A Photo Book: Away We Go

On Monday I mentioned that I had realized I didn't have a proper travel bundle. What ultimately prompted me to remedy this was the decision to make my parents a photo book for Christmas. If you've been reading this blog or been around the site for a while, you know that I travel a lot. You may also have realized this is because when I was 12 my parents moved my family overseas, first to Bolivia and then to a few other continents. Seventeen years later they returned to settle back in the States. When I considered this journey and the end cap of my parent's return, I knew I wanted to document it somehow.

I'm sure you can imagine that each of these locations could have been a book, or two, of it's own. But I did not want to be working on this for years, I wanted to be done by Christmas. Also, I wanted a book my parents could easily share with new friends, without overwhelming them, but that still captured the epic journey. I'm pretty hopeful I accomplished this.



Click here to view this photo book larger

If you're curious you can find a lot of these layouts on Pixel Scrapper here.

Recent Comments

Sara Paschal
Sara Paschal Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:21

This is stunning. Great job and a wonderful gift Marisa;)

Yasmin Dominguez
Yasmin Dominguez Sun, 03/22/2015 - 09:56


christy cole
christy cole Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:22

What a GORGEOUS gift, Marisa!!!

Carla Cooper
Carla Cooper Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:55

AMAZING! I love your album. So creative, so colorful, so genuine! I'm sure your folks just loved it. Wish I could see it up-close. Well done.

Marisa Lerin
Marisa Lerin Fri, 03/20/2015 - 08:56

@Melinda: My parents are teachers. They worked for international schools.

Melinda Johnson
Melinda Johnson Fri, 03/20/2015 - 08:55

How amazing! I am working on being thankful for the circumstances in my OWN life, but I can't help but be a bit jealous when I see all the fantastic traveling! It is a wonderful album and I am sure your parents love it. I am curious, what did/do your parents do that afforded them such great travel?

Mika Scott
Mika Scott Fri, 03/20/2015 - 06:56

You did a wonderful job, I'm sure they loved it or will love it when you give it to them!

Sharon Adkisson
Sharon Adkisson Thu, 03/19/2015 - 09:15

Amazing book! You did a great job of capturing beautiful moments.

Val Fletcher
Val Fletcher Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:11

Wow! It is beautiful! What a treasure for your parents. And what an amazing journey you've had!

Daniela Moraes
Daniela Moraes Sun, 03/15/2015 - 13:53

What a gorgeous book and heartwarming awesome gift, I love all of the layouts! You are inspiring me to be brave enough to tackle my photobook projects :)

Julie Cowan
Julie Cowan Sun, 03/15/2015 - 11:41

There's nothing that could be a better gift! Moments captured, for sure. Bet you are your parents' favorite person (if you weren't already!) LOL

Sandra Jensen
Sandra Jensen Sun, 03/15/2015 - 11:16

Wow! I love your book! It does just what you wanted it to do. It took me on an adventure without being too long. Very nice!

Brenda Ellison
Brenda Ellison Sun, 03/15/2015 - 01:37

You really did a wonderful, beautiful job and I know your parents were thrilled to receive this special gift. I made one the old fashion way with paper for my Father but I didn't get it finished before he died so he did not get to see all the love that I put into it for him. So I am so glad your parents did.

Rosemary Kanspedos
Rosemary Kanspedos Sat, 03/14/2015 - 18:23

Wow! A lot of work, a whole lot of love!

Lilian Jansen
Lilian Jansen Sat, 03/14/2015 - 05:27

What a great gift, not just the album but all your time and dedication.

Vicki Iseminger
Vicki Iseminger Sat, 03/14/2015 - 03:40

I'm sure they were thrilled to receive this book!

Randi Synnøve Larssen
Randi Synnøve Larssen Sat, 03/14/2015 - 02:25

Wow its a awesome book.

Kathie Gray
Kathie Gray Sat, 03/14/2015 - 00:45

Wow, what an amazing adventure and a beautiful book to record it all.

Brenda Hollingsworth
Brenda Hollingsworth Fri, 03/13/2015 - 18:47

Just flipped through it. What an amazing book! I'm sure it doesn't do justice to the adventures your family went on but it certainly showed me a beautiful world. I see where you got your love of travel from (and recognized about 85% of the kits.)

Lizanne Killian
Lizanne Killian Fri, 03/13/2015 - 18:13

That's amazing - I'm sure your mom appreciated & loved your gift...

Maggie Adair
Maggie Adair Fri, 03/13/2015 - 17:54

What a beautiful book. I enjoyed looking through it and found it very inspiring

Kathy Tate Reynolds
Kathy Tate Reynolds Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:52

Beautifully done! What led your parents all over the globe?

Nancy Archer
Nancy Archer Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:00

You created such a treasure for your parents! Beautiful book.

Callie Douglass
Callie Douglass Fri, 03/13/2015 - 08:55

What an incredible adventure!

Penny Bell
Penny Bell Fri, 03/13/2015 - 08:54

Marissa, that is an awesome album. If someone ever gave me something like this, I'd cry for a day before I could even really focus on it. What a beautiful gift for your parents.