Before our roadtrip I purchased Ali Edwards' Scrapbook on the Road e-course. I love her blog and try to support my favorite bloggers by buying their products and this class seemed perfect.
This was the first e-class I've ever purchased and it was very easy and organized. There was written content and a few videos. I reviewed all the written content and watched the intro video but, to be honest, I haven't gone back and watched the other videos. She provides great instruction on how to make the travel journal she shows in the class but I had zero interest in making that journal. I knew I wanted to make one like this. I was more interested in her approach and tips which were also a part of the class and were what I found valuable.
For me it was totally worth the $14 price tag to get inspired about making a scrapbook on the road and see a few ideas for how to do it.
I packed up a ziploc of supplies which I kept in the map pocket in the door of the car. In the ziploc I collected receipts, maps, brochures etc to put in the book.
I thought it would be fun to do in the car but I didn't anticipate how excited Biscuit would be about the project. Her enthusiasm and participation made the result 100% better then it would have been. Basically each long drive day we spent 20-30 minutes journaling, collaging or otherwise putting something in the book. I showed her which pages to use (I kept blank pages throughout to add photos when we get them printed) and then I gave her free rein. Some of the collages aren't how I would have done them but they were perfect for her.
She was a very ambitious reporter on the first day.
I made some of the maps into accordians and plan to add photos on the back of the accordian (so the map side is still visible).
I had planned to include more receipts etc but lost steam on that aspect of the project. Oh well.
Anytime something came in a little envelope I pasted in the envelope and filled it with stuff.
I LOVED the stuff Biscuit created to amuse herself (we didn't have a DVD player....) this is her "video" game. I had to "play" the game a lot moving the little paper person while hitting the control (upper left corner) with the eraser on a pencil. See the "death room" on here? Or the place called "bad things?" Gotta love it.
I'm going to put this photo on the left.
The envelopes I scattered throughout the book were lots of fun.
Biscuit did a great job summarizing our time in Cody. Mr. H and I thought Cody was kind of a bust but Biscuit loved it and we were really proud of her for participating in the kids' calf scramble at the rodeo.
Ali often includes transparencies in her book so I added some to mine. It added a little something to the book. The transparencies I used were ones I made of my designs to make screens for screen printing.
I wish we'd tried doing some rubbings of plaques and stuff. We did do a rubbing of tree bark.
The note on the left is hilarious because that Days Inn was pretty much the crappiest motel we stayed in the entire trip. On the right is one of about 20 notes Biscuit wrote in the "language" she made up one day (that was just a series of word like sounds--the only translateable word is Caca, ironically, love).
So the photos are ordered and will be pasted in and then this will be done. I love having the scrapbook 80% done before the trip was even over. I highly recommend scrapping on the road.