Hybrid How-To | Starting a Traveler’s Notebook

Hi everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Hybrid How-To series here on The Digital Press blog! I’m here today to show you how you can start a Traveler’s Notebook and use it for your memory keeping.

Everywhere I look, I am seeing people using Traveler’s Notebooks (also called TN’s) to document all kinds of things… not just trips and vacations! If you look on Pinterest, ETSY, Amazon, or even if you just google “traveler’s notebooks” …you will get a wide display of manufacturers, sizes, and different ways people are using them. Today I would like to show you a bit about the traveler’s notebooks I am using, and how/why I decided to start using them for all sorts of scrapbooking and memory keeping projects!

Here’s just one example of the types of things you can do with a TN, with regard to memory-keeping…

Here are a few of the reasons I decided to give traveler’s notebooks a try:

  • quick, flexible memory keeping
  • no pressure to do a weekly or monthly layout
  • easy way to break into doing a hybrid project
  • no plastic pockets (unless you want them as accessories)
  • simplicity — photos, journaling, and maybe some stickers & washi tape
  • great for quick topics (vacations, food, recipes) or to record ongoing progress (weight loss, pregnancy, etc.)
  • I, personally, am drawn to the vertical orientation
  • easy to use to document things while on-the-go
  • great way to use digital templates, patterned papers, & supplies

Here’s a look at the Traveler’s Notebooks I am currently using…

I picked a few of them up at my local scrapbook store, and one is from a scrapbooking subscription club. As you can see, two of them are the “standard or regular” size (on the right), and one is a smaller size that is often referred to as the “passport” size (on the left). I didn’t spend too much money on any of them, because I wasn’t sure how often I was going to use them. It turns out, though, that I am documenting in them quite often and may eventually splurge for one of the real leather notebooks. For now, however, I am happy with these less expensive TN’s! They are made of a soft “plether” (plastic/leather) type of material, and come with the elastic bands inside that hold the inserts, and also a band that goes around the book to hold it closed.

Most TN’s come with at least one paper insert. The inserts can be made out of different colors, weights and styles of paper. Here’s a closer look at the inserts from the three TN’s I showed you, above…

The type of paper insert is important depending on how you are going to use them. For instance, f you do a lot of painting or stamping, then a thicker paper maybe needed. If you are mostly journaling in them, maybe you will want plain or lined paper instead of a dot or grid pattern. The color of the paper is important, too, if you want to work directly on that paper; for instance, up above you can see that one of these paper inserts is very cream in color, as opposed to a more pure white — but since I usually cover the insert with patterned paper, that worked for me.

One of mine came with a craft folder that has a place to put supplies and/or keepsakes, as shown here…

Some inserts are stitched together, and some are stapled… and this is also something to consider. The first TN I used had an insert that was stapled together… which enabled me to take the staples out and have flexibility moving the papers and getting them to lay perfectly flat while stamping or gluing things in place, which was nice! Since that first book, I have just left the inserts intact. Both ways work really well, and I think it is just a matter of personal preference.

There are many types of accessories and extra options you can purchase to use with your TN. Extra elastics, charms to put on the outside bands, tags, plastic pockets, zipper cases, and pen loops are all very popular and help you customize your TN…

I love the zipper pocket! Although I don’t scrapbook on-the-go very much, I often will stick in supplies that I want to use just to keep track of everything!

To give you a little more inspiration and let you see the kinds of things you can do with your TN… here are a couple of pages from my Summer 2018 Traveler’s Notebook…

And trust me, it’s all so easy! I simply printed some photos and products I liked, and then played around with putting them together on the pages. As you can see, this format works well for multi-photo pages and also for large photos. I use Epson Premium Presentation Matte paper and a Canon Pixma printer.

For the projects I’ve shown you, above, I printed digital products from these beautiful kits that you can find at The Digital Press…

The great thing about a TN is that you can use your favorite digital products and edit/alter the contents, re-size things, and even change a few colors here and there, before printing… in order to have your own personalized scrapbooking supplies ready to add to the TN. And as we discussed above, there are a lot of options to choose from when selecting and beginning a Traveler’s Notebook. Here are a few final thoughts you might consider, as you get ready to give this a try…

  • the cost — you can spend a lot or a little
  • the size — standard or regular is used by most scrapbookers (it is approximately 8.5″ tall by 4.25″ wide)
  • the paper inserts/refills — the color, weight and the style; grid, dot and lined patterns are popular
  • the topic — decide whether you want your book to be about a specific topic or just a bunch of random photos & stories you love
  • the record-keeping — TN’s are a great way to journal your thoughts, and many people use their own handwriting rather than typing
  • the supplies — use your digital supplies in a whole new way; journal cards, labels & pattern papers work well
  • the contents — large, full-size photos are dramatic and pair well with papers, journaling and embellishments
  • the rules — there are really NO rules! Just play around and find out what works for you!
  • the starting point — really, just get started! it’s so much fun to print, touch, and play around with the items you add to your TN

The important thing is to have fun with it and make it work for you. We would love to see what you create using products from The Digital Press, so please feel free to leave us comments and link us up to any projects you load into the hybrid gallery here at TDP!

