Thirty-One Traveler's Notebook by Paige Evans

Saturday, September 23, 2023

I made this Traveler's Notebook as a gift for Frank Garcia using his Thirty-One collection with Prima! His current Halloween collection with Prima is called Twilight and it's equally BOOtiful!
Here is a quick flip through of the album:
I made this TN in a single afternoon before flying to California! It might look like it took days to make, but a few simple tricks and you've got a faBOOlous mini album ready to hold memories!
I started by cutting down the patterned papers from the Thirty-One collection to 8x8" and smaller. The vellum cover I trimmed to 8.25" square and rounded the corners. There are quite a few cut-apart pages in Thirty-One so I trimmed some of those down and then scored between the cards. I also made a 7.5" round page.
I scored all the pages in half, stacked them together, then machine stitched straight down the center 3 times with black thread. The pile of papers was very thick so I was nervous it wouldn't work but my sewing machine managed to stitch through all the layers like a charm! To make the spine more secure I wrapped washi tape around it.
Next I stitched ribbons and trims onto the edges of all the pages. This is my favorite thing to do with mini albums the past few years. I just LOVE the texture, whimsy, and interest it adds!
When stitching the trims I used black, white, and pink threads to match the colors of Thirty-One.
To keep the album closed I tied a piece of elastic around and then knotted more ribbons & trims around it. The final touch is a spooktacular charm by Emily Inspired Designs clasped onto the knot. 
Time for embellishing! I used lots of bits & pieces from the Thirty-One collection and then added some things from my Halloween stash and my own Halloween goodies which you can find in MY SHOP.
I left lots of space for Frank to add his own photos and journaling.
I made interactive flip-ups by attaching cut-apart cards and die cuts with washi tape.
For even more cuteness I slid charms onto paperclips and stapled them onto the page edges.
Having all the different sizes and shapes of pages makes it so fun to flip through - you never know what the next page might bring!
I used a 1" circle punch to notch the edges to help make opening these next couple flaps easier.
The center-fold is a fun and interactive cut-apart page the I trimmed and scored to fit inside the parameters of a standard 4x8" traveler's notebook.
I poured sequins into a 4x4 pocket page protector, trimmed it down to 3.5x4", stitched it closed, then attached it into the album with washi tape.
Too cute to spook!
More flip-ups and pull-outs!
I signed the back :)
And that's this TN in a nutshell!
Let me know if you have any questions about this album - it was super quick & easy to make!
Have a fang-tastic day!
SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, die cuts, stickers: Thirty-One by Frank Garcia

1 comment

  1. It's awesome. Love all the trim embellishments you add to the edge of the papers. I have so much of this paper that when I sat to use it for my October Daily, the paper was telling me to use Frank's memory hardware journals to make an album, so I did. I still have plenty so I'm going to tackle a traveler's notebook like yours as well. These are the colors for my October Daily this year, I'm also pulling in the light blue found in this collection. Your notebook is very beautifu!!!


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