Hello, everyone, and welcome to the new Traveler’s Journal feature coming to you each month. I am so excited to be able to share with you some inspiration for creating your own Traveler’s Journal along with new products that are sure to encourage and inspire your journals.
I am also excited that I will have contributors for the Traveler’s Journal feature. Don’t miss Stephanie Gold’s beautiful journal featured after mine on this post.
If you aren’t familiar with Traveler’s Journals, let me share a little bit about that: I was inspired by the journaling trend that has been going on in the scrapbooking world. It’s taking a notebook that you might have just normally written with some journaling, notes, etc. and making it into a sort of mini scrapbook. These little books can be as simple as a place to make to do lists or take notes to as complex as a full on scrapbook or art journal. It is popular to bundle up several journals into one book with a cover piece that allows you to add a bunch of little books together and then swap them out if you want, depending on how you want to use the books.
I took this idea and created a collection of products that allow you to create your own journals with the paper crafting supplies that you may already have as well as with some new patterned papers, stamps, dies, and more. The Traveler’s Journal: Adventure products made their debut last summer and it seems that many people are loving this idea as much as I do.
So this month I am sharing some ideas with you about setting up your journal. Whether you want to set up your journal before you use it, or like to gather all of your materials and put your book together all at once. I have a new stamp set debuting this month that is perfect for this called Traveler’s Journal: Dates (available on March 15) and you are going to see lots of peeks of that set in the project that I am sharing today.
First of all I have put together a little video that shows a flip through of the journal that I created to share with you today. This journal includes pictures and journaling from the month of February of this year.
First of all I gathered everything that I was thinking about including in my journal. I printed pictures and went through my calendar from that month to look at the things that we did during the month. Post-its are your friend when you are getting a journal organized. You can stick them right to the page that you are using the information on and move them around easily if you need to.
I also stamped a calendar to use at the beginning of my journal. The number circles are from the new Traveler’s Journal: Dates set.
I am using the Traveler’s Journal Page Blanks to put the journal together.
Once I had my items collected and organized, I started setting up my journal with the stamping that I wanted to add into it. I didn’t write something for every single day, as you will see. I used the day of the week circle images from the new Traveler’s Journal: Dates set to label when my journaling was from.
I don’t assemble my journal before adding items to it, you certainly can though.
I really like to use my old typewriter to do my journaling. I just put the actual journal page right into my typewriter and go for it.
You can hand write journaling, print it out from a computer, and even stamp it out with alphabet letter stamps.
Here is the cover. My plan is to create a bunch of little journals throughout the year and collect them together. They will be so fun to page through later on!
(click any picture to see it larger)
Opening the journal to the first page, I added an envelope to stick some extras into like ticket stubs, notes, or pictures.
The next spread features the month calendar card and a favorite photo from the month. When I laid out the pictures that I chose for the month, I noticed a lot of purple and so stamped up some coordinating patterned papers to use on my layouts. There’s a polka dot paper made with Amethyst Allure cardstock stamped with Dark Indigo and a plaid paper made with Lilac Grace cardstock and stamped with Amethyst Allure, Dark Indigo, and Fresh Snow ink.
The next page is the first week of February, I added a picture from the week and then added some journaling for several of the days.
For the second week of February, I just added a photo and did some journaling about it and didn’t worry about lots of details from the week.
Here’s the third week of February. I love how using the week day circles from the Traveler’s Journal: Dates set throughout the book keeps everything looking all pulled together!
Here’s the fourth week. Did you notice how I really kept going back to the same general layout? That makes putting things together so much faster since you aren’t reinventing the wheel for each spread.
And here is the last few days of February. Just a little journaling and I repeated the heart embellishment that I did on the inside front cover on the inside back cover.
With a little planning a project like this comes together quickly and easily. And the Traveler’s Journal collection can literally be used to journal and/or document anything you want.
STAMPS: Traveler’s Journal: Dates, Monthly Moments: Year Round Mini, Polka Dot Basics III, Background Basics: Super Stripes
INK: Smokey Shadow, Fresh Snow, Amethyst Allure, Dark Indigo
CARDSTOCK: white, kraft, Amethyst Allure, Lilac Grace, Traveler’s Journal Page Blanks
OTHER: Traveler’s Journal: Envelope die, XOXO die, Keep it Simple Frames die, Rustic Jute button twine, washi tape
I so excited that Stephanie Gold will be joining me to contribute some amazing Traveler’s Journal inspiration:
“I am a huge fan of Travelers Journals despite the fact that I don’t get to travel as often as I would like! I use them for many things and today I am very excited to show you one way I love to utilize their small, customizable formats. :)”
STAMPS: Travelers Journal – Dates, Polka Dot Basics
DIES: Monthly Moments: Journal Card 6, Delicate Details
INK: Hawaiian Shores, Smokey Shadow, Black
CARDSTOCK: Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, Limeade Ice, Berry Sorbet
KITS: Travelers Journal Kit, Don’t Forget To Write Kit
OTHER: Natural and White Twine, Black Polka Dot Washi Tape, Tassel, Vellum Bag
Click over to Stephanie’s blog to see more of her beautiful Traveler’s Journal and learn how she customized and set it up for how she wanted to use it.
Thank you so much for joining me today and I look forward to sharing more Traveler’s Journal inspiration with you next month!
We will have two additional bloggers joining the Traveler’s Journal Team throughout the year to show you even more you can do with this versatile collection. Amy Sheffer and new face Andi Schalow both have unique styles and are passionate about this type of paper crafting. We are excited to have them on board for this and know you will look forward to seeing what they have t offer each month!
Heather and Stephanie have shared some amazing inspiration today using the Traveler’s Journal products! Now it’s your turn! Your challenge is to incorporate a photo into a project. You can create a personalized birthday card, a special keepsake for an upcoming graduate, a greeting for a friend that shares a special photo of the two of you together, or maybe a Traveler’s Journal page of your own, scrapbook layout, altered home decor or anything else you dream up! Keep it as simple or in depth as you like!
1. Create a new project that incorporates at least one photograph! This can be a card, layout, journal, altered home decor, etc…
2. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product.
3. Upload a photo of your project to your blog, Instagram, online gallery or any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).
4. Add the direct link to your project on our InLinkz list below.
5. ONLY ONE PROJECT ENTRY PER PERSON PLEASE!
6. And/or you can leave a comment here to be eligible to win. Do you currently own any of the Traveler’s Journal products? If not, does this type of “small scale” journaling/scrapbooking/memory keeping appeal to you? What types of things would you document with your next Traveler’s Journal? (Just click the small “comments” link beside the date in the footer of this post. If you are reading this as an email subscription, be sure to click through to the actual blog to leave an eligible comment)
7. You have until 7am ET, Wednesday, March 15th to add your project link or comment and qualify for the contest.
8. TEN randomly selected winners (five comments and five projects) will be announced on our March Release Winners page no later than 9pm ET, March 15th.
TEN randomly selected winners will each receive an $25 Papertrey gift certificate to spend however they choose! Thank you for joining us today and best of luck with the contest!