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March 24, 2008

Spring Break 08.


Spring Break is here and the 3 of us (the e3 reference on the album above) are ready for a little travel + rest + relaxation. It won't be long before Chris is back into full campaign mode for the fall election and things will be that much more hectic. This seemed like our best chance to get away together just the three of us (with no other agenda besides hanging out).

For a little on-the-road travel documentation I put together a small mini book (4×6) this morning to take along on our adventure. It's a new one from D Reeves (loving the very cool white look - it's a pure white rather than clear) and my plan is to use brochures and found papers along the way for the pages. I also packed a small Kodak printer to try some photo printing on the road.

[ album: D Reeves; foam letter stickers: American Crafts; chipboard circle accent: Scenic Route ]

Keeping the additional supplies simple again: scissors, hole punch, rolling adhesive, glue stick, and a pen.


I hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend. We got a kick out of the comments yesterday regarding Chris' white shirt. It just happened to be the one he had on and it stayed clean the entire time. There wasn't much splashing in the dyes – a fairly quick and easy little egg coloring session. But yep, he was brave.

As a couple of you noticed and mentioned in the comments yesterday, Simon was totally into it this year (vs. no interest last year). He had a great time dipping the eggs into the dyes and placing them back into the cartons. He also loved re-hiding (and re-hiding and re-hiding) the eggs yesterday afternoon for our friends that came over to celebrate Easter with us.

Have a wonderful week!


  • 1.
    Meghan E said…

    Hope you have a wonderful time on your vacation! :)

  • 2.
    Jana said…

    Have a great vacation! We’re just hanging out this week, working, but also enjoying having our daughter home for spring break (she’s working too—at her favorite flower place—fun she’s excited to go back to work there!!) Great job being so prepared with your mini-book!

  • 3.
    Linda Beeson said…

    What get-away for a scrapper would not be complete without a few little scrapping supplies!!! LOVE the compact way you are ready for some documenting!

  • 4.
    Tracy Anderson said…

    Have a great time, Ali! You deserve some quiet time with your men :) Hope you come home rested, relaxed and rejeuvenated!

  • 5.
    jen said…

    hi Ali,
    since your sharing of the idea of White on White…i am so hooked on it…and now i see another idea in your title e3…cool…white is in!

  • 6.
    Lauren Z said…

    So cute! I am also in the middle of trying to get together a travel journal. my BF and I are driving to Austin Texas (from the coast of CA!) and I am getting things together to add while we are gone. I think that the printer idea is cool, but we will be near a Costco and so I can print when we set up “camp” at his moms house :)
    Have a fun trip!

  • 7.
    Nicky Anderson said…

    Love the simple journal idea – will have to do that on our next trip. Hope you have an amazing holiday with your boys!!!!
    Nicky Anderson

  • 8.
    Linda said…

    VERY COOL! One of the things I do on vacation is load our photos to snapfish each night. Then if there is a walgreens near by I’ll swing by and pick up prints the next morning. (Only if it isn’t a biggie to swing by) We have wall-to-wall fun pages. At the end of each day on our summer vacations, I will with the help of which ever child wants to chime in, make a 12×12 collage made up of photos, brochures, ticket stubs, hardrock cafe coasters, a napkin with a logo on it…you name it, we have used it in our collages. I love that after twenty-five years of making collages from vacations, many many years before it scrapbooking became popular. Back when I had photos made up after vacation in black and white to keep them from fading. Our vacation albums remain treasure troves of moments, places, and memories.
    Have a great vacation.

  • 9.
    Cathy said…

    I love your mini book, so simple easy and great to carry around for on the moment memory takers (did that make sense lol). HOpe you have a great vacation and relax as much as possible. I won’t get a vaca till maybe august if I’m lucky earlier.

  • 10.
    Heather C said…

    Hi – new to your blog — find it so inspiring. I dyed eggs for the first time this year with my girls — my 5 year old loved it, the 2 year old — well lets just say that it was a mistake to give a 2 year old a dyed egg! On her lips, teeth, hands… it will make a great memory and she was so happy!
    Have a safe trip and will be interested to see what you create.
    Thanks for the inspiration -
    Heather Clements, Mason, OH

  • 11.
    alexandra said…

    Love the beginnings of your travel journal – so fabulous!
    Safe and happy travels to you all – have a good one!!

