Scrapbooking // Midori Traveler’s Notebook Style

2017 traveler's notebook

I started using this Midori Traveler’s Notebook Refill (012) for 2017. It’s only 48 pages, but the paper is a thicker quality and the overall notebook is thicker/heavier/more sturdy than other inserts. The pages are also perforated in case you are interested in tearing out, which could be a way to add this style to other memory keeping albums.

This traveler’s notebook has started as a memory keeping project for the year. I’m adding photos and journaling. I am hoping to incorporate more of an art journal style to it, including doodles, hand lettering, and collage. While I like my current memory keeping process of using the 8.5×11 album with divided page protectors and full-page layouts, I also like the idea of something a bit more personal. The fact that it is small and can travel is a plus. Especially now that I have my Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 printer! (will share more on that soon.)

Here are a few of my beginning pages:

2017 traveler's notebook

The opening page had this printed block on it, so I just added some number stickers for the year. These are from Amy Tangerine.

2017 traveler's notebook

My Mom had given me some old photos and I have been wanting to scrap this one for a while. Just sorta cracks me up, my precocious little self. Stamp is from Pinkfresh Studio Dear Self.

I have a few traditions I seem to do every new year, so I wanted to record those. For one, our New Year’s Day breakfast buffet. After I took this photo I added a donut stamp in the corner. I included a photo of my leather bracelets from Laurel Denise, which include my word for the year (“express yourself”). Up top I screenshot the cover of Susannah Conway‘s Unravel book/project. I’ve been filling out this notebook for a few years now and I always wait to look at last year’s book until I finish this year, so as not to influence my results! This is an exercise Susannah offers up for free every year on her blog, and it keeps getting better each time, check it out here. And at the start of each year I always read Nicholas Spark’s latest book release (usually a Christmas gift from Mom). I know all of his stories have a certain hum to them, but I like his deep characterizations and can always find something relative. Two by Two was no different.

The alpha stamps are by Kelly Purkey GreenPoint, a favorite. I read somewhere (I think on Big Picture Classes) that it’s better to use chalk ink for less bleed in TNs, so I used a VersaMagic chalk ink.

My approach is to keep this easy and not too fussy, so a little washi, a little stamping, trying to keep the bulk down as much as possible.

2017 traveler's notebook

A few more small photos, printing on my Canon Pixma printer onto 4×6 Photo Paper plus Glossy II. I use PicTapGo app to edit photos on my iPhone 6, then use Pic Stitch to get more photos onto one page. I then use the Canon Print app to send directly to my printer from phone. You can learn more about my process here. I primarily use my phone for my photo printing and digital scrapbook needs, unless I need to use Photoshop Elements or Silhouette. Unfortunately, I am running on a 2010 Dell laptop, so in desperate need of an upgrade. The phone is just faster. Dropbox is also helpful to move things around.

On the right hand side I included this envelope to house the letters my Aunt sent me with a package. Preserving handwriting and handwritten notes is important in my memory keeping process.

Most embellishments from Fancy Pants Designs Timber Grove. I don’t think it is readily available anymore, but you may be able to find it at an expo. The scratch and sniff pizza stickers were purchased at World Market. And mostly I just needed to find an excuse to use them!

2017 traveler's notebook

For the full moon I stamped the back of a round stamp in a gray chalk ink, then added some circles with a silver pencil.

2017 traveler's notebook

Thank for stopping by and checking it out.

Are you using traveler’s notebooks or other small notebooks in your memory keeping process? Do you like it?

I tried to link to as many things as possible up there, but if I missed something, please ask.

Happy 2017.


Favorite Shops // Holiday gifting made unique

Sharing a few of my favorite shops & retailers today.

I’ve been on a more deliberate mission to shop local, shop American made and support artists as much as possible. I still have the occasional Kohl’s or Target shopping trip, but those have become few and further in between.

I find people like the unique, handmade items more than generic goods. I know I do.

Here are some of the small businesses I like to support:

Moorea Seal (
I’ve followed Moorea’s blog for a few years and participated in her 52 lists project. Her shop is an eclectic mix of handmade and quality goods. There is currently free shipping on the site with the code: MERRY.

Three Hearts Home (
I was fortunate to be able to visit their brick & mortar in the summer. Carefully curated with American made and fair trade items, and they have a hedgehog for a mascot. They currently have free shipping on orders over $50.

Laurel Denise (
I actually discovered Laurel Denise at Three Hearts Home. I placed a customized order with her earlier this year for her tiny scripted leather bracelets. One of these bracelets has my One Little Word reminder for 2017 on it. Her items are so delicately made and lovingly packaged. Custom design orders need to be placed by December 9th for Christmas delivery.

WildHartPaper (
A local and favorite paper goods company. Check out her festive gift wrap and awesome holiday card designs. I decided to use the ones I got for display because they are so pretty!

Mud and Maker (
Creative and original pottery for all of your needs. I was able to visit her stand at the Clover Market in the fall for a pumpkin mug and this adorable dish. I brought it into work to liven up my desk & store some random stuff.

K-Deer (
If you are looking for some flashy & originally designed yoga leggings, K-Deer has it. These leggings are high quality, American made and eco friendly. Check out the signature stripes line, which benefit worthy causes. Sign up for the email list to get discount codes and be notified of sales.

Fancy Flours (
Unique baking and gift items. I purchased the Retro Reindeer wafer paper for cookies this year and some beautifully printed tea towels for gifts. I love scrolling thru their catalog for baking ideas and they offer the recipes as well.

Paper Source (
Is not-so-small, but they still carry a variety of handmade and unique items. Obviously the paper goods are high quality, but they also carry kitschy gift items. Same thing, sign up with an email to receive discount codes and be notified of exclusive sales.

Here are some other suggestions based on places I’ve been shopping for myself.

If you have a yogi, creative soul in your life, you may want to check them out:

For some creative classes & introspective work:

And again, my favorite photo printers &  for other photo gifts:


Disclaimer: I do not get anything from promoting these retailers, I simply actually shop there and like my goods & customer experiences.

December 2016 // Field Notes

04. Circles // somewhat obvious but I love my boxwood wreath from Trader Joe's. Can't beat it's $10 price tag either. #decemberreflections2016 #traderjoes

‘Tis the season. I have to admit, I am not a huge Christmas lover, but I am actually feeling good about it this year. I think I’ve gotten better at cutting out the stress and just enjoying it. I feel ahead of the game as far as gift buying goes and once I finish decorating (hopefully this weekend) the house will feel more content.

I’ve skipped doing any sort of December Daily or scrapbooking project this year, but am participating in the photo challenge with Susannah Conway for #DecemberReflections2016. I like the bit of getting outside of what I normally photograph and being creative.

There are a few decorations I want to work on making, but I am just doing it as I go and I don’t really care if I actually finish by Christmas or not. Going to just use the time sitting by the fire & watching my fav classic movies to do a little crafting.

I know which cookies I am baking and will probably start next week. I start with shortbread and sugar cookies because those freeze well. I am excited to use my new oven. The old one was not keeping temperature and Home Depot had the right deal around Black Friday. Hoping I can get my baking times figured out without too many fails.

Listening: Joni Mitchell, Polar Express soundtrack, Pentatonix

Reading: Pretty Paper by Willie Nelson (I like to read a seasonal story – so far so good, I recommend it if you like music!)

Eating: Chocolate Chip Dunkers from Trader Joe’s

Watching: Elf, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, White Christmas & the Flyers!

Thankful: for B, who keeps me sane & on target all times of the year, but especially this one where I sometimes lose my mind.