 


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About the Author  KerriAnne is a homebody who resides in the desert SW. She started scrapbooking when her kids were little and hasn’t stopped despite the teenagers rolling their eyes and sticking out their tongues!  When not scrapping or being a chauffeur, she can be found consuming large amounts of iced coffee.

 

Feature Friday | Cornelia Designs

Hey there! After our annual “blog break” this past month, we’re back! Welcome to another edition of our always-popular Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog.

love getting to know our designers better thanks to these posts… getting a peek into their creative minds, into their lives, and into their passions outside of digital design. This week, I have the honor of introducing you to one of the newest members of our design team — Cornelia Pramendorfer of Cornelia Designs. She joined the The Digital Press family in May, and we’re so thrilled she’s here!

In order to learn more about her, we asked her to share with us “5 Things We Might Not Already Know About Herself“…

  1. Beside designing digital products, she also creates book covers and she’s an author. She already has five (5!) books published in the romance genre!
  2. She’s a new mom to a little baby boy, who is right now 4 month old and she’s newly engaged to a wonderful man and father and can’t wait to marry him. (Awwww!)
  3. She’s a gamer… and loves to play role play games like World of Warcraft, Rift, and Final Fantasy.
  4. In her free time (if there is any, LOL ), she loves to read. She loves fantasy books, and about 3/4 of her books are actually in English, even if its not her native language (she’s from Austria).
  5. She really can’t cook, so its not her who does the cooking most of the time… but she can (and loves to) bake.

A geek girl and romance author that loves to bake?! …can I move in with you, Cornelia? LOL

If you take a peek through the Cornelia Designs store at TDP, you’ll see that she designs both templates and kits/collections — all equally fabulous! She has an elegant and realistic design style. Her templates are super fun and creative, and can work for scrappers who are very clustery and love lots of layers — or — easily toned down for a more minimalistic look. Furthermore, if you like themed kits that are full of amazing details and gorgeous color combinations, and which can be used for both themed and/or generic pages… you’ll love Cornelia Designs!

Here are a few of my favorite products from Cornelia’s shop at TDP, in order to give you just a small sample of the fabulousness of her products…

Furthermore, in order to show you how much fun her products are to work with, here are a fantastic layout examples I found that use products from the Cornelia Designs shop at TDP…

Whether clustery or clean… hybrid or digital… pocket-style or artsy… as you can see, Cornelia’s products are super versatile!

I hope you had fun “meeting” Cornelia today for her very first Feature Friday here at TDP, and that you are just as excited about her gorgeous designs as I am! If so, I have good news… because during her upcoming Feature Week here at The Digital Press, Cornelia’s entire shop will be marked down 30% OFF all week long (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 9/13). Don’t miss it!

And that’s not all! Cornelia also has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for you this week, as well! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from Cornelia’s shop, and you can also get this fantastic (and brand-new! just released today!) layered template set — Half Split — for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop (this week only, though… because again, this offer ends at 11:59pm ET on 9/13).


ChloéAbout the author  Chloé is in charge of PR and communication for her small town by day, is a digiscrapper “by night,” and a photographer whenever the light is beautiful. She lives with her man and fur-babies in a small town of Alsace (in the northeast of France), where she loves to read, watch good TV shows (TWD being her absolute favorite), and just hang out with her friends — no matter if they are close by, online, or away in her Swiss hometown. She recently became quite obsessed with Bullet Journaling, FlyLady and Zero Waste.

Tutorial Tuesday | Fun With Fonts

Hello, and welcome to a new edition of our Tutorial Tuesday series here at The Digital Press Blog!

I am Corrin, and I am a font hoarder! I know that I am not alone in this, and so I hope that today’s tutorial will help all of us find some fun new ways to use all of those fabulous fonts.

I have recently been trying to put titles on my pages more often, and so I have been looking for ways to make my titles stand out — even while I am using the fonts and alphas that I love and use all the time. For the examples I will show you today, I will use the same page, but will change the treatment of the font that I have used for the title.

