Guest post for Mrs Brimbles Creative Team.
Hello everyone. Wow, November is here and Bonfire Night has been and gone...crazy! Today I am creating a Bonfire Night themed memory keeping page in my creative journal. I have used the October collage sheets and printables from Mrs Brimbles Patreon page and wow we were spoiled for choice with last months goodies. As part of the layout, I have turned some of the printables in to die cut pieces.
Making Die Cuts for Ephemera
To make the die cuts, I printed out the smaller collage sheets on to glossy thick paper (which actually came with my Jane Davenport Butterfly Book). After they were printed, I carefully cut around them, then used a corner rounder to make the edges smooth. Below are my finished die cuts from the printable collage sheets, they are so cute!
Creative Journal Page Process:
Firstly I printed out one of the large painted backgrounds from the collage sheets and then stuck this to a double page spread using pritt stick. You can see that I had some trouble and a massive crease appeared on the page. I didn't let this bother me too much as I was going to be sticking over it. The background I chose is so vibrant, the pink and yellow really pop on the page, perfect for my Bonfire Night page.
Next I chose a photo from a fireworks party I had attended and used that as a focal image (and to mask the crease a bit).
The colours of the page really do provide a vivid contrast to the photo and really make the photo stand out against the colours.
Adding Gold Foil Lettering
As part of a workshop by Prima at Plannercon Europe called Sparkle and Shine, we learnt to create lettering using gold foil and rub on transfer sheets. Prima provided all the materials and it was so easy to do, literally rub the transfer onto your page, layer over the foil and rub down to the page, then peel off. As you can see I need a bit more practice, but I love how it is messy as it really is in keeping with my theme. I may also have bought some more gold foil from their stand. I then went around the foil with a black felt tip.
Finally, I added another photo and stuck down some of the ephemera die cuts I made earlier and a bit of text using stickers and a gold Sharpie. I had still to use my stickers from one of the Brimbles Box kits (the space theme), so added a few of these to the page too. I love the finished look. The collage sheets and printables have really bought the page and layout together.
I've really enjoyed putting this page together, I haven't really made a page before using a full page printable, but it is something I will definitely do again. Thanks for reading. Be sure to check out Mrs Brimbles Patreon Page, even more goodies are being offered now, more videos, more collage sheets and even a 20% discount code to her shop.
Take Care, Kerry xx
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I was so overwhelmed to win a ticket to Plannercon Europe from the lovely people over at UKPA planning group on Facebook and I still haven't got over the fact that I have been. What an amazing experience and opportunity. I am so very grateful.
Documenting the week at Plannercon Europe:
I headed down to Brussels on the Wednesday morning, the event wasn't until Saturday and Sunday, but I wanted time to explore Belgium and if I was going anyway I wanted to make the most of it. Fortunately it was half term week at work, so I had plenty of time.
WEDNESDAY 25th OCTOBER:
I got up at 2.30am - yep! (I had only just gone to sleep!) and set off for the drive to the airport some 25 miles away at 4am. I hate driving and was so scared on the way...I have only driven on the motorway once and that was a warm up for this. All was fine and I got the airport in plenty of time for my 7.30am flight. The plane was so teeny tiny. I was sat in a seat on a single isle, I have seen bigger buses. I arrived in Brussels at around 10.30am after checkout, baggage claim and getting the train. I left my luggage in a locker at the train station and headed straight in to town. I say straight in to town, I got lost so many times that that alone took 2 hours. I did see some lovely sights along the way though.
I finally found Grand Place Square and wow! what an amazing place. It was so beautiful and such a sunny day, so I sat outside in a cafe and took in the sights. I negotiated my way through the pretty side streets and found Rue des Bouchers and eventually found The Delirium bar and the Jennaken Pis statue before heading back to the locker and on to Motel One for a nap and a few beers.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY:
On Thursday I spent the day in Bruges, what a stunning place, such pretty streets and another beautiful square/market. Unfortunately it rained most of the day, so I never got to go on a boat trip, but I did visit lots of places that I had planned to. I must have walked 10 miles easily. I managed to find (eventually), The Old Hot Chocolate House and OMG I am so glad that I did. A cup of hot chocolate that you pour a whole chocolate cup of buttons in to and yes the pouring cup is chocolate too, topped off with the most amazing Belgian waffle... heaven.
