Traverler’s Notebook, part 3!

Hello!  How’s things?  Cold enough for ya?  Kids on spring break?  Me?  Oh, well, I finally finished my traveler’s notebook styled mini-album!  That’s cause for a donut and a coffee I think!  I have a few more pages to show you today, and I’m going to finish this series next week with the last pages and the binding technique!

Here goes!

I had to make a page about Little Ann.  She’s almost as much a member of the family as any of the humans.  Especially with her preference for laying on soft couches over the mat at the backdoor.  Or quel horreur!  Actually having to stay outside!




Next up is a page about Baby Archie and all his adoring girlfriends.  No one is immune to his sweet charms.  I always love a project like this for the way it reminds me to bring out my container of very old stash.  Bits and pieces that are left over from other projects and don’t have a home anymore.  Like that black edged journal card.  And my sheets of word stickers and phrase stickers!?  I used a BUNCH on this page and in this book and I love how they do their part to tell the story besides the journaling!




The next page is about our Sunday Family Dinner for 20.  Our Air BnB house rental made it so easy for us to do.  It was a great old house!  My Uncle and Aunty had just marked their 50th wedding anniversary the day before, so there were several extended family members visiting that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.  Everyone was invited for ham dinner.  And my other Uncle related again, the story of my mom’s family escaping from East Germany at the end of WWII, and coming to Canada.  It’s a good story.  I never get tired of hearing it.  This time we got the young boy’s perspective.  My mom and Aunty’s versions never mention the soldier’s guns or the kinds of planes flying overhead.


I like to balance two page layouts like this one, where one side is visually heavy, loaded up with photos and embellishments, but the opposite page is left with minimal embellishing, making it a rest for the eyes, like this page above.



Lastly, is a page about our New Years Eve activities along with a B&W photo of each couple building their Gingerbread house.  (Check back next week for the results of that activity.)  I really loved working on this grey wood-grained patterned paper.  I found the color and design very neutral and beautifully understated.





So that it’s for today!  The last few pages and the binding will come next week.  I hope you’ll stop by again for that!

Have a great week!

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This post was written by Norine on March 14, 2018

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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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