Traveler’s Notebook Spreads - Guest Contributor, Norine

Hello again friends, I’m delighted to be back again with a couple of traveler’s notebook layouts to share with you!  Along with that I have a couple of tips and tricks to Stretch Your Supplies, Make It Work and Use What You Have in your paper crafting.  Lets jump right in!

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Here’s a layout of my two grand babies.  The photo is a couple of months old now, but those two are just as sweet as ever!  Archie has a lot of words at his disposal now, having recently turned 2(!) but he doesn’t yet say his sister’s name, favoring HIIBEEBEE over Ramona!  Lol.  We recite them often.

Archie, say Papa.  ”Papa”

Archie, say Mimi.  ”Mimi”

Archie, can you say cheese?  ”Cheese!”

Archie, say Archie.  ”Awchie”

Archie, say Ramona.  ”HIIBEEBEE!”

LOL!

The first thing I want to make note of, to do with layout design though, (ok fine, with most things in life) is I have a hard time choosing between one thing and another.  In this case, traveler’s notebooks.  Some have flimsy paper pages (not a huge fan) but have WHITE paper.  I like that.  White paper makes me happy.  Other’s have lovely thick card stock paper but the paper color is ecru.  That’s what the case is here - I’m using beautiful Dylusions notebooks from Ranger, because the paper weight is so great, with pattern choices between graph, lines and dots.  But the paper color is cream.  Sometimes it doesn’t matter at all, but on the occasions when I have a particular paper I want to use - like the blue hearts on white background, or something in the photo is a particular color, then the cream colored paper doesn’t work that well.  So I painted the paper with white craft paint.  Simple as that.  Now I can make my Dylusions notebook work for whatever color of paper or photo I want to use!  This tip falls into the Make It Work category.

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The heart patterned paper I used is from the Love Story line from Webster’s Pages.  I cut the sheet at an angle and glued it to the notebook pages, then added a couple of contrasting strips of washi tape to delineate between the patterned paper and the painted section on top.  In the Stretch Your Supplies category, I love using my stamps on memory keeping pages.  Besides painting the paper white, I stamped a leafy design on the top section with a pale mint green ink, mostly so that I could include pale mint green clouds and the “happiness” chipboard embellishment, without it seeming odd.  I also included a small piece of mint green mat paper behind the photo to establish that color as a purposeful design choice.

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I die cut the letters for the title using the MFT Emmet alphabet dies and the wood veneer bunny is from the Kaisercraft Woodlands embellishment pack.  The “best of friends” is from one of my own packs of phrase strips (I think still available in the store).  All of the chipboard pieces are from various kit clubs and collections in my stash and the navy burlap heart is die cut using a Sizzix steel rule die.  Lori has made up similar heart embellishment packs in past and I always love them!

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Moving on to layout number 2, I am feeling the lennnngggth of this winter up in Minnesota and wanted to do a layout to remember summer!

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Here, you can see the color of the notebook paper I was referring to above.  It works ok for this photo though, and I simply chose patterned mat papers (all from stash scraps) that supported the cream card stock, although you can see a couple of pieces of white edges sticking out among the other mats and I don’t hate it.  Those white pieces are actually journaling cards.  And here we have a tip for the Use What You Have category.   Somehow, in all the paper packs I’ve acquired, I seem to have collected more journaling card papers than I will ever use, so this is one way to use them up, letting their edges peek out as photo mats.

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If you’ve been into the store since last summer, you’ll have seen the rack of various word/phrase chipboards, designed by yours truly, and laser cut by Lori’s Laser Division.  The heart shapes are also available in the store.

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I love the look of layered papers and thick chipboard or wood veneer embellishments, but I will admit that my notebook is already getting very bulky, so I tried to reduce that a little on this page (and Stretch My Supplies) by embellishing with stamps.  Both of the stamps I’ve used on the left hand page are an Ali Edwards stamp set (that I’m glad has survived all purges to this point) and to make them a cohesive unit, I drew a box around them and the heart embellishments, first using a straight edge and Sharpie marker, and then with a wonky, hand drawn line.  The card stock camera embellishment and washi tapes are from my stash and the “awesome” banner is from the Boys Rule line from Cocoa Vanilla.

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Thanks for stopping by today to see what’s new!  If you see some products here that you’re particularly interested in, leave a comment or contact Lori about ordering the same or something similar.  Enjoy the rest of your day!

