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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Mr & Mrs…

Hello LiitD friends!

I have a layout to share with you today.  And I’m taking a step back in time with several aspects of today’s layout - from the photos themselves (5 years old) to a few of the supplies and techniques.  As well, I’m using another of the chipboard pieces that I designed and revealed in my blog post last week.

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As I mentioned last week here on the blog, I’ve designed a set of Wedding Words and phrases that can be used for card making and scrapbooking alike.  And having pulled out some of these wedding photos for last week’s post, I couldn’t stop at creating just one layout, any more than a person can stop at one french fry.  Plus the chipboard Mr&Mrs!!  So cool!  I love it in it’s original kraft color, but I also love to make things coordinate on my page.  So I dug out my elderly bottle of navy blue Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink and painted the chipboard navy blue.

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It’s hard to see clearly in the photos, but in real life, the chipboard has a pearlescent sheen to it that’s very pretty!  I mention the Smooch by Clearsnap, even though it isn’t available in the store anymore, because I suspect that a few of you have several of these cute little “nail polish” styled bottles stashed in your craft space and could use the inspiration to pull them out and play with them again!  If you don’t own any pearlized ink and would like to duplicate the look, you could color your chipboard with your preferred method, acrylic or watercolor paint, pencil crayons, stamping ink or anything else, then mix up some Perfect Pearls powder with water and paint that over the dried ink color, OR!, color over the whole painted chipboard with a Wink of Stella shimmer pen, or spritz your colored chipboard with shimmer mist.  There are lots of ways to achieve this look!

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The next thing I want to highlight is a technique that we learned in last summer’s DIY Embellishment class, where we covered purchased (or homemade) die cuts with Glossy Accents from edge to edge, and let them dry, producing an amazing “epoxy” embellishment like you see available everywhere for purchase.

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For the purpose of this layout, I entirely covered a butterfly die cut from Kaisercraft’s Indigo Skies line.  Again, it’s not easy to capture the sheen on camera but it’s very luscious and glossy in real life!  Something to remember if you’re doing this yourself, is that you don’t have to cover the whole entire die cut with Glossy Accents, but you can apply the liquid in strategic places where the pattern on the paper demands.  The blue sprig below has a bit of a leaf pattern to it that I decided to accent with the GA.

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These heart embellishments are exactly what we’re trying to create ourselves with the Glossy Accents!

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I typed out my journaling on a vintage typewriter and glued down the cut up strips to add some visual interest to the layout.  Finally, I added some navy blue print splatters.

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Most of the paper strips used to create the photo mat are cut from the papers in the Indigo Skies collection.  The round wooden epoxy button is from PinkFresh, the chipboard flower and leafy branch is from Simple Stories, the brads are from Doodlebug and the washi tapes are a combination of Michael’s and American Craft’s Amy Tangerine lines.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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