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Today on our blog, we welcome our guest Mandy Bopp, who uses Project Life to scrapbook her travels.

When I finished Graduate school 10 years ago, I took a whirlwind trip to Europe. It was rather spur of the moment and the kind of trip you would only ever take as a young, single, new graduate!

It was a glorious 8 days of plane hopping from Rome, to Paris, to Glasgow, to London. It was late nights, tons of walking, sleeping in hostels, and soaking up everything I could in each city. It was so exhilarating that I do not remember being tired for one single moment! Now as a mom of 3 young kids, I certainly don’t have the energy, time or money for that kind of trip in the near future!

For the past 10 years, my pictures have sat neatly in a photo album with the rest of my mementos, ticket stubs, and journal pages in a keepsake box. Documenting this trip has not been a priority…I’ve never felt like I could put this project ahead of all of the others because I struggle with “keeping up” on the family and kids’ albums! I’m sure many of you feel the same way!

I finally took a weekend to pull these pictures out of the album, and get my things organized. Knowing that I wanted to keep all of the pictures, and not having the time to scrapbook pages for each day of the trip, I opted to use Project Life to get this done.

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Supplies used: Project Life by Becky Higgins: Travel Edition Project Life Page Protectors: Layout A

I was able to get the entire trip documented, the mementos in well sized page protectors and all of my journaling done in one weekend! What I love most about Project Life is the ability to get a lot documented in a short period of time and I truly love this album!

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I kept everything very simple. I attached ticket stubs to the filler cards simply by stapling them together. I cut the maps to fit mostly in 8X10. The one pictured was larger so I opted to cut it to fill the entire layout. I let the pictures do the talking and filled in the journaling cards with notes I had taken on the trip.

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It felt SO good to document something about ME….not the kids, not the husband, not the family….all ME. It helped renew my memory of the girl I was then and gave me a chance to reflect on how much life has changed since that trip.

The memories are priceless and I can’t wait to take my little family to these places…next time minus the hostels! The best part is now I can easily share this trip with my family, and it’s no longer stuck in a box in the closet!

Thank you so much, Mandy! This is a great way to scrap all those trip photos we have piling up! If anyone is looking for more Project Life ideas and products, Stampin’ Up! now sells an exclusive line!

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Originally from Whitehorse, Yukon, Mandy Bopp traded in her Sorels and snow shovel for Flip Flops and sunscreen 13 years ago when a graduate degree in Piano Performance brought her to Arizona. She will forever be faithful to her alma mater, Mount Allison University, and her heart will always bring her home to Canada.  Married to Jim for 8 years, they have 3 littles: Andrew (7), Jacob (5) and Grace (2).  She is a professional pianist by day and secret paper hoarder by night. She loves embellished scrapbooking but has come to adore the simplicity and ease of the Project Life system.  You can find her blogging at www.almondplace.com or on IG:  @almondplace


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  1. Lori Wilson Reply

    Mandy, this is fabulous and you look gorgeous!! So happy to see your PL pages being shared!

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