More Alaska and Seattle Photos: First Album Completed

My Christmas break certainly did some good - for my creative spark is back, baby! I started my Alaska album (remember, there were over 2000 photos to begin with. eek!) and I posted a few pages earlier in the week. I got so into the groove that I just kept going and completed my first volume of this amazing trip! I've already received my printed book and will be posting a video next week. (Be sure to subscribe to my channel to know when it's posted) I'll be showing the entire book and the features of the printing. I decided there was no way I could fit all the excellent photos in one book, so I split the trip into Seattle and the actual cruise and Alaska. I was so happy with how this volume turned out.

Here are more pages and thoughts until my video is posted:

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 I like to keep things as simple as possible. I didn't create every single page from scratch. If your album printer has good templates, USE THEM! One drawback is you are limited on fonts and some things like that. But I found enough to be able to have a mix of both custom designed pages as well as totally customized pages made in Gather/ScrapRoom.

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More at the market. What an amazing place for photos. You'll also notice that when the photos are beautiful and colorful, less design is actually preferable. You don't need a lot of stuff. Let your photos speak for themselves.

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When traveling, I always take a photo of any signage, not only to help me remember things, but I can use that as my journaling.

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I also love a two page spread. Especially when it's a vibrant as this one.

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More Star Wars costumes. This display was incredible, but there's no need to have large photos of all of them. Again, I used a pre-made template and moved on.

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The page above has more journaling and in my typical scrapbooks, this is about the amount of journaling and story that I include. I feel that the story is just as important as the photos. In a travel book, it's not always the case. But there will be pages that include more details and more of the story, especially in volume 2.

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Again, don't be afraid to make a favorite photo into a two page spread. It's also a great segway into a new story or new location. Like a new thought. It's also good if you've made lots of really busy pages to give your eyes a chance to rest and appreciate your photography skills.

Lots more pages coming in the video and also in Volume II.

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