Traveler’s Notebook Process| Jurassic World


I have so many happy memories of going to see big blockbuster movies in the summer when I was younger.  It was always fun to escape the heat for a couple of hours and get wrapped up in some big, epic story.  It felt like summer really wasn’t complete without waiting in line to see at least one big film.  Is anyone with me on this?

62C5B006-7F91-471D-AC2A-084543D06B1E.jpgLast month when Omar and I went to see Jurassic World, it felt just like that . . . like we were taking part in some special summer tradition, and I definitely wanted to get it documented in my traveler’s notebook! :)

22BAF7E7-A06E-4B6B-8555-4235172C029A.jpgFor this page I used my July Studio Calico traveler’s notebook, which already had this jungle looking pattern paper inside.  After fussy cutting out a title to adhere on the left side I created a cluster of embellishments around the photo on the right.  This page was so fun to work on and I definitely think I’ll be using movie poster photos for some inspiration on future layouts!

4B02E64C-1E36-4C01-B9B6-71BF6465B2DC.jpgIf you’d like to see the whole process behind this page there is video for it below!

Products used:

(note: only products that are currently available are linked below):

> Studio Calico July 2018 TN

> Studio Calico max outlined alpha stamp

> Kelly Purkey movie stamp

> Feed Your Craft Pattern Play Stamp

> Ticket ephemera (from the July 2018 Citrus Twist Pocket Life kit)

> Thumbs up Epoxy Sticker (from the July 2018 Citrus Twist Embellishment kit).

Disclaimer: Some of the links above are affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission for anything purchased through those links.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thank you for your continued support! 

Studio Calico Great Escape TN Pages

Hi, friends!

Today I’m back to share the Traveler’s Notebook pages I put together using the July 2018 Great Escape kits by Studio Calico.  This month was the launch of their Traveler’s Notebook kit (hooray!!) and it is seriously SO good.SZ_TN1.jpg.

In this kit you get a custom traveler’s notebook that has lots of fun patterned papers inside and you also get plenty of embellishments to play around with too!  You can see the full kit here.

SZ_TN2.jpgI’ve been using this notebook for the last few weeks now as a personal journal/notebook.  I’ve been recording things like current favorites, goals, and other bits and pieces of my daily life that don’t make it into my Project Life album.

SZ_TN2_Detail.jpgOne of the best things about this kit is the notebook itself.  Since there are patterned papers already inside it makes the whole documenting process so easy.  You can simply add your photo, do some journaling, spice it up with some stickers, and you’re good to go!  Or, if you’re like me you can also get inky with some stamps (did I mention that there’s a cute stamp set that comes in the kit too?!).

SZ_TN3.jpgAside from just how pretty the notebook is, I was super impressed with the quality of the papers too.  The pages are thick enough that I didn’t have any bleed through from stamping or writing, which is a major win in my book!  I also changed my mind several times after adhering things down and when I pulled things up, the patterned paper stayed perfectly intact!

SZ_TN3_Detail.jpgAlright, so I think you can tell why I’m such a huge fan of this kit :)  If you want to pick one up for yourself, you can find it here.

Disclaimer: Please note that the links above are affiliate links, which means that I will earn a small commission for any products purchased through the links.  All opinions are my own :).  Thank you for your support!


Crafting Favorites | June 2018

7A65C919-A4CD-4D34-A880-C997AB54CEEA.JPG Hi, Friends!

As I was cleaning up my desk the other day I realized that there’s a small handful of things that I’ve been reaching for pretty often lately, so I thought I’d share what they are in a monthly favorites video!

If I have enough favorites at the end of each month I just might make this a regular thing! :)

Products Mentioned:

> Absorber Shammy 

> Uniball Signo .38mm pen

> July 2018 Studio Calico Traveler’s Notebook

> Citrus Twist Kits die cuts (part of the July 2018 Documenter Kit)

> Summer by Banana Fish Studio Stamp Set

Some of my other crafting favorites can be found HERE!

Disclaimer: Some of the links above are affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission for anything purchased through those links.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thank you for your continued support! 

Traveler’s Notebook Flipthrough | Felicity: 2-3 Months

E7EDE347-7068-4BBC-A031-0172DE7C9D3A.jpgHello, and happy Friday!

Today I’m so excited to share a flipthrough of a completed Traveler’s Notebook with you!

73A3726C-6DC8-45EE-B904-61592B408E1D (2).jpegAbout one month after Felicity was born I started thinking about how I wanted to document her stories.  I really liked the idea of documenting in a Traveler’s Notebook because each page can be as involved or as simple as you’d like.  For me, the most important thing was to get some photos off my phone and into a book where I could journal about what was going on.  These are details I definitely don’t want to forget!

313C5508-CE01-4DFA-9DD7-CA45FB6915D0 (2).jpegI think a lot of times we get caught up in the idea of making a “perfect” baby album, or making sure we write down each and every detail, but for me its not about making something fancy (at least for now, ha!).  I may one day decide to take a bunch of photos and make a special digital album, but for now this is what’s working and I’m going with it :)  IMG_4287 (2).jpegCF180013-5A8F-4BB7-B103-E419E2659B63 (2).jpeg

For a full flipthrough of this notebook you can check out the video below! :)


The Little Things Process Video (Citrus Twist Kits)

Well, I have one more fun announcement for this week . . . :)

Screen Shot 2018-06-30 at 1.13.35 PM.pngI’m so happy to announce that I’ve joined the amazing Citrus Twist Kits design team!! I’ve been a huge fan of Citrus Twist Kits for years now.  I used to scroll through their Instagram feed in awe of all of the amazing projects that their design team was putting together.  If you need some crafty inspiration, I totally recommend checking it out!  I’m super humbled that I get to share my own projects in the coming months, and I can’t wait!

