Something new…ish!

This is an announcement type post which there will be a few of in the next few days as I have lots of exciting things coming up. I had a little live chat in my Facebook group yesterday and gave a brief outline of what’s coming up.. if you want to watch that video you can join the group and view it HERE!

I’ll number them off so that I remember everything:

  1. You may have noticed from the changes on my blog that I have re-joined Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator. This is mainly for my own benefit of the discount of products, I have always found that the quality of their products and the versatility is something I struggle to find in the UK, being a demonstrator means that I can order and distribute the products. Aside from you guys being able to order from my online store and join my team, if you wish.. there wont be that much change to my blog in general surrounding this. You have already seen me use their products many times and apart from leaving the links to the products in my posts everything else will remain the same.
  2. For all my scrapbooking ladies, there is an exciting new product coming very soon, a group of us have been brought together to create a hub of information for you guys.. we will be on Instagram, YouTube, Blog and Facebook.. there will be more information on this is the next few days.
  3. As well as Pamper & Plan and the ScotCon events that I am attending this year, we have just arranged to attend “Crafting Under Canvas” in June this year. It is a weekend event and the whole family will be catered for. We will be holding workshops for both papercrafts and Leather work which can be pre-booked.. If you’d like more information please see the Facebook page HERE!
  4. From next month I will be setting up a new monthly workshop, you will be able to pre-order “kits” that will be sent out in advance of the workshop and will be added to a secret group. The challenges will be fully adaptable to whatever paper craft you wish to use them for and there will be prizes at the end. As a trial run the numbers will be limited so I will start taking pre-bookings for this shortly. The price of the kits is likely to be £15 plus shipping but the RRP will be well over this amount. Due to this my planner kits HERE will still be available but there will no longer be the art/creative journaling add on.. this will replace that kit as I’d love to get more involved with you guys when you are using it.

 

…and that’s a wrap haha, I told you in December that this was going to be a busy year for us.. and that’s not even all yet.. next step WORLD DOMINATION!!

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Memory Keeping Process : Woodern Park Adventures

We have a place we love to go, its called the “Woodern Park” well at least that is what we call it. The kids love it because there is so much to do and Mummy loves it because when it goes to “peopley” we can go for a walk down the path that was once a railway track and then up into the woods for adventures. For the video showing this process please see my YouTube channel HERE.
I’ve really been looking forward to documenting this as we had so much fun, at the weekend I took part in a cyber crop hosted by the lovely Emma and Di over at Mind The Scrap, Emma had taken us through a live tutorial on how to make a background that I thought was super cute and knew I wanted to incorporate. I lack background stamps and  wish I’d had a leaf stamp of some kind but I was still super impressed at the finished effect.

So first of all I took a 12×12 piece of white card stock and gesso’d it to make it more resilient.. to be honest i could of skipped this step as the links don’t really penetrate the paper as much as when you are using different media but the texture really added to the overall effect.

With my stays on ink and a random stamp I stamped the image 3 times (without reining in between) once at the top left, once in the middle right and then again in the bottom left, I then took my Stampin’ Up! ink in Mossy Meadow and transferred some of the ink to the lid, I added a bit of water and mixed with a paintbrush and then transferred the watered down ink to a piece of plastic packaging (and all up my arm). Once I had the amount of ink on the plastic I flipped it over and placed it on the first stamped image and used my finger to spread the ink about, I then carried out these same steps on the other 2 groups of stamped images.

Repeating the above steps with Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist (also Stampin’ Up!) gave me 3 colours one each of the 3 groups of 3 stamped images (and who said I dislike odd numbers). Even though I know the sizes of the cards i always measure them a few times just to make sure, my husbands influence “measure twice cut once”.. I cut the 12×12 paper into three 4″ strips, then the top and bottom strips get cut in half to give me four 4×6″ cards. The middle strip gets cut into four giving me the middle row of 4 3×4″ cards. For this layout i’m using a Becky Higgins “Design A” Project Life page protector.

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My next step was to back all of my photos onto a piece of 12×12 paper and cut out leaving a small edge of the paper showing, I wanted to leave the white card stock with square corners so decided to leave the photos square and round the edge of the wood effect paper. Because my beautiful daughter has taken and hidden my corner rounder I had to use the corner rounder soon my envelope punch board.

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I then used embellishments out of the September Studio Calico scrapbook kit to embellish each card, I love this layout and am very pleased with the way it turned out.

Stampin’ Up! products available HERE (affiliated link)

PGC – Budget Planner/Craft ideas

I absolutely love a bargain and when you have hobbies as expensive as arts and crafts money that can be saved is a big plus for me.

Over the years I have made some mistakes with purchases and found that something’s you can get away with buying cheap but others you really do need to invest money to save money, if that even makes sense.

From my personal experience I have found that “consumable supplies” for want of a better description can be brought cheaply, “tools” on the other hand are always worth investing it!

Take paints for example, you can buy cheaper water colour or acrylic paints and use them with middle to top range brushes and get the same effect as more expensive paints: however if you take expensive paints and use them with cheap brushes then I am never really happy with the end result. 

Now, I’m not telling you to run out and spend a fortune I just think that if you are going to invest money in art supplies then it’s worth knowing where to invest them (even though I’d sell my left kidney for a Jane Davenport art set).

Silhouette portrait : yes I know it’s not really a bargain purchase, they RRP at around £145 but if you are a crafter or planner then they are worth their weight in gold. The average planner sticker “kit” costs approx £10-£15 a week ready cut and shipped, you can pick up free printable kits from a variety of websites, a simple Google of “free planner printables” brings up an array of websites. With a silhouette you can print these over and over again for the price of a few sheets of sticker paper.

