September KOTM.

Today I worked on putting together my travel album from a trip to New Zealand and Australia last August - using the September Kit of the Month. This is one of those trips where I took along a travel journal (with great intentions like past trips - see my March 2006 Studio A column about Scrapbooking on the Road) and only ended up with a big pile of photos + maps + collected stuff rather than coming home with a completed journal. The truth was I just didn't feel like working on it while I was traveling.

Here's where the September kit comes in handy: it can be used after your trip OR during your trip. If you have an adventure coming up you could take it on the road and it has everything you need (including cool stamps) all ready to go in a tin that doesn't take up too much space. Or, if you want to just wait and create when you come home you can collect stuff on the road (including journaling which is always so much fresher when you are writing on the road) and just put it together another time.

This would make a good gift for someone you know who has an adventure coming up as well.

The album comes with all the pages inside the spiral but I went ahead and removed them so I could add in brochures, photos, etc and make changes to the order (for a how-to on taking minibooks apart and putting them back together click here). I am really into page size variety right now. I also added a transparency sheet on the cover and as one interior page (an 8.5x11 cut to size). For adding pages I created holes using the Bind-it-all and my Crop-a-dile.

One thing I was so happy I had were blog posts related to my trip (in addition to some handwritten things I had written in my travel journal). I printed those out onto the paper from the album and added them back in - definitely tells a more complete story than I can remember off-the-top-of-my-head a year later.

Here's a look at what I made with the kit (the rub ons were my favorite):

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Fun project. Excited to add it to the basket.

In addition, I want to give you a sneak peek of next month's KOTM which should go on sale next week.

The concept? Hope & courage:

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  1. tara

    2007-09-28 05:24:55 +0800

    okay
    sigh
    i dont know if you are still reading these
    but
    i am going to have to kick your ass when i see you in november for your extreme amount of awesomeness.
    time to knock you back down to our level. with some ass kicking.

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  2. Juliet

    2007-09-28 06:31:21 +0800

    AWESOME ALBUM!!! Very unconventional travel album & very inspirational!!! LOVE IT!!! Thanks for sharing, Ali!

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  3. Kareen

    2007-09-28 06:45:13 +0800

    This is awesome,every page is a treat for the eyes.

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  4. Iara

    2007-09-28 07:19:54 +0800

    fantastic album! love it! thanks for sharing all the pictures and for the inspiration!

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  5. Jeani

    2007-09-28 08:09:58 +0800

    OMG, i totally love it! I would be excited too to add it to MY basket :) Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Heidi

    2007-09-28 09:15:18 +0800

    Your wonderful album reminds what a great time I had in Wellington in your class, and how awful the weather in Auckland was that weekend! Thanks for sharing.Come back soon!

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  7. The Queen

    2007-09-28 12:24:06 +0800

    I LOVE this scrap booking idea!! I would marry it if I could. Looking at the way you created and expanded the initial idea is amazing. I want one now. Thanks for showing this :)

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  8. Inge

    2007-09-28 12:37:49 +0800

    I bought the travelkit yesterday! Due to the positive exchange rate I could not resist. Thanks Ali for sharing! Have a nice weekend,
    regards
    Inge

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  9. Sharna

    2007-09-28 13:34:57 +0800

    I can't tell you how much I love what you did with this!!! WOW! Will you post it to Flickr or Two Peas so that I can save it to favorites?? Thanks for all that you share with us!

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  10. Sheila

    2007-09-28 14:09:59 +0800

    Your travel journal March 2006 is the only idea I have ever scraplifted! It was a great way to keep track of our trip to Ireland and helped me know what to bring with me to do so!!!

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  11. Allison K

    2007-09-28 16:31:53 +0800

    makes me want to get the kit again and start over!
    Absolutely inspiring!

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  12. kristin

    2007-09-28 17:23:17 +0800

    is there room for another comment about how cool this little creation is? you've crammed so much into one book and managed to keep it looking cohesive, lovely and fun. what a great treasure for you to take out again in the future. cool.

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  13. Penny

    2007-09-28 18:48:00 +0800

    Oh Ali, this is spectacular! I MUST get a tool to bind my books like that, so fun and easy. Love it!

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  14. Crystal

    2007-09-28 19:08:53 +0800

    Ali - This is so inspiring for me, especially today! We just got home late last night from a 3 week trip to Europe and as I was unpacking, I had a whole big envelope full of ticket stubs, maps and other "cultural memorabilia". Thank you for showing me how to incorporate these things into a way cool album!! I love the staggered pages and everything else you've done here. I must go see about ordering that kit!! Thanks, again! I have lots of catching up to do with all your links in the last 3 weeks :))

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  15. Jag Nagra

    2007-09-28 22:32:52 +0800

    *love this*

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  16. jenny

    2007-09-29 01:37:38 +0800

    I love this, very unique and inspiring as always. Did you bind this yourself or have it done professionally?

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  17. mary

    2007-09-29 03:42:02 +0800

    Ali, This is a seriously awsome scrapbook. I'm not even a scrapbooker and I just love the way you have put this book together. It makes even me want to do something like this. I really love this look and what you have done. A HUGE thanks for sharing it with all of us. I wish I could buy the kit of the month, but alas, by the time I get around to do it, they will be all gone - especially after everyone has seen your beautiful book!
    mary

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  18. Jackie Hunter

    2007-09-30 08:29:52 +0800

    Wow! Ali, your work is truly inspiring, an Amazing travel journal. You have inspired me to do one of my own, when I go away in a few weeks :o)
    Jackie x

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  19. barb

    2007-09-30 18:26:38 +0800

    Wagamama! I've eaten at the one in NZ and the one in London. In fact, when I lived in London, Waga's was right across the street from my flat, so I would eat there a few times/week. LOVE that place! Ah, memories!

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  20. Jude

    2007-10-04 02:40:38 +0800

    Ali I love that you let us inside your albums - I'm so impressed with this album (always impressed with your mini albums). You have inspired me yet again.

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  21. sama

    2007-11-20 22:31:32 +0900

    Yes I am soooo late commenting on this, but I just found your blog and started looking through the archive. This is so amazing! I love it! I am definetly doing this with my next (or last maybe?) trip! Wonderful!
    Great blog too by the way.

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  22. sama

    2007-11-20 22:31:47 +0900

    Yes I am soooo late commenting on this, but I just found your blog and started looking through the archive. This is so amazing! I love it! I am definetly doing this with my next (or last maybe?) trip! Wonderful!
    Great blog too by the way.

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  23. sama

    2007-11-20 22:31:56 +0900

    Yes I am soooo late commenting on this, but I just found your blog and started looking through the archive. This is so amazing! I love it! I am definetly doing this with my next (or last maybe?) trip! Wonderful!
    Great blog too by the way.

    * edited 08/11/14 10:54PM
  24. sama

    2007-11-20 22:32:02 +0900

    Yes I am soooo late commenting on this, but I just found your blog and started looking through the archive. This is so amazing! I love it! I am definetly doing this with my next (or last maybe?) trip! Wonderful!
    Great blog too by the way.

    * edited 08/11/14 10:54PM
  25. Christina

    2013-03-12 05:07:07 +0800

    I'm not sure if I'm the only with an issue, but the most of the photos are not showing up for me. Just a heads up!

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