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Traveler’s Notebook Favorite Things Edition | Nico the Cat

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:

Larkindesign Traveler%27s Notebook Favorite Things Edition | Nico the Cat

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.

Larkindesign Traveler%27s Notebook Favorite Things Edition | Nico the Cat

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.

Larkindesign Traveler%27s Notebook Favorite Things Edition | Nico the Cat

I also used the tiny dot stamp to add a little color to the background.

Larkindesign Traveler%27s Notebook Favorite Things Edition | Nico the Cat

Thanks for following along today! See you soon!

~Theresa

 

Traveler’s Notebook | Favorite Things Berries & Cream ft. Gossamer Blue Kits!!

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.

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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.

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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!!

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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!

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That is all for today! See you back here again soon!

~Theresa

Traveler’s Notebook | 2017 Gardener’s Notebook Hello Sunshine ft. Gossamer Blue!

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!

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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!

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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!

See you back here again soon!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

Traveler’s Notebook Layout | Favorite Things Summer Edition

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.

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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.

Larkindesign Traveler%27s Notebook Layout | Favorite Things Summer Edition

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!

Larkindesign Traveler%27s Notebook Layout | Favorite Things Summer Edition

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?!

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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!

~Theresa

 

Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

Hi guys! Today I have my digital layout printed out from my 2017 Project Life album week 14, and now we are going to add just a few tiny embellishments and hand written journaling! I adore this part – feeling the textures in my hand and cutting and pasting all the pretty things.

Here is a look at the completed layout! I am so excited about how it turned out!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

I began my process with the date card, simply adding the week number and two printed digital elements. I added the dates using a roller date stamp. All the digital elements are from On A Whimsical Adventure, the alphabet is from Amy Tangerine, and the roller stamp is from Target a few years ago.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

In the beginning of the year, when I was starting my 2017 album, I was thinking that I really wanted to use patterned papers as the backgrounds on my layouts. But using the white background this week is particularly appealing to me! The layout turned out so crisp and clean, uncluttered even though there is a lot going on.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

One of my favorite things about this week’s layout was definitely being able to use photos from Addison that he took on his trip to Washington DC! The two 3×4 photos are his, and the large photo of the whole class is from the school’s Twitter account.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

To continue the uncluttered look, I really kept embellishing to a minimum. Just one tiny element per photo across the layout. I know, I know, we have such a tendency to want to use ALL THE THINGS (!!!!!) but resist that temptation sometimes. You will love the result!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

Another favorite element in this layout is this stunning sunset over our house. The colors in the sky are so pretty, and I definitely repeated those colors in the embellishments as well. Wood embellishments are all from Gossamer Blue, and puffy hearts are Elle’s Studio.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

This was most definitely a fun layout to create, from the process in Photoshop of layering photos plus digital elements, and then adding just the simplest embellishments to the printed layout! So much fun!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

See you back here again soon!

~Theresa