It’s been a crazy couple of weeks here. I went into hospital for a small, quick operation by laparoscopy and came home feeling sore, more than a bit tired and as bloated as a whale but spending time in my pj’s with my feet up had some advantages. I had lots of time to sketch and catch up with my planners and journals.
As it’s July already I even made a start on my Christmas designs too. You can never be too early!!
Here’s one which needed finishing off.
Just as I arrived home my parcel from PaperPenandPlan was waiting for me. This months box is all about Quotes and the colours are beautiful and soft with mint greens and soft pinks. As the box contains a tube of paint and a brush I’ve ended up watercolouring everything which doesn’t move, including the pages of my Carpe Diem. The paint is very highly pigmented and to be honest it could have done with being watered down a bit more but once I’ve added more to my calendar I’m sure it won’t be so ‘in your face’ so to speak. I love the ephemera pack which contains some gorgeous die cut fairies.
The box always contains a small kit and this month it’s a tube of watercolour paint, brush and some tags for a bit of fun. I adore watercolours so couldn’t wait to get my brush wet. A full tutorial for this tag is on their web site at Paperpenandplan
I didn’t get to show you my pages for the June Traveling Art Journal with Canvas Corp Brands. I think this is my favourite to date.
Have a good weekend all and I’ll catch up again next week.
We’re now past the longest day with not only a heatwave but it’s just been so dry. Officially we’re now in a drought situation with a ban on using the hosepipe for anything other than watering the veg patch. As a result I’ve just spent two very depressing hours cutting down quite alot of the border plants to try and conserve some energy and keep them alive. I notice too either I’ve lost some plants due to the lack of rain or they’re just lying dormant and will come back next year which I hope is the case. Either way I’ve lots of gaps with bare soil.
Maybe I should just replace everything with grasses and more drought tolerant type plants!! Fake grass would be an option too.
Anyway that aside, I did have the urge a couple of days ago to open my travelers notebook journal. I had no idea what I was going to do other than I needed to get out some watercolours. Working outside too in the sun gave me lots of inspiration.
The finished page included some bits from my June Sweet Treat Box from Paperpenandplan as well as a few sprigs of Lavender. That cute pencil case came in the same box too and I just love it.
Here are a couple of close ups.
I’ve a few exciting projects coming up quite soon, one of them being Christmas In July, can you believe that??
Have a good one
I decided it was about time I moved into a more seasonable colour of Travelers Notebook cover and the obvious choice was the bright green one. After cutting out the felt for the covers I had some strips of felt left over and used one to make myself a pen holder. It’s a perfect addition too on the front of my notebook and gives me the idea to make a few more in other colours to co-ordinate with the covers.
I’ve actually managed to get four books in this one quite easily with some extra bands as the size is slightly bigger than my old one.
If you’d like one of your own I’m selling them in my Etsy shop at the moment and I plan to add more colours to the range too.
One of the books I have inside is a mini notebook which came with my Sweet Treat box from Paperpenandplan.
It’s gorgeous, hand stitched by Ali-Beth and even though it was already a beautiful blue colour I thought I’d give it a bit of a distressed beachy feel and dry brushed some white paint over the cover. I gave the letters the same treatment before layering my elements together.
From the same kit I also decorated the pages of my Carpe Diem planner
I love all the elements from this kit, including the extra little snippets of washi tape which closed the packet tops. Nothing should go to waste.
For the past few weeks I’ve been experimenting with making my own stickers too and finally I think I’ve got it. It’s all my original artwork and I’m really happy how they turned out. I’ll be adding them to my shop in the near future so keep a look out.
Also from my shop I had a bit of a sort out of my ephemera packs repackaging them to present them a bit better.
They’re great for Junk Journaling or mini book making and are full of bits and pieces. Each pack contains 50 elements which include book pages, playing cards, vintage postcards and tags as well as lots of other ephemera and ribbons. They’re in my shop here.
I hope you all have a good weekend and I’ll be back with more news soon.
Happy June everyone. We’re half way through the year already,how did that happen?
The Craft Stamper Magazine is out today Friday 2nd June and my article in this months edition is a subject I love dearly, Junk Journaling.
Here’s a sneaky peek at one of the pages from my journal.
Of course I do happen to have a hand made junk journal in my pocket sized travelers notebook which I adore.
It’s great for sticking small bits in and doing a little bit of journaling too. Easy and quick to work in and a whole lot less intimidating because of its size.
