Hello creative hearts! Welcome back to the Simple Stories blog. Leah here with you today showing you a new traveler’s notebook insert I’ve set up to document some of my 2018 travels. I am currently using and loving the Travel Notes collection. This collection truly embodies a love for traveling and adventure, which is the heart of why I fell in love with traveler’s notebooks to begin with. I love having a journal that I can bring with me on my travels and document the stories I want to remember.
My husband supports my love for crafting and memory-keeping, but it’s probably fair to say he doesn’t quite “get” the obsession. I’ve chattered excitedly about a new project to him before and bless his heart, he tries to act interested, but crafting just isn’t his thing which I understand. However, you can imagine my excitement when I told him about a new project I wanted to start and actually seemed genuinely intrigued.
We love visiting new places and traveling together, even though we don’t get to do it as often as we like. One of our favorite parts about traveling is experiencing the food and craft beer culture the area has to offer. Living in VA, there is no shortage of craft breweries popping up all over our state. We’ve found a lot of joy in taking weekend trips here and there to visit them. I decided to start a new insert in my traveler’s notebook specifically for documenting those trips.
I love how this cover turned out! I used my favorite 12x12 paper from the Travel Notes collection to create the cover itself. The tag that says “Adventure” was cut from one of the 4x6 Travel Notes SN@P! cards. I used the 6x8 paper pad to tear strips of different colored patterned papers to layer at the top and bottom of the tag. I layered a few stickers over the paper strips, trying to keep colors grouped together so I could keep the rainbow effect I was going for without feeling like the layout was getting too busy.
It was important to me to make this notebook very portable so I added pockets inside of the front and back covers for holding stickers and journaling cards to decorate with. The Simple Stories SN@P! Cards are amazing for giving you easy, portable options for decorating and journaling on-the-go. I can also tuck photos and ephemera collected on our travels into these pockets for safekeeping until I’m able to sit down to create a layout.
It’s exciting to have a new creative project that I can involve my husband in a little more. Breweries often have stickers that he enjoys collecting for me when we visit so I can add them to the journal. It’s like collecting stickers for a passport. I plan to add the stickers, along with photos from the trip and notes about our experience and our favorite beers.
Have you picked up the Travel Notes collection yet? If you love traveling, it’s a must have! You can follow along with my travels and see other ways I’m using my traveler’s notebooks and planners over on my Instagram. Check out lots more inspiration using the Travel Notes collection on the Simple Stories and Carpe Diem Planners Instagram accounts. Until next time, happy crafting friends!