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travel album inspiration

Creative Team member Petra Corcoran recently took a crazy fun road trip with her family and chose one of our new Mini Albums (Midnight) and Childhood Mini Kits (Wellington Edition) to document her journey. Her mix of gorgeous photography to capture the details of their trip, maps to document their mileage and daily travel, and journaling to record their adventures, all add up to a lasting keepsake of a trip that their family will always remember. Here is a bit of the story and details in Petra’s own words.


Since moving to Brisbane, almost 2 years ago now, life has been busy and we have not had a real holiday as a family. We finally planned to have one just after Christmas last year.

My husband always says the best way to really see the country is to drive it – to get out there and see and experience all those far away places not just the tourist strips. So the plan was set. A route covering some 3600km (2200 miles) heading far North West and then across to the coast in the East. We were told we were crazy. “It’s too hot and not tourist season where you’re going.” Perfect. Let’s go.


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Album cover. Clean & Simple.
PetraCorcoranFeb MiniAlbum_2I took this photo during the trip by laying in the middle of the highway while hubby was spotting for cars! I have always wanted to do this and love the way it sets the scene for the album.
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The start of the trip. I decided up front to use my iphone to map each route and distance and took a screen shot at the start of our drive each day. All my journalling is printed directly onto the kit cards.
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A few points along the way from day one. I like to balance my pictures with a fair bit of journalling. It was great to get to our campsite, put the tent up for the first time and hop in.
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This is where we stayed our first night. We met  a cat named Puddy who was a resident at the caravan park. The kids fell in love with him instantly.
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Taking in all the little details at stops along the way – driving day two.
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Campsite in Longreach. This was a really big tourist park but was totally empty. It was at this point the advice we received about the time of year to travel out here really hit home. We took a swim in the park pool and it only took a few minutes for all the wet stuff to be bone dry! I love photographing the stuff you may forget. (Journalling yet to come on this page)
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Up early again we were heading deep West now to Lark Quarry to see fossilised dinosaur footprints. I used this layout to include the ticket we purchased to the footprints. I love keeping & including little bits like that.
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The heat at the quarry was something else. And I love how this layout starts with a picture of Mackenzie looking up, listening with her face glistening with sweat.  Our tour guide was a truly lovely old man so I had to include him as the kids loved listening to him and discussing dinosaurs. This is what I tried to capture.
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Still at the quarry hunting for fossils. Calvin & Mackenzie just standing with the hot wind blowing this picture needs no words.
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Our car fridge broke down, the water smelled REAL bad so no showers & it was new years eve but we were together and that’s all that really mattered.
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Our dinosaur hunt continues and we’re back on the road. Sometimes the best laid plans fail but you make do, even if you have to have SPAM for dinner.
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We arrive in Townsville – sun, sand & Bbeach. One country yet such incredible contrasts. I love Australia.
Our friends at Crafthouse (they’ve been getting our products into customers’ hands Down Under for a while now) were so excited to hear about Petra’s album that they are having a special sale just for their customers in Australia and New Zealand! From now until March 4th, receive 20% off when you purchase both a Mini Album and Childhood Mini Kit (your choice of Mini Album color and Mini Kit Edition) – heck, YES! Take advantage of the sale HERE.

While you’re there you can also pre-order all of the products that are coming in late April. We are also excited to let you know that Crafthouse will be at the Melbourne Scrapbooking & Craft Show from March 1-3. They will have samples on hand of the new products arriving later this spring and will be offering a variety of promotions during the show. Stop by to see them if you have a chance!

As for those of you reading this who are NOT in New Zealand or Australia, but you’re inspired to do a Mini Album project and motivated by a sale … we will eventually run a sale on Amazon.com but sales are very far & few between on Project Life products. We don’t know when we’ll do that just yet. When we do, we’ll give you a heads-up ahead of time so you can plan, but for now – don’t count on it happening at any particular time. Thank you Petra for sharing your Mini Album!



32 Responses

  1. Theresa says:

    Love this!! We have two big trips coming up in the very near future…I was wondering how to document them without losing my mind. (And spending an entire year trying to finish the project!) This is perfect!!
    Thank you for sharing!!!

  2. Marygail says:

    Wow I love your title page – that’s so cool!

    Great album! I love how you made some pictures to fit into 2 slots. Great job!

  3. kelly libby says:

    Hi Becky: I always love a “travel” album! Quick question to you & your followers… How do you print a photo and then cut it and put into two 4 x6 photo slots? Specifically, on the front cover and on the last page with the “sisters” text. Do you enlarge your photo to a 8 x 12 then cut in half with a paper trimmer? Is there a trick to this I just don’t know? I’ve been seeing it a lot, and I love the way this looks visually! Help!

    • Tricia says:

      That’s exactly how I do it. Print the size I need and then cut it up. For the two 4×6’s on top of one another I would print a 8X10 knowing I am going to crop two inches off the sides and then cut in half. I know some people divide it up in photoshop and print each individual picture, but I don’t have the program.

