Hello, and happy Saturday! In this blog post I’m going to show you pages from my traveller’s notebook I have been working on with my March kit.
This blog post is very close to my heart. I have been using scrapbooking not only as a creative outlet, but also as therapy, stress relief, escapism. It’s important to know that it’s ok to document the negative experiences, as well as the positive ones. Scrapbooking usually helps me to find the silver linings to my clouds.

January has been a very difficult month for my family, including illness and bereavement. My notebook tells the story of travelling up north to Scotland to attend a funeral, and a mini break we had in Edinburgh on our way back home.

I knew I wanted this story to be the focus of my crafting in March, and I ordered my kit accordingly. I asked for black and white and neutral papers and small embellishments with pops of colour, as I didn’t want the pages to look too sad. My kit included 12”x12” and 6”x6” papers, cardstock, a set of alpha stickers, stickers and puffy stickers from Pinkfresh Studio, washi tape, and the new puffy phrases from the Jen Hadfield Hey Hello collection.

I wanted the colour black to be present in most of the pages, but I didn’t want it to be too overpowering. This floral paper was perfect for the cover – it is neutral, but very, very pretty. The flowers also have black leaves, which was just perfect. I used the black Bazzill cardstock from my kit to create a frame:

The first page is a very simple layout – a foreword to our story. I used the beautiful floral washi tape from my kit on this page and repeated it throughout the journal – it was perfect for the purpose!

Next is a double page layout: [

I used puffy stickers from Pinkfresh Studio on these pages – I find these perfect for a TN, as they do give some dimension, but they’re not too chunky.

The next pages shown are a bit further down the story line. These photos were taken in Edinburgh. The paper with the blue grid pattern was ideal for journaling, and I stretched it as much as I could throughout the notebook. The cameras are fussy cut from patterned paper.

I reintroduced the washi tape towards the end of the notebook:

I saved some of my fave embellishments for this photo. The washi is repeated in the little clusters, although it’s not very obvious.

The last page in the journal is purposefully different from the others. I have used some stencilling on the background and layered a floral wreath on top of this, which was fussy cut from a 6”x6” patterned paper from my kit. The photo on this page – unlike the other photos – has a solid black frame around it. I repeated the washi tape on this page and used embellishments from the same collections as before, to tie this page to the rest of the story.