Friday, 19 August 2016

Planner Sticker Organisation

I don't know about you but one of the biggest reasons my spreads are not as decorated as they could be is because my stickers are so disorganized. I pride myself in being a very organized person but running a Etsy shop, planning a wedding for our daughter has made my life a bit chaotic. I get a lot of stickers in the mail from various shops, subscription boxes etc and I also make some for myself so I feel like if I had it all organized I would sit down to plan and it would be effortless as far as finding the right stickers to use in my spread.

So after seeing so many people create a sticker book i decided to do the same for myself and even categorize it a bit. So I am sharing this on Mrs Brimbles blog today. Here are a few simple steps to make the process not so daunting.

Things you will need to get started:
Paper (I just used some cheap cardstock I knew I wouldn't use for much else)
Glue runner or glue stick
Disc or a ring bound planner
Hole punch depending on what style of book you are making
Paper trimmer

#1 compile all your stickers together. If you are like me some are here, some are there so get them all together.

#2 Sort them in some categories that you think would be helpful such as "decorative" "functional" or even just by shop. However you see the separation of one or the other helping you to maximize your planning experience. This of course is optional and since I had so many I opted for setting up mainly by shop.

#3 measure what would be the largest set you would be needing to fit on a page. Most of mine were relatively the same size so I made my pages a bit big to fit two sheets on a page.
I think mine is a bit bigger than I would do next time. My sheets were cut to 8 x 10

#4 Cut a stack of paper into the largest size needed for your biggest sticker set and then hole punch them all. I am planning on making one like a Happy Planner look so I am using the disc and therefore utilizing the happy planner punch but you can do the same with a ring bound book as well.

#5 Using an adhesive runner Put little adhesive on the backs of your sticker sheets and place on your cardstock you have prepared for your book.

#6 OPTIONAL: Create you some tabs for all your categories and sort the sticker pages you have created into the categories you deemed important to you. Start putting in your sheets. You can do this with a 3 ring binder, Happy Planner style disc etc.

Here is what mine looks like. As you can see you can also create a cute cover for your book and now you can easily carry it around with you as you are planning making it so much easier to use those stickers instead of collecting the stickers! Now have fun making your own book!

So get busy and make yourself a sticker book, make your life easier when you sit down to plan. Show us your sticker books!!!

Here is one of my past spread. I need to do a new one with this months goodies. I will share a pic of them as well.

This months goodies in the planner box:

Cute Pencil bag and love that charm and washi

Close up of the charm

Love these stickers from Sea Salt & Anna's own designs. That bee and that adorable girl is just so cute! Flair to match too!

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Planner Page Layout from Stef

Hello, Brimbles fans!
This month I'm sharing another planner layout with you featuring the gorgeous items in the July box.
It's been very, very chilly here in Melbourne for the last few weeks and when this box arrived I practically jumped for joy because it was a spot of sunshine in a rather grey, Winter-y season! With a great array of papers, stickers and ephemera pieces to choose from, the sky's the limit with what you choose to do with these wonderful paper crafting items.

I felt the need for some warmer-weather inspiration in my planner to get me in the mood for the upcoming Spring, and I just love the way everyone coordinates together so beautifully! 

How have you used your July Brimbles box?

As always, you can find me over at the Noveltea Corner or on Youtube and Instagram for more inspiration!
Until next time, happy planning!

Monday, 15 August 2016

ice cream-themed planner pages

Hello all!

I'm back on the wonderful Mrs Brimbles blog with a bit of a throwback post today; I wanted to share some ice cream-themed planner pages from back in July. I used supplies from the July Stationery Brimbles Box, and a few stickers from my stash. 

I use a personal-sized malden as my handbag planner, and I find decorating the pages to be quite difficult sometimes. However, this spread came together super easily thanks to the fab stickers from Handcrafted by Sheree that were included in the box. The ice cream colours perfectly coordinated with the stickers that Anna designed, and the ice cream magnetic clip finished it off perfectly. It was such a pretty week to write on, it almost felt like a crime to fill in those to-do lists as the week progressed!

I also filmed a youtube video, which you can find below. 

Thank you for reading!

Chloé x

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Did someone mention Ice Cream?

Every time I get the chance to indulge in ice cream which is pretty much every night this week (don't tell anyone) I get pretty excited. Do you ever get on a kick about something and you will eat it and eat it until you are so burnt out on it? Yeah...that is me. I am the same way with planner supplies lately and how I craft.

The Mrs Brimbles June box really spoke to my cravings with my planner and my habits lately.
Anna's original art again made into beautiful papers and stickers is just such a treat. I most likely will hoard use the paper for something to make for my planner although I am also a crafter so a cute cheery card for my grand daughter will be a good use of the paper as well. Since there are several sheets I can make some dividers or dashboards with it.

