Big Top Blog Hop--Explorer's Journal 2.1

Big Top Blog Hop--Explorer's Journal 2.1

Karen Wyngaard

Welcome to the first stop on the Big Top blog hop!

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Back in June, Tricia designed the Explorer's Journal project as a goodie for the National Parks Deluxe kit. The original version is a cool paper bag journal with a really unique stitched binding. Since some folks found that binding a bit daunting, she also created the Explorer's Journal version 2.0, changing up the construction a bit and adding a simpler binding.

Today I'm pleased to introduce the Explorer's Journal version 2.1! I picked up a 7-pack of Heavy Duty Paper Bags and followed Tricia's blog post instructions. I paired the bags with papers and embellishments from the Big Top Lite kit, along with a few other trinkets from the Big Top collection.

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For a closer look at my finished bag book, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Shall we get this hop started? Ann from Crzymom's Tidbits is your next stop. I've also included a complete list of our bloggers below just in case you get lost along the way. Happy hopping!

Club Scrap (you are here)

Ann at Crzymom's Tidbits

Lisa at Rockin Paper, Scissors and Glue

Josette at Little Bits

Tricia at The Efficient Crafter

Lilian at The Leaf Studio

Debby at Masculine Inspirations

Donna at Hawthorne Hill

Donna at the Crafty Colonel

Hetty at Craft Chaos

Inkstains with Roni

Deb Duz Scrappin'

Julie at Cape Cod Scrapper

Anne Marie at Artfully Balanced

Kay's Keepsakes

Annette's Digital Musings

Lisa at Carpe Memoria

Marya at A Notebook Novel


Here's how I customized my Explorer's Journal:

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Decorate the cover with Lite Cutaparts, one of the Lite Elephant Buttons, and Striped Washi Tape.

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Add hot pink satin ribbon from the Big Top Fiber pack beneath the center stitches to add a bit more stability to the spine.

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Use pairs of Lite Show Tickets to create tab dividers for the 5.75 x 7" short pocket inserts.

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Add assorted die cut shapes decorated with Cutaparts and/or stamped images to the short inside pages.

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Use an Ink Applicator, India Ink and the Lite Circus Stencil to decorate several pages.

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And there you have it, an album all ready to fill up with happy memories! Fun right?

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