Hello Lovelies, today I am sharing the layouts I created as a part of the Clique Kits design team, using the May Riga kit. The Riga kit was filled with so many wonderful pieces from Pinkfresh Studio, and I love them all! I think I probably used up most of the kit and am delighted to share my layouts with you!
Here is a closer look at each layout!
I think curves were the main theme for me this month, because most of my layouts this month incorporated curves in one way or another! To see more on how I created the layout above, check out the Clique Kits blog.
To help me create my curves I have used a really simple tool that is often used in architectural drafting: a flexible ruler. You can purchase one similar to mine here:
For the next layout, above, I invoked curves through the twine that wraps and curves around the layout, pausing to accentuate some of the embellishments and moving your eye around the page!. To see more about how this layout was created, visit here.
My travelers notebook layout was created for the blog hop, and I am completely in love. I cut the doily cut file from a really light card stock and cut it in fourths so I could divide it across the page. I wanted my title to follow the curves of the doily and love the flow around the page!
Last but not least is a pocket page layout I created for my 2013 album. You can see more on that process here.
Have you been enjoying your May kit? I have been diving into June and look forward to sharing more of those with you soon!
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!