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 - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HazyDaysUK.
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.
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
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.
SO 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?
For more inspiration be sure to watch my other flip through videos (links below) and subscribe to my You Tube Channel and Blog for further updates.
Christmas Journal Flip Through
Art Journal Flip Through
Travel Journal Flip Through
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU:
I pack a kit of washi tape, pritt stick and coloured pens so that I can update on the go or in the hotel or by the pool. What better way to spend a day than sitting in the sun with your journal?
Black paper is something I wanted to try for this journal. I have seen some lovely journals using white and gold pens and they really stand out on a black background. I also added a bit of watercolour on the pages edge and topped it off with some journaling cards from Mrs Brimbles. These were in the May or June box I think.
For further inspiration see my two completed travel journals in the videos at the bottom of this post.
The journal above was a handmade journal that I put together using a variety of different papers, all different sizes. I like to use a mixture of papers to give different backgrounds to give the journal individuality. This page has an insert from a mindful colouring book as well as project life style journaling cards and ephemera. I cut the paper to size, then put it through the sewing machine to bind it, but you can easily use a long armed stapler instead or hand sew it.
I would love to see your travel journals and set up's, feel free to post a link below to share your pages. Be sure to follow on Instagram and You Tube from the links below to see more of my journaling.
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.