Mini Planner Meet at my House (Kerry's Crafty Meet)
On Wednesday 3rd January I hosted a mini meet for 11 people (and two kiddywinks) at my house. This was a chance for the Nottinghamshire Planner girls to get together to craft and plan and of course to chat planners. To say it was a small and informal event we certainly packed it all in, with crafting time, planner time, tea, cake and buffet, swaps table and of course a planner stack.
I had a lovely day and it went so fast. Thankfully I missed out on the enabling conversations from Kylie due to hosting obligations... (yes she did persuade people to buy an Hobonichi and a set of Midliners) hahaha. It was also to see Hannah's little one joining in with the art and planning.
Planner Meets and Conventions I attended in 2017
Click the links to see the blog posts for each event.
Mansfield Planner Girls Meet - A regular event a few planner friends in the Mansfield area hold in the half term and school holidays, usually hosted at a tea room in Mansfield.
Pamper Plan, Create - This was one of my favourite events, such a great weekend, complete with planning and crafting time, a meal, pamper sessions and pyjama planning till late.
Leanne's Planning Clan - A lovely get together in Annesley (Notts) for the East Midlands Planner Girls (set up by Leanne Bates, Clare Collins and Katy Evans).
Plannercon Europe - Wow an amazing event in Brussels and I was so lucky to win my ticket from UKPA.
Sweet P's Christmas Planner Meet - Rosie Meers event in Hartshill, Nuneaton, a lovely meet up.
Mrs Brimbles Jingle and Mingle - Anna brims Christmas get together in St Neots, a relaxing event with time to plan and craft.
Other Notable Planner Events
UKPA Big Meet - I haven't ever attended one of these, I only found the group last year so missed out on that one and the one this year was only a month away from Pamper, Plan, Create so I couldn't afford both. UKPA is an invite only group for UK Planner addicts. Tickets are sold out for 2018.
Manchester Planner Bee - This looked amazing, I didn't go, but it looked like a great event to attend.
Mrs Brimbles Cambs Planner Con - Usually in April, I will be attending this this year. Tickets will be available soon from Mrs Brimbles Happy Place
Scotcon - If you are Scottish planner addict then this is event for you. Head over to the group to keep updated. Scotlands Planner Girls
Photo by Studio Monte, courtesy of plannercon.eu
The start of a new year is always a great time to make changes and that certainly is the case for my blog. You may have noticed I have a shiny new domain name and site address, you can now reach the site directly at www.kerrymaymakes.com - eek exciting.
Over the last two weeks I have been getting a lot of traffic so it makes sense to move forward with my blog. So what other changes are happening?
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I then use the charting monthly page to add my colour codes to the pages to see the posts at a glance. So far it is working perfectly and is much better than last years Blog Planning System as I can clearly see when and what I have posted on the tracker.
Finally I use the actual planner pages to plan the content for my blog and You Tube channel and when specific deadlines are for filming, editing, writing and uploading. I add a simple bullet journal box for started, completed and finished to track when I have completed the posts.
In addition to this I have stuck with last years system of logging my blog stats and setting goals at the end of each month for my blog, You Tube and social media. You can see more about this here:
Blog Planning, Organisation and Productivity
My Word of the Year 2018
My chosen word for myself is:
I made a page in my journal with the key points I want for my year ahead and will use these whenever I am feeling down or losing focus. It will be easier to stop what I am doing for 5 minutes to do something that makes me happy before continuing with whatever the task in hand is. Hopefully it might teach me to say no more often and get me stop and take stock.
2018 Planner Setup
You can see a flip through from the summer of my Uglydori planner here
Travelers Notebook Setup & Planner Flip Through
Make sure that you have a read of the other girls fantastic blog posts as part of the
'Planner Girls Collective', click the bottom of each post to go to the next persons blog post xx
What's your planner system for 2018 going to be? Let me know in the comments and if you have decided on a Word/Words of the Year for the year ahead.
Take Care and Happy 2018,
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We will be posting the first one tomorrow 😁 you have the whole month to get it done and there will be somewhere for you to post pictures too! Everyone who posts will go into a draw to win a prize, you’ll be allocated numbers at the end of the month and random . org will be used to pick a winner. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in.
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I wish you all a very arty and fun 2018 xxx💕
Thank you to Susie Bray for organising this,
Phew, I love a bit of memory keeping and have finally completed my Plannercon Europe Creative journal and my Summer adventures travelogue. I have been so inspired by Anna Brims online course on creating an 'Adventure Journal', I can highly recommend it. I will talk you through the basics of the course and how I got started on my Adventure journeys, right through to the finished product including my full creative journal flip throughs.
