Thursday, 27 July 2017

Forest Folk - Toddler Art, Craft & Sensory Play

Welcome to instalment in my series showing you some art, craft & sensory play activities for toddlers / pre school children. I am not sure how often I will be uploading these. I would like to do it regularly but not sure how often you would want them as obviously this is totally new content material to my channel so let me know your thoughts and if there is anything you would like to see. Hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Fruity Planner & Journal Spread from Grace




Hello! So this is my first post as a Sticker Club DT member - I'm so super honoured and super excited :D Alright, I admit, I'm not so good at eating fruit, but I do like a smoothie. So when I saw this month's kit I remembered some silly selfies I had on my phone I'd sent in a group chat after making myself a smoothie one day. I decided this month's kit would be perfect for making a fun creative journal spread, featuring said silly selfies. The first thing I did was throw some watercolour on the pages (of a standard size traveller's notebook). I had the stickers nearby so I could make sure the colours matched. I made one side more green because I knew that's where I was going to put the photos, which had lots of green in the background.

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While I waited for that to dry, I got out my Copic markers and fineliners and drew out and then coloured a glass full of smoothie. I'm fairly happy with how it turned out:

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(for Copic Marker users I used R00, RV10, RV13, and R85) Then I painted the 'empty' part of the glass with the same colours I'd painted the right hand page, went over the lines with a black fineliner, and cut it out:

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Then came sticking time! I started with some of the washi strips and boxes from the kit that I wanted in the background:

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Then stuck down my photos and the glass:

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Next was my favourite part of the whole layout. I started by getting the watercolours out again and painting a pink swirl going down into the glass:

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(yes I smudged the black fineliner a bit but it's ok because it gets covered up!) Then once that was dry I stuck down a load of the cute little fruit stickers on the swirl as if they were going down into the smoothie (sorry little fruits!)

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As you can see I purposely placed one sticker (the apple) where I could draw the rim of the glass over it, to really give the idea that they were going down into the glass of delicious smoothie! After that I got sticker happy...

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Especially with those little phrase stickers. I LOVE a good pun, so those cracked me up far more than they really should have. The only stickers used that are not from this month's kit are those I used for the 'smoothie' title. They were from Mrs Brimbles last year. Then I got a little more sticker happy, just filling up some spaces that I thought looked like they needed a little something more. I even fussy cut out a little orange from the washi strip as a wanted a little fruit!

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Spot the little orange? Just a reminder to do whatever you want with stickers, cut boxes in half, fussy cut them, etc.,: they're just as versatile as paper, but you don't have to add glue! I also used the page flags from the functional sheet of stickers to make some bunting in the top corner. And there we go! An admittedly, very silly journal spread, that was great fun to make. It's not about anything important or life changing, but it's a fun memory to look at. If you're interested, I also have a process video on this spread which you can watch here, and I also used sticker's from this kit to decorate a week in my personal size planner:

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I also have a Plan With Me Video on this spread. Thanks so much for reading my first post, I hope you enjoyed it. 

See you all next time! 
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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Paint Yourself Calm

I recently purchased a book - Paint Yourself Calm and I thought I would do a review of it. If you are interested in the book I mentioned here is the link for it (Please note the link is an affiliate link, you don't pay any more for the book but I do get a very small % from it. You don't have to use this link but I very much appreciate it if you do):




PLEASE NOTE: I PURCHASED this / these product(s) with my own money. The author or publisher did not know that I was doing a review. This review is my own personal opionion on the product / company, given in good faith and has not be sponsored or endorsed. Unless otherwise stated, all photography is my own.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Art Journal Spread by Rose



Hi, my name is Rose and this is my first blog for Anna's creative team. If you didn't already know, Anna now has a Patreon account and each month she shares art lessons in her quirky style along with collage sheets of her art for you to use in your journal or planned or anything else you can think of. This month Anna has been teaching us about how she creates her sketchy girl faces. I've loved these lessons so much because, unlike some art lessons, it's so easy to put your own stamp or style on them. Here are some of the sketches I created after watching the lesson:

