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Summer Vacation Memory Book (+ FREE Gift Kit & Giveaway!)

Filed under Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Contests/Winners, Giveaways, Newsletters, Vintage Voyage Kit

Keeping with the travel theme of the Vintage Voyage Kit, Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay has created a very cute Summer Vacation Memory Book.

Follow Betty Lou, Susan and Mom as they travel from one fabulous location to the next. They’re very careful to keep mementos in the adorable ATC-sized book that Caroline has made for their trip around the world in the summer of 1910.

The book has pages made from ATCs and lots of little envelopes (to hold reminders of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure); I love how Caroline wrote down little details of the trip throughout the book. Being a pen fanatic (I know you’re shocked — yet another obsession for me!) I really like the Tim Holtz Pen Nibs (with journaling text embossed on them). The favorite images for me are from the Hobble Skirts Collage Sheet — such amazing clothing in Edwardian times!

Throughout the book Caroline used scrapbook papers from the Maritime Collection (which is so gorgeous!) beautiful fibers, Dresden and pages from a Smash Pad. It’s so fun to imagine life in different times, isn’t it?

Before you sail away, you can see her Supply List and more photos on Caroline’s blog and/or in the Gallery.

Plus scroll down for info on today’s Travel Album Giveaway that includes pretty much everything Caroline used to make her Summer Vacation Memory Book!

Hey, and if you’d like to try your hand at a little book with little tags in pockets, there’s a related FREE Tags and Pockets Gift Kit just announced (with samples of 6 sizes of manila tags in 4 sizes of envelopes).

AND so you can try out more of the manila tags and envelopes, the Greeting Cards / Postcards / Envelopes section is On Sale! That’s a big section (that includes other things like Envelope Templates, too)! (But catch ’em quick: the sale will end Sunday night, April 20th.)


Hooray! A Travel Album Giveaway!

Nice! In addition to a Vintage Voyage Kit, ALL of these supplies Caroline used in her Summer Vacation Memory Book are in today’s Giveaway! And that includes the adorable (and back in stock) Kraft ATC or Gift Card Envelopes (with the scalloped edges on the envelope flaps).

With so much to photograph, I took separate pics of the collage sheets NOT in the kit (shown below):
– Hobble Skirts Collage Sheet
– Shell Postcards Collage Sheet
– Paris Post Collage Sheet
– Fourth of July Collage Sheet
– Round Things Collage Sheet
– Paris Postcards – Color Collage Sheet

To enter the Travel Album Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, April 17, 2014).

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Sunday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the By the Sea Giveaway? That would be Cindy Fitch! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, April 17th, 2014

143 responses to “Summer Vacation Memory Book (+ FREE Gift Kit & Giveaway!)”

  1. geri goer says:

    we are booking a trip to London/Paris this year and I would love to be able to create a travel journal for the trip…
    enjoy the day

  2. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    What a wonderful travel journal. I’d love to win it. Thanks.

  3. Erica Holan says:

    Such lovely items to work with! Thanks for the opportunity to win! :: fingers crossed ::

  4. Jackie says:

    I love all the fibers… and a fun way to journal using the tags.

  5. Marilyn H says:

    Cute book and fabulous giveaway.

  6. Maryanne says:

    What a great little travel journal. I love the ATC size!

  7. angelic says:

    What a beautiful kit, love the travel theme. Thank you.

  8. Judy Ross says:

    Great Giveaway! Hope to win this one!

  9. Beverly S says:

    Caroline’s book is awesome, and this kit would be perfect to start one. Thanks again for another fantastic give-away opportunity 😀

  10. Emily N. says:

    Love these little books!

  11. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your Travel Album Giveaway with the vintage collage sheets, the Maritime papers, the glassine bags and the fibers!!

    Fun to think about something else besides 43* temperatures outside!!

  12. Cherie says:

    Fantastic Giveaway!

  13. Gloria Stafford says:

    Love the colors and textures in this set! The Memory Book looks like great fun!

  14. Carmen says:

    The finished projects from these items would be so neat! 🙂

  15. barbara macaskill says:

    Those fibers have me drooling!! WOW!! What a great assortment of goodies to create a one of a kind Memory Book or even tons of layouts or mixed media projects!!!
    Yep, I am in it to win it!!!

