Vacation photos have to be one of my favourite scrapbooking topics
– right now I’m getting to the end of an album of our
trip to Namibia in July 2004, & I’m suffering great withdrawal
symptoms – more and more “filler” pages are being
added, because I just don’t want it to end! Sitting at my
computer, scrapping all those photos is wonderful – I have
relived that trip over & over, loving every minute of it. I’d
like to share a few things I’ve found useful, hopefully they
will help you enjoy the task too.
Where are you going to store the images?
One change digital cameras have brought about is the need to have
a place to store the downloaded photos – previously we’d
take along a supply of film, buy more if needed & have the rolls
developed on our return. With a digital camera, first we take far
more photos, and having to have a whole battery of memory sticks
of cards is far too expensive.
Our solution is to take the laptop along on our trips – it
has led to a few surprised glances when it comes out in some of
the very wild places which we have visited! If you are going to
a “wild” place think too of electricity – you
will need to charge batteries for the camera & the laptop –
we have bought a converter which plugs into one of the cigarette
lighter sockets in the car (jostling for position with the rechargeable
lanterns, fridge, deep freeze………!!) There are
other benefits to having a laptop with us one is being able to view
the pictures at the end of the days outing – many a happy
time has been spent at cocktail hour reliving the fun!
Being an early riser, I also enjoy the quiet early morning to do
a bit of renaming & sorting of files – from experience
I find a little done each day saves the overwhelmed feeling of returning
with thousands of unsorted photos………. Whether
you do them whilst on holiday or on your return, they DO need to
be filed in a way that makes sense to you and makes it easy to create
your album. One thing I don’t do – is any cropping –
I’ve found by bitter experience it’s much better to
do that when you actually scrap the pages.
Before we go away I always purchase a stock of good quality CD’s
so that we back up the precious photos in case of any disaster –
you don’t want to look on the black side, but laptop theft,
hard drive crashes are a reality of life, and it could happen on
the last day of your holiday! So back up your files – I’ve
seen some even suggest writing 2 CD’s, mailing one back home
and traveling with the other – I’m not sure I’d
be able to make myself go to these lengths, but then again, if you
really want to be sure you are safe – do it!
We always take photos at very high quality (each about 3,000kb)
making visiting internet café’s & emailing impractical
– but I know some who do this. (If you ever have the privilege
of visiting Namibia don’t rely on this – I saw ONE on
our whole trip, & it did not look so good……!)
I believe that image tanks are very useful on the road –
but not having seen one, let alone used one, I can’t comment
on these – would be interested to hear from you if you have?
I used not to be very disciplined about this but the last few holidays
I've been good & kept a detailed notebook - just a cheap one,
but I try to made good notes of what we've seen, funny things that
happen, how long did a stretch of travel take. Since doing that
I find the journaling MUCH easier to do & I'm a great believer
I usually do the writing whilst my husband, Ray, does the driving
- in Namibia there was PLENTY of time we drove 7 ½ thousand
kms in 2 weeks!
Some cameras allow you to leave a voice note with each photo –
we’ve never found it terribly successful, but maybe you will
– try it!
My head buzzes constantly planning the pages & believe me, if
Ray only had Photoshop loaded on his laptop I would scrap on the
road – dash them, with their one license/one user policy!
At the back of the notebook I also start a list of what pages I’m
going to want to include – this list is very helpful when
filing the photos, as I find the easiest way, is to have a folder
of photos for each page I want to scrap.
Take lots of photos!
As already said with a digital we tend to take lots of photos, but
if you are thinking pages as you go you will probably take the sort
of pictures you will need to make interesting pages. Remember the
close up’s photos the little things - flowers, plants, birds,
food, shells, stones etc – these look great in maybe little
frames, on tags to give interest to your page.
Funny, sad, strange things that happen, try to photograph them all
– in the end they will probably evoke many more memories that
a “say cheese” photo will!
Memorabilia is also great photographed – maps, menus, brochures,
tickets, – photograph them all. These little bit are often
useful too for creating a common thread to run through the album
when you put it together – providing continuity.
Creating the Album
All of us have our own ideas about albums but I’ll share my
thoughts. I like an album to have a unified look – this I
achieve by first off planning a colour scheme which is going to
be appropriate to the destination – for my Namibia album I
used some of the beautiful colours of the sand dunes - the yellows,
deep reds and browns, for Ireland I used soft, misty greens &
blues, for a seaside holiday you may choose brighter blues, greens
and maybe sandy colours.
Once I have my colour scheme I think of elements that I’d
like to use – I make mine, one of my favourites is to uses
some of the items which I’ve photographed, some with background
extracted, some in little hanging frames, some on tags as elements
– this way they are totally unique, and so meaningful to OUR
Most of my albums have been 8” X 10” (20cms x 25cms)
& I have done them “portrait” but you may like landscape
– whichever, my choice is one or other, I don’t like
to keep turning this way & that – but purely personal,
everyone had their own way, YOU express your individuality!
Do at this point look at the article here at DSP on “Power
Scrapbooking” it is a wonderful method of getting an album
I have seen several lovely vacation albums in the galleries, do
a bit of a search, and look at these to be inspired! My own are
Have a happy vacation & I look forward to seeing all your pages!