I was thrilled when a box full of goodies from the Travel Girl Collection arrived at my door. I had so many ideas but in the end I decided to create a couple of projects where I could showcase the most design elements from this fabulously-put-together set.
“On the Go” Album
This album was created as a “Smash” style project. It’s all ready to go – just slip it in your backpack when you set off on your travels and journal like crazy as you go along!
Before we take a look inside – I will show you quickly how I made this button on the front. It is simply threaded onto some elastic and tied at the back – but having a closure like this keeps everything together and makes it less likely your treasures inside will be lost.
I used this simply gorgeous stamp to create the button. Before starting – gather your supplies:
A stamp, Stayzon ink, a small piece of cotton fabric and a brayer/roller. You will also need a handmade button blank – available at any sewing store.
1. Ink your stamp really well
2. Gently lay your fabric on top
3. Carefully and firmly pass the roller over the fabric – ONCE ONLY
4. Remove fabric – and Voila!
All you need to do now is use that fabric to cover your button blank as per the manufacturer instructions. Let’s take a look inside the album:
I have used many elements to create and decorate the pages – see below for more details:
a) The inside cover tells the start of the story – jetting off on an adventure. The airplane card is from the Miscellany Pieces.
b) I have added some glassine envelopes throughout the album – which can be used to contain maybe a boarding pass or a memento from your flight.
c) Small tags are great as you can use them to jot down a quick thought or memory you want to preserve.
e) You can use tags horizontally and vertically to create a layered effect.
f) Plain cardstock folded in half makes a great showcase for larger stickers and can be left blank so you can add some favorite photos at a later time.
g) Some of these elements are so playful! These cards from the Miscellany are so cute!
h) I have also used blank postcards and pieces of patterned paper cut to size to create pages.
One of my favorite things to do in albums like this is to create little folders to tell a story within a story. They are “self contained” within the album as a whole – here is how you can easily do this:
1. Using a larger element as the front and back “cover, thread only the back onto your binding.
2. Thread on your other elements, largest first down to the smallest.
– thread the front cover page on and continue assembling the rest of the album.
(Note: the bottom three pictures depict the technique only and are not the exact same elements as in the main picture!)
I have also created this journaling card folder – packed with blank notes for you to tuck into your bag and fill in whenever you like! For those that do Project Life – these all measure 3” x 4” too!
This picture above shows the folder opened up. You can see there are two pockets stuffed with journaling tags
This cute dog and taxi are a great example of the fun imagery included in this collection!
I have used a few different elements here:
1. I have simply cut out and corner rounded some cards from the Journaling Cards paper.
2. These are mini envelopes cut from plain cardstock and decorated with cards from the Miscellany Pack – they will be great for storing all those ticket stubs and receipts!
3. These folded cards are blank inside and will hold a lot of journaling text.
4. The folder will easily fit inside your bag – however light you choose to pack.
I hope you have enjoyed my projects this month. I would like to say a huge THANK-YOU to October Afternoon for the opportunity to showcase my work. They have been wonderfully generous and a joy to work with.
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winner from those who comment on this post – and the winner will receive the projects
shown this week! Happy Travels!