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Documenting on Vacation

Hello, I’m Jenn, a guest designer for the month 🙂

Wow, I can’t believe it’s back to school already… did that summer fly by or what? We’re nearing the end of our 6 week cross-country trip, with only a few days left to go, then back to reality we go.  It’s been a really amazing trip, but six weeks is a long time to go without any scrapbooking so I’m really glad I brought along a few crafty supplies to document my trip.  I’ve really enjoyed the Traveler’s Notebook style and I find it has helped me out quite a bit with keeping track of everything we’ve done and remembering all the little moments throughout our trip.  With my ZIP printer as a way of printing little pictures, I’ve been able to use a combination of journaling, pictures, and all the ephemera (so so so much ephemera) I’ve been collecting to document our trip easily.  It’s also given me a little crafty “save my sanity” time to myself, which has been key to surviving six weeks on the road with the family!!!

This layout documents our evening in Old Quebec City.  I really wanted to show that just because you are on the road, using a notebook, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get a little fancy and creative with your layouts.  I absolutely love sequins so, of course, I brought some with me on the trip, and I thought it would be fun to make a little peek-through window with some sequins inside.

The key to a layout like this one is to go with the flow! I don’t have all the tools with me that I would normally use to make a shaker pocket so I had to give myself permission to just go with the flow and embrace the imperfection of it.  I used a photo pocket I brought with me, as the window.  My little scissors to cut it out, and washi tape to hide the crooked lines.  My window is a little lop-sided and it’s slightly off center, but I love how it invites you to take a glimpse at the cobble stone streets and incredible architecture hiding behind it.  T/he sequins add a ton of sparkle and it is definitely an unexpected feature to come across as you flip through the notebook.

I have to keep reminding myself that I need to keep my embellishments flat.  I specifically left all my bulky embellishments at home and just brought flat stickers, die cuts, flat letter stickers, washi tape, and stamps.  They are all perfect ways to add those fun extra details to the page without adding extra dimension, and the sequins give the effect of dimension without causing bulk.

In total, this layout took me about 25 minutes, which was exactly the amount of ‘me time’ I needed this evening after a 7 hour drive.  I had so much fun bringing this idea to life and I love how it turned out 🙂  Please feel free to check out my process video if you’d like to see how I did it!!!

Thanks so much for popping by 🙂

Happy Scrapping,


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