Happy National Scrapbook Week
This month as part of the Mrs Brimbles Creative Team I have been playing with watercolours and drawing gum again, but in a completely different way to last time. In Anna's latest Patreon tutorials, she has been showing us how to create something called 'Journal Spots', journaling cards that use drawing gum to create a resist area that we can then use to write or journal on. I love them! It's also National Scrapbook Day on Saturday, so happy scrapping!
I have created 4 different cards, each with a different purpose in mind. The one above is for my Happiness and Bloom Journals (both of which are junk journals). I have used the cards as prompts for further journaling. The one below is one of my long term goals: To move to Spain, it is something that I WILL be doing, even if takes until retirement to get there.
The Growth and Happy journaling cards are my Words of the Year, so something I have been holding dear and trying to live up to. Happy seems to be working for me at the minute. I have been much happier in my work and this has had a knock on effect in all areas of my life. I have used the card to document my weekend at Cambs Planner Con last week and you can see this in my journal below. It was such a lovely event and great to finally get to meet some of the lovely people I have spoken to online and to see friends that I have already met through the planner and journaling community. The page also uses stickers from Anna from both the ones that were sent with our ticket and ones from the latest Brimbles Box (Planner Nerds Bright's).
I've loved creating and using the Journal Spots and it is something I will be creating and making again. Do check out Anna's Patreon Page, she has updated it to include lots of new goodies and rewards including a tier where you can get the Brimbles Box included.
Take Care and I will see you soon,
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I was shocked that I had won the main raffle prize, an amazing gift box full of planner goodies, all in pretty pastel colours from the lovely Managing Mischief on Etsy. Have a look my event video of snippets from the day and the unboxing of my amazing prize.
My room buddy was the lovely Stephanie from Scurry and Peck, we went down to St Neots the day before and the lovely Hannah arranged a meal for us all, which was a great way to get to know people before the main event. We also met up with Kelly (from The Scrapbook Girl, Geraldine from Dream Create Journal and Jeni from Stitch n Weave).
Photos from Cambs Planner Con 2018:
I had such a lovely time at the event and can't wait for next years. It was so lovely to see some of my online friends old and new, I have made friends for life from attending planner events and I'm so glad that I found the planner community.
Hello everyone, brrr, it's been so cold. In weather like this I like nothing better than watching the Winter Olympics from the comfort of my warm home. This week I made a Winter Olympics journal page using resources from Anna Brims February patreon downloads, they were just perfect for this. I used to be an ice skater myself from aged 7 to 16 and competed in many competitions and grueling training sessions from 6am, then school and back on the ice after until 9pm daily.
When I saw Anna's ice skater image that she had painted I was gobsmacked at how similar it looked to a photo of me from an ice show when I skated to Wish Upon a Star, so knew it was perfect for my page.
Firstly I printed out the girl and the photo of me, then chose a pink pastel background image from Anna's collage sheets. The pastel colours look so pretty together. Anna also included a February Hygge collage sheet of her own drawings and the Winter theme continued on these.
For table gifts for a planner event that I was attending, I had already created some journaling cards using heavy texture paste, which I layered over with watercolour. However, due to the snow I was gutted that I couldn't attend, so used one of the pastel cards on my page instead.
Finally I added some pastel washi tape and a ticket stub that Anna had gifted me in an ephemera swap, then added a bit of journaling about the Olympics. I love the finished page, especially the bit on the right, where it looks like the pink and white icicles trickling down the page.
Yay, February, finally the January blues are gone and we can all look forward to the rest of the year. This month I have been watching a lot of Anna Brim's (Mrs Brimbles) patreon videos on creating watercolour animal paintings using watercolour. You can join in here on Anna's patreon page.
Anna painted a stunning grey scale giraffe, so hesitantly I decided to give it a go. I honestly never thought I would be able to paint an animal as I'm normally a Mixed Media sort of girl, but finally I have mastered controlling the watercolour and brush to get the effect and shading I wanted using one of my Pentel Aquash water brush pens.
I didn't pencil draw the giraffe first, I just did a loose outline in a light grey wash and then started filling in the facial features first before moving on to the body patterns. Finally I added a touch a black pen to define the outline of the pattern and it was one... first attempt! I know I was gobsmacked too!
I didn't really know what to do with the finished giraffe, so eventually decided to cut it out and use it in my bullet journal. It's perfect for my Hello February page and now that I was on a roll with being able to control the watercolour I even attempted a touch of hand lettering using the watercolour brush. I have tried brush lettering before with brush pens and I really can't do it. I found it much easier using a water brush dipped in to paint. Not a bad attempt for my first try.