Here are the different ways I have tried using the same font today…

  1. Stack it
  2. Add a Stroke
  3. Clip a paper to it
  4. Erase from a brush background

Stack It

First, I rasterized the font (Layer–Rasterize–Type), which is actually the first step for all of these techniques I’ll be showing you today. Then, I duplicated the layer and moved one of the layers across and up or down just a little. You can play around with how far apart to have the two titles, and how similar to have the colors, as well. I chose to use a deep black title, to echo the deep black image on my page, and then contrasted that with a lighter pink for the layer behind it…


Add a Stroke

Again, I began by rasterizing the font… and then I added a stroke to it. You can choose to add the stroke to the outside of your text, the inside, or a bit of both (the center); it is really just about personal preference, so just try them all out and see which one you like best. Adding a stroke gives the font a really nice crisp and clean edge, and helps it stand out from the background paper. You can easily change the color of the stroke, so I chose to use a pink stroke around my white text. I think that leaving the layer with no shadow makes the title look like it has been printed right onto the page…

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Clip a Paper to It

Once the font is rasterized, you can clip a paper to it — a technique that can add color or texture for a fun look. Adding a small shadow to a plain paper/font can make it look like the title is a stylish vinyl sticker or die-cut paper pieces… while a deeper shadow can create the impression of chunkier letters (maybe foam, thicker cardstock, or even woodchip). You can clip a plain paper or a patterned paper — both work really well with a small shadow if you want to create the impression that you cut the letters (very neatly!) out of paper to create your title…

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Erase the Title From a Brush

Lots of kits have a painty brush included — or you can also find separate sets of brushes in the store, as well — and these can make a great background on which to put your title. In this example, I layered some brushes in different shades of pink and white, and then I laid my white title layer over the top. This made it look as though my title was erased from the pink paint/brush – as though, in real life, I’d used a stencil and painted around it. I think this is quite a nice artsy look…

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You can combine some of these ideas together, as well… perhaps clipping a pretty paper to the rasterized font, and then add a thicker stroke to make your title look like a fun sticker. Or, use a plain title with a thin stroke, and stack a layer below it for a clean, graphic style title… it is really up to you! Endless possibilities.

In the end, I chose to clip a white paper to my title font, and stack it over an aqua font, with a pink painty mask too! Here is a look at the final page I created…
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[I used Flamingo Love by Rachel Etrog Designs, Sakura Stitches by ninigoesdigi, and Words & Bits – Two by Dunia Designs]

 

I hope this gives you some ideas of ways to play and have fun with your fonts, and these ideas would work with many alphas too. I hope you will have a go and see what techniques and combinations appeal to you, and maybe even link me up to your own creations (or leave some of your own font/title suggestions?) with a comment here on the blog. 🙂

 


CorrinAbout the Author Corrin is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She is a fan of the Big Bang Theory and a lover of cozy pajamas or flip flops when the sun finally shines! She lives in the breezy South of England with her husband and 4 crazy kids, who regularly discover & plunder her secret chocolate stashes, and hopes that maybe this will be the year she reaches the bottom of the laundry pile!

August Blog Break

This is just a quick note to remind everyone that The Digital Press, in keeping with previous years’ tradition, is taking a short blogging break during the month of August!

In the meantime, if you find yourself missing our Tutorial Tuesday series between now and September… come take a peek at our archived tutorial posts, and give one of the techniques a try!

If you love learning about our designers and getting a peek into their lives… you can check out the archived designer feature posts.

If you love printing our products and making pretty physical projects, but need a little extra mojo… delve into our archived Hybrid How-To posts and get your creative juices flowing!

And finally, if you are looking for something non-scrapbooking-related and you love food… come take a look at our archived Foodie Friday posts (including our Summer Camp Mess Hall features!).

We’ll see you again in September…

Summer Camp 2018 | Mess Hall | WEEK #4

Hello, and welcome to the fourth and final edition of this summer’s weekly “Mess Hall” feature — part of The Digital Press’s big SUMMER CAMP 2018 event that has been running throughout July!

If you haven’t already checked out our lineup of activities for SUMMER CAMP 2018… definitely swing through the forum, grab yourself a badge tracking card and join the fun (there’s still a week left, and you can earn discounts and prizes even if you haven’t yet jumped in during WEEKS #1-3!). We’ve got even more events, challenges, tutorials, and more lined up throughout the final week of July!

Today, I’m here to share with you some delicious recipes for WEEK #4 that we got from the always-amazing Nini Lee of ninigoesdigi. Here’s a quick look at Nini’s dishes…

photo credits to TDP design team member Nini Lee

What’s that yumminess you see up above?

