Keeping a Daily Journal

March 21st, 2017|travelers notebook|

The way I keep a journal now as opposed to a teenager is like night and day. I don’t feel the need to go into detail with every bit of my day like I did as a teen. Oh the angst and drama of it all. ;)

For almost two years I have regularly written little snippets about each day in my ‘journal’. It is a little slice of who I am. My great grandfather and great grandmother did it and it is a true treasure and a ‘slice of life’ as to what they did each day, or what the weather was like, or you name it. That’s what I want to leave behind more than anything. I wish I would have done it sooner.

Today, we have Marcy showing us her daily writings. She has a system. She keeps it simple. She gets it done.

 

 

[ Stamps | Escape (adventurous spirit) / Time Again (weekdays) / Yesterday (one for the books) ]

 

I love this so much. When you take out the need for a bunch of fluff–not that there’s anything wrong with that :) –your mind is free to focus on what really matters: the words and a couple photos. It’s more a visual journal than a scrapbook in today’s modern use of the term.

Perfection.

A New Line: Travelers Notebook Themed Kits

March 10th, 2017|printables, travelers notebook|

As part of this fresh, new KBS direction– live. write. repeat.–I personally want to focus more on documenting simply and share those ideas with you. And part of that is creating components as part of a system to help you–and me–to do that.

A couple months ago you may have seen the ‘Instagram-minute’ video I shared on what I’m doing with my traveler’s notebook (and a little peek at this new kit). I’m actually going to do something a little more in-depth here soon, but one of the fun techniques I’m doing is binding my book with  a Midori rubber band rather than the staples.. It will allow me to change covers, add typewriting to a page, add a vellum or pocket page, all sorts of things. In other words…I will have flexibility.

Additionally, I love having bits and pieces of themed or coordinating items at my finger tips. I’m always reaching for the pre-printed and pre-cut ‘Little Word’ strips or a stamp or some washi. Simple, everyday items that make the process quick and effortless.

One more thing, you may have heard I’m a huge yellow rose fan. I don’t know why they strike my fancy so, but they do. I think it’s a childhood thing. I always loved the beautiful color of yellow on the miniature rose, but large bush on the farm. I’ve been waiting for someone to come out with that perfect paper and then I was like Duh. I can make it myself! (Sometimes I just have to be knocked in the head.)

So you take all that and wrap it up into a little neat bow and you get a brand new series of traveler’s notebook kits called A Traveler’s Pack, with this first theme being Splendid. It’s all the essentials you’ll need to document your journeys.

The kit comes with seven cover papers sized the same as Midori cover, which is 8.75 “x 8.25”. Of course you can size as needed. You can also use them as paper in the book as well as what they were intended for…covers.

This kit also has two sheets of a variety of printables. All easily trimmed by hand or paper trimmer. The numbers are .75″ so you can use it with that size circle punch. These files come in JPG and PDF files.

The theme is perfect for this time of year. Very home and outdoors related.

 

I took maybe ten minutes to trim out most of the items here. However, I did leave some items uncut. The reason being, I prefer to have something like a card of letters rather than all those itty bitty pieces. It doesn’t take much time to hand cut the pieces a little more when needed.

And if you look closely here, you can see the black rubber band I have that goes around the entire book for the binding.

 

 

I cut out a bag out of glassine paper using the all-new Paper Bag: Flat design that’s available in the store. There are two versions, a regular one like you see here and one that’s a little longer, that would house the decorative strips a little better.

The glassine I purchased HERE. Super cheap and fun to use!

The reason I like the glassine bag is that you can see immediately what’s in there. You can keep the themed kits in their own bag and use them as needed. Of course, if you fancy a different organizational system, that’s groovy too. You do what makes sense for you.

You can tuck this into a pocket or into the back of your album that you’re working on. Always available to you.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this new series of kits! I love the idea of changing covers throughout the year to match the season–if I want to, that is. I also love the idea selecting a few of those covers to work together for different subjects in my main book.

Lots of ideas and possibilities!

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For printing, I use an Epson Photo Stylus 1400 printer with Epson Premium Presentation Matte Paper. 

 

And to top it all off, you can save 40% on this brand new kit during our Spring Fling sale! You can find all the spring items HERE and use the code SPRING at checkout.

