I didn’t take that many photos back then. When Mr. P and I went to China last year, we took over 2000 photos. For the honeymoon, I had less than 200 to work with. Granted, it was only a week and the China trip was much longer, but I think it’s an interesting look at my changing ways. Sometimes less is more – I need to keep that in mind for my next trip.
I only took “big time” photos. I only took big scenery pictures and not much else. No food. I repeat: no food! I also didn’t get many other details. Big scenery pictures are great, but it’s very useful to have other bits to break up the pages and to show other people things you saw.
I mean, I didn’t even get a picture of the boat we took on our Na Pali Coast tour in Hawaii! Or the speakeasy we ate at in New York that has since closed down and is trying to reopen!
I need to do a better job telling the stories. Vacation layouts are hard. There’s so much to include and I don’t want to do a mega-scrapbook for each one. I do have vacation photobooks, but I still want the scrapbook layouts to have a lot of pictures. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for the smaller interesting stories.
I showed Central Park but didn’t add the detail that it was windy and all the couples in rowboats were getting blown into the bushes (it was really funny).
Does the story about our crazy bus ride across rural China and being accosted by cab drivers deserve its own space? Is it better to leave some stories to oral tradition? I’m still debating about the right balance here.
I can’t capture everything in my scrapbook, I’ve long accepted that. But I want to capture the “right” things but I’m not 100% sure what those are.
Have you scrapbooked big vacations before? What have you learned?