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Friday, November 20, 2020

A Look into my Traveler's Notebook  

From the December Cherry Box


Hello, Jessica here. I have been having so much fun working on and filling up this Echo Park traveler's notebook that every December Cherry Box will receive. The Cherry Box also comes with additional inserts, Stickles glitter glue, some of Crate Paper's "Hey Santa" collection and so much more that I added into this notebook. These notebooks are great for scrapbooking, journaling, doodling, note-taking, and much more. I use mine as some of each and in this post, I will show you some of my pages!


I started by making these tassels. I knew right away I wanted to make tassels to embellish the sides of the notebooks.




I like to stock up my front page with ephemera, tags, and photos that I am going to use throughout my notebook. This is also where I store my ACOT pen so I do not lose it. laugh

After the tassels, this was the first page I made. I love that you can cover a whole page in your notebook using one page from a 6"x 8" paper pad. I'm using the Hey Santa 6"x 8" paper pad, that is in this Cherry Box. When gluing on a whole page, make sure you add glue right to the edge so it will close nicely and not ruin your paper. I like having some lined paper to use for journaling, and it gives me an opportunity to practice my handwriting.wink I glued some of my twine that was in this Cherry Box to add some detention around my photo and think it complements the Santa's striped shirt in the photo.



Next, I  made a shaker page, and it turned out to be one of my favorite pages! For this page, you'll need some clear crafting plastic, foam adhesive, glue, and glitter, sequins, or confetti. I used the confetti from the Hey Santa collection. You can watch the video below to see how this page came together. My tip for shakers is to add more confetti or sprinkles than what you think you'll need. Most of the shakers get stuck around the edges and corners so the center is often left blank.





This is another version of a shaker page but this time I made two smaller windows. I made filled these shakers with glitter powder, which I don't recommend using for these. Most of the powder is stuck on the foam and I think most of it slipped out.



For this page, I started by adding some metallic watercolor to the background to make a snowbank for my gingerbread house to sit on. These are some old stamps from my stash that I thought would work perfectly with this photo. I first stamped them in black ink and then colored them in with watercolor. I really like how the bold white lettering pops against the green background.


I like to have some pocket pages in my notebooks. Here I hold ephemera pieces, photos, or other random items I have that I want to work into other pages.


When I saw this pink starburst paper from the Hey Santa paper pad, I knew I wanted to layer it with my stencil and Stickles glitter glue from the Cherry Box. I also used some Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spritz and some chipboard stickers from Hey Santa.


I wanted to make a mixed media filled page so people can see that you can add mixed media to these notebooks! For this page, I actually did all of my mixed media work on a piece of watercolor paper and then I cut it down and glued it into my book. This is also is less intimidating to experiment with mixed media because if it didn't work out, it's ok because you didn't make it in your journal. I used the new Tim Holtz color of Rustic Wilderness in all 8 new products. You can also make your own inserts using mixed media paper! I have a blog post on how you can do that HERE.

I hope you got some ideas on what to add to your traveler's notebook! Share your pages with us using the hashtag #thecherrybox! Some more ideas for these notebooks are using them as bullet journals, planners, to take notes, December daily, scrapbook, mixed media sample pages, and even more!

Thanks for checking out my pages! Happy Holidays!


 Have you subscribed yet? You have until the end of the month to sign up - and you can get 20% off your first box with code CHERRY20!



Here's everything the box includes:

- Echo Park Travelers Notebook (you'll get red or green)

- Echo Park Travelers Notebook Inserts (includes two in the package)

- Echo Park Warm & Cozy Enamel Dots

- Echo Park winter stencil (may vary from box to box)

Hey Santa 6x8 Paper Pad

Hey Santa Charms

- One spool of twine

- Stickles Glue (either red and green, or red and teal)



Posted by Jessica.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Holiday Travelers Notebook  


Hey everyone! Rachel here, and I'm so excited about the December Cherry Box! It's so festive, and I'm all about the Christmas cheer right now. I created two double page spreads that I want to share with you - and most of the items I used were included in the Cherry Box (everything except glue and chipboard stickers.) I love the size of this Echo Park travelers notebook, and the included 6x8 paper pad works perfectly with it. I worked with the lined pages, and unlined pages to show what you can do with both. Don't feel like you have to write in all the lined pages! That's definitely overwhelming to me ha!



So here I used some paper from the Hey Santa 6x8 paper pad to cover my left side. The paper is the perfect size, just need to trim one side a little bit. Then I made a little pocket on the bottom to stick in my snowman cut out. I glued on some twine and a charm and kept it simple.



For the right side I wanted to add my journaling and photo. I used more paper from the 6x8 paper pad to back my photo, and added some enamel dots and chipboard stickers. All included in the Cherry Box except the chipboard stickers!



I love how it turned out! I just adore the Hey Santa collection with its pops of pink and yellow.



For my second layout I used the snowflake stencil and dabbed on the red Stickles glue. You can use a brush, but I just used my finger for convenience ha! I wanted a bit of sparkle on my page, but not too much. So I kept my stenciling to just one corner on each page.



