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Norway 2018 // Starting (and simplifying) a big vacation album

This summer, we got to go on a five-week vacation back to Norway. It was a really good trip that I knew I wanted to scrapbook, but the thought of cramming five weeks of non-stop adventure memories into one album was kind of daunting.

Norway 2018 Album

There’s no way I would ever be able to scrapbook such a long trip chronologically, so in order to not feel overwhelmed by the project, I decided to split the album up into sections. This made the whole thing seem much more organized and doable, at least in my head.

I ended up with four separate sections, plus a mini section each for the plane travel to and from Norway.

On the back of my opening page, I created a pocket using a flight map from the in-flight magazine and the menu of the restaurant where we had lunch before our flight (Floret at SeaTac – Cafe Flora’s sister restaurant, so good!). I used it to hold our tickets and some flight ephemera.

Norway 2018 Album

Each of the main sections gets a full page photo with a half circle and a stamped title – I decided to stamp as messily as possible so I wouldn’t have to get all perfectionistic and sit there fiddling with the stamps for three hours.

Norway 2018 Album

After the opening page, each section has a divided 3×8 page protector with a short introduction. The circle embellishment combo I used is an idea that I totally stole from @klisterprinsessan – I used journaling spots from old Ali Edwards kits and circle stickers from this year’s summer release.

The first section is about my parents’ summer house, which is where we spent most of our trip and is what I view as my home in Norway. I miss it so much!

Norway 2018 Album

The next section is about the people we spent time with there – grandparents, aunts and uncles, old friends.

Norway 2018 Album

Norway 2018 Album

Section number three is about the three-day trip JK and I took to the mountains, which was such a wonderful, relaxing (even though we hiked or ran every day) getaway for us.

Norway 2018 Album

I collected tons of memorabilia on this trip, and I’m trying to use a lot of it in the album, like this map and really well-designed circle logos from brochures I found.

Norway 2018 Album

The last section is about my sister-in-law’s wedding, the main event of our vacation!

Norway 2018 Album

This section is full of all sorts of stuff: programs, hymns, JK’s handwritten speech, a bag of confetti…and it’s going to be epically cute once I get photos of Nora and Lily as flower girls in there!

Norway 2018 Album

Norway 2018 Album

The album ends with the flight home…that blue thing in the back is a barf bag from the plane, which I’m using to hold the tickets. Heh.

Norway 2018 Album

Since this album is going to be full of really busy photos, I’m keeping the rest of the design simple – white journaling cards, typed journaling, stamps, and a handdrawn black line. (This page is about how we ran into former Prime Minister of Norway and current Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, on a hike! It was such an ultra-Norwegian experience.)

Norway 2018 Album

For now, the rest of the album looks like this: random photos, journaling cards, and memorabilia here and there.

(These photos are of me, the girls, and their grandparents in front of the summer house in 2015, 2016, and 2018!)

Norway 2018 Album

I’ve written a list of important things to remember, so there’s no rush in finishing this album – I can just jump in and work on it when I feel inspired or want to reminisce.

Norway 2018 Album

Dividing a project like this into themed chunks is definitely the way to go for me!

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11 Comments

  • Reply Lyn Lovell October 2, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Oh Ingunn. This is stunning. Gives me inspiration to actually get some of my travel albums done.

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz October 2, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you! And go get ’em done! This is the first year of my scrapbooking career that I’ve actually finished travel albums, and it feels pretty dang good. :D (Not that this thing will be finished before 2022, but still.)

  • Reply Houston October 2, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    This is gorgeous! I love the idea of breaking it into chunks instead of chronologically! Is that center circle on your 3×8’s an embossed stamp? It looks great!

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz October 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      They’re “leather” stickers from Ali Edwards, they were part of the summer release this year!

  • Reply Bob Yoder October 2, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Wow, you are so cool to be so scrap-book organized and so close to your family. I think you could set up your own scrap-booking business! Enjoy the Fall colors and brisk days!

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz October 2, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      Bob, I think that’s the first time anyone has used the words “cool” and “scrapbook” in the same sentence. ;)

  • Reply Rhonda Olmstead October 2, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I LOVE how you divided it into chunks and kept it “simply creative” absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Traci Brookes October 2, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    This is beautiful! Love the way you divided it up and the broke it down. But I love how the photos really do capture your story.

  • Reply Janet Kemper October 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    This is so gorgeous!!! I love how you split it up, that makes so much sense to me. As always, your photos are fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply CarrieH October 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Beautiful! I’ve found that for most trips going non-chronologically works best for me too. Just easier to batch some things together–makes more of an impact. Love how you manage to keep things simple, and yet beautiful all at the same time. I’m really enjoying your shares on the blog lately, so thank you for the inspiration. Fall really is a great time to scrapbook.

  • Reply francesco cosi October 13, 2018 at 6:10 am

    I would love to go here after reading your post. Thanks for some great tips on where to go

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