Over in my Facebook Art Journaling group we have just completed a junk journal challenge which ran through the month of August. I have had an overwhelming amount of people taking part and loved every minute of it. Such beautiful books and journals were created. I for one will most definitely be making many more, they are so pretty and it has been so therapeutic. I will be using mine as a Happiness and Inspiration journal to log my moments of happiness and likes as well as adding mood boards and inspirational quotes.
The images from my journal are below as well as a video flip through of the completed journal. You can check out the pages participants have made using the hashtag #kmmamjunkjournal on Instagram, there are some stunning pages. People have taken part across a range of platforms; on their blog, in the group, You Tube, on Instagram and on Google Plus.
For the pages I used a variety of different papers and vintage ephemera from scrapbook paper, old books, vintage cigarette cards, vellum, journal cards and printables which I used to make some cute tags. I also used envelopes and paper bags to create pockets and pouches. Finally, I added some lace and trimming to some corrugated cardboard for the cover which was hand sewn. I bound it all together using two large ring clasps and then added some pretty ribbon.
Completed Junk Journal Flip Through Videos
We have six members of the challenge that have filmed their videos. Mine is posted below. If viewing from email please click the header to come on to the page or click here to view the video directly.
Check out the members stunningly beautiful videos and please subscribe to them from the links below.
Stephanie Kitching's Journal
Ashleigh (The Onyx Raven's Journal)
Susie Brays Journal
There are a few more videos but they are posted over in the group
Participants Junk Journal Photos:
Finally I will leave you with a plethora of the 'delicious' images (Thanks She for that word) of the participants journals, I love every single one of them, thank you for taking part, can't wait to see how you fill them up throughout the year.
I hope to run the challenge again next year as it was such a success. I have several smaller challenges going on and mini challenges in the group that you can take part in, or you can simply just be a part of the community. If you enjoyed the post, please do pin the image below to Pinterest and leave a comment. I hope to see you in the group soon.
Take Care and thank you to all who took part,
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.
TO PURCHASE THIS COURSE PLEASE HEAD ON OVER TO:
Thanks for reading, do go and check out the group and Anna's courses, they are great value for money. What have you been creating lately?
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
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,
July Art Journaling Sneak Peeks:
It's only the 8th July and I have a lot of things planned for this month already. I have started playing around with the collage sheets I downloaded as part of Mrs Brimbles patreon reward tiers. They are great, I love collage art and can't wait to get the full video and art work finished. This is still a work in progress and is not even nearly completed, but here is a sneak peek. You can join the patreon page here www.patreon.com/mrsbrimbles. There will be a full post and video on this on the 31st July so be sure to subscribe. I will also be uploading a flip book process video to my You Tube Channel for a snail/happy mail I have sent out this week.
In addition to the Mrs Brimbles art work, I bought a Cosmo Cricket TN folder and have finally had the time to add some watercolour paint to it. It was a bit messy in places so I covered it with a doily - (a happy accident). I've still got to paint the inside, but it will get finished eventually.
June Art Journaling Review
For June I started doing a few bits of art journaling starting with some doodling and watercolour of the 'Sketchy Girls' from Mrs Brimbles Patreon tutorials - I won't post all that I have created as this will be part of the full blog post at the end of the month as well.
Phew, busy, busy, busy I also go on holiday from the 31st July for two blissful weeks in Spain, I can't wait. Don't worry I can still take part in the journal challenges from my sun lounger by the pool ._.
Take Care everyone and keep creating
Woo hoo, so proud to announce that I made it on to the Mrs Brimbles Arty Creative Team with these other amazing creatives, so exciting. I would have posted earlier, but I have been so busy at work these last few weeks with Ofsted inspectors and a faculty review.
I can't wait to share with you all the arty creations and hope that I can do them justice. It is the kick I need actually to get back in to art journaling and doodling, as other than creative journaling I have done very little art of late.
I will be sharing my creations from Mrs Brimbles exclusive Patreon content which you can check out here - www.patreon.com/mrsbrimbles
You can also check out her two online courses
- Unicorn Magic
- Marblous Marble
I can't wait to get started
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, collage art, mixed media and scrapbooks. Have fun browsing, scrapping and journaling.
Follow my Ephemera boards on Pinterest: Creative Journaling Process Videos
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.
10. Sweetly Scrapped
Scanned ephemera from the link above - all vintage and all beautiful. Click the link to the main site from the banner for all of her digital resources. A scrappers and creative journalers little bit of heaven. Great quality scanned and edited images to use as the originals or as blank tags.
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 and my Best Free Planner Printable Sites.
Take Care, Kerry xx
Hi all, just a quick round up of what I have been up to over the end of term school holidays...aww, it's so lovely to have a break from work and so nice to be able to catch up on my planners, creative journaling, smash books, art and blog. I really have been using the break for a bit of me time... the marking can wait. I can't believe it is Easter already, where is time going? Crazy!
ART JOURNALING GROUP CHALLENGES:
If you missed the post about the new Art Journaling Group you can see it here or you can join the group directly here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/KerrymayMakesAMess
There is quite a bit going on in the group. We took part in the first group challenge last week on Tea Bag Art. You can see my results of that above and pop in to the group to see the creations the lovely members made... they are awesome! The hardest part of this challenge for me was that I don't like tea. No, not just don't like it, I hate it, hate the smell and hate touching wet tea bags. It certainly was a challenge.
We are now on to challenge 2 which takes inspiration from acrylic fluid painting and drawing circles. If you're up for the challenge then pop on over and share your creativity.
The group also has places you can share your work and is a place you can go to relax, chat or get inspiration or ask for help.
Above is a couple of new pages in my art journal for the 2nd group challenge, it's a bit of a 'creative mess' so hopefully I will have a go at a better one this weekend (after I have done at least 'some' of my marking before I go back to work (hahaha). The second image is a page from my smash book, which I love. I received some gorgeous washi tape and ephemera from the UKPA group on Facebook as part of their Wishes post, so have put it to good use. I am on a No Spend on planner, art or stationery of any kind from now until 22nd May (I know, I know, violin please and a huge dose of willpower thrown my way). See more of my Smash Book pages here.
Hazy Days UK Mystery Planner Kit Unboxing:
Below is a video of my unboxing of the April Mystery Kit from Hazy Days UK. If you haven't seen her shop then get over there, some gorgeous stickers and supplies for planners. Use code KERRY15 for 15% off no minimum spend Visit the shop - Hazy Days UK.
If you are reading this from an email or blog/feed reader then copy and paste the following link to view the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWMxiFQT1hI
A Note From Kelly - *Just a note to anyone interested in buying one of the mystery kits...
The 'extras' each month will be different but there will always be 5-7 sheets of stickers which have a design on exclusive to the mystery kits so once they're gone they're gone!
The value of the contents will always be more than the cost of the kit as well :)
**May & June kits are available in the shop for pre-order now and will ship on the 5th of the corresponding month xx
So what have you been up to? Any art? Planning? Or just enjoying the run up to Easter? I have no children myself, but can imagine it's not a time for getting much me time if you have.
View my other unboxing posts and videos:
Little Rainbow Moon Planner kit Unboxing
Ugly Bug Plans Art Box Monthly Kit Unboxing
Take Care all, don't forget to pop over to the group and feel free to pin any of the images on Pinterest. Have a Happy Easter ._. xx
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.