surprise birthday trip we took back in July for my daughter's 7th birthday. It's such a fun memory because we woke up the kids on her birthday, popped them into the car, and took off without them knowing where we were going. She has been wanting to go an American Girl store for a long time so she just squealed with excitement when we turned the corner and there it was.
We turned it into an overnight trip and also went to COSI the next day so it was a really special birthday for her. It covers several double page spreads in our family's Project Life album as I didn't want to try and cram it into one with inserts. I shared the trip a bit backwards, with Part 2 being posted earlier this week, because I hadn't developed one of the pictures needed for this page.
In the middle 3X4 slots I put a picture of her by the cool fountain outside of the store, a screen capture of our driving route, one of LB hanging out while my husband took E through the long check out line, and then a picture of Saige's dog clipped from an old AG catalog. She picked up both Saige's dog and horse while we were there.
Along the bottom is the photo I needed and didn't have last week of E holding her Saige doll by the soon to be retired Molly line. Next to that I made a little collage of things from a catalog with Saige's picture, the hot air balloon clip art used for advertising the doll, and an envelope with the little purchase tickets for the big items E picked out at the store.
I also put clippings of product descriptions for each of the things E picked out for her birthday in there as well. I really liked having this spot to save these little bits so they won't get lost and it will be interesting to see how much the AG stuff cost in the future, it's already pretty expensive in my opinion so I hope we aren't looking back and thinking how cheap it all used to be!
Simple Stories' Vintage Bliss with pictures from our Cheesecake Factory lunch, super yummy! As you can see, journaling still to be filled in.
Instead of a longer family trip last summer, we decided to have one special outing each month. We went to Great Wolf Lodge and Mackinaw City in June and this was our July outing. While super fun and great times, they are a bit exhausting to record in Project Life because they take up several spreads and take me much longer to complete than a normal week.
How do you incorporate longer trips or events into your Project Life albums? I'd love to know what works for others. Sharing this post with The Mom Creative and Memory Keeping Monday co-hosted by Bee Tree Studios and Capturing Magical Memories.