Mamas don’t let your babies grow up…

Hi friends!  Norine here, back with another Traveler’s Notebook layout.

Do you remember when I talked about re-making these Dylusions Traveler’s Notebooks here?  Well, those books are now in the store and just waiting for you to snap them up!


I have the same three notebooks and that has allowed me to take each one apart and to mix up the lined, dotted and graph paper patterns in each book.  Originally they come with one pattern in each book but I like a variety.  Click on thet link above to see exactly how I did that.



Let me tell you, when I’m putting one of these smaller sized layouts together, the old excitement of recording a thought/idea/feeling/memory in a beautiful and engaging way just rises up and I just want to sit there at the table and make page, after page, after page!  I can’t….I have too many other things I need to do….but I want to.


This layout today was inspired by the pair of hummingbirds that returned this spring to build another nest in the tree just outside our backdoor.  They are so fun to watch and attribute human understanding and emotions to!


For the title I pulled out my Tim Holtz Ideology foam letter stamps and stamped with ink.  I wanted a mottled, uneven look to the inked letters so I stamped them off once unevenly onto scrap paper and then stamped them fully onto the notebook page.  Then I  added the “grow” sticker from the Simple Stories Bloom & Grow sticker pack, and the mini-alphabet stickers from the Pink Fresh Boy’s Fort line.  The phrase stickers and wooden circle embellishment are also Pink Fresh Boy’s Fort product, a very versatile line, as you can see.


The leaf on the left side page is a Silhouette cut file, but the heart on the right side page is from a sheet of punch out die cuts.  I added the wooden rimmed #2 button from the same Boy’s Fort line as other product on the page.  Some enamel dots and a heart (Illustrated Faith) and a couple of strips of washi tape complete this layout.

Stop into the store or give Lori a call if there’s anything you’ve see here that you really must have!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Two Sweet Girls…

These two are my great-neices, and are just a cute as the day is long!!  I’ve been kept well supplied by their grandma, with photos and videos, and I look forward to returning the favor with my own so-to-be-born grandchild!!

sweet6So, I felt both, like doing some watercolor painting and making a layout, and in this project was able to combine each desire.  I returned again to the technique of a couple of weeks ago when I made a sort of stencil to draw and paint my title.  Remember this one?

sweet2I used a Kaisercraft leaf stencil and a Dear Lizzy laser cut paper that I’ve saved for a stencil.  I penciled the lines approximately where I wanted the design placed and then lightly erased them till they were little more than a faint suggestion of outlines.  That makes it possible to paint over the lines without them being really obvious after the paint dries.


For most of the painting, I filled in the shapes with a very wet brush, with lightly colored paint, then dropped in more color while the paint was still wet, and let it move, and blend and finally dry as it wanted too.  In some cases I added a third layer (or wash) of thinned color to tint parts of the leaves and petals.


After the leaves and petals were dry, I used a large brush to liberally spread clean water over all and dropped in small bits of colors for the background.  I used the same tints and shades I’d already painted with, for a more cohesive look.

sweet5After the painted leaves, flowers and drips were dry, I loosely outlined the shapes with a Micron pen and a fine tip Sharpie.  I have to admit to painting the whole page and THEN going and looking for a photo to go with it.  It was luck, not smarts, that I managed to find one that coordinated so nicely!

sweet7Because of the complexity of the background design, I didn’t want to distract from it, or further complicate the overall layout with a lot of embellishments.  A simple double mat for the photo, some coordinating enamel dots, a bit of washi, some puffy flourish stickers for a pop of black and the title, was all I thought it needed.

sweet8Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ve seen something to inspire a burst of creativity of your own!

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