travel

Mom’s London Mini-Album

When my mom saw my 6×8 London mini-album, she loved the idea and wanted one of her own. 6×8 was a little too big for her to pack home from NYC, so we decided on an adorable purple polka-dot 4×4 album instead.

Stonehenge Grass

Stonehenge Grass

I went pretty minimal with embellishing, because she really just wanted photos of us abroad, not a whole lot of decoration. The most important thing for her was that she knew the date and location of each picture, and my “feelings” on each site we visited (which is such a “mom” request, lol).

In order to keep things clear and simple, I opted to arrange the photos chronologically, with each day of our trip divided by a clear acrylic number page. Then, every few pages, I inserted a 4×4 journaling card with the details of the location and how I “felt” about it.

Notre-Dame Window

Notre-Dame Window + Acrylic Overlay

This was actually a great exercise for me, because my own mini-album didn’t have too much journaling…there were too many pictures, lol! To write out how I “felt” about each site was a perfect way to reflect on the beauty of the trip, and on the fantastic diversity of the sites we visited.

Stonehenge

London 2015 Mini-Album

I was recently lucky enough to take a week-long trip to London. We crammed so much activity into that one week that I feel like I am still processing everything that happened, lol.

We took a day-tour to Windsor Castle, Bath, and Stonehenge; made a visit to the Warner Bros. studios for the Harry Potter experience; visited Hampton Court Palace; and then of course did the “in-town” tourist sites such as Kensington Palace, the British Museum (Rosetta Stone, bitches!), Big Ben and Winchester, etc. Not to mention our day-trip to Paris, France!!

Sacré-Cœur

Sacré-Cœur

The whole vacation was absolutely breathtaking (and not just because of the miles and miles we walked…11 miles in Paris alone). I love to travel, and have really only recently been in a position to do so regularly.

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Obviously, for a trip as long as a week, I just had to make a mini-album. I had over 1,000 pictures! I knew it had to be big enough to hold plenty of pictures (and don’t even get me started on the physical memorabilia), so I went with a 6×8 album. The one I chose was a red faux leather one by Becky Higgins, but a couple different companies make 6×8 albums and page protectors.

I used felt to decorate the front in the design of the British flag. Working with felt is kind of a new thing for me, but I am proud of the way it turned out, and it wasn’t too difficult at all! Felt is pretty forgiving.

Vegas, Baby

We went to Las Vegas for a week in December 2013, just to “get away.” However, it sort of turned into a mini-family reunion for me, with my mother flying down from Northern Nevada, my aunt driving in from Arizona, and my dad and step-mom coming in from Utah.
Even with all that, we managed to have plenty of “us” time, thanks to the respectful nature of my family, lol. They’re just not the type to think that I should spend every waking moment with them just because they are in town.

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I just got around to finishing the mini-album I made to document the trip, using almost entirely Amy Tangerine Plus One products, with some Sketchbook stuff thrown in (anyone else still totally in love with that line?).

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