Technique Tuesday

Winter Traveler’s Notebook Layout- Technique Tuesday


Hello to Winter in August!  Today I’m using a stamp set and die from Technique Tuesday’s travel, vacation & recreation section.  I’m using the “Cars on the Road” border die set and the Hello Winter stamp set to create a traveler’s notebook spread detailing an event from last December.


First I stamped all the images in clear embossing powder on two 8 by 4 inch cardstock panels. I then ink blended the distress oxide shaded lilac and tumbled glass on top and wiped with a clear cloth over the stamped images.  Aren’t images adorable?


Here is a close-up for the beautiful images in the stamp set!

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I die cut the car out of red cardstock and the tires & road out of black cardstock. I added some finishing touches to complete the layout: puffed white embossing powder, sequins, wood veneer trees and a woodgrain alpha.

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Trinity Stamps

Traveler’s Notebook Spread

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Today I’m going to talk about doing a little bit of mixed media (just dabbling really), but in a traveler’s sized notebook insert that fits in a Standard Midori.  Often mixed media is done on a canvas or in a mixed media journal/notebook.  My favorite mixed media artist is Vicky Papaioannou, you can find her videos here, her videos are so informative and also relaxing.   I was fortunate to meet her at Creativation and she is so kind in person.  Anyway, I’m not a mixed media artist by any stretch of the imagination, but just someone dabbling in creating things other than cards occasionally.

I used a watercolor notebook from Traveler’s Company (a Japanese company that created the Midori traveler’s notebook), but there is no need for you to use this.  You don’t have to use a notebook at all, just a sheet of watercolor paper or heavy cardstock!

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First I tested several distress oxide inks to get a sense of which colors I wanted to use. Below is a sample I made; I modified it when I actually prepared the notebook spread.

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I stamped several images from the Magical Wizards set on the page and made several masks.  I also made masks from the clouds in the Castle Building Die set.  Using a blender brush, I blended chipped sapphire and faded jeans distress oxide inks as shown, and then sprinkled gold watercolor. Stars drawn with a white gel pen helped fill the scene.

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I die cut more images from the Castle Builder set, copic colored the images, stamped a saying from the Magical Sentiments stamp set and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  Finally I prepared the images of Hedwig the owl and Fawkes the phoenix with copics and a little heat embossing, since I felt the 2 page spread needed a little bit more interest.

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Trinity Stamps

Traveler’s Notebook Layout with Wizard Friends

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I’m up on the Trinity Stamps YouTube channel with a video on how to make this traveler’s notebook insert layout.

First I printed out the Marauder’s Map from a tutorial found here; all the files that you need to make it can be downloaded in a safe zip file.  I used printer paper to print the files needed to make the Marauder’s Map, because I didn’t want to add too much bulk to the insert.  The insert is a standard Midori size (8.25 in by 4.33 in).

The insert itself is made with thick cardstock, patterned paper and vellum.  Don’t be afraid to make an insert with multiple types of paper in it- I think it creates interest and actually sparks creativity.

I hope that you will try to make a layout in a traveler’s notebook insert- the size is perfect for discretely journaling and documenting your trip or any new adventure!

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