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Showing posts with label Journal. Show all posts

Feb 20, 2017

Five Reasons I am Addicted to Traveler's Notebooks

5 Reasons I'm Obsessed with Traveler's Notebooks

I recently found the world of travelers notebooks and I am addicted.



I certainly don't know all the ins and outs of it yet but here are my top five reasons I'm obsessed with traveler's notebooks:


#1 EASY TO MAKE
 You can make inserts within minutes. By using some simple grid paper or cardstock you can put together a beautiful insert that that will give you ample room to illustrate or journal your artwork. I like to make mine small enough to complete within a a few days. Actually completing an insert makes me happy!!! 

diy traveler's notebooks


#2 AFFORDABLE
Since the materials you need to make inserts are readily available and for cheap, creating inserts is not only super easy it's really cost effective. 

#3 VERSATILE
The possibilities are truly endless. These inserts can be adapted and uses for anything. I've seen people use them for planners, smash pages, scrapbook layouts, art journaling, Bible notes, and even as simple as a grocery list. 

diy traveler's notebooks


#4 SIZE
The sleek and slender size of the inserts are appealing and great for traveling or tucking away in you Bible case. I like to pull mine out at Bible study and make notes, I also carry one in my purse for brain dumping.

diy traveler's notebooks


#5 A GROWING COMMUNITY
Okay, so I know the world of traveler's notebooks isn't new but it's new to me and I feel like ever since finding the world of TNs it it has grown so much. It seems like everyone and every company is taking on the trend right now. And with more people interested the collection of products to try is growing rapidly.

CLICK THE VIDEO TO SEE MY TOP 5 REASONS I'M OBSESSED WITH TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOKS...







Feb 15, 2017

My First Traveler's Notebook Insert used as a FAITH JOURNAL!

faith journaling in a traveler's notebook

My deepest desire is to help inspire you, encourage you, and walk beside you as we learn about Jesus Christ and ultimately spread His love through our daily lives, as well as our creative works. 

Recently I became OBSESSED with all things TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOK!!! Have you jumped on the train yet? Well I'm full steam ahead. I just completed my first insert and I wanted to share it with you all. 

I used my first insert as a companion to my current devotion as a faith journal. For the past six months I have been head deep in a great devotion called Living Life on Purpose by Lisa Ter Keurst. Lisa is the founder and president of Proverbs31.com. If your not familiar with that resource or the book I would really like to encourage you to check out both. Both are extremely amazing and very valuable to my main goal, which is, too become the best Christian woman I can be! 

living life on purpose by lisa terkeurst
So I started by creating my own TN insert. It's super easy and not difficult at all. I saw a few tutorials and tweaked it until I got the thickness, style, and look I wanted. I'll have my own tutorial up soon! Basically I used 6-8 pieces of thick cardstock which I printed a grid on. Some colored cardstock for the cover and then decorated the cover with stuff from my scrapbook stash. I used scarps of paper along with some sheets from a hot buy paper pad I found at Michael's last week. Some tags, ephemera and stickers from The Reset Girl, Martha Stewart, and Me and My Big Ideas.


traverler's notebook faith journal


I started this journal with a few questions in mind taken directly from the book. Some of the fundamental questions of life that TerKeurst speaks on are the following:



#1 WHO AM I? WHAT IS MY FOUNDATION?

traverler's notebook faith journal
traverler's notebook faith journal






I used my most favorite selfie as of recently and started the book with some positive notes to my self. I think it's important that we remember that we are braver than we believe, stronger than we seem, smarter than we think and loved more than we'll ever know. I think it's very important to truly know that Christ sees us like this and we should feel this way about ourselves. WE ARE LOVED!!!

traverler's notebook faith journalI borrowed my foundation from the author as she wrote exactly what I was thinking and feeling. My foundation is simple; I am a daughter of the KING, a dearly loved child, He is my rock and my shelter! I'm committed to living my life for Him! 



#2 WHY DO I EXIST? WHAT IS MY PURPOSE?

traverler's notebook faith journal

traverler's notebook faith journaltraverler's notebook faith journal
traverler's notebook faith journal



Google defines the word "purpose" as this: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. So why do I exist? Why did God make me?
My purpose is simple as well; I was created for others. I am a servant. I am a mother, wife, and friend. I have been given the gifts of creativity and encouragement and I must and will use them to glorify, teach and lead others to God.