June 1st I took the opportunity to sit outside and update my planners. The gorgeous one on the right is by Prima and I bought it from Paperpenandplan.
They also sell the stickers, gel pens and Prima glue pen which you see in these pics.
I’ll be listing junk journals for sale soon so look out for those. In the mean time I’ve got a few pocket size notebook covers left in my Etsy store basementsixtyfive
Have a good weekend
Oh bother, I’ve missed a few posts, I’ve not been well so I’m afraid my best of intentions went right out of the window.
I’m having a good day today so I can catch you up on the good stuff which did happen last week.
Well for starters the sun came out and made us all feel really Springy. As much as could be done outside was done outside and a spot of sketching was right up there. By the end of the week it started pouring with rain and I ended up with a jumper on again which goes to show we shouldn’t take these moments for granted. As I said I wasn’t feeling well so I ended up watching my neighbours digging over their plots ready for the new season and all I can do is imagine their thoughts as they look over at mine, destroyed by the dog and full of weeds. Hubby and I have got a plan up our sleeves though which will knock their socks off!! Maybe. This week the sun came back and we were treated to some truly warm days.
I did receive a very welcome package from Paperpenandplan just over a week ago containing some Simple Stories goodies. Planner stickers, stamp, washi and paper pack. I couldn’t wait to open and use it.
As the title suggests, small is indeed beautiful to coin a cliché and my passport sized Travelers Notebook is fast becoming my absolute favourite planner of all time.
I decided to make a mini insert for it using some of the Simple Stories Domestic Bliss papers which arrived from Paperpenandplan.
As before the binding is hand sewn as that’s my favourite method of binding.
I love it.
Have a good weekend and for now Happy Friday.
This past year my art Journals have been left on the shelf while I concentrated on other things. I didn’t know how much I missed it until I got involved with a journal project with Canvas Corp called The Traveling Art Journal. Over the course of a year, a group of us are sending out our journals to friends all over the world where they’ll be worked in before being sent on their journey and finally arriving back home to the owners. Along the way it’ll make a fantastic monthly project on the Canvas Corp web site for anyone who wants to follow our progress.
For my journal I chose to make a Travelers Notebook style binding with two simple hand sewn books inside. The pages are watercolour paper so should stand up to most mediums and as the paper was very white and stark, I tea dyed every page to give it a bit more character.
I used, texture paste, inks and stamping to create a background and collaged some papers and images on top. At the time of creating the page, the weather was anything but Springlike so I added the title to reflect how I was feeling while I was working.
These are the tea dyed pages before putting them together in the journal. I loved how they came out, it made them look so old.
If you want to see how everyone else created their journals and pages then go to the Canvas Corp web site here and follow along monthly to see how it’s going.
Have a good weekend
Most of this week has been about planning how to perfect on-line workshops and the logistics of it. A couple of weeksI ago I was involved in a car accident while I was on my way to teach a workshop locally. The road was icy and a car coming in the opposite direction lost control and went in to me. Luckily no one was hurt but the car was damaged beyond repair so we’ve been juggling one car between all of us. Anyway, so long as that’s our only worry then we’ll be fine, there are worse things in life. Anyway, the workshop had to be abandoned and I had to decide what to do and that’s when I had the idea to make a video workshop this time. If it’s successful I could use it as a way to create other little on-line mini workshops which will reach a wider audience and fill in gaps between actual ones. I’ll keep you posted how it goes.
Meanwhile, I’m still filling my sketchbook and updating my planners and I’m also very pleased to say I’ve been asked to become part of the team of creatives at Paperpenandplan who sell all things planner related from their web site and etsy shop.
I look forward to sharing more from Paperpenandplan in the future.
Have a good weekend
Wow February is here and I for one am truly happy about that. January is such a dismal month with most of it spent trying to either catch up on stuff not finished from last year, feeling down because already the promises made on January 1st have fallen by the wayside plus the weather is usually dull and dreary like the mood. So…..February is here folks so fear not, all will be well.
