Well summer is totally throwing me off from my blogging schedule! I’m still creating (not as much as in the winter) but I’m just not as good when it comes to posting my projects on my blog. I do have a bit of catching up to do in the weeks ahead.
Today I’m sharing a preview of the TN spread I created for Gossamer Blue, you can see the full project here on the GB blog.
This was purely a creative spread, I really had the urge to be creative and quickly created this spread. I’ve used the June kits (LP, Scrapbook, TN and Planner – yes GB has all those awesome kit!!!) to create this spread. I also used a stamp set from a previous LP kit, which is still available in the GB store.
TN are a fun and quick way to memory keeping, they don’t take up a lot of space and TNs can easily be for a single theme (traveling ) or child (I have 3 girls and they each have their own designated TNs for memory keeping). If you are interest in using TNs for your memory keeping, make sure to check out GB TN kits, it’s a beautifully designed kit!!
I was recently asked how my TN spreads fit in my memory keeping; are my spreads an extension of my PL, was I repeating the stories, what was the purpose of my TN? Well, it’s simple, yes to all of the above!!! I mostly do PL to replace scrapbook layouts (although I’ve been itching to do a traditional layout, might just have to give in to that itch sometime soon)!
This year I created a TN for each of my daughters, in which I document stories that pertain to them directly. Sometimes the story will have been told in our family PL album, other times it won’t. I don’t really have a system per say, I just document was I feel needs a more in depth story. Like this spread of my middle daughter, I wanted to document her favorite things right now, a TN spread was the perfect choice.
Using a mix of the June kits by Gossamer Blue I created a simple spread to document some things that my daughter currently love. I was mostly inspired by this 3×4 cards that is included in the Planner kit. Love the quote and carefree design of the card, I thought it was ideal for this kind of subject matter.
As for the journaling, it was done using my electronic typewriter and white cardstock, super simple (that’s how I like it). Love the cluster of embellishments which anchors the journaling. I used a stamp set from a previous kit, which is still available if you are interested – stamp set LP kit September.
This is a simple spread which tells a very meaningful story, just how I love it!
TN spreads are such a fun and quick way to get a creative fix!! This spread was created using Gossamer Blue’s June TN kit!! I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, I love the new exclusive kits that GB is putting together. The color palette and designs are fabulous!!
I mostly used diecuts and washi tape to create this spread. When working with a TN I do prefer to work with a white paper base, as I do with layout.
I also incorporated stamps from past Gossamer Blue kit, I do love the versatility of the GB stamp sets. I think the one below is from a fall kit but it still works on this Spring themed spread.
The days of the week in this stamp were ideal to pair with the yellow washi tape. I do love to layer stamps with embellishments, it’s such a fun way to mix it up!
I have been asked recently what inserts do I use for my TN spreads, I have to admit that I’m still a beginner TN fanatic, I do not have a very big collection of TNs or inserts but I can certainly share what I’m currently using.
My mint TN is by Webster’s Pages and was purchased online some time ago. The inserts shown here are also by Webster’s Page, I do love the thickness of the paper and the fun covers, however the pages are either lined or another fine print, I would much prefer white pages.
The new TN kits by Gossamer Blue do have TN inserts and the pages are white! I’m so excited to be adding those to my collection, I will also be doing a blog post on the new GB TN kits very shortly.
This year I decided to create mostly TN spreads as opposed to layouts, consequently I’ve created TN inserts for each of daughters. I’ve kept the same design for each of the inserts but customized it with their first name initial. I have already created spreads for these TNs and I’m loving how they are turning out!
Hope this has been helpful information! Good luck on your creative journey!
I am so excited to be guest designer for Kerri Bradford! I love the crisp clean designs of Kerri’s stamps and collections, it was a delight to be working with her products. I had the pleasure of creating two spreads using the By The Numbers and Oh Yeah stamp sets along with the Splendid Traveler’s Pack collection. What a treat it was!!! To see my projects make sure to stop by Kerri’s blog!!!
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When I receive my kits from GB I’m always excited to start planning my projects. I definitely know that I’ll create a couple of PL spreads but the rest of my projects are a mix of TNs, the odd layout or more PL spreads. It really depends on my creative assignments for the month and if I’m behind in my family/ personal PL. Of course the kits provide endless amount of inspiration and possibilities.
This month I created a couple of TN spreads which I’m sharing today. As I mentioned in a previous post TN spreads are my version of a layout. First of all I love how compact they are, I can fill one notebook with a dozen spreads and not have to deal with cumbersome albums. I also love the idea that the notebooks are like mini story books, I have been creating a notebook for each of my daughters and these will be for them to keep. I can’t think of nothing better than a notebook full of stories, what a keepsake for them to have, and again no bulky albums to deal with!!! So I’m a big fan of the TN trend and I’m delighted that GB has been the first in the industry to come out with a TN kit!!! The kit is so awesome that it deserves a post on its own. Stay tuned for that post to come shortly to my blog!
The source of inspiration for the first spread is the little houses available in the main scrapbook kit, they are adorable and so very perfect for documenting my daughter’s love of playing teacher. I’ve combined various elements from the main scrapbook kit with new GB stamps. Love the new alpha stamp offered as a special promotion, I’m a sucker for a nice clean font!!
The second spread truly makes me happy. First of all those pictures, my sweet baby girl with a top knot and then the color palette, I’m a sucker for black and white. I also used stamps from the May kits to compliment the pictures and embellishment. Both of these spreads were completed in less than an hour, quick, simple and pretty, couldn’t be better!
Over the past year I have observed the TN trend in the scrapbooking industry. I have to admit that at first I was hesitant to try a new memory keeping method as I was already creating layouts and PL but the smaller format did really appeal to me. Over the past year I have felt less energy to create layouts, the format has been challenging to me and also storing all those bulky albums has been challenging. This is why I have decided to give TNs a try. I really loved the idea of having multiple stories documented in a notebook format. At the beginning of the year I decided to create a TN for each of my girls, I will create a spread as an interesting story needs to be documented. This new format has been fun and refreshing. Sometimes it’s really good to mix things up.