My Scrapbook Philosophy Part 1 or I Flunked Project Life!
Retro Sketches #79

My Scrapbook Philosophy Part 2

Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm going to share a mini-album I made using pictures from a cruise I took back in 2011. I'm also going to share my scrapbook philosophy part 2. One of the things I like to do for some of my vacations or special trips is to make a mini-album.

Here is what I like about it:

  • I can prepare it ahead of time, at least partially, so I have an idea how many and what general sizes or orientation of the pictures I will need.
  • I save my tickets, tags and other ephemera from the trip, and add them into the pages with the pictures later. I brought an envelope with me to store these items in.
  • It's a smaller project with a definite start and end, so I have a sense of accomplishment when I complete it.
  • It gives me a chance to try a different size and even a more dimensional format for scrapbooking.
  • Usually I choose this option if I am just making an album for myself. If I want to make a vacation album with copies for my family or I don't want to include the emphemera from my trip, then I'll go with a digital book. I'll share one of those later this week!
  • I still make additional 12x12 scrapbook pages about different parts of my vacations or trips, but they are focused on one place or thing. In the mini album I show the overall experience.

So, on to the pictures. The suitcase shaped chipboard album is from Stampin' Up!, but was retired awhile back. I also cut some additional patterned paper pages to put in between each chipboard page so I could include more photos and such. I painted each chipboard piece with pink, green, red, vanilla or light blue acrylic paint.


I used the stamp set Sentimental Journey, a retired set from Stampin' Up! I also used the Simple Serif Mini Alphabet, Puns from the Past and their Tag Alphabet.


The papers, ribbons and other small embellishments were from the Making Memories Passport line.


I cut pockets, tickets and a few other shapes using my Silhouette from the patterned papers.


I used some international themed dies also from Quickutz.


I focused one chipboard page and one paper page on each day and each place on the cruise. This one was to the British Isles. I highly recommend this type of trip if you ever have the chance to go.


On the post card or note shaped pieces, I journaled about our activities for that day. I had written all of this down on the trip. This Tag Alphabet is great for titles, and fits right in with the banner trend that is still going strong.




I diecut diamonds, folded them in half, stamped them with the mini alphabet stamps and adhered them over twine. I really like using these different banners as titles.


I staped twine to the little pieces in the envelope, so they would be easy to pull out.










I even included a couple of pages about the boat itself. This was my first cruise, so being on a boat that large was fun and a novelty in itself.







Well, that is all for today. I have a digital album to share this week as well as a few 12x12 traditional pages. So, do you make mini albums? Do you keep tickets and trinkets from your trips? What do you do with them after the trip? Thanks for stopping by.