Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Road Trip 2014: Day 9

Day 9 was a day of sightseeing around Rapid City.  We were staying two nights in the same hotel, so it was really nice not to have to pack and load up that morning before heading out.


First stop of the day was Bear Country U.S.A.  It was so nice not to have all of the luggage in the car for this stop.  Lots of room for everyone to move around for the best view of the animals as we drove through the park.

Here I picked up a brochure/card and a post card for my travel journal...

Next we were off to Mount Rushmore...

These pages are a bit sparse, because I accidentally flipped two pages instead of one when I was working on my book.  My original plan was for three pages of Mount Rushmore stuff.  But when I flipped too many pages, I had to stretch it out to four pages.  I bought the big sticker above and the post card below from the gift shop for my journal.
The Mount Rushmore sticker above was added later.  It came from a sticker book that I bought the next day at Wall Drug.

And to fill the page more, I used some of the stickers I printed out...

I picked up a brochure too...

Just a shot of how I included it so it could still be read...

Last stop of the day was the Crazy Horse Memorial...
A couple photos above, you can see the postcard I bought.  I did part of my journaling on the back of it.

I included the brochure from here as well.  And attached it so it could still be opened up...

The last Crazy Horse page...

After we got to the hotel that evening, I sent my photos to print at the Wal-Mart next door.  I will admit, that we were never working current on our pages for the rest of the trip.  We had missed a few days due to late nights and then started working again on this night once the photos were printed.  But we were never current again.  I really loved being current, but I'm very glad we didn't give up after we got behind.  We did well on continuing to collect stuff and keep it organized.  That's something I may plan for differently if we do this again.  Maybe a small accordion folder to put stuff in each day, so if we do get behind it's all properly grouped together.  We actually did ok though... so maybe it's not really an issue.

And the project life page for the day...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Road Trip 2014: Day 8

Not much to say as an intro to this day, so let's just get to it!

This was the place where it finally dawned on me that we could still get the passport stamps at the national parks even though we didn't have our passports with us.  I wish I would have thought of that earlier so I could have included the stamps for Grand Teton and Yellowstone in my travel journal.
I didn't take a separate photo of it, but at Little Bighorn, I also discovered the sticker sets that they sell at most (maybe all) national parks.  There was a photo sticker and an information sticker in each set.  I'm guessing they were meant for some specific purpose, but I'm not sure what it was.

And then, since I was printing pics at Wal-Mart, I printed a bunch from our mini-golf game...
I also included the brochure for the minigolf place.  I just folded it over so it fit in the book.

Here is my page for that day...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Road Trip 2014: Day 7

Day seven was the day that I was really glad that I was able to print photos at Wal-Mart a couple days later!  We had an absolutely amazing day on a private ranch and I would have hated to have had nothing to show for it in my travel journal.  I'll need to think about this a bit more for future journals since not every day on a trip is spent at a place with brochures, tickets stubs and gift shops.
  

Like I said before, the day was amazing!  We went to a natural bridge for lunch, where Alex and my cousin's husband went down into a cave.  Then back at the ranch, the kids got to swim, paddle board and kayak in the pond.

Then after that, they got to go horseback riding...


And here's the project life page for that day...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Road Trip 2014: Day 6

Okay... here's where I got a little behind.  Up until day 6, Clara and I had been spreading out all of our supplies on the bed and doing our page for the day that night at the hotel.  Day 6 started a string of several late-ish nights in a row.  So, needless to say, we didn't feel much like dragging everything out, we just wanted to go to bed.  These pages were done on day 9 instead.


Nights 8 and 9 were spent at the same hotel and by that hotel was a Wal-Mart.  I decided to take advantage of that and print photos through their one hour photo vs. using my Instax.  I used one of my photo editing apps that had a collage feature to put four photos on one 4x6 print.  I did this for two reasons... 1) it was cheaper that way and 2) this made them a size similar to the instax prints I had been using and I really liked that size.  Clara and I have the same photos in our books, because we picked out some photos together and just printed doubles.

