Saturday, April 25, 2015

San Diego 2015 Mini Album

I didn't think it would ever happen, but it did...I completed an album in less than a month of my trip!!!  Whoo Hoo!!!! :D

On March 27, my mom, my daughter, and I embarked on a Road Trip to San Diego.  In a perfect non-traffic world, it should take less than 7 hours.  But it took us nearly 10 hours to get there and 9 hours to get home thanks to LA traffic and a few stops going down there and only 1 stop coming home.

It was a short trip and I actually brought my portable LG printer and some supplies thinking I could do some scrapbooking in the car and at the hotel.  But I did very little scrapbooking--how do those girls (Amy Tan and Kelly Purkey--to name a couple) do it???

This is my first time trying this type of "non-conformist" mini album...I don't know how else to describe it haha!  The pages aren't all the same size.  I am not sure if I love it, it is kinda hard to focus on a page when you can see parts of the pages behind it.  But it was fun to try.

I tried to add a flipagram, but I didn't know what I was doing wrong and I couldn't get it to work in the please excuse all the photos of my album.

I finished the cover before we left.  Using some Color Shine, washi tape, and Amy Tangerine stickers from a couple of her lines.  You can't really tell, but I added a transparency on the front cover and the back cover to make it a bit sturdier.

See how the "Here We Go" PL card hides and messes with the layout behind it?

Yes, I could have left it out, but the PL card was used to journal on the back.  I actually completed the majority of the "polaroid" layout in the hotel.  I printed the photo of the 3 of us at In N Out burger!!  

My daughter knew I would used the receipt, so she wrote on it ha ha! To make the receipt a little sturdier, I put some washi tape on the back.  I used watercolors on the left side of the page and it kinda blend through--ugh--so I had to add the washi and some pink watercolor to the front of the page.

Again, I wanted to use another PL card to extend my journal space...not sure if I am a fan of this technique...Maybe I just need bigger journaling cards! :)

The right side is one of my favorite parts of the album.  I actually started most of it at the hotel and did some (very little) in the car.  The sand is actual sand from the beach we were at!  I brought the bag with me to the beach.  It is a SMASHbook bag which I don't know if they even make them anymore.  The Highway 1 picture inside the back is from a Message In A Box tin from Typo.  (I am not sure if they sell that set anymore either.)

I was so excited to be able to finally get to Paper Tales.  The receipt got wet in my bag, but I thought the tied dye look was still ok to use.  (sorry you can see me from the page behind this one!)

While at the restaurant, they took a few photos of us.  My mom and my cousin both bought a couple each--which were in some touristy paper frames...I just kept the free one that included photos of the foods. :)

Of course, no trip is complete without a few stops at Starbucks haha!

Thank you for looking.  I really had fun making this album.  As I am using the latest trends, I realize how much I enjoy my 2-page 12x12 layouts...but I will still keep trying new things out :)


  1. Great job! I know what you mean about the 'non-conformist' albums - I always try to start them, but never seem to get past the first page, haha! They look so fun to do though.:) Congrats on finishing an album.;)

  2. What a fun eclectic album! I love how well everything works together to create a whimsical tour of your trip!

    1. Thank you so much. I enjoy sharing my finished products :D


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