The essence of the Finish Line Scrapbooking process is that you sit down with "limited time, limited space and limited product" and a "commitment to under-planning and under-thinking." Anyone who scrapbooks knows that you can literally spend hours pushing stuff around a page, selecting the perfect products and take days to finish just one layout. But with the finish line process, you select just 25-50 photos, a few sheets of coordinated cardstock and patterned paper and no more than 50 embellishments, along with a few other bits and bobs and go to town. Theory is in just a few short hours you'll have a completed album.
"Not possible" you scrapbookers say? I didn't think so either, but happily discovered it is. When the Paperie hosted a class around this process last year and I decided to scrapbook our summer vacation pictures, knowing that otherwise I'd never get around to doing it. That our 2008 honeymoon pictures are yet unscrapped is testament to this! While I started out doubtful, a completed album came together in just two evenings, a total of about 5 hours. Is it perfect? No. Is it what I would have created if I'd used my usual style? Nope. Is it done? Yep and I love it.
With the limited time at my disposal these days, I got to thinking that I should use this process again over the next few months to get a few scrapbook projects off my to-do list. In the meantime, in honour of the official start of summer, I thought I'd share my imperfect yet perfect album about our 2010 summer vacation with you:
|Our 'Mini-American Road Trip' mini-album.|
|We took 10 days, crossed 4 states and had 1 helluva trip.|
|We started in Washington, DC. It was super hot while we were there, but that |
didn't stop us from taking in all the sites around the capital of the US of A.
|Next stop on the road was Cleveland, Ohio. Home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame |
where we lucked into a special Springsteen exhibit - Des is a huge Springsteen fan!
|Cleveland is also home to Momocho, a Mexican restaurant with the best Mexican food I've ever eaten. |
It was featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and we could see why. So delish!
|On our way out of Ohio, we hit Cedar Point. What's an American Road Trip without a roller coaster ride on the second-tallest and (when we rode it) second-fastest roller coaster in the world followed by Johnny Rocket milkshakes??|
|After PA, we moved onto Chicago, Illinois. Loved it. We took in the main tourist attractions...|
|and some amazing food at Brazzaz, a Brazilian Steakhouse, and Chicago-style hotdogs at Portillos|
|and an awesome architectural boat tour. The buildings in this city are amazing!|
|And, at each stop on the tour, we enjoyed many glasses of vino and one another's company. Love.|
|At the back of the album, I decided to include a couple of pockets for our paraphernalia.|
So there you have it folks, a quick and dirty look at last year's summer vacation in the quick and easy album.
This year, we're sticking around our own country with a short excursion to Halifax, NS and perhaps a few jaunts around this lovely province of our own. What about you?