June 6, 2012
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Postcards are excellent for scrapbooking – always be sure to pick some up wherever you travel, even if you’re visiting somewhere near home that you’re planning to scrapbooking about!
Ideas for Scrapbooking with Postcards:
- Postcards with maps are great for showing each spot you visited in an area. Mark the places with stickers or a pen.
- Postcards can sometimes capture a more ideal image of the place you visited – like an aerial view, for example.
- Most postcards have some extra information about the image on the reverse side, which you could use in your scrapbook journaling.
- If photography is not allowed at an event or location, you can often buy postcards with images to remind you of your visit.
- Sometimes, I take a photos of the messages I write on the backs of postcards I send home to friends and family. These are a fun and unique way to add journaling to my travel scrapbooks!
- If you want to have access to both sides of a postcard in your scrapbook, consider placing it in a pocket, or creating a mini page for it using a clear page protector.
I would love to hear how you’ve used postcards in your own scrapbooking – if you have an idea, please share it in the comments section :)!
May 30, 2012
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Are you planning on traveling this summer? Here are a few travel scrapbook ideas from my Hawaii trip scrapbook and my old favorite – the Aruba honeymoon scrapbook from 2003 :).
Travel Scrapbook Ideas:
- If you fly, save the flight pattern map from the magazine on the airplane to show the route you took.
- Save your baggage claim tickets – especially if they’re pink ;).
- Record how many miles to your destination.
- Write about how you traveled (by car, plane, train, etc). If possible, include a picture of the vehicle you traveled in.
- Consider adding embellishments like globes, maps, a compass or the flag of the country you visited.
Do you have some travel scrapbook ideas? Please share them in the comments section – I would love to have some more great ideas for my travel scrapbooks :)!
May 24, 2012
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Another scrapbook I will be sharing this summer, as part of the 100 days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas series, is our Hawaii vacation scrapbook. Like the Aruba honeymoon scrapbook, this album is also about a fall trip – but summer seems like the best time to share these with you, because we spent most of our time at the beach! Today I will just be focusing on the scrapbook cover and title page.
Scrapbook Cover Idea: The Group Photo!
For each family vacation we take, I always try to make sure we have at least one group photo. These are perfect for the cover of the scrapbook! The group photo instantly shows:
- Who was on the trip?
- When was the trip (before the kids were born…when the kids were little…etc.)?
- Where were we?
This works for digital scrapbooks and paper scrapbook covers. For digital scrapbooks you can usually add a photo right to the cover – or at least place the photo on the first page, so that it will show through a “peek-a-boo” window in the cover. For traditional (paper) scrapbooks, I like to look for a scrapbook album with a photo frame in the cover to put the group photo in.
Vacation Group Photo Tips
Here are some things to think about when taking your group photo for the scrapbook cover:
- Location – try to find a spot that shows the setting of your vacation. For the Hawaii vacation scrapbook, we posed on the balcony of the condo with the ocean and palm trees in the background. As it turns out, the photo frame was too small to show the palms, but you get the idea :).
- Attire – If possible, try to have the people in the group photo wear coordinating clothes that fit the over-all feel of the trip. I love the look of coordinating, but not exactly matching. I’m sure this is easier while my kids are young, because I still choose their clothes :).
For each of my scrapbooks, I like to create a title page. The title page is that first page on the inside of your scrapbook. It is different from the rest of the pages, because it typically doesn’t have a “mate”.
Tips for Designing a Scrapbook Title Page:
- Use the title page to share information about what the scrapbook is about. Consider including information about Who, What, When, Where and Why type questions. In this case, I included the location and date, plus plenty of embellishment to show that it was a fun trip for vacation.
- You may or may not need/want to include photos on the title page. The only “photo” on my Hawaii scrapbook title page is just an image I clipped from a travel brochure! I saved the photos for other pages in the book, because I want to title page to stay focused on information about the book.
- The title page sets the tone for the rest of the scrapbook. Feel free to go crazy with embellishments :)! Or not – it all depends on the feel of your scrapbook. In this case I included tons of tropical flowers, bright colors and a picture of a surfer on the beach.
Do you have any other ideas or tips for designing scrapbook covers or title pages? If so, please share in the comments :)!