Vacation Memory Book Alternative is a sponsored conversation on behalf of HP. All thoughts and experiences are my own. #HPFamilyTime
This summer we had the opportunity to hit the road on our second annual family road trip (and first as a family of five)! I prepared for the trip by making sure we had everything we would need once we arrived in Orlando but I also made sure we would have plenty to keep W busy in the car. The Bingo Game printable was a huge hit! And W was excited about our arrival after we did our Disney vacation countdown.
It was an amazing trip to Orlando and we packed a lot of memories into the week that we were there. Now that we’re home I want to help W keep his vacation memories alive but I wanted something a bit more fun than a vacation memory book!
Vacation Memory Book Alternative: Memory Game
We had a wonderful vacation in the Orlando area. We spent tons of time together by the pool at our hotel enjoying food from the bar and the sunshine. W also had his first theme park experience when we visited Universal Studios Orlando.
I learned that Islands of Adventure is family friendly and loved experiencing it through the eyes of my child. I also loved seeing J be a bit of a fan boy when we explored the world of Harry Potter.
We also enjoyed a few amazing days visiting the Walt Disney World resort. It’s one of Grambo’s favorite places to go and I just love seeing it bring out the kid in her. It was also wonderful to introduce W to “where Mickey lives” and weeks later, he’s still talking about going back to Disney World to ride the roller coasters.
Yes, he was a huge fan of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and wants to ride the “Snow White with treasure” roller coaster next time.
With help from our new HP Pavilion x360, I was able to keep up with my work while we were on the road and also use it to keep W entertained in the hotel room. I also used it to make changes to some of our reservations and check on some tickets we needed to pick up. It made it so easy to get connected and take care of everything from logistics to entertainment while we were traveling.
And that let me relax and stress less.
Stress less and enjoy more of this.
But now that we’re home, I don’t want W’s memories of our first vacation as a family of five to fade. I’ll be creating a vacation memory book with our photos and printing it to keep with our other photo books. I thought about creating one just for W for him to keep in his room. Then I realized that there was a way to keep the memories and have fun at the same time.
W is a huge fan of card matching games. And I figured W would look at the photos much more often if they were part of one of his favorite games to play! So using our HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One printer I chose some of my favorite vacation photos and got to work.
Make a Vacation Memory Book Game
All you really need are some of your favorite vacation photos to create this game but you can fancy it up a bit. Whether you print your own photos like I did or order prints, make sure you get two copies of each photo. That is the key to the memory game.
The first thing I did was choose the photos I wanted to include in the game. You could print them and then use scissors to cut them into squares. Or you can do some basic photo editing to create square game cards.
After I cropped the photos into squares, I resized my files so they weren’t so huge. While I wanted the cards to print well, I didn’t want them to take up as much space on my computer either. It’s not something you have to do but it’s easy once you’re doing your photo editing. And I plan to save the cards on my computer for a while in case I need to make more!
Then it was off to print all of my cards. I printed ours on card stock so they would be a little heavier than regular paper. I could have used photo paper as well but I like to save that for prints that I’m going to display. Since I planned on laminating the cards, card stock worked really well for this project.
Then all I had to do was cut out the cards and laminate them. I do have a small laminator that I use around the house but I have been known to use clear shelf liner to laminate things in the past. It works very well for kids activities! And one roll will last you a very long time and is great for lots of different projects!
So far the memory game has been a huge hit and I’m planning on creating even more cards for it as I finish editing vacation photos. I love playing with W and listening to him talk about the things he remembers from the photos I included. It’s a wonderful way to keep our family vacation alive for a bit longer.
And while he plays, I’m planning our next family vacation so we can continue to make memories together!