A Traveler’s Journal – Adding Stencils for Background Pages

Hello there friends!  Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

Today, I am sharing a traveler’s journal that I used to document my trip to Creativation in Arizona this past January.

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.


I was planning to create something special to remember this trip and had always had the cactus/stars stencil in the back of my head to use.  I printed out some of my favorite pictures using my Instax printer.The blank traveler’s journal I used has a kraft cover, which I stenciled the cactus and stars blending several colors of Distress Inks. After the front cover dried, I started adding stencils to the inside pages as backgrounds for my photos and journaling.  I chose stencils that I thought would match the photos & subjects of the pages. I thought this 6×6 would make a good radiant abstract sun.I mostly added the stencils to opposite corners, varying size to add a dynamic visual! Besides the cactus stencil, I thought these succulents would be perfect and tried to add some depth with the inks.I added a loose watercolor rectangle and then stenciled some of these flowers on top in contrasting colors.I used a pink mist with the small stencil as a light background for my journaling on this page.Finally for the last page, I layered the postmark piece of one stencil and the ‘correspondence’ text on top of a bookmark and sticker to compliment the photo and story I had for this page.I tried to keep it simple, adding journaling to one side, and just a couple embellishments to each spread. I used the stickers from the entry into Frank Lloyd Wright’s Talesin West to this page.I added some pink colored pencil to the centers of the stenciled succulents.

I love this washi tape with the colors & ink of the flowers. Although the colors and patterns are subtle in these pages, I think they add a nice texture and scale to compliment the other patterns I used.This turned out to be one of my favorite pages with the ink bottle and feather; I loved the layered look it achieved.

I added some of the Gold Gesso under the cactus for a little shine and title block for my Thickers.

Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and I hope this inspires you to document a special trip or event in your life!


TCW9003 – Gold Gesso

TCW655s – Doodling Template – Mini Cactus

TCW699s  – Doodling Templates – Prismascope

TCW538 – Doodling Templates – Tribal Triangles

TCW613 – Doodling Templates – Pretty Succulents

TCW691s – Doodling Templates – Joyful Flowers

TCW704s – Doodling Templates – Cone Flowers

TCW677s – Doodling Templates – Flower Tangle

TCW529s – Doodling Templates – Mini Ravenscape

TCW706s – Doodling Templates – Correspondence


4 thoughts on “A Traveler’s Journal – Adding Stencils for Background Pages

  1. I love what you did the project is just perfect not over done. Each page stands on it’s own. I really like the simplicity.

    I think it’s going to help me unclutter my journal pages. Thank you for the inspiration!

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