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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The Summer of the DIY projects….

Hi folks, I’m back today with layout to share with you, that’s been a long time coming.  I’ve had these photos printed and laying around for awhile, but it was Lori’s challenge to me last week, to scrapbook a layout with several photos, that I finally decided to get these documented.


Before we go any further though I want to establish, that if I’m going to scrapbook 6 photos on a layout, they are not going to be 4×6″ photos.  That just doesn’t leave me enough canvas to adorn and embellish, and besides that - the eye needs places to rest on a page to be able to appreciate the photos themselves.


The next thing I’m going to show you is one of the techniques we learned about in last Saturday’s DIY Embellishments class.  There are so many patterned papers out there that when looked at with a different eye, present many cool options for fussy cutting and becoming an embellishment, like this floral outline paper.

And how about those GORRRgeous rose gold handled scissors right???  American Crafts.  Available in the store.  You can have a pair for your own.



The next thing to address are these luscious stamped title letters!  They are the Tim Holtz Ideology cling foam stamps and lemme tell you baby, they are the bomb dot com!!  First off, they aren’t even expensive!  Especially when compared to rubber or acrylic alphabet stamps.  Secondly, they are actually meant for paint, but I just got them and I have no paint with me and I was determined to use them so ink it was!  They stamped and washed off beautifully!  I heat embossed the letters in black and the rich, embossed texture is divine!  And what I especially love is how close together you can stamp them.  I have several sets of rubber or acrylic alphabet stamps - even ones that include multiples of each letter so that you can stamp a word or phrase as a whole.  Invariably, they have “lip” of rubber or acrylic that prevents you being able to bump the letters close together to either save space, or just look better aesthetically.  These letters don’t have any edge at all.  What you see is what you get.  I will definitely be getting lots of use out of these.diy2

On each pair of photos, I typed a label with a short description of each project  we tackled.


It was a summer that included a number of cottage painting projects besides these shown here, and I have to say…my arthritic hands are very glad to have all these projects behind them.

Some of the supplies I used are the Golden Days paper line (the woodgrain background paper), Dear Lizzy, Lovely Day paper for the floral die cuts, Simple Stories Bloom and Grow for the little patterned paper sticker strips, Fancy Pants Office Suite for the circle, postage stamp and tab die cuts and the black hearts are by Jot.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great rest of your day!

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