Europe Travel Album – Getting Started

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m so inspired by travel albums lately – so why not start another one? This time I’m putting together a 12×12 album of our trip to Europe in 2017. We flew to Venice, Italy and stayed there for a few days before boarding a cruise ship and sailing to Croatia, Malta, Spain, and several cities in Italy.

I’ve had so much fun already going through my photos – I had so many photos it took me hours and hours to figure out which ones to print. There were so many, I decided to send them out to have them printed rather than printing at home.

Stack of printed photos
Box of ephemera stacked on my 12×12 album
Travel journal I created on the trip

Here’s a video walkthrough of unboxing my photos from Persnickety Prints, and looking through the ephemera and other items I have to work with for this album:

Be back soon with more progress.


Ali Edwards Story Camp | Travel Album

I’ve been really inspired lately to work on my travel albums. Maybe because I haven’t been able to travel anywhere for a while (hello, pandemic!). Looking back through my photos and ephemera takes me back to those places and relive those memories.

I started with my Ali Edwards Story Camp album. It was the last trip I went on back in January 2020. The event was held in Eugene Oregon.

My first step was to look at all of my photos and pull out my ephemera and see what I was working with. Based on the length of the trip, and the “stuff” I had collected from the trip, I decided to go with a Travelers Notebook sized album from Citrus Twist Kits. I also used the Ali Edwards 2020 Travel collection (both the physical and digital kits) and add-ons.

Next step was printing out all of my photos and coming up with a formula for my album. Using one kit and a basic layout formula for the album helped me to complete the album quickly because I had less choice.

After the photos were in the album I added my ephemera and then added all of my journaling.

Final steps were to add the embellishments. I had some fun playing with my gelli plate to create the intro page for each day.

I love how this album turned out, and so happy to have all these memories documented.

See this album come together from start to finish in my process video:

Here’s a look at the completed album:


Ali Edwards Story Camp

I’m at the airport heading home from Ali Edwards Story Camp

and wanted to document my feelings and lessons learned from the event while they’re still fresh on my mind, so here goes…

I’m a fan girl of Ali, so it was a little intimidating coming to one of her events, especially not knowing anyone else. Luckily I’m not afraid to travel by myself, so it was more social anxiety than anything else. I’m an introvert who likes a lot of alone time to recharge my batteries, and I’m quiet at first in social situations. I like to hang back and observe the situation and the people before I open up. I guess that means I don’t just let anyone “in” to my circle of friends, I am deliberate about who I choose! One camper told me that just means it’s an honor to those I let in, like an exclusive club. I like looking at it that way instead of looking at it like I’m shy and don’t make friends easily. It’s more that I don’t need a lot of friends. I’m happy by myself.

Ali said that when she goes to events she usually has one thing that stands out to her more than anything else, so we should be looking for that one thing to take away.

There were a couple of lessons I’m taking away from camp. First, I like the concept that I’m writing a story, literally, and I’m the main character in the story. All the people in my life are supporting characters. I’ve started a “me” album, and I think it would be fun to think of each year of my life like a chapter. Since I’m 45 now, I’m currently in Chapter 45 of my story. I’m going to document a story about me/my life for each one of the story kits that come out.

The second goes along with the first and that is even though I don’t have a lot of control over things that happen in my life, I do have 100% control over how I choose to react, the way that I view what happens, and the words that I tell myself are important. I’m going to choose to look at things in a positive way. If something bad happens, I’m going to try to find the silver lining and focus on that. I’m going to pay attention to the words I’m telling myself. I know that I’m very critical of myself – my inner critic is mean! I’m going to tell her to calm down and be nice. This will be part of my journey with my word, THRIVE, this year.

Another concept I liked was figuring out why it’s import to you to document your story. For me, it’s really an innate thing, something I really feel compelled to do. I don’t have kids, I don’t plan on passing my albums on to anyone else, and I don’t really care if they get thrown in the trash someday. It’s the process that I love. It’s a way to relieve stress and be creative. Ali shared a few of her reasons that I also identify with; I document to remember, to process the events in my life and my feelings about them, for proof that I lived, to see the myself reflected back at me through the lens of the camera (how others see me, what I really look like when I smile, etc.)

The photography workshop was also excellent, it wasn’t a technical workshop, but more about composition – taking photos from different angles, close up, far away, including lines. My favorite tip was that you should include yourself in the photos too. Selfies don’t always have to be straight on, and the camera timer is a great way to include yourself in the photo!

I’m sure as I go back and read the handouts and review my notes, I’ll remember even more gems from the workshops.

One of the best parts of the event was meeting other people who are into memory keeping as much as me. I found my people! Meeting Ali was definitely a highlight!