This coming Saturday is [inter] National Scrapbook Day, and over at Kerri Bradford Studio, the design team has been sharing projects leading up to this fun day. I've got a project up today, which I'm excited to share with you all.
I was brainstorming what to create for my [inter] National Scrapbook Day project, knowing that I wanted to use Kerri's A Big Day stamp set. At some point, I was reminded of what I had created for iNSD two years ago - a 6x8" pocket page spread documenting my favorite TV shows (seen HERE). The days of the week stamps gave me the idea to create an updated look at my favorite shows.
This time, I decided to try out the travelers notebooks that are all the rage lately, and that I have yet to try. The smaller size appeals to me, as I haven't been creating as many layouts these days. Also, these little notebooks seem to be a good fit for my "less is more" approach when it comes to keeping my projects simple - putting the focus more on the photos and/or stories, and making it less about the embellishments and "stuff".
Since I had the days of the week stamps that I wanted to use, I decided to break down my favorite shows by what I watch each day. I love a good photo collage, so I created a photo collage to go along with each day's spread, using templates from both the Travelers Templates and Travelers Templates #2 kits.
I started out by making a list of my shows, and which day they usually air. I even went into my DVR at one point, to check out my massive list of shows I record, to make sure I didn't miss any. I actually left quite a few of my regular shows off these lists in the end, as there just wasn't room for a few of them.
Next up, I went looking for my images. Just as I did two years ago, I found all of my images on Google photos. For the most part, I just searched the name of the show, along with "cast" or "logo". I downloaded several for each show, knowing that some images might be too small to use.
When I did my 6x8" album two years ago, I used all square photos, since I was using the little 2x2" pocket pages. This time around, I knew I needed lots of square photos, but I also knew I'd have spaces for a few different size photos as well. This came in handy for those shows I could only find a longer image for, that wouldn't have cropped well into a square.
I wanted to have the show name on the image, but there were a few shows that I just couldn't find the right image for. So for a few, I ended up saving an image that I liked, and just typing the show name on in Photoshop, picking a font that was similar to what I saw on other images.
Once I knew how many shows I had for each day, I settled on which template I would use, and added the photos in. I printed out my collages and adhered them to the right side of each day's spread.
I then picked a patterned paper to coordinate with each day's photo collage, and adhered them on the left side of each day's spread. I pulled some papers from Crate Paper, Amy Tangerine, and Shimelle.
I have a bunch of ruled Project Life 3x4" journaling card, so I decided to use those to label each day. I used Kerri's A Big Day and Brooklyn stamps, to stamp the day and "shows" onto the cards. I drew some rough lines around the outside of each card with a black pen, and adhered the card to the left side of the spread.
I originally thought I would need to add more to each of these pages, even wondering what I would do about journaling. I quickly realized that keeping it simple, and fairly flat, in these notebooks was the way to go.
A simple piece of washi tape at the top of the journaling card was all I needed. No need to complicate things, right?
Looks like Friday is a slow night, with only two real shows. But that's ok, because I do love my Lifetime movies on the weekend. You may notice that I don't have a Saturday list. That's because I don't have any shows on Saturday's. That's my night to catch up on all the shows I didn't fit in during the week.
Once I had all of my days completed, I knew I wanted to do some sort of "title page". My thought is that this travelers notebook would be dedicated to documenting my favorite shows, and something I can add to each year. After all, it was fun to look back at my list from two years ago, seeing how many shows I'm still keeping up with, and how many aren't even around anymore.
I added some patterned paper to my title page, along with a 5x7" Project Life ruled card that I stamped the year on using Kerri's Brooklyn Etc stamps. After wracking my brain to see if I had any patterned paper with televisions on it, I remembered a cut file Kerri created as a part of The History Project class.
I opened up the TV png file in Photoshop, and used it to create my own "patterned paper". I just lined up a bunch of TV's across the 4.25" x 8.25" canvas, and then copied that entire row over and over, down the page. I printed two of these on a sheet of cardstock, so I have one ready to go for next year.
I also printed out the weekdays cover from the Travelers Pack: Splendid kit, and cut it down to add to the very first page in my notebook. I thought about adding it to the cover of the notebook, but I wasn't quite ready to tackle the cover. I'll worry about that later.
And yes, I fully admit I have a slight TV addiction ;) I love my shows, and I somehow manage to keep up with them, even though I only watch TV in the evenings. If I'm being totally honest, there's always at least 1-2 shows a season that we let pile up. Right now, it's Quantico, and I have 12 of them on the DVR. That's an easier show to keep up with when you binge watch it, so we'll catch up on that once all our other shows come to an end.
Make sure and stop by Kerri Bradford Studio this week to check out what the rest of the design team has created, as well as get in on the awesome sale Kerri is having all week!