Scrapping Shortcuts

Here’s an easy shortcut for those of you crafting summer vacation scrapbooks: start planning your page designs mid-trip. I like to consider myself an organized person. However, compared to my sister-in-law, I am a sloth. Going on holiday with my brother’s wife is like traveling with Martha Stewart. Not only does she keep a detailed travel journal, but she also records every picture she snaps and jots down notes in her log to coincide with collected memorabilia, ranging from maps to ticket stubs.

Not surprisingly she is able to complete vacation scrapbooks in record time once she is home and her photos are printed. Conversely, I just put the finishing touches on my family’s Hawaiian vacation scrapbook. Never mind that we took the trip in January and the photos I snapped while in paradise had been sitting in my camera for nearly half a year.

So much for organization. Make that motivation. Actually, make that lack of inspiration. However, now that I’ve seen the fruits of my sister-in-law’s labor, I’m operating with new vigor. I may not have an accordion file filled with souvenir programs, ticket stubs and other collectibles, but I have mountains of photos and a fairly decent memory. What’s more, I have a few simple, yet effective ideas on how to make the most of my page designs.

For example, we have a family tradition of taking goofy pictures in photo booths no matter where they are located. I then use the tiny images to frame journaling blocks or page titles. I know some scrapbook fans, who frame larger photos with smaller ones, though the smaller pictures must be relevant and they can’t clash with the bigger images. My sister-in-law took a bunch of photos of road signs and eye-popping billboards and used them to frame larger shots she snapped of her family on a road trip through California. By doing so she saved a ton of money on traditional frames and embellishments, plus she was able to save time as she had already formulated an idea for the layout.

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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.