Last summer I had the great opportunity to travel to South Africa with my extended family. It was an amazing trip and I’d go back again in a second! You can read about my trip here, if you’re curious.
Before I left, I knew that I wanted to document my trip as it happened. I find that so many details get lost if you try and remember a trip afterwards.
This time, I ran out of time and didn’t get the chance to make anything before I left. Instead I purchased a SMASH book for myself and my girls to document our trip while in Africa. The book pictured is the International Travel edition Smash Book.
While I was in South Africa I sat down each evening and recorded my thoughts for the day, things we did, things I felt etc… I made my girls do the same thing. Some nights it was a struggle to get them to sit down and write, but I think in the end they will appreciate having a record of our trip. My son also journaled while on the trip but I could only convince him to write in a composition notebook, he had no interest in any scrapbookey stuff.
I left spaces in the album to go back and add photos when I got home. It worked out well since there seemed to be a page with lines on it every few pages.
When I got home I printed some of our photos and added them to the album with some embellishments.
On a few of the pages I hand lettered some inspirational quotes.
One thing to note. Once I got all the photos in the Smash book it got TOO thick. I had to pull out a few of the pages so the pages would turn easily. Also the design of a few of the pages didn’t match well with the mood I had in mind for my album. So I cut scrapbook paper the same size as the album pages and glued it over the top of the page I didn’t like.
I finished the whole thing a few weeks after I got home, while the trip was fresh in my mind. I was just going through and reading it the other day and thought that I would share it here.
What about you guys? Does anyone else like to keep a record of their adventures?