Planner Girls Collective – Spring Bucket List

I do love our weekly posts when they include some form of creativity so as soon as I read today’s topic of “Spring Bucket List” I knew it was going in my art journal and I had just the stamp set for it! To view the process video click HERE!

Firstly I created the blue background using some toilet paper and my blue ink pad, then I double stamped around the border to give the flowers more texture.

I love how it turned out, it was so simple to do but looks so effective, it could easily be used on letter paper too for those of you Witney pen pals!

Tempting Turquoise

Flirty Flamingo

Old Olive

Peekaboo Peach

The stamp set I used was Avant-Garden which available free, until the end of March, with a purchase of £45

Dont forget to pop over to see what the other girls in the PGC series have on their bucket lists!

The Vintage Planner 

The Stationery Geekette

A Life Lived In Words

My Chaotically Eclectic Life 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Planner stickers, Washi and Ephemera unboxing/haul : Little Rainbow Moon on Etsy

At the beginning of January I placed an order, via Etsy, from Jo at Little Rainbow Moon, she had a code running and I’d been wanting some of her ephemera and stickers for a while.

Her shipping time was 2 weeks as she has children and they were off school for the holidays, we all know how chaotic that is right? 

So last week the postie handed me my envelope of delicious happiness, I didn’t realise what it was at the time so tore it open only to find that it was my order. The kids were screaming around me and I was one Muuuummmmmm away from eating my feelings in chocolate cereal! But that’s the perfect time to record an unboxing right?? Perfect timing indeed! 


First out the bag was the super stunning feather washi, although the word feather seemed to evade me. To match the washi I ordered the sticker kit, in personal planner size, to fit my a6 UglyDori and the matching ephemera pack.


I also ordered another sticker kit along with a sheet of feather stickers on transparent sticker paper and a galaxy ephemera pack… for no other reason than they are so stinking cute!! 



If you are into art journalling then you really have to check out Jo’s shop, the stickers and ephemera are her own stunning art work.

Journal With Me : 1 : Setting up my A5 UglyDori as a Creative/Art Journal

At the end of last year I asked Trevor to make me a custom A5 UglyDori that I could use as a creative/art journal, he done me proud (as always) and made this beauty.. it is extra symbolic as that skull on the front is the exact design of the tattoo on my arm 😍 he’s a clever cookie!


It was always my intention to start using it in 2017 but I felt a bit stumped as I had a few different inserts, which were not A5, from last year which were quite empty and I didn’t want to feel like I was abandoning them. I even brought an A5 sketch book to doodle in whilst I tried to make up my mind.

So yesterday a migraine caused me to cancel all my plans and once I’d slept off the worst of it I began, as you do, watching YouTube for inspiration. 

Within an hour or 2 I was out of bed and in my (dimly lit) craft room, I’d remembered Octobers Studio Calico kits that I’d squirrelled away and knew they would be perfect.


I am really happy with the result, I have already decided that one of the A5 notepads will be a memory journal that I’ve already started setting up to record mine and Trevor’s relation ship. The other notebook is where I’ll jot down ideas for art/creative journals and make lists.

I’ve just signed up for the planner society kit and I cannot wait to receive my first one and have a go at setting up one of my other UglyDoris.

You can watch the process video HERE

Plan My Week : #1 – My 2017 Planner Set Up

It feels good to be back, we had the loveliest Christmas and New year and it has been amazing being able to take the time off to spend together, Trevor has worked in security for the past 4 years so has always worked over Christmas and New Year, it’s been lovely having him home and not having to worry all night about his safety!!

Because we had been away the week before Christmas I hadn’t really had time to set up my 2017 planners (yes I have more than 1) so yesterday I took a couple of hours out to get organised.

I currently have these 6 planners which I will be using regularly (L-R Top; Recollections planner, A5 Carpe Diem, A5 DO1P Paperchase… Bottom; A5 UglyDori, Regular UglyDori, A6 UglyDori) the recollections planner is what I intend to use for memory keeping so you probably won’t see much of that one.

