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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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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