Eastern Europe under Communist control? In January? It didn’t seem like the most glamorous of trips, especially when martial law was declared in Poland weeks before we were supposed to visit there. But I was an adventurous college student, so on January 5, 1982, I set off for a month-long trip to East Berlin, Leningrad, Moscow, and Prague with six classmates and a professor. As you can imagine, we had many fascinating experiences.
I made a traditional photo album after our trip, and it was awfully blah for such a momentous trip. Recently, I had Forever scan the pages from that album. I made a new 12 x 12 storybook in Artisan, picked a background paper, and put the scanned pages on top of the background paper with just a little of the paper showing around the edges of the original page.
Part of the reason the traditional book was blah is because it contained so few stories. Most of the writing was simple photograph captions. In the new storybook, I added a lot of journaling to the pages based on my memories. When I found the journal I kept during the trip, I had even more stories to add. Because there were too many stories to fit between photos on the existing pages, I added a journaling-only page for each city we visited and a couple of other pages where needed.
I also added a front page that gave details about the trip and a last page that showed an outline of the three countries we visited. A 48 page “blah” book became a 59 page wow book. I uploaded the first draft of the book to my Forever account and shared the link with a friend who went on the trip with me. She said how fun it was to relive memories and shared some more with me for the book.
If you’re interested in reading the musings of a 21 year old in Eastern Europe and seeing pictures of the places we visited, the link to the book is HERE.