A Travel Book Gets Me Every Time

Travel Book | Gets Me Every Time

I remember my first camera. It was neon pink. One of those rectangular ones with a simple trigger button and a level on the bottom that you pushed to advance the film on the spool. I got it for Christmas and I took more non-pictures than I actually took photos. Mostly blurry. Mostly out-of-focus close-ups of peoples’ faces and my dolls. But I loved that camera and my photos. And I’m sure I went through more film than my parents could have ever imagined.

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One of the best parts about getting film cameras was waiting to see what developed, don’t you think? I mean, there are few surprises in life. And that was definitely a fascinating one for me when I was a kid. Now, you’ve seen the bulk of our photos from Rome. And I saw them on the plane ride home. But there’s still a little magic in holding them in prints, or books, don’t you think?

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I wanted to create something similar to my Instabook, so I went with the same 8×8 style from Shutterfly. Once the book arrived, I grabbed our travel journal and a Zig pen and got to recalling all the details.

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On the back of my childhood prints, I’d write who was in the photo. Or what year it was. I think this is just an evolution of this. Spelling out how our days went. And making sure to mention how we managed to get around and find our way.

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Some pages get a lot of description. Some get little or none at all.

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And while I could elaborate on any one picture for a while, I tried to keep it top level enough that it’s easy enough to flip through and get the full story.

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I think our trip to Rome was one for the books. And I think this was the perfect way to commemorate our vacation.

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*Ps. I was not paid or perked by Shutterfly. I just really love the size and quality of their photo books.

6 comments

    • Kelly says:

      Do it! I love it. It’s the highlights from our trip. I still print regular photos too, but I love having books that capture the memory too!

  1. brigzorn says:

    I’m working on a huge Shutterfly book right now of photos from 2013. I love the idea of writing in captions once it’s delivered as I’ve already spent so much time working with those damn text boxes. Might steal that idea!

  2. elizabeth says:

    FILM! it was like christmas every time I dropped on off. I’d loiter around for the hour it took and rip open the envelope. for every roll of 36 prints I took of the kids I usually ended up with only 10 keepers but today, I love the ‘mistakes’ just as much. I miss film. now my problem is getting the old photos/negatives into a digital format.

    I’ll have to keep this in mind if I ever move beyond using my phone for photos which is faster than instant gratification.

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