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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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
Guest post for Mrs Brimbles Creative Team.
Hello everyone. Wow, November is here and Bonfire Night has been and gone...crazy! Today I am creating a Bonfire Night themed memory keeping page in my creative journal. I have used the October collage sheets and printables from Mrs Brimbles Patreon page and wow we were spoiled for choice with last months goodies. As part of the layout, I have turned some of the printables in to die cut pieces.
Making Die Cuts for Ephemera
To make the die cuts, I printed out the smaller collage sheets on to glossy thick paper (which actually came with my Jane Davenport Butterfly Book). After they were printed, I carefully cut around them, then used a corner rounder to make the edges smooth. Below are my finished die cuts from the printable collage sheets, they are so cute!
Creative Journal Page Process:
Firstly I printed out one of the large painted backgrounds from the collage sheets and then stuck this to a double page spread using pritt stick. You can see that I had some trouble and a massive crease appeared on the page. I didn't let this bother me too much as I was going to be sticking over it. The background I chose is so vibrant, the pink and yellow really pop on the page, perfect for my Bonfire Night page.
Next I chose a photo from a fireworks party I had attended and used that as a focal image (and to mask the crease a bit).
The colours of the page really do provide a vivid contrast to the photo and really make the photo stand out against the colours.
Adding Gold Foil Lettering
As part of a workshop by Prima at Plannercon Europe called Sparkle and Shine, we learnt to create lettering using gold foil and rub on transfer sheets. Prima provided all the materials and it was so easy to do, literally rub the transfer onto your page, layer over the foil and rub down to the page, then peel off. As you can see I need a bit more practice, but I love how it is messy as it really is in keeping with my theme. I may also have bought some more gold foil from their stand. I then went around the foil with a black felt tip.
Finally, I added another photo and stuck down some of the ephemera die cuts I made earlier and a bit of text using stickers and a gold Sharpie. I had still to use my stickers from one of the Brimbles Box kits (the space theme), so added a few of these to the page too. I love the finished look. The collage sheets and printables have really bought the page and layout together.
I've really enjoyed putting this page together, I haven't really made a page before using a full page printable, but it is something I will definitely do again. Thanks for reading. Be sure to check out Mrs Brimbles Patreon Page, even more goodies are being offered now, more videos, more collage sheets and even a 20% discount code to her shop.
Take Care, Kerry xx
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So excited to be starting a new feature on my blog - The Young Crafter. Today I am featuring a lovely young lady called Carys, who has a massive passion for scrapbooking. Have a look what she has been up to and how she started her scrapbook journey in her own words. View my Beginners Guide to Scrapbooking here.
My favourite part about scrapbooking is that I can share a lot of special memories through photos and lovely things with friends and family.
Carys' Scrapbook Pages
I have created a few pages, since starting in August - I like my holiday in Menorca pages because it reminds me of fun times together. I cut out the fish from the napkins that had come from a restaurant on our holiday and made it look like they're in the sea with sparkly blue foam paper. I also like the seaside pages with the treasure box that I made with gems. It takes a long time, but it's worth it. 😃
To begin with, I like to put the pictures on first and create around them. I don't stick anything, until I'm happy with the final design because it's okay to change your mind.
I would recommend scrapbooking for others because it gets your mind flowing with excitement and ideas. Anyone can do it if you have belief in yourself to just try your best in everything you do!
Thank you so much to Carys and Julie for being my first young crafter to feature on the blog, so articulate and stunning pages Carys, you should be very proud. I hope that you continue your crafting journey and keep us updated.
If you have a young crafter and would like them to be featured on the blog please leave a short comment below with your email address and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Happy Halloween, Take Care, Kerry xx
Phew, I have finally fully completed my first Creative Journal / Smash book which I started over Easter in 2016. It has quite a lot of pages as it is in one of the Moleskine cahier books. The end of the book has my Adventure Journaling Course pages that I have just completed from a course over at Mrs Brimbles I thoroughly enjoyed the course and hope that it is going to continue pushing my journaling forwards. Plannercon Europe news at the bottom of the post.
You can see what Smash book journaling is all about here
20 Ways to Use Smash Book Style Journals
Have a look at my flip through below for all of my memory keeping, journaling, days out, events and scrapbooking for the year. If viewing from email please click here to see the video.