What is 'Adventure Journaling' all about?
I don't want to waffle on too much (well I am doing a journal about Belgium!), so firstly check out Anna's link on Mrs Brimbles to read all about the course.
Mrs Brimbles Adventure Journaling Course
If you want to create a travel journal, but have no idea where to start then this is a great place to learn. Anna guides you through what an adventure is and gets you to write down what your adventure might be. There are guided videos and information as well as art tutorials if you want to draw or paint in your journal either before, during or after the trip. I have added my initial pages that I completed for the course and ideas below in both my smash book and in my Junk Journal.
Setting up the Journal before you go:
The next few lessons involve getting your kit together to make the journal and what pre-prep planning you can do to your pages before you go, as well as what supplies to take with you. I always add simple backgrounds, journaling cards and stickers etc before I go and then leave space to write or stick photos in. Supplies wise I take a basic kit of pens and washi tape etc, but Anna explains this far better than me.
I have loved the course and so much is packed in to the lessons making it great value for money.
You can sign up to the course here - mrsbrimbles.co.uk/course/adventure-journaling
Have a look at my completed journal below and then be sure to have a look at my photos below the video.
So that's it, my finished insert and almost finished insert from the day. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and completing the journals and as you know I am now a little journal obsessed. I can't wait to choose my next 'adventure'.
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It's Christmassssssss. Yay, just popping on to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and to thank you all for supporting my blog and You Tube channel.
BIG things coming in 2018 including my own domain name - let's make 2018 epic
Happy Holidays, Kerry xx
Guest post for Mrs Brimbles Art Creative Team
A christmas themed page for this months blog post for Anna (Mrs Brimbles) using her fabulous tutorials on watercolour resist from the November patreon workshop video. I have seen this month that Anna has been using the Gansai Tambi Watercolours in gold (Starry Colours) and I just had to get some...they are stunning. I have been so inspired by the content on her patreon page these last two months that I really could have created a million things.I decided to focus on 3 things: Watercolour resist, using the Starry Colours paints and playing around with the December collage sheets.
Watercolour and Drawing Gum Resist Process:
For the page prep, I used some of the Prima spray mist I got free with a purchase at Plannercon Europe (the colour is stunning - Precious Stone). I love the glittery effect of it. I then set to work adding some drawing gum in swirls and as a snowflake pattern. I had always wanted to try drawing gum as a resist, I have used wax crayons before, but never gum.
When this was dry I added some watercolour using the gold paint and then peeled off the gum. I really didn't know what to expect, but I love the final result and it is so Christmassy. I love the effect the drawing gum over the spray mist with the Starry Colours paint over the top has created. Such vibrant colours and a lovely texture. You can see the entire process in the video below or click here Drawing Gum Resist Video.
I can highly recommend the Starry Colours paints. At first they don't look like they have a strong pigment, but as soon as you start building up the colour and layering them over one another they really pop.
Using Decembers Mrs Brimbles Collage Sheets
The second half of the video shows you my first pages in my Instagram Christmas photo journal. I made the journal at the Jingle and Mingle meet up from Anna's resources and workshop, so I will use it to add my Instagram Christmas pictures to. The collage sheets/printables that Anna has provided from the December Patreon are stunning, such amazing colours, they scream Christmas! Check out further descriptions at the end of the video (if you haven't already).
Do be sure to check out Anna's Patreon, as well as the current month, you also get everything back dated and it's such incredible value at only $5 or $10 a month - www.patreon.com/mrsbrimbles
Thank you for the support this year and have a great Christmas and 2017.
Oooo 2 more weeks till Christmas, who's excited? Here I'm sharing my updated flip through of my Christmas Planner in particular the December Daily pages. I have done up to day 8 so thought I would share a small planner peek of my memory keeping and creative journal pages and spreads so far.
I've documented my memory keeping in a smash book style way, some use the UKPA December Daily prompts, but only a few as I am using this as an Instagram photo challenge and that will have a different journal insert. If you want to take part in that, it's not too late, head over to Instagram and search for the hashtag #UKPAdd17.
You can see my pages so far in the video here - December Daily Video
I am loving doing a bit of journaling every evening. I don't usually do any in the week when at work as I am usually vegged in front of the tv, I'm still doing that but with the journal on my knee - hahaha. I started the December Daily last year, but gave up after 4 days, so I AM going to see this one through. I'm in such a Christmassy mood now too, I hope you give it a go. You can share your pages over on my Facebook group - Kerrymay._.Makes a Mess
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