Firstly I used patterned tissue paper which I sealed with matte medium. I then added watercolour to the page using paints from Poundworld! They are a complete bargain - you can see Geraldine Jayne testing them out here.
I followed a set of process videos from Anna's Patreon, starting with the July content on creating sketchy girls and then moved on to facial expressions, painting a girl and finally creating a whole art journal page. The instructions are very simple and so clear to follow. I followed on from this using some her amazing collage sheets for the design elements, including the houses and flowers. Finally I added detailing in black felt tip and a white posca paint pen. I love the effect of the finished pages.
For the journal itself I used a cheap sketchbook from Hobbycraft and added some scrapbook papers and washi tape to the cover and then decorated the first two pages with the list of participants in our circle and a comment on the inspiration for the page. I can't wait to see everyone's pages they have created. For a look at everyone's work don't forget to head over the the group - Kerrymay._.Makes a Mess.
NEW Online Course Creative Travel & Adventure Journalling - How to get started!
In addition to the Patreon content, Anna has an amazing new course coming out too on Adventure Journaling. Here is Anna's advert on what the course offers.
"Through comments on my YouTube videos and social media interactions, I often hear people say that they would love to keep a travel or adventure journal as they have been inspired by ones they have seen but don’t even know where to start."
Join Anna on a beginners guide to adventure journalling. Whether you have just come back from a wet week camping and want to know what to do with all those photos you took or your planning a massive back packing trip for next year, I hope that the ideas and information I give you inspire you to create your amazing journal. Of course adventures don't have to be huge, an adventure to me is sometimes just going for a walk in my nearest wood!
This course is suitable for beginners with no experience of creating a journal and to avid journallers who would like to incorporate more adventure into their journals. This course is a self paced online course so you can go entirely at your own speed from the comfort of your own home or coffee shop if you prefer!
Included in the course are the following lessons:
What is adventure journalling
Where and how to find adventures
Supplies – packing light
Prepping for your adventure
Tips and tricks for making your pages
Abstract watercolour landscapes
You will have access to this course for life. If for any reason we need to terminate access you will be given adequate notice.
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Join me for a Monthly page spread and layout plan with me in my travelers notebook using a Monthly kit from Hazy Days UK. I received the gorgeous kit as part of my PR Team package from the lovely Kelly Bendelow and I absolutely love it, so very pretty with the floral design and perfect for Spring moving into Summer.
The kit features two page of stickers, with a full sized header that will fit an Erin Condren sized planner. I cut mine down to fit the tn as you will see in the video.
There are 31 date stickers, weekday headers and five heart stickers that you can use as bullet points in the sidebar. There are also washi strips and pretty floral patterned boxes to fit the Erin Condren Monthly boxes (again I cut these down in the video to fit the tn and use the cut offs for the other boxes.
I then used these gorgeous date stickers also from Hazy Days to go over the dates that I put boxes on. See the entire process in the video below.
You can see my other Plan With Me's here - Weekly Planning Plan With Me in my Travelers Notebook and here - Plan With Me - January Brimbles Box
I hope that you enjoyed the process, now let me get back to my book, cocktail and the sunlounger. Don't forget to use code KERRY15 for 15% off with no min spend when ordering from Hazy Days UK.
Kerry (all the way from Spain) xx
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.
To start with I painted the background using watercolour and then bit by built up the image using the collage sheets, ending with the text and decoration 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.
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.
You can see my other zetti style collage artwork here My Makes.
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.
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.
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
Traveling Art Journal Process using Mrs Brimbles Patreon Content
Art Journaling - June Creations & July/August Sneak Peeks
ART AND PLANNERS - Easter Showcase
On Saturday 29th July Leanne Bates, Katy Evans and Clare Collins held their first planner meet for the East Midlands, Mansfield and Ashfield area. It was a lovely day at the Acacia Centre in Annesley Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire and great to be able to put names to faces. I have been on planner meets before with some of the UKPA (UK Planner Addicts) ladies, which you can read about here Mansfield Planner Meet.
The above photo is just some of the swap table goodies that people bought in, there was plenty more added to this throughout the day and I got some lovely things. The goody bags for the day were amazing, Clare, Katy and Leanne did an amazing job of putting them together and getting the goodies resourced. Thank you to the amazing UK Etsy sellers that contributed. We also got a chance to browse through some of the shop sellers stalls. Stephanie Kitching had some gorgeous handmade books from her soon to be opened shop Scurry and Peck and Rosie Meer (Sweet P) had an array of lovely washi tape. Clare Collins made some gorgeous crochet mug covers and Jane also had an amazing hand sewn stall selling amazing planner pencil cases and hand sewn goodies, vist her here - Oh Sew Sweet.
The lunch was a lovely buffet and a nice opportunity to chat all things planners. After lunch it was time for the raffle. I bought four tickets and won four prizes, yay. There were some amazing prizes that again sellers and shops donated. I won a stunning micro A7 travelers notebook, handmade in leather from the lovely Kirstyanne Ross, a hand sewn planner pouch and pencil case (sorry I don't know the sellers name), another pencil case by Jane and a Stampin' Up kit of papers from Michelle Mills. It was then time for a few photos and the 'Planner Stack', amazing that there was only 20 of us, but 53 planners!
We then had time for a bit of crafting, planning and flipping through each others planners. I have now decided that I NEED a Foxy Fix after seeing Aletheia's gorgeous planners. I am also in awe of the bujo goddess that is Marianne Williams, her bullet journal is stunning, check out her pages on Instagram here - maz_bujo. I only had a little planning time after chatting, so created the start of a travel journal using pages from Mrs Brimbles Patreon which you can see a sneak peek of below (work in progress).
