My new favorite thing is the Traveler’s Notebook! I recently fell in love with this way of documenting memories by checking out Pinterest. There are so many different ways to personalize your TN and I love embellishing the front cover of mine. I created a stitched ampersand on the cover of the TN that I am planning to use for monthly photos and I have a tutorial to share with you showing the process.
Here’s what I did for the cover:
Step 1: If you have a die cut machine, use it to cut the ampersand shape you want to use. I used a font that had an easy shape that wouldn’t be difficult to stitch around. Once you have your ampersand, click on the offset tool to get a larger outline that you can trace onto the front cover of your TN.
Step 2: Cut your ampersand from cardstock and place it on the front cover. Hold it in place and trace around the die cut symbol lightly with a pencil.
Step 3: Use a paper piercer to poke holes around the traced symbol. Once all of the holes have been poked you can go back and erase the pencil lines before you start stitching.
Step 4: Once you finish all of the stitching you can add adhesive to the first ampersand that you cut from patterned paper and adhere it inside the stitched ampersand. I machine stitched around my patterned paper ampersand before adding it to the cover.
Step 5: Open to the back side of the TN front cover and add a piece of patterned paper to cover the stitching on the backside. Then trim away the excess paper around the edge of your notebook.
And voila! You’ve got a fun front cover for your Traveler’s Notebook!
You could use this technique on the cover of a regular sized notebook to create an ampersand design or how about stitching your ampersand on patterned paper and adding it to a frame?! It would make a great home decor piece to display in your home!