Traverler’s Notebook, part 3!

Hello!  How’s things?  Cold enough for ya?  Kids on spring break?  Me?  Oh, well, I finally finished my traveler’s notebook styled mini-album!  That’s cause for a donut and a coffee I think!  I have a few more pages to show you today, and I’m going to finish this series next week with the last pages and the binding technique!

Here goes!

I had to make a page about Little Ann.  She’s almost as much a member of the family as any of the humans.  Especially with her preference for laying on soft couches over the mat at the backdoor.  Or quel horreur!  Actually having to stay outside!




Next up is a page about Baby Archie and all his adoring girlfriends.  No one is immune to his sweet charms.  I always love a project like this for the way it reminds me to bring out my container of very old stash.  Bits and pieces that are left over from other projects and don’t have a home anymore.  Like that black edged journal card.  And my sheets of word stickers and phrase stickers!?  I used a BUNCH on this page and in this book and I love how they do their part to tell the story besides the journaling!




The next page is about our Sunday Family Dinner for 20.  Our Air BnB house rental made it so easy for us to do.  It was a great old house!  My Uncle and Aunty had just marked their 50th wedding anniversary the day before, so there were several extended family members visiting that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.  Everyone was invited for ham dinner.  And my other Uncle related again, the story of my mom’s family escaping from East Germany at the end of WWII, and coming to Canada.  It’s a good story.  I never get tired of hearing it.  This time we got the young boy’s perspective.  My mom and Aunty’s versions never mention the soldier’s guns or the kinds of planes flying overhead.


I like to balance two page layouts like this one, where one side is visually heavy, loaded up with photos and embellishments, but the opposite page is left with minimal embellishing, making it a rest for the eyes, like this page above.



Lastly, is a page about our New Years Eve activities along with a B&W photo of each couple building their Gingerbread house.  (Check back next week for the results of that activity.)  I really loved working on this grey wood-grained patterned paper.  I found the color and design very neutral and beautifully understated.





So that it’s for today!  The last few pages and the binding will come next week.  I hope you’ll stop by again for that!

Have a great week!

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This post was written by Norine on March 14, 2018

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Gathering Gifts

I feel a little bad for bringing so many bright, springy colours to the blog, when, those of us, living in southern Manitoba are living in a slow globe right now! I’m not complaining, but I will say Norine’s blog posts are certainly more fitted. And seriously, how gorgeous is her traveller’s notebook?! I definitely need to start on one soooon!

For today’s post though, I had a lot of fun making some bright cards to go with, what is seeming to be, my Easter theme this year.


Growing  up, I let my parents take care of the gifts for our family gatherings, but apparently I’m grown now too, haha. And so it’s time we bring some of our own food and gifting, but I’m not complaining!


I reached back to my “Dear Lizzy” products and this beautiful Shimelle paper. The small letter stickers are actually from the back of a Pink Paisley washi pack and the bigger letters are Thickers from American Crafts.


I used the stickers, chipboard pieces and die cuts from the Dear Lizzy line. While generally it’s really fun to mix and match lines, sometimes it’s quite enjoyable and relaxing to layer up goodies from the same line.


One of the many things I’ve learned from Lori, is when you gift a card, it’s a great idea to put matching embellishments in the card and on the envelope. This time I went with that rule, and it’s amazing how a simple card quickly turns into a small gift.


On the opposite corners of the ones pictured above and below, I added a single small embellishment to match the front of the envelope and the card inside. The puffy stickers from Dear Lizzy are absolutely perfect for this!


And here’s an example of the inside of the card (the one with the bouquet)…


I love how I didn’t necessarily have to put a flower die cut in the card, but could switch it up using a different  shape with a flowery pattern. This tied the outside and the inside together without being overly matchy matchy.

Lastly, here are the three envelopes all tied up with ribbon, ready to be gifted. (I added the blue nuvo dots to the middle envelope after, in case you noticed the difference from the picture near the top ;) ).


I ripped strips of cotton quilting fabric to create the organic-looking ribbon. You may be seeing me use it more in future posts (just warning you)!  ;) The ribbon adds a nice homemade touch, I find.

And that’s a wrap! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great week!

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This post was written by Natalja on March 11, 2018

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