To finish the page I added a few leaves using a green posca pen and a a fitting quote 'Rise Above' and a bullet journal list of aims for the month. I am so happy with the overall page. I can't wait to see what else I can paint. There's no stopping me now!
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Art Journal Page - Watercolour and Collage
Drawing Gum Watercolour Resist & Mrs Brimbles Collage Sheets
Art Journaling Series
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Anna Brim has some amazing goodies from the collage sheets and tutorials this month over on her patreon page, so many so that I was having so many creative ideas. It is easy to get overwhelmed when you get new art goodies and I guess this happened to me this month. I tried to create something that people could use as ideas, but everything I tried just didn't resonate with me and it didn't feel organic enough.
I wasn't happy with what I was creating until I thought about the elements on the collage sheets and referred back to my previous art journaling style of the zetti collage style where I rip up sheets and deconstruct the images and manipulate them into something new. It was at this point I came about seeing Anna's gorgeous acrylic pour art sheets as sea. Anna included a lovely sheet with a girl with blue hair and instantly I knew she was going to become a mermaid.
Art Journal Process - Mermaid Art Page
I painted a mix of pinks and purple watercolour on to the page using a Pentel Aquash Water Brush Pen, then proceeded to rip up the collage sheet to make the sea, the swirls from the sheet are beautiful and actually remind me of a swirling Lush bath bomb. Next I glued the girls top half on to the page (also one of Anna's collage sheets) and then in pencil drew on the mermaid tail which is half in the water.
For ideas for creating art journal pages head over to my Art Journaling Series.
Next came the watercolour for the tail, which was create by mixing blues and white and then adding some blobs of the Gansai Tambi Watercolours in gold (Starry Colours). To finish the painting itself, I added some more splashes of the gold paint in the blue gold, this really added texture to the piece making it seem like it had been sprinkled in sand.
It needed a quote and straight away I thought of 'The Little Mermaid'. I was at a planner meet at a friends house as I was creating this, so asked around the table if anyone had a quote. We found the perfect one: 'She longs for the wild salt air'. A final die cut shape was added to add a coral type look and the page was finished. I am so happy with the final page and pleased that I have gone back to my original style.
5 Minute Art Page
In addition to the art collage page, I also created a quick 5 minute journal page using 2 small journal card sized sheets that Anna had added from her own old journal pages. I added a watercolour wash to the page and then added the girl on the star. I decided to cut up the second quote sheet to spread this out across the page. An instant inspirational quote page for my journal.
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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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 Colors) 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 Colors 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.
On Saturday December 2nd some 40 odd crafters and planners descended on Love Farm hall in St Neots for the Mrs Brimbles Jingle and Mingle crafting and planner meet up. Such a lovely event, very relaxed and chilled out and full of crafting, planning, insert making and of course shopping for all things planners.
The Planner Stalls
There was a whole host of planner and crafting stalls and I promised myself I was going to be good and not spend... that obviously didn't happen!
Scurry and Peck - This is Stephanie Kitchings handmade and hand bound notebooks and journal store. A beautiful collection of vintage style leather notebooks. Go check her out on Instagram.
Stitch and Weave - Jeni Bristows gorgeous goodies all handmade including crochet items, planner clips, charms and gorgeous handmade leather travelers notebooks. Her Etsy shop is on a short break so visit her Instagram for updates.
Jenny Lane Creations - Sheryll Bautista-Pike's gorgeous handmade goodies and beautiful planner clips, charms and handmade travelers notebooks. Visit her shop on and browse through the gorgeousness.
Filofabulouss - Sarah Scott's fabulous stickers, die cuts and gold foiled loveliness. I may have bought a few of the tattoo Santa goodies...
Mrs Brimbles - Of course we can't forget the amazing store from Anna Brim, my purse may say otherwise!
Anna kindly supplied us with a workshop pack of Christmas themed goodies to make our own notebooks for travelers notebooks and did a quick demo. We all had a mix of scrapbook papers and a project life set of clear pockets. I made a start on my book for a December Daily; I already have my December Daily, so this will be used for my photo challenge images on Instagram. I still need to cut it to size.
I also made a cute dashboard for my Christmas Planner using the papers and some sequins I purchased from The Brimbles stall. I love the finished look and yay, a ready made shaker dashboard.
We also had a secret santa - I loved my bath bombs, thank you so much Santa xx
It was such a lovely and chilled out event. We had time to relax and craft (our table was a lovely creative mess!). It was so nice seeing friends new and old and being able to just chat and craft. I'm feeling very inspired and hope to now go to Cambs Plannercon in the Spring.
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