#3 WHAT AM I TO DO? WHAT IS MY MISSION?

traverler's notebook faith journal

Taking into consideration my gifts, interest, experiences and personality I am fulfilling my purpose and answering the call of my mission by serving and spending the majority of my time in three main roles; a wife, mother, and creative encourager! I must be a helpmate to my husband. A christ-like example to my children, and an encourager to my friends and the people God brings into my life. This is my mission! 




#4 WHERE AM I TO SERVE? WHAT IS MY MINISTRY?

I have taken some time to pray and think on this and I keep seeing something very vivid in my mind and on my heart. My ministry is right here. My blog. My home. Those are the places that I can speak out, teach, lead, and uplift others. 

traverler's notebook faith journal


#5 When Am I to Do These Things?

traverler's notebook faith journal

traverler's notebook faith journal
 EVERY SINGLE DAY!! I truly believe that my my ministry is here. Right here, right in front of me. My home and my blog!  I know I must manage my time between each role wisely. I must plan, prepare, and work hard to do all the things that the Lord has called me to do.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE A MORE DETAILED WALK-THRU OF MY FIRST COMPLETED TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOK INSERT used as a FAITH JOURNAL CLICK THE VIDEO BELOW...












Jan 26, 2017

December Daily 2016 | Final Walk Thru Part 1

December Daily Album Inside Decorations


I know it's a little late to be showing off Christmas projects but I finally finished my December Daily® album and I wanted to share it for the simple fact that I'm proud of my self for actually completeing it, and because I know there are a lot of people still working on their albums.

I've attempted this project every year for the past three years and this album is the only one that I've completed. I thought for awhile I would go back and complete the other two but in honesty I'm over it and moving on. I'm letting those two be reminders that if I don't stick with this project in real time it will never get done. And that was my best motivation this year, those two half done albums sitting next to my desk. They haunted me every December night when I was too tired to work on my album.

So my first tip if your looking for tips is stick with it. Don't give up and don't get behind (too much) because that will turn into empty pages and lost memories. I have such a bad memory that if I don't get something documented usually within a few days... it's gone. The little quirks, funny sayings, or the feelings in my heart at a particular moment are basically erased. So, for me, to be successful in a project like this is to stay on top of it. Own it. Be the boss. And get it done.

Alrighty, you'll here it is, well the first 9 days anyway. I've also included my video walk-thru at the end of this post. 

Back in November when I was planning and prepping for this project I thought I would use one of my Simple Stories Snap Album that I love dearly but I fell in love with this polka dot album from Felicity Jane.

This album is beautiful as is but I always decorate the inside of the album with something, usually stamps. Usally star stamps. I used the Studio Calico ink, Poppy, with an old star stamp from my stash. I just eyed the pattern as I went. Had a mishap and decided to cover it with this DIYed pocket that holds my Christmas countdown card and my handwritten reason why. 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
Over the month of November and even into December I was collecting new supplies to try out in my album. I shared my extra large December Daily haul on my Youtube channel. When it comes to adding different layers into my projects I try to keep an eye out for things that aren't neccesarily made for scrapbooking but would in fact serve well. I found some cute glassine bags and little fabric pouches in the Target dollar spot. This super cute lumberjack sack is holding all of my extra photos that I want to include. 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
The next page is a 2x2 protector cut down to 8 squares instead of 12. Sometimes I can handle 8 better than 12 and I like to include different sizes of layers. I filled the squares with cute little embellishments from Freckled Fawn and Me and My Big Ideas and some random goodies from my stash. I also threw in a few of the needles from our Christmas tree. Now we'll always have a piece of that tree with us forever. 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
I also like to add different size photos. My favorite this time was 5x7. I used a strip of vellum to add the photo to the rings so it won't shift around. I also like to mix up black and white and color photos. 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
I wanted a heavy photo album but without the thickness so the best way I could acheive that was to make use of templates. As a hybrid scrapbooker templates are one of my go to resources. 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
I had to include a picture of this guy, our very first Elf on the Shelf, Chippy. I also love to include fun embellishments like tags and sequins.

