Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Guessing Game #2 - Tuesday Tutorial: Packing a Scrapbooking Toolbox for Vacation

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It’s Trina here today, just back from vacation. I don’t know about you, but I can never go on a trip without bringing my scrapbooking with me. Today I thought I’d share what I do to pack just enough to get a little scrapbooking in while I travel. For my recent trip I included items from the June and July Main and Project Life kits (I couldn’t resist mixing and matching the kits for our trip).

I scrapbook in miniature when I travel, using the Simple Stories SN@P! sleeves. I especially like the 6 x 8 sleeves because I can do quick mini scrapbook pages to showcase 1 or 2 photos. These pages only take about 15-20 minutes each, so it’s easy to do while traveling.

First, I’ll share a photo of what I bring looks like just before I tuck it into my suitcase. I pack a fun assortment of tools into a small box that is about 8 x 4 x 4. Since I bring scissors, I check my bag:

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Next you get to see what is in each of the packages I pack. I throw enough in the box to have some fun, including embellies. Here is what’s inside my small toolbox:

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Here is a shot of what’s wrapped up in the paper bag—paper products and Simple Stories sleeves. I precut my paper so I don’t need a paper trimmer. I slip the precut paper and alphas into the sleeves to protect them while traveling. I generally have to cut the alphas in half to fit them into the sleeves as I don’t like to pack anything bigger than a 6 x 8 dimension:

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I just got a new toy that I love. It’s my Fuji Instax 8. What I love about this camera (beyond the fond memories of old Polaroid cameras) is that I get instant prints to scrapbook with:

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Here are three close-up shots of some of the pages I did on vacation:

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This is my favorite 6 x 8 mini page from our vacation. The tiny Instax 8 Polaroid photos worked perfect for this page size. I used the string that was wrapped around my paper bag on almost every page I did. I glued the string down with Tombow Mono glue.

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This page was a lot of fun to make. The backside of the wood-grain paper (July Main kit) is hexagon shaped umbrellas. I cut out around one of the hexagons so there was a hexagon-shaped hole in the 6 x 8 paper. Next I cut a small piece of paper out and glued it to the back of the wood-grain paper so pattern paper shows through. Then I cut out one of the hexagon shapes from the label sheet that we include in our PL kits. Last, I put a thin strip of Monoglue around the edge of the bigger hexagon to glue down the yellow string. Framing a shape or a photo with string will add a fun little pop to your pages.

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Thanks for stopping by our blog today. I hope you find some scrapbooking inspiration from this for your family vacations this summer. Never leave your scrapbooking at home!



  1. wowzer! i hate packing my scrapbooking supplies when i travel! thats the toughest thing to do on earth!

  2. Great pages, Trina! How did you get your "Play in the sand" stamp to be in a straight line like that instead of three lines? Did you stamp them separately three times?

    Also, I spy some OA Travel girl journal cards and the pier 6x6 pad!

  3. I see diecuts from the Atlantic collection in the July main kit.

  4. I spy October Afternoon Travel Girl! Thanks for sharing what you packed for your trip. I'm about to go on road trip and it gave me some ideas:)

  5. Thanks for sharing what and how you pack supplies for travel. I always struggle with how much and what to take.

    In July's kits I have seen multiple Travel Girl pieces-paper,brads,misc and more,
    6x6 The Pier, SC wood veneer punctuation, "waves" washi, Maya Road wood frames...I spend too much time oogling scrapbooking supplies :)

  6. Lots and lots of Octerber Afternoon "travel girl" collection; journey cards,brads,tidbits and the stamp set. The cork arrow sticker and roller date stamp from Studio Calico. Tombow Mono Glue, Faber Castell Gelatos 50s Diner, White net fabric from June kits-as well as the slide frames (love that cute frames), SMASH Glue pen, Citrus Twist stamps sets--many of them from May, June and July kits, wood veneer words from freckled fawn, few prima Fluid Chalk Edgers, so many more...

  7. Wow! That's amazing...i've only been able to scrap an album once so far during my travels!! Great kit of materials you're got!!

  8. Such great tips on packing for travel! Will definitely keep this information handy for my next trip! :)

  9. I definitely see october afternoon travel girl brads, prima inkers, gelatos. Some good stuff for any kind of kit.

  10. love this! How does the new instax compared to the old one as far as quality? Does it take better photos than the old one?

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