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Why I’ve decided to ditch the planners – shock horror!!

Actually that’s not fair to my planners, I’ve not totally ditched them, just sort of amalgamated them……sort of.

The problem has been this, my stack of planners and notebooks. I love each and every one of them for different reasons. From the bottom up an A4 desk planner for every day note taking, planning blog posts, workshops, articles and with weekly planning pages. Next comes my Simple Stories Carpe Diem which I love for it’s size, I can decorate its insert pages and I use for the shop, Etsy, again workshops and articles and general worky stuff. The pretty one with pink flowers is my Prima Jet setter which if I’m honest I had to buy because I just love the colour and pattern. It’s a travelers notebook style which is my all time favourite planner style to use and I decided to use it for my personal gains. Health tracker, money tracker etc. I think I kept about two pages but it’s still sitting hopeful on my desk.  Next up is my Websters pages Travelers notebook which I adore. I holds my sketchbook, journal and bullet journal planner in one. I love it and on top of that is my felt A6 version which is always in my bag with pretty much the same inserts, agenda, journal and sketchbook.

While I love each and everyone of these planners for different reasons and I use them regularly….well…semi regularly, I’m just getting a bit dizzy and confused. I forget which book holds what and it seems when I need to check what’s going on I have to look in three different places and that’s not ideal.

I came to the conclusion I could try blending everything into one planner and the one I like to use most often is my Websters.

Since using my Travelers notebook for everything I’ve become alot more productive and focused. I get to plan, journal and sketch all in the same place. One side is my weekly planner and the other I use as a journal for the week making notes of things I’ve done and collaging in anything note worthy.

I get to use my watercolours and it’s great.  Note the little Planner Penelope badge there too from Paper Pen and Plan

I think I’ve shown you my smaller version before. It’s always in my bag and I keep my notes and agenda in it along with an on the go sketchbook/journal.

I’m so pleased with my small version I’ve made lots of others and offered them for sale in my Etsy shop here .

I’m busy making the pen holders to match them and some dangly charms.

Have a good weekend everyone

Jaine xx

 

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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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My Autumn Planner Set up

Even though I really didn’t want to let my Summer journal go I know it’s time and I have to be realistic and welcome the season in.

Decorating my Autumn planner was just the start I was looking for to get me in the mood.

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My Autumn planner cover is a piece of grey felt which gives me an instant warm and cozy feel. The journal inside is a simple Moleskine but covered with perfect Canvas Corp papers  

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My Faux Dori And A Not So Messy Monday

Good morning, well it is right at this moment. The sun has been out for several consecutive days now, I’ve no idea what’s going on? It’s cardie on – cardie off!! Two weeks and I’m off on me holls in gloriously hot Sicily, woo hoo.

Before that though it’s still project doggy proof the garden and my personal get fit campaign and both are progressing nicely. We visited the fur baby (still no name) at the weekend and he’s grown a bit. He spends alot of time outside with his brothers and sisters in the sunshine which is great. Meanwhile I’ve been steadily getting stronger at the hill climb on my mountain bike and pushing myself to go ever higher and I’m happy to say it’s paying off. The morning views are the best.

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Anyway, back to the studio and I’ve really caught the travellers notebook bug. I’m not much of a planner person but I’m loving the fauxdori style planner keeping and the best thing is making my own cover and inserts to suit my style.

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A Week In The Studio – Digi Stamp With Craft Stamper

It’s been another busy weekend chez nous and I’m about pooped. I decided last week I’d start going out on my bike throught the forest as much as possible in a bid to get fitter before holiday and doggy. We live in a valley and every way out is up so the first push is tiring on the legs, however I’m pleased to say it’s getting easier and I can now cycle further up the hill before I have to stop which is my big goal and that’s just after a week. Update, I’ve now managed to go the whole way up without stopping once – I’m so chuffed.  I’ll carry on pushing myself every day especially as I can already feel a difference after only a week, and yes that is a jelly seat there.

