When you read this, I will be in Prague! My hubby and I are taking our first trip to Europe together and we are so excited! It’s a 17 day tour covering major sites associated with the Reformation in the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and England, then we’re taking a few extra days in London before coming home. As I write this, though, I’m feeling like it’s a dream that’s close, but not close enough to touch, quite yet, and I’m not ready! You see, I had planned to be super organised for this trip. After all, we’ve known we were going for months. We have all our tickets booked, accommodation in London sorted, and our passports are up-to-date. The tour part is all organised for us, so we just have to pack, get ourselves to Prague and we’ll be set.

But here’s the thing. I (like many of you) am a scrapbooker. And we all know that when a scrapbooker travels, she takes photos. Not just a few photos, not just a hundred photos – but thousands of photos. Not only that, she wants to use those photos to make scrapbooks when she gets home. And those scrapbooks will be all about recording the memories of the trip of a lifetime, so all the little details need to be captured ready to go into the scrapbooks. I’ll be visiting amazing places I’ve only ever read about, and I want to make a record of my thoughts and feelings as I encounter these sights. I want to see and experience new things, not just the standard tourist sites, and have a way of knowing, when I get home and start my scrapbooks, which church that is, where this sunset was captured, what I was thinking as I photographed that view.

So the plan was to be organised with a blog set up to write notes in every day, a workflow for uploading my photos to my Forever account as I take them, a written plan of where we’ll be when, ready to slot in my notes about the photos I take, and a system for taking reference photos on my phone, which has GPS, unlike my camera. I was going to have a book set up all ready to go in Artisan, with Blueprints, kits and fonts all chosen beforehand so I don’t have to make too many decisions once I start scrapping. Naturally, I haven’t done any of it yet. Life happened. We’ve been busy clearing out my Dad’s place, I had lots of work things to take care of before leaving, I got sick  and spent Easter mostly in bed, and there’s all the little things that crop up and need your attention in the everyday (oh, and a virtual crop the weekend before we leave!). At present, it’s looking like I will be flat out just getting all the regular things done until we step on that plane. At least I’ll probably be tired enough to sleep!

You know, I think it’s really OK not to be super organised after all. As long as I have a passport, a toothbrush and a camera, the rest will take care of itself. We’ll go on this trip and make some wonderful memories, and take some wonderful photos, and when I get home I’ll make some wonderful pages. I’ll do my best to take notes as we go, but I won’t beat myself up about it. There’ll be hubby’s brains to pick when it comes to making pages, and I can look things up online when I don’t quite remember details. The books might not happen overnight, but they will happen, because making scrapbooks is what I love doing! Wish me luck!


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8 Responses to Blog: The best laid plans…

  1. Carol Lindberg says:

    So happy that you’re enjoying your trip – what an incredible experience! My first trip to Europe was on a two month budget student trip with a group right after college and am still really close with a woman I met on that trip – she & her kids joined us on a trip to Glacier National Park and we’ve visited them in California so many times – just saw her, her husband & her son on our 2015 California trip. In a small world, my husband’s grown daughter is a college professor and designed a class which culminated in a medical mission trip to Nicaragua. When I was looking at her FB trip photos, I realized that her Dean was on that first trip I took. I was there (and visited these places) when Yugoslavia was still a country, when St. Petersburg was Leningrad and the Berlin Wall hadn’t fallenThen my best friend from college was living in Athens and I spent about 10 days with her and her family. Then my husband and I went to Italy on our honeymoon 16 years ago and I’m eager to take our son! How special that you’re going with your husband for the first time! Treasure your time together and with your talents & your Pixie Pals, you’ll do some beautiful pages documenting your memories!

  2. Alison says:

    Thanks for the comments everyone. We’re having a wonderful time!

  3. Jan says:

    Have a spectacular trip, Alison! The internet is a wonderful thing – you don’t even have to remember all of those details any more…. It would stress me out to even think of being that organized before (or after) I went! Enjoy! xx

  4. jgreenhow says:

    sounds like a wonderful trip. I just got back from a European trip( Portugal) and now have about a 1000 pictures to go through, so I know what you are talking about. Enjoy and soak it all in.

  5. Rhona says:

    I am just completing my scrapbook of our trip to France in 2011, specifically to attend the Anzac Day service in Villers-Bretonneux, but also to explore the north-west area of France I have my photos, my husband’s faithful diary writing, and yes, the internet. But I have been surprised how just looking at any particular photo brings back such a range of memories. I have convinced myself that the long view is just as valuable as the immediate view, having the time to distil the feelings and emotions that are part of what we are seeing, particularly in the battlefields of the Somme.
    Enjoy your wonderful holiday, Alison, but give yourself time to digest all you will experience.

  6. sistersunshine says:

    Alison, Peace & joy. ENJOY! It will be what it will be. *U* Kathleen

  7. Deanna says:

    Good luck, safe travels, and you’re gonna do great and have fun making those memories!

  8. Linda DeLaughter says:

    Hope you both have an enjoyable and relaxing vacation, Alison! Just have fun and take lots of photos!

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