Hello Lovelies, and Happy July to you! I am so excited to release my July collection called Life In Full Bloom! And, you guys, I am especially thrilled to have created a traveler’s notebook kit as well this month. I have had so many requests for a traveler’s notebook kit and I hope you all enjoy using it!
Inspired by the unique, avant garde art of the Bloomsbury group in the early 1900’s, this collection is the right combination of colorful, fun, and hip! When I was growing up I was heavily inspired by Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant, et al, and have long wished to create some art that invokes their free, uninhibited lifestyle. I have drawn from their color palette but added my own twist so it still coordinates with the Larkindesign collections. My hand drawn elements and patterns make me so happy and I hope they will inspire you to create!
Included in this bundle are (12) 3×4 journal cards, (8) 4×6 journal cards, (10) patterned papers, and (2) sheets of printable elements designed to print and cut. The Traveler’s Notebook includes (10) notebook scaled patterned papers and the (2) sheets of printable elements. I have also designed a really cool set of photo templates for your traveler’s notebook layouts!
All files are sized at 300ppi for best printing. Click on the product below to purchase! For the month of July, receive 20% off your purchase.
The Larkindesign Creative Team has also been working with this collection, so have a look at how they have been using it!
Hi everyone, today I wanted to share with you how I am doing my meal planning in a traveler’s notebook! I have been wanting to do this for a while because I want to accomplish two things: 1. I want to actually cook at home more often and make the decision making process easier; and 2. I want to actually prepare and eat the food we are buying! So take a look at how I have started.
Here is a look at some of the ways I have used this notebook to help with planning. I am using a silver glitter notebook from Webster’s Pages with inserts from Momenta.
I added a very simple library pocket from the Felicity Jane Heidi kit. This is a quick place to store coupons or other little slips of paper that I need throughout the month! The first insert is a calendar that I can keep in the kitchen. The calendar is the place where school schedules are kept, mainly so I can keep track of who to pick up when, and also so I know what days the kids have off. They also have half days here and there too. All of that lands in the calendar insert, and I love this insert because it allows space for a whole year!
This is how our basic meal plan looks each week. First I made a master list of all the meals we like to cook. It turned out to be about 14 meals! So I made these simple spreadsheets for two weeks worth of dinner meals and school meals. We pack lunches for four kids 2-3 days out of the week, and for two kids the rest of the week, and they pack them all themselves. This is a fantastic way to help them accomplish that and we love it. You can see I have made notes for the week shown, as we had to make a few last minute substitutions. That is so easy to do!
For the third insert, I have created our weekly grocery lists. Because I am very interested in actually preparing and eating the food we are buying, now when I prepare the grocery list I only have to look for the items I know are on the meal plan for that week. It has made our grocery trips much more efficient and less exhausting, because in the past we were just buying all the things! It was slightly insane!
Do you meal plan in your traveler’s notebook? This has overnight become my favorite and most useful notebook ever, and it is saving us money too! Link me up to your meal planning, I would love to see!
Hi guys! Today I am sharing a traveler’s notebook spread I created using my Gossamer Blue kits! This layout is in my Favorite Things Notebook and is about my cat Nico.
I am so very sad to hear that Gossamer Blue will no longer be offering their lovely subscriptions and products. I have truly loved being a subscriber over the last few years and the last few kits have been absolutely amazing. I hope to continue using the May, June, July, and August kits up for a while. This is today’s layout:
I am loving this yellow polka dot paper, so it is the starting point for the layout. I cut a square and then cut that in half diagonally. Everything is then layered on top of that.
One of the 3×4 cards had these darling little scallops, so I hand cut those and used those as home bases for my embellishment clusters.
I also used the tiny dot stamp to add a little color to the background.
Hi guys! Today I am joining Lea in the Summer Scrappy Challenge! Lea asked me to send her a challenge and she would complete the challenge as part of this Saturday’s festivities! How fun is that! Be sure to check out her channel and all the awesome challenges at her You Tube channel here: ScrapandPlanwithLea.
Also check out the Crafty Channel Surf Facebook Group, where you can submit your layouts and win some AMAZING prizes!!!!
So my challenge to Lea was to take a scrapbook layout and recreate it as a traveler’s notebook layout, or flip it and take a traveler’s notebook layout and recreate it as a scrapbook layout. Check out my process for both of those layouts here!
I was inspired to take a scrapbook layout, a sketch actually from Paper Issues, and create both! This is the sketch I was inspired by.