My mom was on the lookout for stuff for our journals too by this point in the trip.  She found these little cards for us at the ranger station in Yellowstone, They were on wolves, bears and bear safety.

I really love all of the photos on these pages!
 It does make me a little torn on what to do on future travel journals.  I would love to have more photos for every day of the trip... but I think staying current on the trip with whatever is at hand is better.  I would like to think that with fewer photos, I might be inclined to write more.

Speaking of writing, you can't really see mine on this page...
 ... but it's there!  And the bonus of it being hard to see here is that my spelling mistake isn't so obvious! :-)  I corrected it, but it actually just made it more obvious in my book.  :-/

And finally, here's my PL page...

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Road Trip 2014: Day 5

Funny how quickly you forget things!  When putting together yesterday's post, I had added all of the photos of my journal up until the day five divider.  When I was writing my post, I kept looking at the page below.  I couldn't make sense of it.  We went to Grand Teton National Park on the afternoon of day 4 and the morning of day 5, so it could have gone with day 4.  BUT, I knew we did the scenic drive and saw the moose in the morning... so that must have been day 5.  I'm still not sure why I decided to start day 5 before the divider, but I did.  It's the only day I did that way, and I'm not sure I like it.  Oh well... it's done!  I may have to go back and write day 5 on that page so I don't confuse myself again later!

The store we went into in Grand Teton on day 5 had LOTS of stickers.  Well... not tons, but more than we usually saw.  I got the shield sticker for myself, plus an animals of Grand Teton and Yellowstone set for Clara and I to share...

And a fun, very graphic page of Grand Teton stickers for Clara and to share too...

This was my first time (and maybe my only time in this book) that I had a story that I wrote down.  I wish I would have done more journaling and stories in my book.  I'm not much of a writer, but I'd like to change that.
I added the postcard right to the page again here.  I really loved the set of postcards that they had there with vintage designs.

Not a huge fan of this page.  I really need to work on my handwriting so it's prettier for projects like this!
 At the Old Faithful Inn, the gift shop had a scrapbooking section, so Clara and I picked up some more sticker sets.

Here's my project life page for that day...
Minimal design again... just letting the beauty in the photographs be what speaks on these pages!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Road Trip 2014: Day 4

Day four started out with a half day of driving...

Then we made it to Jackson Hole.  If the instax prints weren't so expensive, these pages would be filled with photos... the scenery was just gorgeous!!
We took the tram to the top of the mountain.  I included our "ticket" (the plastic card) on my page.  We also bought stickers and a postcard each.

After Jackson Hole, we drove into Grand Teton National Park...
I added my Grand Teton postcard directly to one of the pages versus hole punching it this time.

Here is my project life page for the day...
The views were just absolutely amazing and photos just can't do it justice!  I'm sure now you're beginning to understand when I mentioned earlier how hard it would have been to edit the trip down to just one two page project life spread!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Road Trip 2014: Day 3

Well... to contrast with yesterdays very long post, this is a very short one.  Day three wasn't a very big day.  Our only plan that day was to shop around in downtown Cheyenne, but it didn't end up having as many shops as we thought.  So, it was a quick morning of sightseeing, lunch and then on to our next hotel.

Here's the divider for day three...
I really loved using the "day" cards from Little Butterfly Wings and I loved the map too (sadly the designer retired and it is no longer available).

Decided to do something different with the postcard this time...
I got a vintage looking one.  And since I didn't have much to fill that blank page, I just attached the postcard directly to it.  One of my favorite brochures of the the whole trip is this one from the Cheyenne Depot Museum.  It's beginning to get a little beat up from sticking up like that, but I don't mind.

 And here is the project life page for the day...

Again, I just kept it very simple and used elements from Stolen Moments Designs' Little Mister Bossy Face kit.