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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Scrapping our New York trip

Case of the Mondays collab FWP State of Mind: East Coast by Queen Wild Scraps

I think I’ll be scrapping last year’s New York trip for the next ten years or so. And I’m totally fine with that 🙂 Queen Wild Scraps is releasing some fabulous templates today that are perfect for scrapping the Northeast. (And now I really want to visit Connecticut and Rhode Island so I can use the other two templates in the set!)

The first page is an overview of some of the things we did over the course of the trip. I picked a photo or two from each day we were there. I had initially done enough journaling to fill in the entire state layer, but after I finished the New Jersey page, I realized it needed a photo enlargement instead. But a few of the other CT’s filled theirs with words, and it looks great either way. I’ll save that journaling for a different page.

Case of the Mondays collab FWP
State of Mind: East Coast by Queen Wild Scraps

Project January 2013   State of Mind- East Coast by Queen Wild Scraps

The second page shows scenes from the airport coming and going from Newark. I love the shots from the airplane looking down. Jason always takes great “out the window of planes” pictures for me. (I can’t look out the window without feeling sick)

Journaling reads- Newark airport. We arrived early, as always because Jason is the most punctual person I’ve ever met. He started going through photos while we waited in the terminal, but I needed some quiet time to just process everything. It was an amazing trip, but we were so happy to be heading home.

Project January 2013 by Connie Prince
State of Mind- East Coast by Queen Wild Scraps