Friday, June 19, 2015

vacation album: part two

When I decided to put together this vacation album, I wanted to figure out what I could do to keep it simple. And I wanted to make sure I was able to put the album together in a relatively quick time frame.

I used a Studio Calico handbook, along with lots of patterned papers and project life cards. I also gathered a handful of stamps that I used throughout.

The process started with editing and printing the photos. Instead of printing a variety of sizes, I kept all the vertical photos at 3x4", and the horizontal photos at either 3x4" or 4x6". I didn't bother cutting any of the photos out with a white border like I usually do.

I did reprint a few photos in larger sizes as I was working on the album to include as inserts. I decided to get a fuse tool so I could make inserts in various sizes for the larger photos, and for this vintage postcard. The fuse tool worked great and was really easy to use. I just used a full size handbook page protector and cut it down, then fused it to the right size.

The "good times" embellishment was created with this set of dies that were designed by Kelly Purkey.

I included a photo of the notebook I used during the trip to take notes of everything we were doing. Even though I made the album the week after we returned home, I would have never remembered all the details without my notes. It helped a lot with the journaling.

I included brochures that we collected on our trip throughout the album by punching holes with my crop-a-dile power punch.

I used stamps and patterned paper to create this label for the spine of the handbook.

So that's the second half of my album. It still took me a whole week of working on it off and on (mostly on!), even though I tried to keep it simple. The time was totally worth it... so happy our trip is documented with lots of photos and journaling! If you'd like to see the first half of the album, I shared it earlier this week in this blog post

Some of the supplies used for my album are linked below.


  1. I absolutely love your PL style and really enjoyed your two vacation album posts! You have inspired me to finish our vacation album from last year....:-)

    1. Thanks!! So happy to have inspired you! And now I need to finish last year's too. :)

  2. I'm just so struck by all the wonderful color all thru the album. And your photos are awesome. Love your handmade embellishments too. I also love seeing the embellishments here and there, pops of washi, really well done. You have a terrific keepsake of your trip. So smart to journal along the way. Truly very lovely. Oh, I love Williamsburg. It's one of our very favorite vacation spots. Thanks for sharing your album. Michelle t

  3. Wow this really turned out so cool, looks like it was a great trip and lots of inspiration for us working on a mini :)

  4. Love your vacation album Deb and my goodness your boys are growing!

  5. It looks like you ventured into my basic territory twice! I was born in CT. I still love the area, history and homes up north. I currently live in middle TN and the Smokey Mtns are one of our favorite weekend getaways! So very blessed to have those beautiful mountains so close to us. I love you album! It looks like you had a wonderful family vacation! , Melanie

  6. This is just lovely! So inspiring. Wish I could pin it all...

  7. So, is Mason taller than Alec now? It looks like it in the pictures :)

  8. So, is Mason taller than Alec now? It looks like it in the pictures :)

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