December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
For story 7 I pretty much copied Ali's idea. Love the layers and textures of the tags! I used the same papers to make a coordinating page. And my pocket, it's a DIY as well. I'll have a tutorial on that soon! 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
December Daily Album Inside Decorations

Story 8 was a collection of parties we attended through out the month. Yep, I found that 8 at the Goodwill. Keep your eyes out, ladies! 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
And story 9 was probably my favorite of the whole album. My dear sweet Alifair (4) dressed her self for our homeschool group Christmas party. She wore multiple layers, none that matched, but felt extremely confident and beautiful the entire night. She had so much confidence that she decided to sing in the talent show. I had no idea she was going to do it until she popped on stage. 

December Daily Album Inside Decorations

December Daily Album Inside Decorations
So there you have it! The first 9 days of my 2016 December Daily album. If you  want to see a video of the walk thru click play now.



Feb 11, 2014

Pocket Scarpbooking: My Hybrid Process


As I mentioned a few days ago, here, I have decided to do my 2014 album as a hybrid pocket scrapbook. So far I am in love with the endless possibilities that one finds them self with, having both physical and digital products to chose from. I made the switch with perfect timing. I spent my entire birthday allowance on new products from Becky Higgins and Mambi. It's safe to say I am building my stash up fast. It's so easy to want it all, right?

During my search for some physical product I feel in love with three of the Project Life® core kits. Sunshine, Midnight, and Kiwi. I also picked up a few themed sets, several Pocket Pages® sets, a new album, pocket page multipack, stamps, thickers, ink, washi, and the list goes on and on. I also raided the dollar bin at Target for some organizing baskets and other random cute stuff. I had to come home and rearrange my entire house to fit all of my new goodies in my studio.  I know. I know. Less stuff more happiness! But when it's your birthday and you have money burning a hole in your pocket and a new addiction to feed it's so hard to maintain self-control. But look at the cuteness...I mean just look at it!


I digress. Back on topic. So with all of my new goodies I couldn't wait to do this week's spread. Week 5. My first hybrid spread. It's not that I have never completed a traditional scrapbook page, because I have, I just have never completed a hybrid "pocket" scrapbooking page. OMG! It's so fun.

So first I cleaned up my studio floor so I could spread out around me. I grabbed a white foam board to work on. It's great to work on if you like working on the floor or bed. Plus it's kinda static-ky so your photos and cards are able to stick to it a bit, making it a good work space since things don't shift.

Next, I laid out my chosen photos from the week. I always start with photos. Pick the photos, pick the placement, pick the colors from the photos and so on.


I do start with more photos than I need and then I narrow it down more, so that I'm left with my ture favorites from the week. I save the not so lucky ones for extras just in case I need a photo for a filler or some other reason. Once I have all the photos I'm using I look for the colors that stand out. Pinks, yellows, browns, blacks. I search my kits and cards and pull a good amount of pieces out. I'm visual so it helps to see it all in front of me.


Once I have my photos and major playing pieces I do a mock layout. Just the photos and the cards.


Then the magic happens. Stickers, thickers, washi, and what ever flare I think needs to go on there. ;) I like to start with my title card and work my way from right to left.


 
 

Once I have all my embellishments on the pages I journal. Most of the time I type my journal cards out and print right on the card. However this layout was a little different so I just went with. I HATE MY HANDWRITING. It's the most awful thing ever. I don't care if I have to stencil every tiny letter on there, next time I will not hand-write them. Geesh!




And finally I insert everything into my page protectors. And ta da! Finito! I'm sure my process will change over time as I get more into this whole hybrid thing. I'm still learning all the physical products, the low down on embellishments, and even the journaling. It's much easier for a graphic designer to love the world of digital only, but when I spend the majority of my time at my computer the last thing I want to do is spend more time on there working on my layouts. I really like digging through all the stuff and getting deep into it. It's my quiet time and I love it.

Do you share a similar process? Have any tips and tricks to help me?

psss- My increasing love for all things pocket scrapbooking {PS} is being fueled by my involvement with the new online community THE POCKET SOURCE. I'm working one on one with the owner Leslie to build, create, and design a one of the kind resource for all things PS. A new member based hub that will teach us new things, inspire us to create wonderful keepsakes, and will offer us so many A-MAZING opportunities. I just can't wait until all of you are able to see the magic being made behind the closed doors of THE POCKET SOURCE. Don't forget we are launching on February 14th. Just two days away!  So come share the love. Until then you can follow us on Facebook here for the official countdown.

Happy Crafting and Scrapping!
XOXO :)
~S
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