Focus, it’s a good word. One I use often but totally ignore. I’m one of the worlds worst procrastinators so my to do list just gets longer and longer. I’ve been trying to get through the list this week before I go away at the end of the month but I think I’m finally there.
I’ve been so good that today I actually had some time to do a bit of art journaling. Oh I have missed it. I can’t remember the last time I got the paints out and just created something. The starting point was the feather picked up on a walk this week. I used the Dylusions paints from the shop for my background and glued in the feather. A bit of collage and journaling finished it off and I think I’m a happy bunny again.
Here’s a closer look at it.
We’ve had some pretty sad weather this week, for August anyway. Not as bad as some folk in the UK but still cooler and at times wet, so an afternoon of lovely warm sunshine was very welcome and provided the perfect opportunity to get outside to do some sketching.
I made a start on this weeks planner pages laying down some watercolour and marking out my grids and days.
This is how it looks today, friday and almost finished. I’m loving this sort of layout and for the moment I don’t see myself changing it at all.
After the success of last weekends felt TN launch in the Etsy shop, I added to that family some pen holders also in felt. I’m very proud of them all and I’m hoping they’ll be as popular as my notebook covers. To find yours you can follow the link here.
Well that’s it for today. Have a good one where ever you are and stay creative.
I missed blogging for a couple of weeks and I feel really bad about it. I’ve no idea where the time went except to say I wasn’t slacking off at all. Far from it, this week has been a little bit bonkers in the basement as at one time I’d actually got projects for Halloween, Christmas and New Year on the go all at the same time. I suppose that’s a result of doing what I do in the industry I do and having to work ahead most of the time. I also go away on holiday at the end of August so I needed to catch up quite a bit.
Well since I last wrote, the Summer holidays have kicked in and all those annual activities which make living here in Luxembourg a joy began, such as the day the main road through our village was closed to traffic except for bicycles. All 15km of it I think it is. As we live directly on this road we always invite friends over to join us and share our BBQ later on. It’s always a wonderful day and we love it. I do confess to have felt a bit sad though as I couldn’t take part with the others and had to watch them go off on their bikes. Instead Cooper and I took the opportunity to walk down the road and see the valley from a different angle.
The weather changed a bit too and after the intensly hot weather of June and early July the cloud and rain which arrived was very welcome. Strangly enough though it brought with it an abundance of mushrooms in the fields and forests which I do think is a bit early, for here anyway. My morning walks with Cooper have been combined with mushroom foraging and one walk turned up this beauty.
This morning my friend Kate who’s a brilliant forager went with me on a walk and we came back with this lot. Some of it I’m not too sure about but she tells me they’re delicious and if she’s still here to tell me that then it must be true.
This week I received several packages of happy mail each one exciting for different reasons.
The idea is you fill a notebook with anything you like, send it back and it’s archived in the huge sketchbook library in Brooklyn and taken on tour around the States. I’ve also taken out the option to have it digitized so my book will be scanned and each page can be viewed online. How cool is that? I’ll post here what I do with it so look out for sketchbook tours.
Well that’s it for this Friday catch up. Have a good weekend and I’ll speak to you soon.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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