Hello Cocoa Vanilla family and welcome back to the blog! I was super excited when I found out that I would be working with Traveler’s Notebooks for this week’s project. A little back story about me – TN’s were how I found out about scrapbooking and I worked almost exclusively in this size for some time before I was brave enough to branch out into 12x12s.

For this week, I decided to focus on the 6×8 patterned paper stack, and my thought process was to create two very different spreads – one where the pattern is restrained and a tasteful addition to the overall background and one where there is a riot of pattern and color across the backdrop. Traveler’s notebooks are an excellent place to play with color and pattern because it is a smaller work surface and it does not feel as overwhelming as it might be with on a larger layout.

For my first layout, I opted to go for a more restrained look and I pulled out the Midnight collection because the muted pinks and blues coupled with warm neutrals was perfect for what I had in mind. First, I chose some patterns from the 6×8 paper stack and I punched squares using a 2.5 inch punch. Punches area great way to play with pattern and to add pops of color to a project without it feeling super overwhelming. Next, I used those squares that I punched out and arranged them in a diagonal across my work surface, then adhered them with a bit of double sided tape. Once my background was complete, I went to work on my photo and title. I chose scrap a phot of our kittens – the coloring was perfect and I knew I could find a sentiment in the Midnight title pack that went with the photo. After embellishing my photo with some bits from the ephemera pack, I chose a title, added some floral elements and called this spread done!

Here’s another closeup fro you. I love the mix of warm and cool tones in these patterns and how well they work together.

For my second layout, I opted to recreate the same design – photo on one side and title on the other – but with a LOT more color. I pulled out my Happiness stash for this one and opted to create a pattern weave for my background. I chose four patterns that had a white base and cut 4.5 inch strips, then wove them together so that they overlapped each other and attached it to my background. This layout was a bit harder to embellish as there was so much color and bright in the background that I knew I would have to be a bit more restrained so I opted for a black and white selfie and a few floral pieces that added to the layout without distracting from the background. I added my title to the left side of the spread, as I did previously, and then dug around in my stash for butterflies to add around the title and to my photo cluster. I find that the way to make a traveler’s notebook layout look cohesive is to pick an element and drag it across both sides of the spread. In my first layout, I used the watercolor style florals, in this one, I used butterflies.

So there you have it! I hope you found some inspiration here today and you were encouraged to scrap small. Traveler’s notebook style layouts are a great vehicle to get your feet wet when it comes to scrapbooking and a great medium to try a new technique. I hope you give this a try and make something fun today! Till next time, keep it crafty friends.

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