My Beginner Basics post for the Adornit blog

It’s time for June’s Beginner’s Basics from Adornit editor Debbie Raymond. Debbie writes: This month I want to give you ideas for scrapping while you travel. I got my inspiration from my friend/scrapper, Robin Karren, who has designed layouts for Adornit and from an article that Ali Edwards wrote for CK Magazine, March 2006. The idea is to make a mini travel scrapbook that you create in your room (or tent!) while you travel. You can use a blank book, a chipboard book, or simply sheets of paper trimmed to 8 x 8 that you’ll add to an album when you get home. Here’s a photo of me in our condo room working on my trip scrapbook.

When I saw Adornit's Busy Women Scrapbook Kit for June, I knew it was perfect for a travel scrapbook. The colors and style of the papers will look great with photos from your journey.

To prepare, before your trip, you need to make a little TRAVEL KIT. Gather patterned papers and matching cardstock, cut them to 8” x 8”, and put them in a one gallon ziplock bag. Add coordinating stickers (I used the Life's a Hoot Cardstock Stickers - cut to fit in the bag) and a set of pre-cut lined journaling spots. (I used a sheet of Adornit’s Red Lined Paper cut to 4”x 4” squares – that gave me nine journaling spots.) You’ll want to take only the most basic scrapbook supplies – scissors, gluestick and/or glue runner, pen, rubber stamp and inkpad. (Robin took a mini-stapler on her trip.)

As you travel, gather your memorabilia to add to your scrapbook. Things like maps, ticket stubs, brochures etc. Be sure to jot down details that you’ll want to remember about the places you go. When you have an hour in the evening, make a quick page about your day. You can leave spaces for your photos and add them later. Most importantly, write what was special or interesting about the place you visited. Ali suggests that on your way home you jot down your 10 favorite memories from your trip. When your journey’s done, your scrapbook will be (almost) done too.

Happy traveling and scrapping from Debbie and Adornit.