  • Lemon Chicken Skewers
  • Potato and Herbs Cake
  • Vanilla Panna Cotta

LEMON CHICKEN SKEWERS

INGRIEDIENTS NEEDED

  • 2-3 cups chicken fillet to make skewers (chicken legs are possible, too; I used about 300 g of fillets for this but I think you could use up to 500 g with this recipe?)
  • 1-2 onions (depends on how many skewers you’d like to make; I was able to make 5 skewers with half of one big onion)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Maggi seasoning (soy sauce or Worcester sauce also work)
  • 1 tablespoon thyme (if possible, fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary (if possible, fresh)
  • salt
  • pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the chicken fillet in big diced pieces. Set aside (***NOTE*** if you use legs, of course, there’s no need to cut them)
  2. Also cut the onions in big diced pieces (if you make skewers).
  3. Mix the lemon juice and the oil with the following: the Maggi Seasoning (Maggi Arome) or soy sauce (that’s what I used) or Worcester sauce, as well as with the thyme and the rosemary.
  4. Mix the sauce with the chicken (or if using chicken legs, baste them with sauce).
  5. Let it marinate in the fridge for about 12 hours. If you prepare the day before, it will be perfect for your lunch.
  6. Make your skewers by alternating chicken bits and onions.
  7. Cook with a grill or in a fry pan without adding oil or butter.
  8. You can serve with some ratatouille or some semolina (or of course with the potato gratin showed below) 😉

 


POTATO AND HERBS CAKE

INGRIEDIENTS NEEDED

  • approx. 3 cups (750 g) potatoes (peeled)
  • 1/2 cup mixed herbs (parsley, chives, chervil, thyme)
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup (200 ml) cream
  • 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup (100 ml) skim milk (I use almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1 pound cake mold

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 °F (180 °C).
  2. Grease a pound cake mold.
  3. Slice the potatoes thinly and dry the moist with some kitchen paper.
  4. Layer those slices in the mold.
  5. Heat the cream and the milk in a pan up until it boils. Take off the heat and add the minced herbs and mix.
  6. Pour this mixture on the potatoes. I followed the recipe and did that but maybe you could make layers and pour the mixture in 2 steps. Once you have layered half of the potatoes you can pour half of the mixture and then finish layering the rest of the potatoes and pour the rest of the mixture. I think it would allow to have herbs also a little more in the middle of your cake. Up to you! 😉
  7. Cover with aluminum foil and let cook for 30 minutes in the oven.
  8. Take out the foil and continue cooking for 15 minutes.
  9. Spread the cheese over the top and cook again for 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  10. Let rest for 10 minutes before you serve.

***NOTE*** you can also add minced ham to this recipe (I use about 75g).


VANILLA PANNA COTTA

INGRIEDIENTS NEEDED

  • 2-3/4 teaspoons gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) cold water
  • 8.5 oz (250 ml) heavy cream
  • 8.5 oz (250 ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar (you could also reduce this to 75 g if you don’t like things too sweet)
  • 1/2 a vanilla bean (cracked open and grated)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a little bowl, add the water and spread the gelatin. Let it swell for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, gently heat the cream, milk, and sugar along with the vanilla grains and bean. Mix until the sugar has melted in.
  3. Remove from the heat.
  4. Add the gelatin and mix with a whisk until it has completely dissolved.
  5. Strain it.
  6. Pour the mixture into 6 separate serving cups. Let them cool.
  7. Cover with a plastic wrap and put in the fridge for at least 6 hours until the panna cotta has taken form.
  8. If you want to, you can garnish with candied prunes or white wine poached peaches, etc.

***FOOTNOTE FROM NINI*** “I would like to say a special thank you to Amie of Little Lam Paper Co. for her help. I had issues with the recipe of Panna Cotta I found on the internet, and she helped me with the measurements. I wanted to use this Summer Camp opportunity to try out new recipes… but when you go to some unknown places there might be a few bumps, right? Well, I am glad Amie was there to lift me up LOL! Thanks a bunch Amie!”

 

Don’t these recipes from Nini look fantastic? If you want to give one of these recipes a try and earn your WEEK #4 MESS HALL BADGE for TDP’s SUMMER CAMP 2018… come get the details in the forum —> HERE.!


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About the Author  Laura Passage is the owner of The Digital Press, and also the designer behind Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage (WWC). She works now as a graphic designer in both the digital and paper scrapbooking industries, but previously spent over a decade working as a college soccer coach. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young sons (affectionately referred to as The Tiny Terrorists), and will rationalize eating coffee ice cream for breakfast to anyone who questions it.

