Hello there! It’s Sian here and today I’m working in my Traveler’s Notebook. Or, maybe I should say that I’m working on one of my Traveler’s Notebooks, because one of the things that I’m enjoying most about the latest Gossamer Blue kit is that fresh notebook every month.
I have a stack of ideas for spreads I’d like to make, but they don’t all necessarily fit together. And that’s just fine: a notebook doesn’t have to be filled all at once, so if I come up with a new subject, I start a new notebook.
My May book has a “fresh distressed” feel, with deliberately rumpled edges and messy stitching; and it has become a diary. But when I opened my June kit, something in my brain said ” 70’s retro” and
As I thought about that idea for a theme, my eyes fell on a stack of my childhood photos I had printed out many years ago, when I first started scrapbooking. I knew very little, then, about editing pictures, or making more clear what had been scanned from old prints. So those pictures have been sitting in a drawer ever since: not really nice enough to use on layouts, but still far too charming to throw away. I had a lightbulb moment!
A notebook is a very freeing way to scrapbook. I’ve found working in one it has encouraged me to chop up photos, tear paper and use tiny scraps; so I knew I’d be able to cut into and use the best parts of my old pictures and that with retro style embellishments I could play up the faded ’70’s charm of the poor prints. So I made the swimsuit page and then…
I found that I had words but no pictures for my next memory: with a TN that’s more than good enough, though, so I pulled seaside pieces from this month’s Planner Kit for another spread. That quote?
I took it from a card in the kit. I have my eye on that card for another project, so I used the words here : double the usage!
For my third spread
I turned back to my old pictures. You can probably see here why I thought ’70’s, with that plant pot and the cork button and the woodgrain and that lovely bright green.
That’s me in the brown sandals . I loved that dress. I had a hard time giving it up and handing it over to my little sister when it finally got too small. But that’s another story!
Now, I wonder what will be in next month’s kit? Anything to add to my ’70’s collection? We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime I hope that I’ve encouraged you to think about a plan for a new notebook. If you have an idea, why not post it in our FB group. I’d love to hear.