Phew, I have finally fully completed my first Creative Journal / Smash book which I started over Easter in 2016. It has quite a lot of pages as it is in one of the Moleskine cahier books. The end of the book has my Adventure Journaling Course pages that I have just completed from a course over at Mrs Brimbles I thoroughly enjoyed the course and hope that it is going to continue pushing my journaling forwards. Plannercon Europe news at the bottom of the post.
Have a look at my flip through below for all of my memory keeping, journaling, days out, events and scrapbooking for the year. If viewing from email please click here to see the video.
You can see what Smash book journaling is all about here
20 Ways to Use Smash Book Style Journals
Eek... in other news, I have won a ticket for Plannercon Europe! I know, so excited. I am seriously feeling the UKPA love - BIG TIME (I won the ticket over at the planner group Uk Planner Addicts). I'm in a state of shock. Booked my hotel and am going to stay from Wednesday so I can sight see and have a day in Bruges (only 1 hour away on the train). Hello chocolate, waffles, frites, beer, hot chocolate and planning!
Oh and the best of it all - Erin Condren is the keynote speaker... Yay!
Time for me now to complete my planning with a new Travelogue / travel journal to take with me for creative journaling on the go. Keep your eyes out for an update post on this before and after the trip.
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,
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
The Planner Society Plan With Me Video:
As well as the front cover of the notebook, I also decorated the inside cover and added a functional pocket to house some of my lovely Planner Society stickers that were sent as part of the happy mail. Have a look below at my PWM process video. If you are viewing this from a reader or email please click the following link:
Creative Journaling - The Planner Society April Kit
I really love the finished product and managed to decorate the cover and inside cover and still managed to save the lovely flip book and have goodies left over. I'm going to use it as a journal, not daily, but a place to write down my thoughts when I need to or feel the urge. I'm just waiting for my new Jane Davenport Travelers Notebook to arrive now which will be it's new home ._.
Hopefully this post has inspired you to use your Planner Society and ephemera/papers for something other than your planner and to help you if you have been hoarding the pretties. Do pop me a comment below to let me know what you think or over on the You Tube video.
Have a great week,
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)
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, 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 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.