Nothing like a good vacation lived in the moment AND then re-lived again through photos and words. I find when I am on a family adventure that I sort of write a story in my head as I am taking the photos and living the moments of the day of our time away. It is as though the story is be written as I am living it. Perhaps that is the storyteller in me coming to life all the time. This story telling has been honed through the years and is experiencing another new awakening for me right now.
This awakening of story telling took yet another new twist recently. On the outset of our most recent family adventure, I knew I would be using the Tropical Instax Adventure Scavenger Hunt Mini Album.
The Tropical Instax Collection includes two Scavenger Hunt Albums. Each page includes a photo prompt.
One album comes with the ‘Good Vibes’ graphic.
The other album comes with an adventure theme. That is my album of choice for our recent vacation photos and stories.
As we went along on our trip, I kept these photo prompts, that are included on each page, in mind and kept notes so that I could create this album once I was home. Can’t wait to show you how this came to life.
While I used my regular DSLR camera for a lot of scenic photos from this recent road trip, I also used my phone camera. A lot. And since I had so many great shots on my phone, I just sent those images from there to my Instax printer for quick and fast printing at home. This made for a super easy way to get all these images printed instantly.
It was my goal to live these summer adventures out in pretty quick fashion. One of the ways I went about this was by sticking to just a few accessories. The Rose Gold Filler Pack would be the focus of the embellishments. I used a washi tape from another Heidi Swapp Instax Kit, and then filler cards, clear cards, and stickers from the Filler Pack.
To start, I printed all my photos that were an answer to each of the album’s prompts.
Each of these photos are placed right above the prompt on each page. I think it serves us well to know exactly where a photo is going to live on a page. I just kept this the same throughout the entire book.
For this title page, I only added a photo, a few words, and then a filler card to get this album started.
The left side of the Scavenger Hunt album is this beautiful white page just dying to be filled in. (It’s already filled in here). I opted to write the stories there.
On some pages I created a frame with pencil and used that as my journal space.
On other pages I used a small ruler and made light pencil lines so I could keep my writing straight. Can I tell you how much I loved writing these stories right here? To have for future days?
You can see pencil marks above here on this page. Ever a student of Heidi’s, I still use pencil marks to guide my journaling. My tip: have a good art eraser on hand to erase the marks. Oh…and remember to erase the marks.
For the most part throughout this entire book, the left side of my page is where my story was told. It was so important to me to not just respond to the album’s prompts with photos only, but I wanted my words. My emotions. My story to be told right here. Because I know just what is going to happen five years from now when my family’s dynamics are vastly different from right now: my kids will find this album and open these pages and read these words and…smile. Because it will all come back to them. Big time. The memory and emotion from this trip will hit them just as the heat of that Moab Desert did those days spent there. It’s one of the most powerful human emotions to relive a memory by way of photo + words.
The rest of these pages are collages of the rest of the album. My process does not change up too much throughout this book. As a matter of fact, after about five pages, I repeat the sketches again.
The filler pack is so perfect to support the words. The stickers are completely on point with the emotion shared here.
But it’s my words. My story that makes this book. So I did not feel the need to over embellish. But rather to keep this scrapbook album simple and full of story.
Your story matters. An album with photo prompts may just be the way to get those stories out and on paper. Capture that story and bring it to life. The Tropical Scavenger Hunt album might just be the needed prompt for your summer story.