Hello planner friends! It’s me Cammy back on the blog today, and I have so many things to share with you. When I first saw the sneak peeks of the June Little Bits Box, I knew immediately that I wanted to set up the yellow TN for my summer vacation to Korea! I’m heading to Seoul and Jeju Island with a bunch of my girlfriends, the summer and beach theme was PERFECT for my trip.
Let’s take a look at all the cuteness in the box! I love every single thing; I seriously can’t pick a favourite! So let’s do a top 3 – the patterned papers, puffy stickers and that ADORABLE pouch! Ahhh, I’m going to keep my TN and goodies inside the pouch for memory keeping and journaling while on my trip!
First, let’s start with making some pockets and dashboards.
You will need:
- Patterned paper
- Double-sided tape/glue
- Die cuts and stickers to decorate
First, cut your papers to the size of your TN inserts. I’m using the personal-sized yellow TN from the kit, so the papers for my dashboards will measure 9.5 x 17 cm. You can find the donut, striped and leaves patterned papers in the digital downloads.
I’ll be making a palm leaf and donut pocket, so I fussy cut those out. Make sure that these pockets-to-be are not wider than your dashboards, and have a straight edge at the side and the bottom. (shown in picture)
Turn the pockets over. Use a ruler to draw two lines along the straight edges perpendicular to each other. These small segments will be the flaps to glue to pocket to the dashboard.
Fold along the two lines you’ve drawn, and snip off a small triangle as shown above. This is so that the two flaps won’t overlap when you fold and glue them down.
Once you’re done, use some double-sided tape to secure them to the corner of the dashboard.
Time to decorate our dashboards! You can decorate both sides to your liking before laminating. Remember to use flat elements like stickers, die cuts and washi tapes before you laminate them. If you’re using puffy stickers or enamel dots, place them AFTER laminating.
This is how I decorated the back of my dashboards! That gorgeous girl is a digital stamp by Mommy Lhey! Isn’t she beautiful?!
Place the two dashboards side by side in your laminating pouch, leaving a tiny gap in between as shown, and run them through your laminator. Make sure they’re well aligned!
Use a pen knife and carefully cut the edges of the pockets. For the donut, only cut the curved side. And for the palm leaf, cut along the ridges of the leaf. DO NOT CUT the sides where they are straight and right-angled! Do not cut too deeply, else you’d cut right through the dashboard. Only cut into the narrow borders of the plastic laminating pouch.
And voila! Your pocket dashboards are done! Time to stuff them with your favourite stickers, die cuts or even sticky notes. Fold them along the middle and slip them under the elastic band of your TN.
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The next thing I’m going to show you is how to make a mini bookmark/pagemarker using one of the die cuts! All you need is the die cut, a penknife and a laminator (optional).
All you need to do is to cut the die cut as shown. You can leave it at that, or laminate it. If you laminate it, remember to cut the laminating sheet in the exact same way, so that the bookmark is functional.
It should look like this! Simple right? Now you can put this little cactus family on top of your pages.
Last but not least, what’s a TN setup without a flipthrough video?! Hehe. I hope you’ll enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed setting it up. I’ll have a few bullet points on what I did for the rest of the TN listed down below. Enjoy!
- Made a simple dashboard to wrap around my insert – simply cut the paper to fit around the front & back of the notebook, and slip it right in! No lamination needed. I added some vellum pockets to store some goodies for journaling on the go.
- Back of packaging as a washi card holder
- Summer themed tags – tutorial here!
- Decorated the front of my kraft notebook insert using doilies, digital stamp, scrap pieces of paper, ephemera and puffy sticker.
- Pulled out all my MommyLhey stamps to decorate my inserts!
- Used the cute paper bag that was part of packaging to create more pockets in my TN! Simply use washi tape to join two paper bags, and slip them under the elastic band.
- Printed the donut-patterned paper onto vellum
That’s about it! I hope this post gave you some ideas on how you can up cycle bits and pieces of packaging to create something, and how to set up a traveler’s notebook. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment down below – I’d be more than happy to help! See you in the next blog post after I’m back from Korea! Weeee! xx