As mentioned on a previous post I planned to make two mini albums for trips we're taking this year. The first was for our trip in May to St Ives, Cornwall. We’ve been so many times before that I thought I’d create a mini album, based on Tina Aszmus Mini-details album workshop, that recorded the little details that we love about St Ives (I've documented the day to day part of our trip in my project life album).
I worked on this album while we were on holiday so I had to plan what to take in advance and I tried to keep the amount of supplies I took with me in check:
Cover and pages
I’d already used the cover that came with the class kit for Tina's workshop, so I’d originally planned to make my own letterpress cover after seeing Nicole Reaves fantastic version. However I changed my mind after finding a wooden postcard of St Ives and used that with some chipboard to make a cover. For the inside pages I’ve used a mix of pages and cards from the kit class and supplemented it with paper from my stash. St Ives is a coastal town with the most amazing quality of light so I opted for blues, greens and some yellows as they reminded me of the landscape there.
I had thought of leaving the pages and papers loose and picking which papers to use as I worked on the album. I went with that option last year when I documented our US road trip. It worked well for that trip as I could mix & match papers depending on my photos/the ephemera I’d collected each day. But for this trip I wanted the album to be as simple as possible to complete. So I decided to go against my normal tendency to leave my options open and committed to putting the album together in advance!
I knew there was nowhere to get photos developed in St Ives so I needed to take a photo printer with me. I own a Selphy printer but it’s the older model which only works with my phone if there is wi-fi, which I knew we wouldn’t have where we were staying. I’d have been able to print photos from my big camera but the sort of details I wanted to capture would probably be taken with my iPhone. Therefore I decided to invest in an Instax Share SP-1 printer. This printer creates it’s own little wi-fi network, it was nice and compact and I can use it again on future trips.
I took the class stamp kit but also picked out some more from my collection that I thought would work with the album. For those I picked out the specific stamp I wanted and just took that stamp and not the full set, which saved a little space. I also included a few small ink pads, again choosing colours that would work with the colours I'd picked for the album.
I’d kept the copper labels that came with the class kit for this project and decided to make copper an accent colour for the album. Then from my stash I picked out a few word sticker packs, some more labels, a polaroid frame embellishment that came in a project life kit a few months back, a couple of tags, a few pieces of copper vellum, brass paperclips, copper tape, a few wood veneer banners and some dipped watercolour paper that I’d made after I'd seen the technique in Destination Documented's Spring Break Mini Workshop.
I tried to keep this simple and took small scissors, a mini attacher, small tape runner, acrylic block for stamps, pencil, ruler, hole punch and two pens. At the last minute I added my Peerless Watercolor Papers, aqua brushes, a pad of watercolour postcards and a small bottle of glossy accents.
I used one of the boxes that Studio Calico pack their project life kits in to store loose embellishments and a pencil case for tools. The album was in a pouch to protect it when it was in my day bag. I had loose bits & pieces like stamps, watercolours and watercolour paper which with the box, pencil case, Instax Printer etc all got put into a tote bag. It wasn't the most compact kit I've put together but I had the luxury of not having to worry about space or weight limits this time as we drove to St Ives.
I hope you've found this post useful. I'd love to hear if you also document your travels while on the road? What are your essential supplies?
Supplies: I’ve not written a supply list this time as a lot of the items I used were from my stash so are from past Studio Calico kits or class kits that are no longer available. Other than an ink pad I didn’t buy anything specifically for this album. So I encourage you to raid your stash if you want to create a similar kit. But if you have questions about anything please let me know.
Class: Tina’s class is no longer available as a individual class. However it is available as part of the Mini Book Library at Studio Calico.