I think I’m officially in love with Travelers-style Notebooks! I finally put together a Travelers Notebook (TN) during International Scrapbook Weekend using Kristin’s Awesome Ladies Printable Scrapbook.

I printed out the scrapbook pages on single pages (I did not print double-sided) and used my tape runner to put my pages together and used my long-range stapler to get the connected pages attached to the cover. My cover is a basic kraft cardstock and nothing too special.

I didn’t print double-sided because I wanted to organize the prompt pages in a specific order and figured I could stamp without worrying about the ink bleeding through to the next page.

About Me Traveler’s Notebook Printable Scrapbook

Printable Scrapbook Awesome Ladies Project - by Kam of Campfire Chic

 

I tried to stick with the patterned paper and stickers from the National Scrapbook Day Currently Me kit Kristin put together to make my pages feel cohesive and to cut down on making decisions. Too many choices slows me down when I’m scrapbooking.

I decided to focus on layering in this album instead of trying to keep things quick and easy. On my first layout, I layered stickers, patterned paper, and washi tape with my photo. I know that may not seem like a big deal to some people, but using that many stickers on one layout is not something I would normally try.

The photo above is from a birthday trip to Austin, Texas in 2016.

Printable Travelers Notebook Insert for Scrapbooking - Kam of Campfire Chic

 

I snagged this photo from Paulina’s blog post about our camping weekend in February and knew it belonged in this TN. I will almost always mount a photo on some cardstock or patterned paper, and this time was no exception. I love how it helps the photo stand out while also helping the overall design of the page.

Here, I created a background by stamping the same word over and over to create a pattern. I used the word EXPLORE from a Kelly Purkey kit and I love that it gives a different color but doesn’t create a heavy pattern to distract from the overall layout.

I cut out some hearts from a small pattern to emphasize my love for these ladies.

Tell Your Story with a Printable Scrapbook Travelers Notebook - Kam of Campfire Chic

 

If you are hesitant to buy a product like a Printable Scrapbook because you want to have flexibility with the prompts, let me remind you that you can do whatever you want, it’s your project!

I already had plans for including Alex and Rintu in this album and I wanted to use a group photo from our weekend in San Antonio in my album so I updated the prompt by adding the word INTERNET to the left-hand side of the layout.

For this layout, I used more Kelly Purkey stamps and some coordinating paper to keep things simple and try a different-to-me layout to keep things fresh. I wanted to pull out the coral from Amy’s dress in this layout to give a break from the yellow I am using the in TN. There was a bit of pink in the previous layout to help give that cohesive feeling.

Travelers Notebook for Your Stories - Kam of Campfire Chic

 

I love this TN but I think it was this layout that really made me fall in love with this project. I used a recent elevator selfie because I have quite a few on my camera role. This photo was a good choice because there is a little bit of pink and a little bit of yellow on my dress. Honestly, it was too good!

I trimmed the photo to a smaller size, used three different kinds of patterned paper and a patterned vellum to give some organized chaos to this layout. I used more Kelly Purkey stamps and repeated WORK for two reasons: the mirror in the photo creates a repeated image and because my everyday life is generally work work work. It’s little details that make me extra happy with my work.

About the Awesome Ladies Printable Scrapbook

The Printable Scrapbook when assembled, is approximately the size of the popular Traveler’s Notebooks and fits in standard size folios. There are 32 pages inside including a front cover, double-page introduction spread, fourteen double-page prompt spreads, and a back cover. That gives you plenty of room for your storytelling projects!

The Printable Scrapbook was designed to be printed either double-sided or single-sided. The original Printable Scrapbook can be heavy on black ink, so it’s great for black and white laser printers. The light version of The Printable Scrapbook uses 80% less black ink and is perfect for ink conservation or printing on patterned paper.

Learn more about the Printable Scrapbook and buy it here

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Last weekend was International Scrapbook Weekend (or National Scrapbook Day if you want to be super specific) and after participating in some creative challenges, I’m ready to tell you about Awesome Ladies Live.

Kristin of The Awesome Ladies Project is hosting a scrapbooking retreat!

June 10th will be a full day of creative workshops that is all about self-storytelling. You will leave this in-person retreat with a completed project, a workbook to guide you through the workshops, and a more.

That’s right, Awesome Ladies Live is an in-person event! Attendees will meet up in East Lansing, Michigan for a weekend of fun.

Amy and I were in San Antonio in late April to meet up with Kristin and Megan and put the finishing touches on Kristin’s amazing plan for the Awesome Ladies Live.

Awesome Ladies Live 2017 - Campfire Chic

YES! Amy and I will be at Awesome Ladies Live!

Amy and I are excited to meet Listers and other Awesome Ladies, explore East Lansing, and spend some much needed time focusing on our storytelling.

