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.
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 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 with watercolour here.
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 Fave 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,
I decided to make some memory pages in my smash book to document the day and all of the lovely people I met along the way. You can see a video of my pages which include the one above which I love and pages I smashed of my tickets, information pack and the pages that my table added in our journal swap #chillchicks ._.
The whole weekend was perfect, a nice mix of a few chilled out drinks and food, a lovely meal, Starbucks, swimming, steam room and jacuzzi time, pampering massage and facial (and OMG a head massage too), then time to craft, journal, plan and shop till your hearts content and indeed it was. See what we got up to on the journal page itself.
(Stickers used are from the shops mentioned after the video)
I have had the idea to make my own watercolour journaling cards / project life style cards for a while now, just never had the time to give it a go. So during half term week (I work as a teacher), I decided to give it a bash. I must say I do love the finished result. Credit goes out to http://joannesharpe.com for the inspiration.
CREATIVE JOURNALING SERIES:
This post will be the start of one of many in my Creative Journaling Series. After the popularity of the Art Journaling Series I want to focus now on my first love. It will be a mixture of mixed media, watercolour, collage, smash booking and planning / journaling all in one, what could be better? Anyway, I digress... on with the tutorial.
I have converted two of the cards into digital downloads for you to use in your journals (please don't make available for sale or distribute, but feel free to pin on Pinterest). There are two sizes - 3x4 and 4x6 so they can be used in Project Life books. For optimal printing, print as actual size as they were sized correctly in 600 DPI before being converted into a PDF file. I hope you like them and please do share what you have created with me on Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #kerrymaymakesartshare - leave a comment below to let me know.
Disclaimer: This post contains one affiliate link, but it is for a product I use myself and love.
I've had quite a few people ask me what I put in my bullet / bujo / lists journal, so thought I would do a quick post to give you some ideas for what to put into yours. Mine is in no way or means perfect and it's not a 'true' bullet journal. It does follow a bujo style, but also has lists, my favourite things and other ideas you may or may not want to try.
I plan on using this to track a variety of things throughout the year. It's a great memory keeper, as well as a great to keep my lists together in one place. As it is in my everyday carry planner it is something I can update on the go as an idea comes to me. It is also something I often refer back to when I need to find my packing list or look for ideas or tick off things I have tried in my art or creative journaling. Check out my other Bullet Journaling posts here and see my tn flip through's / Travelers Notebook set up below. (My bullet journal is the second half of the first video from 2.20 onwards).
Anyone that knows me knows how frugal I am, I love a good bargain, even when I have some spare money around I feel guilty spending it. If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know I have already given budget tips for art resources in the post here. This blog post I will share my organisation tips for budget planning, along with my favourite freebie planner printable sites as part of the Planner Girls Collective series of posts.
FIVE OF THE BEST FREE PLANNER PRINTABLE SITES:
CUTE DAISY.COM: http:///cutedaisy.com
Maryam's website was the first printable site I found and to top it all off she is a lovely lady too. She has tons of cute sets for Happy Planners and Erin Condren sizes, but they can easliy be adapted for any layout. I used them in my horizontal Carpe Diem and used the Erin Condren ones and reduced the size when printing to 87% and that worked a treat. The owl and birthday pages below both use her gorgeous freebies.
MY PLANNER ENVY: http://www.myplannerenvy.com
Another great free planner printable website that I found from Pinterest. I love the variety of layouts they have, I got most of my gold sparkly printables from here like the set in bottom left of the image above.
VICTORIA THATCHER.COM - http://www.victoriathatcher.com
What can I say about this site other than WOW. Victoria has amazing free printables, some of the best around in almost any style or theme you can think of and they are all stunning. If you have not visited her page you must...go on, go now! (Make sure you come back here though, he he he). Part of the Olympic set in the image is from her site and I have saved many more of her gorgeous layouts and even used some in my journaling for my Liverpool trip (yes she even has a set on The Beatles).
Monica's facebook group is a cavern of wonderful goodies. I have never seen any drama there and it is constantly being updated with goodies. Monica often runs polls to ask what people want and she is always adding new content such as tv show sets and comic style layouts. Can't recommend enough.
Garrie's facebook group is another of my first planner groups I joined. She has an amazing selection of functional stickers in the files section and everyone is always so helpful. She has been taking a bit of a break, but there are plenty of goodies to save for every topic (fitness, parenting, trackers, health, date nights etc).
You can follow my Planner Printables board on Pinterest below for many more freebie sites and layouts (these are not mine, just re-pinning amazing free sites). - https://uk.pinterest.com/KerryMayMakes/planner-printables/
Make sure that you have a read of the other girls fantastic blog posts as part of the
'Planner Girls Collective'.
Do let me know of any other free planner printable sites in the comments, I wouldn't want to miss any gems.
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.