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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 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.

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

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?!

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

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

 

TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Hi there, today I am continuing through my 2014 Project Life album and thought I would document some of the furniture projects we took on during our move. Here is my process for this week’s layout:

This is the layout completed:

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

On the left hand side I began with photos from our first dinner in the new house, supported by the Life Pages cards in the Gossamer Blue September 2016 kit.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

I always like to begin with my date card, and this one was particularly easy to pull together. The background paper is from Paige Evans’ Take Me Away and layers beautifully with the navy from the Life Pages kit. I brought in alphabets from Crate Paper and used navy ink for the stamped sentiments. Lovely.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Above the date card are these two 3×4 cards, with very minimal embellishments.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

I love this photo capturing our first dinner in the new home. Having our new kitchen was a really big deal for us – feeding six people every day is a big undertaking that consumes a large part of our days so it was important for me to build a kitchen that worked well for us. We were thrilled to move in and begin adjusting to our new space!

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

I am particularly fond of how this journaling card turned out. Journaling on lines created with my Becky Higgins roller stamp, a few paint splatters, and fun embellishments.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

This is one of the furniture projects we took upon ourselves, it is our TV cabinet that is in our bedroom. The cabinet is one we had already painted using Annie Sloan chalk paints.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Our kitchen, starting to look lived in but still not complete. At this stage we were still trying to plan how we wanted to build out a kitchen island. I absolutely love the combination of cardstock and chipboard stickers that are included in the Life Pages kits – they layer beautifully together.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

One more look at the left side:

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

And here is a look at the right hand side. We spent a lot of time planning and designing our kitchen island and ended up doing an IKEA hack. This is a Liathorp cabinet with Varde top and stock furniture legs from Lowe’s hardware.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

I am so very lucky – I happen to have a husband who listens to all my crazy, creative ideas and then finds ways to make them happen. I am the creative one who says this is what I want, but he is the actual brains and mechanism behind making it happen. We both love doing projects together and had so much fun making our home together!

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Yes, this filler card actually says Okey Dokey Artichokey, and it cracks me up!

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Everything about this journaling card makes me happy. More paint splatters, journaling lines, and stickers and stamps. And stars. Everyone needs stars in their life.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Here is our kitchen island almost finished. The legs still have to be painted, but it is up and functional and we love how it turned out. I love this space so much.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

More simple 3×4 pockets here. Nothing fussy or overthought, just what I like.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Last card, and it is sort of the title card. I am in love with this floral – can we please have more of this, Gossamer Blue?!

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Here is one more peek at the right side for you:

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Thanks for following along on my layout today! See you soon!

~Theresa

Traveler’s Notebook Charleston Edition: Visiting the Gibbes Museum of Art

Hi guys!!!! Remember my traveler’s notebook? Yeah, I remember it too and I am still committed to completing it, so today I have two layouts to show you! Have a look at my process here:

 

So in these layouts I wanted to be sure to document our experience going to visit the Gibbes Museum of Art. It was important to me on this trip to participate in the Charleston art community and to gather visual inspiration for my creative spirit.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

I pulled out my July Gossamer Blue kits, namely the Main scrapbooking kit and the Life Pages kit. I wanted to use the Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness products and Fancy Pants Life is Beautiful for these bright and happy photos.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

I layered my photo collage on top of the patterned paper and then added embellishments and stamps around the photo.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

This side of the layout was mostly completed while we were on our trip. I had already done the journaling and added some of the ephemera, so all was left to do was to add a stamped sentiment and the clouds.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

Turning the page and we are at the museum itself. Again I created photo collages and used those as the base for the page design.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

I layered the left hand side on top of a kraft bag so I could include some of the paper ephemera we got at the museum.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

Inside the museum was this fun little architectural alcove with the bench and really pretty windows, so my husband and I took a few photos of each other on that bench. That was a lot of fun!

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

The ephemera in this kit are so much fun to work with. I tried not to overthink things, just use the ones I like and that make me happy.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

I already had used a piece of this paper fan they gave us at the door, and here again I added a piece of it as the base for my journaling. On this side I only added a simple chipboard piece and the washi tape to hold it in place.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

Turn the paper fan and you will find my photo collage from various elements of the museum displays themselves. Always check the museum’s photography policy before you go: in the case of Gibbes, they encourage photography and even had a hashtag you are welcome to use! Many museums forbid photography, however, so be aware of that.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

I really tried to keep this layout simple because I wanted the emphasis to be on the photo collage itself. On the back of the paper fan I wrote my journaling, which is written on one of the journaling cards from the Life Pages kit.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Edition Visiting the Gibbes Museum of Art

On the right hand side just a layer of patterned paper, another little corner of the paper fan, and a puffy sticker!

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Edition Visiting the Gibbes Museum of Art

Ok, I hope you really liked these two layouts! They were a ton of fun to make and I totally need to keep going on this so I can get it done. See you on Monday!

~Theresa