The final installment…

Hi, hello!  I’m back again today with….you guessed it…more TRAVELER’S NOTEBOOK MINI ALBUUUUUUMMMMM!!  The last few pages, plus the binding of said album!  Lets dive right in!

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This might be my favorite page in the book, with it’s December-Happy Holidays stamped page.  It’s times like this when I’m digging in the very back of the stamp drawer and find a rarely used Months-of-the-Year stamp set that I’m profoundly pleased that it has survived all my previous purges!  The Happy Holidays stamp came from one of my current seasonal stamp sets.  I will mention, that the trick to getting the stamping to line up straight is to lightly pencil in some lines before hand, and erase them when the ink is dry.

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This is another page that started off as plain, cream colored card stock.  I used the Echo Park Fairy Dust background stamp with a light brown ink to stamp the whole lower part of the page, and a striped background stamp along the top.  And again, used up a BUNCH of word and phrase stickers to help tell the story.

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This layout as well includes some stamping - this time it’s a random assortment of leaves, branches and boughs.  For this page I used black ink, but stamped 1st on a piece of scrap paper, and then on this page to achieve that faded grey color.

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You’ve seen this page already, in my first post.  But the editing of the photos in the first version bothered me, because they were so dark.  So I re-edited and re-printed them and I’m much happier with them now!

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Here is the cover, front and back.  I added a few more word stickers on the front, making sure to adhere them with a strong liquid glue to make sure they don’t come loose and fall off down the road someday.

Now for the binding.

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Basically, the method I used is what you would do if you were joining several signatures together into a larger book.  (A signature is what most printed books are made up of, a few pages folded and sewn together, then added to many more groups of a few pages folded and sewn). In essence, what I have here is a booklet made up of 9 signature covers that have no additional pages inside them. I began by poking holes in the fold of each page 1 1/2″ apart, and 1″ from the top and the bottom.  I used heavy-duty top-stitching thread and doubled it for the sewing.  I could write out the instructions for how I joined each page, but you would soon be either, lost or snoring.  The video that taught me is a much better way for you to understand the process than my telling you.  You can learn how here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O4kFTOEh6k

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Once the pages were all stitched together, I measured the width of the spine, and cut a piece of wood-grain patterned paper to that measurement plus a generous half inch.  I scored 1/4″ from either side, machine stitched down each edge and then glued that strip to cover the back spine of the book.  I used narrow strips of strong double-sided tape for the edge flaps and Aleene’s tacky glue for the center portion of the spine itself.  The white glue dries flexible and holds very well, and the double sided tape holds everything in place until the tacky glue dries.

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And there we have it!  That was a bit of a haul, huh!?  I’m really pleased with my mini-album of memories and it feels sturdy enough to handle many hands leafing through it for a long time!  It’s got me all fired up to start on my grandson’s Baby album next, which I hope to start on in a few weeks, once things quiet down around here!  It won’t be a Traveler’s Notebook style though, but rather a vintage book of poetry re-purposed into a mini-album.  I hope you’ll follow along with me for that project!

Thanks for hanging in there with me these last few weeks, and I promise to have something altogether different for you next week!

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This post was written by Norine on March 21, 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.

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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.

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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 Dafont.com. 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.

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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.

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Page 3 - Costco - Food is Love

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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!

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Page 4 - The Holiday Puzzle

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Page 5 - This Moment

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Page 6 - Looking Forward

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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.

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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.

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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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