We’ve all been there. You go on a fantastic trip and you have every intention of making a cute mini scrapbook album or travel journal when you get home, but those pictures never make it off your hard drive. Weeks pass and life goes on and that album never gets made. There is a way to finish a travel album within days of returning home. It’s easy with these steps:
Prepare Your Album Before You Leave
If you plan to buy a daybook or other album before you leave, then you’re already done. If you’re planning to make your own, this is the time to start.
Mary Ann Moss offers a class on making a “Remains of the Day” journal, but if you are looking for something a little less time intensive, I like to use manila folders as my base and bind them with O rings. That way if I have too many pages I can always remove them and set them aside for another trip.
Make a List
If you know that there are certain places or events that you’ll want to journal about, jot them down. Get a rough idea of where everything will fit in your album. If you plan to add any facts or history about a location, this is the time to do that. Your excitement for the research will be high and you might get new ideas for your trip while you are at it.
Journal While You Travel
Set aside time every day to write down your impressions while they are fresh. You don’t have to add it directly to the album yet, but it’s important to record the details before they fade. You can transcribe your notes verbatim later.
If you’re more into 140 characters than pages of longhand, use your social media updates instead. This works best if you are the type of person who checks into Foursquare every time you leave the house. Vaguebooking types of updates just won’t cut it. You’ll struggle with journaling later.
Let Your Ephemera Tell the Story
Save your receipts, ticket stubs, and brochures. The dates and information will be invaluable to telling your story. You can add them to your album every evening or collect them all in an envelope for later. Even if you don’t plan to add them to your album, you should hang onto them for reference.
Bring a Mini Printer
When I went to Disney World with my family a couple of years ago, I brought a PoGo printer with me. I printed out photos right in my hotel room and went home with a finished album.
I bought a Canon Selphy a few months ago for working on my Project Life album and I will be using it for future vacations. It prints out 4×6 inch photos, but it’s easy with a few minutes of Photoshop to format two 3×4 inch photos per print.
Follow these simple steps on your next vacation to get those photos off your computer and give them the treatment they deserve.