Monday, May 8, 2017

Road Trip Traveler's Notebook

I hope you had a creative National Scrapbook Day this past weekend or at least had the chance to make some new memories. This year I didn't participate in any challenges, instead imposing one on myself to make a notebook for the little road trip we took last week. I made sure I used some new stamps I'd gotten as well as some patterned papers that haven't been getting much love lately. I did just the tiniest bit of shopping to add to the papers I'd selected.

I made my own notebook and with a plan of attack, I got started. My initial thought was to do stitching on my pages and so I created my book in batches. I adhered all of my photos into place and trimmed patterned paper to fit where I would glue it after it had been stitched on. Then I typed my journaling on labels on the computer and printed them out.

Using a new stamp set, I made embellishments to add in as layers behind my labels. In the end I decided that the sewing wasn't a good match for how my notebook was shaping up and so I glued all of the journaling labels into place. Then I went back to the beginning one last time to add little finishing touches of mini flair, stamped sentiments, enamel dots, and a sticker.

I kept thinking I wanted something else just to give it a bit more oomph, but I've learned that when I get to that point, it's best for me to leave it as is. Other things I thought about besides the stitching was to add mist droplets or use a stamp set to add the look of drops, to add more stamped embellishments, or to include one more layer of paper.

My thought about adding one more detail was so that my pages didn't wind up looking too formal or structured because of all of the vertical design. Since it was for a fun trip that we took, I wanted there to be a carefree feel to my pages. But I kept thinking back to my initial inspiration, which was editorial design, and decided to go with my gut and call it complete.

patterned paper - Between Us - One Little Bird
black and white papers - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft, Crate Paper, Felicity Jane, Studio Calico
labels - Studio Calico
font - Special Elite
stamps - Wanderlust and The Story - Feed Your Craft, Memory by LLP for Studio Calico, OLB and IACB for Studio Calico, Christine Herrin
inks - Pale Blush Pink - Simon Says Stamp, Inky Black - Studio Calico
mini flair - Vintage Floral - Feed Your Craft
enamel dots - Bumblebee Sprinkles - Doodlebug
phrase sticker - Small Talk - Tim Holtz


  1. I think it looks perfect just the way it is, and I LOVE that last page!

  2. You are so sweet, thank you, Susan! Haha, felt I needed something and that was the perfect touch. xo


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