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I’ve also been madly making jam. It’s been a while since I made jam, in fact last years fruit harvest wasn’t the best and I only managed to squeeze out a couple of jars but this year I felt the urge to stock pile jam until next year so production has been high.

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Tomorrow the latest edition of Craft Stamper magazine comes out and while I’m on the subject of bikes I’m really happy to say I’ve a downloadable digital stamp with this months Craft Stamper magazine. I know digital stamps aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but I thought I’d show you a few different papers I’ve printed out my bike onto.

Firstly, I’ve not used a graphics program to print from just opened the image on my computer and chosen the print options. From left to right I’ve reduced the image, repeated it multiple times and printed it onto an already sprayed piece of water colour paper. Then I’ve used clear sticky label sheet, white card, water colour paper, coloured paper, sticky backed brown kraft paper and again multiple times onto plain printer paper.

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I cut out the image from a clear sticky label sheet so I could put it on my journal background. If I hadn’t have been so lazy I’d have cut closer to the image so I wouldn’t have got that horrid line around it.

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Details of how you can download my image can be found on page 38 of the Craft Stamper mag.

Jaine x

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Messy Monday in the Studio

What a crazy weekend it’s been here. Saturday we visited a balloon festival which was practically on our doorstep. We’ve been to this event before in Luxembourg but that was years ago. As well as the balloon competitions they were holding a fireworks and lazer show in the evening which we definitely didn’t want to miss. It was an amazing spectacle as you can see from these pictures.

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Brilliant night.

Sunday was just as full on but in a totally different way. After years of being nagged by the girls into getting a dog we finally caved in and on Sunday went to look at some gorgeous Australian – Shepherd – Collie puppy’s. It was love at first sight and we were all completely smitten by these little balls of fluff. We did decide on one though and in a little over a month this little ball of fluff will be coming to live with us. Isn’t he adorable?

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I’ve decided he’s going to be my personal trainer so this morning I took my bike out into the forest for an early morning ride. Just to get used to getting up early and going out as I think that’ll be my job.

As it’s Monday it’s back to the studio and I’ve actually opened the journal after many weeks/months.  I’ve missed it but I’ve been too busy to think about painting anything. This background was one which I had already painted ages ago (just goes to show what a great idea it is just to make backgrounds) so I just finished it off with my new Houses in a row stamp and some off cuts of patterned paper.

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I hope you had a good weekend too?

Jaine x

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Messy Monday Journal Page

This weekend I went down with the cold I’ve been so determined to avoid now for weeks. I tried my best to get on as normal but after spending a couple of hours in the garden on Saturday I was flaked and Sunday I could hardly muster up the energy to get off the sofa. It’s a bit better now but of course the coughing will stay around for a while no doubt.

Yesterday for Messy Monday I did manage to get a journal page together. More collage and Dylusions paints then a simple drawing of Luxembourg city and that was it.

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I’m starting to become braver with adding more colour instead of sticking to the usual turquoise and blue colour scheme. The addition of pink a previously unseen colour on my pages is adding loads more interest.

Jaine x

 

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Spring Flowers Challenge

We spent this weekend in the garden weeding, digging and getting rid of cubic metres of moss from everywhere. It was truly exhausting, but I’m satisfied we did a brilliant job and it’ll surely pay off when the summer comes.

It’s lovely too to be able to draw inspiration (literally) from the garden and for my Messy Monday journal entry this week I did just that. I went out and took a few pics of the Spring flowers, then sketched one or two in my sketch book. My favourite was the pot of primroses which I thought I’d transfer to my journal.

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Hello Spring

Last week was a particularly draining week emotionally but this week I’m ready to pick myself up, leave that behind and move on. Signs of Spring are all around now and the weather too is giving us some really lovely days to get out and tidy the garden. It’s nice to see the covers come off the furniture at last and we’ve even cranked up the bbq.

It was so nice to open my journal again this week after what has been a long few weeks. I didn’t realize how much I’d missed it until I started laying down some papers and glue.

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A New Journal Page and some News

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.

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