  16. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Nice mix of materials and textures.

  17. Patti Flasch says:

    Love the giveaway…very inspirational!

  18. Patricia Molnar (artjunkie2) says:

    Wow! I love the little journal! Using the tags,envelopes and collage images gives it such and unique look and feel! I love love love all of te amazing ribbons/fibers!! Thank you for the chance to win this fantastic prize!

  19. coco says:

    Oh, that’s a fantastic giveaway, just before my holidays!!! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Alana says:

    I have a trip to Europe already booked. I need this guve away!

  21. Virginia S. says:

    Another wonderful kit for a giveaway! Alpha Stamps is amazing!

  22. Carolyn Summers says:

    Loved the travel booklet project. AND, the giveaway is always so generous from Alpha Stamps. I’d surely like to win this fabulous prize.

  23. Laurie S says:

    When you can’t actually get away, dreaming is the next best thing! Your kit makes the dreams more fanciful.

  24. Julie B says:

    Looking forward to scrapping summer memories!

  25. Willow says:

    Another great giveaway. I’m ready for summer! Nice collection of fibers. Thanks alpha stamp you rock!

  26. Jenny S. says:

    LOVE this project. Thank you so much for posting, beautiful!

  27. Jean says:

    What a fun project! I always get prepared to be wowed any time I see Alpha Stamps in my email!!

  28. yvette leblanc says:


  29. Roxanne says:

    Oh MY! I sure would Love to win this great giveaway with all those adorable envelopes. Love the Lil vacation book…How inspiring and what a great Keepsake! Love those Vintage Voyage images! Ahhhh!

  30. June Sample-Josefiak says:

    Would love to win this. I like to look at life as an endless vacation,

  31. yet another treasure trove of crafting goodness! love the vacation travel booklet – and it would be perfect for a Paris vacation album!

    thanks for so many opportunities to win such generous prizes!

  32. Janeen Leach says:

    Love it. What a sweet way to remember a special trip.

  33. Gay B says:

    I love this book! Would love to win it too haha.

  34. Deborah Emmons says:

    I’m ready for a vaction, great giveaway!

  35. Pam Weiler says:

    I absolutely love this little book. It begs to be held and filled with lovely memories. I hope I win this giveaway!! Thank you for the chance.

  36. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    Another creative giveaway!

  37. jan says:

    Just got back from a trip with MomMom–would love to make this journal as a gift for her.

  38. Tammy says:

    I am getting ready to go to the beach with my mom and sister, this would be a great way to fill it with memories!

  39. Caroline’s ATC Summer Vacation Memory Book is beautiful. I love the giveaway kit.

  40. LeAnn A says:

    Love the journal pages. Thank you for the creative inspiration.

  41. Carol Feiner says:

    Love this little vacation memory book. SO cute!

  42. Sieglinde Nix says:

    Love little journals and memory books!

  43. Diane Smith says:

    vacation season is just around the corner what a great way to record it.

  44. Deb Neerman says:

    Love this fabulous l’il Memory Book … I really need to create something similar! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win, Alpha Stamps!

  45. Karen N says:

    Alpha Stamps: You continue to amaze me with your generosity of all these giveaways and the outstanding assortment of art supplies for all of us. Great Job!

  46. Noreen says:

    One thing I love about the travel album is that the base of it is Kraft paper and envelopes. I prefer to craft with those and they are great as a neutral background for showcasing the embellishments you use. (Plus I just like kraft paper.) Thanks for the chance to win one!

  47. Joe says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  48. Gail Klein says:

    Whoa! This is the most glorious giveaway! I love the book made from the giveaway items! Love it! Please pick me!!!

  49. julie F. says:

    Another wonderful giveaway, thank-you!

  50. Don’t you wish you had kept a book like this from one summer as a kid? I do.

  51. Diane. D. says:

    I really love this Travel Mini Book. The old world charm is fascinating. Thanks so much for a chance to win yet another great Give away.

    Take care,

  52. cheryl says:

    Love this assortment of vacation inspired items. What a way to log my summer travels through the Everglades Park and the Florida Keys.

