Gossamer Blue

Traveler’s Notebook Layout


Hi! It’s Anabelle and I’m here with another Traveler’s Notebook layout for you. I love creating my spreads on this small scale. The pages come together so easily and they are compact, so I can carry my notebook with me and share my little album.

Today’s layout features a photo of my high school girlfriends and me together at the beach this summer. The colors and designs of the Amy Tangerine collection in the October kits was perfect for it.


I started off my cutting two strips of patterned paper for the edges of the pages. I love using a minimal amount of paper so I can have some white space on my layouts. These strips are the perfect way to do this.


Next, I selected my elements. I love using die cuts and tags on these pages. They add great dimension and are the perfect size. The clear die cut made for a great title. I added some puffy stickers for dimension.


I also used die cuts to layer behind and on top of my photo.


Finally, I used the thin washi tape to create journaling lines. At first I used the whole strip, but it was too thick. So, I cut them down the middle and it was just right. I like the uneven look of the lines, no need to worry about cutting them perfectly straight!


I finished off by using the rubber embellishments to make paper clips. I hot glued the 3 flowers together to make the one on the left.


So, that’s it for today. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Handmade Tag Holder


Hey there, welcome to the Gossamer Blue blog today. It’s me, Sandra, and I would like to show you a cute inspiration today – a handmade tag holder. You could also call it a mini album, where tags can be kept savely and also looked at by flipping through the mini album.




 I love to make tags and I thought it would be a great idea to have a nice place to store them. I made the tag holder (or mini album) from one sheet of patterned paper and it holds some of the tags I made with the beautiful October Kits. Let’s have a look inside the album. I’m also sharing photos of the tags I made. 









 I mainly used things from the October Kits and added some ribbons, doilies and yarn from my stash here and there. The October Kits are packed with lovely things, which make it really easy and fun to create a lot of tags :). And with Christmas (and a lot of birthdays) coming soon, it’s great to have some at hand.











I hope you like my inspiration today. Have fun creating!

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Product Inspiration


Sometimes I find the creative process vexing. I often find myself hovering in that strange place between “I don’t know what to make!”  and, “I want to make everything!”

Lately I have been feeling a little taxed creatively and when that happens I look to all my lovely product to help pull me out of my rut. That’s the beauty of a kit. Specifically my Gossamer Blue Kits. A beautiful box of goodness delivered right to my front door…calling to me, telling me to forget about the dishes, or work or reality TV and just make something.

Like most things, I prefer having a process in place. Here’s how I approach creating a layout based on a collection of products:


First, I chose to limit my options to the October Main Scrapbook Kit and some Distress Inks from my stash. I selected a pretty floral paper by Dear Lizzy and matched it to some of my ink colors.

I added a few water sprays and created splatters on a sheet of white cardstock. Using patterned paper as a color guide for your layout is super easy and makes perfect sense.


I added a bit of the watered down ink to the paper itself along with a bit of plain masking tape and some distressing around the edges. I love using small details to customize my patterned paper.


This fun black and white leaf pattern by Amy Tangerine was just dying to be fussy cut…and I ended up adding a bit of the ink to that as well to connect it all together.


I used a stamp from the September Life Pages kit to create a little text block. This is a great way to get the look of book paper simply by repeating a small phrase stamp.

I distressed the paper a little just so it looked a bit more like it was ripped from a book. I ended up layering this piece behind the photo portion of the layout along with other bits and pieces from the October Main kit.


I used a variety of patterned paper from the kit to layer behind the photographs. When using little snippets of paper I don’t really worry too much about whether the papers match my photos. I’m really just going for whatever looks right to my eyes.


I also like to consider using my products in differrent ways. I don’t mind altering and cutting things up to suit my needs. You can really do so much with paper…including typing on top of it and creating a custom journaling block.


Whether it’s the fabulous new October Kit or a kit you still have sitting there waiting for attention, let’s encourage each other to just dive in and allow the product to inspire us. I find that this is one of my favorite ways to escape the creative doldrums that will inevitably creep in from time to time.

Supplies Used: Gossamer Blue October Main Scrapbook kit including papers by Maggie Holmes’ Gather collection, Dear Lizzy’s Saturday and Amy Tangerine’s Oh Happy Life. Tim Holtz Distress Inks from my own stash. Stamps from the September Life Pages kit. Embellishment and Alpha Stickers from the Gather collection by Maggie Holmes via Crate Paper also from the October Main kit. Wood Veneer heart is exclusive to the Gossamer Blue October Main kit.

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