One of our new 2018 Crew members, Traci Hayner Vanover has a flair for all things vintage with a design style that is appealing and whimsical, with a decidedly quirky twist. She spends happy hours discovering long-hidden vintage design treasures from the past that become the canvas for her own unique voice.
It will be of no surprise that she loved the Architextures composition book and the altering options it allowed…
I love books.
Pretty much ANY kind of book – there’s something about the tactile nature of feeling paper against your fingertips that can’t be replaced by the digital age. That said, it should come as no surprise that once I added digital journal kits to my product lineup, making books followed in VERY short order. I was hooked. Whether I was creating junk journals, mini books, or altering vintage treasures I’d found in my travels — the girl who confidently vowed, “…I’ll never get into papercrafting…I’m strictly a digital designer..” quickly had to eat every one of those words. Never say never, my friends!
I discovered the 7gypsies small composition book while simultaneously surfing the Canvas Corp website, and drooling on my keyboard. I’d been altering mini composition books for a while now… how did I not know about these little beauties?! I anxiously awaited for my shipment to arrive. I scarcely had the box open before I saw it. The heavens opened… the angels sang… bright light… well, you get the idea…
I immediately knew what I needed to do. I was going to create a book for someone like me – someone that loves REAL books, and has memories she wants to preserve. Maybe it would be a trip to a far-off destination, or maybe it would record the story of how she met her soulmate in the international food aisle at Walmart. Either way, she had a story to tell. I wanted to make sure to leave her lots of room for all she may want to write, but I also wanted to add some fun, interactive and unexpected accents that would evoke a smile, and prove handy.
As you will see in the video, I was thrilled to discover that this book had that wonderful, vintage feel already designed into the pages. This enabled me to focus on the little details that would make this book unique.
I hope you enjoyed this little flip through with me.
Something tells me that there are more altered books in my future. Lots of them!