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 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!
Link to Kerrymay._.Makes - www.youtube.com/channel/UCANXb1_Wc597C9XSQz-wR8g Link to Zook Paper Co - www.youtube.com/channel/UCjBYSfN8rakRmfIcg536xhA
A video tour of my craft and art room including my work area, desk, storage and equipment. I filmed the craft room tour last week for You Tube and forgot to add it to my blog, so here it is. (If viewing from email or a reader you will need to click on the blog post title to view the video).
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You can see my Christmas home tour here
I do love my little crafting room. I am currently making plans to relocate the dolls house upstairs, so I can add a small desk with storage where that is housed, yay for more storage space. I also need to organise my stamps a little better as currently they are just thrown into the storage baskets. I am thinking cd or dvd cases might be the way to go.
I also forgot to say in the video that the lamp was from Studio (formerly Studio 24).
What do you use as your craft space? Let me know in the comments.
Pens, pens and more pens, fountain, gel, paint pens, chalk pens; a girl can never have too many. I will take you through some of my favourites to use in planners, planning and journaling as part of the Planner Girls Collective. This post uses affiliate links, but they are all for products I use and love myself.
Stationery Island Chalk Board Pens and Brush Pens
I love Stationery Island pens, they are such good value and are great quality. The chalk pens are perfect for lettering in art journaling and they go over paint easily. The brush pens are watercolour compatible and blend so easily. You can see me using them here.
White Gel/Paint Pens
Good paint pens are a good investment for art journaling and general journaling, Posca Uniball pens are a must and again these can go over paint. I also couldn't live without my PentelHybrid uniball gel pen in white and gold for extra detailing, they write so smoothly.
If you are looking for gift inspiration for a planner/journal lover then have a look here for ten simple stationery based gift ideas. Check out the other lovely planner ladies blogs as part of the Planner Girls Collective.
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.
What to buy a stationery lover? Paper, notebooks, pens, washi tape??? OMG, it is so easy to buy for a lover of all things paper, I literally think I am the easiest person to buy for and with so many shops now stocking amazing stationery it is easier then ever, the hardest part is narrowing it down.
1. Pens, pens and more pens - need I say more? - Ok then, writing pens, gel pens, fine liners, chalk pens, fountain pens and ink, Posca Uniball paint pens, white uniball signo pens (both for writing on paint/art journaling)
2. Paper - any type of paper, or a mix of papers, watercolour if they like art, mixed media paper, vellum, tissue paper, scrapbooking papers, notebooks - lined or plain, traveler's notebooks, moleskine cahier notebooks... the list is endless.
3. Pencil cases and pouches. Websters do a great pouch, but I have a cheap AliExpress one and I love it, it holds so much.
4. PLANNERS - of course. I love my Uglydori Travelers Notebook style planner from Michelle and Trevor at Ugly Big Plans. Other lush planners include Kikki K, Carpe Diem and Websters Pages (all available in the UK).
5. Stickers, woo hoo I love planner stickers, check out my Favourite Stationery Shops here.
6. Ephemera and Journaling Cards. Ephemera is cut up pieces of strong paper in pretty patterns or die cuts to use in your journaling/scrapbooks and planners. My faves are from Mrs Brimbles and Little Rainbow Moon (also tagged in the above link). I love the Project Life style journaling cards, make your own here - Paint Your Own Watercolour Journaling Cards.
7. Stamps, ink sprays and pads - you may also want an acrylic block to hold the cling stamps. I get mine very cheaply again from AliExpress online, which is great if you don't mind waiting up to four weeks for delivery.
8. Acrylic paint, watercolour paint (I love my watercolour Wheel from the Tate Gallery) and watercolour brushes. The 3 pack of Pentel Aquash waterbrushes are brilliant.
9. Washi Tape... OMG I am obsessed with washi tape and it can be used for any projects. Again buy cheaply from AliExpress or any of the shops in my Favourite Stationery Shops link.
10. Sub boxes. There are so many sub boxes now, for almost anything. My faves for the stationery lover are The Brimbles Box and Little Rainbow Moon Mystery kits.
So, no excuses, when buying for a stationery lovers birthday, Christmas, Mothers Day or any other gift buying event approaches, you know just what to get... you could even get them all 10 (wink).
Thanks for reading,
On Wednesday a few of the lovely UKPA (UK Planner Addicts) planner girls organised a small meet up in Mansfield (UK) to eat cake and talk planners. This has become a regular meet up for us East Midland girls. We meet up most school holidays to catch up, show off our planners and share swaps and goodies. I love how friendly the planner community is in the UK and have met a lot of new friends in the short time that I have been a part of it. I'm just still disappointed no one would have an afternoon tea with me - I am a greedy guts! Hahaha (only joking girls).
