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Hand Stitched Books

Since we’ve had the dog at home, Jess the basement cat has become a bit of a recluse mostly favouring the upstairs bedrooms to the basement studio. I thought I might have to change her name to bedroom kitty but then this week she decided to help me like she used to by sitting on my table with her bottom firmly sat on something sharp and pokey.  I’ve missed the fluffball and her questioning stare on my work table.

I imagine she was curious to know what I was doing especially with that cotton thread sitting there.

I was making these four travelers notebook sized mini scrapbooks using kraft file folders as my covers. I love the look of the kraft and patterned papers together, the brown card shows off the little embellishments beautifully. The tape down the spine is to add a bit of extra strength as I sewed through the layers.

Also last week I finished my latest sketchbook. I went back to a coptic stitch binding leaving it on show which isn’t always the best idea unless you’re  super accurate and neat. Just don’t look too closely at the wonky stitches. The spine of the book was in such bad condition I had to discard it anyway so cutting the book apart didn’t make me wince. I see it as rescue anyway not vandalism.

I found the book in the recycling centre and fell in love with the cover. Of course I’ve kept and am using the inside pages too but the cover was crying out to be repurposed into a new book.

I think there might be a recycling trip tomorrow on the hunt for more treasure. See you on Friday and have a good week.

Jaine x

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Ireland And The End Of Summer

Things here have turned cold, windy and very wet and I get the feeling Autumn has come in with a kick. We’ve just returned home from a holiday in Ireland where we had the same weather on the whole but at least there we were expecting it and it didn’t spoil any of our enjoyment of the country in the least.

Ireland was fab. We walked and walked for km’s taking in some stunning scenery along the way.

Of course I took my Travelers Notebook with me and kept up my weekly journal spreads.

The backgrounds were painted before I left as I don’t think I could have got away with putting any more stuff in my suitcase. There was already alot of tutting and exclaiming every time my other half had to load and unload my case from the car.

Now home I’ve been catching up and just before I left I received my Sweet Treat box for September from Paper Pen and Plan and have been keen to play with the kit in this months box which includes a stencil (by me) and a Tattered Angels spray mist. I used the mist to make these two journaling cards and I’m so pleased with how they look.

The first one is fairly straight forward with some spraying through the stencil.

holding the spray not to close to the paper, I sprayed ink lightly to give my paper a bit of a background.

 

 

 

I placed the stencil on the lower part of the paper and covered the rest up with some scrap before spraying again through the stencil.

 

I trimmed down the paper into the size I wanted and used some Distress ink to darken the edges.

On the bigger card I first scrunched up some tissue paper and used it to cover the surface which gave it this distressed surface.

 

 

I wiped over this with a baby wipe just to spread the ink around more.

 

 

 

Again I sort of wiped over it with some Distress ink to enhance the creases in the tissue.

 

 

 

I think it looks really cracked and distressed with the ink.

 

 

 

Anyway, that’s about it for today in the studio, have a good weekend all and I’ll catch up next week.

Jaine xx

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Junk Journaling

This week I’ve been playing in my junk journal which is in my travelers notebook. I find this very quick to work in as the pages aren’t big and it’s not one of my best journals so I’m not afraid of messing it up. Great for experimentation and letting go. This one I’ve used the Dylusions paints from the shop.

After a conversation with Clare from Paper Pen and Plan we both came to the conclusion we really missed our Messy Mondays so she decided to bring it back but this time in the Facebook group so everyone else could join us. To join in visit paperpenandplan on Facebook.

Since posting my junk journal in the group I had a couple of questions about the paper I used and I thought I’d post a little show and tell here but it was so long and picture heavy I decided to make a little video instead showing how this……….

became this……..

So here’s the video.

Have a good weekend

Jaine xx

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The Word Of The Week – FOCUS

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.

Jaine x

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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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Out With The Watercolours

We’re now past the longest day with not only a heatwave but it’s just been so dry. Officially we’re now in a drought situation with a ban on using the hosepipe for anything other than watering the veg patch. As a result I’ve just spent two very depressing hours cutting down quite alot of the border plants to try and conserve some energy and keep them alive. I notice too either I’ve lost some plants due to the lack of rain or they’re just lying dormant and will come back next year which I hope is the case. Either way I’ve lots of gaps with bare soil.

Maybe I should just replace everything with grasses and more drought tolerant type plants!! Fake grass would be an option too.

Anyway that aside, I did have the urge a couple of days ago to open my travelers notebook journal. I had no idea what I was going to do other than I needed to get out some watercolours. Working outside too in the sun gave me lots of inspiration.

The finished page included some bits from my June Sweet Treat Box from Paperpenandplan as well as a few sprigs of Lavender. That cute pencil case came in the same box too and I just love it.

Here are a couple of close ups.

I’ve a few exciting projects coming up quite soon, one of them being Christmas In July, can you believe that??

Have a good one

Jaine x

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A6 Travelers Notebooks And Ephemera

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.

One of the books I have inside is a mini notebook which came with my Sweet Treat box from Paperpenandplan.

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.

Jaine x

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Friday In The Studio With My Junk Journal

Happy June everyone. We’re half way through the year already,how did that happen?

The Craft Stamper Magazine is out today Friday 2nd June and my article in this months edition is a subject I love dearly, Junk Journaling.

Here’s a sneaky peek at one of the pages from my journal.

Of course I do happen to have a hand made junk journal in my pocket sized travelers notebook which I adore.

It’s great for sticking small bits in and doing a little bit of journaling too. Easy and quick to work in and a whole lot less intimidating because of its size.

June 1st I took the opportunity to sit outside and update my planners. The gorgeous one on the right is by Prima and I bought it from Paperpenandplan.

They also sell the stickers, gel pens and Prima glue pen which you see in these pics.

I’ll be listing junk journals for sale soon so look out for those. In the mean time I’ve got a few pocket size notebook covers left in my Etsy store basementsixtyfive

Have a good weekend

Jaine xx

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Messy Monday is back

Well, almost back anyway. Clare and I had a bit of a session making Travelers Notebook inserts but sadly Clare had a paper cutter crisis and ended up binning it for something else. She promises to get back to it next week so I’ll hold her to that.

I turned it into a tutorial for Clare to follow next week and anyone else who wants to know how to hand sew a binding.  This is the finished booklet. I think uit looks quite smart. I used a piece of Canvas Corp paper called Bikes And Baskets for my cover.

To make my notebook you’ll need a piece of scrapbook paper for the cover and I used 14 sheets of A4 watercolour paper at 125gsm.  I find this perfectly adequate for what I want to do with my journal, any thicker and it’s hard to fold. You’ll also need a knife and ruler, pencil, cotton thread and a needle.

Fold all of your papers in half and place them all inside one another.

It’s easier if you make a stitching template before you make your holes, you can use this again and again. I used a 7 hole stitching method (you always want to have an odd number of stitching holes). Find the middle of the page then make three marks either side of the centre hole at 3cm, 6cm and 9cm.

This is my stitching chart if you can follow it. So basically starting with the centre hole stitch from inside to out leaving a small tail of thread on the inside. then it’s back up through hole number 2 and out through 3 etc until you’re back in at number 6 where you jump over the middle hole and go out through 7. Continue going in and out until you’re back in the centre hole again.

If that’s a bit confusing here are the picture steps.

When you’ve finished sewing, trim the sides and round the corners and you’re done.

I’ll be back again on Friday from the Studio.

Have a good week

Jaine xx

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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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