Friday the plan was to go the Atomium, however on arising I realised that I could not walk...ouch the pain. So instead I mooched around the hotel, did some planning in the bar and headed over to Paul's bakery across the road for lunch. In the evening my planner friends arrived - yay and it was back the bakery, then time for the 'mini meet' with some of the attendees. So many people turned up (I had organised it thinking there would be around 10 of us). It was lovely to chat to so many like minded people and talk all things planners, it was also lovely to finally meet some of my lovely blog readers and online planner friends.
Saturday and Sunday: Plannercon Europe Event:
Wow, what an event, the organisers were amazing and really did pull out all of the stops, it was a bit of a whirlwind I must admit, so many people I met, workshops undertaken, goodie bag claimed, swap table rummaged through, stalls perused, purchases ringed in, raffle tickets given and a teeny tiny bit of planner time. I met Erin Condren and got her to sign my planner, got a personalised Leuchturm Monthly planner and had so much fun. Katie Teage's planner song to an Ed Sheeran song was a particular highlight. I won't waffle on (get it?) too much as I have documented the event and goodies in my two videos below. I just want to thank everyone for making it possible, I will never, ever forget it.
I did miss a few goodies out of the haul video by mistake so they are featured in the image above. Enjoy watching my two videos below, the first of the trip and event itself and the second of the huge haul from the goodie bag, purchases, gifts and swap table. If you are viewing from email or to get directly to You Tube click here - Kerrymay._.Makes You Tube Channel
So excited to be starting a new feature on my blog - The Young Crafter. Today I am featuring a lovely young lady called Carys, who has a massive passion for scrapbooking. Have a look what she has been up to and how she started her scrapbook journey in her own words.
My favourite part about scrapbooking is that I can share a lot of special memories through photos and lovely things with friends and family.
Carys' Scrapbook Pages
I have created a few pages, since starting in August - I like my holiday in Menorca pages because it reminds me of fun times together. I cut out the fish from the napkins that had come from a restaurant on our holiday and made it look like they're in the sea with sparkly blue foam paper. I also like the seaside pages with the treasure box that I made with gems. It takes a long time, but it's worth it. 😃
To begin with, I like to put the pictures on first and create around them. I don't stick anything, until I'm happy with the final design because it's okay to change your mind.
I would recommend scrapbooking for others because it gets your mind flowing with excitement and ideas. Anyone can do it if you have belief in yourself to just try your best in everything you do!
Thank you so much to Carys and Julie for being my first young crafter to feature on the blog, so articulate and stunning pages Carys, you should be very proud. I hope that you continue your crafting journey and keep us updated.
If you have a young crafter and would like them to be featured on the blog please leave a short comment below with your email address and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Happy Halloween, Take Care, Kerry xx
Today I am sharing a peek into my planner bag and stationery storage pouches for planning and my washi tape storage for home and travel or planning on the go. My planner bag is from http://www.aliexpress.com/ and so are many of the washi tapes featured in the video. My pouch is all set up ready for Plannercon Europe - eek 3 days till I set off!!!! I so can't wait.
So have a look at the video below and do leave me a comment either here or over on the video itself.
Keep Up to Date on My Plannercon Europe Vlogging:
Be sure to visit my Instagram and Insta Stories for updates from Plannercon Europe and Brussels from Wednesday till Sunday (25th-29th October 2017) - My Instagram
Take Care, see you after Plannercon Eu
A guest post for Plan With Hannah - go visit her lovely blog.
Beginning the journey into art journaling can sometimes be scary; not knowing where to start or what tools and equipment you need, thinking it won't be good enough, not having any inspiration... sound familiar? It needn't be. Art journals are a means of self expression and are ultimately for YOU, no one else. So stop judging yourself and get going and go with the flow, you soon won't be able to stop those creative juices from flowing. Read on for 10 ideas to get you started.
