Traveler’s Notebook - week 2 - Warning - Photo HEAVY

     Posted by Norine on March 7, 2018

Hello all!  I’m back again with six more pages in my family-holiday-mini-album-traveler’s notebook!  I’m having a lot of fun with it, and when life requires living and I’m away from my scrap-table, all I can think about is getting back to it!

Page 1.  (Of both the book and this post!) Home.  About the AirBnB house we rented.


One of the things I’m continuing to do throughout the book, in an effort to unify the whole, is to journal with my typewriter.  However, I’ve found that some of the thicker papers, especially if painted on, won’t roll through the typewriter nicely, so I’ve adapted by going back to an old trick I used to use many years ago.


I open a new Word document and insert a text box that measures slightly smaller than the exact size I want to fill on my layout.  Then I type my journaling inside that text box using a “vintage typewriter” font (I have several to choose from) that I’ve downloaded for free from Then I can make all the font size and spacing adjustments to make it fit within the text box.  I can move the text box around on my 8.5×11″ canvas, so for this page, for example, I pushed it all the way over to the right. My open book page measures exactly 8.5″ so it’s not hard to line up where I want the printing to be.  I print the journaling first on a piece of printer paper, then lay the printed paper over top of my layout, put them both up on my backlit computer screen so I can see through both well enough to shift the printed paper around until it fits exactly where I want it to print on the layout.  I pencil mark where I want the layout to lay on the printer paper, then use a “linty”* piece of Scotch tape to tape across the top of the layout that has been positioned on the printer paper, and run it through the printer again.  This way I know that my journaling will print in the exact same spot the second time through. Sometimes it takes shifting and reprinting a few times before it lines up to where I’ll want it to print on my layout.  *A linty piece of scotch tape is a length that has been torn off, taped to my shirt or my skin a couple of times to reduce it’s stickiness, so that it holds going through the printer, but doesn’t tear the paper when it’s removed.


Page 2 - @ Home - with Jeff, Amy & Archie

I’m still using tons of the papers and embellishments from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter, Carta Bella - Cabin Fever and PhotoPlay - Mad 4 Plaid lines.




Page 3 - Costco - Food is Love



If you’re wondering how I can type on small journaling die cut cards like the one above, I use a technique very similar to the computer printing outlined above, where I tape the journaling card with a light, repositionable adhesive, to a sheet of printer paper, then run the whole thing through the typewriter.  It makes things much easier to manage!


Page 4 - The Holiday Puzzle




Page 5 - This Moment




Page 6 - Looking Forward


On this page, I found the navy plaid paper to be too dark for the look I wanted, so I painted the entire page with off-white paint and then used the Tim Holtz knit-sweater stencil and some modeling paste to layer and add interest and dimension.  I rubbed the dry paste lightly with dark blue distress ink to help it show up better.


Aren’t those little wood veneer glasses the perfect embellishment for this page!!?  For the journaling on this tag, I knew I had a lot to say, and it would be a bit of a guessing game as to whether it would all fit nicely, if I ran it through my typewriter, so here’s another example of where I used the computer, a Word document and printer to make sure it all fit just the way I wanted it to.  I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I didn’t have it lined up perfectly and it printed off center.  So to make it look like I meant for it to be like that, I ran two lines of machine stitching down the left side to balance the visual weight of the whole tag.


Well, it looks like this project is going to spill over into one more week!  I still have a few more pages to finish and then I’m curious as to how I’m going to bind the whole book.  At this point I only have a glimmer of a clue. It’ll be fine though.  I hope.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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Easter Eggs

     Posted by Natalja on March 4, 2018

Some classic easter decor on the blog today!

Any one prepping for decorating eggs soon? Or what are some of your Easter traditions? I couldn’t resist pulling out my Prima watercolours this week to paint some Easter eggs. I wanted to turn them into little “ornaments” and so I poked holes into the top and bottom, blew out the yolks and egg whites and ended up with empty, decorative eggs.


I haven’t painted easter eggs in fooreever and was excited to give them a try again! In Europe, it is very common for people to have Easter “trees.” These typically exist of branches of various sizes and are then decorated with egg “ornaments.” Is this something that people do in North America as well?


Unfortunately, my attempts at getting a string through the egg shell failed me, but hopefully you can still envision an ornament-like decoration.


I went for a more floral and abstract look. Certainly leaving out the black outlines would create a more dreamy look, where as now, the patterns look a bit more..hmmm..animated.


The next two eggs are more of the abstract kind. I’m learning to control my watercoloring a little less, letting the paint do what it does so well as it mixes with different amounts of water and various colours.



And here they are, all together. I currently have the bowl on my windowsill in the kitchen and I have to say these Easter eggs are growing on me. I generally go for neutral colours, but these are too cheery not to like.


Once I figure out how to get string through these egg shells (feel free to leave any tips haha) to hang them up on a “tree,” I’ll make sure to show you a picture!

Thanks for stopping by!

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