Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Journal & Paint with me - Creative Girl

I recently purchased a book - Paint Yourself Calm and I thought I would do a review of it which hopefully you would have already seen. If you missed it you can find my review here.

I thought it would be fun to try and take on board some of the exercises in the book and try and recreate something. So in this video I do just that, I paint a page and turn it more into a journal spread so come take a look! If you are interested in the book I mentioned here is the link for it (Please note the link is an affiliate link, you don't pay any more for the book but I do get a very small % from it. You don't have to use this link but I very much appreciate it if you do):



PLEASE NOTE: I PURCHASED this / these product(s) with my own money. The author or publisher did not know that I was doing a review. This review is my own personal opionion on the product / company, given in good faith and has not be sponsored or endorsed. Unless otherwise stated, all photography is my own.


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Grace's Cat Journaling and Planner Projects



As a cat person, who also loves florals, this kit was pretty much perfect for me. So I wanted to create quite a few projects with it.  


The first was a 'scrashbook' page, one of my (many!) forms of creative journaling that incorporates styles of scrapbooking, smashbooking, art, and creative journaling. I chose some photos of my cat, Conan, in the garden and journalled about how much he loves to be outside.
I added colour to the page by dabbing some pink acrylic paint on with a foam brush, then I journalled on the back of the card and attached  it to the page with some paw print washi. Then it was sticker time! Here are some close ups:





I used this paper from the Brimbles shop for my background, as well as a journaling card from a cat kit which is sadly no longer available. 






I just LOVE layering stickers in little clusters!  Here is the finished layout, there is also a process video for this if you'd like to watch.


As for my other projects, I did a planner spread, of which you can watch the plan with me video here


Then I created a page marker for my planner. I did use my silhouette cutting machine to make the page marker, which I appreciate not everyone has, but you could easily make something like this on your computer and fussy cut it, or simply attach alpha stickers to the top of some card and laminate it. 




And my last little project, because I only had one decorative floral sticker left, was to make a mini divider/tip in for my planner for the section where I keep track of my cat's important details and information. 



On this one I dabbed some black ink (just using my fingertips) onto on of the cat stickers so they'd contrast (also Conan is a black cat!).

And that's it! And after all that I still have a handful of stickers left to use. Thanks so much for reading and catch you all next month <3 span="">


Grace <3 span="">
@ms.paperlover


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Jennifer's Planner Pages



Hi planner people!

I hope everything is going well in your plannerverse. It's certainly been busy in mine. All the more reason to make sure my planner game is on point. This week has been easier than most as I get to use this great kit from Anna (Mrs Brimbles). 



Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Creative Girl - Book Review

I recently purchased a book - Creative Girls and I thought I would do a review of it. If you are interested in the book I mentioned here is the link for it (Please note the link is an affiliate link, you don't pay any more for the book but I do get a very small % from it. You don't have to use this link but I very much appreciate it if you do):



PLEASE NOTE: I PURCHASED this / these product(s) with my own money. The author or publisher did not know that I was doing a review. This review is my own personal opionion on the product / company, given in good faith and has not be sponsored or endorsed. Unless otherwise stated, all photography is my own.



Saturday, 12 August 2017

Collaging with Steph



Hiya folks!

 This month Anna shows us, her patrons, how to give our sketchy girls their individual facial expressions. She makes it look so easy as, before our very eyes, a variety of characters take shape and pop out of the page. As usual Anna manages to both inspire and encourage participation. See for yourself and visit the Mrs Brimbles Patreon page here.

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 have been getting into mixed media art lately and losing myself in the therapeutic layering of backgrounds in my art journals. The other day I was stencilling with a couple of sponge dobbers in a journal - as you do - when I remembered I had some space to fill in my memory keeping traveller's notebook insert. I finished the layer I was working on and switched to the TN where I dobbed some splodges of the remaining acrylic paint I was using into the gaps on the pages. On half of them I absentmindedly doodled little patterns and symbols and then - stopped myself with a new idea - I could turn the remaining splodges into characters! Being a great believer in art as a good mood booster, I thought I would have some fun and not think too much about the end result, so I grabbed a few trusty pens and doodled away using the techniques learned from Anna's workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed this activity and the results are quirky and satisfying, particularly due to the spontaneity.
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In addition to the video content, another beautiful set of digital collage sheets have been made available for us to download and print out as many times as we like. I am feeling thoroughly spoilt as I have only just begun playing with the July pages. Speaking of which, here is my latest creation using one of July's sketchy girls:

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The August images are absolutely stunning and as soon as I saw them on the computer screen I was desperate to get them in my traveller's notebook. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when Anna was creating these - I’m curious about the inspiration and the process... Anyway, here is a flavour of some of my favourite elements this month:

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I decided to make a couple of art journal inserts for my regular Midori TN and cover them with two of the absolutely gorgeous collage sheets just as they as they are. Anna's journal page reproduction on the left is dreamy and I love the monochrome floral on the right, contrasted with the pop of the bright coral thread on the spine.

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Then I got busy creating inside one of the inserts. First I sprayed some ink and used a wet brush to cover the entire double page spread. I love using this as a base upon which to add paint or collage elements and I am in love with this shade of blue.

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I went on to use my die cutting machine to cut lots of little hexagon shapes from a few different collage sheets. Tessellated hexagons really rock my world and together with the adorable higgledy piggledy buildings and the purple plant, now tree, I am a big fan of how it looks.

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Thanks for reading everyone. Until next time... Steph x x x

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Stef's monthly spread




Hello, planners!

This month I had some fun using up the remainder of my stickers from July in a monthly layout in my planner.

Full confession: I'm pretty bad at using my monthly spread, but I'm trying to get better and often that means that I need to pretty it up so I want to look at it all the time, so this layout really works in my favour. (It's all about tricking the brain!)

Subconsciously, I held off using the cute little lemons in my last layout featuring Anna's stickers because I love lemons. They're my favourite fruit, and so aesthetically and fragrantly pleasing! But I'm trying not to hoard stickers so I had to use them.

It also gave me an opportunity to play with my watercolours on a layout, which I haven't done in ages, and I love how it all turned out.





I hope that you're all having a fabulous week.
Don't forget to stop by my Youtube or Instagram pages to chat all things planners!
Stef
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Chloe's Planner Pages


Hey everyone!

For this month's blog post, I thought I'd share some photos of  a completed spread in my planner. I used the super cute cat and floral stickers from the Cats in Bloom Kit, and I wanted to show how I use the functional stickers to plan. For reference, I use a mini happy planner inside a personal Kate Spade, and I find it works really well for me! I do use a bullet journal alongside this for longer lists, so this planner just has any big events and my main to dos for each day.


Of course, the checklist stickers are the most functional of all! I used these for the weekdays and the notes section, so that I could jot down my main to dos for each particular day. I use the icon stickers and arrows to highlight or represent specific tasks, alongside a few stickers from my own stash. 


The alphabet sheet in this month's kit was perfect too! I work in a school, so my summer holidays began on Wednesday; I picked out the letters to spell "Summer", to add a fun banner to that day. It was just about the only thing that dragged me through work on Monday and Tuesday!




I have to admit though.. the decorative stickers are my favourite! I fill in blank space/spots I know I won't fill with the cute icons and banners, and they're fab for covering up mistakes too. That little "Bloom where you are planted" cluster? It's covering up where I wrote an appointment on the wrong day! I loved layering the flowers up to create a pretty background for the text sticker. As I only use this planner for the main events of the day, I can go a bit crazy with decorating.

There you have it, a full week in my planner! I hope you've enjoyed seeing my pages. 

ChloƩ

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