Cabin Fever Traveler's Notebook
Hi everyone! My name is Traci Reed and I’m so excited to be showing off my favorite new hobby - Traveler’s Notebooks!
A little about me - I’m a wife, mother to 3 boys and a recent transplant from California to Tennessee! My day job is designing scrapbook product - no really!! - and I’m one of Simple Stories’ product designers and I actually designed the Cabin Fever line I used for this traveler’s notebook!
I must admit, I HATE camping - so when I originally designed this line, I thought I would have no use for it - we lived in a suburban community in northern California and unless we make an effort, outdoorsy stuff just wasn’t in the cards. And then we moved to Knoxville, TN and we are literally surrounded by woods and hiking and swimming holes 24/7 and all of the sudden, I have a need for this adorable line - even though I still refuse to camp ;).
One of the first things we did when we got settled in here was to visit a local quarry/swimming hole that is just STUNNING - clear water, surrounded by cliff faces and trees - and I snap snap snapped away and ended up with so many photos of our 3 hours there, I could have done a ton of layouts - but I chose to make a traveler’s notebook instead!
The first thing I did was cut 4 papers down to 8x8 size and fold them in half. Pro tip: I also chose a few 4x6 vertical and 4x4 and 3x4 cards to use as well to create some variety in my paper sizes. Instead of cutting them down to 4x4 (or 4x6 or 3x4) size, I actually left 2 cards joined together and folded them into the book - this way I could add them right to the binding instead of taping them in as solo cards.
On some of them I glued photos if they didn’t match the sentiment of the spread, and some I left just the way they were.
I chose to bust out the sewing machine and sew the entire book together down the middle seam, and then reinforce with washi tape, but you can also hand stitch a binding or staple it as well.
Since I was working on this book all at once - I printed all my photos out and adhered them to each page as my first step so that I had the basic layout of the book done.
I chose to make the center spread one main focal photo, so I printed out a 4x8 photo on 8.5x11 photo paper, cut it in half and adhered it to the center page.
After I had all my photos where I wanted them, I went back in with the stickers, die cuts, and brads and pulled out the pieces I thought would work best in the album and got to work!
I love how quick and easy it is to put together this mini albums with coordinating Simple Stories collections - this whole book probably took me 3 hours from start to finish - which includes making the book, choosing and printing photos and everything!
I know it’s easy to forget - but don’t exclude photos of yourself from projects like these - even when you’re soaking wet in a lake!
Every few pages, I added additional journal cards for telling the story - even though we were only there for 4 hours, it’s important to jot the details down.
I loved this weather report card - the weather in Knoxville can change in a flash - and as I’m getting used to these afternoon thunderstorms - I realize how rare it was that the whole day was sunny!
I used brads in this album, but I didn’t want to poke through entire pages, so I made sure to put them only through the photo and photo mat layers so that the brad didn’t puncture the whole thing and ruin the page behind it.
I hope you enjoyed my little book; here’s a quick flip thru video -