  53. Arlene Wheeler says:


  54. Looks like a fun way to keep memories!

  55. Pat says:

    Like this very much

  56. Laura says:

    Wonderful giveaway!

  57. Terri Smith says:

    It’s been a loooong winter, sure could use a vacation!! The Travel Mini Book would be perfect to keep wonderful memories in!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for both the vacation and the great giveaway!! 😉

  58. Wow! Another great giveaway & a great project too 🙂

  59. Janet Turner says:

    Another great giveaway!

  60. Ginger Benedict says:

    Very nice. The one huge thing I love about this book is that it’s small. I think people have this notion that scrapbooks, albums or any kind of travel book has to be huge. But you’ve showed us it doesn’t have to be that way. Absolutely love it!

  61. Lou Anne says:

    My upcoming vacation is only in my mind at this point but I’d sure love to win this travel mini book for when it becomes a reality!

  62. Florence says:

    Just a vacation would be nice 😉

  63. Thalia Kottke says:

    Love all the fibers. Thank you for another great give-away.

  64. trisha too says:

    Absolutely charming–love all the little envelopes for tucking away tiny treasures!


  65. Michele says:

    My daughter is coming to visit from far away
    What a wonderful keepsake to make together
    Fingers crossed, would love to win

  66. Gilda says:

    Love this giveaway. The summer memory book is just wonderful.

  67. antonia says:

    nice and neat, oh! so sweet, little journal for me to keep!!
    (If I win!!!!)

  68. Linda Isbell says:

    The giveaways get more and more delightful.

  69. Jen R says:

    Dreamy giveaway!

  70. Jane Thomas says:

    My children, grands, and great grands are going to Florida for a week this summer and I could use this to make a visual reminder of their fun.

  71. Pauline says:

    This is a beautiful kit! What a fabulous give away, hope I win!

  72. Dena Cottrell says:

    Would love to win this kit! It’s beautiful!

  73. marla b says:

    sailing….take me away…beautiful kit- thanks so much for the inspiration…

  74. Rosemary Sharon says:

    I love little books….this is fab!

  75. lynn says:

    i need this kit
    love all the details
    thanks so much for the chance to win

  76. Mary Mac says:

    Just love this mini travel album. The fibers are the best.

  77. Wendy says:

    Great little book and giveaway. Love all the fibres and fancy envelopes!

  78. Karen H says:

    Love the travel book kit! Looks like great fun to put together. Thanks for the giveaway chance to win!

  79. Sharon says:

    Oh what fun! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  80. Nancy Stone says:

    Very nice travel journal with beautiful fibers.

  81. Kathy Compton says:

    Would love to win… what a fun way
    to store memories

  82. SharonB says:

    What a fun kit!!

  83. SOOO cute!! Love this kit!

  84. Nellie Cotnam says:

    Thank you for the great idea. I hope that you pick me to win this time.

  85. ratgirl says:

    Best. Design team. Ever. 🙂

  86. Laurie Yoder says:

    I love this kit!! If I’m ever fortunate enough to take my dream trip to England, it would be ready for all the happy memories!

  87. Holly Day says:

    I _love_ the memory book–can’t wait to make my own!

  88. Yvonne Cornelius says:

    What a great kit!

  89. Marcia says:


  90. Rise St Arno says:

    I would love to make this for my daughter. She is a marine biology teacher at a middle school. On her summer vacation she has to travel to two conferences, squeeze in the annual family vacation. This would allow her to save her memories with little effort.
    Thanks, lovely

  91. Liz McNey says:

    I love this idea! Thanks.

  92. stampnk says:

    Wow, this is such a great collection and I am loving those adorable scallop-edged kraft envelopes. Thanks for the chance to win. I have a lot of beach photos to scrap and this would make an amazing mini album.

  93. shartl says:

    This journal kit would be perfect for so many projects. Love the kraft bags and envelopes and all the fibers!

  94. Pat Healey says:

    This journal kit is awesome. I love it!

  95. Shelley says:

    This is the first time I’ve been able to gather the courage to enter… It’s a great kit that I sure would love to win.

    Thank you for this lovely opportunity!

  96. Anneke says:

    Cute idea! I’d love to win the collection, thanks for the opportunity!

