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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Hockey, hockey and more hockey….

Not the blog post title you expect to see here, is it?!  Well, it’s not your typical blog post/layout either.  It’s a two-pager!  Remember those??

A while back Brooke and Lori were talking about two-page layouts, and how we never do them anymore, and should we do some again, and post a challenge?  Since then, I haven’t been able to get the idea out of my mind, and wondered if I could even do it anymore.  They’re all I used to do…but it’s been a lot of years!  So I decided to challenge myself and see what came of it.


It helped that we were recently in Utah to visit our youngest son for a charity hockey event he was involved in.  And we took a lot of pictures there.  I started by printing all these photos in color.  But when I laid them all out on the cardstock, I got a bit freaked by the busy-ness of it all.  So I edited and reprinted in black and white.  And I was much happier with the results.  I decided to keep one photo in color to draw the eye to it, and establish it as the main photo.



One of the things I realized about doing a 2-pager, is that there is a lot going on and so I needed some structure to balance the visual circus (even in black and white!)  The best way I found to manage that, was to establish some strong lines.  To accomplish that, I laid the check-patterned paper along the bottom and visualized a horizontal line for the photos all to align with.  After adhering the photos, I ran the page through the sewing machine again, to emphasize that horizontal line, as well as to repeat the sewing I used to adhere the patterned papers with.  After that, I kept paper choice and embellishments to classic masculine patterns with minimal visual impact.  The hockey player and skate are appliques by Wright’s, that I found years ago in the fabric store.  (Glad to finally get them used!)



The journaling reads:  Working for the Dept of Corrections in UT, Ben gets to exercise his Canadian-born hockey skills playing for the Guns in the annual Guns vs Hoses  charity tournament.  This year we went to watch them play.  It was an entertaining day of hockey.  The Guns beat the Hoses badly in both their games.  Ben contributed a goal and two assists.

Some of the product I used is patterned paper by Photo Play (Mad 4 Plaid), label, alphabet and word stickers by Simple Stories (Bloom and Grow), alphabet stickers (red) from Jillibean Soup, die-cut alphabets (blue) by Sizzix/Tim Holtz, chipboard stars from the LiitD store, and epoxy hearts from Bella Blvd (Illustrated Faith).

So, if you’re at all inclined, feel free to take this as a challenge and see if you remember how to scrap a two page layout!  And have a great rest of your day!

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