Take Note

March 9th, 2017|planners, stamps, travelers notebook|

While fall seems to be the time to document what you are grateful for, spring is the perfect time to take note of the favorite things in your life. Everything is fresh and new. You want to freshen up your wardrobe with new spring clothes–I know it made me feel good the other day. ;) You buy new bins and tools to organize your home. You want to watch the new buds grow on your lilac tree.

Spring is a perfect time for documenting what’s new.

Take a look at what Marcy did with a favorite item of hers.

From Marcy:

Sometimes I just enjoy the smaller “mini book” type size for random things.  Things that aren’t recording our day… more just random thoughts and photos.

[ Supplies: One Fine Day (take note) and Side by Side (date) ]

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A photo, a bit of journaling, a label and a date.
Perfection. 

So your challenge today is to take stock of what is new in your life right now.
What are your favorites?

Keep it simple. Get it done.

Travelers Templates #3

March 2nd, 2017|photo templates, travelers notebook|

aka: The Alternate Route.

I am a girl that likes options….variation…making the most of my goodies.

So when it came to making this kit, I kept thinking ‘I like this, but I want that as well.’

And, when it comes to cake, I always want to eat it too.

Thus, I present to you: Travelers Templates #3!

This blend of templates is unique in that some have predesigned titles and/or alternate spaces for photos. Using the eye in the Layers palette, you can turn off the pieces you don’t want. Or, you could just delete the layer–but remember to save the file as something different first. ;)

 

 

This little ensemble of my documented week in Montana came together in minutes. Select photos, clip photos, print photos. Boom. Done. I opted to keep the sweet little title image at the bottom–which, of course, you can turn off and add your own word using your own font. You can also turn it off and include two more photos.

Options. Variation. Making the most of your goodies.

That’s what it’s all about…and cake too.

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For more information on how to use photo templates, please check out the KBS YouTube channel.

 

Daily Writing: It’s The Cool Thing To Do

February 28th, 2017|stamps, travelers notebook|

Part of the end of the year rituals involve planning and documenting. Whether you’re planning your Christmas, preparing to document for a new year, or maybe you’re just documenting the month, having a fun place to write your thoughts and plans is the cool thing to do.

And nobody is cooler at that then our newest creative team member, Miss Marcy Penner! Take a look at the cover she created for her traveler’s notebook!

Okay….like…for reals? This presentation of date stamps for a cover is awesome!


Let’s see what Marcy has to say about it.

Basically I’ve decided to move into my Travelers Notebook for my planning.  I’m tired of carrying around all these books and making things more complicated than they need to be. I’ve converted my daily planner into notebook form and still wanted to have a fun cover.  But a simple fun cover.  Simple and neutral is my jam so I decided to decorate my November notebook with the A Big Day stamps and Versafine.  I love love love using Versafine on kraft paper.  It’s so nice and subtle.

I just stamped the days of the week a slight scattered pattern and voila!

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swoon.
And I’m so with you girl!
No reason to make things more complicated than they need to be.
Who’s got time for that? ;)

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Document December

February 24th, 2017|stamps, travelers notebook|

Documenting your December has become a rather big thing, thanks to the likes of Ali Edwards and her December Daily concept. It’s a fun tradition capturing all the magic–or the ordinary–before the holidays.

What a treasure, right?

Our newest creative team member, Miss Marcy, is here to show us how to document in delightful fashion. Keeping it simple. Getting it done.

ahhhh……

 

 

[ Stamps | Ashland (alpha) / Better Not Pout (let it snow) / Yesterday (documented) ]

Here’s what Marcy has to say:

Sometimes I just write stuff down.  I’m totally okay with that.  But sometimes I have time for just a little bit more.  For this spread I used the number stamps from Ashland to mark the dates on my pages.  Just a bit of quick journaling, a photo and a quote and another few days are documented.

Such magic in the simplicity. Document your December simply so you can spend more time making holiday memories–and cookies–instead of making holiday pages. ;)

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December Daily, Maggie Style

February 22nd, 2017|cuttables, travelers notebook|

We’re here today with another blast from Christmas past with the ever-so lovely Miss Maggie! This cute thing decked the halls of her Heidi Swapp album with some KBS goodness in preparation for documenting all things Christmas.

 

Here’s what Maggie has to say:

My first step was to decorate the cover of my album…I chose one of my “NOEL” cuts and a little poinsettia embellishment. I decided to trace inside the letters with a journaling pen – just to give the design a little more depth – and I love the way it turned out. Is it a bit messy? Yep. But that’s just fine with me. I think it really helps the “NOEL” to stand out against the stripes and dots on the cover.

