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.


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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In the meadow we can build….

Hey, hi!

I’m back today with a couple of layouts to share with you!  Last year (one month ago in early December) when I drove from Winnipeg to Minnesota via Winkler (seems like the logical route, no?) I stopped in at the Love is in the Details store and stocked up on supplies.  Paper, stamps, stencils, watercolor pencils, and more.  And the two paper lines I fell in love with were both winter themed.  Which, if you know me at all, I don’t “do” themes very much or very well.  But these were too cute to pass up.  One is, A Perfect Winter by Echo Park and the other is Carta Bella’s Cabin Fever.  Well, ever since then I’ve been planning the activities we would do when our family was all together in St Paul for New Years.  They would be directly related to both of these scrapbooking lines!  Don’t roll your eyes at me, I’m pretty sure the same thoughts have crossed your mind!  Sadly the insanely frigid temps foiled many of my plans, hopes and dreams, but I’m making it work with what I have anyway!

New Years Eve, we built gingerbread houses.  One house for each couple to work on.  For this layout, I printed the photos in black and white, because they were taken at night, indoors, with incandescent lighting.  Which never makes for great photography.  I used the Cabin Fever line for this page, with it’s dark plaids, knits, greenery, snowflakes and woodgrain.



I used several stickers from the Cabin Fever sticker sheet, as well as heart die cuts from My Mind’s Eye (Now & Then), a wood veneer word from Jen Hadfield, gold glitter alphabets from Bella Kraftastic, and a white glitter snowflake that I die cut.  A white, Signo Uniball pen made it easy to write on the dark patterned paper and still have it be visible.




So the next morning I got up and looked outside to see that some jokester (Mr B) had planted our houses in the snow in the yard!  They looked SO cute like that!  Of course we had to take some pictures.  And then we brought them inside and ate them for breakfast.  You think I’m joking.


It was a bit tricky photographing this layout.  I love subtle patterns and texture, and I went really subtle on this layout by smearing Gel Medium through a snowflake stencil.  I realize it’s probably not what gel medium was invented for but I love to use my supplies in more ways than I bought them for.  Even though the label says matte, the gel medium dries with the slightest bit of sheen.  I wouldn’t call it as shiny as gloss.  But you can feel it and in the right light, you can see it too.  Straight on with a camera, not so much.


So after the gel medium dried, I sponged over it with a couple of colors of distress oxide inks (Iced Spruce and Faded Jeans) to add some definition.



For this layout I used paper and stickers from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter line.  This line is lighter and brighter than the Cabin Fever line, with a color scheme of red, aqua and brown - a sure fire winner with me!


I matted the photos with the red polka-dot paper from A Perfect Winter, and a piece of torn edged vellum.


Another of my favorite techniques is to type my journaling on my vintage typewriter (whose space bar sticks so that I have to manually advance the page between each word.  That doesn’t get at all tedious.)  Then I cut the journaling into strips and adhere them to my layout by gluing only the middle of the paper.  I love the “temporariness” of the look of the edges of the paper strips unstuck from the cardstock.


And finally, that title word.  I created a cut file for “gingerbread” in the Silhouette program by typing the word and changing the font to the Watermelon Script font that I got for free on the internet, and downloaded.  I fused each letter to the next, traced the image and voila, I had a cut file I could use to cut the word from kraft cardstock.  I tinted the edges a little with some of the brown distress inks and a sponge dauber.  The “village” alphabet letters are the same as the ones I used on the above layout, but in silver.

The snowflake stencil I used is from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter line (there’s also one for the Cabin Fever line.  I bought it too.  It was just enough different that I couldn’t decide between, so I didn’t.)  And the kraft chipboard snowflakes are last year’s product from BoBunny.

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you have any questions about products or techniques, please leave them in the comment section below and I’ll be sure to respond.  If you just want to tell me how adorable I am licking frosting off my fingers, the comment section is good for that too!

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