There have been some great travel albums shared on the web recently and it’s got me thinking about my plans for documenting our travels this year. We have two trips planned this year; a week in St Ives, Cornwall and a twin city break to Berlin & Prague.
I like to work on albums while on the trip and have done this twice so far. Once with a smashbook for a trip around Catalonia and last year on a road trip in the US. It does take some planning on what supplies to take but I like to work on the album when we have some down time on the trip. Personally rather than it being extra work, I find it helps me reflect back on what we’ve done already on the trip; I guess it works a little like a gratitude journal. And another bonus is that I come back with a mostly finished album.
So far I’ve thinking of different approaches to the the two trips:
I’m taking Tina Aszmus’s mini book workshop at Studio Calico and I’m thinking of using the class as inspiration for how I record this trip. We’ve been to St Ives at least 4 times before so I thought it would be good to document the details of why we love it there so much. So little details of the place rather than documenting what we did day by day. I’m still figuring out if I’ll use parts of the kit from the workshop or make something up from my stash.
Berlin & Prague
I think we’ll be packing in a lot of sightseeing on this trip plus we need to travel light. So for this trip I want a travel album that is easy and quick to work on when we have a little free time. I knew Kelly Purkey and Hero Arts were bringing out a plastic wallet system that would be ideal for documenting on the go. Kelly just shared this album she had created with the wallet and it’s sold it to me! I think I will get the outer wallet and I’m still deciding if I also buy any of the extra inserts that are also available. Then I might add some neutral paper before hand but then try to find as much paper ephemera as possible while we’re there to add to the album. I’m still thinking what to do about printing photos. I have the older Canon Selphy Printer which doesn’t have its own wifi and will be too big for this trip as we’ll try to pack light. An Instax printer is tempting but I’m not sure I can justify the cost.
I plan to share details of these albums in the future plus share my not-so-mini album from our US trip last year (little sneak is shown above) and my tips on documenting on the road. Also if you'd like some travel album inspiration I have a Travel Mini Album board on Pinterest.
Have you started to make plans in how you will document your trips this year?