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!!!! 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.
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.
I layered my photo collage on top of the patterned paper and then added embellishments and stamps around the photo.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the right hand side just a layer of patterned paper, another little corner of the paper fan, and a puffy sticker!
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!
Hi guys and Happy Friday! Today I work on my Traveler’s Notebook and am continuing to document our recent trip to Charleston, SC. Have a look at today’s process video:
When I left off last week I was undecided about whether this page was done. So I did end up adding just a tiny bit at the top.
At the top of the layout I added a small stamped banner and just a few enamel dots from Freckled Fawn.
At the bottom just a rubber circle embellishment from Pinkfresh Studio and another few enamel dots.
The next page begins the next day of our trip, and on that day we started out at the Charleston Visitor Center to grab some maps and ephemera and then hop on the trolley.
I added a flip page using one of the journaling cards from Gossamer Blue. This is the back side.
I wanted to be sure to note the days in this book, because that seems to be a charming thing about traveler’s notebooks that I love. I used Kerri Bradford’s Ashland alphabet and number stamps, along with a half yellow label and a banner.
At the bottom of this photo I added another stamp from Gossamer Blue. This may be too much, but then again it is my notebook to do what I like and so be open when you do what you like. Be open that it might not be a “correct” design decision, and that really is ok.
I included my journaling on the insert card here.
I think for me part of keeping the design of this notebook simple is to keep journaling in one space on the layout. I love notebooks that have journaling all around the page, by the way. But in this one I committed to keeping the journaling contained. Washi tapes and a few stamps add just the tiny bit of embellishment.
On the back side I added a photo of Broad Street.
This photo only has one embellishment: word art from Ali Edwards’ Passport Pinterest promotion. By the way, she has added that collection to her shop so it is now available for purchase!
On the facing page I added a portion of our map and then layered our photo on top.
The map makes the background slightly busy, so I only added one tiny circle embellishment from Pinkfresh Studios.
Lots more to come in this notebook, but first let’s have a weekend off and then I will see you back here on Monday for art journaling!
Hi guys! Ok, so are you ready to dive into some Traveler’s Notebook scrappy goodness?! Grab a cuppa something because this post is going to be good. Have a look at the beginnings of my Charleston insert:
So yeah, I am so stinkin’ excited about how this project is moving forward! Let me show you the layouts I have completed so far.
My first entry is a photo of a palm tree I took somewhere on Broad Street, with simple washi from Target and a stamp. The word art on the photo is from Ali Edwards Summer Passport freebies she offered on Pinterest several weeks ago!
You probably saw this already, where I printed out this little 3×4 card from Pinterest and then added the dates using my stamp sets from One Little Bird and Kerry Bradford. The washi tape is Scotch brand, and the word strip that is stamped on the card itself is from Gossamer Blue.
For the second layout I decided to use this photo of my and my husband that actually has nothing to do with Charleston, but oh I love the photo so much. So in it goes!
I had already done this side while we were in Charleston. I had received a paper fan from the Gibbes Museum, so I cut it into pieces and used part of it here. Then I wrote my journaling around the semi-circle.
This photo of us was taken on a date night several days before we left, but I think it totally can go right here. This is a story of us, a story of a rare honeymoon trip for just us.
We took this photo with my iPhone in our driveway. Let me encourage you to take a few minutes sometimes to capture these shots. We set the camera on the hood of the car and set the timer. Because the hood was a little slanted, the photo is also slanted, but a little edit can fix that quickly.
On this layout the washi tape is from Paper Source, the rubber banner and enamel dots are from Pinkfresh Studios, and the stamps are from Ali Edwards Believe stamp set.
The third layout finds us driving into the city of Charleston the night we arrived. I am in love with the Ravenel Bridge and enjoyed capturing it at several different times of the day. I love that it is an iconic part of Charleston – you always know you are almost there by its presence.
This transparent washi tape is from Hobby Lobby, and the stamps are both Gossamer Blue and Ali Edwards.
There actually is a tiny oopsie at the top where the happy place banner stuck down wacky. So I added the Adventure Awaits sticker on top, added a stamped heart, and kept on going.
This is the front and back of a small brochure we picked up at the Charleston visitor center downtown. I grabbed two. I love that someone else did the photography here, and I love the instant links listed here. We used these links quite a bit to get around, and now they are included here for later!
For the next layout, I had already added the coaster and my journaling. So I added just a few stamps and the rubber banner from PinkFresh Studios.
On the facing page I included a photo collage from our dinner at Kickin’ Chicken. I created the collage in the PicStitch collage, and they are edited in A Color Story.
