I have been admiring all the traveler’s notebook inspiration I have seen lately. I have a few in my stash but was never really quite sure what project I might want to do in them. I have also been a little burnt out on Project Life but still wanted a way to capture some of our normal, everyday stories.
Then came the 52 Favorites Project by Paper Issues and the light bulb moment dawned on me! Where has this project been all year and why was I just hearing about it in October? I immediately picked out one favorite photo from each week from January through October and printed them all small enough for a travelers notebook. I also printed journaling for about half of those weeks with no rhyme or reason, other than the size would fit in a TN. This is so unlike me to NOT start with a sketch or some sort of plan in mind. I am just going with the flow, using what I have, and totally loving it! I got five weeks worth of photos and journaling in my TN within a few days! Here are my first few spreads.
These first two are using Felicity Jane kits
This next one was using the new Freckled Fawn November 2018 Traveler’s Notebook kit
This one was Elle’s Studio papers and elements
And back to Felicity Jane kits with this two week spread
I’m using my stash. I’m finally using my stamps! I’m using my TN’s. This project is awesome!
I have completed three December Daily albums in past years, but the last one I finished was in 2013. I set out every year with good intentions. Last year, I even printed out a whole bunch of photos and got all my supplies together. But the year progressed and so did my motivation. I find if I don’t journal pretty close to the moment, the narrative changes or I don’t remember what I would want to say about it.
But this year, I am determined. I will finish this. Even if it takes me all year!
This year, I limited my supplies to only use Felicity Jane or Paislee Press items as my base and I am only pulling embellishments from the choices I have loaded into my Raskog cart. I have decided on a loose ringed Traveler’s Notebook size clear acrylic cover from Color Cast Designs which will help with it’s manageable size. Here is my cover page that shows through the acrylic cover.
I also am trying to make it as simple as possible, using the Little Lamm Paper Co’s Reindeer Games TN Template for all of my journaling. I spent a few hours typing up journaling for every day in Evernote, then post holiday craziness, all I had to do was drop it into the template and print. Now I have photos and printed journaling waiting for me whenever I have a chance to work on it.
I am working out of order – just picking up whatever photo inspires me in the moment. So far this whole plan has been working well for me. Especially since I actually have a few pages already done! That’s way better than the last four years already!
Here are the first few pages I have finished
My craft room is a total mess but I look at it as a sure sign of progress!