    • Petra says:

      Hi Kelly,
      Yes that’s exactly what I do. I print the full picture (in this case it’s actually a 9×8 and then I cut it up with a paper trimmer.

  4. Melissa says:

    Gorgeous! Love this! Love that cover too! Wonderful job :)

  5. keianna says:

    This is an awesome album. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Melodie says:

    Luv the album…creative ways you did the pics…….question(s)…did you do the journaling later when you got home, as you said you did the journaling onto the cards…so digital? Did you construct the album after the trip?…thanks…

    • Petra says:

      Hi Melodie,
      I did the album and all the journalling after the trip. If you go to my blog you’ll find the rest of the album and a little bit about the process. I printed onto the cards. I used Photoshop Elements but you could easily just handwrite or type onto the little cards.

  7. MelanieN says:

    Love, Love, LOVE!!! This is how I would love my future albums to look!! I have a question: I am wondering if the journaling on the 4x 6 cards are just printed on paper or are they printed on photo paper from a jpeg file?? I would love to achieve this look but I don’t know how…. Any suggestions would be appreciated… :-) Thank you!!

    (I am thinking of scrapbooking the photos I have from a Europe trip I took in 1998!! I kept a journal and would like to transcribe the text it to look like these beautiful pages…. I am thinking of using the cinnamon edition)

    • Petra says:

      Hi Melanie,
      The journalling is printed onto the the actual cards that come in the kit not photo paper.
      You can see the rest of the album on my blog. :)

    • MelanieN says:

      Thanks Petra – I was just looking at the tutorial on your blog for printing the cards … I was thinking of getting photoshop elements so I think I will have to now. I’m going to be keeping my eye on your work for inspiration and ideas!! Really nice style…

  8. Sue Alger says:

    Your travel album is wonderful. I love the “big photos” distributed among/between photo pockets. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

  9. Jodie says:

    Your album is amazing! What a wonderful record of your trip. You should be so proud having created this for your beautiful family. xxxxxxx

  10. Kristina in Oz says:

    Hey Petra,
    You smashed it sweet. It looks amazing. Love the colours and the pics. Thanks for sharing this with the world. x

  11. lisa Goldsworthy says:

    Petra your layouts are always inspiring. I stole my journalling on a photo from you lol. I’ve bought a mini album and now i’m going to steal the full page photo idea. What a great holiday and what amazing memories.

  12. Leanne in CA says:

    I love this! What an awesome album and great way to document your trip. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  13. Wendy says:

    Your album is awesome!! I was thinking about dong this for a road trip we are planning this summer. After seeing how great yours turned out, will be doing this for sure!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  14. Kelly Fergie says:

    Such a lovely album and thank you to craft house for their sale I’ve just purchased a midnight album to document the process of building our first house! (I will use the mayfield for my daughters schooling) I may have to burrow some of your ideas Petra especially the big photo cut up for the title page!!! Can not wait to pull this all together!! Now for the build to finish so I can document the rest!! :)

  15. Sue says:

    Gorgeous Album Petra, loved every page!

  16. Narelle says:

    Petra, amazing album – I loved it! I was born in Townsville and have travelled all over Queensland (now living in Sydney) – it’s definately a state of contrasts! It made me smile seeing familiar places in your album – which is just sensational and a feast for the eyes without being to overwhelming to put together. Definately going to use this idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

  17. libbywilko says:

    Didn’t realise you were a Brisbane girl too ! Loved seeing your album Petra, great inspiration.

  18. Leanne T. says:

    gob-smackingly awesome album – LOVE LOVE LOVE how Petra has included the large photos – Brilliantly done

  19. Jenny B. says:

    This is really great! The perfect size. I love how she spread some of the photos across more than one pocket. :)

    • Jenny B. says:

      I couldn’t resist checking out the CraftHouse page… I saw the new core kits listed for late April… Does that mean they’ll be available in the US then too? I’ve been checking AC Digitals almost every day hoping for some hint at the digital release of all the new stuff. :) Can’t wait for Honey and Jade! Oh, and Kraft too!!! :) :) :)

  20. Kylie Beller says:

    Well done Petra! What an awesome keepsake and love love LOVE your amazing photos and journaling style!

  21. yin says:

    Ooooh, this is totally awesome! Both the trip and the album!! Love what you did, thanks for sharing!!

  22. Kathy says:

    Such a great album!! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Emily S says:

    this is amazing. I LOVE how you took screenshots of your daily route – this album is especially perfect for a road trip. I love making travel albums, so doing one PL style is a must in the future.

    Oh and I LOVE Australia – we honeymooned in Sydney and Darwin, and got to see the great contrast of metropolitan life with life in the bush!

  24. Betsy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your travel album with us. It is wonderfully done and I so enjoyed having a cyber Australian vacation! Beautiful family

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