Friends, we are SO so happy that Nadia shared her pages with us. She makes the traveler’s notebook look SO so good. We can’t help loving everything she does… and we’re sure you will too!
Note: this post has only a selection of Nadia’s Lesson 3. For the full lesson, you’ll want to register for our class, Love Where You Live. For more on the class, and all of the reasons you should register, read this post.
Hi there! Welcome to #LPPLoveWhereYouLive Lesson Three! It gives me great joy to be here today to share with you an insight of my contribution to this class. Routines are a big part of my life – and I’m sure a big part of yours. So in this lesson, I am going to try to inspire you all with the many ways you can document these routines, no matter how small, minute and forgettable these moments may be. Just remember that there is a story with each and every moment in your life, and you’ll never truly value a moment until it becomes a memory. So what better way to remember that memory than to document it?
For this project, I decided to use my Midori Traveler’s Notebook to document these routines. If you follow me on Instagram (@lettersinnovember), you’ll know that I journal and document my week in it studiously. It has just the right amount of space for me to get all that I need on it in the shortest amount of time. Not to mention, it’s portable, and I love being able to carry my memories around with me. Here’s how a traveler’s notebook generally looks like:
You can find a variety of this format made in a variety of materials, from fabric to faux leather, but being a leather girl, I had my heart set on the original traveler’s notebook. If you’ve gathered or already own these bad boys, you’re ready to start!
I decided to keep this album low-key, with minimal decorations, allowing the photos to speak for themselves. I recently acquired a full-scale working typewriter, so that has been used as my main journaling tool. Make sure you have the necessary paper-cutter, glue tape / glue, scissors, pencil, ruler etc. I’ll be listing down the items I’ve used for each layout I feature here as well, so don’t worry if you don’t have everything in order from the beginning.
As mentioned earlier, I utilized a minimalist format, focusing on the layout of the images and the journaling around it. Seeing the ‘Routines we Keep’ prompt revolved around my month of September, where work and errands were the main parts of my day, I first began my album with a little September selfie I took on the first of September to welcome the new season (and my birthday month!)
For this page, I typed up the words on my typewriter, and cut the sentences into little strips. I never knew how great the effect of this would be until I actually stuck it down. I love how the words pop out even if I’ve done a white-on-white technique.
My photos have been printed from either one of two sources: using my Canon Selphy CP910 or a photo printing kiosk. The former is a lightweight, portable little photo printer which has amazed me from the beginning. It prints great quality photos, and if you take a look at my blog, you’ll probably be able to find a detailed set of instructions that will enable you to print 2×2” square pictures that are the perfect size for a traveler’s notebook.
I went to the city on this day and took a number of pictures with my camera. I couldn’t narrow it down to just one or two, and since the 2×2” photos are able to be stacked on top of each other on a page neatly, I decided to pick 6 of my best. I did some mini journaling on my type writer, cut them out then stuck them on each respective photo. And because I wanted to add just a little bit more journaling, I decided to write them around the entire length of the page so it doesn’t look so crowded.
We now go to some every day errands: I went to a local shopping centre with my mum for my birthday and despite it being ‘normal’ to some, I found the architecture of the place quite amazing, so snap went my camera! In goes some floral finds and birthday gifts from the day and that’s a day documented. To create a different effect, I crumpled up a piece of gridded paper, and used that as my journaling page. I love that it gave a little bit more of a dimension to the page and a ‘shopping list’ feel (or maybe it’s just me?).
The sunsets have been amazing this spring here in Australia and every day I cycle home from work I’m able to see some beautiful sunsets happening out by the fields. I had to document these photos and together with a few gold alphas, I decided to call it a day and exclude any journaling. Sometimes, you just have to embrace these white spaces!
With spring comes flowers, and I of course had to document one of my favourite places in my home. Alpha stickers were from Kaisercraft and gold foils were from a previous Maggie Holmes collection. I don’t think the picture shows it well, but I’ve actually journaled on a vellum page and stuck it on the opposite side. It has given my page a sort of softer look and a different texture too.
Shopping lists: we all have them crumpled up in our pockets, scrunched up in our hands as we navigate the shopping trolley through the aisles. And what do you do at the end of your quest: you keep them. Stick in a picture from your trip to the local grocery store, stick in a food-themed tag by the side, stamp on some stamps to spruce up your shopping list a little, and bam, you’re all done with a page that would otherwise be in a bin.
And because we all love coffee, here’s a little peek into what a traveler’s notebook is great for: art. Not all pages have to be filled with photos. Get your pencil out and doodle. I even managed to get splashes of my coffee onto the page for a more realistic effect – it even lets the smell of that glorious coffee stay on that page of yours. Enlightening to the eyes AND your senses!
Lastly, a page to document work (and a little bit of fun). I’m fortunate enough to be working in a hospital that resides near a beach. This only means lunch times breathing in the sea breeze and blue skies that stretches for days. So naturally, these views have to get in my notebook. I made this layout a little different: I printed two sets of 4 pictures in a 3×3” layout and stuck them on either pages. I used alpha stickers and my own handwriting to journal it up. And the patterns on the side could not have been easier: I used a square stamp and stamped it randomly on the page until I have the design I desire. Remember not to overcrowd the designs though, of course.
And that’s a wrap! I hope this lesson has somewhat given you an idea of the many ways you can document your routines! Many thanks to Little Paper Projects for allowing me to showcase my album!
Everyone take a moment to thank Nadia for her gorgeous, minimalist and eye-popping pages!! And if you want to learn more about her, and link to her blog and media, you can visit her about page here.
julie + jen