Friday, May 10, 2019

Quebec Travel Mini

I've posted snippets of this Montreal & Quebec City travel mini book over on Instagram, but I wanted to write up a blog entry as well now that it's completed. Some quick notes/thoughts before I share some of my favorite spreads in the album:

  • I used an old Studio Calico album I had purchased years ago. It's the 4-ring handbook format and I had to re-punch my page protectors to get them to fit, but I wanted to use this album for its wider spine. This trip wasn't too long but I thought the extra width/space would be useful since I had a lot of memorabilia (tickets, business cards, postcards etc) I wanted to include. 
  • When making travel mini-books like this one, my focus is always on the stories, photos, and memorabilia. I don't really experiment with a lot of creative techniques because I want to highlight the photographs and keep the album fairly simple and clean.
  • I also included a lot of 3x8 inserts in this album! I really like how the 3x8 pages turned out and they were great for adding additional photos or a longer story.
  • Aside from my printables, I also used journal cards from Feed Your Craft (from this kit I designed) and Studio Calico (from my stash of past kits). The stamps & embellishments I used were all from my stash as well and I didn't buy anything specifically for this project.
  • Since this was a summer trip, I wanted my spreads to be bright and colorful. I thought the album I chose was quite fitting with the overall look of the mini-book as well :)

Here's a look at some of my favorite pages in my album.

My title page is a colorful postcard I picked up in Montreal. I glued it on a piece of patterned vellum and on the back, I have a matching postcard from Quebec City.

I started this album off with a little travel tag insert I made. I used the tag to jot down the reason for this trip and some little details. The YUL airport code was stamped with this Olver alpha from SC - definitely a favorite in my stash!

I'm really glad I brought my instax camera on this trip! The instax photos are a fun addition to this album.

The 3x8 Adventure cards were my favorite set to use in this album :)

There's something about the colors of this spread (all that mint!) that just makes me happy :) I chose the cards and embellishments to match the business card I picked up at that restaurant.

One of my favorite things we did on this trip was seek out some Korean drama filming locations in Quebec City. I wanted to add this story to my album and include some screenshots from the TV show, so it was the perfect opportunity to use one of my 3x8 Snapshots templates. I labelled the location for each screenshot.

Who can resist a cute moose-in-socks postcard? :)

Love that the camera card from the Feed Your Craft Moments Captured kit coordinated perfectly with my Bonjour printable cards.

Another favorite alpha of mine is this Aurora alpha stamp set. There are matching number stamps as well.

I added a paper bag (with a postcard adhered to the front of it) to the back of the album so I could include a couple more pieces of ephemera.

There's still a bit of space in my mini-book, but it's pretty full and I'm glad I decided to use an album with a wider spine! So happy to have another completed album on my bookshelf.

Thank you for looking! :) Have a great weekend.

Friday, May 3, 2019

(Inter)National Scrapbook Day 2019

Happy (inter)national scrapbook day everyone! Hope you've got some plans to get crafty this weekend. I'm going to try and do some catching up in my Project Life album.

I'm joining in with the celebrations this weekend by having a storewide sale at In a Creative Bubble. Use the code NSD2019 for 10% off your order, from now until Sunday night (11:59pm PDT). Be sure to check the Last Chance category of the shop as well for items that will be retired at the end of the month.

Please make sure to enter the code during checkout.

I've also got a freebie set of cards for you! :) You can download the PDF here.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy NSD! xo.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Shop Update

I've got a fun shop update today at In a Creative Bubble! This release includes a bunch of everyday and travel themed designs and there are eleven products in total (six journaling card sets and five coordinating digital stamp sets). Here's a look at what's new this month:

Nice Day Journaling Cards
Let's start things off with one of the new everyday themed sets. I wanted this set to be bright, happy, and full of positive vibes. I mixed in a bit of my handwriting ('have a nice day') with the clean type for a whimsical look and the happy sunshine card just might be my favorite from this set!

Nice Day Digital Stamps

Dreamer Journaling Cards
This set is all about documenting those incredible moments at an amusement park, whether those memories be enjoying the rides, eating all the treats, or simply capturing the magic. I'm really pleased with how this set turned out, especially the color scheme with the lighter peaches/pinks and the bold contrast of the black and white designs. Hope you like it as well!

Dreamer Digital Stamps

Recorded Journaling Cards No.9
The popular black & white Recorded cards are some of my favorite ones to design, and I love being able to continue this ongoing series throughout the years. I can't believe we're already at set no.9! As always, I try and make the designs as versatile as possible with a mix of everyday/basic phrases and lots of room for jotting down your stories. I also decided to mix in some of my handwriting this time :)

Aloha Journaling Cards
One of the new travel themed sets this month focuses on tropical vacations and island getaways. I had so much fun illustrating that cute whale and happy pineapple! Some of these cards can definitely be used for other stories as well and I hope you find them useful and easy to use with your photos and stories.

Aloha Digital Stamps

Boston Journaling Cards
It's been so long since I last released city-specific cards. I wanted to bring these back and I have Boston up in the shop this month. While I know there are so many things to do in this city in general, these particular designs were inspired by the activities I did when I visited the city last year (eg. eating seafood, visiting Harvard etc). I'll definitely be using these cards when I start my travel mini-book!

Boston Digital Stamps

NYC Journaling Cards
Finally, I've got a brand new set of New York City themed cards in the shop. I've made New York themed designs before (several years ago) but those ones have been retired from the shop and are no longer available. I wanted to create this updated NYC set to reflect my current modern and clean style and I'm quite happy with how the cards turned out. I think the Statue of Liberty card is my favorite :)

NYC Digital Stamps

That's all for April's release! I hope you find something in the shop that interests you and as always, I want to thank you for your continued support. Be sure to check out the Last Chance category for products that will be retiring at the end of the month as well. Have a great week!