February is the month of finding the first signs of an eventual spring. Only this morning I swear I heard the croaks of a bull frog coming from the pond next door. There’s alot to look forward to this month and yesterday was Candlemass or Liichtmess as it’s known here where light is brought in to the home to see us through those last weeks of winter and to hurry on the Spring. Here it’s a big thing with the children who walk from house to house with lamps chanting the song and asking for sweets. Like trick or treat without the trick! It’s a colourful and light filled occasion and of course the kiddies love it. Then at the end of the month it’s pancake day (shrove Tuesday). I love pancakes, who doesn’t? In the middle of the month I’ll be off to Birmingham for the Stitches show at the NEC. This time last year I was all nervous and excited to be part of it on a stand of my own as part of the CHA designers section. I’ve learned alot in a year and realise how naive I really was back then. I’m happy to be going this year as a visitor, it’ll be more relaxing for sure.
Right now on the Canvas Corp web site, I’ve a little project using scraps of paper and fabrics to make prayer banners. They include motivational words to help carry me through the year and the banner hangs in my studio.
I’m pleased to say my planning is right on track and I’m really enjoying the process. I think I’ve found something which suits me and my style and is really working. It’s only taken a year of experimenting to discover what I actually like but I’m now using my A5 Carpe Diem properly but putting my own stamp on it, my Travelers Notebook from Websters Pages which holds my sketchbook and my personal which I’ve totally renewed making all my own dashboards and inserts for.
I’ve very pleased to say I’m involved with a wonderful community of people called Paper Pen and Plan who bring monthly planner goodies to you in the form of a subscription box. They have a web site here Paperpenandplan and a great Facebook group too.
My February planner pages have been created using stickers and downloads from their February Sweet Treat box the theme of which is Rainbows and Unicorns. What could be more adorable? They are also running a challenge within the Facebook group with the opportunity to win prizes. You can join the group here.
Have a good weekend everyone and I hope it’s a colourful one.
I really should call this Catching Up In The Studio as it’s now Sunday and I’m only now finding the time to do my catch up. It’s been a busy week as usual and the weather hasn’t helped. We’ve had some snow and having a dog who constantly wants to come in and out the floors are always wet and dirty so I spend my time cleaning up after him.
Anyway, that aside, I’ve prepared my planners and journals for this new year and I thought I’d share that with you seeing as I’ll be using them from time to time in blog posts. The four above are the ones I’ll be using on a regular basis and from the top they are, a Websters Pages Travelers Notebook which holds a sketchbook and journal in at the moment but I have the ability to be able to add other books as I go along. Next is my desk diary which is my daily agenda, always on my desk with my to do lists, money matters and notes etc, then comes my Simple Stories Carpe Diem planner which I started last year and abandoned after January! I’m hoping this year to really use it properly and after making new inserts and dashboards for it I feel it’s really my own style. Finally I’ve a gardening diary which was a gift a couple of years ago and although I’ve started it I don’t feel as if I’ve really got into it yet. I’ve lots of ideas for how I’ll use this one so you may see it from time to time here.
As I said in my travelers notebook I’ve included a sketchbook. I do have a much bigger sketchbook which I’ll continue to use from time to time but for a quick sketch on the go I’ll be using this one. It’s a Moleskine as I absolutely love the paper even though it’s thin and buckles and warps when I use watercolour paint on it, this is why I like it so much.
A couple of sketches created after walks with the dog.
My planner is a Simple Stories ring binder style and now I’ve made my own dashboards it feels more like me so I’m hoping that will encourage me to keep up with it.
I’d love to know if any of you are using planners or journals this year and what system you’re using?
Hopefully I can inspire you a little bit to get out a pencil and maybe start something new.
See you soon
This is where I was a couple of weeks or so ago, all happy happy and totally prepared to fill my December Daily with lots of mixed media goodness and Christmas cheer but after filling only the first 3 pages I left it and pushed it to one side.
The reason was hard for me to admit to but I simply didn’t like it. I really didn’t like anything about it. After all that work and all that expectation that my tea dyed pages would look aged and wonderful, in fact they left me feeling disappointed and let down. The pages were too stiff being water colour paper, the look I was going for wasn’t an antique one but bright white and clean like the robin paper on the left. I just pushed it to one side and left it not knowing whether to go on with it or not. Several times I opened my travelers notebook and wondered whether I should carry on in that instead. The more I thought about it the more I liked the idea sooooooo…..
last weekend I started to deconstruct my original DD and use the photos and some of the stickers I could rescue and start from scratch in my TN.
Now I feel so much better. I love how the pages which have been painted on go all crinkly once they’re dry and I love the size and format of the whole thing.
I’m now up to date with it and much more content.
Have a good weekend everyone.