1. What do you need to start art journaling?
The first question to ask is what tools and equipment you will need. Well I have covered most of this in my post here Art Tips for Art Journaling, but you really don't need all of that.
Basically you will need:
2. How do I start though?
Don't over think it - EVER! Just get some paint on the page and then add some extra elements to it if you wish. I never plan what I am creating (only very loosely). You may wish to leave it as just the paint or you can add more detail after. See below for some inspiration.
3. Using stamps over paint
Using stamps over you paint (after it is dry of course) is a great way to get started. There are so many pretty stamps available now. Tim Holtz do great ones for mixed media or if on a budget have a browse through Ali Express and search for clear stamps, they are so cheap. I got some lovely ones with vintage writing on and they look amazing stamped on to my painted pages. For the image featured here I added a bit of white pen for extra detailing.
4. Using collage to add interest
5. Decoupage Art
One of the first things I tried with my pages was decoupage. I bought a matte medium gel from Amazon and started by sticking different things down with it, then adding a layer of the gel on top. You can scratch away at it so that it shows through the paint or leave as it is. It is great to add tissue paper to a page or a torn sheet from a book and really adds interest to your page. You can also use one layer of a patterned serviette.
6. Adding words to an art journal page
The hardest decision I had to make when starting art journaling was how to add words and quotes to my pages. Well, the options are endless. You could add printed words, cut words from magazines, use chalk pens or gel pens like the uni ball, use paint pens like the posca ones, use die cuts or ephemera (printed or brought) or paint or stamp them. Don't limit yourself or over think it and don't be put off if your writing is not great... the printer and glue stick are your friends.
7. Adding embellishments
Anything and I mean 'anything' can be added to your art journal pages. Got some scrapbook elements or enamel dots? Buttons lying around? - use them in your pages. Simple and effective. Use a strong glue, glue dots, sticky pads or a hot glue gun to adhere them to your page.
8. Just add pen
Yep, just adding a bit of pen work to your paint can really make the page pop. The posca paint pens or uniball gel pens in white or any colour really are a great way to add detail to paint. Again, don't over think it, just start doodling over the paint for amazing results. Alternatively just a black biro to add patterns or zentangles to a page can really be effective, these could also be used in art journal pages as borders or to frame certain things.
Guest Post Information: About Hannah:
I have almost completed my Bullet Journal / Lists Journal that I have been updated for the last two years. It is still being added to and is a great way to track goals, hobbies, my blog and other things in my daily life such as inch loss, reading logs and art ideas.
Below are 18 bullet journal page spread and bujo layout ideas to give you inspiration for your own journaling, complete with a video flip through at the end of the post.
Bullet Journal Tracking and Lists Pages:
Click the image for a close up view.
Bullet Journal Doodle Practice Pages:
In addition to tracking, I also use my bullet journals for doodle practice. I have shared these before, but I love them so much they deserve another share.
Get more ideas in my flip through of an 'almost' completed bullet journal.
So excited to be writing a post for Kelly over at the Hazy Days UK blog. You will all know that I love Kelly's stickers, they are so varied and have stunning graphics and cuteness. So rather than me just showing you pictures of the pretties, I thought I would share some ways you can use them in both planners and journals.
Using Full Kits in Weekly Layouts:
I am using my stickers from HazyDaysUK.etsy.com (a variety of different kits, both functional and decorative). Using full kits for weekly planning is the most obvious way to use stickers in your planner and many of you will do this already. I like to be a bit different in that I use a blank tn insert and draw out my layouts each week using a different layout or style. I love that I can vary them up and mix and match things. The image above uses the Three Bears kit which is stunning. For this layout I have used a vertical TN boxes layout, whereas the with the stunning autumnal Little Red Riding Hood kit below I have chosen a more streamlined horizontal layout similar to the Carpe Diem.
Here are just a few of my experimental layouts using Kelly's stickers.
Using Functional Stickers and Deco Sheets
I love functional and decorative stickers. I must admit to using decorative more to add a bit of prettiness to my planning. I am definitely more an aesthetic planner than a functionality planner. That said, Kelly's icons are great to add to monthly and weekly pages as you are filling them in. Here's a few ways I have used the two sets of stickers for a more functional style bullet journal/bujo style planner layout.
