I'm not what you would call a 'scrapbooker', but I do love doing smash book pages. However I have recently got into creating scrapbook pages as a result of recent workshops at Michelle Mills' Craft Club and as part of National Scrapbook Day, which I really enjoyed. So have a read for a few tips for starting out scrapbooking and using your smash book ideas in your layouts.
Getting Started with a Scrapbook
I have two ways of creating scrapbook pages. The first way is to use 12x12 paper and to scrap directly onto the paper. These can then be stored in a 12x12 box or a scrapbook album (which is something I still need to buy). The second method is in a scrapbook. You can get many different sizes, the main being again 12x12. My scrapbook above is a Hobby craft book in 8x8. The smaller books are perfect for using the 6x6 scrapbook paper kits which you pick up very cheaply and these also make perfect backgrounds for photos on the larger pages.
Following Scrapbook Sketches
The page above follows what is known as a scrapbook sketch. This is an outline drawing or sketch of a page that you can use a guide. If you search it in Google it will bring thousands of layouts you can have a go at recreating. The Beatles one above was only my second proper scrapbook page for part of a challenge as part of the National Scrapbook Day over at For The Love Of Pretty Paper (UK Scrapbooking Group). If you are stuck for inspiration simple sketches are a great way to start out.
Scrapbook Kit and Resources
You will definitely need a good glue. Use whatever glue is the best for you. For me it is a pritt stick, I find it works well. Obviously you will need a variety of papers. 12x12 and 6x6 papers are the best to get, which you can get from ebay, Amazon or Scrapbook shops on Etsy. I use a paper trimmer as I find it easier than cutting everything out individually.
A roll of double sided tape is a must too and a kit of various embellishments, which can be anything - sequins, flowers, stickers, washi tape, pearls, enamel dots, buttons, old keys - go with the flow and have a look in your craft stash as I bet you have a lot you can use already. Have a look at my list of Vintage Ephemera Sites below
Vintage Art Journal and Planner Ephemera (10 Free Digital Sites)
Final Scrapbook Tips
Finally, don't be afraid to experiment with layouts. I took my smashbook and creative journaling style on-board with the image above. I used a variety of vintage ephemera as this was inspired by the photo of the graffiti from the wall of The Cavern Club which I pulled the colour inspiration from and included in the layout. Use your photo / photos as a guide as to what to include on the page and just be creative with it. You can also experiment with the photos, varying the angles, cutting them in half and putting a gap in between them, adding borders and different edging effects, there really are no limits. Happy Scrapbooking!
I hope that you enjoyed the read.
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As you probably have guessed, I'm a bit of a notebook and paper lover as well as my general crafts and planner obsession, so was pleased to hear that today is National Notebook Day - yay, long live paper! I'm not sure if this is a UK day or a US day to be honest, if anyone can enlighten me please do leave me a comment.
You can check out my 10 Best Notebook Posts below (yes there are that many notebook related posts on my blog!)
I am also pleased to announce that I am officially a member of the lovely Susie Bray's PR Team for her fantastic range of notebooks and Traveler's Notebook diary, blank, dot and grid and tn inserts over at Queen Mabel & Doris.
Her shop will officially open for orders on Wednesday 24th May - so be sure to head over to her Facebook group for more information on how to order. You can use the PR code KERRY10 for 10% off your orders. Make sure you check it out, they are fantastic quality and can be totally customized.
Thanks for reading and Happy Notebooking!
Join me in my first 'Plan With Me' Creative Journaling process video as part of the Planner Girls Collective. Boy did it take some editing. At one point the file totally gave up and I had to start again from scratch.
I went to Ladies Day yesterday at Warwick racecourse. What a beautiful place Warwick is, never been before. The Castle and the town look so pretty. The video shows you step by step how I created the smash book style creative journaling page using the stunning ephemera I won in a RAK over at Fab Planner Print. The ephemera is gorgeous, a mixture of solid and vellum style, it really looks beautiful over the watercolour.
Check out Toni's group - Fab Planner Print Facebook Group and buy some of the ephemera for yourself over on her Etsy shop - Fab Planner Print on Etsy.
