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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Happy Life…

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Hi again!  Last summer most all of our kids managed to make it out to the cottage at the lake during the same sequence of days and it was wonderful!  My photographer daughter wanted to do a styled photo shoot with the married-for-one-year couple and the cottage of our kind and generous neighbors, who let us stay in their place while we worked on our own, was full of the greatest props for just such a shoot!

So these are some of the photos that came from that!  You can check out the Bespoke Photography shoot here and also here.

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I tried that thing again, where I modified the background paper a little, by stamping that lovely floral stamp in behind the floral die cut.  And about those die cuts though!  They are Kaisercraft’s Oh So Lovely line and Lori has them and the papers from that line in the store!  Oh my goodness, I haven’t seen anything so pretty in a very long time!!  So then to try and unify the look on the page of the stamp and the die cut, I used a Sharpie liner to outline some of the die cut image.  Kinda loving that a whole lot!!
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Can’t remember where I got that badge from; it’s been sitting on my desk asking to be used for a while.  The tag is another Forever 21 clothing tag and those Robin’s Nest Dewdrops are so yummy right?  I got them from Lori.  I don’t see them in the store but they might just not be listed on line, so call her if you need some.  She can fix you up!
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The happy die cut is cut from wood paper, and the wood grain chipboard letters are October Afternoon.
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Thanks for coming by today!

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