Improving the Look of Vacation Scrapbooks

The very first scrapbook I ever made had a vacation theme. I spent the summer crisscrossing the United States and collected mountains of memorabilia and nearly 1000 photos. The project was massive. In fact, it was really too big now that I look back on it. Still, I was determined to find a way to display all of the memories I made on my summer-long journey.

When I page through the book now I notice that it has way more photos than anything else. If I had the chance to do it over I would have probably added more embellishments and a few more journaling blocks. Still, it’s not bad for a first scrapbook.

The other mistake I made going into it was that I didn’t focus on the scrapbook aspect. When you know you are going to scrapbook an event you can plan accordingly by taking the photos you need to create layouts. When I was on my trip I focused more on taking obscure and random shots of memorable locations. If I could do it over again, I would map out exactly which sites I wanted to feature in my scrapbook layout and shoot the heck out of them.

For example, I have a bunch of photos from my stop in Texas, but very few were scrapbook worthy. I should have concentrated my efforts on taking better photos in Austin, as it is home to some of the most picturesque places in the state. I wish I had taken more shots of Zilker Park and Nature Preserve. The popular tourist attraction is located just outside the city and features miles of awe-inspiring scenery. Don’t miss photographing Taniguchi Oriental Garden, which houses exquisite floral and fauna. You could easily do an Asian-themed layout with the photos you take from this site alone.

Lou Neff point, where Barton Creek flows into the Colorado River is another amazingly scenic spot. While there you can take incredible photos of downtown Austin and capture the river flowing through town. The opposite shore provides dozens of other spectacular photo opportunities.

Have you ever scrapped a trip to Texas?

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.