Scrapbooking Your Family Vacations
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Guido learned about digital scrapbooking, another option, when she was on bed rest while pregnant. “I discovered jessicasprague.com. I watched one of [Sprage’s] tutorials and thought, ‘I can do this,’ and it grew from there,” she says.
The biggest benefit to digital scrapbooking, Guido says, is that products can be reused over and over again. “With paper, you tear or cut it, and there’s no going back,” she says. “[Digital is] quicker and cleaner. I have everything on an external hard drive and can plug into any computer anywhere and just do my thing.” Once Guido creates the pages in Adobe Photoshop, she uses a photo service such as Snapfish or Shutterfly to have them printed in a bound book. Another plus? With just a few modifications (including an inscription, and possibly a different cover selection), different versions of your printed book can be ordered as gifts for a grandparent who accompanied you on vacation or as a memento for a child himself.
While scrapbooking is intrinsically a creative endeavor, some go above and beyond to create a beautiful piece of art like the above-pictured “Down the Jersey Shore” to commemorate a trip. Artists Jenny Heid and Aaron Nieradka, who founded the blog Everyday is a Holiday, create art journal pages that focus on details—adding different layers and textures with paper, canvas, candy wrappers, and 3-D stickers; speckling pages with paint; stroking on gesso to accent backgrounds; and distressing pages by dipping a finger in paint and rubbing along the page edges. The finished product is evocative not just of specific memories from one trip, but of the feelings and atmosphere the place evoked for you.
“Your art journal is where you can do anything you want. …With your own hands you can artfully render your wishes, dreams, memories, obsessions, and greatest passions,” Heid and Nieradka assert in their book Mixed Media Masterpieces with Jenny & Aaron (Page Street Publishing Co.). “These creatively saturated pages have nothing to do with a career in art and everything to do with an artful escape.” What’s more, they’re chock full of family travel memories presented so artfully that your friends won’t groan when you whip out the book to share after dinner!
Whether you decide to scrapbook, scrapbox, or art journal to capture the memories of your family vacation, make sure you use the correct products—archival glue, tape, paper, and pages—to ensure the scrapbook will last for years. But most of all remember: “It doesn’t have to be perfect,” Guido says. “It just has to be you.”
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Main photo: You don’t need to travel far for a family trip to be worth scrapbooking. We’re lucky to live near the Jersey Shore—a beachside escape that Jenny Heid and Aaron Nieradka, authors of Mixed Media Masterpieces with Jenny and Aaron, chose as the subject for these art-journal-meets-scrapbooking pages.