This entire layout just makes me happy. We had such a fun time that night, driving into the city and seeing where we landed for dinner. It was late, and they literally rolled up the city sidewalks behind us as we left.
I may not be completely done with this layout, but here is where I stopped working for the day. I took this photo outside of the Williams Sonoma on King Street because I love the tile patterns. So much visual inspiration in this city, sometimes in the most unexpected places.
I experimented again with some of Ali Edwards’ word art that was part of her Pinterest promotion but I’m not sure it really worked against the tile floor. Oh well, some washi tape and a chipboard sticker from PinkFresh, and I kept on going!
For my journaling I added some of the sticky notes from the Fancy Pants Attwell collection. The sticky notes themselves feel a bit clunky to me because the borders are rather large, so I cut them down and then cut it in half.
I played some more with Ali Edwards’ word art from Pinterest here, adjusting the perspective so it looks like the words are leading us onto the bridge. I am so loving this style of scrapbooking, of being able to put as many photos as I want and not worry about if it’s too many or where should they go on the page! Have you tried these? Share with me if you have because I would love to see. Also, be sure to check out my Pinterest board for Traveler’s Notebooks – it has about 550 pins for inspiration and you can find other really cool people who are doing this as well!
Hi guys! So we just got back from our vacation (also known as my inspo vaca, inspiration vacation – hey that rhymes!!!) and I am really just getting back in the swing of things. Today’s post is only a video, no photos, just to update how things went on our trip with my Traveler’s Notebook. Have a peek!
Ok so hopefully that was a fun little teaser for you on what you will be seeing in the near future from this trip. Next Friday I plan to show you some of my process for completing the insert, and also stay tuned to see some of the ephemera being used in a new art journal! I came back with so much inspiration and so many ideas in my brain. Now to get to work on them…..Have a wonderful weekend!
Hi guys! I thought I would show you another layout I created in my Gardener’s Notebook today! I am creating this notebook to keep track of plants that I have worked with in our yard, some successful and some not. Here is my process video for today’s layout:
The traveler’s notebook I am using is one that came in my Webster’s Pages Color Crush notebook. This is what my cover looks like:
Here is the layout I created today:
This shows the flower tag turned:
My formula in this notebook is simple: one photo layered on top of gelatos and embellished with items from my Gossamer Blue kit on the right hand side. On the left hand side patterned paper to reinforce the paper from the layout before, and embellishments on top. Also the tags from the flower shop are adhered into the center of each layout to help me remember what they were.
A fun way to use up some word stickers is to create a border around your layout with them, and this works especially well on a solid color paper here. The banner and the tag add visual interest to the page, and the stamps are a fun addition!
Washi tape became an easy grounding for the journaling on this side, and the Hello Awesome might have just been a little scrapbooking serendipity.
I struggled a bit with adhering this little wooden hello to the page, and in the end it is both stapled and glued. The little puffy heart from Pink Paislee covers a little boo and adds a fun embellishment layer. All the good things here! Happy Friday to you! See you soon!
Hi guys! Back again today with my Gardener’s Notebook, to show you two more layouts that I have created. Take a look!
Ok so let’s dive right in! On Tuesday I showed you my cover and the inside layout, and today I will show you the first two full layouts in the notebook.
On the left hand side I adhered a sheet of patterned paper, this floral from Simple Stories, to add stability to the page. The front side of this page has gelatos and water, so it had buckled a bit. The floral paper makes a great background for the strips of washi tape and the banner.
I had saved the tags from the plants we had bought, so I included those in each layout. They are taped into the notebook using washi tape.
On the right side I again created two fields of color using my Gelatos, as a home for the photo and embellishments. These flowers were definitely a success for us!
That is my entry today! Have a great weekend and I will return full speed on Monday with an art journaling layout. See you then!
Hi guys! Here’s hoping you had a refreshing long weekend and are ready to get some creative stuff done! I am on vacation this week but promised to bring you two videos from my Traveler’s Notebook, so have a look!
So if you were able to watch on Friday, you learned that I have just begun my scrapbooking journey with Traveler’s Notebooks! So to get my feet wet I though I would start with the insert that came in my Webster’s Pages Color Crush Notebook.
I gathered the products that were in my May Gossamer Blue kits and dove right in. First up was to embellish the cover somehow, so I chose some Gelatos and the flowers from My Mind’s Eye Hello Gorgeous! I also stapled two of the word strips from Simple Stories on top.
So the first set of pictures I want to work with in my Gardener’s Notebook are from 2015, which is the first year I really did anything in our flower beds since creating them in 2014. Our house was built in 2014 and we participated in Sweat Equity, which is a program designed to allow home owners to do some of the work in the construction of their home. For us, that meant doing all the painting and landscaping. So we got to decide where our flower beds and the tree in the front yard would be. In 2015 I began adding some blooming flowers and some perennials to fill in. My first photo in the notebook needed to be of the house itself.
