I’m so late in posting this but seriously there aren’t enough days in the week at the moment. It’s been a couple of weeks now since I got back from Stitches trade show in the UK. It was an absolutely amazing time because this year I actually had my very own little part of the NEC which was all mine. It was all thanks to CHA UK who for the very first time opened up their stand to include us designer members and give us a place to showcase our work to the world.
Well I’m feeling a bit ashamed of myself for missing a week of blogging but it’s been quite full on some good, some bad and some amazing. Last Monday I didn’t get around to journaling which hurt me greatly (I get really antsy if I don’t do something creative) but by the end of the week I’d made up for it with a bit of a quickie which is here. Some pretty simple drawing with a dip pen and black ink which I’d totally forgotten I used to love. The page underneath is Dylusions acrylics and the ink goes beautifully over the top unlike alot of pens. It was an exercise in keeping things simple without over thinking things.
At the end of last year I posted a photo of how my Moleskine journal looks now it’s at the end, since then it’s become even fatter and is bursting at the seams, so it’s definitely time for a new one. This time I’ve bought myself a Strathmore to see how that stands up to my beloved Moleskine.
While I was waiting for it to arrive I created a new page in my much smaller Dylusions journal and as usual it was while Facetiming with Clare who was also testing out a new journal, her first Moleskine.
I got out the Dylusions paints and as usual I reached for my favourite colours, turquoise and green so to try and push myself out of a colour rut I thought I’d go for something I don’t normally do and put on some pink. As you can see I wasn’t so confident and didn’t slap it on too much but I was happy to know I’d broken out of this colour funk.
I thought I’d put the word Confidence on the finished page as it was the word of the moment. Confidence to try something new, confidence to believe in yourself and how quickly it can be taken away too with just one word.
I think it’s important for me to remember that not everyone has the confidence to slosh paint around and mess make in a journal like I do and there are people who would very much like to get started in journaling but have no idea where to start. So in the shop I’ve put together a series of kits which include a hand made A5 journal, two Dylusions paints, a stencil and stencil sponges and a stamp. The journal is 8 pages of 300gsm mixed media paper so well able to stand up to paint and wet mediums and is bound with a vintage manila file folder as a cover. There are 4 kits Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, each one with different stencils and paint colours.
My motto for the year will be “Try something new this year” so I hope you will.
I’m just getting back to normal, (what ever ‘normal’ is) after the break and I’m eager to get going again. I’ve not had time to do anything in my journal for the past few weeks and I’m way behind with my December daily but it’s still out on my table for now in the hope I’ll get it finished sometime within the next week or so. If not, I’ll just put it away for next year.
I think 2016 is promising to be a very exciting year and I’m looking forward to lots of new things ahead.
So to start things off for this year I’ve decided to offer everyone 20% off in the shop. There’s also a discount on the Christmas stamps from IndigoBlu so even more saving to be made there. Just use the discount code BS20JAN16 at checkout.
I’m itching to start my new planner but before I do I thought I’d open it up and give you a little look at what’s exactly in it. There’s a ton of space to write, stamp, stick or what ever you fancy in there and I’ll be making good use of every centimetre.
Don’t you just love these colours? They’re the new A5 planners by Simple Stories and they’re adorable. The binders come in Black, Robin’s Egg Blue, Coral, Aqua, Platinum and Pink. I think my favourite is the Aqua but the Platinum is just as delicious.
Inside the A5 Split Leather Planner you get: (1) metal charm, (12) monthly calendar pages, (12) monthly tabbed dividers, (72) weekly inserts (1) A5 Tablet and (6) assorted inserts.
Tonnes of space to keep stuff and plenty of room on the pages to add your own personal touch too.
If you want to see more here’s the video by Simple Stories made for the CHA conference in the Summer.
If you’re interested in having one of these planners I’ll be taking pre-orders for the shop. They’ll be €42.00 excluding postage and I’ll be ordering them very soon so I can have them in the New Year. Just think of it as a Christmas present to you! Surely we deserve it!
If you’d like one just send me a mail: firstname.lastname@example.org letting me know which colour you prefer. Once they come in I’ll let you know and you can pay for them through the shop. You can also order directly through the shop here.
I can’t wait for mine to arrive, I’ll be itching to personalize it.