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Decorating your own travel journals

With summer just around the corner it is time to think about holidays. Whether you are going to the seaside or somewhere tropical why not decorate your own travel journals so you can record all the details of your trip?

Decorate your own travel journals with StickerKitten products

Here are three different ideas to decorate your own notebook.

Alpaca My Bags

StickerKitten alpaca my bags travel journal

You will need:

A5 kraft notebook (I got mine from Hobbycraft)
Alpaca Wishes – Stitched Alphabet stamp set 
Alpaca Wishes – wooden alpaca
Pretty Stitches paper pack
Black ink pad
Gold sequin trim
White card

StickerKitten alpaca my bags travel journal

1. Cut a heart shape from the front of the Pretty Stitches paper pack. Add to the middle of the notebook using foam pads.

2. Stamp the “alpaca my bags” onto white card using black ink.

3. Create a banner shape around the sentiment approx 16cm x 2cm. Add to the centre of the heart (covering the name of the paper pack) with foam pads.

4. Glue gold sequin trim each side of the banner.

5. Add a wooden alpaca using a glue gun.

Ahoy There

StickerKitten Seaside Dreams travel journal

You will need: 

A5 kraft notebook
Seaside Dreams paper pack
Seaside Dreams ephemera
Gold and green sequin trim

StickerKitten Seaside Dreams travel journal

1. Add cloud print, sea and sand print papers to the front of the notebook (vary the height and width of each to add interest)

2. Add green sequin trim to the top of the sea print paper and gold sequin trim.

3. Add the sun, boat, lighthouse, bucket and spade and sign to the front of the notebook using foam pads.

4. (Optional) Add some seashells to the notebook, these could be ones you collected from your trip.

Keep palm and carry on

StickerKitten tropical brights notebook with wooden monstera leaves

You will need:

A5 kraft notebook
Tropical Brights paper pack
Tropical Brights wooden monstera leaves pack
Green ribbon bow
Gold ink
Label maker

Keep palm and carry on decorated notebook

1. Create a frame of palm print paper 14cm x 15cm at a depth of 2.5cm and adhere to the notebook.

2. Create a frame from pink paper 7cm x 9cm at a depth of 1.5cm and adhere to the notebook.

3. Cover four wooden leaves with gold ink and glue to the notebook as shown, adding a green ribbon bow to one.

4. Use a label maker to spell “keep palm and carry on” and adhere to the middle of the notebook.

10 ways with striped paper

Hi there, Laura here to talk stripes…

I’m sure you’ll all agree with me – when you get a new die you want to cut it straight away. My new die arrived on the same day as my StickerKitten package which included the Sweet Pastels range of papers. This pack includes sweetie patterned paper and a diagonal stripe patterned paper. I picked out a pink stripe to cut the 15x15cm rose die on. Trouble is I had done no thinking ahead and had no idea what I was going to do with the die cut, and I couldn’t waste it because it was cut on new paper!! This is my thinking process on what to do next, which honestly turned into a play session with stripy paper!

StickerKitten Sweet Pastels - techniques with striped paper

I pulled out all of the stripe paper from the pack – it comes in 5 pretty colours. I knew I needed to back the die cut with something so went through the options:

Exactly the same paper underneath:

StickerKitten Sweet Pastels - techniques with striped paper

The same paper underneath but shifted over by one stripe:

StickerKitten Sweet Pastels - techniques with striped paper

The same paper underneath but rotated:

StickerKitten Sweet Pastels - techniques with striped paper

A contrasting colour underneath:

StickerKitten Sweet Pastels - techniques with striped paper

A contrasting colour shifted over by one stripe:

StickerKitten Sweet Pastels - techniques with striped paper

A contrasting colour underneath but rotated:

StickerKitten Sweet Pastels - techniques with striped paper

I loved the different options especially the plaid effect you get from rotating the stripes.

This then set me thinking about other ways of using the five striped papers together.

I lined them up:

StickerKitten Sweet Pastels - techniques with striped paper

I offset the stripes:

StickerKitten Sweet Pastels - techniques with striped paper

I created chevrons:

StickerKitten Sweet Pastels - techniques with striped paper

I decided to make a thank you card in the end and chose the subtlety of the same stripe underneath the die cut.

StickerKitten Sweet Pastels - techniques with striped paper

StickerKitten Sweet Pastels - techniques with striped paper

I added a feature flower that I watercoloured and a stamped greeting from the Sweetie Jars stamp set also available now.

StickerKitten Sweet Pastels - techniques with striped paper - rose diecut card

Now I know these stripe papers can be used in so many ways I can’t wait to get creating. First up has to be some chevrons on a scrapbook layout… it’ll be coming to StickerKitten’s Instagram feed soon so make sure you are following!

Laura

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