Using Planner Stickers in Creative Journaling and Bullet Journals
I have also used stickers from Kelly in my creative journal pages and in my bullet journal, in particular the deco sheets. In the image above you can see the gorgeous bujo pastel headers of the days of the week (I use these a lot) and you can also get a set of number/date stickers in the same styles and colours. They are stunning. Below is part of a page I created for my Summer holiday break up day.
My very first purchase from Hazy Days was their reading log stickers, which went straight into my bullet journal on my reading page. It's a lovely long sticker which you can use to track your reading on the go. I have also used Kelly's stickers on my dashboards. The gorgeous dreamcatcher came from a boho feathers set and I just love it.
Monthly Planning Using Sticker Kits
Finally, I use my Hazy Days stickers for planning my monthly layouts. I have used two of Kelly's monthly kits: The Boho/Tribal Kit and the Flowers Monthly kit. They are both gorgeous. You can see how I used the tribal kit here Monthly Planning in my Traveler's Notebook (Planner Girls Collective).
The beautiful flowers kit I have used here (complete with a plan with me video)
Monthly Kit Plan With Me
I hope this post has inspired you to be more of a creative planner or given you a few ideas for using your stickers. Now go and check out Kelly's shop (You can use code KERRY15 for 15% off no min spend), the link should apply the discount if from a computer.
Thank you for reading, Kerry xxx
Guest post for Mrs Brimbles Art Creative Team
I see a lot of posts in the planner and creative journal groups asking for ideas on using their printables, papers and creative kits. For this post I am using Anna's patreon resources (workshops, videos and printables) to give you some inspiration on how you might use them in your own planners, creative journals, art journals and on memory keeping pages.
Art / Creative Journal Page
The October printables are stunning. I created a post last week using the canvas style printables where I created a Flower Art Journal Page, so I wanted to create a smaller page spread for my creative art journal to maybe add some memory keeping to. I started by adding some watercolour and alcohol ink in Autumnal colours to the page. I then added the amazing watercolour fox printable and added some definition to this by adding a darker colour behind it. I wanted the watercolour to be a bit more abstract than my usual style, so added a few swirls and splodges in watercolour to add a bit more interest to the page.
Next I added the Autumn printable brush lettering header and painted over the white in the same colour paint I had used on the page. I added embellishments of autumnal washi tape, a cut out from a Brimbles Box scrapbook paper which I added an Autumn quote too in a white posca paint pen. Lastly definition was added by drawing an outline to frame the page in brown watercolour and used the white paint pen to draw out details on the page. I love the result of the vibrant colours and that cute Mr Foxy.
Bullet Journal Autumn Page
I won an Instagram prize a few weeks ago: The Little Bullet Book, which is stunning and wanted to make a start straight away. I used Anna's Patreon Printables to accent the page and it has really made the bujo spread pop. I love how the October header sets off the page and that stag is soooo beautiful. I love how the page is simple but effective; I can't wait to get planning. I have a busy month ahead, but I get to end it all in Brussels for Plannercon Europe.
Autumn Planner Dashboard
My final make was to update one of my pocket dashboards. I used a tutorial from a UK Planner to make a dashboard pouch pocket a while back and had already added the gold spray around a flower embellishment from a Stamping Up kit. Finally I added Anna's bear from the collage sheet and an acorn. I again used a white paint pen to add the Happy Autumn writing.
I love my Autumn set up and have got so much use out the September kit. It is now used in my planner, bullet journal, creative journal and an art journal. Hopefully you will be able to give some of these a go and maybe it's given you some ideas as to how you can use the collage sheets in your own planning and creative works. There are so many options, so don't hold back. printable images can be used in anything you do, you just need to go with the flow and don't overthink it. I now feel a scrapbook page coming on for my next little project.
Hi I'm Kerry a Notts UK blogger and drama teacher. I'm also a planner, art & creative journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and browse my tutorials, musings, and crafty makes.