The adorable little clay charm is just unbelievably cute. I plan to deck out my yellow Kikki with this months box. I am going to use the ephemera to decorate the pages. There was a lot of really cute tags and sayings as well as shapes.

Now I will share my spread and the way I used my goodies and then I plan to share a really quick treat since I always like to do some kind of DIY that is easy to make your family will LOVE it!!

I popped a few of the diecuts from the kit on my page as well. There are tons of them in the kit

I threw my first ever clay charm in the mix just because it looks cute with the ice creams! I love these stickers of Anna's especially those adorable clouds and sun stickers, those are my fav's!

Stickers are adorable and the one set is Anna's own artwork. Did you know she has a sticker subscription box too?

Just a little close up of this adorable ice cream cone charm! I love it!

Now if you love mexican food and have ever partaken of fried ice cream you will definitely enjoy the following.

Mock Fried Ice Cream

OMG this is the best thing! Yep you will be running to the store to get your ingredients!

Vanilla Ice Cream
Frosted Corn Flakes
Cinnamon (Optional)
Chocolate syrup (I used Hershey's)
Redi-whip (cause everything is better with whip cream)

Now I won't share measurements cause come on we all can eat a different amount and if you are having it for one or for a family it will be different. So here is my process.

First I take a ziplock baggie and pour what I think will be enough corn flakes for me, you can add a splash of cinnamon in the bag if you would like it but honestly it is just as good without (I like a lot of crunch and like the excess in the bottom to utilize even more crunch)

Crunch up the corn flakes in the bag with a rolling pin or in my case my fist

Then I take a spoon and scoop up some ice cream and form it into somewhat of a ball and plopped that baby in the bag with all the yummy corn flake particles

I shake it around and even smoosh a bit of it around in the bag to get it covered well. 

I put it into my bowl and let the excess fall out into the bowl as well (trust me you will use it)

Drizzle some chocolate sauce onto and squirt some whip cream on top of it and GO TO TOWN! Don't forget to breathe (its that good!)

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Scrapbook Layouts with Zinia

Hello everyone it's Zinia here from Abstract Inspiration and today I want to share with you a project I created using the July 2016 stationery Brimbles Box. Now I do understand that the boxes are mainly created for planning but when I saw these beautiful 12x12 exclusive papers I couldn't help myself so I went ahead and created a scrapbook layout.

I actually decided to also play with some mixed media supplies. By the way if you didn't notice, Anna added a bunch of amazing mixed media supplies in her shop recently and I'm using some of them in this layout.

I used one of the pattern papers as a base and I covered the middle area with a very thin layer of gesso. Then I picked some Dylusions paints in Bubblegum Pink and Fresh Lime and I colored a small amount of texture paste. I also created a third color using one of the Tattered Angels Gimmer Mists that I had in my stash.

I applied the colored texture paste on my page through a stencil, creating three lines of color. Once the texture paste was dry, I used matching mist colors with the packaging technique to add some more color on top of the stenciled images.

Then I grabbed a bunch of the ephemera pieces and arranged them on the page following the mixed media colors. I really liked the ice cream that Anna design on the cut apart paper so I decided to cut it out and then use a correction pen to go around and cover the black outline to make it match the design of the ephemera pieces better.

So thatís it. I hope you got inspired to do something fun with your Brimbles box supplies, see you again soon.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Okay, if you know me, you will know I'm a big fan of colour. When I opened this box the first thing to catch my attention were the colours! My senses went into overload! Lol. I went for the planner box this month because I had ordered one of Anna's gorgeous planners, which some of us have affectionately named 'The Anna Planner.'

As it's a planner box, you receive a dashboard with one of Anna's very own designs. I absolutely love this quote!

Next, with the washi and stickers, again, all of Anna's original artwork, I decorated my planner inserts. I'm loving the fresh, fruity, summer vibe!

And next my favorite bit. With any new box I get to reorganize my planner pockets! It's good to rotate and freshen up this part of the planner. I think of it as an inspiration board. It also showcases your favorite stickers etc, from the box. As you can see, not only have I included the stickers by Anna, enamel dots, but also the journal cards she designed.

I hope this has given you an idea of how to use your box contents or maybe inspired you. I have yet to use them in my creative journaling! I especially can't wait to used the alphabet stickers! There were LOADS! And again, the colours!! I often upload the creative journaling process on my YouTube channel and Blog!  

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Baby Scrapbook

Now you all know about the small person in our lives, I thought I would share with you the scrapbook that I bought. This is a look at it before anything has been added as I thought some of you might be interested if you are looking for something similar. Due to family privacy I will not be sharing any of this once photos and information are in it and I hope you can understand that.