Friday In The Studio, Hello December

Here we are at the beginning of December and the madness of the season is upon us. I have been itching to start my December Daily and at last I get to play in its pages. Here is the first of my three books which are inside the altered book cover and it features my robin design which I love to bits and have plastered on anything and everything this year. I should make him into a stamp for next year.

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I’m also very happy to say that I’m helping out Clare Brown at Paper Pen And Plan with her December Daily photo challenge.  Basically there are 31 prompts to follow every day in December which are used as inspiration for a photo which is uploaded to Instagram or their Facebook group using the hashtag #PaperpenandplanDec2016 and there’s a prize on offer for someone who has followed all of the prompts with the hashtag linking them to the group.

Hubby came back from Hong Kong last week bringing this cute little red bag with him which I thought was perfect to keep my supplies in for my DD.

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Here’s day 1 complete,

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and day 2.

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Have a good weekend where ever you are and what ever you’re doing.

Jaine x

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Friday In The Studio – Christmas Workshop

Ok so I’m not actually posting this on Friday but a day late on Saturday. I’ve a good reason but the day just whizzed by in a blur as I’ve been preparing for a Christmas workshop in a couple of weeks.

I’ll be teaching the group how to use Mega flakes by Indigoblu which I love love love using plus we’ll put together a few cards for Christmas. I’ll also show them some techniques with Distress Inks to create a few backgrounds which I know they’ll love.

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For the moment my table looks like this as I sort out the kits. There’s plenty of sparkle going on here.

Hopefully I can get to update my planners this weekend too and start preparations for next year.

Happy Saturday everyone.

Jaine

 

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Friday In The Studio – My Sketchbook Is Almost Full

“Dear Father Christmas, please can you bring me a new sketchbook as I’ve almost filled mine up since I started it in January. Thank you”

I’ve only a couple of pages left in it and at the rate I’m going I’ll need to add a few tip-ins before Christmas. If anyone can recommend a good one preferably hard cover A4 please tell me as I’d be interested to know.

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I know it’s a bit corny and I’ve said it so many times but I find the forest in Autumn so full of inspiration. When I get back from a walk my pockets are usually filled with treasures I’ve picked up along the way. I have to point out the mushroom below didn’t end up in my pocket, I took a photo instead. Just sayin’

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I really need to work on my Christmas card design for this year and I’ll be working in those last few pages.

Have a good weekend

Jaine x

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Friday In The Studio – Getting Ready For December

Who documents December in a special journal? This random pile is a few of my journals from past years including an altered book, fabric, faux dori and a mini file folder for Instagram photos, I’ve tried them all.

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This year I’ve decided to go once again with an altered book but this time I’ve taken the pages out and used only the cover.

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I thought I’d go with an elastic style binding to hold the pages in which will enable me to reuse the cover next year.

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I used watercolour paper for the inside pages as I can paint, glue and do almost anything I feel like to them without them falling apart and just as a bit of an experiment I decided to tea dye the paper for a bit of a vintage feel.

Oh boy I had no idea that it would make me so happy once the pages were dry. To be honest, I really should have done it before I sewed the pages together as it was a bit of an afterthought but I was so happy with the colour, the staining and even how the pages curled and buckled once they’d dried. I was positively squealing with delight.

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I’ve three books or signatures of five papers each sewn together on the sewing machine and these fit through the elastics in the cover.

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The cover has been decorated with firstly some Collage tissue paper from Canvas Corp along with some lace, tags, stickers and a few sequins.

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I am more than happy with it and can’t wait to dive in.

I’d love to know if you’re going to document December in any way? Let me know.

Have a good weekend.

Jaine x

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Monday Chat, Apple Harvest Time

One of the things I love about life in Luxembourg is the feeling of community and togetherness. Here in my tiny village we have plenty of opportunities to get together and any excuse for a BBQ or beer tent and we’re on it. We’re so lucky to have our own chateau too  which is a very pretty addition to the skyline.

The orchards around the chateau are managed by the villagers who trim the trees, plant new ones and collect the apples in the Autumn. A couple of weekends ago was apple collecting time and I went down with the family to help pick.

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It’s all about the juice and of course we get to keep that too once it’s been processed.

