Overcoming Indecision – Traveler’s Notebook Process


img_5449Are you a planner?  Not in respect to planning your schedule, but planning your scrapbooking layouts?  I don’t generally plan.  I pull out supplies, choose a photo and just start putting things down on paper.  Sometimes this works great, and other times…..well, not so much.  That is exactly where I found myself on my most recent TN spread.  In fact, you’ll see in my process video that I have to start by covering up some mixed media mishaps.  That’s what I get for not planning!

Here’s the truth, I don’t want to overthink my layouts.  I love my traveler’s notebook because of the simplicity of the project.  I like to dive in quickly and finish quickly.  For me, imperfectly documented photos are far better than ones that will forever live on my phone.  But, my lack of planning caused me to paint myself into several corners for this layout.  Oops!

img_5445I am loving my new Felicity Jane subscription.  I have admired this company from a distance for a while and finally took the plunge and set up a monthly subscription.  I definitely don’t regret it!  I used elements from their most recent kit, “Rebekah”, to create this page.  The jumping off point was the gorgeous cheetah print paper, which so perfectly fits my daughter’s soccer team “The Cheetahs”.  The whole spread is dedicated to celebrating this hardworking group of girls.  I love that I documented the toughness of these 8 & 9 year olds with beautiful girly, soft elements.  Who says girls can’t be both girly AND tough?

img_5452I started by trimming the cheetah paper to cover up a few mixed media mistakes on the left side of the layout.  Unfortunately, I trimmed it a bit short, leaving a gap that needed filling in.  I pulled out some hammered gold washi tape from my stash, and this was the first of many vertical lines that ended up on this project!  I added more strips of cheetah paper, a soft pink coordinating paper, and gold washi to the background across both sides of the layout.

To soften up the spread a bit, I grabbed the “Rebekah” stamp set and a few Distress Oxide Inks (fossilized amber, tattered rose, and weathered wood.  I pulled back the paper a bit and stamp flowers that were spilling over the edge.  Love this look!  I continued to work on softening up the layout by mounting my picture on white tissue paper and adding layered vellum hearts from the kit.  Once all the main elements were on the page, embellishing could begin!

img_5448I will forever be obsessed with the Tim Holtz small talk phrase stickers.  I could use them on every spread…and I almost do!  I added a couple of those phrases as well as a puffy sticker element that said “smile”.  I had some enamel dot stickers in my stash that I chose to add to the right side of the layout to add a bit of texture.  And, lastly, I ended up stamping the word “beautiful” multiple times to fill in a bit of white space that was left over.

img_5446There was a lot of fussing and changing of my mind that happened on this layout.  It took me WAY longer than it should have, but that’s what I get for not making a plan in advance.  Let me know what your scrapping style is?  Are you a planner or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of documenter?

Keep it creative,

-The Scrappy Wife

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Published by Elisa

I'm a mom of 3 who loves all things creative! My current passion is bible journaling, a creative outlet that has really shaped my faith journey. I'm also excited about diving into some memory-keeping projects and dabbling in a bit of art journaling.

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