  • 12.

    that is so awesome, and you are so inspirational! I love it! what a great idea to keep it simple with the supplies!

  • 13.
    annie said…

    Happy trails & bon voyage, Ali!
    Rest, relax, recharge~
    Annie W.

  • 14.
    artful_yogi said…

    Another fun thing to do is hide the Easter baskets. As the kids grow older the hiding spots can get more and more challenging til they are out in the car, in the basement, or in the oven!

  • 15.
    margie said…

    have a fab trip…be safe!
    you deserve it!
    love to you and the fam!
    miss you…
    kiss kiss

  • 16.
    Lisa said…

    A very timely posting for me, Ali! My husband and I are taking a three week trip to Europe with our 18 month old daughter. I am in the midst of putting together a travel scrapbook for the road, so I appreciated knowing how you’re going to do it! So far I have generic daytimer that I’m going to modify with maps, restaurants/shops I want to visit, and chipboard pages dividing the destinations. I’m really looking forward to working on this on the road!

  • 17.
    christen said…

    have a wonderful time! i’m looking forward to hearing how printing the photos on the go works…

  • 18.
    Jenn said…

    This book is so dang cute, and I liked seeing your “supply bag” for road scrapping. GREAT idea: do it while it’s fresh in one’s mind! You have such a flair, wanna help me remodel my kitchen? That is my spring break project. LOL! Have a blast on your trip! Thanks for the great post! Jen in the OC

  • 19.
    jamaica said…

    this is divine. i love, love, love the white on white. note to self… must buy white dreeves album asap.

  • 20.
    Deb Wisker said…

    Great mini album!Love the white!!
    I would have loved to play egg hunt with Simon all day! Hope you got some good pics!

  • 21.
    Amy said…

    Vacation? What’s a vacation….? ;)

  • 22.
    Julie Howard said…

    That is such a cool little album!
    Have a great time on your vacation!

  • 23.
    heatherle said…

    I need to know about BARAK before I implode! Did you see him in Portland? Eugene??????????

  • 24.
    forcryeye said…

    Happy, Happy Easter to you and yours. I also brought a mini scrapbook on my Spring Break…I shall have to post it.

  • 25.
    kelly lown said…

    Enjoy your break. I would love to see posts of the “white” album with the “found” pages. TOtally cool.

  • 26.
    Tran Quach said…

    Cute idea, but what does the “e” stand for?

  • 27.
    Natalie said…

    What a cute little album and travel kit. Regarding the egg dying: some of the older grand-kids helped me with the egg-dying – but the eggs were empty/hollow, and we made ‘cascarones’ by filling the empty eggs with confetti, which were later (on Sunday) smashed on others’ heads. See photos of the ‘cascarones’ action here:
    (my daughter’s blog; the March 24 entry). You can also see a photo of the pot of tamales we made for Easter (a family project by 8 adults) – see the Mar 21 entry.
    I hope you have a grand time together – becoming refreshed and renewed.

  • 28.
    Melissa said…

    There you go with that debossed look again! ;->
    HAVE A GREAT VACATION!! ‘Can’t wait to see that album filled with photos!

  • 29.
    Mandy said…

    I know you’ve been looking forward to this trip. I hope it’s wonderful for your family. And I have to say that little simple bag of supplies is very inspiring to me this morning.

  • 30.
    ms ellie said…

    Linda, I love your post(above) about a 12 x 12 collage of treasures from each day! Great idea. I am going on a beach trip with high school friends (and I’m waaay out of hs) next week and this is a fun idea to document our time together!

  • 31.
    Crystal said…

    Hi! Last trip I took my little printer with me and had pre-made my pages and printed out the pics in the hotel room. Oila! Came back with a finished album! Great sense of achievement!
    This year, we’re taking a 6 state roadtrip and I’m taking my printer. For part of that time we’ll be camping in Yellowstone – but I’ve confirmed I can use the restroom for electricity to print my pics. What’s camping without scrapbooking!?? Love the idea of using this type of album and punching things in!