You can see my video below. If you are viewing this in your email please click the blog title at the top of the post to see the video in full or click here kerrymaymakes.weebly.com/
EDIT - I have uploaded the second page and part two of the video which you can now see below. This pages uses less photos and the addition of scrapbook paper, my ticket as ephemera and a gorgeous vintage lady printable which you can find from the sites below.
Vintage Art Journal and Planner Ephemera (10 Free Digital Sites)
Monthly pages are often a neglected area of your planners or journals. My work monthly planner started off well and then I totally stopped filling it in. However, I do keep up my monthly planning in my personal traveler's notebook (Uglydori) and I do take pride in making it look pretty.
My Monthly Planner Pages Set Up:
I have a separate insert for my Monthly Planning which I bought from Travelers Times on Etsy. I use the cahier size (even though I have a regular sized tn, I just prefer that they are slightly bigger). The paper is so smooth and shiny and there are enough pages for two or three years. The inserts are a plain grey kraft cover which I decorated as in the images below. I used a mixture of scrapbook paper, ephemera and watercolour paint (which didn't like the kraft paper at all!).
Monthly Pages Layout:
So on to the actual pages themselves. I usually vary the monthly layouts (just like I do in my weekly planning). Sometimes I use the cute mini Korean stickers which you can pick up very cheaply on Amazon or AliExpress and other times I use sticker sets or monthly kits. I used a gorgeous Monthly Kit from Hazy Days UK in April which can be changed to any month if you leave a message with Kelly on Etsy (use code KERRY15 for 15% off). In addition I used some of the Brimbles Box goodies with the rabbit stickers.
January also uses some stickers from A Beautiful Plan and the Korean Girl stickers. March is all about Pamper and Plan so I used the fabulous stickers designed by The Geeky Planner and some others that were in the goodie bag. I try to fill in as much of the month as I can before hand, I then add things in as they happen too. I always mean to do the sticky note thing, where you sticky note the page so if anything changes you can easily remove it, but I always forget and pen it in anyway. I now have an erasable pilot pen to combat these errors! I try to vary the colours by using two or three different colours in a month, but in keeping with a colour scheme. It's not always easy when you don't have a specific pen colour to hand, so I find varying the pens makes life a little easier. The January and March also use my freebie printable headers which you can find here.
I use the right hand notes sections for the most important tasks or things I need to do or places I am going. So that's it, my Monthly Planning in a nutshell.
How do you plan your month? Is there anything you find difficult about 'Monthly Planning' or do you just forget to fill it in? Pop us a comment and a like at the bottom of the post (it all helps the blog get noticed).
Take Care all,
Have a read of the other Planner Girls Collectives fantastic blog posts by clicking the sites below.
My monthly round up of my weekly planner spreads and layouts and a few pages shared from my smash book from April. This post is mainly pretty pictures of my layouts, so I hope you like the pretties. Happy National Scrapbooking Day!
This page is the first in my new blank grid Traveler's Times notebook. I always use a blank notebook and play around with my layouts. This uses washi tape with the days of the week and is a mish-mash of different stickers including some of the lovely Carpe Diem stickers which I was gifted from the UKPA wishlist.
The gorgeous 'Hello Spring' kit above is by Kelly Bendelow from Hazy Days UK. For this one I have played around with a vertical layout. I love all of Kelly's kits they are so beautiful, you can see more of them in the links below. Use code KERRY15 for 15% off no min spend.
Planners Easter Showcase
This kit uses the stunning Tea Party set from Fab Planner Print. I love the Alice in Wonderland theme, especially as I am directing a short version of it at the minute. All of Toni's sets are stunning.
Smash Book Pages for April
The page above was started ages ago with the black out poetry, but I added some botanocal images which really set the page off. I found a botanical vintage book in a charity shop for 50p - complete bargain and hello... ephemera!!! You can see more ephemera links here in my blog post - Art Journal and Planner Ephemera (10 Free Digital Sites)
Finally, my Month review for April as part of a smash book spread. I used a lot of the vintage papers and stickers I was gifted from UKPA and I love the vintage feel of it.
