Thursday, 14 March 2019

Planning March



Hello, Planner Friends! In my ever-ongoing quest to use my planner supplies, I stumbled back across the stickers I had left in from the Unicorn Sky bundle. It seemed perfect to use them alongside the very beautiful watercolour/unicorn washi tape that came in the Brimbles Washi Tape box - because I've been waiting to use it on a project since I unpacked it back in December.


I really loved putting together this layout, because it reminded me of my older layouts, back when I first started putting together planner layouts. I used to do a LOT of layering - of washi tapes, scrapbooking papers and stickers - and this really felt like going back to things that I loved. Sometimes, the really straight lines of washi tape just don't work for me - the whimsical nature of the unicorns in this sticker kit really felt like they need something less harsh, which resulted in me tearing my washi strips down the centre to create a less 'perfect' edge, which is an effect I really like.

 



 

I have to confess, that I don't keep up-to-date on what's considered 'popular' in the planning world. I like to plan how I like to plan - it works for me, and that's the point of having a planner: it has to work for you. I'm okay with something that's 'not perfect' because it's mine and let's be honest, it's realistic. I also like to use what I have even it's a few years old or different to what everyone else is using because it's different. Don't be afraid to embrace your own personal planning style. It's so important to do what's right for you! I hope that you're inspired to go out and use your supplies and create amazing layouts that are uniquely you! 

 Happy planning!


Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Watercolour and Brusho Snowdrops Art


It's been a long time since 1, that I have created any watercolour art and 2, that I have done a post for Anna Brim, but yay, I can say that I am happy to be back doing both. I was so inspired by Anna's watercolour snowdrops video tutorial over on her patreon page - http://www.patreon.com/mrsbrimbles, that I decided to add my own twist to it using brusho as well as watercolour and stamping ink. I still used drawing gum to create a resist for the snowdrops.

You can see my full process in the video below.



The Art Process 

I started out by using drawing gum for the snowdrops them-self then added a mix of green and yellow watercolour using my Daniel Smith watercolours and my JD.

Next I added a variety of different brusho drops and added lots of water for it to take effect. It was a little too vibrant, so out came the trusty kitchen roll to lift some of the colour off the page. I love watching brusho take shape, I could literally sit and watch it all day.



I then went to work on adding texture using blotted kitchen roll, and ink pad and going over with darker and lighter shading for the flowers and stems. This really added depth to the image. When it was dry it was time to peel off the drawing gum and add final touches to the shading.



I love the completed look of the art journal page. I actually might frame it for my craft room wall. I think it has a real ethereal whimsical type nature to it and I'm so pleased with how my sense of depth and texture has improved. Don't forget to check out Anna's patreon page
http://www.patreon.com/mrsbrimbles.

See you all on the blog and in the Mrs Brimbles Happy Place group soon.
Kerry xx

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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Friday Frenzy...




Let me introduce to you 'Friday Frenzy'!

Every Friday I will be offering you product(s) at a heavily discounted price. Which products they are will change every week, kind of like an offer of the week as you will. These products will only be available to purchase at that reduced price for the one day only and will return to their previous price on the Saturday. Be sure to check in every week to my social media platforms to see what bargains are to be had. 

I am talking heavily discounted here so it will be worth it I can assure you!

Thursday, 28 February 2019

NEW CHANGES! March 2019 Brimbles Box Unboxing & a look at the collection (Ad)

Here is my unboxing of the Brimbles Box for March 2019.

The Brimbles Box is my monthly planner / journal box. It is used and loved by creative planners as well as memory keepers and creative journallers.

If you would like to sign up to start your subscription with the March box click here and sign up by 23:59 GMT on Thursday 28th February 2019: https://www.mrsbrimbles.co.uk/product-category/brands/mrsbrimbles/brimblesbox/ 

You can also subscribe via my Patreon which also gives you access to my online content in addition to the box: https://www.patreon.com/mrsbrimbles

There is no minimum sign up period! Check the links above for the current prices.

These products will also be available to purchase online as a complete box (while stocks last) or individual products on both Etsy and mrsbrimbles.co.uk from 1st March 2019.



Monday, 18 February 2019

How I meal plan and what we eat in a week

Hi Guys!

In this video I talk you through how I meal plan and what we eat in a week. We are vegans as much as possible. It isn't always possible but we try as hard as we can. We are a family of 3:  2 big one small (and 4 fluffies). We don't use a freezer and we try and cook fresh from scratch whenever we can as well as homeschool, run a business etc.

