Friday, August 5, 2016

Summer Stories {July 11-15}

Today I'll be creating the final page to my Traveler's Notebook insert which means I'm really behind on sharing my completed pages here. My hopes are to get the remaining pages posted, as well as recording a walk-through of my album along with a couple other ideas I'd like to share on my neglected YouTube channel. But first, days 11 through 15.

I had assembled a small kit before undertaking this project and included a variety of patterned paper. Because of the thickness of it, I found myself veering away from it, but I wanted to include an assortment of techniques and products so, I tried to balance thicker paper and bulkier embellishments with pages that had nothing but stamping added. Of course the die cuts from Crate Paper also helped with the theme of story from the 11th.

It's hard to add bulk to these notebooks when you know you'll need relatively flat surfaces for writing and stamping on. This early into my book, I wanted to be sure that anything I added wouldn't affect future pages so I turned the mini flair into a clip that was able to be removed. There were only a couple of instances when I needed to take it out, but having that option was a great compromise to being able to use the flair.

For the 12th, I wanted to document the lovely cards I had received in the first couple of weeks in July. I'd mentioned in a past post that I had purchased a stamping e-course from Kelly Purkey, and while her instructions are for 3x4 cards, it's so easy to adapt them to a larger canvas.

I like the look of stamping running off the page so my paper was larger than I needed. In fact it was so big that I was able to incorporate the offcut onto the facing page.

Some days I didn't really have a particular story to focus on so it was the perfect opportunity to record those everyday items, like what I've been listening to. Again and again. More practice with the KP stamp e-course.

I wanted to also include stories that weren't necessarily about summer fun, so for the 14th it was about my work day. And I was beginning to get braver about stamping directly in my notebook.

On the 15th we headed back up to see the fields of sunflowers and this time we were thrilled to see that we arrived during their peak bloom. In an abstract way, I mimicked the flowers by creating a sunburst from patterned papers and then added a few pieces beneath my photo.

If you've missed any previous posts, you can find them here and here and of course you can always ask questions about anything you see. Hope you have a great weekend ahead!

day 11 - patterned paper - Pebbles {Spring Fling}, die cuts - Maggie Holmes {Bloom}, Summertime mini flair - Feed Your Craft, small alphabet stamps - American Crafts, smaller alphabet roller stamp - Pebbles
day 12 - vellum alphabet stickers - Pinkfresh Studio, bar stamps - KP Fifty-two card E-course, small lines - Kellie Stamps, patterned paper - Pebbles
day 13 - stamps - KP Fifty-two card E-course, today|yesterday|tomorrow stamp - Kellie Stamps, inks from Simon Says Stamp, Studio Calico
day 14 - alphabet stamp - Stepping Stones - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, line of dots and small heart - KP, larger circles - Good Times - Studio Calico, inks - Apricot, Steel Blue, Duckling, and Audrey Blue hybrid ink cubes - Simon Says Stamp
day 15 - patterned paper - Basic Grey {Hillside}, October Afternoon, and Studio Calico, die cut leaf - Basic Grey {Hillside}, stamped die cuts - tutorial and supplies - here 


  1. Way cool! LOVE the flair clip idea, and I REALLY like how you've run the edge of that pl card onto your other page. This is shaping up sooo well. I so want to get into this sort of journalising [diarising????!!!!]....but not quite 'there' in my mind yet. Keep 'em coming! Need all the inspiration I can get;)!!!

  2. Really enjoy your abstract flower. Got my ideas flowing. Thanks.

  3. This is so lovely, Elise! I'm loving all of the stamping. :)

  4. Your pages are beautiful.
    I love the kraft paper and how the colours pop off of it...and how the stamping loods on it as well.

  5. Great pages Elise!
    I have enjoyed each of them ;)

  6. Such beautiful pages Elise, loving all the stamping you have incorporated


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