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Vacation Scrapbooking Pages: Planning Before You Go on Your Trip

Aug 3, 2008
When preparing for your vacation, you always remember to pack your camera, but do you ever think about how you will scrapbook your vacation photos before you leave on your trip? Planning your vacation scrapbooking pages before you begin your trip makes it easier and quicker to design a beautiful vacation album when you get home. Here are a few quick tips to consider when planning your vacation scrapbook.

Your Vacation Scrapbooking Album

Most of us plan our vacations well in advance. It's never too early to start shopping for a vacation scrapbooking album. You want one that will reflect the theme or location of your trip. Consider a location-specific album like Disney or Hawaiian scrapbooks. You may prefer a beach-themed album or a general vacation album. Planning ahead gives you plenty of time to watch your local scrapbooking or craft store for sales. You can even get a plain chipboard covered scrapbook and design your own album cover.

Embellishments for Your Vacation Scrapbook

While you are shopping for your album, look to see what coordinating products are available to match it. Planning in advance allows you to take advantage of sales on embellishments as well. Choose page elements and paper that will work well with the location and themes of your vacation photos. Keep all your embellishments with the album you have chosen together in one place. They'll be ready when you return from your trip.

Journaling Your Trip

Remembering the details of your vacation is part of the journaling process on your scrapbooking page layouts. Make it easier by keeping notes or writing in a journal during your trip. Note the dates and the places you visit as well as your feelings and thoughts. Now when you return home, journaling in your scrapbook will be quick, easy and more detailed. You can even tear a few pages from the journal and include them right in your layouts.

Planning Photographs of Your Trip

Think ahead and plan a few of your vacation photos. You'll want a picture that can serve as the title page of your album. If you're going a cruise, a picture of the ship would work well for this. If it's Disney World, take a photo of the Disney World sign. Remember that as you take photos of the places you visit you will want to be sure to include yourself in the shots too. Before you go on the trip, make a list of what photos you don't want to forget to take. Tuck the list in your camera bag so it's always handy.

Mementos of Your Vacation

You'll want to bring home mementos of your trip for your vacation scrapbook. Pack small plastic bags to hold them so they won't be damaged on the trip home. Save tickets to parks and shows, menus or napkins, maps and brochures. You will definitely want to add these to your page layouts.

A little planning will make your vacation scrapbook album come together easily. Try to get your pictures developed as soon as possible, and start working on your pages while the memories are still fresh in your mind. Following these tips, you'll have everything you need when you arrive home to design a beautiful keepsake of your trip.
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Christine Perry invites you to her website, for more scrapbooking ideas and information on scrapbooking home office design .
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