Hi everyone its Melissa here and today I’m going to be sharing something a little bit different. Did you know that you can make your own Traveler’s Notebook inserts? I started doing this because I couldn’t purchase them here in New Zealand, and I found it a perfect way to feature beautiful patterned papers. I also love having control over the weight of paper inside the notebook. This is by no means my own idea, and there are lots of videos on YouTube for how to do this in lots of different ways. Anyway this way is definitely the lazy girls technique because no measuring is required, just an existing notebook to use as a guide. In terms of the actual making, I suggest you watch my process video (at the end of this post) where I demonstrate what you need and exactly how to create them.
I let each of my 4 children choose a patterned paper from limited selection from the Legendary and Unforgettable Collections to make each of the notebook covers. I was pleasantly surprised that two of my girls selected a paper from Legendary which tells me its definitely not just for boys!
Sam (age 13) ended up with the arrow paper by default, but I knew it would be perfect for a teen boy. I embellished with two cut aparts from Epic Tales, one that I tore in half and distressed the edges of, and the second that I fussy cut the word “EPIC” which was perfect for his cover. I did some subtle mixed media splatters and splatters on the background with some shiny mist. I finished his cover with a couple of Accessory Stickers, and I also used some of the Clear Stickers.
Here is a close up of Sam’s notebook.
Next up was Azaria (who has just turned 11), who completely surprised me by choosing the Brave Heart paper for her cover. She loves neutrals, so I decided to mix in some of the gorgeous Unforgettable, and based the embellishment of her cover off the cut apart from the Story Teller paper. I altered the cut apart by cutting off the floral pieces, distressing all edges and then glueing them back together. I love doing this!! I minimally embellished with some Clear Stickers and a Die Cut Ephemera piece. Edgy and girly all at once!
Here is a close up of Azaria’s notebook.
Next up was my girly-girl Brielle (6) who I knew had to have her entire notebook made from Unforgettable! She immediately fell in love with the Glorious paper! For her cover, I started with layering the wreath cut apart from Storyteller over a piece of paper from the 6×8 Paper Stack, and added a Clear Sticker arrow with a heart layered over the top. I distressed all of my edges of course! I needed something to break up the busy floral from the embellishment, so I used white acrylic paint applied with a dry brush, and I applied it very thickly. Once it was dry I added one of the Clear Stickers (cut in half), punched a tab and stapled it on, and my final touch was to add a clear sticker heart on the tab.
Here is a close up of Brielle’s notebook.
Onto the final notebook which was for Ava (3.5) who is my rough and tumble little girl. As soon as she saw the selection of papers in my hand she said “I want the stars” so the Legendary All Star paper was hers! I wanted to challenge myself to use more of Legendary on Ava’s notebook so I used a cut apart from Epic Tales. I distressed all of the edges like I did with the other three notebook cover papers, and for a subtle girly touch I added a Clear Sticker flower from Unforgettable and I totally love the resulting mix of grey and pink!
Here is a close up of Ava’s notebook.
I bound my notebooks by hand stitching with 3-hole pamphlet stitch, and the centre of the notebook looks like this.
And here’s a lovely photo of all the notebooks stacked up. Now to convince my children that they’re not actually getting the notebooks, but they’re for me to document their stories that don’t require a full 12×12 layout!!
You can watch my process in the following video, and I also show the embellishing of the notebook covers.
I hope I’ve inspired you to make your own Traveler’s Notebooks!
Until next time,