Summer Reads by Barbara Picinich

Summer Reads by Barbara Picinich

Hello everyone, Barbara here to share a travelers notebook spread I made using the Bookworm Travelers Notebook Kit. I love to read and like many people my reading really ramps up during the summer months. I guess it’s the slower days that make me feel like I can read more easily. At the time I made this spread I had read four books from the end of May thru mid July. When contemplating how to document what I was reading the Bookworm kit landed on my door. Tina did such a great job on this kit and I really loved all of her hand drawn icons and the paper with the little library cards was especially inspiriting to me. I ended up doing some digital work with the kit papers in order to extract one of the books to make my own little mini book as you will see below.

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The first step in creating the mini book that would hold the books I have read this summer I opened the digital .pdf of printable papers and just cropped it from the rest of the paper. I didn’t worry too much about the size I just wanted to remove that one card as my first step. After I had cropped it I cleaned up the edges a bit so it was a clean white background. I laid the whole layout out on my computer to get a general idea of how large I needed to print out the library to make a book that was just the right size to fit onto my spread. I also removed the text from one of the cards from the main Breakfast Favorites kit as you can see here. At this point in my process I had this general layout as you can see here.

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My next step was to stamp out my title on the card that I had altered. By removing the text it gave plenty of space to type out my title, I used the word summer from the Summer Fun stamp set and I then added in the reading list from the Bookworm kit and the book was better stamp which is a cute one to fill in extra space. Prior to printing out my altered card I added in some simple text listing out the dates.

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To hold my finished little book I cut down a small glassine bag so that the top edge of the book stuck out from the edge so that it made it easy to grab and remove. I added a few of the kit stickers to the front which I loved.

To created my actual book I measured my altered library card and it was roughly 2.625”  x 3.5” so I created pages using a thick vellum that were approximately 5.5”  x 3.625” that I folded down the middle. I also cut a cover page from simple cardstock so that I could adhere my altered library card to. I stapled the whole thing together down the middle with a long arm stapler.

Lastly, I printed out the photos I have been taking of the book covers and added one on each of the pages. I used the stamps and also cut out some of the icons from the kit paper and added them to the left side of the page.

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I love how this turned out and I love how interactive it is. I intentionally left a few extra pages in my little book since I’m not quite done with my summer reads for the season. I can’t wait to add them to my little book as I finish them. I have until the end of August to add more so I need to get reading!

I hope you have fun with this kit and I hope you use it to document your summer reads too.

Products Used: Bookworm Travelers Notebook kit, Summer Fun stamp set, Breakfast favorites printable cards, Bookworm printable papers

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