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Chronicling our family travel is my passion (hence the whole Mom With A Map Website.) I have to admit, though, I’m a picture taker. And a writer. But that’s about it.

I’m not a packrat, so the extent of my memorabilia travel collection boils down to ticket stubs and brochures that get lost at the bottom of my purse. Everything else gets tossed immediately (I’m the mom that throws out my kids artwork before the paint is dry.) Without the tangible evidence of our travels, I’ve relied heavily on blog-style documentation of our adventures.

A page from the blog.

In the past, I’ve also been bad about encouraging my children to document the trips. My husband would absolutely say that I do PLENTY of picture taking and documenting for the whole family. And I’ve been content to go along with that theory because it’s something I enjoy.

However, recently we decided to encourage our daughter make her own scrapbook from a trip. I honestly couldn’t believe how excited she got at the prospect of gathering brochures, pictures and information. She even went so far as to take notes at one of the museums!

Mary Grace’s Virginia scrapbook.

We decided that compiling her memories in a 3-prong folder was the best way for her to scrapbook. Not only was it inexpensive, but this format allows for additional pages to be added when we travel to other areas of the state.

Lots of great educational memories documented!

Several times on the trip she asked me to take a specific picture. Her mind was constantly thinking of things she could use for her special scrapbook. She even worked on the scrapbook in our hotel room at night- not wanting to forget any details from the day.

 She was able to gather tons of brochures at Welcome Centers, hotels, and various other stops along our adventure. She also collected all of our tickets, passes, and stickers.

The hardest part for me was watching her scrapbook. As much as I dislike the fact that I’m a perfectionist (which is probably why I’ve never kept a scrapbook myself), it was ALL I could do to keep my mouth shut as she haphazardly cut and glued.

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She is so proud of the finished product. It’s an awesome memory for her and I love seeing all that she learned from our trip. She is currently working on her next state scrapbook- Illinois.

Alamo recently posted a great article about 5 Ways To Chronicle Family Trips With Your Kids. I love their suggestions- especially the “5 Things” idea. My son is eager to begin making his own scrapbooks (he wants to do everything his sister does, of course!) but I don’t think he’s quite ready. I am looking forward to helping him collect his 5 daily things on our next trip!

How do you document your travels? Do your kids help?

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