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Also included are some collage sheets. These are amazing for anyone who likes playing with paper - simply because you get a digital copy so there's no need for hoarding stuff you love too much to use because you can just print another copy. I find this amazingly freeing as an art journaller because I don't have the fear of ruining pretty things. Another benefit is that you can add painterly elements but without having the weight of paint or having the warping of your page it can sometimes create. I used them in my 100 day project (see more of this project here):

Anna also has a couple of stand alone classes available here in her shop - this month I worked on the marbling class and created some amazing backgrounds. I used a couple in my 100 day project:

I tried a variety of papers and found that the marbling paint works really well on deli paper. The benefit of this is you can glue it into your journal so that you don't see the deli paper (it becomes almost invisible, especially if you tear the edges) but just the marbling. I really liked the combination of blue, black and white marbling paints and thought it made a lovely cloudy sky. So I ripped the deli paper into strips and pasted it into my art journal with matte medium. I drew one of my sketchy girls from Anna's patreon class and coloured her in with acrylic paint and coloured pencils. I painted the sea and the sand in the same way and added a quote. Finally I cut one of Anna's collage sheets into simple shapes to make flying gulls and added them to the sky.

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I hope you've enjoyed this post - if you've created anything this week why not share it in the Happy Place?! Especially if you're doing one of Anna's classes.

If you'd like to see what I'm up to creatively you can see me on Instagram, read about what I'm up to on my blog or see my art here.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Jennifer's Juicy Planner





Hi Folks!

I must have said this a million times over the last couple of months, but I'm genuinely so excited to finally share my first ever post on the Mrs Brimbles Sticker Club design team. And what better way to kick things off than with the super cute Juicy Frootz sticker set. The designs are cute, colourful -  everything I love about Anna's artwork really. 



To create my spread I started off with my Tim Holtz distress inks in Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade and Mowed Lawn, and an ink blending tool. I used these to add some patches of colour to the background of my spread, to compliment the colours in the spread. Next I go in with washi tape from my stash, to reinforce the areas where the holes are punched, as well as to add extra interest. Since my planner spread is ultimately to keep my week organised, I then add my to do lists and place half boxes and a messy circles to draw attention to notable events throughout the week. Next I used functional stickers from the kit and from my stash to emphasise certain tasks I need to complete. Finally, I fill in any blank spaces with deco stickers - which, of course, is my favourite part of all. Anna also included some great phrase stickers which I love. And there you have it, week 30 sorted!

Spotlight on handlettering in planner spreads.

My handlettering is nowehere near as good as I'd like but adding it to my planner spreads is a great way to add interest to the page as well as to highlight important events.

There are lots of sources of inspiration on Pinterest and some great tutorials on YouTube. I've also bought myself a couple of books and  I'll be taking an online course in my week off next week so hopefully the practice will eventually pay off!
Finally I'll leave you with a closer picture of my spread and a list of the products I used:

Planner Inserts: Kate Spade

Stickers: Mrs Brimbles July Sticker Club (Juicy Frootz), Anna's Planner Bubble (shopping bag and weighing scales stickers), Chocho and Mimi ('don't forget' panda sticker), beautiful planning (emoji sticker)

Washi Tape: Freckled Fawn (orange), MT (black polka dots)

Other: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn), Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool



It's been a real pleasure to share this all with you and I look forward to seeing you all again next month - happy planning everyone!

Blog: https://www.jenniemayescrafts.blogspot.co.uk/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jenniemayescrafts/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/jsm1616/jennie-mayes-crafts/ I've also attached the pictures and text as separately just in case there's any problems with the above. All the best Jennie xx

Friday, 21 July 2017

Completed Planner Insert Flip Through

I have just finished a diary insert which runs from January 2017 so I thought I would do a flip through so you can see what my pages look like when a week is done with!


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Potion Making - Toddler Art & Craft

Welcome to the first in my series showing you some art, craft & sensory play activities for toddlers / pre school children. I am not sure how often I will be uploading these. I would like to do it regularly but not sure how often you would want them as obviously this is totally new content material to my channel so let me know your thoughts and if there is anything you would like to see. Hope you enjoy!