Happy February From The Studio

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.

Jaine x

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Monday Chat, Snowy Weather

I love our little valley in the snow. It’s so pretty. This morning we had a big snow storm and like a kid I couldn’t wait to get out there in it. I used the dog as an excuse mind.  I actually wanted to be the first one to walk up the lane and put our footprints in the snow, that’s a bit odd isn’t it?

Cooper loves it, he has his nose permanently down and his tongue out so he can lick it up.

Thursday evening we had a massive storm as did large parts of the UK too.  The forest path was a bit like an obstacle course over the weekend but none the less still beautiful.

It gave us a bit of extra exercise.

Stay warm everyone. I’ll speak soon.

Jaine x

 

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Friday In The Studio – Planning Planning Planning

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

Jaine x

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Happy 2017

A very very happy New Year 2017 to everyone and I’m hopefull of it being a very good year indeed with lots of plans and ideas in the pipeline just waiting to be put into practice.

I’ve finished my December Daily which I’ll show you on Friday and I’ve got two new journal, sketchbook, planners to start too which I can’t wait to share.

On Friday the February issue of Craft Stamper is out and I’m so excited to have my own stamps featured inside. I can’t wait to see what it looks like.

For now though here’s a sneak peek.

I’ll be back in the studio on Friday so I hope you’ll come back and join me.

Happy New Year

Jaine xx

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Friday In The Studio – December Daily

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.

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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…..

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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.

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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.

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I’m now up to date with it and much more content.

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Have a good weekend everyone.

Jaine x

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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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