This post was created in partnership with Snapfish. All opinions are my own.
Embarking on the world of almost empty nest travel. Check.
Renting a car and driving from Ohio to California with my husband of 23 years. Check.
Sleeping in a tent for our anniversary. Check.
Stopping at iconic roadside attractions- like the Corn Palace in South Dakota, a windmill in Iowa or Paul Bunyan and Blue in California . Check.
Photographing bison in Yellowstone. Check.
Breathing in the fresh salty air of the Pacific. Check.
Finding that perfect, whole sand dollar. Check.
Stepping foot in the Redwoods. Check.
Seeing the Great Salt Lake. Check.
Driving by the Bonneville Salt Flats. Check.
These are simply a few memories I made with my husband on a cross country trip from Ohio to Oregon, to California and back. Over 6,000 miles in 9 days. We stopped at national parks, roadside attractions, beaches, antique stores, and scenic rest stops. It was magical. Unforgettable. And all those adjectives you think of when you think ah-mazing.
Now, two months later, the trip almost feels like a dream. Which is why I’m so glad that I took photos of absolutely everything. I have photos on my phone, photos on my camera cards, and photo files on my computer. And thanks to Snapfish, I have preserved my favorite photos from the trip in a gorgeous premium photo book. I’ve preserved memories of that trip for my husband and I to reminisce over for years to come and future generations to capture a glimpse of road trips in the olden days.
Have you taken a look at Snapfish lately? The website has been totally redesigned with easy-to-use tools to allow you to be as creative (or not) as you want to be.
It’s now tablet and smartphone friendly, allowing you to create on any device, at home or on the go. And you can add photos from your device or favorite social network- including Instagram! It really is so easy to use.
There are dozens of templates and layouts to choose from- or if you’re creative, you can design your own. I kept my photobook simple this time around. I selected the 8 x 11 premium photo book with lay-flat pages and used existing themes and layouts. I’m thrilled with the result.
I took a journaling approach so my photobook is heavy on the commentary, because I’m wordy like that. I shared highlights of our days with a few mishaps, because honestly what is a road trip without a few bumps in the road? I also love the large, beautiful full-page photos in the Snapfish Photo Books.
My husband, on the other hand, likes to see as many photos as I can cram on a page, so I mixed up the layout a bit to please both of us.
The final result is a diary of our trip across the country with tons of photos on thick, high-quality pages. I’m so impressed with my photo book, that I’m working on a family photo book of our past trips through the years and I’ve considered ordering a couple throw pillows from the Home Décor products, highlighting our favorite travel memories. Just how cute would this photo be on a pillow or throw?
Why I Love my 8 x 11 Snapfish Premium Photo Book
I love my Snapfish photobook and here’s a few reasons why:
Here are some details about this photo book:
- Constructed of premium paper and extra-thick pages, the luster silk finish gives crisp images and intense color
- The seamless lay-flat binding provides beautiful two-page spreads
- The deluxe matte cover offers a soft, silken finish for a modern look and feel
- Designed perfectly for celebrating weddings, babies, professional portfolios, and life’s sweetest moments- like a cross-country road trip.
- Each book comes with a 100% Snapfish guarantee
Check out the Snapfish Store Page to see the range of products available. And don’t forget to look at the Snapfish Coupons/Deals Page to help you preserve your favorite travel memories at a great price!
Sound easy? It really is. Now, what would you do with a Snapfish Photo Book?
Saturday 17th of December 2016
Photos are essential to the vacation experience and this is a great way to make them last and be there for everyone. Nice tips!
Saturday 17th of December 2016
So many great ideas from your blog and this one ranks right up there. Thanks for sharing!
Tuesday 22nd of September 2015
I just moved from California to Indiana during the summer, so it was neat seeing someone that went to visit from this area. Course you had a much better time than mine. I didn't see the beach, in fact I was there for two years and never saw a beach or a lake. Love the pictures, looks like ya'll had fun. I'll have to take a peek at snapfish I love the hardcover idea.
Saturday 19th of September 2015
I love photo books, they are such great ways to keep travel memories alive. Your anniversary trip looked lovely!
Thursday 17th of September 2015
I would do what you did and make a vacation book!