The schedule of events looks great and includes optional events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including a 30 Days of Lists Breakfast Meetup. We are really looking forward to grabbing a cup of coffee and kicking off Saturday with participants…with time zone differences, coffee will be an essential part of my day.

There are a ton of details about Awesome Ladies Live on Kristin’s website and if you are interested in a weekend of fun, I suggest registering sooner rather than later.

What do Awesome Ladies Live attendees get?

  • 4 Brand New Awesome Ladies + rukristin: Feminist Scrapbooker workshops
  • All Workshop Materials to complete all projects. You will leave the retreat with a finished Awesome Ladies Project
  • Full-color, printed and bound workbook to guide you through each workshop & for you to return to time and time again
  • Opportunity to attend all optional events free of charge
  • On-Site de-stash table
  • A full set of Awesome Ladies Trading Cards
  • Gift bags with exclusive retreat swag, exclusive workshop products, and more
  • Personal one-on-one time with rukristin and the Awesome Ladies
  • Access to private retreat group at theawesomeladiesproject.com

I am looking forward to working alongside other memory keepers and being able to complete at least one project over the weekend. I haven’t visited Michigan yet, so another bonus to this weekend is crossing another state off of my list!

Click here to register for the Awesome Ladies Live Retreat and join me in Michigan next month!

P.S. There are no affiliate links in this post. I am sharing because I want to meet and hang out with you and because I know this will be an awesome weekend and believe in the power of being in the same place as other awesome ladies. Email me if you have questions or contact Kristin directly.

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It’s day four of Week in the Life and I’m still going strong.

I really enjoy taking a few minutes each evening to share a few photos and notes from the day. Switching up how I document Week in the Life is getting me back into the habit of blogging, and I hope that I continue sharing in this space on a more regular basis.

Week in the Life 2017 - Thursday

No photos getting ready this morning. I just don’t think it’s going to happen and I need to stop assuming I’ll get those photos day after day. The weather this morning is much different than the last two mornings, which was a nice change. It was almost too bright out and I had a hard time taking a quick photo.

I made it about two steps away from my door when I turned around and decided to stage this photo. One reason was to make sure I got a photo of the cover on my keys, and the other reason is because the door was painted recently and I wanted to make sure I got that in the photo. Going back to the door also reminded me that I need to tidy up our front to get a photo of our plants/decorations for this project.

Week in the Life 2017 - Thursday Morning

Elevator selfie? Check.

My coworker was out for the last few days and I think she was trying to butter me up by bringing me some pancakes for breakfast this morning. I had to get that in here, too! Bonus: the things at my desk that I use on a regular basis!

Week in the Life 2017 - Thursday Morning

I originally thought I would use Instagram Stories to document my week so I could use the time stamp feature, but I think that would be better for a Day in the Life project instead. While I did share a few photos this week, I know this cookie photo will make it into the final product!

There is a photo of walking into the building already, so this afternoon I made sure to get a photo of leaving the building.

Week in the Life 2017 - Thursday Kam of Campfire Chic

I haven’t been taking many photos in the evening, and tonight was no exception. I made a huge batch of nachos for dinner and played some Skyrim before jumping on my laptop. I ordered a new game and it should be here tomorrow and I have the feeling I’ll be spending entirely too much time playing this weekend so I cut myself off early.

What didn’t get captured today:

  • The coconut and chocolate donut that arrived at my desk
  • The lunch program I attended for Earth Day at work
  • My attempts to get caught up on work
  • Catching up on My Favorite Murder
  • Researching some tentative travel plans
  • Sitting in traffic on the way home from work
  • Watching basketball and Designated Survivor

Tomorrow’s photos will be a little different, and I’m hoping to get some of the same photos I captured throughout the week so far…the view leaving home in the morning, a full-length mirror selfie, arriving at my destination, leaving my destination…I’m also hoping to get two very important family members in some photos this weekend: Alex and Rintu! They are very much missing from this week’s photos and that needs to change.

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It’s day 3 of Week in the Life.

I didn’t sleep well last night and I really wanted to call in sick to work today but I got up and headed into the office because I had a meeting on my calendar. This project was another reason I wanted to get dressed and leave bed. I figured I wanted to document a regular week, and a regular week doesn’t include a sick day.

Week in the Life 2017 - Wednesday with Kam of Campfire Chic

I had planned on taking a few photos of my morning routine this morning, but because I wasn’t feeling very well I just wanted to get out the door. I did take a photo of the thermostat this morning because it was cold overnight so I put up the heat a little bit to warm up our apartment. This is the first apartment where we have central heating and air and we value having it as an option.

Another cloudy morning. The ground was wet when I left this morning so it was more than just the offshore clouds we get every night. I was kind of hoping it would rain to help with the pollen in the air.

Week in the Life - Wednesday 2 Kam of Campfire Chic

Heading to the car.