We always meet up in the delightful Little Sugar Shack and then head out into town for a little 'boutique' shopping (ahem...charity shops), then usually head in to Mansfield for a scout around The Works, Poundland and Primark. Check out my video below for my first ever haul video, where I will share the goodies I purchased and the freebies shared.
Next on my list is the fabulous Pamper and Plan event, which is now sold out. This is run/organised by Michelle from Ugly Bug Plans, Kelly from Hazy Days UK and Leanne from The Geeky Planner. I can't wait to meet new people and enjoy my first big planner event... not to mention the crafts, planning, relaxation and spa! It looks like it is going to be a great event and I have already planned it all out in my planner of course.
So, have you been to any planner meet up's? Have you got any planned in the pipeline? - Leave a comment below ._. xxxx
As a stationery lover, I admit I have a 'slight' obsession (hahaha) with buying new stationery and planner kits and accessories, so this post as part of the 'Planner Girls Collective' has me excited. Join me as I share my favourite online and high street planner shops.
1. MRS BRIMBLES / THE BRIMBLES BOX
I first found my love for planning at Mrs Brimbles Happy Place group on facebook and promptly signed up for the Brimbles Box (monthly planner, stationery and journaling kit). Anna Brim has gorgeous kits, great for journaling and planner-aholics alike. I love that they now have scrapbook papers for creating journal covers, dashboards and journaling cards. I also like the variety of the kits. Some months have ephemera or cling stamps, whilst others are more planner focused with extra stickers or planner clips. She also has great stock in her online shop - a haven for stationery, planner and scrapbook lovers.
Visit the shop here - https://www.mrsbrimbles.co.uk/shop/
2. HAZY DAYS UK
I love Kelly's stickers and have recently had the pleasure of becoming a Design Team Member, so exciting. I bought a gorgeous Book Lovers set from Kelly and am in awe of how good her stickers are (amazing quality and variety). I am also in the love with the princess set I was sent as part of the DT package. The new Boho and Sailor range are next on my list to sample. Be sure to check out the shop below and join the facebook group here for future updates and chat.
Visit the shop here - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HazyDaysUK - Use KERRY10 at checkout for 10% off (no minimum spend)
3. UGLY BUG PLANS (formerly Ugly Bug Does)
I love Michelle's shop, now home of the amazing Uglydori travelers notebooks. I've been a member of her facebook The Ugly Bug(gers) for quite a while now and it is such a fun place, with lovely people. I have bought a few of her Monthly kits, including a superhero set and an art journaling monthly kit. I also adore my Uglydori planner, which you can check out here.
Visit the shop here - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/UglyBugPlans
4. LITTLE RAINBOW MOON
Jo has a gorgeous shop on Etsy and a great facebook group (Over the Rainbow). I have bought quite a few bits from Jo's shops, including some gorgeous washi and a brilliant teacher planner sticker set for work. I was also fortunate enough to win a fantastic instagram prize of £50 of shop credit, so got to sample her monthly kits and gorgeous hand painted watercolour stickers and ephemera.
Visit the shop here - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LittleRainbowMoon
5. TRAVELERS TIMES & LYRA and CO
My two favourite go to shops for journals are Travelers Times and Lyra & Co (both on Etsy). I got my first tn from Lyra and Co, a gorgeous extra wide hand made fabric travelers notebook. I use travelers Times for buying my notebooks, the paper is great quality, so glossy and perfect for gel and fountain pens. They also so cheap (despite the great quality) and can be ordered in blank, lined, dot or grid (my top choice). They also do a variety of inserts such as pre-printed diaries, monthly and lists.
Visit the shops here - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TravelersTimes
FAVOURITE HIGH STREET STATIONERY SHOPS:
I have several go to planner and journaling shops on the high street. I love a good mooch around The Range (although my purse doesn't seem to like it). Home Bargains and B&M have some great buys for stationery including rose gold goodies (faints). Poundshops, Lidl and Aldi all often have great stationery bargains on a seasonal basis. My all time favourite high street shop though is Wilkos (can you tell I love a bargain) I love that I can get all my art goodies, paint, watercolour paper and stickers, pens and notebooks all in one place for a great price. I must admit I have never been to Paperchase or Kikki K, so I'm sure they would be up there if I had.
I also buy a lot of planner and art goodies from Amazon for my art/journaling and from AliExpress for extremely cheap washi tape and stickers (if you are prepared to wait). I don't have an Hobbycraft near to me, so I often order online from there, they do great sketchbooks. Then of course there's The Works... ok I will stop now.
If you haven't visited any of the shops I've mentioned be sure to check them out and have a read of the other posts in the Planner Girls Collective series by popping over the the other great bloggers pages. Let me know of any gems I may have missed in the comments below.
See you soon,
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.