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Traveler's Notebook–February 2022 Cards, Tags, & More Kit

Hey, all! Have you seen this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit? There’s a fabulous Spring-themed Traveler’s Notebook and papers from P13 in it. I used my Traveler’s Notebook to document a trip I took to Utah in 1991; these are far from all of the photos from that trip, but it got me started!

I mainly used the kit, as I try to do with my first project of the month, but I did pull some old alpha stickers from my stash because I really need to use them! I also have some map prints I used for my backgrounds—something easy to come by using the Internet! If you are going to use your Traveler’s Notebook for a trip, you could use maps of where you went! Check out my video to see how it all came together!


Here is what the cover looks like opened up, and the inside cover and first page. For the cover, I added some of my map paper to the spine to help reinforce the bend, cover the staples, and add to the travel theme. Then I added some stamping using the P13 stamp set from the kit. I used some embossing power on a piece of the Tres Jolie chipboard under my title, and that was that! Easy-peasy cover, done!

My inside cover and first page has more map paper on in, and I added some more reinforcement to where the staples are. All the photos added a bit of weight to my pages! I also added a little pocket—incase I come across some memorabilia—some stamping, and one of the cut out pieces from the paper pad.

I have a simple layout idea that you can download from my personal DropBox for each of my two page spreads, plus a map collage I created using many public domain images. All files are for personal use only, attribution is not required, but always appreciated! You can download each file on an individual basis (links under each image), or get them all in a ZIP file here.

I’m not going to lie, the majority of the photos in my notebook are horrible! They are very, very blurry, even after attempting to correct them! They actually look better small! (That’s what happens when taking photos on a 110 camera in the early 90s – sometimes from a moving vehicle! LOL)

For personal use only. Download the JPG from my personal DropBox here.

All of my spreads followed the same process, more or less. I put my background map paper(s) in place then added my images and text. After I created my text boxes on my computer, I printed them out on some of the cardstock from the kit! To do it, I lied to my printer and told it I was using A5 – 5-7/8”x8-1/4” – paper, but made sure what I wanted printed didn’t go past the 6-inch mark. I also did not use an Inkjet for the text! I have a monochrome laser printer I got on clearance ($35!) a couple years ago that I used. I don’t know if an Inkjet would necessarily work on text this small because it would (likely) bleed out and become blurry. If in doubt, you could find a scrap piece of cardstock, similar to weight and texture of the P13 from the kit, and run a test print first.

For personal use only. Download the JPG from my personal DropBox here.

For personal use only. Download the JPG from my personal DropBox here.

The images above are the map collage I created, and the map collage with the placement for my images from my first spread.

For personal use only. Download the JPG from my personal DropBox here.

I didn’t really think about how I wanted to do my layouts until I decided which photos would be grouped together; and for this one, I decided I needed circles! After I had put all of my spreads together, I went back though and added my stamping, some of the cut out pieces from the paper pad, and stripes of paper in a few spots.

For personal use only. Download the JPG from my personal DropBox here.

When I printed out the text for this page I missed the fact I didn’t finish proofreading and that some of it got cut off in the program! (Oof! I think I was starting to get tired!) It should end with “The Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River.” I’ll be going back in and reprinting and adding the new print on top.

For personal use only. Download the JPG from my personal DropBox here.

As you can see, my original plan was switched up a bit on the left page when it came time to put it all together. After I had my background papers put together I realized my original layout would cover too much (practically all) of the flower paper in the upper left corner.

For personal use only. Download the JPG from my personal DropBox here.

I’m sure that I could have never used my inkjet printer for the first text block on this spread because the text size is so small, but I wanted to add the historical data about what happened to the (former) town of Thistle.

For personal use only. Download the JPG from my personal DropBox here (the basic black & white template can be found here).

On the left page I have a rather good shot of a hawk? falcon? I don’t know exactly, but for being a photo that would have been taken at a distance of a moving object, it’s actually on of the least blurry images from this batch!

On the right page I have a couple of photos of me and my cousin (attempting) to fish. We stopped by where she was living at the time to visit her, my aunt, and her (other) grandparents. There are more photos of us together, but they might have to be a TN all their own!

For personal use only. Download the JPG from my personal DropBox here.

Both pages of this spread are random photos that I don’t think I will ever be able to say exactly where they were taken! There is a possibility that I will come across duplicates that my grandma labeled, but for now I can just say “Somewhere-land, Utah.”

For personal use only. Download the JPG from my personal DropBox here.

More random photos. There are actually only six photos total, I decided to turn the one creek shot into a 4x4 grid. With my grid, I kept the negative cut to use as a placement guide so I could keep the spacing equal and the images aligned when I stuck them down (I used the print and cut feature of Silhouette Studio and my Cameo for all of my pictures).

I have a couple of pages left in my TN, and I saved a strip of map to use to reinforce the inside folds of the back cover after I get the base map print adhered.

Thank you for joining us here at Tres Jolie, I hope you enjoyed this project and it gave you some ideas of what can be done in your own Traveler’s Notebooks.

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In addition to this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:
*Lindy’s Gang “Oakleaf Olive” Embossing Powder; *Prima Quick Dry Fluid Chalk Ink “Blossom Red;” various map prints; Pinkfresh Studio Life Noted Puffy Alpha Stickers; AC Shimelle “Box of Crayons” Stickers; Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Ink; Art Glitter Glue; We R Memory Keepers Craft Knife & 3-Way Corner Punch; Karen Foster Rippin’ Ruler; Scrapbook Adhesives 12x12 Adhesive Sheets; Ranger Heat-It; Silhouette Cameo 3

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