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| Getting Crafty |

Although I am still chugging along, pushing to get caught up in my #tut30days challenge, I did want to share something really fun that I worked on this weekend. For all of my #Wanderlust readers out there, this entry is for you!

I have always used Walmart.com as a “Photo Safe” of sorts, have been uploading pictures to my account since 2005 thinking that Walmart wasn’t going anywhere, or at least withstood the test of time better than any computer of mine ever did. Every moment, every milestone, every trip has been stored in the superstore’s super cloud, and it wasn’t until last year that I had doubts about the space. Walmart underwent a Photo Center renovation, and sadly, some of my pictures ended up in the Rollback Abyss.

I therefore wanted to start printing out some of my favorite albums, extract and save pictures of my husband’s and my travel footprint. My college albums, I could part with, but my honeymoon adventure in Saint Lucia? I didn’t want to let those memories slip away. Shutterfly, I learned, has an incredible offer up for grabs, for anyone who downloads the app. If you upload your photos and order prints through the app, you only have to pay for shipping (Up to 250 prints per transaction.) This seemed perfect for me, since I didn’t have time to make a dozen Photobooks of every trip we’ve been on. I did want to organize each trip in a special way, however, assemble the photos and organize them so that they could be displayed and enjoyed from time to time.

I looked to Pinterest for inspiration and found a great article on bookshelf storage boxes, then put my own spin on things.

I found these awesome wooden book boxes at Michaels for $5.99 each: They are perfect for storing about 250 prints and a few mementos. (Think ticket stubs, currency, etc.) I painted the boxes with ArtMinds Pickling Decoupage paint, to give the boxes a bookish, but still rustic feel.

I also found the cutest travel stickers at Michaels from American Crafts- once my box exterior dried I added the atlas art with a little wood glue to secure.

I couldn’t be more happy with how the boxes turned out, and look forward to making more as our travel map grows!

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