Traveler's Notebook :: Real Life


Life isn't always sunshine and lollipops now, is it?! And I don't always take a photo while I'm in the middle of an emotional melt-down either! But I was documenting a Day In The Life anyway so I grabbed this photo while I was having a good old cry. Which was SO therapeutic! 

Anyway, I think its just as important to document "real life" as all those beautiful and fun "instagram-worthy" moments. So I did, using the July Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life kit.



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How to stamp directly on photos

Today I'm sharing all my secrets for successfully stamping on photos! Spoiler alert: its all about the paper, not the stamping!


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Project Life :: Week 24


Maybe trying to knock out another week of Project Life while sick wasn't the greatest idea, but I love how it turned out regardless! The colours in the BETTER TOGETHER kit from Feed Your Craft were SO perfect with this weeks photos. I struggled a bit a couple of times, but overall it came together so easily!


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Finished Traveler's Notebook Walk-through #2

This Traveler's Notebook is even more full than the last one! I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with all these inserts now, but there are definitely no more going in here!

Heres a look-through my second Traveler's notebook, with even more inserts in it than I thought there were...


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Traveler's Notebook :: Crafty Twins Mood Board Challenge #3



Are you ready for the next Crafty Twins Mood Board Challenge? Essie created the mood board for this month and I REALLY had to step out of my comfort zone to work with all those greens!


I have to admit, I cheated a bit and those green greens became more teal greens. But the cooler colours seemed so appropriate for this wintery photo, so thats the direction I went.

The heavy strip at the top seemed to echo the dark heavy feeling the weather has around here lately and I guess all those circles and splatters are equally representative of the weather – theres's snow forecast for today!


Here is the process video of how these pages came together... 
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Please head on over to Essie's YouTube channel and check out the gorgeousness that she created as well. If you do make something inspired by this mood board, PLEASE let me know, I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Project Life :: Week 23


This week I changed tack a little and didn't use any particular colour-scheme, just chose all my favourite things! And I love the results. Especially that stamped coffee card!

Another fun trick to try, is stamp bending! I just used (clean) stamps and stuck them onto the photo in the shape I wanted them, then picked them up with the block and stamped. So. Good.



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Traveler's Notebook :: 4000 subscribers giveaway!


I couldn't let this momentous milestone go by without a special page in my TN and a giveaway to say thank you! Head over to my Youtube channel and enter the draw to win a $30 voucher from Kellie Stamps!


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Project Life :: Week 22


The new Citrus Twist Kits are out and as lovely as ever! In addition to the Pocket Life kit, I also used the new Narrative Stamp on this week's spread. SO many lovely sentiments!

I took advantage of some of the packaging this week and created not only a title card, but a shaker pocket as well – using some of the tiny die cut pieces from the pack.


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Finished Traveler's Notebook Walk-through #1

So it turns out I had more finished TN inserts than I thought! Or at least, mostly finished! I took a look through them all and ended up having to split the video into two so it was SO long.

I keep my TN inserts in a pile on my desk while I'm working on them so once I deem them finished, I store them in my actual Traveler's Notebook covers. So far I've filled two but I'm not sure I want to buy any more so I might need to come up with a better option for storage!

Heres a look-through my first Traveler's notebook, from my very first page ever, to one of my favourite finished projects ever...


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Project Life :: Week 21


I love using a kit of physical products, I really do. But I also love using DIGITAL products as well. SO easy to manipulate and use exactly how you need them.

For this week I used the latest release of digital stamps from Kellie Stamps to create this Project Life spread. And although I did add one stamp directly to my photo, I also used them for hand-stitching, embellishments, background patterns and creating my own cards! Each one coloured and sized perfectly for my spread. And all done in less than 30 minutes! Too easy.


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Traveler's Notebook :: 100% Tired


I think it is really important to make sure you are documenting not just the good days, but also those not-so-great days. Lately I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed with life and the latest release from Kellie Stamps has the perfect set for that, THIS GIRL.


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Project Life :: Week 20


I don't know about you but I NEVER seem to actually kill a kit, there is always quite a lot left over. And those left over kits end up going in a very full drawer with all the others as my shiny new kits arrive each month.

This week, I had no shiny new kit waiting for me so I decided to challenge myself and dive fist first into that drawer, randomly pick out a kit and work with that. And actually, it was a lot of fun! I added some stamps from my stash but pretty easily managed to pull together another week from that kit (which I think is the January Pocket Life kit from Citrus Twist Kits).


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Traveler's Notebook :: You are my people


I didn't really know what I was going to do and I wasn't sure the vague idea I had in my head was going to work but I REALLY wanted to use the alphas in the June Citrus Twist Kits Sprinkles kit to make a bold title in my TN.

Luckily it worked out perfectly and with the addition of a few die-cuts from the Pocket Life kit, my page was all done. So bright and colourful!


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Traveler's Notebook :: Crafty Twins Mood Board Challenge #2


Are you ready for the second Crafty Twins Mood Board Challenge? I created the mood board for this month and, of course, I couldn't go past something a bit rainbow-y.


I was so inspired by this mood board that I ended up with TWO pages from it! The first was inspired by the yellow motivational quote. I scripted a quote on yellow paper, added some colourful photos from my crafty space and topped it all off with some enamel dots. The yellow paper crinkled a bit as I glued it down and I wish it was flatter but hey, that's life isn't it. Bright, bold but sometimes a little bit crinkly round the edges!


My second page was inspired by the repeated words and the art with the pom pom garland hanging from it.


I used the MAKERS GONNA MAKE stamp from Kellie Stamps and did some repeat stamping in blue, with one stamp in pink as a focal point. Then I created a paper garland and "hung" it over my page. I really love how this turned out, it's all jangly and moves about when the pages are turned!


Here is the process video of how these pages came together... 
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Please head on over to Essie's YouTube channel and check out the gorgeousness that she created as well. If you do make something inspired by this mood board, PLEASE let me know, I can't wait to see what you come up wiht!

Project Life :: Week 19


I've been flat out working on secret projects over here but I also didn't want to let a week go by without a Project Life spread. So I did what any good cheater does, I used the brilliance of Brandi Kincaid's latest release to make my job 1000x easier.

I grabbed the Eloise and Laura cards and also the digital Tiny Victories kit and used a little bit of all of it here.


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Traveler's Notebook :: Sunday Funday


Sunday is probably my favourite day of the week so when I saw the FUNDAY WEEK set from Kellie Stamps, I knew I had to document one of our lazy Sundays.

I challenged myself to use nothing but the stamp set and one 6x6 paper pad, and it turns out, it wasn't as hard as I thought. I have SO many of these pads lying around, it might be a great way to start using some of them. Although I do really wish you could get TN sized paper!


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Project Life :: Week 18


Don't you hate it when you run out of e's? I'm forever running out of e's. But I do love it when an alpha is big enough (and not sticky!) for me to use it as a stitching guide. Then I'll never run out of e's!

Couldn't go past this rainbow stripe paper in the June Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life kit (of course), and even though we are heading into the gloom of winter, I love how bright and cheery this week looks.


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Project Life :: Week 17


One way to deal with a lack of photos is an enlargement. One way to deal with a poorly lit and focused photo is to change it to black and white. Here I've combined both! Which allowed me to keep a strong colour scheme of yellow and teal with some little pops of red florals from the June Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life kit.

The colours on those tags didn't suit me so I simply flipped them over and used the back. A bit of stitching adds some detail and texture.


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