  97. Kim B says:

    Lovely kit. Thank you.

  98. melody says:

    Caroline’s little book is so cute! I would love to make one!

  99. Kathryn Flores says:

    Such a lovely idea! I have such a passion for travel journals–hope to use these items soon!

  100. Such an adorable project – those little envelopes with messages tucked inside are so cute.

  101. lorna osborne says:

    i love my smash pad and all the smash products. Fun summer theme for the warm days ahead.

  102. Kris H says:

    I love this and the size is perfect!

  103. Blair Lowery says:

    What a treat to win this and then the fun of getting the package.

  104. Karen says:

    Looks like a fun way to “travel” within your imagination – you can go anywhere!!!

  105. MargieD says:

    A gorgeous little travel album and such a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win. Margie

  106. Traci says:

    Great travel album-love the size and idea so of course would love to win!

  107. Pat May says:

    This is an awesome kit. Need a vacation, too!! Thanks for the opportunities to win your wonderful giveaways!

  108. teri steele says:

    This is so cute and looks like fun. I checked out Caroline’s blog. It makes me want to make one and use it on a much needed vacation.

  109. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    FABulous! Mahalo for sharing and for the op to win!

  110. karenladd says:

    I just love all the vintage images and the kraft goodies! Perfect for summer projects!

  111. Debbie Kay says:

    Hello! I would love the chance at making something with Graphic 45. This would be great for the wonderful birthday trip I just took.

  112. Kathy M says:

    Wow what a beautiful kit! I love anything to do with the ocean, and this is just a fantastic kit!

  113. Debbie Rollier says:

    Love this set!

  114. Janet Farina says:

    So many trips o take and so little time. A memory is worth everything.

  115. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I love this idea of a little mini book made up of tags and envelopes and then filled with very beautiful embellishments. It is then ready to record all of your vacation memories.

  116. Pat Shaw says:

    Just love this mini book and the travel theme is perfect. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  117. What a wonderful book to make after such a long winter!

  118. Lorna says:

    Fun giveaway and project!

  119. MaggieM says:

    More must-have goodies from Alpha Stamps, hooray!! Love the small travel journal! Wonderful giveaway!!

  120. Ronda Liebert says:

    I Love Everything Alpha Stamps. I would love to win…..

  121. Jennifer J says:

    how fun!

  122. Maryellen says:

    I dig the vintage swimsuits…just another group of wonderful items and ideas. Thanks.

  123. LoriSW says:

    Love this album, and give away items!

  124. Jo says:

    ooooh!! I love these cute little books!
    Happy Spring!!!

  125. JudyN says:

    What a great book…I love your ideas.

  126. DebR says:

    Wonderful project and giveaway, thank you!

  127. Just like the GoGo’s sang…”Vacations all I ever wanted!” Count me in!

  128. Anything to do with books has to be awesome, just like vacations!

  129. Kris Martinez says:

    This would be perfect to record the best of my upcoming vaca!

  130. Sokat says:


  131. P boszko says:

    Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!

  132. Shelby says:

    Could the Giveaways get any better????!!!! FANTASTIC!!!

  133. Nancy S says:

    Great little book! Perfect for travel memories.

  134. KIM says:

    What a wonderful giveaway .
    Alpha stamps you are amazing .
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  135. Susanne says:

    Thank you for showing us this wonderful project: My nieces will love this idea for capturing their own summer trip to a seaside cottage in Oregon!

  136. Lori Wilczek says:

    Great Travel Album Giveaway! I love Caroline Ouzts-Hay’s cute Summer Vacation Memory Book made with the items in this giveaway.

  137. IKE says:

    Absolutely GORGEOUS ! Thank you for the chance to win some 😀
    IKE xxx

  138. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    New cute supplies just keep on coming!

  139. Carmen Willis says:

    What wonderful items in this giveaway. Love the Summer Vacation Memory Book Caroline!
    I’m so inspired!

  140. Sue Day says:

    Last but included, hope I’m picked! 🙂

  141. Paulanne says:

    Hello fellow give away participants. Hope I get picked!,

  142. Karen Mallory says:

    What a great giveaway!

  143. Victoria K says:

    Wow great giveaway! Good luck everyone!!