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!
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
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
If you take part please give us a link and let us know your link too so we can see your answers, we'd love to hear from you and hope you Give Us 5!
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Mothers Day is fast approaching, so why not make a lovely D.I.Y Pocket Letter as a personalised gift or card alternative? I made my first one last week and I love the finished result, such an easy paper craft and quick to make too.
I have been planning on making a pocket letter for quite some time now after seeing a tutorial last year by Mrs Brimbles. I have been sitting on the pockets themselves for well over 6 months and finally got around to making one after taking part in a weekend of challenges lead by Michelle Mills and Louise Maylan as part of their Stampin' Up workshop/monthly kit. More information on the workshops can be found on my Scrapbook post.
12x12 SCRAPBOOK PAGE:
In the kit we has a variety of different papers and a set layout we needed to follow, but we could play around with it in any way of our choice. I chose my colours and papers first to match the summer holiday we had as a family last year and chose a family photo from the holiday, the words on the yellow cardstock really do fit in with my theme too. It is quite important (I found) to gather all your elements and embellishments first, but you can easily add extras as you create. I wasn't sure at first whether I liked the finished result, but it has grown on me and I now like it (I can be a fussy bugger!).
In addition to the kit, I also used some spray ink and watercolour, so added some A4 watercolour paper which I trimmed down to a square. You can see the process and materials used in the video on my channel. Click below to see my Scrap With Me Video or click the link here if viewing from the email subscription.
To be a part of the next Torn Apart cycle contact Michelle Mills over on her page www.facebook.com/uglybugplans for more details, or you can be part of 'Team Louise' by contacting Louise over on her group Sma*shing, Scr*pping, Planners and Paper.
I recently got in to 'smash booking' in my Lyradori Traveler's Notebook and I must say I love doing them. I really don't have the patience or time to create full scrapbooks and layouts, so much prefer the stick anything any way you choose method.
This post uses an affiliate link, but it is for a product that I love and use myself.
What is a Smash Book?
As you can see from the video below a smash book is like a scrapbook, but following no set structure and it doesn't have to be painstakingly neat and organised. I love that you can save receipts, tickets, photos and other keepsakes and just glue them to a page to keep forever. I often journal alongside mine as a way of remembering special days and events.
Smash books can take many forms and you don't have to use the official smash book. You can use traditional scrapbooks, notebooks, traveler's notebooks, moleskine inserts or make them yourself using a variety of different papers and then either stitch them together or use a long armed stapler or loose binder rings to clip them together. The one in the video is using a Moleskine Cahier Notebook that I bought off Amazon (three for around £6.20). I then used scrapbook papers, ephemera, bits from magazines, washi tape, photos, stickers, tickets, stamps and journaling cards to put the pages together... the sky's the limit!
I'd love to hear about your smashbook journey in the comments below. So... do you smash book and what do you use it to document? Is there anything holding you back?
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.