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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 8, 2017

December Daily 2016 | Final Walk Thru Part 2

December Daily Walk Thru Day 2 Title Image

Yay! I'm finally sharing my final pages of my 2016 December Daily. It's been a process that's for sure.

If you missed part one of my December Daily walk thru click here to check that out.


Picking up where we left off... Day 10

December Daily Walk Thru Day 10I painted large wood veneers from an last year's Week in the Life™ kit. The red star paper is from Ali Edwards' December Daily® digital kit, which I had printed at Staples. The brown paper bag holds extra photos from a craft night I hosted. And I used a template for photos from our youth group's Christmas party.

December Daily Walk Thru Day 12Day 12 was a lazy day at home. I used a 2x2 page protector to add some simple photos of our normal lives during December. I used a clear tab, adhere with a glue runner, and added a tiny word from Tim Holtz. 


December Daily Walk Thru Day 13
Day 13 and 14 were days that I didn't have much. We stayed home for the most part and worked on getting the house cleaned for a few get togethers we were hosting. Another 2x2 page protector holds a cut up photo of our decorated home and for day 14, some drawings from the girls. 

December Daily Day 14

Day 15 was our Polar Express Pajama Party! I added a few photos from the day. 

December Daily Day 15

December Daily Day 15

December Daily Day 15

December Daily Day 16
Day 16  we went on a double date with some new friends. Dinner and Christmas shopping! 
December Daily Day 16
December Daily Day 17
 Day 17 was my son's 10th birthday party. I added this picture that was taken in Walmart the day of his party. 

December Daily Day 18


December Daily Day 19

December Daily Day 19Day 18 was the story of wrapping gifts and a photo of some wrapping paper I purchased this year. 
Day 19 was the story of how we went on a play date with some friends. The middle divider is just an extra layer of "fluff" I used another piece of printed paper from Ali's digital kit and stamped some stars onto the back. I like the little pop the blue start gives against the black ones. 

December Daily Day 20
Day 20 was another lazy day at home resting up for Christmas weekend. We spent the day watching movies and vegging out. I didn't watch all 20 of these movies that day but I did watch all 20 during the month, so I thought it would be fun to include them in a template and use it for my day 20 story.

December Daily Day 20

December Daily Day 21
Day 21 I got my hair trimmed and we spent the day at home being silly and having fun. 

December Daily Day 22


Day 22 was a shopping day. I went to Aldi and Target and forgot to take pictures so I borrowed some from Google. And I added a small shopping/to do list on the side in 2x2 pockets.

December Daily Day 23

December Daily December Story Insert


December Daily Gather Shaker PocketDecember Daily Gather Shaker Pocket
Day 23 was the story about how we are gathered for Christmas weekend. I hosted my entire family here for the entire weekend! It was amazing. I used an old chipboard divider from an old Simple Stories album to diy that star divider. I cut the red star with my Silhouette and embossed it with red embossing powder. And I think this "gather" shaker pocket is probably my favorite thing from the entire album. I used a 6x8 page protector cut down, some sequins and confetti glitter from Target dollar spot (I showed that in my December Daily Haul Video) and the acrlyic word "gather" from one of Ali's monthly kits. I absolutely love it!!!

December Daily Day 24 Christmas Eve

December Daily Day 24


Day 24 I hosted two Christmas meals/parties. I put all of those photos in templates with the exception of a few which I enlarged to a 5x7 and added in the middle of the album.

December Daily Day 25

December Daily Day 25
Christmas Day! Another template to display my favorite photos from Christmas morning and a large photo of the beautiful mess. 

December Daily Day 26
Day 26 I included a photo of Lilli jumping on her new trampoline that Santa brought here. Love the fact that she's still in her new pajamas. 

December Daily Day 31

December Daily Day 31
I took a break after the 26, as I was only planning to include up to the 25th. However, I decided to throw these pages in the end. Another template with our photos from New Year's Eve. 

And there you have it folks. December Daily 2016 wrapped up and all done. I hope that you were inspired by my album. If your not already finished I wish you good scrafty vibes as you wrap this project up. And remember grace not perfection. Getting anyting documented is better than nothing. 

If you wanna check out my December Daily 2016 Walk Thru Part 2 on YouTube play the video now...


Are you still working on your December Daily? Or have you finished? Do you blog about it? I would love it if you would leave you links in the comments! Can't wait to check them out. 





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.



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