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The A5 Carpe Diem is more of a storage folder, I made 12 dividers with some scrapbook paper I had lying around, I added some small top tabs (available in my Etsy shop) so that I can access the months easily. When any appointments come through or letters from the school etc I paperclip them to the month they are relevant to and then write the appointment in my Paperchase diary. It means I never lose any paperwork and have all the information to hand when it is needed.

I decided I need a desk diary this year to keep track of my lists and to do’s and to help me plan my day to be most productive. This Paperchase diary is a DO1P (Day On 1 Page) will sit on my desk and be more of a notebook, in fact last year I used a notebook in the same manner but I missed it being dated so that I could add things in for later in the week. I’ll not decorate this at all so again you will probably see very little of her (unless i develop my Bullet Journal technique).

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Last but certainly not least are my UglyDoris, the Harry Potter one (regular) will still be used for my blog, productivity and goal setting. The A5 (middle in picture) currently has some lined pads in it for journalling and notes/brain dumping. The A6 (right in picture) is what i’ll use as my every day carry, it has a monthly diary that I can refer to when i’m out and making appointments/plans, she also has a weekly overview and a couple of notepads for ideas whilst I am out.

Currently I am happy with this set up, it looks a bit more complicated than it is but it is, in essence, the same as I was using for the last couple of months in 2016 and that seemed to work really well for me. To watch the corresponding video please click HERE!

I am currently working on my blog and YouTube posting schedule as I have a few new series that I will be introducing, I will put all this up in a separate post this week.

Michelle

My Crafty Week : Project Life, Art/Creative Journal

Rather than spam you with a tonne of posts during the week, I thought I’d Introduce a new weekly post where I share everything crafty and creative I’ve been creating during the week. I won’t go into massive detail on each item or we’ll be here for ages, but if you would like to know more details or where I brought products from then leave me a comment and I will post the information there for you.

Because I have a very short attention span and tend to chop and change crafts on a regular basis, the contents that I cover in these weekly posts will vary greatly.

I usually start the week by completing the  previous weeks Project Life, I’m keeping a “Project 52” album this year, where I document our weeks as they go by. I’ve just managed to get back on track and although I have weeks missing that I need to go back and complete, The past 2 weeks I’ve managed to finish my weekly spreads… Just a note about the picture of me in the middle…. I hate it!! I’ve no make up and was lying down, but I think it’s much more important to take the pictures and use them, they show us and our real lives and they are the memories we’ll look back on in future… We all have pictures that make us cringe, but that won’t matter to our children or grandchildren in the future, so I challenge you to use a picture you are not happy with, It gets easier to look at and then it’s actually easier to love your imperfectly perfect self!


(Process video coming soon)

As well as project life I’ve started Art/creative Journalling. It’s very new to me and I spend more time watching YouTube videos than creating the art, but it’s very calming and I love having my art journal on me, it inspires me to find art in everyday life! This week I created my first page, I wanted this page to inspire me every time I open it.


I had some Journalling cards on the front of my art journal, but when I received my wrist band from UKPA I knew I wanted to use this poem somewhere, I decided on the front page for a few reasons. UKPA is a group on Facebook that you’ve heard me mention before. It is run by a group of admins who truly love and care about each and every member, in my time there I’ve seen them collect money to replace household belongings lost in a fire, s b’s gifts to people who are really down, pay for someone to travel on their honeymoon and much more. Everyone is supportive and I’m lucky to be a part of it. This letter came at a time when I really needed it, I’m going through a few things “in real life” and this reminded me that there will always be someone there for me if I need them!! It has pride of place at the beginning of my creative journal.


Over on YouTube i’ve uploaded some Art Journalling process videos;

Art Journal : Autumn Bucket List

Art Journal : Back to School
Thanks for reading

Michelle aka Ugly Bug xx