One of my favorite things about where we live is the obsession with star jasmine. The medians in the roads are covered in them, we have them throughout our apartment community, you’ll find them everywhere. It’s really nice to drive around on a warm day with your windows down and smelling the jasmine in the air.

Week in the Life 2017 - Wednesday 3 Kam of Campfire Chic

An obligatory shot of the building. I don’t work on the same floor as I did during the last WITL.

Another elevator selfie, but this time not hiding how terrible I feel…terrible enough to get a Pepsi from the vending machine pretty early in the morning as a pick-me-up.

Week in the Life 2017 - 5 Kam of Campfire Chic

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned wanting to take photos of me working at my desk this week. I used the timer option on my phone and propped it against my printer to get the top photo. I had a huge headache and overall crumminess and looked like this most of the morning between projects. The photo captures a few things that are different from my previous “working at the computer” photos from previous projects, and it’s those small details that make yearly or semi-regular projects like this a favorite of mine.

My boss encouraged me to go home early in the day but I needed to get a big project done. The meeting on my calendar got moved to tomorrow so once lunch time came around and I finished what needed to be done, I headed home to rest. I used the timer again to take this photo of me on the couch. I stuck the phone between of the cushions to get this, which is why it’s not level. I watched The Last Witch Hunter while I ate something (to take some medicine) and fell asleep while watching All the President’s Men. A few hours of rest helped a little bit, but I’m still not feeling 100 percent.

Week in the Life 2017 - Wednesday 4 Kam of Campfire Chic

Once I woke up, I put the TV on and read the #vanlife article from the New Yorker that has been floating around Twitter for the past few days. You can read a few articles on their website for free each month, or you can subscribe and get the weekly magazine digitally/hardcopy. I started my subscription a few months ago and I really enjoy the long articles and easy-to-tackle size of the magazine.

We needed to run errands so Alex and I went to the market and Target to get some essentials for the next few days. We got some drinks before walking around the store and I wanted to capture our errands in an easy way. I didn’t get any good photos inside the stores, so this photo of putting the cart away, my drink, and how the sun sets around 8:00 p.m. now is just what I needed.

Things I didn’t document today:

  • The bagel I ate this morning
  • Trying to clean up my desk
  • That project I was working on, way too boring
  • Going to the Office Supply fair, which is exactly how lame yet exciting as it sounds
  • The lunch I picked up before heading home because I knew there wasn’t anything I wanted to make at home and soup sounded like exactly what I needed
  • Sitting on the couch blogging

I plan on being back in the office tomorrow, I need to go to that meeting. As I look back on the photos and stories I captured so far this week, I would like to make sure to capture lunch tomorrow, more of me working that isn’t me sitting at my computer, leaving at the end of the day, doing something that isn’t sitting on the couch watching television…

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in 2017, About Kam, Memory Keeping, Scrapbooking, Week in Review

It’s day two of Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life project and let me tell you, it was a long day.

I took a total of 5 photos today. I can’t share one of them because it has to do with a project I was working on at work, and it’s pretty boring.

Week in the Life 2017 - Tuesday with Kam of Campfire Chic

One thing I wanted to do today was take a few photos of my morning on my way to work. Yesterday, I got a photo of walking up to my building so today I tried to fill in the gaps of what I do to get there. It was very dark when I got up, so my photos of getting ready didn’t work out, but I did get a photo of the overcast skies and my coffee for the day.

I don’t always stop at Starbucks, but I do it often enough that including it in this week’s stories was natural. I’m stopped at a stoplight in the photo, I don’t take photos while driving.

Week in the Life 2017 - Tuesday at Work with Kam of Campfire Chic

One photo I try to take a few times throughout the Week in the Life project is my desk at work. I sometimes use my timer and take a photo of me working to get me in the photo and to show how my outfits change throughout the week.

I’m 2 for 2 on getting an elevator selfie this week, so I think I will try to keep getting those photos in order to show what I’m wearing to work. I took two elevator photos today and decided this one is the winner. My early morning photo was had me looking a little rough around the edges and was very similar to yesterday’s photo. This photo includes something I work with on a regular basis and I know I will recognize this orange folder in the future as I look back on these photos.

Things I didn’t get to document today:

  • Listening to a podcast as I got ready this morning
  • Lunch with Ben and Carolyn at Rubio’s for Taco Tuesday
  • The big red mark on my left cheek from leaning against my wrist for too long while reading reports
  • Starting The Handmaiden’s Tale as soon as I got home. I’m just over halfway through the book.  (Amazon Affiliate link. If you’re a Prime member, you can get this book on Kindle for free this month. If you’re interested in getting even more titles, check out Kindle Unlimited)
  • Making dinner (simple pasta), watching basketball, checking in for a flight for my boss

 

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