Friday, July 8, 2011

travel mini album

My hubby and I had the chance to take an all expenses paid trip to Shanghai China last fall and had a wonderful experience (CLICK HERE to read about it).  After we got home I wanted to make a mini-album of our trip photos for my hubby for Christmas, but life got too busy.  So, it ended up being a birthday gift this summer and I wanted to share the final product.  This album was featured on the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog on Tuesday.

For the cover I used some Echo Park For The Record papers and stickers, Teresa Collins travel card and icons, Jillibean corrugated alphas and an American Crafts 8x8 modern album.

The first page is a pocket page which includes some of the money we saved from our trip.  Pockets are a great way to include memorabilia on travel pages.  I just sewed the edges of the pocket (October Afternoon paper) to the Teresa Collins itinerary page.  I used glue dots to adhere the coins to a Jillibean kraft tag--love those!

Here are the inside pages:

For these pags I used Picasa (free photo editing software from Google--download here) to create 7.5 x 7.5 inch collages which I printed as 8x10 enlargements.  I used two October Afternoon 8x8 paper pads to save me the time of trimming 12x12 pages down.  I embellished with Jillibean Soup kraft tags, travel twill, and a globe stamp.  I also added some Teresa Collins travel icons as well.  I tried to keep the pages and design fairly simple because the story and photos are my focus here.  Plus my dear husband likes it better this way. =)  Keeping to the same basic design on each page gives it a cohesive feel as well.  I finished this album in less than a day, which is good because I don't have a lot of spare time for huge long album projects right now.  Our family albums take me at least a year to complete (scrapping pages as I have time).

If you have a favorite travel album or way to scrapbook your travel photos, link me up in the comments below.  I'd love to see your ideas!


Heather said...

LOVE your album! The formula works great!

Cynthia Baldwin said...

What a fabulous way to document your trip! Love the photo collage idea. TFS!

Jennifer Larson said...

I love what you did with this--a terrific album! And how jealous am I that you went to China!