Feature Friday | Laura Passage

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Friday… and another edition of our Feature Friday series! This week, the spotlight is on the super-talented and creative designer (and our very own TDP chief) Laura Passage! This is actually Laura’s fourth feature here on the blog (you can find her previous features from July 2016 HERE… from July 2017 HERE (including a look at her crafty workspace!)… and her Foodie Friday article from February 2018 HERE w/ yummy food ideas/recipes!).

This time around, in order to learn even more about Laura, we asked her to share 5 Things We Might Not Already Know About Her

  1. I’m in my mid-40s and I still drive around (nowadays, in a mini-van, haha!) listening to old-school rap and “classics” like the Beastie Boys. Every once in a while, I’ll suddenly have one of those weird epiphany moments during which I suddenly realize that I’m not in my 20s anymore… and then I think about my own parents (back when I was a kid, driving around listening to music from the 50s)… and I realize how old I am now… and the whole thing is disorienting and shocking. HA!
  2. I’m married to my very best friend in the world, and we’ve known each other for over 25 years. When we first met (at which time I was a freshman in college, and he was a senior)… the very first thing he ever said to me was, “oh, great… we have a freshman with an attitude.” #TrueStory #SoRomantic
  3. I have a super duper big-time coffee addiction …one which has only recently developed (like, literally in the past 5 years or less)… after I spent the first 35-40 years of my life never drinking coffee or caring about it at all). Now, however, in my mid-40s? MUST. HAVE. COFFEE. Every day. Favorite? A mocha.
  4. People are usually surprised to learn that I formerly played women’s semi-professional soccer back in the late-1990s, after graduating from college and completing my college soccer “career.” This was in the days before a true professional women’s league existed in the United States (the WUSA was established a few years later, in 2000).
  5. Along those same lines… most people are surprised to learn that I have no formal training in graphic design. Instead, I first earned my college undergrad degree in psychology… later earned a master’s degree in sports administration… and then went on to work as a college soccer coach for about a decade. During that time, I became a self-taught web designer… a skill which I later transitioned into designing graphics for the scrapbooking industry (both digital, here at The Digital Press… and paper/physical products, through numerous companies such as Echo Park Paper and Carta Bella Paper, etc.).

Fun trivia tidbits, right?

Well, when it comes to Laura’s design work… you likely already know, if you have ever had a chance to work with some of her products, that they have a distinctly paper-ish style and feel, mimicking traditional paper scrapbooking products. I always love the cool stickers that can be found in her kits… the distinctive word art bits… the colorful papers and elements… and her clean-cut, geometric layout templates. Laura also has a giant range of amazing pocket-style cards and templates that are perfect for pocket scrapping, planners, journals, and hybrid projects! Whatever the theme, her kits are always full of surprises and fun to work with.

Here is a sampling of some of my personal favorites from Laura’s shop here at The Digital Press. Believe me, it was really hard to narrow it down to just these few…

And to give you just a glimpse of how versatile these products are, and all the fun ways they can be used… here’s a look at just a few of my favorite projects from the gallery at TDP, which is always full of beauties from Laura’s shop (and you can check out all the different layouts using Laura’s products here in her designer gallery)…

Aren’t those all so great?!

Hopefully, today’s feature article has given you even more insight into Laura’s creative style and her persona. Aren’t you excited about her amazing digital artwork? If so, I have good news — because during her upcoming Feature Week here at The Digital Press, Laura’s entire shop will be marked down 30% OFF all week long (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 7/26). Don’t miss it!

And that’s not all! Laura also has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for you this week, as well! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from Laura’s shop, and you will get this brand-new (just released today!) full kit — Hole Foods — for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop (this week only, though… because again, this offer ends at 11:59pm ET on 7/26).

 

And even better news… guess what’s on the way to Laura’s shop at TDP early next week? It only happens once a year, and you will NOT want to miss it…

 

 

CLICK HERE if you’d like to receive a one-time e-mail to let you know when the big event begins!

 


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About the Author  Shivani Sohal is a donner of many alter-egos. A finance professional by day in busy London, she morphs into a seemingly normal mum of two in the evenings and weekends. She is constantly found with her fingers in too many pies and juggling the metaphorical balls. That is living on the edge for her; aided by the two ankle biters and a darling hubby who define the warm and mushy for her. She is ferociously dedicated to memory keeping — almost immune to any nay-sayers (or equally-disruptive crying children or annoying house fires!); keeping her head down and forging ahead at all times.