Sometimes, even the most complicated-looking spreads are actually pretty simple to put together. That was the case with my latest traveler’s notebook spread. The first goal was to document a sweet picture of my kiddos at our church’s children’s concert. All the kids were able to dress like super heroes, and it was a fantastic way to kick off the summer. The second goal was to use as many different papers from a bright Amy Tangerine 6×6 pad as I could. Check out the video below:
To start my bright page, I grabbed my favorite set of metallic watercolors by Prima. Not exactly a watercolor technique, but I used a water brush to plop color across the page, working in a loose rainbow pattern. I finished off the watercoloring with black splatters. This tied the black and white picture into the rest of the page, and my background was complete!
Sometimes mixing bright, bold patterned papers can be tricky. The concept behind this page was to use small sections of the bold patterns. I feel like the more patterns I used, the less any one pattern stood out. Truthfully, I am not sure if a true art teacher would agree with my assessment, but to my eyes, it worked! The more pattern on the page, the less pattern jumps off the page…makes sense, right? I used a 1-inch circle punch to cut circles and then cut those in half to work with semi-circles. I layered the semi-circles in kind of a flower pattern around the circular picture. Then, I carried the same semi-circle motif to the other three corners of the paper. Doing this helped your eye move around the page, and formed a frame for the whole layout!
I used two different stamp sets to finish off my page. The first is a newer alpha stamp from Illustrated Faith. Using the smallest acrylic block that I have, I carefully added the title “Super Summer” to the right side of the spread. I curved it around the scallops that were formed from the semi-circle. Then I grabbed a brand-new-to-me stamp set from Pink and Main and added a couple of adorable cameras and phrases.
This page was so simple to put together, but the bright colors and small details really set it apart from other pages in my TN. Perfect for capturing the essence of summer! Are you still documenting summer pictures? Are you focused on bright colors or already gearing up for fall crafting? Let me know in the comments below!
Keep it creative,
-The Scrappy Wife
- Traveler’s Notebook from BTW4G
- Prima Metallic watercolors
- Arteza waterbrush
- Amy Tangerine 6×6 paper pad
- 1 inch circle punch
- Alpha stamps from Illustrated Faith
- Camera stamps from Pink and Main
- Versafine Onyx Black Ink
- Acrylic block for stamping
- Tombow liquid adhesive