Artifact Uprising: making travel memories tangible

November 1, 2013 in Life,Travel

Right after I graduated from college, I flew to Europe for a five-week solo backpacking trip: affectionately, the trip that started it all. When I came home, I organized all of my photos and created a book, complete with little stories about what I’d gotten up to each day. It’s still on my parents’ coffee table, and I love flipping through it whenever I’m home–and my parents have a blast showing it to their friends.

Artifact Uprising Instagram book of Iceland vacation

Creating a photo book of places and trips dear to me–working in Nice, traveling with friends around Europe, embracing life in Melbourne, backpacking through Southeast Asia, my jaunt to Paris-Croatia-Nice, our road trip across the USA, my first year in New York–has long been on my to-do list. But there was never the right time: what was the point of creating a tangible reminder of my travels when I was still traveling?

Aly and I moved in together in Williamsburg earlier this fall. I’m thrilled to be back in Brooklyn, delighted to be living with my best friend–and, finally, I’ve stopped envying a fixed life and started creating one. As much as I love having a space of my own and a tried-and-true routine, I still wanted my travel life close at hand–so one of the first things I did was make an Artifact Uprising softcover book of our Iceland-via-Instagram adventures.

Artifact Uprising Instagram book of Iceland vacation

I’m a huge fan of Artifact Uprising‘s mission: they’re inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible. As someone who lives a lot of her life online and in digital form, I take special pleasure in those real-life moments. I still use a Moleskine agenda to keep track of my schedule, keep notebooks by my bed to write down my goals and favorite quotes, get the paper edition of The New York Times daily and a slew of glossy fashion magazines.

Even though all of our friends followed us on Instagram as we drove around Iceland in a campervan and popped into every swimming hole we could find, they still love flipping through our little Iceland book when they come over for a drink. It’s a fun reminder of that crazy sunlight-filled week we spent away from the craziness of New York City, a constant source of inspiration to book the next trip.

Now that we’re settled in–art has been hung, a TV has been mounted, I’ve bought a pie plate and baking sheets and a crock pot–I’m looking forward to creating more reminders of the places I’ve been. Even though my travel memories will live forever in my mind (and in my jewelry box), there’s nothing quite like being able to flip through the pages to truly relive the moment.

Note: Artifact Uprising kindly provided me with a complimentary softcover photo book, but all opinions are my own.

 

 

 

  • Briel79

    I’ve made books of a few of my trips using Shutterfly. Last year when I went to Canada with my aunt, uncle, and cousin I made them a copy of the book as well and they LOVED it. My aunt even cried. haha They are definitely great keepsakes!

  • LostInCheeseland

    I love this! It looks like a true magazine, I MUST do it!

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    These look awesome! They’d also be great Christmas gifts as well πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  • Artifact Uprising

    Thank you Christine!

  • This looks beautiful! I’m putting it on my to-do list, too!

  • I love this concept! I am definitely going to check Artifact out!

  • Looks awesome πŸ™‚ I love creating photobooks of trips too, photos are a great tangible reminder of trips that feel so long ago (especially when I don’t have more travels planned!).

  • suzyguese

    Love this idea!

  • Lindsay Rogers

    These are so beautiful, and I think they will make an excellent Christmas gift for a couple of my favorite travel companions! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Jenna Francisco

    I love this and agree with their mission to keep those tangible things in our lives. Definitely going to check out the gift options.

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  • camorose

    Love that idea! Trying to figure out a fun gift idea for my parents…this could be a good one since they’ll be in NYC this weekend!

  • camorose

    You would LOVE it! Such great quality.

  • camorose

    Such great gifts!!!

  • camorose

    Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    It takes some time and effort, but well worth it! It’d be a great collection of your memories in Paris πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    It’s so great! Really love the quality of the product.

  • camorose

    Yes! Working on books of Nice/France/Australia/SE Asia now–lots to put together but it’s been so fun to go through my old photos πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    You should do one of your wedding/honeymoon!

  • camorose

    Yes! Such a fun gift idea, especially for friends you’ve traveled with!

  • camorose

    The products are amazing, can’t speak highly enough of them!

  • Briel79

    Fun! Have a great weekend! My parents are visiting LA for Thanksgiving. Looking forward to seeing them then! πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Oh yay! Have a happy and sunny Thanksgiving!

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