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Makes cakes, will travel…

Hi, hello!

I’m back today with a couple of traveler’s notebook layouts to share.  One is Love is in the Details specific and one is just because!  (You’ll see when I get to that one.)

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This is the reason for the odd blog post title.  I have begun making and decorating cakes and cookies in the last couple of years and the weird thing is that almost every event I’ve made a cake for in an official capacity has been in another state!  Or country even!  I’ve made cakes at home, but they’ve been for practice, so my “real” cakes for real events have all had not only the normal stress of “I hope it doesn’t flop!!” but also the travel stress component.  I think I’ve got that down to a science now.  Bake the cakes, freeze them, layer them and crumb coat them (if they’re being frosted) wrap them with BIG bubble wrap and freeze them again and the minute before leaving for the airport, stow them in my carry on shoulder bag.  Then I do the frosting and decorating there.  I now know what can go through security with me, and what can go in checked luggage.  Like I say, a science.  All that to say, that we recently attended the wedding in Montana of the best friend of our daughter-in-law, who became like a daughter to us while she lived in AZ for several years and Kenzie asked if I would make her a small wedding cake - for the “feed the groom” photos and to take home and have on their 1st anniversary.  I didn’t have to make cake for all 200 wedding guests thankfully.  I’m not that kind of cake maker!

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This was an easy 4 layer semi-naked cake (I make up for the lack of frosting on the outside with plenty of frosting in between the layers!) that I decorated with some of her wedding flowers and other things I found around the grounds.

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I’ve been wanting to make a traveler’s notebook layout with one side being all photo for awhile now and when Mr B sent me this photo from his phone I knew this would be the one!  He uses an android phone and they take these super tall photos.  Perfect for the TN narrow page format.

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Some of my Love is in the Details stash that I used on this layout include the white enamel hearts from Illustrated Faith, the phrase stickers from Cosmo Cricket and Jen Hadfield, and while we’re on that subject I wanted to remind you to look at your phrase stickers for the portions that might be useful to you.  The “simple but beautiful” sticker was originally from a set of Cowgirl themed phrase stickers and it said “live a simple but beautiful life”.  It seems that the likelihood of my ever using that on a layout while whole was minimal, after all the years I’ve had it in my stash, but cut up like this, it was perfect!

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I also used the Pink Fresh (Boys Fort) alphabet stickers that come in blue, green and cream, and I colored them brown for this layout because the size and style were perfect.  That foil leaf (it was fun to pull out the foil again!) was a Prima adhesive rub-on and I used the rose gold foil so it would match the label sticker (Target dollar section).  I used die cuts from Kaisercraft (the green leaf), Prima (the tag sticker and label) and a chipboard heart arrow from the exclusive laser cuts available in the store.

Next up is a layout that was inspired by pure joy!  Our grand-daughter was born recently and before she was 24 hours old she had her first layout!

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The polka dot paper by Carta Bella has also been sitting in my LiitD stash for a long time waiting to be used!  The floral tag from Maggie Holmes’ Chasing Dreams line too.  And those cute puffy hearts and phrase sticker are from the very current Pink Fresh/Let Your Heart Decide line that will soon be in the store if they aren’t already.

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The floral die cut is from Kaisercraft’s Sage and Grace line and the pink silk ribbon I colored with the Distress ink and water technique.  Other supplies include those cute puffy alphabet stickers from My Mind’s Eye, some pink bakers twine, and that cute little pink rabbit that used to be a button - from Dress It Up buttons!  The “baby” part of the title is a die that I cut from pink watercolored paper and popped up on a label sticker.

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Besides this happy news of a new grand baby, we also have an engagement and upcoming wedding in the family!  Our daughter is planning her nuptials at our cottage at the lake in early September, and as people do when they have a wedding coming up, we’re going to do a bunch of construction work this summer, building a second floor in the cottage, adding stairs up to our parking lot (like 100 stairs, minimum) and making the outdoor area suitable for a tent for 70 people!!  She’s going very budget-conscious, which means asking Mom to make the invitations, the cake and the floral pieces for the tables.  Thats what I know so far!  So with all that on my plate, I’ve asked Lori for the summer off.  I’ll see you back here in mid to late September and I hope you all have a safe and happy summer!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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