Thursday, April 23, 2015

Beach Notebooks

Hello! I have had way too much fun today making notebooks for our beach trip this summer! It all started out with this first notebook I made for my daughter's birthday this Sunday. She loves Lily Pulitzer, so the cover is printed with a LP design I got off the internet. We are going to the Outer Banks this summer in June with Katie and her family. There is always alot to pack and think through before the trip, and I thought a notebook would be a great place to write everything down in one place. I added the Beach Trip title, printed it out on medium weight cardstock, and mounted it to a heavier weight cardstock. All of these notebook pages, both in this notebook and the next, were cut using the Full page die in the Papertrey Divided die set. Both notebooks are bound with 1/2" coil binding from this website.
 I cut inside pages for this notebook out of regular college lined notebook filler paper. I thought the lines would be good for making lists of things to pack for the beach.
 At the back of the notebook, I printed out weekly calendar pages for the month of June. That way, when it gets closer, she can set certain tasks for certain days. These pages would also be good for journaling during the beach trip.
 This is the back cover of the notebook, with the dates of the trip. I probably should have thought of some neat quote instead, but oh well.

 I decided to add page bookmarks to her notebook. I used the Tabbed die in the Divided set, and numbers from the Listed stamp set.
 Stamped each one with Year Of Flowers: Marigold.
 Then I really got carried away, and added six more tabbed dividers in the back, one for each family member, with the first letter of their name stamped on the tab. I thought if she wanted to have a list for each person, she could use these. If not, she can just tear them out. Options are good. :)

 Then I decided that I needed a notebook too! :) I wanted mine to be more of a journal of the trip. I remembered this Graphic 45 pad of paper I had been hoarding - it's call By the Sea. It made the perfect cover!

My notebook is filled with three different types of paper. Here is a picture of the college ruled notebook paper.

 Then comes the graphic paper - perfect for playing connect the dots during vacation with our 12 year old grandson. I made a bookmark with the tabbed die using more of the Graphic 45 paper.
 Lastly, some pages of plain white copy paper - for doodling, zentangling and whatever else comes up. Another bookmark to mark this section.
 The back cover of this notebook - covered with more By the Sea paper.

Hope you've enjoyed my Beach notebooks! I know I will! :)

On a side track, here is the Lily Pulitzer card I made for my daughter's birthday. Again, printed LP design, with a sentiment from Graceful Greetings from PTI.
 And a seventh month birthday card for my grandson. Using Mama Elephant Ella and Friends stamps and dies. Smooshed watercolor background on watercolor paper. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. My goodness, you've been busy! I love your notebooks - especially the "By the Sea" one - that paper is just perfect.Your cards are sweet, too!

  2. WOW...what a great little notebook! And your sweet elephant is as cute as can be.

  3. So perfect! It's great that these notebooks can be tailor made to each individual. I'm sure your daughter will LOVE it! :) Your cards are gorgeous too!

  4. Love each and every one of these projects. You (people) have to stop tempting me with the planner dies. I'm getting weaker every day.