Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Stories {July 1-5}

Wow, July is flying by! I've been able to keep up with my Traveler's Notebook inspired by Little Paper Projects and so far the topics shared on their blog have been helpful in further documenting our July. I mentioned before that I'm taking one story from each day and recording it in this notebook and today I've got the first five pages to share.

For July 1st, I typed a list of the things I'd like to do this month. It's a short list of not necessarily summer activities, but I also wanted to include things that would help me to slow down and enjoy the season. Using the stamp set from The Great Escape, I stamped check boxes and then will use the same set to put a check mark or an X at the end of the month.

On the 2nd, the hubs and I went on a long hike at Great Falls and while we're familiar with the park, the map they gave us provided the perfect way to add more photos to my pages. I debated adding stamping onto the map, but I thought it might get lost so added it onto my photos and a little beneath the picture of the two of us.

Documented a delicious lunch at a restaurant we'd never been to before. It was indeed yummy! The kraft paper in these Midori notebooks is a decent weight, but I'm hesitant about using any dark inks on the pages. The Hybrid Ink cubes seem to work well and you couldn't see the stamping on the backside.

The weather forecast for the 4th was calling for thunderstorms, so my photos are from the day before. (shhh, don't tell anyone) I'd been wanting to try light painting with sparklers for a long time, and it was a lot of fun. I added gold mist to the pages and then a little bit of patterned paper and stamping to give my photos presence.

Our butterfly bush that was gifted to us by my parents exploded in purple blooms the week before, but we haven't had that many butterflies coming around this year. I was thankful to have stepped outside and seen a large tiger swallowtail so I went back in and grabbed my camera. We are still feeling the loss of Biscuit and his 2nd birthday would have been the day before, so I thought this was a fitting quote. Because I wanted to use the stamps with a little bit of water, I stamped my quote on white paper and then adhered it into my notebook.

I'll be back next week with more pages and I also have some other projects to share with you all. Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

• day 1 - The Great Escape Stamp set - Feed Your Craft, Stone Hybrid Ink - Simon Says Stamp, calendar washi tape - Freckled Fawn, die cut stamp - tutorial and supplies here
• day 2 - AM to PM stamp set - Kellie Stamps, Maggie Holmes roller stamp, Walnut Stain Distress Ink, rubber embellishment - Pinkfresh Studios
• day 3 - patterned paper - Maggie Holmes {Bloom}, Greenpoint and Hangry stamp sets - Kelly Purkey, Apricot Hybrid Ink, Walnut Stain Distress Ink - Simon Says Stamp
• day 4 - patterned paper - The Great Escape kit - Feed Your Craft, Shutterbug stamp set - Kelly Purkey, box and line stamp - Kellie Stamps, gold mist - Heidi Swapp
• day 5 - Stepping Stone alphabet stamp - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, Pine Needles Distress Ink


  1. Oh Elise, I love everything about your book!
    The idea of taping instax over a map for instance is brilliant!
    Love your use of stamps, always inspiring and not just from an esthetic point of view ;)

  2. I love how you used the map for extra pages. So clever!!

  3. This is so cool! I love the added map. And the pictures with sparklers? To die for!

  4. Oh my GOSH! I LOOOOOVE what you've done so far...that map is GENIUS & I really, REALLY love the 'pig out' bit in the centre of the page & your buttefly bush has made me waaaay jealous cos we can't grow them here & they're gorgeous AND the sparkler photos look amazing!!! Whew! See? Told you I enjoyed this post!!!!

  5. This is a wonderful album, Elise! I love the addition of the map pages and super stamping! Looks like writing with sparklers was a lot of fun. Will have to try that. :)

  6. Love these pages Elise, i like how you incorporated the map and light painting is something on my to do how yours turned out.

  7. As always, love your pages.
    I really like the sparkler photos

  8. It's all so pretty, Elise, and I love your idea with the map! You make me want to give notebooks a try!


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