I began with a little bit of color using my Gelatos, and then layered photo + embellishments on top.
My hope is to include both 2015 and 2016 in this notebook, so I added a tab to identify 2015 in this portion. The book is starting to get thick, so I may only be able to include 2015 in this one (!) and if that is the case then I will just add a similar tab to each one that I create over the years.
My goal is for these notebooks to become a reference tool of sorts, to help me remember which flowers I have tried and have had success with. I’ve never been a gardener before so I admit I don’t know what I am doing, but I love doing this and I am excited about documenting this journey in these books!
Ok, I will see you back here on Thursday for more in this notebook!
Hi you guys and welcome to my newest adventure in scrapbook-land, my Traveler’s Notebook!!!!! I had a bit of an A-HA moment about a month ago and realized how cool these notebooks are. Have a look at my first process video and how I decided to set up my notebook for the month of July:
That was a long video, I know, but my hope is that it was filled with information and ideas and some other resources as you go about your own creative process! I have just a few photos to show you. I decided to begin a traveler’s notebook when I was researching ways to document our upcoming trip to Charleston. Well, sometimes research leads you somewhere and you never are really the same. That is how I feel about my traveler’s notebook. My world has been forever changed and how I journal and how I document my life just got interesting!
I chose to order the Webster’s Pages Color Crush notebook, and I ordered three inserts from Yellow Paper House to go inside. I have added a tassel from Dear Lizzy and a copper medallion from Tim Holtz to the little tag that came with the notebook. Each tag says a different thing, and mine says Planner Girl.
This is what my notebook looks like when it is opened. I have a few shaped paper clips, my journaling strips from Ali Edwards Believe Story Kit, and two of the sticky notes from Fancy Pants Attwell collection. You can see my inserts which have now been covered with papers from my Gossamer Blue June kits, namely Pinkfresh Studio and Simple Stories. The washi tape and black summer clip are from Freckled Fawn’s June planner kit.
My first insert is my planner insert, and it is a Daily planner from Yellow Paper House. This is what it looks like when you open it. The stamps are from Gossamer Blue and Kerri Bradford. The washi tapes are from Hobby Lobby.
The daily planner insert has a month view calendar in it, but I needed a little more space so I created my own and adhered it on top of the existing calendar. Nothing fancy, just a simple Excel spreadsheet formatted to fit across the two fold-outs.
This calendar is mostly used to help me plan my blog posts and videos, so I can keep up with what I plan to publish and what has been accomplished on each release.
I don’t intend to show you each page, because that could be rather tedious (!) but these are a few that I created.
My goal was to add a few washi tapes and some watercolors just to add a little color and visual interest.
Throughout the month I will be adding my daily task lists and some journaling as well to complete the pages.
My plan each month is to show you a set-up post like today, and then come back once the month is finished to show you how it ended up.
As I mentioned in my video today, we are going to be gone on vacation next week in Charleston, SC! So my normal videos will not be released, however I will be showing you some process videos from my Gardener’s Notebook on Tuesday and Thursday! Then I will be back the following week with a full production schedule. I hope you all have a great weekend!
Hi guys, my layout today is continuing in my 2014 Project Life where I am documenting our house being built. This project is moving along so well and I am so happy to share it with you! Have a look at my process video:
Last week I had started this layout, with an insert, and so I split it into two weeks. Here is this side of the layout with just photos and journaling cards.
And here is this side completed:
This is the entire layout completed here, minus the insert.
I am still working with my Allison Kreft products that I began on the other side. I am also continuing to use the circle dates from Paislee Press.
This week saw two main events: my husband’s father passed away so he was called to Florida for his memorial service. While he was gone I visited the jobsite and was pleasantly surprised to find a structure in place!
While Alan’s father’s death was a significant event, I did not write much about it just to keep it private and sacred to Alan. It was significant, however, because when I found the structure had been built, I was excited and of course texted him the great news + pictures. It was a definite bright spot in the week!
And then, two days later, when Alan got back home, the second floor was up! Just like that!
I journaled a little about this on the layout too, that we still couldn’t go inside because it looked like pick-up-sticks inside! I really used minimal embellishments on this page, and love the way it keeps focus on the photos.
Now that I look back on the layout, I might not leave both journaling cards side by side. The left one actually belongs with the insert itself, so visually it should be closer to that side. I will have to think on that.
So that is all for today’s layout. I have another Project Life layout to show you tomorrow, so I will see you then!