 

I added my little embellishment and then I laminated the 2 pieces. In the past I have found that when I adhere paper layers to the front of an album they don’t always stay stuck. I’m hoping that having just one piece attached to the cover will be a better option for me.

The next thing I did was cut a small 4×4 template from a piece of cardstock to create a “photo frame” on each of my pages. Then I simply traced around my template…easy peasy. I’m so glad I did this…not only have I decided on the size of each of my photos, but I’ve also eliminated the stress of having to figure out where the photo will go and on which page.

Next I added a title page to my album using one of my Christmas tree cuts. Here again I traced around the inside of my tree, just to make the image stand out a bit more.

 

Once I’d finished that I was ready to add some numbers to my pages.

 

As you can see my pages are quite plain. And that’s OK! I’m not worried about how fancy they are…I’m more concerned with getting those memories documented. I will add some journaling and a few more embellishments as our days play out, but, for right now, they are just perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m so so excited for next month to get here so that I can start filling in these pages! This is further along than I’ve ever been in a December album at this time, and I’m really confident that I’ll be able to stay on track.

 

[ Designs | Christmas Countdown (elements). Stamps | Twinkle.

(To see this all come together, check out Maggie’s Instagram feed in December 2016 @maggiemassey )

 

Okay…those trees! Love the trees! And I love how Maggie took many of her components from the Christmas Countdown and turned it into an amazing album!

Well done, my friend!

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Please Welcome……Miss Marcy Penner!

February 17th, 2017|travelers notebook|

oh. my. goodness.

oh. my. goodness!

I’ve waited for this day for quite some time now!

I have waited and waited (very impatiently, mind you)  to be back up and live to announce this and do it right….because she sooo deserves to have it done right!

The ever-so lovely and my simple-journaling sistah, Miss Marcy Penner, has joined the KBS Creative Team!!!

Ack!

I’m so excited!

Take a look and you’ll see just why this gives me such joy.

[ Stamps | XO ]

First off, puppy….sooooooo cute!

But the traveler’s notebook spread?

divine.

There is such great art in simplicity…and this girl has a talent for it for sure!

I can’t believe how lucky we all are to get to see Marcy wield her magic with us on a monthly basis now. It’s going to be so exciting to see what she does! I’ve also loved using her TN printouts!

I thought it would be fun for Marcy to introduce herself.
So Marcy…take it away!

  • I live in a white farmhouse on the Canadian prairies.  I’m a total introvert and homebody so living out in the country fits me perfectly!
  • I homeschool two of my three kids and my oldest graduates this year!  Eep!
  • I crave simplicity.  From my home to my journal… keeping things simple is key.
  • I am currently obsessed with my chickens and dreaming about my future garden (says the girl who hasn’t had a successful garden yet).
  • All my memory keeping and planning takes place in my notebook.  I’ve moved into one book for everything this year (again… simplifying) and it’s just so stress free!
  • All I need for documenting is my notebook, washi tape and stamps.  That’s all I need.  For real.
  • I live in jeans, plaid shirt and a sweater.  Summer, winter, whatever.  The wardrobe’s always the same.
  • I would love to travel more, but only where I can get by car.  Planes give me the heebie-jeebies.

I look forward to getting to know Marcy even more as she plays here and shares all her beautiful work. This girl so speaks my language and we’ve even been known on occasion to share the same brain. Isn’t that right Marcy? :)

So happy you’re here!!! It’s official! 

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To see more of Marcy’s amazing work, check out her website here.

Oh me, oh my!

February 16th, 2017|stamps, travelers notebook|

Wow! It has been a crazy few days here at the all-new KBS! I just want again say thank you for your patience as we work out the kinks and transition ourselves into our new home!

If you want real-time updates, please check out our Facebook page.

We started sending codes out to those classes affected by the import glitch (see Friday’s post below). The rest should go out today. They need to be staggered a bit because it causes an unusual high amount of traffic on the site, as you can imagine. :) Makes it run a bit slower when that happens.

And because I don’t like posting without a photo, I thought today would be a great day to share another weekly spread out of my travel journal.

[ Designs | Snowflake. Stamps | Ashland (alpha) + Thankful (now).

