Things have been chaotic for me lately and a ladies trip was just what I needed to reset and recharge! I’m so grateful I was able to spend a week in San Antonio, TX split between spending time with Jessica. my awesome ladies Kristin, Kam, and Amy, and Jeff and Alex.
Usually I wait quite some time before completing a memory keeping project about a vacation. I’m good at pocket scrapbooking the highlights, but I usually take forever to complete minibooks. Not this time! I was filled with creative energy when I got home and completed a Traveler’s Notebook over a weekend (and a few pages while I was on the road, too!).
The Awesome Ladies NSD Sleepover challenges helped motivate me to work on this too. It was a fun challenge to make parts of the book out of order and to think about how to connect my trip to the challenges.
To make this come together easily, I decided to focus on photos and words and limit my products. Other than my hybrid cover, I only used the Freckled Fawn May Planner Kit and May Embellishment Kit for this project, which helped it to come together quickly!
I made a quick hybrid cover using digital clip art of the San Antonio skyline and the Texas map with San Antonio marked. A bit of Google Imaging plus the Magic Wand tool in Photoshop was all I needed. I added the dates of the trip on the front and the names of the friends I spent the trip with on the back.
I used the title page to include a photo I took of San Antonio’s skyline from Jessica’s rooftop and pictures with my ladies. I also explained how the trip ended up coming together. I didn’t embellish heavily on most of the pages, so just a letter sticker title was plenty for this page.
The traveler’s notebook size was fun to play with, and I used a variety of photo sizes throughout the book. To print the photos, I made collages of photos on 8.5 x 11 photo paper. I tried not to overthink the sizes, just mixing up larger photos with smaller ones based on what I wanted to stand out and how many pages I wanted to dedicate to each part of the trip so that I’d end up with a filled up book.
I repeated the same style throughout: arranged photos with journaling wrapped around them, a few embellishments here and there to fill up empty spaces. I also included some of the days of the week washi from the May Freckled Fawn kit to help show the progression of the trip.
Kristin and Jeff are amazing at remembering to pick up business cards, so I ended up with more memorabilia than I usually remember to grab on my own. I used clips on a lot of these, in case I want to see the other side.
On the right, I didn’t have a photo I wanted to include on one of the spaces in the collage, so I decided to add a sticker there instead! Try this out if you get stuck choosing photos.
I completed this spread in San Antonio with a business card and a photo from Kam’s Instax. I ended up putting it too far back in the book, so I had to remove the pages and glue them further up. I’ll be sharing more about this spread on the Freckled Fawn blog next week.
It was amazing to be in San Antonio during their city-wide 10 day celebration Fiesta, and I wanted to make sure it stood out. I grabbed their official logo off of the Fiesta website to use and photographed the Fiesta beads we received on a white surface so I could journal around it. This is a great way to “include” 3D memorabilia!
Heavier memorabilia, like this Alamo brochure, can slide around if you use only one clip, so I like to clip it at the top and the bottom.
The clip on top kept sliding around, so I used a bit of washi to secure it on the back.
I love that keeping it simple gave me more room to tell the story with words.
Like I did with the beads, I took a photo of an enamel pin to include, so I can use the actual pin elsewhere.
For most of the places we went, I tried mix photo types to give a sense of what the setting was like. Combining a photo of my friends, a landscape-type photo, details that make the place special (and, of course, food) together help me to piece together memories when I’m looking back later.
I also love taking photos of signs so I’ll remember the names of the places I go. This is especially helpful for recommendations and for trip planning next time–there are definitely restaurants I’d want to return to again and again when traveling.
Kristin cooked us an amazing dinner, so she gets a full page–hah! A self-timer photo helped me capture all of us playing video games late into the night.
It’s a big deal that all four of us were together for the first time, even if only for a few hours. I wanted to represent that visually (plus, I just love this picture), so I made it take up two pages. I made sure to measure first so that the cut in the middle wouldn’t be awkwardly through anyone’s face.
I also loved that there weren’t any selfie takes where everyone was making a normal face, so I included ones where we looked silly because it really shows off how excited we are.
We loved Los Nortenos Pollos Asados so much, we went there twice! If you are in San Antonio, I highly, highly recommend it.
I started the week and ended the week with Jessica, and was thankful for our more relaxed pace after the action-packed middle of the week. I don’t usually take many pictures of us lounging about (especially since this trip was right after Week in the Life–I wasn’t exactly motivated to take photos of everything!). Including an image of Big Little Lies, which we watched over a few days, helps to show the change of pace. Plus, the show was amazing and I want to celebrate that.
My last full day in town, Jessica and I started by stopping at some of the missions.
Then we went to Guadalupe River State Park. I wanted more room for photos, so I wrote in the negative space of them.
The book got even simpler as I went along, because I was more motivated to finish and was playing with embellishments less. That’s okay! Keeping a similar style throughout the book helps it to be cohesive even if the embellishing is inconsistant. And using the clips throughout the book means that there is a bit of color popping out of the top even on pages with nothing but photos and words.
I finished up the book with art I liked at the airport, more days of the week washi, and my plane tickets clipped to the back cover.
I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to see everyone again soon! Jessica is going to pop in for a visit in a few weeks and I’ll be with Kristin, Kam, and Amy at the Awesome Ladies Live retreat June 10.
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