So in my video today I am creating a scrapbook layout AND a traveler’s notebook layout for you! I am using Pink Paislee’s Summer Lights collection and it is GORGEOUS! Let’s take a look at the scrapbook layout first.
My photo and story are inspired by our recent trip to the NC mountains over the 4th of July weekend. We hiked to Linville Falls, and right as we were leaving to go back to our car, I turned around and saw this gorgeous view of the summer sun peeking through the foliage over the water. It was an amazing photo, and Pink Paislee’s Summer Lights collection seemed perfect for it.
I began the layout with white Bazzill card stock and quickly added paint splotches and splatters around the page where I knew my elements were going. On top of the paint I added my layers of papers, photos, and embellishments.
For my title I used the word die cut and added the holographic alphabet to say Summer Lights, simply borrowing from the collection name!
What I particularly wanted to accomplish with this challenge was to show us how scrapbook layouts can indeed be recreated into traveler’s notebook layouts, and vice versa. These become quick and easy starting points for really awesome layouts!
My traveler’s notebook layout was inspired by this photo of our lillies that have bloomed so gloriously by our mail box. They always bloom late, not until July, compared to other lillies, but as my journaling says, when they do bloom it is amazing!
I feel like I channeled all things Lea of ScrapandPlanwithLea for both of these layouts – she loves using sketches for her layouts, and she also always creates more than one layout whenever she is working with a specific set of products at any given time! So just like I began my layout with white background + paints, I repeated the same here. I then layered photos, papers, and embellishments on top.
One thing I did different than the sketch here was to add washi tape down the center of my notebook. Sketches are great jumping off points, but it is also totally ok to do something different from your original sketch too!
My title for this layout was much more understated, simply using the Gossamer Blue stamp set to create Hello Summer. So very simple and quick. I used the embellishment cluster at the bottom to add my date, and the layout is complete!
Thanks so much for joining me today on the Summer Scrappy Challenge! Be sure to follow along in the Facebook group and share with us what you create as well! One of the give-aways for this challenge is a place in my upcoming class, beginning July 20, called In My Pocket Memory Keeping. Be sure to check it out!
Hi guys! Yes, today I am sharing another traveler’s notebook layout for you! This one is from my Favorite Things notebook and is all about a new dessert we tried recently. I have used the Gossamer Blue Traveler’s Notebook and Life Pages kits for this layout. Enjoy!
You guys, I am just loving these traveler’s notebooks! There is something so easy and airy about them, they are perfect in the summer time and I can’t stop creating! Here is a look at the layout I am sharing today.
So for Memorial Day I decided we should have a special dessert with dinner, and I had been wanting to try a bundt cake. So that is what we did. I started with this recipe from King Arthur Flour but made a few changes to it. Alan has some egg sensitivites – he can eat a little if they are cooked in a cake, but the original recipe called for SIX eggs so we cut that in half and added Greek yogurt to make up for three eggs. We substituted 1 c. Greek yogurt and also added a tiny bit more milk than the original recipe calls for.
Now, a disclaimer: bundt cakes are not supposed to be sweet, and they are certainly not pound cake, so the flavor will be a bit different than what you might expect. We added strawberries and a really fun whipped topping to make it sweet and delicious for summer. Here is the recipe for the topping. It’s an old family recipe that my grandmother passed down to us!
1 c. heavy whipping cream, beat in stand mixer until peaks form 1 c. sugar or confectioner’s sugar 1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
Stir all together until it’s thick and spreadable and delicious! Serve on top of fruit or any kind of baked goods.
So, back to the layout. The green acrylic ampersand is from one of last year’s Gossamer Blue kits, it was not included in these kits in May. It was perfect for my title work! I used one of the Life Pages journal cards for my journaling here and added one of the tiny enamel butterflies. Those are so adorable!!
On the right side I started with one of the patterned papers and added some stamping around the page. The yellow strip along the edge became the home base for my embellishments, and then this page is done!
That is all for today! See you back here again soon!
Hi guys! Today I am sharing my first layout in my Gardener’s Notebook! I like to document the flowers we plant in our front yard each year and a traveler’s notebook is always the perfect place to do that. Today I am using the Gossamer Blue June TN and Life Pages kits.
Let’s have a look at this fun layout!
You guys, I am loving the Gossamer Blue traveler’s notebook kits each month! The colors are perfect and go with lots of different types of photos, and they are beautiful with my photos in this layout about our yard.