I used some drafting tape like washi tape and stamped over it. Funny thing is, no matter how much you practice for a perfect stamp, it always seems to mess up when you need to do it for reals. Doh.

I also cut the snowflake out of vinyl so I could transfer the delicate shape into the book adhesive-free. Love vinyl! And sometimes I like to type my text, print it + trim it, and adhere it on a page. I like variety, plus it keeps it even more simple than handwriting.

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And great news! The sale on kits and classes has been extended through Presidents Day! Use code HELLOAGAIN at checkout to save 40% on orders of $15 or more.

Life Well Traveled | Beauty …. And A Freebie!

August 12th, 2016|life well traveled, travelers notebook|

There is one thing that was instilled me from as early as I can remember–and that is a love for this land all that it has to offer. That there is beauty in everything you see, from dead trees to the bloom of a thistle, the drifts of snow or the colors of sunset. There is beauty everywhere. It’s something I never take for granted.

I have my grandpa–and my mother–to thank for that. And I hope that I have instilled that in my children as well. I think I have. ;)

That’s what’s been on my mind of late. One of my favorite things I remember doing as a child was going up in the mountains with my grandpa to explore. He could tell me the name of any plant and what it could be good for. Those were amazing moments.

And that’s how today’s addition to my Life Well Traveled came about.

mtn life beauty web


I printed photos using a combination of two templates from Snapshots 3 so that I could get the 4-square collage and an ‘Instax’ photo all on one 4×6 sheet.

I cut out the word beauty in cardstock, adhered it and added the stamped word everywhere from the Travelogue stamp set. It actually says let’s go everywhere, but I just inked the everywhere part and stamped that.


mtn life beauty 2 web


I made a pocket out of my photo collage and printed text on two Office Tag shapes filled with a beige color. I then stamped THEN and NOW from the Yesterday stamp set. I thought it was the perfect way to tie in the two memories. I did extend the bottom lines of the tags to make them longer so I could fit all the text I wanted.

I also typed out all the verses and chorus to For The Beauty Of The Earth and made that a background page to the right side. I know, right? How perfect is that? :)

Here is my journaling:

THEN
This could be a picture straight from my childhood. Many trips over hill and dale with my grandpa at the helm. I miss those days.

I remember summers going up to the Pomerelle area when visiting my grandparents. A picnic. Exploration. And the occasional sliding down of a snowbank on your behind. I remember spending many moments–in mountains, valleys, desserts and farms–exploring with my grandfather. He instilled in me a love for this land. Having worked in the Forest Service and for the BLM, he could tell you the name of every plant. I can’t tell you how many times he’d pull from an Indian Paint Brush bloom and let us suck on it. While I did enjoy those times as a child, I never fully appreciated the wealth of knowledge and his love for the land. Your perspective of what you have in front of you differs from child to adult. I miss his sweet words and his quiet little laugh.

He–and my mother–instilled a great love of this land. To appreciate the beauty in everything. Even a weed can be beautiful. Have you ever looked at the blossom of a thistle? Milk weeds are wonderful for bees. Dead trees have beauty. Then there are the sunsets, the fruit and vegetables harvested. Even a dirt path lined with trees is beautiful.

NOW
Feeling the need to revisit a love from my own childhood, I made it my quest to go to the Sawtooth National Forest (Pomerelle area) with my own family for the Fourth of July one year. Sheree and Alisa and their families came too. We made a picnic and took it up to the mountains. We hiked around in various places and truly enjoyed where we were. The smell alone just took me back to being a child. It smells like no other place in the mountains I’ve ever been. It’s a sweet smell. I’m sure my grandpa could have told me what made the smell for sure, but we always called them cabbage leaves. Don’t know if that is really what it was or not.


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Now it’s your turn. Here are some questions to help you get started:

  • What does beauty mean to you?
  • What do you love most about being outside?
  • What do you see that makes you appreciate where you are and what you have in front of you?
  • Did you have someone help you learn to love the beauty in all?
  • What do you want to tell your children about beauty?


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And now here are a couple of beauty-ful things just for you!

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The beauty cut file/image is free for you!

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And here’s a little tutorial on how you can combine two different templates to make a template to print the photos you need.

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A Life Well Traveled is a journey of thoughts, perspectives, and memories in visual form based on events in your life. A play on words, it can be anything from actual travels and afterthought perspective to personal journeys and lessons learned in your life.