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

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.

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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.

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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 Dafont.com. 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.

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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.

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Page 3 - Costco - Food is Love

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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!

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Page 4 - The Holiday Puzzle

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Page 5 - This Moment

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Page 6 - Looking Forward

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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.

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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.

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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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At Home….

Hi, hello, guess who!  Yup, Norine again!

I’ve got another layout to share today.  Because I still have some winter pictures and some paper left from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter line.  And I doubt that today’s layout will be the last!

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I’m going to share with you, some process photos of the cute evergreen branches and how I made them.  Because the photo has a pot planted at the side of the stairs, full of pines and evergreen boughs, and the paper line has some evergreen motifs included, I wanted to make an accent of that.

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I started with a piece of watercolor paper and I daubed on a variety of green colors and lots of water.  I pushed the color around for a bit and then let it dry.  Watercolor pigment dries lighter though, so when it did, I realized I needed more brown color.

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Had I started with more brown paint, I don’t think it would have dried with the distinct green undertones like it did, but rather would have blended together and ended up much muddier.  I really like this result.

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So, once it was dry, I ran it through the Big Shot die cutting machine, with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies called Holiday Greens.  Because I was cutting watercolor paper which is thicker and more textured than regular card stock, I found that I needed to add a shim of another piece of paper in addition to the acrylic cutting plate.  That little bit of extra thickness made all the difference.

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Et voila!

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Here’s how they looked on the finished layout.

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I’m kind of into the look of lots of layers of mat papers behind the photo.  In this case, I used one of the journaling cards cut from one of the papers in the kit to add a bit of blue plaid to the mix.  It’s unlikely I’d used it as a card front or journaling card for Project Life, so it feels extra productive to used it as a photo mat instead.

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I added my journaling straight to the layout after drawing lines in pencil to keep the text straight.  Then I stitched the lines on the sewing machine and erased the pencil lines.

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I kind of also like the look of layering up elements that don’t actually have anything to do with the theme of the layout, like the chipboard flower from Blue Fern Studios.  I dunno….it works in my head…

Other supplies used: Simple Stories alphabet stickers (AT), Photo Play alphabet stickers (HOME), Bella Blvd washi tape, Pebbles Inc - Jen Hadfield phrase stickers, Crate Paper label sticker, Evalicious puffy sticker.

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That’s it for today.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of your day!

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