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!


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.




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.




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.




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!



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.


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:


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.



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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Finding the Glitter

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

First things first, I hope you all enjoyed Norine’s packaging as much as I did. Sooo much inspiration! Today I have something quite different though, and rather abstract. This week my crafting became intense art therapy. I picked up a bunch of mixed media supplies from Love is in the Details and couldn’t wait to get started. I began creating some texture on a canvas with texture paste and Tim Holtz’ “hickory smoke” distress ink.


Unfortunately I didn’t take any step by step photos, but will make sure to do that for Sunday! I didn’t plan too much for this piece, but rather let my hand swirl the texture paste and distress ink in a soul soothing way. This last week we had a death in my husband’s extended family (and the extended family is very close) so the news hit hard. Death never asks when the time is right and we got to feel how immensely people’s lives get disrupted, especially around Christmas (sending love to all of you who have and are experiencing this!). Sitting down, mixing, swirling product, and  sprinkling glitter and mica flakes has been extremely therapeutic.


I ended up adding more black after we heard the news of our cousins death (the family had lost their 16 year old son, less than two years earlier, and now their second, and last son passed away at 15), but still added more glitter and flakes. I don’t have the entire ‘interpretation’ of the final piece, but came to the conclusion that perhaps this is what our hearts may look like, opened up.


The black may be fear, confusion, anger or even despair. But amongst the black, if we look hard enough, we will find glimmers of hope—glitter and pearly mica flakes. We’ve spend a lot of time with family the last several days and to see this family grow closer and closer, cousins are more like siblings, the words ‘in-law’ don’t exist, and instead, everyone becomes like immediate family. If you knew this family, you would understand how brilliant those sparkles shine in the midst of utter despair. This family is far from perfect…families are torn apart, children pass before parents, all the ugly stuff you can imagine, and yet they always pull together. On our way home from the Christmas gathering yesterday, I mentioned how insanely close this family is, and the response I got was that we are this close because of everything we have been through together (most of which has happened in less than two years).


The darker the ink splotches, the brighter the glitter.

To all those who have suffered a loss this Christmas, my heart goes out to you. I hope that in this dark and utterly confusing season, that you may find even the slightest glimmer of hope. May peace and love fill all of your homes!

Thanks for letting me share a more personal side of a project. I’ll make sure to have photos of the products I used and more step by step photos next time.

Lots of love,


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This post was written by Natalja on December 27, 2017

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