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A few weeks ago Zach, Jordan and I went to Florida where Jordan served an LDS mission, which was cut short–and sudden–due to medical issues and it all felt a bit unfinished. Lack of closure and all.  So when I found tickets for $247 round trip from Utah, I knew we needed to go.

For the trip, I knew I wanted to make a little travel journal, in the truest sense of the word  journal. I wanted to quickly document our day-to-day happenings without worrying about a ton a photos. I was out to capture the trip in words so that I could create an actual album later with the mass amounts of photos I’d take.

I took my Instax camera with me and would take one or two photos that day as a little reminder of the moment to put in my journal. Of course, I opted to include a few more ‘Instax’ style photos taken from my iPhone using the Snapshots #3 kit after the fact as well.

My supplies consisted of a sharpie, a date roller stamp, some clear travel-themed and date KBS stamps (Travelogue, Wanderlust, Time Again), a stamp block, black ink, two washi tapes, some paper clips and some enamel dots. I wanted to keep it all simple.

For the album, again, I wanted to keep it simple, yet have some fun. So it was all about the pages. Different pages in different sizes, mediums, cuts, etc.

And when it came time to package it all up, I looked around to see what I could find to put it in. I thought about various boxes or containers, but nothing seemed to fit the bill. Then I glanced down at a box of stuff and saw a Making Memories elements container and could not believe how prefect it was!

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I seriously could not have planned it better myself. I just put the rest of my accoutrements in a ziploc sandwich bag and tossed them in my purse. Of course, I went out with the ‘left’ and came home with the ‘right’. ;) But still perfect on both counts. I love it when a plan comes together.

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So here’s a look at the whole enchilada.

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The album itself is 5″ w x 5 3/4″ h. It’s a print and cut made from a kraft paper. It’s heavier than paper but not as thick as cardstock. I love this stuff! Kass bought a pack of it at Hobby Lobby for a project and I’m gonna have to buy her some more because I keep stealing it.

I also love, love, love including maps in vacation albums. I love a visual reference for me or anyone looking at where we were.

 

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I took a photo of the beach with my Instax, but if I remember my instructions correctly, you’re suppose to use it in above 50 degree temps. It was windy and cold on the beach, so I think they struggled to develop. But still, it kind of produces a fun effect here.

I also used a print+cut tab from Attach It on the photo on the left with Escape to the Ocean cut from vinyl and adhered to a plastic sheet on the opposite side. All cut before hand and taken with on the trip.

 

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I wanted to include at least one envelope for my album to house itty bits of paper, so I used this double sided envelope from the Envelopes kit, cut it as large as I could on a 12×12 paper, and guess what. It was perfect for holding Project Life cards and other fun things.

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I also took two pieces of cardstock with good adhesive to use as a binding for the album. Tags make awesome pages in a mini album like this!


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Since eating gator tail was a monumental occasion, I included a photo of this when I came home. Used Snapshots #3 for that. I’m in love with that kit!


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I backed some cards with grid or lined paper. I just have a notepad of that stuff–grid on one side, lined on the other. It’s good stuff.


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Used a receipt image form inFORMS to make this left page. Colors are editable so I could make it match my album. I also used shimmery gold striped Project Life card from Teresa Collins.


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I think this is one of my favorite pages. :) Love the Foldover. It’s just a fun way to extend your journaling and add a little flair.

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Adding receipts with dates and locations on it is the perfect ephemera for any album. Wrapping it around gives ya a two-fer accent.  Sweet.
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Like I said, it was all about the page content and what I could do to make things easy…most of the time, anyway. ;) So I used another Teresa Collins card–this time a 4×6 one–and folded it to make this page.
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And then on the flip side, I wrote journaling and included a tag from Tiny Details that I already had printed. It just happened to fit perfectly there. I also cut the right page using a card from Beautiful Somewhere. I love open-space cards!


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Another page modified from a card in the Beautiful Somewhere kit. Makes a great statement page all on its own.


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I did add a Freckled Fawn star paper clip and arrow washi tape after I came home…because…well…how could I not? And I loved the Teresa Collins glittery heart.

 

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I did want to include a few extra photos, so I used these 4×4 page We R Memory Keepers page protectors along with a Snapshots #3 template. Did I say I looooove that kit? ;)


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And then last, but not least, these Studio Calico enamel dots were the perfect accent to bring along–and the perfect size to punch holes in and keep in my album.

I didn’t necessarily keep the album in its original order. I switched pages around as I needed. Using rings–something changeable–made this kind of project so much easier to do. I also added a few items or photos at home too. Just some finishing touches and all.

Love it for its simplicity. Looks like I spent a lot of time making it, but the trick is to let the pages do all the work. ;)