Lilac Obsessed


They are one of the most gorgeous, fragrant, short-lived, springtime pleasures. And last week I just couldn’t get enough of them….which was why it was such a focus in my journal for the week.


The smell. Oh my goodness! I had to bring some in since it’s been too cool to open the windows. I strategically planted the bush by the window where I sit most often and usually get to benefit from them, but this year…not so much.

And my white-edged lilacs, which corner the the other end of our house, inspired the four-petal flower design in the all-new April Showers kit.



I copied four of the original open design, then released the compound path on one of them and removed the center petal pieces to give me a solid background and copied it–cutting four of each style. I adhered the the solid pieces on my page with mini glue dots in the center and layered the open pieces a little less evenly using mini glue dots as well. I liked how they sat just a little off and how, by using glue dots, it allows the petals to be ‘loose’ on the page giving it more dimension. I finished the look with some enamel dots.

Another tip is to have one set with smooth side up and one set with the texture side up. That adds even more dimension to the ensemble, particularly when white-on-white is involved. The flowers were cut at 1″ using my favorite American Crafts cardstock. Works great on my delicates!

I stamped the word LILACS using the Maxwell Outline stamp and layered ‘I Love Right Now’ from the Fresh Air stamp set under it. I love mixing stamps to create your own unique titles! You know me and words. :) I also stamped the ‘wonderful world’ phrase from the Found stamp set onto an Instax photo.

Keeping it simple. Getting it done. This spread came together so fast!

And now, I’m afraid I’m going to lose my lilacs by the weekend. That will be a sad day. I’ll just have to enjoy the iris as they come and then my favorite–yellow roses. :)

2017-04-26T05:53:55+00:00 April 26th, 2017|cuttables, stamps, travelers notebook|4 Comments


  1. Chris April 28, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    What brand insert are you using? Or if you make your own what paper brand and weight do you use?

    • Kerri Bradford April 29, 2017 at 7:01 am

      I use the Midori #003 inserts. Someday I’d like to take a test drive of all the inserts available just to see what’s what in comparison. :)

  2. Mikaela September 12, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Can you explain how these travelers notebooks work? Which brand is this white one?

    • Kerri Bradford September 12, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      There are many ways you can use them. If you follow the Travelers Notebook Category at the bottom of the post, you can see how they’ve been used. Most notebooks are bound with staples, however, I like to remove them and use elastics/rubberbands instead. This particular album is from Webster’s Pages. They make a lovely album with pockets for a reasonable price (use a 40% off coupon at Joann’s). The ‘binding’ in the album are elastics as well, so you can easily slip your albums in and out. It’s awesome! I love them! I also have a couple Midori albums as well as ones from FoxyFix and ChicSparrow. It’s a bit of an addiction. ;)

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