Traverler’s Notebook, part 3!

Hello!  How’s things?  Cold enough for ya?  Kids on spring break?  Me?  Oh, well, I finally finished my traveler’s notebook styled mini-album!  That’s cause for a donut and a coffee I think!  I have a few more pages to show you today, and I’m going to finish this series next week with the last pages and the binding technique!

Here goes!

I had to make a page about Little Ann.  She’s almost as much a member of the family as any of the humans.  Especially with her preference for laying on soft couches over the mat at the backdoor.  Or quel horreur!  Actually having to stay outside!




Next up is a page about Baby Archie and all his adoring girlfriends.  No one is immune to his sweet charms.  I always love a project like this for the way it reminds me to bring out my container of very old stash.  Bits and pieces that are left over from other projects and don’t have a home anymore.  Like that black edged journal card.  And my sheets of word stickers and phrase stickers!?  I used a BUNCH on this page and in this book and I love how they do their part to tell the story besides the journaling!




The next page is about our Sunday Family Dinner for 20.  Our Air BnB house rental made it so easy for us to do.  It was a great old house!  My Uncle and Aunty had just marked their 50th wedding anniversary the day before, so there were several extended family members visiting that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.  Everyone was invited for ham dinner.  And my other Uncle related again, the story of my mom’s family escaping from East Germany at the end of WWII, and coming to Canada.  It’s a good story.  I never get tired of hearing it.  This time we got the young boy’s perspective.  My mom and Aunty’s versions never mention the soldier’s guns or the kinds of planes flying overhead.


I like to balance two page layouts like this one, where one side is visually heavy, loaded up with photos and embellishments, but the opposite page is left with minimal embellishing, making it a rest for the eyes, like this page above.



Lastly, is a page about our New Years Eve activities along with a B&W photo of each couple building their Gingerbread house.  (Check back next week for the results of that activity.)  I really loved working on this grey wood-grained patterned paper.  I found the color and design very neutral and beautifully understated.





So that it’s for today!  The last few pages and the binding will come next week.  I hope you’ll stop by again for that!

Have a great week!

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This post was written by Norine on March 14, 2018

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Valentine pretties….

Hello everybody!

Check your calendars…Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!  And we have the cutest idea for some unique gift packaging!


I found these mini egg cartons out there in the Interwebs, and alerted Lori to them, so you’ll be seeing them in the store very soon!  Here are some ideas for decorating and filling them.


I very quickly discovered how perfect these are for using up bits and pieces of stash.  Layering on chipboard, wood veneers, ephemera, bows and other “stuff” makes a super quick and easy way to dress up these cartons.


And how stinkin’ cute is it to give the gift of succulent plants in this heart shaped egg carton??  I DIE, I tell you!  And here’s what I’m wondering; if you were to cut the sections apart and plant them intact, I just bet you the material break down in the soil?!


I also found that the cartons take spray paint color really well, so they don’t have to be left white, although, I really like the plain basic way they come.  But c’mon.  GOLD heart shaped egg cartons with macarons inside??  I just died again.


And finally, I learned that the carton material is not too different from water-color paper.  I stamped on the lid, by pressing the stamp to the top and flipping it over so that I was actually pressing the lid onto the stamp.  (Taking care not to let it slip) (too much).  Then I filled in the image with water and dropped color onto it to let the color spread organically.  When the flower was dry, I did the same with the background and sides.


eggs2I don’t doubt these will fly off the shelves once Lori gets them in the store, so if you’re interested, let her know to save some for you.

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