I have collaborated with Lisa from the Lollipop Box Club on this so make sure you head on over to her channel to see how she meals plans too. Lisa is a busy work from home Mum of two teens. Like me she always meal plans to ensure that the family have a balanced diet as well as keeping cost and wateage low. Lisa cooks a mix of meat and vegetarian dishes for her family.

Lisa's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvWr2Az6LRelFYRHgwdRf9w

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


Friday, 15 February 2019

Planning for Christmas...Yes in February!

You may think that I am utterly bonnkers even mentioning planning for Christmas this early in the year but just hear me out! There are plenty of things that you can do to help spread the stress and most importantly the cost!




Here is the 'Rudolph Day' information that I mentioned. I am not affiliated with them in anyway / can't be held responsible for content: http://christmas.organizedhome.com/rudolph-club

Here is the Park savings thing that I talked about and again no affiliation I just like using it!: https://www.getpark.co.uk/budgeting/catalogue/C325/Gift-Cards/Your-Choice-Gift-Cards.item

If you would like to watch my past years Christmas planning videos (and find free printables) you can do that here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3wWM4Ekc9k4627oz4lod-v_Z2ElD8g8Q

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

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Unboxing my Erin Condren PR Package (AD)




If you would like to make any purchases at the Erin Condren store you can use my referral link which is: https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/annabrim0225

You need to create an account and once you have done so you will be emailed with a $10 coupon to use against your shop. Please note I do receive store credit for Erin Condren too if you shop using my link.

PLEASE NOTE: I was given this / these product(s) in exchange for my honest review and opinion, the fact that I was given these does not alter my opinion in anyway. This review is my own personal opinion on the product / company, given in good faith and has not be sponsored or endorsed. The links are affiliate links. Unless otherwise stated, all photography is my own

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Tracking Washi tape - Planner tricks & tips


Every year the wonderful Mrs Brimbles releases a Washi Advent Box for December (not available currently - it's January after all, but stay tuned for later in the year!) and I love getting it because who doesn't love opening a present a day for an entire month? While December is long since gone, I was left with a neat little pile of wonderful washi tapes that will inevitably end up in my two big crates washi tapes and it's entirely likely that I'll forget the wonderful patterns that I have. This year, instead of being entirely forgetful (like I normally am), I decided to go back to doing something I haven't done in ages and that's keeping a washi log. It's pretty simple: I simply use a bit of washi as a sample on some paper in my planner so that I can flip to it whenever I need to find the right washi tape for a project. If you watch the quick video above, you'll see how I do it - it's not rocket science, or even a completely new idea, but it is one that allows you to refer back to it time and time again. Now, so far I've only done the 2018 Washi Box (mostly because my crates of tape are a vaguely terrifying prospect to create samples from) but I do aim to get to the rest of my tapes in 2019.

  What is your tip or trick for keeping track of your washi tapes?

 

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Thursday, 24 January 2019

January Planner Layout



 Hello lovely planner friends. Here in Australia, I'm currently sitting in air-conditioning to save myself from the 40 degree weather - and while I'm not a fan of the very hot Summer weather we get here, it's a great opportunity for me to break out my very favourite colours in my planner. Read: pink. While the sticker kit I used for this layout (An English Garden Sticker Bundle) is technically a Spring layout, the bright colours really remind me of Summer, because everything's so light and bright outside.

   

When I use my vertical planner pages, I love to use a quote/motivational sticker in the top left hand corner - it's the first part of the page and I find it really helps to have something inspiring to read and think about each week. I'm also not super strict about using my habit trackers - they're mostly there as a reminder of things I should be doing. (The reality is I probably should be paying more attention to them, but it's ok - life happens!)

   

Another quick tip: this kit came with gorgeous illustrated and photographic full boxes, which I loved using, but sometimes you just need to make your own boxes! The little girl with the watering can in the bottom left corner is one of Anna's illustrations on top of a blank box and I love the way it looks with the girl coming off the side of the boxes. It adds just a touch more whimsy (and makes me so happy!).

   

We all know there's no one 'right' way to plan in your planner - your system and your decorations (if you choose to decorate) have to suit you and your lifestyle. Being happy with what you create is the most important thing! I love how this layout turned out, and every time I see it I smile. That's how I know it works for me.

Have a wonderful day and keep on planning!

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Tuesday, 1 January 2019