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!


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!”


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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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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Souvenirs? Or memories?

Hello friends!  I have something a little different for you today!  There’s no patterned paper, adhesive or embellishments in today’s post, but it’s a form of memory keeping just the same!  I’m not sure what started your dive into paper crafting but for me it always comes back to the memory keeping.

For years Mr B has been traveling to Florida in the spring for an airshow.  And every time he does, he comes home with that year’s commemorative t-shirt.  Sometimes he wears them, but mostly he just hoards them.  I don’t actually know why.  When I asked him, he said he wanted to keep them as a memory of the trips to the aviation bonanza that Sun ‘n’ Fun is.  But t-shirts in a drawer is not much of a memory keeping strategy.  So I got the idea of framing them, but doing it a bit differently than you might typically think, by wrapping large canvases (the kind you buy to paint on) for hanging.


Well, wouldn’tcha know, the end result was so pleasing, he went and found some other t-shirt treasures he’s been hanging on to now that the shirts are long past wearable, but are still too dear to throw out.  Marvel Comics shirts, with their vivid colors and boyhood nostalgia for example.  I’m sure you can probably come up with your own way for doing this, but here’s the way I created these projects.


I used an 18″ square, stretched canvas that I bought the week there was a 50% sale on.


I cut the front from the back, going up the sides and including part of the sleeves to make as square a piece of fabric as possible.  The sleeve seams don’t show because they get stretched around to the back or side of the canvas.


The best way to begin is by centering the graphic over the frame (and clipping it if you have some clamps handy) - I didn’t so I was careful not to shift the fabric too much once I had it positioned where I wanted it.  Then you staple the center on one side, tug the fabric gently on the opposite side, and staple and repeat that process on the other two opposite sides.


Continue stapling all the way to the corners alternating from top to bottom and left to right.  If you have some print lines that need to be straight, keep flipping the canvas over to make sure you’re tugging in all the right places in order to keep the lines straight.  (I could have done better if I’d taken my own advice.)


When you finally get to the corners, tuck the fabric under in as flat a layers as possible.


Staple, staple, staple!  Best done when you’re bugged with someone or something!  Staple those frustrations away!


This is what the final result might look like on the back.  These are going to be hung in my husband’s airplane hangar so I didn’t worry overly about how beautiful the back would look.  No one will see, so I don’t need it any neater than this.


Et voila!


He’s currently in the process of moving from one hangar to another, so while things are getting sorted over at the airport, he’s hung these ones in his office already.  I think this is such a cool way to add some vibrant color and interest to his hangar and I’m pretty sure my boys are the next who’ll be digging in their t-shirt drawers for mom to preserve some of their favorite memories!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Posted under Design Team Inspiration, Fun Stuff

This post was written by Norine on May 9, 2018

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