Hello and Happy April!! I'm so excited for this post..... Finally, I'm going to share what opportunity started this Blog of mine! Get comfy, it's a long one!
I've been invited to be on the Traveler's Journal Team for Papertrey Ink!
Yay! Can you believe it? I AM SOOO EXCITED!
First, let me share with you a little bit about Papertrey Ink! They are an online company who specializes in clear stamps and their own line of paper crafting embellishments and accessories. As they say: ALL of which are created specifically for stampers BY a stamper. Papertrey has awesome quality, and just celebrated their 10th anniversary! Please check them out at papertreyink.com.
My friend, Heather Nichols, who has designed for Papertrey Ink for all of those 10 years, has recently designed a Traveler's Journal Kit. It includes the basic notebooks, stamps, papers, and dies to help you make your own cover, tags, etc. This year, Heather will introduce a new component to the Traveler's Journal every month. You can check out the monthly spotlight on these cute journals, and the rest of the team's projects, by heading over to Papertrey Inks' Co-Owner, Nichole Heady's Blog (see her link to the left).
Look for the Traveler's Journal Feature on the 8th of every month!
Papertrey Ink will release all of their new products on the 15th of every month!
These little Traveler's Journals are have so many uses.... I've tucked them in my purse for notes and lists, they help me keep track of my weeks for Project Life, they'd be so great for art journaling or planners, AND you can take away or add a few books within one cover!
I've just completed this cute Traveler's Journal of some favorite pics from our summers at the lake. Let me show you!
On the cover I added a piece of Enchanted Evening cardstock and stamped out my title in Versamark Watermark, then heat embossed it with Tim Holtz Distress Powder in Broken China. I added a little die cut Arrow in Hawaiian Shores cardstock, then stamped the "2015 & 2016" over it using Smokey Shadow ink. The journal itself is made from a Traveler's Journal Page Blank Kit, those kits can make you several little journals, they are around 4.5 inches square.
Check out the inside! Here's Page one:
I dated all the photos using the new Traveler's Journal Dates Stamp Set, a super fun set that came out for March's release, onto a die cut tag. The postal stripes, "Let's Go", ticket, and little words stamps you see on this page are all included in the Traveler's Journal Kit. The colors of ink and cardstock I used throughout this mini are: Enchanted Evening, Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart, New Leaf, Smokey Shadow, True Black, and Spring Moss. Don't you love this sunset pic? I took it from the boat.
I cut down a piece of Linen Vellum to add as a page, getting a little bit of contrast within the Journal. I stamped a big "L" from some old foam stamps I had on hand, using both Hawaiian Shores and Enchanted Evening inks creating an ombre effect, stamped out my words on top of that, and then added some doodle-lines. The background page is created by splattering ink on it. I used the stamping ink pad, dipped my water brush into it and shook away! When I assembled the pages together, I really liked how the splatters looked behind the vellum so I just adhered them together the way they are. This view of the lake is from the front yard of the cabin. My Sister-in-law, Carrie, and Brother-in-law, Jeff, are super generous and let us use the cabin with them. We have so much fun together all summer long!
For this page, I stamped the page to make my own "patterned" paper and die cut the "Journey" and "Explore" twice to layer them. I then stamped about a billion tiny words on the "fold-out" and added a tab to help with opening it up to the larger photo underneath.
Here's the open "fold-out":
That's my happy Dad, enjoying a visit to the lake.... a little bit of fishing, a little bit of sight seeing, a lot of laughing! .....Maybe that's why we didn't catch anything!
And a close-up of the pattern and die cuts:
I used the long postal stripe stamp in a few different colors to achieve this pattern.
I love this page! The map is a stamp from another Papertrey stamp line (What the Doodle) that I heat embossed in white and then colored in with colored pencils and watercolors. So cute! That double rainbow was so special: There were about 10 of us all stuck inside the cabin for a huge storm that came through. It's a tight squeeze in there, so I got out as soon as the rain stopped and spotted this beauty off the dock. It was great fun to share this beauty with everyone, you could see BOTH sides "touch" the lake....amazing!
A close up:
Another favorite: photo AND design! I used the ticket stamp, cut them each out and adhered them on some more of my own "patterned" paper, then added a die cut "Adventure," again I cut twice and layered to stand out. The word was really long, but it's one of my favorite pieces of the whole kit, so I cut it apart to fit my page. That's my Hubby, who made it across the Lilly Pads without me.....What's that? Did I make it across? Well..... I got some great photos!
This is where the rest of that Linen Vellum peaks out. I heat embossed a couple more "What the Doodle" stamps on the Vellum knowing that it would be visible to both sides. Again I colored in using colored pencils and watercolors. I really like the effect it made! This is an earlier photo of the lake before we got a sandy beach and a few more toys that us 40-year-olds like to play with.
Here's a close up of the Sun stamp:
This time I heat embossed the "What the Doodle" stamp in black before coloring in. Another earlier photo of the lake, it looks so soothing...
The die cut frame came from the Traveler's Journal Kit, as did the "Adventure" stamp sentiment. The waves you've seen before, this time I stamped onto Hawaiian Shores cardstock, heat embossed with white and used my ink pads and waterbrush to watercolor in. The first "Adventure" I stamped in Smokey Shadow and then embossed the second "Adventure" over the top in white. In the photo, the night was filled with fireworks, so we all lined up on the beach to watch them with our big fire behind us. If you've never viewed fireworks over water, I highly recommend it... so so pretty!
A close up of the last page:
When I was finished designing my pages, I assembled the Journal by tying it together with some baker's twine.
I really hope you enjoyed my first Traveler's Journal project using the Traveler's Journal Kit designed by Heather for Papertrey Ink. You can purchase your own by clicking on the Papertrey Ink supplies below, or give any of the other items a try! On the 15th of this month, you'll see the next component to the Traveler's Journal: the Booklet Accessories Die. Have fun looking around Papertrey Ink!
DIES: Countdown Details
KITS: Traveler's Journal Kit
Tim Holtz Sizzix Tags Die, Jane Davenport Watercolor Bright Palette, Recollections Detail Embossing Powder in White, Heidi Swapp New Orleans Foam Stamp Set, Kelly Purkey Shoreditch Stamp Set, Elle's Studio Dated Stamp Set, Colored Pencils, and Baker's Twine from JoAnns
Please check out Papertrey Ink's owner, Nicole Heady's Blog and Designer, Heather Nichol's blog! Their links are on the left....
Have a great Day!!