I’ve used my silhouette portrait for paper cuts, ephemera, dashboards, die cuts, alphas and so much more, literally every project has something in it which I’ve used my silhouette for: so although they may not be a cheap purchase I definitely think that overall they are a must have purchase.

Group buy ins : there are several groups on Facebook (mine is here) which offer buy ins. How these work is that wholesalers sell to retailers but we have to put minimum orders in, so rather than order in bulk of one product we have buy in groups that allow people to purchase at wholesale prices, then the rest of the stock we can place up for sale at retail prices. There are buy in groups for literally anything, mine is for planner and paper craft items and we have lots of different brands. 

Shops : B&M have really upped their craft game lately, I was in there a few days ago and brought 40 acrylic paints for £6.99, rolls of washi tape for £1.99 and packs of alpha stickers for £1.49. Hobbycraft have their value range which I often use and their “budget” range (artist loft) is my mostly used supplies.

If you are just starting out with crafting or planning the top 5 budget items I recommend is; (assuming you have your planner/art book) 

White cardstock, either A4 or 12×12. I use white 12×12 as backgrounds for scrapbooking and use patterned paper for the accents.

Washi tape, can be used for crafts and planning, they can be brought cheaply and last a while. 

Punches, can be picked up cheaply and can be used to punch decorative edges in planner or to embellish pages.

Ink pads, can be used for stamping in Planners or craft projects, call also be used with Aqua brushes to create a water colour effect.

Background stamps, these can be picked up dirt cheap and are often free with magazines, they can be used in Planners and art projects and give a texture to your page, layer them with colours to compliment your embellishments to make them pop on the page.

https://thestationerygeekette.com/ – Emma-Louise Smith

https://abeautifulplan.co.uk/ – Kelly Vizma

http://beautifullybrokenvicky.blogspot.co.uk/… – Vicky Buckley

http://pennygatecrafts.blogspot.co.uk/… – Jo Whight

http://purelyamy.co.uk/ – Amy Hunt

http://www.thepaperjunkie.net/ – Rej Relova

http://superaena.com/ – Rej Relova

http://www.itsjustmehayleyd.com/ – Haley Daley-Hannibal

https://bestlaidplans2016.wordpress.com/… – Louise Parkinson

http://www.alifelivedinwords.com/ – Alyson Duncan

https://pineappleandbutton.com/ – Hannah Saadat Jones

http://skalovingeek.blogspot.co.uk/ Stephanie Kaye

https://mychaoticallyeclecticlife.wordpress.com/… Debbie Binnersley

https://planwithhannah.wordpress.com/… Hannah Marriage (Smith on FB)

https://sallyannmade.wordpress.com/ Sally Bartlett

Project Life Flick Through

I haven’t shared a Project Life post for a while now, I must admit I fell right off the wagon with it in the middle of last year and really struggled to get back into it. I put so much pressure on myself that I ended up feeling overwhelmed with catching up. 

For anyone who doesn’t know what Project Life is, it’s a kind of scrapbooking system using page protectors and journalling cards, Project Life is a brand owned by Becky Higgins but there is also Simple Storoes sn@p, pocket pages and probably more that escape my mind right now. The albums and page protectors come in different sizes and I use 12×12.

The album I have is one from Amazon 


I use an album per year and this one was from 2016. I start with a title page, this one I made totally from scratch:


Within the album I use a few different styles, some pages are jam packed with pictures and a small amount of journalling, other pages are made up of more journalling cards than anything else.

Each page is called a “layout” and some layouts I use kits so that everything coordinates, the picture above is a back to school layout which I made with a Stampin Up kit.

For picture heavy layouts (like above) I tend to let the journalling cards and the pictures tell the story.

When I’m feeling creative I love to embellish my pages, like above (yes I realise I’ve put off instead of “of” on the bottom left picture). I use a journalling app called Collect to write a bit about what was going on in the photo.

If I have a few pictures all telling the same story then I use the Pic Collage app to create a 4″x6″ picture collage and print it on my canon selphy (as above).

I love creating mini layouts on each card with eachbtelling their own little story, it can be done on actual project life cards (above) and with scrapbook paper which has been cut to size (below).

This year I am going to be more laid back, I’m not going to document each week, instead I am going to use a smaller album and go month by month, just documenting events or pictures as they come up.. I’ve ordered my first batch of pictures and I can’t wait to start!

There is a full flip through on my 2016 album over on my YouTube channel HERE

My Crafty Week : Happy Mail : Art Journalling

Last year I used to send lots of “happy mail” to various pen pals and one off swaps, I even had a Facebook group dedicated to swapping pocket letters and other forms of snail mail.

Unfortunately it kind of fissled out and I hadn’t sent any for a long time!

When Octobers Studio Calico Kits hit my doormat I really wanted to create something with it. It was so lovely.


At the same time I was having some problems with some equipment and another Etsy seller helped me out so I wanted to send her a small thank you, a TN book mark.

I had no idea how it would turn out, there are a few things I would do differently next time but overall I love how this turned out and was really pleased with it. The little envelope in the middle contains the gift and the flap at the side lifts up to reveal a note.

At the time I made this I said I’d love to send more, alas I’ve not gotten round to it… maybe once the house is sorted this weekend I’ll have another go!

To view the Set up video of the above happy mail click HERE!!

Recently I took the kids pumpkin picking (you can tell how long it’s been since my last catch up!) I wanted to create a page in my art journal as well as a Project Life page. I’d seen some amazingly creative pages on YouTube and decided to have a go at drawing something myself.

I’m no artist but I do love to try and I am super happy with how this page turned out!!! Again it is something I am desperate to try again, I need to set aside some crafty time!!