At the beginning of every year I replace the little notebook I keep in my car to record my mileage and other vehicle expenses. Usually I make up the notebook before the previous year ends but life got in the way. So last night I finally sat down to create the book that will see me though 2020.
A GIRLY VEHICLE EXPENSES BOOK
Somehow every year Stampin’ Up! brings out stamp images, dies or sentiments that seem appropriate for my vehicle expenses book. This year I found exactly what I needed in the Tropical Oasis Memories & More Card Pack. While I don’t drive a station wagon or surf, and my car is red not pink, I loved the image on the 3″ x 4″ card.
With my Stampin’ Up! business expanding I expect to do a lot more driving in 2020. That meant that the little 50 page composition book that I’ve used in the past was no longer big enough. So I went to Dollarama and picked up a 4″ x 5-1/2″ spiral bound notebook with 160 pages. In fact I picked up two, one with a dark red cover and one with a black cover. That would give me options once I got home.
Once I had chosen the focal point for my project, I decided to use the notebook with the red cover. This would work well with the other colours I had in mind…
PINK AND BROWN
Because this year’s vehicle expenses book has a spiral binding I needed to work around that. So I cut two pieces of Rococo Rose Card 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I glued one piece onto the back cover, while the second piece was attached to the front.
Next I lightly spritzed a 1″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Early Espresso Card with clean water. I placed the card inside the new Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder and ran it through my embossing machine.
Once the embossed piece was dry I used liquid glue to fix it to a strip of Very Vanilla Card. Then I attached the layered strips to the front of the notebook.
Finally with more liquid glue I added the printed Memories & More Card and my vehicle expenses notebook was ready for the car.
Don’t you think this notebook is fun. So much nicer than the ready-made ones you get in store that never have enough space to record everything. I look forward to using my new notebook as I visit my customers and attend events near and far.
All the Stampin’ Up! products I used to create today’s travel expenses notebook are listed below.
UPDATED 2020: Sadly the following products have retired and are no longer available from Stampin’ Up!
- Tropical Oasis Memories & More Card Pack
- Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder