At long last! After a year and a half, I’ve finally completed our Kota Kinabalu family vacation Project Life album! I have not spent enough time working on my PLs lately but I did find some down time last week so I decided to wrap it up and put the final details. So happy to complete it!
It’s fitting that I post it this Mothers Day weekend. As we all celebrate moms, I also choose to celebrate children and families and milestones. This trip was definitely a big moment for us as a family. It was our first time to take the kids on a vacation out of the country and it was also their first plane ride experience — lots of good vibes and fresh discoveries!
Here’s a quick flip-through video of the album I put together:
We spent five full days at Kota Kinabalu so this album is divided into those five days, highlighting the places we visited and activities we did. Each day is marked by a large chipboard number from Studio Calico.
I wanted to keep the amount of pages low but be able to include as much photos as I can so these grid pocket pages are perfect.
As usual, I made sure to keep and include museum tickets, calling cards, flyers, maps and postcards to the layouts. They help tell the story and give the album more character. And instead of writing descriptions on every layout, I dedicate a half pocket page to a more lengthy write-up about the section. I mix in a few I Instax photos too!
I got myself a stack of these beautiful postcards from a lovely craft store called Salt x Paper showing the many different aspects of colorful Malaysian culture. Souvenir pieces make travel journals more unique and interesting. They also allow you to document things you learn from other cultures.
Of course I am unable to include all the photos from the trip but I made sure to pick the best and the ones that tell a good story. I printed my favorites (mostly the ones where everyone’s in it) in 5R and put them in full 6×8 pocket pages.
This has been really fun to make and the girls have been enjoying looking at them. And I guess finishing it late is actually kind of a good thing so we can all browse and reminisce together, be transported back to those moments and places. Oh the magic of memory keeping! 💖
I also wrote a little more about this trip and traveling with kids. Read it here: