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.

 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:


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:


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.


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.


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.






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!

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. 


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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Gemma's Pages

I really loved the August Sticker club kit this month. The pastel colours of the flowers i really loved i new i wanted to use them in my journal.

This first Page is about my last therapy session, id finally gotten signed off from therapy i used one of the stickers from the decorative sheet that looked like a paint streak, and then used some of the numbers from the alphabet sheet to put in the date of the last session. 

On my next journal page i wanted to document this photo of me and my mum, it was taken at my Hen night. The floral stickers really worked well for this page.

i then knew i wanted to do a planner spread. i used the kit this month in my personal size planner. i used some washi tape from my stash which is from KIKKI K and from home sense.
again i used the number stickers to mark the dates, then a few of the decorative stickers around the page to tie it all in together.

I also loved using the letter stickers on my scrapbook pages. The font and the size of them seem to go with any layout i do and stand out really well.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

My favourite art supplies for using in my art journal

Have you ever wondered what my favourite go to supplies are for use in my journal? Well if you have I am going through all that in this video. I also talk about the journals that I am currently loving too (with a bit of a flip through of the art created in them).

I did this same video in 2013 so if you would like to watch that and see what has changed you can check that out here:

Friday, 4 August 2017

What's in my pencil case?

Have you ever wondered what I keep in my pencil case? What my go too favourites are? Well I have filmed a 'what's in my pencil case' video! It's been a while since I did one of these so I thought it might be fun to do and share especially since I love watching these types of videos myself. Shop the Trolls section of my shop here:

Want to know what was in my pencil case last year? Check it out below.

I also have a pencil case tag video. If you fancy taking part the questions are on this video:


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Paint & Journal With Me!

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.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Juicy Journal Page with Daisy

I decided to use my July Brimbles Sticker Club pack in my journal this month, because I have a little pile of photo's I still need to get stuck into my journal. There were a couple of photos that seemed to fit really well with the theme of this sticker pack, so I went for those!

Before sticking anything down I decided to add some watercolour in the background, just to break it up a bit. Plus a few of the stickers I wanted to use had white backgrounds, so it'd help them stand out a bit. I popped the watercolour onto an acrylic stamping block, and then applied it to the page so it didn't have any brush strokes. This also meant I could create a nice dripping effect when I tilted the page!
I used some of the border strip stickers, and some of the boxes to go in the background. Then I just layered up some of the smaller decorative stickers on top of the photos. I left the red circle sticker blank as I will write the date into that when I add the journaling.

Instead of leaving the bottom of the page blank, I added a little cluster of stickers down there, just to balance to the two corners of the page. You can also see that the orange sticker is covering a staple that was showing through from the back of the page. I debated whether to actually take the staple out, but decided to just cover it and hope for the best haha. It's a bit lumpy, and kinda noticeable, but hey. it works for me, so I'm going to leave it like that!

I was going to leave the top left section of this page clear for writing, but I realised the black and white spotty box sticker would most likely make the writing blend in a bit too much. So I grabbed a few of the arrow stickers and popped them in the gap instead. I'll still add some writing to the yellow water coloured section, but hopefully the arrows will help to make it look less like there's something missing from there.

I love the colours of this sticker collection, and I don't think I could have used any better stickers to document these photos. They seem to reflect the mood of that day out just perfectly!
I still have lots of stickers left over from these sheets, so I will most likely use them in future journaling spreads! I might even try using some in my planner too.

- Daisy X

Art Journaling using Mrs Brimbles Patreon Resources

I am so excited to be on the Brimbles Creative Team and even more excited to write my first blog post as part of the team. I have been engrossed in Anna's Patreon videos, there is so much content and it is all so informative. In addition to the video tutorials, chatty vlogs and time lapse creation videos there are also monthly downloads of amazing collage sheets (one of my loves at the minute). I love creating art using collage sheets, they are so versatile and I like having the freedom to cut up someone's art work to create your own feels almost like I am recycling, but still having a sense of the original artwork in the piece too.

The collage to journal page process:

My finished art journal page is above and I love it. I used a variety of different collage elements from Anna's sheets including the cute girl (I cut off the body and created my own as you will see in the video below). I then gathered the other elements to use, a gorgeous painted background from Anna's collages that I cut and ripped to become the shoe and boot. They weren't originally going to be a shoe and boot, but you will again see that develop in the video. I don't like pre-planning my pages, I much prefer to see where the creative mood takes me.

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A work in process before the writing/detailing.
To start with I painted the background using watercolour and then bit by built up the image ending with the text using a posca paint pen. Anna's videos helped enormously during the process. I looked at how Anna mixed her paint for faces and even had a go at sketching and doodling too (more on this later). Have a look below how I developed the piece.

A close up of the finished page.
Art and Journaling using Mrs Brimbles Patreon Resources - Kerrymay._.Makes
A close up of the finished page.
I really love the finished zetti art style page and will definitely be creating more pages using the collage sheets. The quote I have used is my take and a play on an existing quote, but this really resonates with me as I am quite the worrier and I need to move on instead of lingering and mulling things over.

Sketchy Girls:

Art and Journaling using Mrs Brimbles Patreon Resources - Kerrymay._.Makes
My sketchy girls and tn dashboard inlay.
Another part of Anna's Patreon videos and tutorials are the 'Sketchy Girls'. You learn how to draw or copy Anna's drawings and doodles and watch step by step through the process, from drawing the hair and outlines, to painting them. Here I copied Anna's drawings and then adding my own text and decoration to the page. I love it, so use it in a plastic wallet dashboard for my tn.

Art and Journaling using Mrs Brimbles Patreon Resources - Kerrymay._.Makes
My attempt at sketching different expressions.
​I have now moved on to looking at the next installment of videos for next month including sketching expressions. I am still a newbie at doodling and drawing, as I'm much more comfortable with paint and a glue stick, so have really enjoyed how this is pushing me in my art practice. I used to do a lot of art work digitally years ago when I had a pixel graphics website and the doodling has taken me back to those days. I hope to be able to do a full body sketch soon and can't wait for the next tutorials on drawing full bodies to tie it all together.

Art and Journaling using Mrs Brimbles Patreon Resources - Kerrymay._.Makes
I have really loved the first month of being on the Creative Team, it is really helping me to grow in my work and has allowed me to get back in to art journaling more as I was neglecting my art work. I have also loved being a part of the Brimbles Patreon, ... wait till you see the collage sheets for August! I can't wait to get a new printer so I can print out the goodies.

Become a Patron here.

Take Care, Kerry xx

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Free Art Collage Sheet

Have you ever wondered what my Patreon is all about and what I create over there for my Patreons? Like a lot of artists, part of my Patreon package is collage sheets. Well I thought I would give you all one of my collage sheets so that you can check it out for yourself.

To download this artwork just click here. It's on an A4 sheet so you can print it out and use it in your journals and art in any way you like or print it on photo paper and frame it - you can use it for your own personal use however you want. You can do all of those things if you like as you can print it over and over again! This was created by me using acrylic paint and ink and then manipulated in Photoshop.

In August my $5 tier Patreons will receive 7 A4 collage sheets and my $10 tier Patreons will receive 14 sheets! There is a mix of illustrations, journal cards and full pieces of art. What else...well this month we are taking our sketchy girls even further and experimenting with expressions, facial shapes and hair. Why not join in the fun or just follow me on Patreon for my Patreon only updates (updates are free).

I thought I would show you the collage sheets in the video below that my Patreons will be receiving in August so you can have a look, see what I have been creating this month and if this is the sort of thing that could perhaps be for you (please  bear in mind that the art in the collage sheets and the number of collage sheets vary each month but this is fairly typical).

Thank you to my current Patreons who are supporting me as this helps me to be able to create more content for you free on my YouTube channel. Big, Big love xx

Deadline Extension to #brimblessummerlovin

If you are taking part in #brimblessummerlovin and are catching up please can you post your photos all in one post as the multiple posts are flagging up to me as spam! Thank you! Also if you are behind, technically the close date to complete all of the photos (and register on the widget) is 5th August BUT I am now not going to be around as it's Jon's birthday weekend so I am going to extend it and give you until Wednesday 9th!

If you still need to register the widget is on this original post:

Of course you can always start now, you have plenty of time to do it all!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Deb's Planner Pages

Stickers are in the house!! Well these little fruity stickers are just the cutest. I used a lot of the stickers to start my spread. I am no where near done but I liked the Washi strips to add decoration in between my squares and this is a limelife planner so the boxes are a bit different sizes but still these fit perfectly allowing you to use another half or quarter box or decoration in the same square. I just used the fruit throughout the layout.

I actually think these cute little fruit would make some awesome washi tape Mrs Brimbles hint hint! You get four nice sheets of stickers in this kit. Plenty for multiple layouts especially if you use others to mix with it.

I love the cute little faces on the fruit and the whimsical feel of it. I am trying hard to get better at layouts but I am still not the best. Sometimes I dive in before thinking it out. I am fluid like that! I am so organized with most of my life and with doing a layout for some reason it stresses me out because I feel once I put it down I have committed to it and then I look at it and think omg I wish I would have done this or that but hey it is just a layout and I try to let this be the one part of my life that I just WING IT!

Sometimes that feels good when you are a OCD personality like I would say I am. So I would suggest to anyone that feels they are too rigid in life to let planning be the one thing you just enjoy being free at. Yes it is commitment once a sticker is down but try hard to work around it and not get too disappointed in it. We all have to get our groove and until you get your groove then accept your planning as it is and own it!

Its like Crazy Elaine in Seinfeld, she couldn't dance but it didn't stop her. Sure she looked funny doing it but she had fun doing it and that is what counts. So if you take anything away from my post let it be that. ENJOY the moment, don't compare yourself to others that you seen having perfect spreads because you are unique and you should be yourself.

Have fun planning!

I have loads of space to fill in yet but at least I am getting a good start.