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The December Daily

Happy December 1st everyone.

It’s that time again and the December Daily Journal is out.

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Porto and more

I missed blogging last week even though I did create a page in my journal. I think I just got a bit dazed at the weekend by the awful events which unfolded in Paris and it didn’t seem right to try and forget about it here so I just left my post for a week.

The week before that though M and I spent some time in Porto, enjoying some warm sunshine and a bit of relaxation before the madness of the season and I did spend some time sketching and took lots of photo’s to use later on in my work.


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Birds Of A Feather

Right at this very moment I’m sitting on a balcony with a glass of wine watching the sun go down over Porto in northern Portugal. It is a small get away from it all to recharge the batteries before the madness of Christmas and a chance to grab some sunshine and top up the vitamins D.

Before I left though I didn’t forget about creating a weekly journal page and here it is.

more texture

Once again I got together with Clare for a bit of a journal session and we both worked on more ways to play with texture. Here I used some scrunched up tissue paper and texture paste and applied colour with Color Burst pigments.

I’ll be back next week but in the mean time have a good weekend from a sunny Porto.

Jaine x



Monday in the studio with my Moleskine journal

Don’t you just love it when you get to fill up a journal? This is my Moleskine which I’ve had for ages now. It’s an A4 size and I’ve been through phases where I’ve loved it one minute then gone off it the next. In the beginning A4 was an exciting size to work on but slowly as I started to make my own smaller sized journals from scratch I felt the bigger pages were just too intimidating. More recently however, I’ve gone back to A4 and love it.

This is how fat it’s become as I get near the end. My left hand pages are all curved and bent meaning I can only work on the right but I’ll add loose leaves to the left so no space will be wasted. A new one will have to be on my Christmas wish list.


It’s been a busy week with half term and Halloween coming up and stuff for the shop to finish  off. I did get to do a bit of journaling with Clare Brown though where we worked on using silhouettes on a page.

I love doing this, it’s my favourite way to work on a page and the ways you can use a silhouette are endless. I think in the future I may do a tutorial on it so you can see how I put the page together.

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Going black and white

One of the nice things about crafting with a friend is being able to give each other ideas and challenges sometimes way out of your comfort zone. This week during a conversation with Clare she challenged us both to create a black and white background. As a lover of colour, colour and more colour this was already sounding scary but once I’d covered my page with black gesso (way too scary for words) then white, I thought, hey I can do this.

I decided on a sketch of a crow as I’m still wallowing in the Halloween vibe and some simple pen work with water colour to paint in my bird.

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A bit of bright colour with Dylusions


It’s been an exciting week in the studio with boxes arriving full of stock for the shop, I’ve found it hard to take time for a bit of creating.  Yesterday I did however manage to find an hour or so with Clare via face time again, to add to a page in my journal which I’d started a few weeks ago.

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Messy Fun Friday and the evolution of an image

“Messy Fun Friday” is the phrase adopted by my good friend Clare Brown after we spent the morning creating a journal page together via What’s App. We had such a good time creating together and getting messy it was almost as good as having her with me in the studio. Almost. We had such a laugh it made me think about perhaps making a video of my process in future.

For now though I’ll re-wind a bit to a couple of days ago when I sketched out this page in my journal.

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Friday in the studio again

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.


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Friday in the studio

Some days are better than others as far as inspiration is concerned but today  I’ve been on a roll. So far I’ve completed two projects, one of which I’ve posted out for Craft Stamper, taken step photo’s, uploaded them, started the writing and ordered the materials for workshop kits next week. Time for a cup of tea I think.

This is what we’ll be making next week, a mini album made totally from transparent acetate pages. I think it’s pretty neat.


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Hand stitched travel journal

One big love of mine is making books from scratch. Often they’re hand sewn like this one which was made to take on my summer holiday in France…

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