travellers notebook

Different way of documenting

I have been exploring Travellers Notebooks recently as a different way to document thoughts, things I want to remember or reminisce about and having a “feel good” book of inspiration for when things are tough. I love that I can have different notebooks for different purposes and I can really break out and experiment with techniques or styles I haven’t tried before.  This isn’t the project I was going to share with you today but after a fun filled day with my family (and discovering there was no ink in the printer to print the photos for said project) this is the one you get instead.

This is a spread from my “Change” notebook where I am gathering supportive quotes for helping me to make some life changes.

The best thing about this layout was that I used up some of my sadly neglected Washi Tapes along with some paper strips.

I made the notebook myself and it measures 11 X 21 cm when closed. I’ve also made my own covers that hold 4 notebooks. Gotta love Youtube and the people who share their knowledge and creativity so freely.

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Cucumber Crush Inspiration

This card was inspired by the lovely Cucumber Crush spotty Washi Tape from the Cherry on Top Washi Pack (p 157 138384 $17). with the help of my white chalk Marker I added spots to the yellow butterfly, pink heart and a Rich Razzleberry strip. I grabbed flowers from the Tree Builder punch (p 167 138295 $38) and Boho Blossoms punch (retired but you could use  the Itty Bitty Accents flower) to add some accents and added some staples with my trusty Handheld Stapler ( page 160#139083 $20)

Top Tip: Mix and Match your Sentiments – I took the Happy from the large Happy Birthday stamp and the Day from the Hope your day is Wonderful stamp to make Happy Day!


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Bannerifically Cute

Wow its been a exciting  busy and often unsettling few days since I last posted. My eldest daughter has moved away from home to study and was having trouble adjusting so we have had lots of upset but she is finally getting her groove  although she still would rather be at home. My eldest has passed his learners driver s licence so now I have to teach another of my children to drive (Im very proud of him though) And lastly my youngest and myself are back to work and school after the Christmas holidays! Boy will I be glad to see my first paycheck. And People, that’s just the big stuff!!

However I did make time for a little stamping yesterday and made some thank you note for my ladies orders. I used last weeks Try Stamping on Tuesday Sketch as it was so cute and I’d had an idea popping around my brain all week. I combined it with the colours from the Paper Pals Arts challenge just so I could use some Washi tape from the Epic Day This and That pack

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I didn’t have any rose Red so substituted Primrose Petals instead. To make the banners I laid down two rows of the striped washi tape on some Whisper White card, offsetting the stripes so the white was beside the grey then Centered the Sale A Bration Reward Banner Punch when the point over the join in the two strips of tape. The flowers are from the stamp set Petite Petals and punched out with the coordinating Petite Petals punch. I sponged the edges of the flowers to soften the starkness of the punched edge and add a little more colour.


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Washi Whatsits

Washi Tape is a whole new thing to me (and to Stampin’ Up! so I had to find out  a bit more about it and then have a play with it.

“The whole Washi tape phenomenon started in 2006. A group of artists approached a Japanese masking tape manufacturer – Kamoi Kakoshi – and presented them with a book of art they had created using the company’s industrial masking tapes. The artists requested that Kamoi Kakoshi manufacture colourful masking tapes for artists.” source –

Basically Washi Tape is pretty masking tape! At this stage Stampin’ Up! has two different packs each with 4.6m rolls of 3 different designs. My guess would be there are more planned for release as this is such a useful product  which is also easy on the budget.

Here is the Treat bag I made for each of the attendees at my last Papercrafters Day (next one is July 28th, same Bat Time, same Bat Channel)

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Gotta love that gingham wheel! See the wee Washi Tape flag, so quick to make! And the best thing was the attendees could pop this piece off the bag AND use it on a project of their own.
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Now to the results of my play. I already had some ideas from a demonstration we had at our team training a few weeks ago ( Thanks Ria and Bernie) so I went from there and created these 4 wee 3X3 note cards

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For the front one I used the tape to form a frame around the card. I love how it darkens the colour as the pieces cross in the corners.

For the one on the right I just added a strip of each tape on the card and stamped an image on it using StazOn Jet Black Ink.

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As for the last two they share a secret. On the left I layered the widest and narrowest tapes at a pair of diagonal corners, then used the 3rd pattern to cover a small piece of card which I could punch out a butterfly from. I then punched out a layer for it from Island Indigo. Then I started on the last card creating a herringbone kind of pattern. What now I thought and then it came to me. The leftover negative image of the butterfly! So I trimmed it to shape and added it over the top of the herringbone pattern. Clever Me!