For the last two years I’ve embarked on a little project gratitude journey in November. I feel like every year this project becomes more and more meaningful as I contemplate each “thing” I’m thankful for in greater depth.
In 2015 and 2016, this project was a daily one where I shared one page per day on Instagram. The experience was amazing and hearing feedback from some people that they felt inspired to make their own book this year is something that makes my heart so happy!
Given the busyness of this season of my life right now I know that keeping up with a daily project is probably not going to happen for me this month, but I’m still not giving up on this project! This year I will still be working on a Traveler’s Notebook filled with many of the things that I’m thankful for. I won’t be sharing pages daily, but the posts on my Instagram will still be regular and you can bet that even though I wont be making a page every day, the daily gratitude will still be happening.
Today I wanted to take a minute to share the setup of my notebook and some of the supplies that I’m planning to use. This year I decided to go with a hybrid scrapbooking approach in a Traveler’s Notebook, and so far I’m loving it! I’ll be using papers from the Paislee Press Friendsgiving collection to dress up the look of each page. Two things I love about using digital papers for a traveler’s notebook is that I can crop them to whatever size I need before printing (so there’s less waste!) and that I can print on regular printer paper, which is easier to adhere as it isn’t as bulky as cardstock. I’ll also be typing my journaling and then cutting it down to fit perfectly in my notebook.
Below is a look at how I put together one of my pages over the weekend in preparation for this blog post. My plan is to lay out all of my pages in Photoshop before printing. It’s super simple, I’ll just have my patterned paper on the left and text on the right. The guides that you see here are where I ended up cutting when the page was printed.
Here is a look at what my page looks like after adding in a few embellishments.
In terms of embellishments so far I’ve only pulled these die cut shapes from Felicity Jane Studio to use along with some stamps from my collection. I’ll probably add in other bits and pieces as I go along, but for the most part I’ll just be keeping every page really simple.
In terms of general supplies, here’s what I’m planning to use:
Tombow Mono permanent adhesive: I don’t recommend this for adhering heavy cardstock into notebooks, but it works great for adhering the light weight printer paper..
Thermoweb Tape: I use this to adhere my photos inside my notebooks since I haven’t found a regular tape adhesive that provides a good enough bond for photo paper or cardstock.
Glue Dots: I use this for adhering embellishments.
Stamp Sets used on Notebook Cover:
“Charles” alphabet stamp set by Kelly Purkey. This set is currently not available on Kelly’s site, but there are many other awesome alpha stamps to choose from :) This is the one I used in my 2015 and 2016 books, and this is kind of a fun twist on that.
I also used the Time for Leaves set from Ali Edwards.
My traveler’s notebook is from Michaels and it’s actually really great quality. I wish it had more pages, but for the quality at $3 I’m loving it!
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask, and if you’re putting your own gratitude album together this year then I hope you enjoy the wonderful and fulfilling feelings the whole gratitude journey brings.