More Louisiana trip pages and plans for my album

I tried to think of a clever title for this post, but really I think the next 25 posts I do will be pages from our LA trip, so I’m kind of drawing a blank at this point. I made up a partial list of all the pages I want to make, and it’s well over 100. I’ve done 23 so far. I know everyone is going to be thoroughly sick of them long before I am 🙂

This week’s new releases at GingerScraps worked right into my theme, so I was pretty happy!

2014-11-23 Alabama map web

2014-11-25 Louisiana in Text web

Queen Wild has a new entry in her State of Mind series. (You can see my New York and New Jersey pages here). These are so fun!

For Alabama I journaled about our brief drive through. For Louisiana, I took random photos of signs and text from New Orleans and Abita Springs. I’ve never seen Jason so excited about a page! He has a thing for signs, so I always try to snap as many as I can when we’re traveling.

Credits for both-
Tell Your Story- November by JB Studio
State of Mind: Gulf Coast by Queen Wild Scraps

Turning Leaf collabSnips and Pieces template by Little Rad Trio

2014-11-23 rest stop web

The next two pages use templates from the Snips and Pieces pack from Little Rad Trio. They were super easy to use and my pages came together pretty quickly. They look similar, but there will be a few pages separating them in my book, so I’m okay with that. I think next time I’ll space it out more between LO’s from the same template pack though. I was so busy trying to scrap that first day that I didn’t think of it until I saw them together.

Brick house credits
Turning Leaf collab
Snips and Pieces template by Little Rad Trio

Crestview rest stop credits
What A Man collab by the Gingerbread Ladies
Snips and Pieces template by Little Rad Trio

I’ve given a lot of thought to what I want the final product of these pages to be. For my whole scrapping life I’ve been quite happy to scrap a page here and there, adding to my albums whenever inspiration struck.

While I still love doing that, I wanted to try something different with this trip. I’d really like to scrap this trip to completion. Tell all the stories, show off all the photos, and make an actual book out of it.

Part of my reasoning is financial.  We took a lot of pictures, and I kept a lot of notes too. I’m going to make a lot of pages for this one. And that gets expensive. Blurb books are a lot cheaper than doing individual pages.

I’ve never “completed” a trip album before, and I’m curious to see how that would feel. I’ve been scrapping this trip for over a month and I’m still excited about it. And I’m lucky enough to have plenty of inspiration in the form of products and challenges right now.

I’ve made a separate page to house all my LO’s from this trip, similar to how I did for Summer 2013. That should be ready next week. It will be part of a bigger change to the blog that I hope to have ready by the end of February.

February will also be my blogiversary. I can’t believe I’ve had this blog for almost three years now!

Okay, enough rambling… thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Month of Challenges LO’s #1-5

I’m excited to participate in the Month of Challenges at The Lilypad this year again. I didn’t finish every challenge last year, but I made around twenty pages, so I’ll call that a success. 🙂

Like last year, I’m going with a theme for most of my pages. 2014 was all about scrapping pages from Summer 2013. This year I want to concentrate on making pages from our Louisiana trip. I’m sure other topics will sneak in there too, but I’d like to keep to my theme as much as possible. Here are my first five pages.

Hunter kit and Decorative brushes by Just Jaimee

The first challenge was to use blending. This is one of the things in scrapping that I’m the worst at, but I think I faked it pretty well. Also, that word art? Love love love. Carpe the heck out of this diem indeed!

Credits- Hunter kit and Decorative brushes by Just Jaimee

Hunter kit by Just Jaimee

Next up was the Blind Challenge. They give you instructions, you follow them. Easy peasy.

Journaling reads- November 23, 2014 InstaFood makes everything look classier, even Burger King.

Credits- Hunter kit by Just Jaimee

November 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee  Hunter template by Just Jaimee

Art Inspiration Challenge

Journaling reads- We stopped on the Alabama state line to rest and stretch our legs. It was right before sunset and the colors were gorgeous.

Credits- November 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee
Hunter template by Just Jaimee

September 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

Clean and Simple Challenge. One of my favorite pages.

Journaling taken from Instagram- Windows rolled down. Hair blowing in the wind. Smelling pine and campfire smoke. Swanee River.

Credits- September 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

Hunter kit and template by Just Jaimee

Photo Treatment Challenge

Journaling reads- That awkward moment where you realize you just took a picture with the backside of a Confederate soldier, who was in fact, not FDR like you had originally thought. #fail

Credits- Hunter kit and template by Just Jaimee

This is always a fun and busy time of year for my scrapping. I love that TLP hosts such fun challenges. I’ll be back soon with my next five pages.