Friday, July 1, 2016

Summer Stories

Last year I enjoyed documenting part of our summer when Little Paper Projects launched #LittleSummerJOY and when they said they'd be at it again this year, I thought I'd join in. I'm looking forward to seeing inspiration from Julie and Jen as well as all of the other creative folks participating. Their focus this year is using a Traveler's Notebook insert and I went back and forth on that. I'll admit, I was nervous about being committed to pages that I couldn't add or remove. But, I think I found a way to make it work for me.

I'll be using the Midori Kraft notebook and it has just enough space to do a double-page spread for each day in July. Along with the stories from our month, I'll be using ideas from LPP, daily photo prompts from CY365, and adding in quotes. This way I feel like I have plenty of inspiration in case I don't have a story for the day, but not so much that I'm overwhelmed.

And you know me, I always start with a kit and created one with items from The Great Escape kit and new supplies that I hoped would all work well together. First up was to create a title page that I put inside the notebook so that when I start today, I begin with my two-page format.

Using one of my stamped stamps, I layered it over some patterned paper and topped that off with a mini flair. Beneath the cluster, I stamped a phrase. The sun is part of the Summer Vibes set, and there are 3 other packs that have hit the shop today. Do you have any special plans for documenting your summer? You might just need a pack or two to help. :)

Midori Traveler's Notebook Insert Kraft Paper - Jetpens
patterned papers - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft {The Great Escape}, Crate Paper {Maggie Holmes Bloom}, Pebbles {Spring Fling} and {Jen Hadfield Everyday}
stamps - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft, Kelly Purkey, Christine Herrin
embellishments - Pinkfresh Studios, Doodlebug, Crate Paper

stamped stamp - full supply list at bottom of this post
patterned paper - 6x6 woodgrain - My Mind's Eye, 6x6 floral - Pebbles {Jen Hadfield Everyday}
phrase stamp - The Great Escape - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
mini flair - Summer Vibes - Feed Your Craft


  1. What a lovely start to your July. Gorgeous flair, as always...& good luck with doing this 'challenge' to yourself. Be interested in how it all pans out:):)

  2. Great cover. I can't wait to see how this month goes for you. I love your projects, you have such awesome ideas. Michelle t

  3. What a great idea Elise!
    and a superb start!
    I look forward to seeing more soon ;))

  4. A beautiful start! I can't wait to see more... I was nervous about a midori style also since I've never done something like this but I'm slowly figuring it out and creating a process. This is such a fun and focus driven project, which I just love!

  5. I love your journal so far!!!
    I love these ideas you have to document a week or a month at a time....not the full pressure to do a whole year, but enough to keep going for a month or a week.
    Now I want to do one too :)

  6. Love the cover. Can't see the pages as they come along. :)

  7. Ah this is a wonderful start, I know you will rock those pages and i can't wait to see them!


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