The very first thing I did was fussy cut this flower from the floral patterned paper in the kit. Oh I love it so much and it goes perfect! I loved adding little tiny details from the kit around my photo here, including the stripe tag and the file tab.
I have to freely admit that I am not really a yard-type person. My parents spent lots of time in their yard when I was growing up, and back then I never understood it! But when Alan and I built this house, we did all the landscaping ourselves. We shaped the flower beds ourselves, and planted everything together. So I feel a tremendous connection to this little space of land, and have enjoyed cultivating it a little at a time! Almost every night Alan and I are out there watering and caring for this little blooms of happiness!
The first thing we did this year was clear out the flower beds, put down new straw, and add two new plants at the corner of the house. In order to accommodate them we also had to expand the border a bit. These stones are my favorites – I love taking photos of the rounded shapes they make in the grass! We added a camellia and a tree called a Japanese anise this year. So far they are doing great!
I began my layout today with a wide washi tape in a mint green pattern that came from Staples. I love to add those washis in the center so they can tie the two sides together. Then I layered a patterned paper on the right hand side. Photos + embellishments, and then I also layered the stamps as well. The washi tape stamp and these triangles were lots of fun!
Hi guys! Today I am using a template from On A Whimsical Adventure to create this really awesome traveler’s notebook layout. What?! Use a template for a traveler’s notebook? Yes!
This was such a fun layout to create! In the template I chose to print only certain layers on the vellum, and the rest on card stock for the background. I love re-interpreting digital product into physical product like this!
Hopefully you can see here how the vellum layers beautifully over the background texture. Creating your own vellums using digital templates is a great way to use supplies in a unique way.
To place this layout in the notebook itself, I pried open the staples, lightly punched holes in the center fold, and placed them into the staples that are already in the notebook. You could also sew or washi tape these layers into the notebook as well!
Thank you for joining me today! See you back again soon!
Hi guys! Recently Gossamer Blue began a traveler’s notebook subscription that is designed by one of my favorite designers, France Wisniewski of Bananafishstudio! So of course I had to subscribe and wanted to share with you a layout I created in the May notebook. I plan to use this notebook to document some of my favorite random things this summer, and my first layout is about a crochet wrap I finished up.
So yes, I am aware that it is weird to start a summer notebook with a winter crochet project! I actually think it’s kind of funny in a hilarious sort of way – I always end up finishing crochet projects like scarves and wraps in the summer and then it is months before I can actually use it. Ha! This one took me about two years to finish, and as is typical for me I forgot my stitch so I just had to finish it up somehow. It was definitely big enough, so I just added a really full ruffle around the entire border and called it done.
So enough about crochet, let’s talk about the layout! The first thing I did was put down washi tape on the center across the two pages. The washi is from Crate Paper Oasis and serves to flow the layout from one side to the next. I am in love with the pink plus sign paper so I used it on the left hand side. I added a simple label and dated it, and then added the tiniest little blooms to the top.
On the right hand side I used the star circle stamp going off the page as a home base for the Delightful word art. That word art ties in all the colors of the layout!
Then around the photo I added another floral die cut, the epoxy paper clip which I LOVE, and at the bottom another word strip. I also repeated some of those adorable tiny puffy stickers around the layout as well because how could I not?!
Ah, these notebooks are so much fun and so easy! Also a side note, I used not only the traveler’s notebook kit but also the Life Pages kit from May 2017 on this layout. Thanks for joining me today!
Hi guys! I took about 30 minutes to create a real-time process video working in my Charleston traveler’s notebook. Have a look!
So yeah, we had an adventurous trolley ride that I journaled about on the left hand side, and then a fabulous lunch at a restaurant called 5 Loaves.
I chose to use my Ali Edwards Drive kit and my Freckled Fawn August embellishment kit to jazz my layout a bit.
I loved the colors from the Drive story kit because they tie in perfect with the colors of my Traveler’s Notebook. I wasn’t sure how I would like having different pages with different colors, but I am really loving it in this notebook.
I absolutely love how easy it is to add these small embellishment clusters in different places around the page. And the stamps. These fun stamps are so simple, but add serious pop!
On the right side I included a photo from our lunch. We ate at 5 Loaves and the tables had these really awesome quotes on them. Of course I had to photograph that!
I love grabbing little bits that show the restaurant’s logo, and this little mint wrapper was awesome. It happened to be one of those little chocolate mints wrapped in a candy shell – oh I love those!
That is all for today! Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you very soon!