Crafts: Creating memories on a budget

Make a vacation scrapbook without spending a lot of money.

| June 2009

My daughter and I recently had the opportunity to spend a week at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. We were totally overwhelmed with all the things there were to do, and I had no idea how we would ever be able to remember it all.

We decided to put together a scrapbook of our Disney World memories. We wanted this to be as inexpensive as possible, while at the same time, creative. Before we left on our trip, my husband’s mom gave us some scrapbook pages she bought at a local craft store that had Disney World characters and themes on them. So we knew we wanted to put together a scrapbook of some kind.

While visiting the Animal Kingdom, we were browsing through one of the many gift shops, looking at the incredibly high prices. While looking through the photo albums, I happened upon some discontinued scrapbooks that were marked down 50 percent to only $8. I couldn’t believe our luck. I found a spiral-bound album with animal designs printed on every page. It was perfect!

So we had the album, photos we’d taken and the scrapbook pages, but we needed something else. I had saved whatever memorabilia I could think of, such as our plane tickets, the key cards from the hotel, the meal vouchers we had received, our luggage tags, postcards and our theme park passes. All of these items, combine with a little imagination and some glue, made a very inexpensive memory that will last a lifetime.


About the author: Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For scrapbooking, card-making, gift-giving ideas and family memory-making activities, visit .



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