Today I’m sharing a Traveler’s Notebook spread that I put together using the July Pocket Life Kit, Main Kit, and a couple of the new stamp sets that were released this month (Daily Routine and Conversation Starters).  All products can be found here.SZ_Proj2_Detail1.jpgSZ_Proj2.jpgI quickly fell in love with this die cut pack from Pink Fresh Studio, and that stamp set is definitely going to get a lot of use!

Below is a process video in case you’d like to see how it all came together!

Studio Calico Great Escape Release

Hi, Friends!

I’ve been trying to think of how I should start my first blog post after quite a break, but to be honest, I think that’s what has been holding me back from posting for a little while.

So instead of trying to figure out how to start this post, I’m just going to jump right in with a fun announcement and a couple of fun projects!

I’m so excited to announce that I’ve joined the Studio Calico creative team!  Honestly, this has been such a dream come true.  As a long-time subscriber to the SC kits and being a big time fan of ALL their products I’m so grateful to have an opportunity to work with a brand that I love so much!

Clicking the photo below will take you to the announcement on the Studio Calico website where you can click through to check out the other ladies that make up this awesome team!

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I’m looking forward to sharing lots of projects in the coming months, but today I wanted to share my documenter layouts using this month’s Great Escape Documenter kit.  I’ll be back on Tuesday to share the projects I put together using the brand new Traveler’s Notebook kit (spoiler alert: the kit is AMAZING!).



The colors in this month’s kit are so bright and fresh, perfect for documenting all the summer details!

SZ_Doc2_Detail1.jpgSZ_Doc2_Detail2.jpgSZ_Doc2.jpgIf you’d like to purchase your own documenter kit, or any of the new goodies that are being released in July, you can find them here.

Disclaimer: Please note that the links above are affiliate links, which means that I will earn a small commission for any products purchased through the links.  All opinions are my own :).  Thank you for your support!

January/February Book Roundup

IMG-1791.JPGToday I’m dusting off the old blog and sharing a roundup of what I read over the last two months!  Late last year I made a very conscious decision that this year I would spend less time watching TV and more time reading in my down time.  That decision combined with some serious third trimester insomnia has allowed me time to enjoy some really great books.  I’m well on my way to meeting my goal of finishing 30 books this year . . . although I’d love to exceed that number!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine:  I loved this book so much!  I’m happy this was my first completed book in 2018 and I’m hoping it sets the tone for many more great books to come this year.  This book is both hilarious and heartbreaking.  (5 stars).

Fierce Kingdom: This one was a little hard for me to get into, but it started picking up mid-way through and got pretty exciting towards the end. (3.5 stars).

And We’re Off: This was a pretty quick read and makes a great travel companion!  I enjoyed the coming of age story and found the exploration of the mother/daughter dynamic to be a nice addition to the overall story.  (3 stars)

Since We Fell:  This was my first Dennis Lehane novel, and I have to admit that the reason I gravitated towards putting this book in my cart is because I knew he wrote Shutter Island and Mystic River.  I really enjoy Lehane’s writing style and even though the beginning was pretty slow, I appreciated the character development.  The story turns into more of a thriller about mid-way through and there are some unexpected twists and turns.  Overall I really enjoyed this one. (4 stars)

Who Do You Love:  This book started out great and I had really high hopes for it with the sweet plot line.  However, about mid-way through I found myself getting frustrated with the characters and their relationship drama.  I think this book was worth finishing, and I’d still give it an average rating, but it wasn’t my favorite. (3 stars)

Everything, Everything: Another YA novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.  It was a quick read with an unexpected twist, and I’d definitely recommend it! (4 stars)

The Magnolia Story:  Who doesn’t love Chip and Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper?  I was happy I got to listen to this one as an audiobook because hearing Chip and Joanna read their own words just added to the experience.  Listening to how they built their businesses and their relationship was so fun and inspirational. (4 stars).

Dark Matter:   I saw this book everywhere last year.  It seemed like everyone was talking about how they couldn’t put down.  It definitely didn’t disappoint.  Normally I’m not really into science fiction, but the story here has a perfect balance of sci-fi, action/adventure, and love.  (4 stars)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Lugo: Old hollywood glam meets maximum drama.  That’s probably the worst book description ever, but since this book wasn’t quite my cup of tea and I know how many people really love this book, that’s all I’ll say.  After finishing Dark Matter it was nice to have something different, but let’s just say that I’m happy to move on to my next book :) (3.5 stars)

GIVE Story Kit Project Life Layouts

Wow friends, it feels like forever since I’ve shared a project life spread here on the blog.  As I’ve mentioned previously, this year I decided to take a much more relaxed approach to this project.  Instead of completing weekly spreads like I did in 2016, I really didn’t have a plan for this year.  I decided to simply work on pages when I felt inspired to do so.  While I sometimes feel a bit sad that I have a bunch of photos and memories from this year still on my phone and not printed or documented in any way, I still feel like I made the right choice for myself this year. Next year is a different story though, and I’ll talk more about how I plan to document 2018 next month.  IMG_0752

November was a fantastic month.  I can see why people call the second trimester of pregnancy the “honeymoon period.”  I was finally able to get back into the rhythm of doing things again (including crafting) and it felt amazing.

IMG_0753IMG_0758IMG_0759For the layouts above I used the November Digital Story Kit “GIVE” by Ali Edwards.  This kit is perfect for documenting Thanksgiving traditions, and also for documenting gratitude in general, and so much more.

Although I may add more to my 2017 Project Life album eventually, these will likely be the last layouts I put together for this year.  I have a feeling that December Daily is going to be the only crafty project that gets my attention in December, but that’s okay with me!