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Posted 3/14/2013 by Shawn in AZ in General Scrappin'

Shawn in AZ

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Posted: 3/14/2013 12:06:38 AM
My daughter is going on an amazing trip next week with her school to Washington DC and New York City. I'm giving her an envelope to keep receipts, brochures etc in so that we can do some type of Smash album for her trip. I'm looking for a list of great things she should save. I know I've seen some before but I googled and didn't come up with much. does anyone know where a good list is posted?
Thanks so much?

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Posted: 3/14/2013 12:29:05 AM
Receipts as they always show city and state, ticket stubs, parking permits, maps or brochures in hotels for the touristy things a person does. Take a few select pics especially at dawn or dusk. They show the landscape of an area very well. Tags from any purchases and if you find one of those smash a penny things...those are fun.

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Posted: 3/14/2013 12:37:59 AM
take-out menus(some resturants have paper ones),meal receipts,I always ask for toll booth receipts,if we come across penny crushing machines I do those and add to my journals(make sure she has nice pennies and plenty of quarters)I also look for small charms to add as well, I buy postcards too of the things we have done.

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Posted: 3/14/2013 1:27:03 AM
My favourites are always things with maps.

I also keep and use tickets, travel ephemera (boarding passes, public transit tickets/passes), brochures from museums/sites, etc. If a site has a non-photo policy I'll often buy a postcard as documentation instead. I'll often tuck restaurant and hotel receipts in pockets, too.

The best thing, though, is give her a little book to write in. Things see did/saw that day. What she loved, etc. I've found these to be incredibly useful when I actually sit down to scrap.

More important, though, remind her to get photos of herself and her friends whilst on holiday, as well as major sites she visits.

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Posted: 3/14/2013 5:04:51 AM
Definitely post cards. Especially if she didn't get to take the photo herself, she may get a very good image of some place she saw or visited.


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Posted: 3/14/2013 6:01:04 AM
I agree on the postcards, especially for night time shots, and for photos taken from impossible vantage points.


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Posted: 3/14/2013 6:37:15 AM
I agree with post cards...those professional photographers do a much better job than I can!


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Posted: 3/14/2013 6:46:28 AM
I like to write about things I did at the end of the day using hotel stationary. Also, I recommend some journaling prompts that get her thinking about what she did more deeply than: today I went here, here and here. On htat note, I also do a photo scavenger hunt when I travel. Not for sites, but like, a picture of a meal I ate, me in front of something that has the name of the city I'm in, something funny, different modes of transport, something close, a landscape, a reflection of me...


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Posted: 3/14/2013 7:24:29 AM
When I've taken road trips, I like to bring postcard stamps and along the way, buy postcards and journal on the back. Then mail them to myself to get the postmark of where I was.

Usually hotels will have a tourist brochure section, that's a great place to pick up info on what she's seen.


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Posted: 3/14/2013 7:29:35 AM
I've grabbed coasters (chipboard ones) from restaurants if it has the name of the place on it.


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Posted: 3/14/2013 8:01:48 AM
I second the post about doing a little journaling every night. I have a pocket size journal I take with me.

I also sometimes pick up 2 brochures, so I can cut them up if I want.


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Posted: 3/14/2013 10:58:57 AM
My rule when I travel is to save anything paper that I get! I also save things like coasters, public transportation passes, cocktail napkins, etc.


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Posted: 3/14/2013 11:36:37 AM
Business cards are great to grab. You can journal on the back too if you want to remember little things about that place.

Maybe a newspaper if she can grab one from each State.

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Posted: 3/14/2013 11:40:53 AM
Lots of great suggestions here. I'm with the poster who said "anything paper." I usually collect it all and then decide what to keep and what to toss when I get home.

Just wanted to add metro cards to the list of things to keep. Both DC and NYC have a great metro system. The maps of the metro stations make for great background papers.



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Posted: 3/14/2013 11:42:58 AM
The drink coasters, napkins from the restaurants she eats at. Playbills and maps that are at certain locations. In NYC there are people on the streets in front of the theatre that hand out information regarding the shows. In DC (I just took a fabulous trip to DC), gather the brochures at all the Smithsonian Institutes (too many to see and name). Of course snap lots of photos with the phone and then go to the notepad in the phone to jot down notes. Subway passes. At the MLK bookstore there are Passport stamps that you can get (three I think). They should have those throughout DC as well. The date and museum is on the stamps, and there's receipt paper available to stamp on.

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Posted: 3/14/2013 8:01:08 PM
These are all great suggestions! I'll type up a list of these for her to take with her. Thanks everyone, I really appreciate your help!

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Posted: 3/14/2013 11:46:17 PM
Can you have her pick up postcards at as many places as she can. She can write her memory of the place and mail it home.
Then when she gets back everything is there ready to be bound into a little book or added to a scrapbook

Brochures, receipts, maps, room keys, tickets and labels can be saved along the way

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