We all had an amazing day and it went soooo fast. The ladies will be holding another longer meet next year as well as having mini meets in Mansfield throughout the year (in the school holidays). They will soon be getting a Facebook group up, but until then keep updated here - East Midlands Planner Girls. Well done ladies, thoroughly enjoyed it, here's to many more.
Some photos by Ben Lumley https://www.facebook.com/bensnapsstuff/
So, I'm off on my holidays tomorrow - Sunny Spain for two whole weeks, I can't wait. I have a few scheduled posts on here and You Tube and will still be posting on Instagram, so don't forget about me. I also have my first ever Brimbles Creative Team post tomorrow (it goes live whilst I am on the plane)... scary, but exciting. Take Care,
Ooo very excited to say that I have been nominated twice for a 'Bloggers Recognition Award' and have finally got around to posting about it, thank you so much for my nominations Linda over at Linda Memphis Kinda Life and Karla Mae at The Wise Lark (karlacruzado.com), who had this lovely comment to say about my blog:
It's now my turn to spread the appreciation and nominate others.
But first, what is the blogger recognition about anyway?
It’s not an ‘’actual’ award but, it is fun to do among bloggers. We get to be appreciated and we get to show our appreciation to others too! It's a great way to connect!
There are a few rules to follow when accepting this award:
You must thank the blogger who nominated him/her and to provide a link to their blog.
You must write a post to show the award.
You must write a brief story on how his/her blog started.
You must give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
You must select 15 bloggers to pass this award to.
You must comment on each of their blogs to let them know they have been nominated for this award and provide a link to this post.
How my blog started
My blog started in September 2016. I'm not going to go into a lot of detail about this as I have already posted about it and you can read this here. Here We Go Again.
Advice to other bloggers - Keeping plugging your blog and don't give up.
My number one advice is don't give up. It may feel at times that no one is reading, but that just requires a little work on your part. Pinterest is your greatest blogging friend. I get up to 200 visitors a day from Pinterest, but it does mean you have to put in the effort yourself getting on group boards and sharing daily. I will be posting a blog post on this at a later date, so keep your eyes peeled. There was a time only a few months where I had on average 18 visitors a day, this now averages 150-200 just in two months. Write great content and stay consistent and you WILL get the readers. Blogging is a great way of making new friends, I have so many new friends in both the UK and Internationally as a direct result of my blog and You Tube channel.
So, without further delay, here are my nominees of the Blogger Recognition Award...
The 15 Nominees (in no particular order)
So there we have it, my nominees - a collection of my favourite blogs, do give them a visit, you won't be disappointed.
Take Care all,
My Summer Planning:
To help with the planning of my Summer Holidays I decided to create a creative journaling page using the gorgeous ephemera from Shona at Away With Fairies Co, it really is beautiful and far too pretty not to use. I added a couple of journaling cards that I prettied up and a few cute Tiki Summer kit stickers from the kit by Kelly at Hazy Days UK. (You can use code KERRY15 for 15% off too).
My Summer Plans:
So on the to the plans them self.
Over in my Art Journaling group we are also having a couple of journal challenges, so I will be making my junk journal for the social media challenge and will be starting and sending off my first page for the travelling journal circle. You can read about it/join in the challenges from my links here - Travelling Creative Journal Circle and here Art Journaling - June Creations & July/August Sneak Peeks.
Be sure to check out the other lovely planner ladies blogs as part of the Planner Girls Collective
Click the names to hop to each blog post and give them a like, comment, like and follow too.
Michelle - Ugly Bug Plans - also the creator of some of the lovely stickers in the layout above.
Louise - The Vintage Planner
Debbie - Chaotic Paper Geek
Phew, so they are my plans, what have you got planned for the summer? Going anywhere nice? Joining in with my challenges? I hope to see you over in my Facebook Art and Creative Journaling Group - Kerrymay Makes A Mess.
Have a great summer, Kerry xx
This week I have been making my first real flip book for a pen pals 'Happy Mail' / 'Snail Mail' in America. I have documented the plan with me / make with me process in the video below. It's so easy and would also make a great gift for your child's teacher or as a Mothers Day gift, just adapt what you fill the envelopes with (reward stickers, pens, herbal tea), the possibilities are endless. I will be making my next one this week as a leaving gift for a work colleague.
Equipment and Resources Needed:
I hope that you have enjoyed the tutorial, I would love to see what you create, remember to tag me on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #kmmam
Happy Happy Mail creating
Mothers Day Paper Crafts: Pocket Letters
Mothers Day Paper Crafting: 12x12 Scrapbook Page
A short post to say that in addition to the Junk Journal challenge I have a Travelling Journal sign up going on over on my Facebook Group. You can read the full instructions over there and sign up to a UK or US circle. Unfortunately for this challenge you must be a member of the Facebook Group.
SIGN UP INSTRUCTIONS: Each person sends off a notebook with one completed page and a signed message page on the back of it or next to it. There will be a posting date each month the first being August 20th to send to the next person on the list (numbered) and eventually it will get back to the first. Each month you will have a new book and will complete a new page then post again on the 20th of each month. SIGN UP BY 23RD JULY.
How It Works: Each person sends off a journal page in a book they have bought, we would each send off a journal on the 20th of each month. I will put together a list of who sends to who. It carries on until the journal has been round the circle and in the end we each get the original journal sent back to us with an entry from each person. Each circle will have 6 people in the circle, so will run till January 20th. We can have as many circles as sign up.
Please state in the group if you are not from the UK so we can see if there is enough interest for a US or Canada or Australian circle.
Hope to see you there,
Hi I'm Kerry a blogger from Nottinghamshire UK, a drama teacher and a planner, art & creative journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and browse my tutorials, musings, and crafty makes.