I used the We R Memory Keepers 4x4 album in black and the coordinating 4x4 and 2x2 page protectors.
Some things to note:
- Format - My original plan was to make a two page spread (left & right) for each city visited with a 4x4 photo on the left and title/journaling on the right. The cities where I spent a bit more time would get an extra 2x2 page protector with a few more photos/embellishments. Due to the size limitations of the album, I ended up having to alter my plans a bit (when I got to my Spain spreads), which I'll discuss later on.
- Style - I wanted to stick with a simple and clean style, with layered details so I used a lot of tags and die cuts from my stash of scrapbook supplies and stationery.
- Consistency - Since my mini would be documenting so many different cities, I wanted to have some kind of consistency in my album so I did so with the alphas I used: I chose (retired) Kelly Purkey alpha stickers for my city titles and (old) Studio Calico tiny alpha stamps for the country names. I would also label each city with dates and jot down some highlights about the trip.
- Keep pages flat - I quickly realized that I would be using a lot of page protectors. I wanted to ensure that everything would fit in one album, so I opted not to use anything bulky. I relied heavily on patterned paper, labels, stamps, die-cuts, and washi tape as my primary embellishments.
- Supplies - Aside from the album, I did not purchase anything new specifically for this mini. My goal was to use up my stash. The majority of my supplies are from past Studio Calico kits, several stamps I used are ones designed by Kelly Purkey, and I also pulled out my stationery and Japanese washi tape.
Keeping it simple, using some of my favorite die-cuts, tickets and stamps! The airplane paper clip is probably the bulkiest thing in this album.
I started my book off with a summary of the year. I created the map and infographic in Photoshop and they were inspired by the lovely infographic from my favorite adventurers Mr & Mrs Globetrot. Some of the numbers are approximate and I did my best adding them up based on my memory and my travel journals.
I thought of two possible ways to organize this mini: by continent or chronologically. I decided to go chronological, and the first trip of 2014 was to see the Northern Lights. It was a pretty epic way to start the year.
Oh, Paris ♥ I couldn't resist printing off the 'Bonjour Paris' illustration for one of my 2x2 slots from Anna Bond's instagram.
I stamped the full country name with some old SC alpha stamps the first time the country is mentioned, and for the succeeding pages relating to the same country, I opted to only stamp the country abbreviations. ie. I stamped 'Belgum' on my Brussels page, but I only stamped 'BE' for the Bruges and Ghent pages.
I love finding opportunites to use my Aloha stamp set (the cityscape stamped on the Manila page). It's still one of my favorites.
Once I got to my Spain pages, I realized my album was getting pretty full and that there would be no way I could fit all my travels in this one mini if I continued doing two-page spreads for each city. So aside from Barcelona and Madrid (which we spent more time in so I thought they deserved regular spreads), the smaller cities each got one side of a 2x2 page protector.
For the final page, I used some Kelly Purkey stamps, Studio Calico stickers + a geotag rub-on, and my favorite washi tape. I kept it simple with just one last note on 2014 being the year of travel and adventure.
Here's another look at my album. You can see how flat the pages are, yet how full the album is. If I really needed to, I could probably squeeze in one or two more page protectors.
In total, I used twenty eight page protectors. I love how fat and full this album is! Another one to add to my growing collection of mini-books.
Let me know if you have any questions!