Even though I am thoroughly enjoying working in my memory planner for documenting our day to day life, I just can’t let go of my traveler’s notebook. It’s size is so easy to work with and is perfect for documenting special stories and thoughts.

In this traveler’s notebook layout, I documented how my kids are handling virtual school. It is definitely tough, and not without some pretty big bumps in the road, but in general I am super proud of how adaptable and resilient they have been. They really are working hard and giving lots of grace to their teachers as they all navigate this tough reality.

My main desire for this layout was to use as many of the different “Marigold” papers as I could. Even though it was a lot of different patterns to combine and work with, I think because it was a smaller layout, it really does work well. To begin, I chose a deep teal floral paper and spread it across the inner part of the double page layout, bringing the two sides together. Then, I matted each of my pictures on additional pattern papers, planning to place them on the left side of the spread. I also chose a beautiful journaling card with mustard yellow florals to anchor the right side of the layout.

As I was choosing elements, the entire layout began to feel a bit boxy. To break up the boxes, I added circular frames that I cut out from a separate sheet of paper. I layered them in different ways, adding stamps from a Felicity Jane stamp set. Once those were nestled in place, I added journaling lines and a few sentences of journaling.

The last touch was adding a few puffy gold embellishments around the page in order to add a bit of texture in dimension…but not too much! The layout is very simple, but still beautiful and definitely tells the story. Traveler’s notebooks will always have a special place in my crafty heart!

Keep it creative,

-The Scrappy Wife

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