Practicing what I preach - How to plan, pack and scrap on vacation.

  This was really a wonderful learning experience.  In general, I thought I was really well prepared for being able to scrap while I was on vacation. 
  Other than the few things I forgot (mentioned in post 5) I had a good assortment of products.  The inks/chalks/pens, etc., that I brought offered plenty of choices.  I would have packed a bit more background paper.
  Returning everything to its proper place in my studio was really quite easy.  I actually left the products I had chosen, and the pictures I had printed, together in the Project Planner Pages so when I have time to finish up they're still together.  In fact, now that I'm thinking about it, I may just pull that Spinder off my ScrapRack, toss it into a TravelPack,  and take it with me down to Bend this weekend.  Maybe I'll be able to finish up when I'm there.
  Here are a few pictures from the trip.  We really had a wonderful time.  There were so many fun things to do and the scenery was BEAUTIFUL!
Yep, that's me repelling down the cliff side.

London on the Slickrock Trail

Max leading the way. It was early, but already quite warm.

There I am again, always at the end of the line.
The boys tell me my main purpose is "food and first aid."

All three of my boys sound asleep on the flight to Moab.

At the Colorado National Monument

Park, out climbing around.

London and Max  on the river.

  If I was going to do it over again, the only thing I would change is my expectation of what I thought I could get done. 
  Thanks so much for following along!!


Practicing what I preach - Post 6

Well, I can't say that I was as successful as I would have liked to have been, but I can say I did get 8 pages complete (titles will be cut and added at home, journaling will be printed and attached to the back of the layouts at home too.)  I was also able to do the basic design for another 4 pages.  It should be pretty easy to finish those up when we get back.
What I can say is that I just re-packed all of my supplies and it was REALLY easy to put everything away. 
What I would recommend if you're planning on scrapping during vacation:
1. Rent a house or condo instead of staying in a hotel.  There are so many benefits; having a washer and dryer (I love going home with just clean clothes in my suitcase), a full kitchen is a huge plus, especially with teenage boys, they usually cost less than the same number of nights in a hotel, but from a Scrapper's perspective it's GREAT to have lots of extra space to Scrap.

2. Make sure you have plenty of color choices with paper.  I don't think I took enough.

3. Don't get frustrated if you can't get everything done.  Just being able to think about layouts as events are happening will make it easier to scrap them when you get home. I was able to the basic design work for the additional 4 pages, that means I'll be able to finish them up pretty quickly at home.

4. Check into a one hour photo printer before you leave.  If you're in a small town like Moab, you may not have access to printed photos.  It would be a bummer to pack all of your supplies and then not be able to Scrap while you're there.

5. Take some empty SuperSized Singles for storing your completed pages.  I had to put the completed pages in the back pocket of the Project Planner pages.  It worked find, but it would have been more fun to put them into the SuperSingles so I could lay them out and see all of them at once.

6.  Don't try to do too much.  If  you're like me, you can get so caught up in what you plan to get done, that you miss out on the "relaxing" part of being on vacation.

Thanks for following along.  I'll post more on Monday when I have a chance to actually "unpack" everything in the studio.


Practicing What I Preach - Post 5

  Okay, I did forget a couple of things, my corner rounder and STICKY NOTES!!! How I forgot those is beyond me - sticky notes are almost as important in my life as coffee.
  I've created a couple of pages.  I need the Sticky Notes so I can write down the titles I have in my head and attach them to the layouts. I'll cut them with my Pazzles machine when I get home.
 These pages are pretty simple, but mostly done.  I'll do the jounaling blocks at home when I have access to a computer printer.
 I think the ladies at the pharmacy with the photo printer think I'm crazy. I've been in there everyday using (or trying to use) their Kodak machine.
It's a little more difficult than I thought it would be to scrap while I'm on vacation.  Mostly because I'm EXHAUSTED by the end of the day. 
The good news is it's nice and warm here in Moab!!
Thanks for checking in on my progress!


Practicing What I Preach - Post 4

Okay, I'm here in Moab, Utah and I've come across one small problem.  There's only one place in town to print photos - YIKES!! Who would have thought.  Their machine is broken - YIKES!! Who would have thought?  Good news is it will be functional by the end of the day, so I'll keep you posted.