Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

January 8, 2011

How I Make A Travel Album

I was bound and determined to finish the Victoria album, and I worked on it all New Years weekend.  Sorry about the crappy photo quality!  This is a small sampling of the finished product.  

I was about halfway through it when I realized:  HORROR OF HORRORS!!!   I completely forgot to type up all of the different place captions, that I always do for all photo albums!!!!  How could I forget??  Fer cryin' out loud I've been doing it since the 80's, when I used to have to use a typewriter!!  I nearly brought this entire project to a screeching halt to do them.  I agonized, and I admit to much hand-wringing, internal conflict and debate with myself, but then decided that it was going to take way, way too long.  And besides, I know where I was, I know what are in the pictures and where they were taken...there's really no need to caption them.  

I knew I'd finally find good use for this Canadian flag paper!  I stuck it to the cover of the album.
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51 pages, front and back (102 pages!!!!) and 4" thick.  If I had a scale I'd weigh it, b/c it's wicked heavy.
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Inside the front cover, I used a piece of glittery paper that says "Off On An Adventure", then stuck my leftover Canadian coins on the cover along with some felt fall leaves and other Canadian-themed stickers.
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First page, features my boarding pass, along with the note I left Brian on the kitchen table that morning when I left before he got up. He wrote "Wah!" under it after I left. lol
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I like to use travel-themed ephemera on my pages, in addition to stickers and cut up bits of travel brochures.
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The hotel brochure on the left is actually stuck onto the outside of the page....
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.....so that I can open it up and read what's inside.
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Page layout showing some cropped pictures and stickers.

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I saved the 2 Woofles doggie treats bags after they were empty, cut them up and put them on the Market Square page.  I also used the map portion of a Market Square brochure.
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These are the receipts of my souvenirs, organized by time-stamp.
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When I got to the Craigdarroch Castle pics, I cut up the self-guided tour brochure about all of the different rooms and used them alongside the photos of those rooms.
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Here's the last page of the album, with my return trip boarding pass, and the note from Brian that I found on the kitchen table when I got home late that night!
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One of my travel ephemera bits had a Top Ten Moments list.  It was hard to pare it down to just 10.
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I had the back side of the last page to fill up so I used a postcard of Clipper IV and a couple more Canada stickers to complete the album.
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10 comments:

  1. ..now all you have to do is find somewhere to store it ;0)

    Beautiful work Jojo!

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  2. That looks great! I wish I can do some scrapbooking like that.

    http://brownbugz.blogspot.com

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  3. Diane - I have ZERO idea where i'm going to put this monstrosity. I literally have nowhere to put it. lol
    My photo albums are taking up the back room.

    Brownbugz - It's pretty easy, but it's time consuming. It takes patience. This album took me hours and hours over the course of 2 weekends.

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  4. Wow! That's beyond organised! I do have a vacancy for a PA if you are at a loose end ;)

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  5. What a fabulous way to remember a trip. How many of these albums do you have?

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  6. That's a work of art! Just beautiful work, JoJo...doesn't it feel good to have everything all organized into one place? I have a ton of scrapbooks and it's taking over space like you wouldn't believe. Though none of them are as nice as yours.

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  7. Fantastic JoJo! I can't believe you got that all done in two weekends.

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  8. Man, you are AMAZING!!
    Its sooo beautiful and professionally done. Damn, you should do this for a living ;-)

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  9. Incredible JoJo!...Sadly I would never have the patients to do that.

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  10. This is way cool! Thats quite the book of memories. Great job!

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