Of course the Autumn is making the forest feel so magical at the moment. It can be misty, cold and wet but the forest stays the same all the time and my morning walks with Cooper are a real joy.

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The beautiful view from my kitchen door.

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I know these beautiful colours won’t last long so I have to get out and make the most of it.

I hope you’re enjoying the Autumn colours where you are.

Jaine x

 

 

 

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Friday In The Studio, Sketching Again

It’s been absolutely ages and ages since I did any sketching, that’s not including the little sketches and doodles in my travel journal. No, I mean actual sit down with a pencil and seriously draw type sketching.  I even  had to hunt around for my sketch book it’s been that long.

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Anyway I’m so glad I did and I even decided to document my weekend with a sketch in my journal.

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The colours of Autumn are so inspiring and I can’t get enough of them.

I hope you all have a great weekend. I might try and get out in the garden for a bit more cutting down before the winter.

Have a good one and see you next week.

Jaine x

 

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Wednesday Update With Making Cards Magazine

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I was so excited to learn this week that the Christmas edition of Making Cards Magazine came out with a fantastic article written by the talented Clare Brown.

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A whole Three pages worth of how-to using my Town House stamps to create some stunning 3D cards. (It’s only the page opposite Dean Wilson from Create and Craft).

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Clare has done an amazing job with my stamps and I couldn’t be happier.

Thank you Clare.

To buy the stamps for yourself you can find them here in my shop.

On Friday I’ll be back to my journal and some Autumn inspiration.

Jaine x

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Friday In The Studio And A Look Into My Travel Journal

As promised I thought I’d share a few pictures from my travel journal in my hand made faux dori cover. It was a joy to sit in the evening on the terrace with a glass of vino filling in the day.

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The planner side of it didn’t escape my doodling and in fact keeping that up daily helped me if I needed to go back a day or remember where I was for any reason. I love the little calendar with its doodles. I should make stickers out of them.

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I selected a few pages to show you not that I bore you with the whole thing.

I used water colours mostly and I took a few stickers and some washi with me too.

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When it came to the photos, I knew the size and format I wanted to print them out at so I sketched a box on the page where I would eventually put the photo once I’d printed it out at home and made a small note of which picture it would be.

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I’m very excited to plan my Christmas journal now. It won’t be too far away.

Have a good weekend

Jaine x

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Wednesday Update

The November issue of Craft Stamper magazine came out last friday 7th October and this one is a special gift making special for all those people who love to hand make little gifts for Christmas.

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In this issue I’ve contributed to the 3d challenge feature with a wooden frame I’ve given some mozaic treatment to.  You can buy the magazine here in the online store.

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As well as the frame, I’m also given a spot in the Cafe Chat page where I’m giving away two of my Town House stamps to a lucky reader, the Georgian House and the Row Of Houses.

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Have a good Wednesday what ever you’re doing.

Jaine x

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Monday Chat, Life With A Doggy

Oh my, how our lives have been turned upside down and as I might have hinted at before we’ve gone and got ourselves a little fluffy baby. Well to be truthful, he’s now not so little even at 3 months old. He’s growing fast and is now as big or bigger than quite a few full grown dogs I know. I suspect he’s going to end up almost as big as a donkey! His face easily reaches the table when he stands up on his back legs.

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This was taken a few weeks ago when he’d only been with us a week. He’d just been digging in my Veg patch, something he’s become quite good at doing.  He’s an Australian Shepherd crossed with a Collie and is such a beauty.  We’ve named him Cooper.

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We love him dearly but this puppy phase is tough for sure. Tough on clothes, skin, nerves and furniture. It doesn’t matter how many You Tube videos you watch about puppy biting, until you actually experience it first hand (or arm) you have no idea how bad it can be. On the plus though I’m really really enjoying the walks, just the two of us in the morning and it’s keeping me in shape too. I’m looking forward to the time I can go further into the forest on a proper hike but for now I’m having to be content with the short walks around the village. If anyone has any tips about gardening with dogs please let me know I’d love to hear. It’s a good job everything has to be cut down now anyway because the garden is becoming trashed!

I’ll update you on our adventures together but for now, happy Monday.

Jaine x

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