Tips for travel scrapbooking?

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Posted 7/11/2013 by alexesmariebrown in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 537,370
January 2012
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Posted: 7/11/2013 10:18:14 AM
What are the best tips and tricks on travel scrapbooking!?

I'm getting ready to go on a 7 week trip and need some advice on packing my stuff!

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PeaNut 51,456
October 2002
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Posted: 7/11/2013 10:44:41 AM
Are you scrapping your trip or just bringing scrapping stuff with you to scrap while you are on vacation? I have done both but the prep is different for each.

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April 2012
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Posted: 7/11/2013 3:06:04 PM
I'm guessing that you want to put some stuff together while you're on the trip...?

I haven't done this, but when I travel I take one of those accordion file things and separate things by date in there... Easy way to keep all the brochures, postcards, receipts, and bits you collect each day separate but together...

I also take a calendar with me - just printed off the computer... Each day I'd take the time to make a few quick notes on there... Things like the weather, the attraction/activity of the day, breakfast/lunch/dinner... Just the basics... I take a large size post-it pad and on that I write more specific stuff on... Things like anecdotes, favourite memory, best part of the day, song that I heard, name of something I want to remember, etc... I stick the post-it to the paper stuff and put it in the accordion file for that day... I don't write out a whole story, but just enough to trigger the memory and track where/when it happened... There are online ways to track that too... Oh Life sends you an email each night and you can reply with whatever you want to remember and then look at your account there and see the replies/notes you sent to yourself...

If I was going to scrapbook while I was away, I'd pick one paper to use for the background of each page, and try to pre-plan some things I'd need/use (labels, journalling cards, date stickers/stamp)... Now that I've tried the PL style inserts, I'd probably be tempted to try those... Set up two pages per week, or four, and then mix in additional ones if I wanted certain attractions/activities to have their own pages...

I'd probably see if there was any scrap/craft/art stores where I was going... If there was, I would probably pack less and treat myself to supplies as souvenirs... Something like a date stamp in a different language or a nice pen...


PeaNut 236,056
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Posted: 7/11/2013 3:10:37 PM
Great ideas Penny Paws!


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Posted: 7/11/2013 3:49:58 PM

take one of those accordion file things and separate things by date in there... Easy way to keep all the brochures, postcards, receipts, and bits you collect each day separate but together...
Great idea, thanks! I'm taking a 2000 mile road trip this fall. This will be perfect! Thanks again!

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PeaNut 35,782
April 2002
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Posted: 7/12/2013 2:03:55 PM
I've been using the accordion files for years.My favorite kind is the CM File Mate, but any kind will do. I like the plastic ones because they are stronger than the paper ones. I want to keep my memorabilia in perfect condition, not all bent up, and this really helps. (Yeah, I'm picky).

I try to pick up a brochure everywhere we go. I buy postcards because sometimes my photos don't turn out the way I want them to. Example: When DS and I went to see Mt.Fugi in Japan there was a lot of fog that day and we could barely see Mt.Fugi I did take photos, but I also bought postcards. Hotel Stationary is great for journaling on. I'm not sure if you find this in the USA, but they had it in Japan.

I keep tickets, especially airline tickets, train tickets, any kind of ticket. Not only does it make great memorabilia, but it's fun to look back years later and see how cheap things were.

Debbie in MD.

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Posted: 7/12/2013 2:34:00 PM

Hotel Stationary is great for journaling on.

I am having a total "duh" moment, I can't believe I've never thought of this! It probably isn't acid free, but if you used archival mist or put it inside a pocket or envelope I'm sure it would be fine (or, like a lot of scrappers now, I could juts not worry about it).

I have used postcards on my LOs, and I buff them with the archival mist first. Most of those pages are less than a year old, so time will tell how well that works!

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PeaNut 35,782
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Posted: 7/12/2013 5:58:19 PM
Don't feel bad KBPea. I didn't figure it out until I was in Japan and happened to notice it because of the Kanji writing. It was 2008 and I'd been scrapping for 10 years already.

Debbie in MD.

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Posted: 7/12/2013 7:18:46 PM
I use a three ring binder with pocket folders vacation finds go in the pockets. I do take my trimmer and a smash book or other mini with washi and some stickers and wood pieces and I can collect and or scrap while on vacation. Most vacations are just four days weekend trips to Colorado Springs/Denver so I mostly just collect things but I use postcards and smashed pennies or pamphlets. I do some photo editing on my iPad or iPhone while on vacation on either the iPad or iPhone and have things ready to go whether making a pit stop at Archivers for shopping/printing/crop or just having things totally ready for when I get home.

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