  • 32.
    Jen said…

    I am leaving for a trip to FL on Friday and I’m totally taking this idea and running with it. My little printer will definitely fit in my suitcase and a small bag of supplies will let me finish this album before I get home! I can’t wait! :)

  • 33.

    this is an absolutely WONDERFUL idea!!! hmmm… I’m heading on a honeymoon in a few months. I KNOW there will be some downtime where my guy will want to nap. I might pack something like this to do, maybe even on the plane (minus the scissors, I guess…)

  • 34.
    Denise said…

    Have fun resting and relaxing. I think your idea of taking the mini on the road is fabulous. I’m about to embark on an unexpected and emotionally charger trip and might try this documentation approach. Thanks for sharing your ideas <3

  • 35.

    Enjoy your vaca and thanks for showing us the little baggy with your essential supplies. Scrapping can seem so overwhelming sometimes, but it can be something as small as a mini-album. I’m looking forward to seeing this after youre done with it.

  • 36.
    Tran Quach said…

    Never mind Ali! Figured out what the “e” stood for :-P

  • 37.
    lori p said…

    what a great idea with the mini travel album, mini printer and mini bag of scrappy items. i think that i can definitely handle this when we take our next trip so that i return home with a FINISHED album. leave it to you to make something so simple for us!!
    have a wonderful vacation with chris and simon. make lots of memories… enjoy!!

  • 38.
    Simone said…

    looking forward how the mini album looks like. Great idea using a mini printer for the photos, and mini bag with stuff.
    Have a great trip with Simon and Chris.

  • 39.
    ToneF said…

    Oh, that minialbum looks so cute and elegant! Love the clean and white look of it :)
    Hope you have a great time at your holiday :)

  • 40.
    sue said…

    Enjoy your vacation and I love that you have your little album ready to complete along the way!

  • 41.
    Wendy G said…

    Scrappin’ in a bathroom at Yellowstone…..Now that’s dedication!
    Ali, it’s been a long time since I stopped by and of course am completely out of the loop on your husband in campaign mode???? Clearly I need to stop by more often!

  • 42.
    marlee said…

    Hey Tran Quach (posted above) — I think the “E” on the album stands for Edwards!

  • 43.
    Tina said…

    Have been a fan of your work for quite some time and just recently found your blog and boy am I glad I did! Enjoy your getaway and on one last note.. so happy to meet another Oregon girl!

  • 44.
    chanel said…

    i love this idea to take your mini book along with you, can’t wait to see what you create, have fun! luv chanel

  • 45.
    Debra said…

    Hi Ali,
    I’ve just come home from a three week trip and I did an on-the-road scrapbook each night of the trip. I collected brochures and postcards and cut them up to add in and around the writing. I’ve left places for some photos so they can be stuck in when they’re developed. The whole thing is not particularly scrapbooky, but it’s what I wanted it to be. This is the second on-the-road I’ve done and it was a great success just like the last one. Thanks so much for the idea (got it from the article you did quite a while ago in CK). I’m also reading Life Artist, which I’ve had for a while but have been saving (I’m like that – don’t read new books straight away, got to save the newness for a while!). Great, great, great book. Love it and wanted to congratulate you on that too.
    All the best,

  • 46.
    Kristi said…

    As if you don’t inspire me enough, I feel inspired to do this for my future weekend adventures….You hear it all the time, but you truly are an inspiration, an amazing scrapper and woman. You’ve brought me back to the foundation of my creativity and I appreciate it. Thank you!

  • 47.
    Sarah said…

    Have a wonderful vacation Ally.
    Hope you all come back rested and relaxed and ready to take on the world again!
    Sarah in Canada

  • 48.
    LisaW said…

    This is just the inspiration I was looking for! I have a night away for work next week and I thought I’d be bored in my hotel room – hello mini-album to keep me occupied. Hope you had a great trip. Cheers, Lisa.

  • 49.
    Jocelyn said…

    Is it just me or do glue sticks dry up and then stop working as an adhesive? I noticed that it is one of your staples that you bring with you when you travel, but I just seem to have the worst luck with glue sticks.

  • 50.

    I love this blog!

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