Technique Tuesday

Sweet Hogsmeade Layout

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I have another traveler’s notebook layout for you today. I’m guesting at Technique Tuesday for the next few months; I’m focusing on the newly released Sweet as Candy Stamp set & dies and the Candy Jar crafting dies.

To make the spread:

  1. I used a 8.25 inch by 4.25 inch insert (standard size) and cut 2 panels (8 inch by 4 inch) out of cardstock with a fancy script on it.  I painted a faint amount of white acrylic paint over the areas that were going to focus my photos.  The photos always drive my design; I had chosen those first and die cut small polaroid-type frames which I adhered on top of each photo.
  2. I stamped and die cut each of the images from the Sweet as Candy Stamp set & dies onto to Neenah Solar White Class Crest 110 lb cardstock, which I then copic colored and put highlights on with a white gel pen.  I die cut the jar out of vellum and had extra hearts that I had cut out with the Candy Jar crafting dies.  I adhered everything to the page, including cardstock alphas and glitter stars that I had in my stash.
  3. I thought the Candy Jar crafting dies would be perfect for making a shaker clip that would further highlight the spread.  To make the shaker clip, I had to adjust some of the die cuts as shown in the photos:

    I die cut the entire jar out of blue cardstock, white cardstock, blue vellum, acetate and foam; I cut the lower part of the foam piece off as shown in the photos so that the jar would fit with the lid. I also had to make impressions with the die cuts so that I could cut out the outline of the entire jar in white cardstock and acetate. For the bottom part of the jar, I adhered the blue cut cardstock to the acetate piece that spanned the entire bottom of the jar, which was then adhered to a foam piece- this creates a capsule for the shaker that contains all the shaker pieces.  The foam lid was adhered to a white cardstock piece that spanned the entire candy jar (again I ran a piece of cardstock with an embossing pad so that the outline of the candy jar could be impressed on the paper that I could fussy cut by hand.  I adhered the inner vellum piece to the same white cardstock piece.  Now was it was time to fill the shaker, so I die cut lots of hearts out of heavy cardstock that I had on hand and then applied some glitter glue on top for shimmer.  Once dry, I put the shaker pieces in and adhered the jar shut.  To make it into a clip, I impressed and fussy cut 4 more pieces of the entire jar onto the Neenah 110 lb cardstock and fussy cut a notch for the paper clip into 3 pieces.  I glued the 3 pieces with the notch onto the back of the shaker first, then hot glued the clip in and then sealed the entire shaker clip with the final un-notched piece.  This is definitely easier to show in a video, than describe in a blog post, and if there is a lot of interest, I can make a video.

Thank you for stopping by- I hope that you will give the traveler’s notebook method of memory keeping a try!

Technique Tuesday

Technique Tuesday Friendship Layout & Promo

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Hello and welcome!  Today’s post is all about friendship and all the designers chose products from the Friendship Inspiration Stamps category this month.

I made a layout in a Traveler’s Notebook about a trip my daughter and I took last August to visit her BFF in New York City.  We ran around Central Park for a long time and then headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art before taking the LIRR to my mom’s house.  The photos above are taken from right outside the restaurant in Central Park- I just loved the view and wanted to remember it.

To make the layout:

  1. I used a standard size notebook insert (8.25 inch by 4.33 inch).  I always use the photos as the starting point for figuring out what type of layout I’m going to make. I had a bunch printed out from the restaurant view and from inside the museum, so  ultimately, I felt the dragonfly theme fit best with the Central Park photos. Slowly I put an outdoor themed layout together, as I figured it out along the way rather than had a complete vision at the onset.
  2. I had to die cut 2 panels of light blue cardstock with a scalloped panel via partial die cutting since the dies were not made to produce panels of such size.  In partial die-cutting one side is first cut, then one adjusts the die & paper to cut from the other direction.  I wanted tone on tone stamping with the dragonfly from the Inspired Dragonfly stamp set bundle as shown in the photo below.  The color that came closest to the pale blue was actually a pigment ink (rather than a dye ink) from Mama Elephant (winter).  I stamped the dragonfly repeatedly to create a very subtle background. cbk-dragonfly1
  3. I often look to actual photos of nature for inspiration regarding color.  I did look at several photos of dragonflies before deciding to focus on shades of teal. I used vellum, copic colored white cardstock and glitter cardstock to cut several dragonflies before piecing them together with connect glue.
  4. I wanted the lovely sentiments from Inspired Dragonfly stamp set bundle to be very prominent, so I die cut some clouds and stamped the sentiments in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I die cut some grass, some lady bugs from the adorable Build A Dragonfly die set, and adhered the chipboard alphas and sequins to finish off the layout.

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Technique Tuesday

Winter Traveler’s Notebook Layout- Technique Tuesday

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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.

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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?

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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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