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Welcome to TravelScraps... the scrapbooking community for travelers of all sorts. I've been to a small number of places around the world and am constantly disappointed in the resources out there for my scrapbooking needs. Stickers focus on Paris, London, and New York, paper falls short of the mark, and stickers leave a bit to be desired. I'm aware that I could get more online but my money generally goes to plane tickets and hostels rather than creative supplies, if you know what I mean! Anyway, membership is open to anyone working on any sort of travel scrapbook pages (and even those of you who aren't and just want to see some cool stuff). Please post layouts, suggestions, tips... really anything you want, including traveling/homecoming issues. And... have fun!

Oh yeah, and when you join, feel free to fill out and post this for us. Just so we know who our friends (/stalkers) are!
How long have you been "scrapping":
Current project:
Favorite travel quote:

Hello again!

Turns out grad school trumps scrapbooking most nights of the week. Oh well. Here are some recent layouts. Comments/advice welcome, as always!

B and W pictures from China.

All (ok, most of) the hostel beds I slept in! The tags say the names of the cities... but they are too small to read.

Some Thai boats in a harbor.

What have you been up to?

(x-posted in _iliketoscrap_)
Hi! I thought this link might come in handy for anyone who has visited Australia or New Zealand... Or maybe it's worth checking out www.scrapyourtrip.com for anyone who travels. They've got some good stuff. :)

Scrapping night pictures

I have some nighttime pictures (so, dark sky and buildings with lights) from Moscow and Ha Long bay and I'm at a loss as to how to scrap them. Putting them on dark paper takes away from the dark sky in the pictures, but putting them on light paper doesn't work quite right, either? Any ideas?

well hello there!

I joined up as soon as I saw this community as I really thought it was a great idea and I love to travel, but I realized I hadn't added an introduction post...

Name: Carolyn

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

How long have you been "scrapping": I've prolly been scrapping for about 5 years now, but I've done a lot more of it since my four year old niece was born. I've been keeping journals in which I add stuff like pictures and embellishments for a long time though.

Current project: A baby book for my nephew to be, as well as one for my friend's baby boy who was just born.

Favorite travel quote: "If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things" - Henry Miller 

I also like the saying that "Life is an open road..."


Name: Wendy
Location: Newly transplanted to the Bay Area, California!
How long have you been "scrapping": about 10 years!
Current project: Many :) From random pictures / events to my Alaska / Seattle trip last year.
Favorite travel quote: The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Black and Whties

The first two in this set might be ones to look at as examples of what NOT to do... I mean, they're not that exciting but I promised layouts so here they are! As always, suggestions, comments... well, you know the drill!

Everyone Smiles
Originally uploaded by serorobele.
This page isn't too exciting in and of itself except that I like the black and white against the red. Pictures like this don't need all sorts of fancy stuff behind them... it might make them cooler but, well, whatever. Nothing to add except that when I wrote the kids names, I tried to make my writing look like the writing on the sticker. Hah.

Snap Me
Originally uploaded by serorobele.
I like this page because the kids all used to say "snap me" when they wanted us to take their pictures. Plus, I was able to get four full size photos on one page without cropping. Other than that, it's just 'meh'.

Originally uploaded by serorobele.
This is by far my favorite of these three. I used vellum to cover the pictures, save one hole which I cout out of each one. Then I cut up one of those quote stickers and pasted a bit to each picture and some to the bottom corner. If you can't read it, it says "In the right light.... at the right time.... everything is extraordinary." I thought it went well because I liked the pictures I had but they were kind of random. Then I threw some pressed flowers on there and called it good! :)

Scrapping "stuff"

Ah yes, lesson number two from your oh-so-knowledgeable moderator. Or something. So when you're traveling (or if you're at all like me and you keep every ticket stub/napkin/sticker from every place you've ever gone) you come up with a lot of random stuff. Maps, tickets, visas, hand-written directions etc etc etc. I've tried several ways to scrap this stuff... not sure which one I like the best but I'll post several here and see what you guys think. As always, comments, suggestions, brainstorming, favorite movie lines and all that are welcomed!

Labels and Stuff
Originally uploaded by serorobele.
Not a very elegant page, but I've found that when you're traveling (especially for a long time) certain products or signs or labels mean a lot to you. On this page, for example, is something from the tea I drank all the time, my hospital ID card, the name of a store and a restaurant we went to a lot, a few things from a bag of chips etc etc etc. These aren't things I'd normally take pictures of so making a page like this brings back a lot of memories that might otherwise be forgotten! (sorry about the color... don't know why it's all dodgy!)

Bulletin Board
Originally uploaded by serorobele.
I found this cool cork-board paper at our local craft store and knew I had to use it. The calendars on the page are from my personal travel notes... I made them so I'd stay organized as far as plane tickets, hostels, etc. A few passport photos (I know color copying your passport is a big no-no but I love it there!) and some notes from hostel research. Again, not things I'd take pictures of, but things that represent a big part of my traveling! Oh, and I couldn't find stickers of thumbtacks so I used tiny brads and just flattened them out... worked ok.

Originally uploaded by serorobele.
This isn't quite the same deal, but these are all pictures from postcards so it sort of counts. Hey, I run this thing so who's going to argue! :p Anyway, I couldn't take pictures inside this Cathedral so I bought a book of ten postcards, picked out the ones that had the same color scheme and pasted them on here. I'm going to journal in that big blue space but haven't gotten around to it yet.

That's it for now. Anyone else can feel free to post layouts... on these last two, or any other topics. Maybe tomorrow I'll write about black and white photo pages so if you want to beat me to it... yay!

Out for now.


Name: Elanor (or Elle)
Current location: Auckland, New Zealand
How long have you been "scrapping": Sort of since 2001 when my son was born. 'Proper' scrapping in albums for about a year now.
Current project: Not a travelling one, but I'm working on my wedding album at the moment. And trying to scrap photos and things from high school/flatting/childhood after that.
Favorite travelling quote: I can't think of one! :)

I haven't travelled much - last time I went overseas I was 8, although we did live in the UK for 18 months when I was 6. :) I have done some scrapping of our trip to Kuaotunu on New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula, but I mean, that's only about three hours away by car! However, my parents are in South Korea for 12-24 months, so I have convinced her to scrap all her photos when she comes back. :)

Nice to meet you all!


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Someone once said...

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." -Miriam Beard
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