to try this myself. LOL Seriously though, I love that you are doing this and that you are scrapbooking again!!!

Anonymous said...

Welcome to class and thanks for your kind comments on my blog. I love your idea of a Travel Log. I'll add it to my long list of projects to do.

Yes, I'm attempting A Photo a Day, but I am way behind in posting them. We took a month long trip this summer and I never got back to it when I cam home. I may have missed a few days in October, but mostly I have the photos. For a while, I was doing a layout for each week, but I don't think I can catch up with that.

I post my books on Shelfari and your question reminded me that I want to put a link to my shelf on my blog. This course should motivate me to get the blog updated!

Sian said...

Isn't it just such a great class? Thank you for visiting me and I love your vacation book. Cool.

Margie said...

This is a great idea! And I ditto the others' sentiments - thanks for coming over to my blog and saying a few kind words. It's fun to have visitors, isn't it?

Barb said...

Nice idea.

MandyKay said...

I love this idea, will have to put it in my list of possible projects. Thank you. And may I just say what a fascinating blog you have.