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traveler's journal - swatches & organization



Welcome to this month's Traveler's Journal feature! Today it's all about organization and using your Traveler's Journals to help you do that. I did some browsing on the internet and found some great inspiration:


{fabric swatch book - source unknown}

This fabric swatch book is quite old and hold different fabrics. You could keep track of sewing and quilting projects in this way and add a swatch of the fabric that you used. I actually have an old notebook that I kept swatches of fabric in my collection for quilting years ago along with notes and pattern ideas.


{yarn swatch book - coco knits}

I am a knitter and was very much drawn to this little notebook of knitted swatches. This person used it to keep track of colors of yarn that were hand dyed. I love this idea for keeping track of yarn used on projects or even just to keep track of yarn in your stash!


{paint swatch book - laurel1601 on Instagram}

And, of course, you could keep track of watercolor swatches. I love the tiny strip of swatch dots along the one side of the page.

If you read my last Design Team Tips post, you saw my large watercolor swatch sheets that I shared, but I also thought it would be great to downsize those swatches to fit into a Traveler's Journal. Think about how portable your swatches become when you do them in a format like this!


I used the new passport size of the Traveler's Journal to create my swatch book. The outside cover is a simple design with just a title label that I made with a die included in the Traveler's Journal: Accessories die collection. I typed up the "swatches" word on my typewriter, die cut it out, attached eyelets in each end, and attached it to my cover.


On the inside page, I added a pocket that I cut with the Traveler's Journal: Accessories die so I can tuck any loose swatches or pieces into. Then I added a title to the next page using a Pierced Feature Frames die. I watercolored a rainbow of colors with inks and then typed a title over the top when it was dry.


The swatch cards are 3" x 4" and fit perfectly onto the passport size pages. I printed them out into watercolor paper. The cards will also work in the original Traveler's Journal size as well. If you do pocket scrapbooking, this size will work well in those pages too!

At the top of the page, I used the circle die cut from the Traveler's Journal: Accessories die collection to label the page colors. I typed up the words up on my typewriter onto some kraft cardstock and then die cut them out and attached them to the top of the pages with a tiny attacher stapler.

This spread includes the reds, pinks, oranges, yellows, and some of the greens in the Papertrey Ink spectrum.


This next spread includes the rest of the greens, blues, purples, and some neutrals in the Papertrey Ink spectrum.


This last spread includes the rest of the neutrals in the Papertrey Ink spectrum.


Papertrey Ink has 53 dye ink colors. I created a chart that you can download, print, and then add your swatches to. There are 3 charts with no color labels on them on the second file that you can fill with other colors that you might have in your collection.

Download PTI-3x4-swatches

Download PTI-3x4-swatches-1

Click the links to download the 3"x4" swatch cards that you can add to your own Traveler's Journal. The files are laid out as shown above and the charts are BLANK so that you can add your own swatches to it.

You can also use the charts to stamp ink color swatches onto or add a swatch of cardstock to - don't just think you have to use these for watercolor samples.


  • INK: Papertrey Ink colors
  • PAPER: Traveler's Journal: Passport Page Blanks, watercolor paper, kraft
  • DIES: Traveler's Journal: Accessories, Pierced Feature Frames
  • OTHER: True Black baker's twine, water brush, tiny attacher, eyelets

The Traveler's Journal team have some great ideas to share to use your Traveler's Journals to organize your swatches, supplies, and more. Each project gave me some inspiration on another way I can do some organizing and I hope that you are inspired too!



"The Traveler’s Journal is a perfect way to organize my color selection! I put together an all-in-one swatch collection  that will be handy for up coming projects. Complete with pockets that I can add more color swatches to when I add to my supplies!"





  • STAMPS: Cover Up: Diamonds, Palm Prints
  • INK: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, Green Parakeet, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropic Teal, Amethyst Allure, Enchanted Evening, Royal Velvet, Blueberry Sky
  • PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Tropic Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Traveler's Journal: Page Blanks
  • DIES: Traveler’s Journal: Passport, Traveler's Journal: Outer Cover
  • OTHER: Versamark, White Embossing Powder, Hemp Twine, 1” punch, Tacky Glue, Blending Tool

CLICK HERE to visit Andi's blog to see more!



"I'm always looking for a place to hold my photos, die cuts, or other small tokens of memorabilia. So, why not make a little traveler's notebook just for that? My traveler's journal features pockets to hold items at bay that may be used in future journals. My favorite part is the vase on the cover. The bouquet is not only pretty, but functional to add to any future journal."





  • STAMPS: Stitching Garden, Traveler's Journal: Field Notes, Stitch In Time Borders, Vogue Vases, 2018 Anniversary: Mixed Bouquet, Banners & Pennants, A Bit More: Butterfly Blooms
  • INK: Blueberry Sky, Sweet Blush, Spring Moss, Bright Buttercup, Melon Berry, Smokey Shadow, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Green Parakeet, Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, Dark Indigo, Honey Nut, Pure Poppy
  • PAPER: Bright Buttercup, Classic Kraft, Melon Berry pattern paper
  • DIES: Traveler's Journal: Passport Cover, Pierced Feature Frames, Vogue Vases, Mixed Bouquet, Star Spangled Impression Plate
  • OTHER: glassine bags, merchant paper bag, baker's twine

CLICK HERE to visit Ashley's blog to see more!



"The creative process can make a happy mess, but when it comes to my supplies, organization is a must!!! The new Passport sized TJ is the perfect place for me to keep ink and paper swatches right at my fingertips for easy reference!"





  • STAMPS: Fresh Alphabet, Traveler's Journal: Bullets, Traveler's Journal: Currently
  • INK: all colors are noted on the chart
  • PAPER: entire Papertrey Ink collection, Traveler's Journal: Passport page blanks
  • DIES: Traveler's Journal: Passport Cover Die and included word and embellishment dies
  • FELT: all colors are noted on my chart
  • OTHER: pom pom maker, yarn, jumbo paperclip, liquid glue, circle punches, clips

CLICK HERE to visit Kelly' blog to see more!

Thank you so much for joining me and the Traveler’s journal team today. I hope you enjoyed what we had to share today and more inspiration will be coming your way again next month!