TN with a twist….

You know a thing is well established when it’s reduced to an acronym.  MIL, LOL, ICYMI, BOGO, YOLO, FOMO, and so many, many more.  Unbeknownst to me, Travelers Notebooks is just such a thing!  But they aren’t your 8.5×11″ spiral bound college-lined notebook that you travel with.  At least not generally.  I still have much to learn about this scrapbooking phenom, but they are typically about 4.3″x8.25″, a small number of pages stapled together, meant to be inserted into a larger folder, often leather bound.  And the reasons for using them are as myriad as the people who possess them.  Some are using them as gratitude journals, idea journals, reminder notebooks, bullet journals, some add photos, others have none.  I really liked the ones that are treated as miniature scrapbook pages with a bit of a project life slant.  Some folks add them to their planners as an extra component….I dunno, it’s all still a bit of a mystery to me.

I wanted to make a mini album of all the photos we took over the New Years holidays when our whole family was together, and as I consulted Pinterest for some ideas - I didn’t want to have to buy something already made - nor did I feel like altering a vintage book - I have a different project like that coming soon - and I kept seeing these travelers notebooks everywhere.  So I decided to make one (of sorts) of my own.  I wanted to use the papers from the Carta Bella Cabin Fever line and because they coordinate, sort of, augment with plaids from the PhotoPlay Mad for Plaid line.


I cut the pages 8″x 8.5″ and folded each down the middle.  I also added a couple of plain off-white and kraft cardstock pages just to break up all the patterns.  The photo below shows the reverse (or inside) of the folded papers above, and you can see some of them have rather “busy” patterns that I didn’t want to have to fight, so I painted them with a thin coat of off-white acrylic paint - just enough to mute the patterns yet still let them show through a little.


I’ll say it straight up.  This is turning into a bigger project than I envisioned.  I’ve reduced the number of printed photos by half, and I still have only a few pages to show you.  This is definitely going to have to be a 2-part post!  I finally realized why it’s taking so long - because essentially, each page is a mini layout!  And just because the size is smaller, doesn’t mean I’m going to put any less sweat and effort into it as I would a regular layout.  I could, I guess, but that wouldn’t fit with my life’s philosophy that anything worth doing is worth overdoing!

Here’s approximately where things stand right now.  That’s the cover on top but I’m not certain it’s finished.  I may change my mind about it yet.  As well, the pages that follow aren’t in any particular order, and they aren’t fastened into book form as a whole.  That will come next week.  Or whenever.





This is the pair of pages about the single kids and their respective boyfriends and girlfriends they each brought to introduce to the family.  That was some interesting dynamics, let me tell you!  But we love them all!

Next up, is the page about the games we played over the holidays….




…and the meals together around Jeff and Amy’s table.  This was one of the pages done on plain off-white cardstock and I realized the contrast between patterned paper and plain, was too great for my liking.  So on the one side (the right side, above) I drew lines with a grey marker, and below, I stamped a light gingham pattern in pale teal ink.  The “lets eat” alphabet letters are die-cut from red cardstock using the Memory Box Urban Upper Alphabet die set.




And finally, a page about the cutest little snow angel you ever did see!  I was able to incorporate many of the die cuts, chipboard embellishments and stickers from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter line.  And with any project like this, I use the opportunity to raid my stash and use up OLD product, like wood veneers, washi tape and other embellishments.  As well as using the similar paper product lines to unite the project, I’m repeating elements on each page to make it more cohesive, such as the use of tags and labels, and word stamps stamped multiple times.  Another element I plan to use throughout is typing most of the journaling, either with my WeR Memory Keepers typewriter or a similar typewriting font on the computer.




I’m sort of embarrassed by the state of my work table to just complete this many pages and a little afraid that the whole house will be trashed by the time I finish the remaining pages!  Wish me luck!  Thanks for stopping by today!

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Lovely Day Layout

Good Morning!

It’s almost March, and that means it’s pretty much spring, right!?

To celebrate the near arrival of warmer weather and brighter colours, let me present to you my recent haul from Love is in the Details. From colourful paper, to loads of stickers and chipboard, to endless embellishments and puffy stickers. Do you blame me for having a hundred project ideas running through my head as I’m trying to focus on making at least this one?


Before I forget, let me mention the Amy Tangerine paper pad. I may be wrong…correct me if I am….BUT from what I could see, every single paper was different! Talk about variety and getting a good bang for your buck!


I opened the two packages of die cut embellishments and laid them out so you can have a better look at what’s inside…absolute adorableness! The top embellishment are from Shimelle’s “Little by Little” line. And the embellishments below are from Dear Lizzy’s “Lovely Day.”


Ok, so here’s a plot twist…I didn’t even start my project using these beauties! You know how when you don’t know where to start and you just pick something to begin your project and then your attention gets drawn elsewhere? Well that’s what happened to me. I didn’t go too far though! I began with the “Lovely Day” chipboard pieces and later used a few die cuts pictured above.


When I picked up this paper from Pink Paislee’s “Oh My Heart,” I wanted to put a sticker into every square (that’d be the child in me, haha). It was very tempting but wasn’t quite what I was looking for. I then decided I’d use a different paper for my background, and cut of some of the squares to use as embellishments.


I tucked some in behind the clear/opaque plastic paper and then a couple more on the other side of the layout. I added the new, exclusive to Love is in the Details, heart chipboard cutouts after painting them white. They are super cute! …whether you leave them the original kraft colour, or paint them any colour you wish! (See the store’s instagram for an up-close blue painted, sparkly and embellished heart!)



Thanks for visiting! Wishing you a great start to your week!

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This post was written by Natalja on February 25, 2018

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