Over the weekend I decided to go through the papers in the shop and looking at them again made my heart skip. I’m falling in love all over again. Having said that I’ve decided to offer them for sale at 40% or 50% off which is truly a bargain.
Woo hoo, at last they’re in the shop and available for purchase – excitement and nerves all in equal measure. They’re all red rubber and unmounted which means for the best stamping result I recommend using a sticky foam mount on the back but of course it’s not necessary. All you need is a stamping block and some stick pritt and you’re good to go. The individual houses are approx 11 x 4.5cm and the 4 houses in a row 11 x 9cm
There’s a Dutch house with the phrase ” Big City Life” that comes with it.
A French house with “La Maison” of course,
A Georgian house with “Home Sweet Home”,
A Luxembourgish house with “Chez Nous”,
A second Luxembourgish house because I couldn’t resist and the phrase “Down Town”,
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 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.
In the studio card making production has gone into overdrive. There’ll be glitter and sequins flying all over the place.
The shop has some of my favourite things for Christmas crafting at the moment and it’s all I can do to keep my hands off them!! Firstly for anyone needing to create a quick card or two I’ve put together these card kits. The kit includes 5 blank cards and envelopes, a gorgeous stamp from Indigoblu, a mini Versafine ink pad (water resistant for using water colour paints etc), some twine and enough backing papers to get you started. If you click on the picture it’ll take you directly to the shop so you don’t have to search around for them.
We are so happy to announce that after months of work and planning the shop is finally open. It’s all thanks to my amazing husband Martin who has worked like a trooper to build the web site and shop and without him it wouldn’t have been possible.
I know it’s early days and there are bound to be hiccups, there always are in these sort of circumstances but on the whole I’m not expecting any dramas (she says fingers crossed).
Anyway, as I say on the banner, it’s full of the things I love and use regularly and I couldn’t be more proud.
You can visit the shop either by clicking the shop button at the top or on the photo on this blog post or simply by clicking here.
This is becoming a bit of a habit, I think I’ll make this Friday thing a regular date. Now is a good time to catch you up on what’s been happening in the studio and what’s on my desk going into the weekend.
Tomorrow I have a workshop with the Mosaik Ladies so this week I’ve been busy preparing for that. The kits are almost ready, just one or two things to do but on the whole I’m ready to go. The first one back after the summer break is always exciting and I suppose there’ll be lots of chit chat going on but the best thing will be to see the photo’s. Call me nosy but I love to see the photo’s people bring with them to put in their book project.