About this series: In 2007, I participated in a 6-week study abroad program in southern Africa with 10 other education majors from my university. We worked in the school of a refugee camp to model effective/appropriate teaching for the untrained women who served as teachers at the camp in exchange for a place to live. This trip was the event that sparked my interest in scrapbooking. I had returned home with 11+ cameras’ photographs we had all shared with each other, and knew I had to do something special to document this once-in-a-lifetime experience. This travel scrapbooking series will cover this trip.
In part one of this series, I shared my album cover, as well as an intro page, a layout about our flights, and a “who’s who” yearbook-style page of all the major people involved in this trip. For today’s post, I’m sharing a page that focuses on the first few details of the actual trip itself: the town we called “home” for 6 weeks.
We stayed in the town of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape of South Africa with 4 host families who were willing to take us into their homes for the duration of our stay. On our first full day there, we took a walking tour of the town, so I thought I’d start my documentation out with some of the town highlights. I made sure to include a few scenery shots to show how beautiful the area was, as well as a shot that shows the typical architecture in the town. Then I added in some photos of our favorite local spots, a coffee shop and a gelato shop, and a shot of our first dinner together as a group. (Faces blurred for privacy).
To make sure I’m creating my album chronologically, I’m referring back to the LiveJournal account I used as a travel journal while I was gone. This helps me fill in the blanks in my memory about place names, which order things happened in, and how I was feeling about events at the time. I also look through my photo albums from the trip on Shutterfly, which I had painstakingly sorted by topic/location after we returned from the trip, to make sure that I pick out all of my favorites for each page I complete.
Next up, I’ll be working on a page about our first time visiting the school we worked at. Stay tuned!
What was the last trip you scrapbooked about? Let’s chat about it in the comments!