Hey everyone! This girl is finally on vacation and getting to catch up with so many things around the house that I have been wanting to do (like paint my bathroom) and catch up on some scrappy endeavours as well.
For Canada’s 150th birthday, me and my crew took a weekend getaway to Kingston, Ontario. We had a blast in Canada’s first capital city and I left wondering why I had never really gone before? Great weather, great food and lots of fun things to do. So I wanted to put this all into a mini album, so I decided to document this trip in a Traveller’s note book fashion. This is the first part of the share for this album.
To prepare for this album, I didn’t use any one particular manufacturer but stuck mostly to a colour theme: red, white, grey, black and aqua. I rummaged through my project life style cards which were the basis of most of the pages for cards matching the sentiments (travel, Canada Day, food) or colours. Most of those used in this album are from Gossamer Blue or Studio Calico. I then pulled ephemera with the same colours and themes from my stash, using a lot from Crate Paper’s Journey Collection, various Gossamer Blue life pages and traveller’s notebook kits and a Pebbles travel collection whose name I cannot remember at the moment. I also used my Silhouette to cut many phrases throughout the album and of course added lots of ephemera from the trip (tickets, pages and maps from magazines, brochures etc.).
The actual album I used is from Gossamer Blue, I cannot remember if it was their May or June Traveller’s Notebook kit, but I loved the checked black and white buffalo plaid. I cut and printed a Canada 150 logo card, double matted it and added it to the cover of the album. I added on the computer the word Kingston to the middle of the logo.
I really did a lot of these cut between two pages layouts (which are tricky for me apparently!) throughout the album. I also did a lot more stamping than I usually do, including the Kingston title on the right hand side of the page. The map that I added is from a Kingston travel magazine I picked up for free in our hotel lobby – it was the perfect colours for my scheme (don’t ya just love when that happens?).
I think by this page I realized that the book was getting bulky (oh it ended up pretty thick!) So I just randomly stamped a background on the left with a Gossamer Blue stamp, colouring in one with a red pencil.
I was lacking ideas for how to incorporate the postcards I got. Funny thing about this particular postcard, they give them out for free in the Fort Henry giftshop and all are signed and dated by staff thanking people for coming. This would be the first of many postcards I would attempt to add in, which I think I may not do again in retrospect as it adds a lot of weight and bulk to the notebook.
I used a variety of pictures in this album, some I printed traditionally, some I printed on my Instax printer and some I created in the Collect app and added captions like those seen above.
This is one of my favourite layouts in the album, I cut the leaves using my Silhouette and I knew I wanted to use the grey paper as it reminded me of fireworks.
The perfectionist in me really wanted to redo the right side of the page after I coloured on the page behind it resulting in all the wonky, bubbled paper…but I subdued her and let it be (I am really proud of myself!).
So I wanted to make a map of our boat cruise but I couldn’t find one I liked so I decided to draw one in using watercolour pencils (minus the water…I left it as it was as I was afraid the paper would disintegrate). I was really happy with how it turned out!
I have had these ephemera pockets in my stash forever. I don’t even know where they are from (Ki Memories I think?) Glad I finally found a way to use them, but again, they added a lot of bulk to the album.
So this was the page where the levee broke so to speak. I think the poor notebook could no longer handle everything I crammed into it and this page (the very centre of the book) came apart after I had finished it, so there is a fine layer of tape holding it down to the rest of the book! You live, you learn on this one. The moral is, the less, the better for Traveller’s Notebooks.
Love this layout too, and was so loving the Atomic Pizza tag on the left all stamped out!
And that’s the end! I still have a few pages in the album, but honestly, I think it going to explode if I add anything else! Anyone have any tips for keeping these things to less than 3 inches wide?
Anyways thanks for checking out my album and I hope everyone enjoys the last few weeks of summer!