Let’s Go – Simple Stories | Jackie Ashton

Hello, Jackie here with my 2nd blogpost using Simple Stories – Lets Go collection.  This is a longer post from me than normal so I hope you bear with me until the end.

For this post I have created several page inserts for a 6×8 album of my recent visit to Malta.

So a bit of a back story to this Malta 2022 album, I was due to go on a holiday in 2020 and we all know why that didn’t happen.  Anyway I had set up my album  for that holiday adding various embellishments from my stash and cutting most of the papers and adding to pocket pages.  The collection I had purchased for the 2020 holiday was   Simple Stories – Going Places.  this collection will still be the bulk of the album but with these pre-pages to start the album off.

If you check my Instagram account (here) in a few days you will see a flip through of my album and how it is set up.  I love to plan my albums, and if there is time I will often set them up like this, using post-it notes to remind me what photo sizes to use, where I what to add a particular size page protector or even what embellishments I have that I want to include.  This is something I do for all my albums before I go away, with the hope that when I get home my albums is easy to assemble and document.

I have an idea of what  photographs I want to include and I nearly always remember to take them – these I call my standard photographs. Of course there are tonnes and tonnes of extra ones – just in case – some make the album but many don’t.

Then onto the planning / setting up of my album and what I want to document  and in what order this stage involves a lot of post-it notes and scribbers –  eg,  the pre-travel day, if I’m staying in a hotel, how I’m getting or the airport or train station, then the travel day itself.   Then I set out each day – and if Ive got an itinerary  of places I will be visiting, I scribble notes of what I want to document.  Sometime my albums will have pages with photographs taken over several days eg various foods eaten,  these will just get slotted in an empty space.  Some pages will be embellishment only,  some just journalling to cover several of the photographs.

Setting my album this way makes the album bulky event before I start to add papers, extra, so more often than not I will have need two albums.

So that a simple version on how I plan and set up my travel albums.

Now back to these pages which will be at the beginning of my album, and document my pre-travel day, hotel stay and actual travel day.  So it covers 16 sides in various size pocket pages.  I use various design of pocket page protectors to give my album some different elements.

Apologies for the glare of the page protectors.

To create these pages I used most of the collection – direct links below:

Always take photos of my luggage.

Then there was the drama of trying to get into the City to catch the train, at the same time as the half marathon was on –


I added my typed journalling to a 3×8 page protector.  On the reverse of this I added journalling about my train journey down to London.

Arrival and stay at London hotel.

Taking advantage of being in the BA Lounge.

Top pocket I added a puffy word thicker.

And also added a flip up with some journalling.

On board and window view.

Arriving in Malta.

I hope you have stayed with me till the end – I said it was going to be a long blogpost – lol x

Anyway this is how I prep and plan my 6×8 travel albums.    This format might not work for everyone, but I find it helps me to get my idea down before I actual go away.

Don’t forget to share what you are working on over on our Facebook group, we would love to see them.

Till next time

Happy scrapping



Simple Stories – Let’s Go Collection

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