Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Stacy Milford

 

I am lucky enough to be within driving distance of the beautiful state of Colorado.  My family has traveled to Colorado on two separate occasions for family vacations and we have taken tons of pictures.  In turn, I have created many layouts to document our trips.

Our first trip to Colorado was a quick getaway in August 2004, just before school started for the kids.  We chose to visit Colorado Springs with the following tourist attractions on our list:

  • whitewater rafting
  • Olympic Training Facility
  • Pikes Peak
  • Garden of the Gods
  • Seven Falls
  • Cave of the Winds

Although we didn't end up having enough time to make it to everything on our list, we did manage to take in the top three.  Here are a few of my favorite layouts from our Colorado Springs trip:

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While on vacation, remember to keep receiptsand tickets and purchase a few postcards along the way.  Using these items to embellish your layout is a quick and easy way to get those vacation photos into scrapbooks, as seen in this layout:

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For us, whitewater rafting was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so it was worth paying for the photo captured as we came down the river.   Again, this is a very simple layout, as I wanted the focus to be on the photo:

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For Spring Break 2005, we decided our boys were old enough to try snow skiing.  We once again hit the road, headed for Salida, Colorado and Monarch Mountain.  We had some extra time on our drive, so we stopped at the Royal Gorge to do some sightseeing.  Some of my favorite photos taken on this trip were at the Royal Gorge, so I highly recommend it if you get the chance!

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Because snow skiing was the priority for our second family trip to Colorado, we didn't do any additional sightseeing.  The scenery was quite spectacular so my brand new digital camera got quite a workout.  The only advice I can offer here is that I would recommend taking a pocket-sized digital camera when skiing.  My digital camera was very large and somewhat cumbersome to deal with, plus I was always worried about keeping it dry.

Here are some must-have photos for a ski trip:

  • driving into the mountains
  • changing weather
  • scenery
  • learning to ski
  • funny hat hair at the end of the day
  • making a plan with the mountain trail map
  • on the ski lift
  • lines at the ski lift
  • family photo, taken by the professional at the top of the mountain (priceless!)

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There are so many things that happen on a family vacation that many times don't get captured in a photograph.  My solution for that is to create a page dedicated to those moments.

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There are so many great travel- and winter-themed scrapbook supplies on the market today and choosing can be almost overwhelming.  Here are a few that I came across that are available at Scrapbook.com:

I searched the Scrapjazz Gallery for more inspiration and found wonderful layouts that are linked below:

  • Estes Park, Allenspark by Mjbee 
  • Colorado Vacation by Nic2271.  She has posted an entire Colorado vacation album that uses photo sleeve page protector instead of traditional layouts.  Quick, simple and beautiful!
  • Colorado by Ifoundneatstuff 

 

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