So, what have you been creating? Don't forget to show off your creative journaling and art journaling in my Facebook Group - Kerrymay._.Makes a Mess, would love to see you there
I have a bit of a 'vintage ephemera' obsession of late. I am in love with the pretty journals I see on Instagram that use old botany/floral images and vintage ladies. So I have had a look around the internet and found the ten best free vintage ephemera printables/digi scraps sites for use in your planners, smash books, journals, mixed media and scrapbooks. Have fun browsing, scrapping and journaling.
Follow my Ephemera boards on Pinterest:
6. Free Vintage Digital Stamps
This is my favourite, another stunning collection of ephemera and digital stamps. Ephemera from all vintage eras and a lovely collection of vintage lady printables. The images below used ladies from their collection. Most can be used on website banners cards to sell too.
7. The Graphics Fairy
A gorgeous collection of digital downloads for scrapbooking and journaling. Some are free, some are from the weekly email archive and some are premium downloads. A great resource.
8. Wings of Whimsy
Lots of cute holiday based ephemera, lovely Easter images.
9. The Old Design Shop
Lots of old book images and pretty vintage ephemera, a haven for vintage goodies.
Vintage Ephemera UK Shops:
For vintage ephemera to buy ready printed have a look at the sites/shops below.
I hope you enjoyed the links as much as I enjoyed browsing them to put this post together. Please do tag the shops if you post your creations on Instagram or Twitter etc. I would love a tag too, would love to see what you have created. Use the tag #kmmam (Kerrymay._.Makes A Mess). Don't forget to have a browse through my printables here.
Take Care, Kerry xx
Planning has changed my life... broad general statement I know, but it really has. Planning and planners are not just a hobby for me, they have bought me out of my shell and comfort zone and made me a more organised person as well as making some great friends along the way in the planner community and allowing me to be much more creative. I wouldn't have got in to art or journaling if it wasn't for planning. So join me on National Stationery Week and World Stationery Day on my planner journey.
My Planner Journey:
I got in to planning when I was browsing through Pinterest and was instantly hooked seeing all the pretty Erin Condren and Kikki K planners. I knew it was something I would love straight away. I have always been a 'planner'. On holiday I always want to know what we are doing each day (much to the annoyance of those on holiday with me) and as a child I used to cut up magazines to make new ones and pretend I was a magazine editor. You can see me talking about this in the Gimme 5 video here.
My first planner (real planner) was the Smash Hits diary when I was 15 and I loved it. I religiously filled it in every day. My sister had a Fun Fax and I used to help her set it up. I was so jealous of it, but I was an older teen and it just wasn't cool! At University I kept diaries/journals daily and used to write fancy letters to my mum on a weekly basis (my first taste of snail/happy mail). My teacher planners at work have always been so detailed too, so it all makes perfect sense to continue the planning now.
My first decorated planner:
My first decorative planner was from Full Stop Stationery now Full Stop Gift Shop in September 2015 and is pictured above, I loved it and quickly moved on to a Carpe Diem. I now use travelers notebook style planners and have never looked back. You can see how I made the transition here.
In February 2016 I soon found groups on facebook, my first being a few American planner groups, free planner printable groups then Mrs Brimbles and lastly UK Planner Addicts. I have made so many online friends and have been to several planner meets, both locally and further afield. I had never done art journaling before last year and have never seen myself as being any good art. Since then I have written several art tutorials and have set up a Facebook group for art journaling - Kerrymay._,Makes a Mess - all because of finding the Planner Community (for which I am very grateful).
Make sure that you have a read of the other girls fantastic blog posts as part of the
'Planner Girls Collective'.
Join in the craft tag with Zook Paper Co and Kerrymay._.Makes
The following is a craft tag FAQ style collaboration video that Zulma from Zook Paper Co had the idea for. We came up with 5 craft/planner/art questions and answered them, then we tag challenge you to answer the same questions. I hope that you enjoy the video and hope that you all have a go at joining in. You can answer as a reply to the channel video, here on the blog, on Facebook or Instagram, your own blog or you can film your own video over on You Tube (be sure to tag us both in your video if you do). If you are reading this from an email or blog reader please click the title of the blog post to see the video in full xx
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Hi I'm Kerry a UK drama teacher and planner, art, craft, smash book and journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and have look around my collection of random musings, tutorials and crafty makes.