Last September we traveled to California to drive the Pacific Coast Highway, aka Highway 1, from San Francisco to San Diego. I tackled documenting this trip with a digital photo book and small memorabilia album.
When I travel I take a ton of photos and it just isn’t realistic for me to scrapbook them traditionally. I usually create some sort of digital book for trips. I’ve used various services throughout the years, and this was my first try at Artifact Uprising. I was attracted to the options for the size of the book and the service has many positive reviews. I chose a landscape 8.5×11 size with a full flap jacket cover and the 150-page option. I ended up with 166 pages! It took me a few months to sort through my 2,757 pictures and edit a few. Artifact Uprising does have sales, so I was able to take advantage of that, which every little bit helps.
The design element was basic and easy to do. They provide some customization options, but I did my editing in Photoshop Elements. I prefer the layouts with one or two photos on a page and plenty of white space.
While I travel I take notes and hoard every piece of paper as keepsakes along the way. At first I was not going to included any journaling in the digital book, but there were too many stories to share that didn’t necessarily have photos. I decided to include a brief summary for each day, sometimes almost just listing happenings and tidbits from our adventure.
Then with the collection of receipts, tickets, maps, napkins, menus, etc, I decided to put together a mini album to accompany the photo album. This was actually quite easy and once I had all my elements I was able to assemble it in a few hours. I printed some photos for this to help tell the story along the way, but mostly used memorabilia.
Here is a peek:
I used the main map that helped us navigate San Francisco as a page for photos and including postcards. Fun fact for memory keepers, in the store at Golden Gate Bridge, they have a stamping stations set up so you can stamp the date on the back of the visitor souvenir card.
Hotel Receipt, MUNI public bus passes, business card, airline ticket stub and Alcatraz brochure. I attached a photo right on the brochure.
Many brochures I pick up along the way from hotels or stores of places I know I plan on visiting so I have something to scrap. Yum, every time I see the Hula’s menu I think of fried plantains!
More brochures, a mini take-out menu, hotel room key and ticket stubs.
It was an awesome trip and I highly recommend it!
Simple Stories album
Other memorabilia suggestions:
Matchbooks (take matches out for safety reasons!)
State Park admission passes
Incorporate posted maps & signs by snapping a photo
How do you document trips? Do you prefer a digital or traditional scrapbook?