Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Featuring Clearly Kelly │ June 2015

We are heading back out of town soon and as you know I take documenting my travels fairly seriously. This won't be a super long trip and its not really a road trip like we have taken in the past so it won't be days in the car like before. I knew I still needed something to hold all my notes and I also had quite a list of places to go to while we are in Portland which lead me to making my own travel planner per say just for this trip.

I used one of Kelly Purkey's Wallet Album that she designed for the Clearly Kelly Line and I think these things are totally genius. You can use them for so many different things. I dressed up the album cover using stamps from the PNW is Best set and one from the Destination stamp set. The lable on the front was cut using the Documented Stamp & Die set.

For the inside I decided to make two separate books for myself. The front book would hold all of the places that I hoped to visit so I made the sheets inside the book a little smaller so I could add the tabs for each section. I love the dies in the Stamp & Cut set and laid out the text first in Photoshop Elements and printing it out onto cardstock and then I ran them thru my die cut machine to cut the tab shape. I layered two of the tabs for each section just to make them stronger since it was just cardstock that I was using. I love the pop of green that carries over from the cover. I used stamps to dress up each divider and the coffee and donut are from the PNW is Best set. I also made up a few journaling cards to tuck into the front pockets of the wallet to jot down some stories as they come up. The stamps I used on these came from the 100% Me stamp set.

Here is a glimpse inside the To Eat section. I just made simple lists of all of the places I have heard about online and in my research. I don't plan to hit them all but at least all the ones I would like to hit are in one place and I can check them off if we go there.

For the second book which would hold all of my notes from the trip I just added the simple frame and noted stamps from the Documented Stamp & Cut set, More pops of green from the layered green cardstock underneath to keep things cohesive. The stamp I used on the card on the left is also from the 100% Me stamp set.

Here is what the inside of the notebooks look like. I made the inserts myself in Photoshop Elements. They are just simple dotted grey lines spaced about 1/4" apart. I printed them out myself at home on 32lb. paper so they had enough weight to hold up to lots of writing and wouldn't have a lot of bleed thru. I recently purchased a long arm stapler from Amazon and I love this thing. I know I'll be making little booklets a lot more now that I have figured it all out. For reference this book is 15 sheets of the 32lb paper and the cardstock cover and it stapled easily. As you can see here it was just about all the regular staples could handle. I think the limit on the stapler is 20 sheets but this is a bit thicker than standard copy paper so it worked out. I can't wait to fill up this section with all of our travel notes!

Because I was on a roll using the tab dies I decided to make a Project Life® spread about our camping trip. I wanted to pair one spread up with the layout I had already made and since a mini album will also be made I didn't need to worry too much about getting it all in.

I used all three of the tab dies in the Stamp & Cuts set and one from the Scored Tabs set and love how these look. I added text to one and the top and the others were stamped on using stamps from the 100% Me set and the Get it Done stamp set. I love how the flag die looks layered on top of each other and wanted to mimic what I had done on the layout. Adding in that simple layer of flags on my journaling card makes me all kinds of happy. I love when just a simple touch can make a card sing.

Here you can see some of the tabs a bit closer and in more detail.

I hope you have fun playing with these tab dies too. They really are super versatile and can be used for more than just a tab or a label.

Because of our trip I'll be taking a bit of a blog break and will be back after the July 4th holiday to share some more stuff with you all. I'll be posting to Instagram as always so if you don't already follow you can find my feed here.

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  1. Fantastic little notebooks! Is that Piazza Italia? Because that place is to die for!

    1. Thank you! It sure is! I've heard from several people that it's delish so we're hitting it for sure!

  2. Love your notebooks & inserts! How did you manage to trim down your notebooks so perfectly? Just awesome!

    1. Thank you so much! There aren't as perfect as they look but for a first attempt I'm okay with them. I folded and stapled the pages of the books and pressed them closed and used a metal ruler to hold the page edges down tight. I used a Fiskars rotary cutter that you would use to cut fabric to cut thru the edges. It only took a few passes to go thru them all. Hope that helps.