You Are My Lobster by Barbara Picinich
Hello everyone, Barbara here to share a Travelers Notebook spread that I made using the At the Coast stamp set. Truth be told I’m not a big fan of lobster or any shell fish for that matter, but I am a huge Friends fan! So when I saw the lobster stamp I knew I could use it for something other than documenting a trip to the coast and pay homage to Phoebe Buffay instead.
The first step in creating this layout was to stamp out my rows of lobsters. This was super quick and easy and since my notebook is getting to the end and it’s pretty chunky I opted to start my first row of stamps right up to the center margin. I staggered the stamps as I repeated the rows just so it wasn’t too lined up. I had a tiny strip of empty space on the right side so I ended up stamping another row off the page instead of leaving it bare.
On the left side of the spread I created a photo grid using a digital template that I have the looks like a film proof sheet. I decided to edit my photos so they would all be black and white and it definitely helped to keep the photos from competing with the bold paper background and all of the stamped lobsters. I opted to angle the photo block when I mounted it and I like how it plays with the opposite angles of the travelers notebook kit paper. I also added a few chipboard elements to dress it up a bit more. Chipboard can be a great option in a Travelers Notebook; my tip is to just peel off as much of the chipboard backing as you can to make it thinner.
To create the title of the page I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the text and then cut it out from a sheet of the travelers notebook kit paper. I knew I wanted to mount it on some vellum to separate the title a bit from the stamped background so I used the Offset feature on the Cameo to create the backing for the title. I like having something to ground the title and the vellum allowed for the lobster stamps to still show but not compete with the title.
To finish off the right side of the spread, I had initially had the word lobster spelled out in the letter stickers on top of a label but something wasn’t right for me. I ended up removing it and decided to stamp one of the lobsters in black this time on a separate piece of paper. I fussy cut it out and then colored it in with a red colored pencil. I attached it to the page right on top of one of the other stamped lobsters using foam tape. I ended up liking this much better than the letter stickers and I’m glad I made the last minute change.
I had a lot of fun making this spread and I hope it inspires a future layout for you as well.