Layout A Day: Tell A Story About Your Home

By | 10/16/2020

Just a quick share today!  I am on day #16 of the Layout a Day challenge and so far, I’m keeping up!

I’m also using the fall gratitude journal that I created in August.  Needless to say, all the pages are decorated with a fall theme no matter what the story prompt and the technique prompt is, but I’m totally enjoying creating little layouts on these pages and telling a different story on every page.

The pictures span years and don’t go in any kind of order.  I just open the journal to whatever page and create a layout to tell the story that goes with the prompt for the day.

I’m having a blast!

LOAD Challenge 16 Traveler's Notebook

We bought a fixer upper after the kids graduated from college and moved out.  We downsized to a house in a town we really wanted to live in when we retired.  We both loved it as soon as we say it, but quite frankly, it was in terrible condition and smelled like an entire kennel of wet dogs.

It needed so much work and 3-1/2 years later, I’m still working my way through the project list.  We both love this house and the kids love the location!  It’s a tourist destination and we are just off the beaten path, but close enough to walk or ride our bikes into town.

This shows the first project: Replace the shower!  The shower was badly damages and it was a very tiny corner kit shower.  The walls were cracked, the doors were gone and it was small.

I found someone to come in and he designed a shower that filled the entire space between the tub and the wall.  It’s a big, beautiful, Pinterest worthy shower!!  We love it.

I regrouted the floor, painted the walls and tiles, added plantation shutters to the 3 giant windows above the tub and we put a new door in because the original bathroom door was an exterior door with a giant oval window spanning the entire height of the door.  You had no privacy in that bathroom.  Who puts a door like that on a bathroom???

We have a nice solid wood door now and there is complete privacy in the bathroom.

On to the next project!  I’ll be regrouting the kitchen floor, painting the cabinets and added some beadboard to the damaged wall beside the refrigerator.  The previous owners bought a fridge that was an inch to wide for the space and crammed it in there. Crazy!!

A note about traveler’s notebooks:

I feel like the layouts that I’m creating are kind of crazy.   It’s an autumn themed journal and the story prompts that I get each morning aren’t necessarily appropriate for a fall theme.  However, I’m enjoying playing around with layering ephemera and creating interactive parts like the dog door flap on the left page.

I am also really enjoying telling these random crazy stories each day.  It’s a fun way to visit random memories everyday!!

Creating Scrapbook Kits:

I shared a quick video about a new project that I’ve been working on.  I am creating scrapbook kits without spending any money!

After almost 6 years of not purchasing any 12 x 12″patterned paper, I allowed myself to buy a couple new collections.  One for fall, one for Christmas, and one package of gorgeous paper from the Craft Consortium.

I am using 2 gallon Ziploc bags and I am adding the patterned paper, coordination card stock, ephemera pieces that coordinate, stickers, tags, labels, twine, bits and bobs…you name it.  I added the new papers and then I shopped my stash for the rest of it!  I’m pulling out old stuff that coordinates with the new stuff and putting everything I need to create my Christmas album in that Ziploc.  I’ve got a winter kit, a summer kit, a fall kit, a birthday kit, an everyday kit, a kitchen kit, a beach kit…you see where this is going!

I pulled out some little plastic bags that I had in my stash and filled them with a variety of clips, brads, enamel dots, acrylic pieces, buttons, wood veneer…all those embellishments that I haven’t use.  I created a dozen little bags of the bits and bobs and I’m putting one in each kit.  I have bulk sheets of label, tickets, and manila tags and I’m adding a couple of each of those to each kit.

It’s amazing how much I’ve fallen in love with my stash all over again!  I feel like the guilt of spending my money on something that I haven’t used is gone!  I’m using it all!

This also seemed like an easy way to travel to Florida without taking my entire stash, but taking the things I will need to create albums, traveler’s notebooks, and 12 x 12″ layouts (or 6 x 8″ ones!).

Here is the video:


Supply List:

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Bulk Manilla Tags:

Ticket Rolls:


Ephemera packs:

FaCraft Ephemera:

Chipboard and Wood shapes:

Hefty 2.5 Gallon Bags:

Ziploc 2 gallon bags:

Totally Tiffany Fab Files 12 x 12″ Kit Storage:

Iris Craft Storage Cart for Kit Storage:

My crafty friends tell me to have about 12 kits made up so that you can work on whichever project you feel like working on.  At the end of the day, all the unused stuff goes back into the bag and back into your storage drawer!!

So far, this is working really well for me!

Thank you for stopping by!!  Have a fabulous day!

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