Be sure to give it plenty of time to dry! The areas that had more stickles took forever to dry for me. I'm impatient, so I ended up getting sparkles all over me! I used papers from the 6x8 paper pad, as well as a cut out tag to make layers on this page. Added a couple enamel dots and some twine to the tag for the finishing touches!



I just love that foiled snowflake paper! I used it on my right side as well to back my photos. I ripped strips of paper for the bottom, and layered on some cut out pieces. This page came together pretty quickly, besides the stickles drying! :)



And there you have it! Two double page layouts in my travelers notebook using mostly supplies from the Cherry Box! Have you subscribed yet? You have until the end of the month to sign up - and you can get 20% off your first box with code CHERRY20!



Here's everything the box includes:

- Echo Park Travelers Notebook (you'll get red or green)

- Echo Park Travelers Notebook Inserts (includes two in package)

- Echo Park Warm & Cozy Enamel Dots

- Echo Park winter stencil (may vary from box to box)

- Hey Santa 6x8 Paper Pad

- Hey Santa Charms

- One spool of twine

- Stickles Glue (either red and green, or red and teal)




Items I used that were not in the box:




Thanks for joining! I hope you feel inspired to create in a travelers journal now! 




Posted by Rachel Kent

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

DIY Tassels  

For the Traveler's Notebook in the December Cherry Box


I am very excited about the upcoming December Cherry Box!!! It has so many great products in it including a traveler's notebook and Hey Santa charms. I knew right away I wanted to make tassels to embellish the sides of the notebooks. Check out the video below to see how these tassels came together and make sure you subscribe to get the December Cherry Box!






Have you subscribed yet? Get paper-crafting goodies sent to you every month with the Cherry Box!

Posted by Jessica.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Autumn Layout using November Cherry Box

I made this layout using items from the November Cherry Box. This box is filled with bright fall colors which were fun to use with these pictures.

Products Used:

Sizzix Distresser Blade, Distress Oxide Reinkers, Cream-colored Bazzil Ca...

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Friday, October 23, 2020

8 Background Techniques using Mini Ink Pads

There will be a set of 4 one inch ink pads in every November Cherry Box! These adorable cube ink pads from Pinkfresh Studio are so versatile and this post will show you 8 techniques using them. I like using these techniques as backgrounds, but they work great for a ...

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Monday, October 5, 2020

October Cherry Box Projects

An Echo Park Box!

The first thing I wanted to make using this Echo Park Cherry Box is a mini album. I love using mini albums to document a single event, trip, or time of year. They are so fun and quick to make. This is a 5” x 4” album which is smaller than my usual m...

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

6 Ways to Emboss 1 comments

Embossing Powder from the September Cherry Box!


Ready to emboss like a boss? Try out these 6 embossing techniques on your next project!

Embossing is a technique that adds dimension to a piece of paper. In this post we will be showing how to use embossing powder. To use embossing powder you ...

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Making A Mini Album

Using Everything in the August Cherry Box













For the August Cherry Box we have partnered with Doodlebug to bring you a box with over $80 value! It is filled with summer ...

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Watercolor Techniques and Basics 2 comments

Watercolor Basics

Watercolor is made to be mixed with water! Inside the paint tube is concentrated pigment that needs to get mixed with water before you can paint with it. Once you put the paint on your surface the water eva...

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Making a Pocket Card with Tags

Using Sweet Story Ephemera from your June Cherry Box

Making a Pocket Card with Tags

Using Sweet Story Ephemera Found in the June Cherry Box

The June Cherry Box features some of Maggie Holmes' Sweet Story butterfly stickers and ephemera...

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Personalizing your Travelers Notebook: Make your own Inserts!

How to Make Inserts using Sewing Technique

Personalizing your Travelers Notebook:

How to Make Inserts using Sewing Technique

Everyone who received a May Cherry Box got an Echo Park Travelers Notebook inside of it. So exci...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Blending with Tri-Blend Markers

Light, Dark, Medium, Light!

Spectrum Noir's Triblend Markers take the guesswork out of blending! These markers house three ink chambers that have three different shades; light, medium, and dark. This allows for a perfect gradation of a color.


Start by coloring the whol...

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Dylusions Shimmer Spray Tutorial 1 comments

Shimmer Spray is in your March Cherry Box!

This tutorial shows ways that you can use Dylusions Shimmer Spray and also gives some tips on how to keep them working great.

Every Cherry Box this March will have one of these sprays along with a sten...

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Distress Oxide Reinkers Tutorial

How to use your reinkers from the February Cherry Box!

There are endless ways to use Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Reinkers for backgrounds.



Here I am using the Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat and an Acrylic Block for spreading the ink onto my tags using different techniques you can see in the vid...

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

How To Use Watercolor Pencils

Using Watercolor Pencils from Your November Cherry Box

Watercolor Pencils Found in your October Cherry Box

Why use watercolor pencils? They combine the accuracy of drawing with the color transitions of watercolor painting! These pencils are water-soluble so when you add water, more pigment is released and blendi...

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