Eek... in other news, I have won a ticket for Plannercon Europe! I know, so excited. I am seriously feeling the UKPA love - BIG TIME (I won the ticket over at the planner group Uk Planner Addicts). I'm in a state of shock. Booked my hotel and am going to stay from Wednesday so I can sight see and have a day in Bruges (only 1 hour away on the train). Hello chocolate, waffles, frites, beer, hot chocolate and planning!
Oh and the best of it all - Erin Condren is the keynote speaker... Yay!
Time for me now to complete my planning with a new Travelogue / travel journal to take with me for creative journaling on the go. Keep your eyes out for an update post on this before and after the trip.
I'm not what you would call a 'scrapbooker', but I do love doing smash book pages. However I have recently got into paper crafts and creating scrapbook pages and layouts as a result of recent workshops at Michelle Mills' Craft Club and as part of National Scrapbook Day, which I really enjoyed. So have a read for a few tips for starting out scrapbooking and using your smash book ideas in your layouts.
Getting Started with a Scrapbook
I have two ways of creating scrapbook pages. The first way is to use 12x12 paper and to scrap directly onto the paper. These can then be stored in a 12x12 box or a scrapbook album (which is something I still need to buy). The second method is in a scrapbook. You can get many different sizes, the main being again 12x12. My scrapbook above is a Hobby craft book in 8x8. The smaller books are perfect for using the 6x6 scrapbook paper kits which you pick up very cheaply and these also make perfect backgrounds for photos on the larger pages.
Following Scrapbook Sketches
The page above follows what is known as a scrapbook sketch. This is an outline drawing or sketch of a page that you can use a guide. If you search it in Google it will bring thousands of layouts you can have a go at recreating. The Beatles one above was only my second proper scrapbook page for part of a challenge as part of the National Scrapbook Day over at For The Love Of Pretty Paper (UK Scrapbooking Group). If you are stuck for inspiration simple sketches are a great way to start out.
Scrapbook Kit and Resources
You will definitely need a good glue. Use whatever glue is the best for you. For me it is a pritt stick, I find it works well. Obviously you will need a variety of papers. 12x12 and 6x6 papers are the best to get, which you can get from ebay, Amazon or Scrapbook shops on Etsy. I use a paper trimmer as I find it easier than cutting everything out individually.
A roll of double sided tape is a must too and a kit of various embellishments, which can be anything - sequins, flowers, stickers, washi tape, pearls, enamel dots, buttons, old keys - go with the flow and have a look in your craft stash as I bet you have a lot you can use already. Have a look at my list of Vintage Ephemera Sites below
Vintage Art Journal and Planner Ephemera (10 Free Digital Sites)
Final Scrapbook Tips
Finally, don't be afraid to experiment with layouts. I took my smashbook and creative journaling style on-board with the image above. I used a variety of vintage ephemera as this was inspired by the photo of the graffiti from the wall of The Cavern Club which I pulled the colour inspiration from and included in the layout. Use your photo / photos as a guide as to what to include on the page and just be creative with it. You can also experiment with the photos, varying the angles, cutting them in half and putting a gap in between them, adding borders and different edging effects, there really are no limits. Happy Scrapbooking!
I hope that you enjoyed the read.
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Join me in my first 'Plan With Me' Creative Journaling process video as part of the Planner Girls Collective. Boy did it take some editing. At one point the file totally gave up and I had to start again from scratch.
I went to Ladies Day yesterday at Warwick racecourse. What a beautiful place Warwick is, never been before. The Castle and the town look so pretty. The video shows you step by step how I created the smash book style creative journaling page using the stunning ephemera I won in a RAK over at Fab Planner Print. The ephemera is gorgeous, a mixture of solid and vellum style, it really looks beautiful over the watercolour.
Check out Toni's group - Fab Planner Print Facebook Group and buy some of the ephemera for yourself over on her Etsy shop - Fab Planner Print on Etsy.
You can see my video below. If you are viewing this in your email please click the blog title at the top of the post to see the video in full or click here kerrymaymakes.weebly.com/
EDIT - I have uploaded the second page and part two of the video which you can now see below. This pages uses less photos and the addition of scrapbook paper, my ticket as ephemera and a gorgeous vintage lady printable which you can find from the sites below.
Vintage Art Journal and Planner Ephemera (10 Free Digital Sites)
My monthly round up of my weekly planner spreads and layouts and a few pages shared from my smash book from April. This post is mainly pretty pictures of my layouts, so I hope you like the pretties. Happy National Scrapbooking Day!
This page is the first in my new blank grid Traveler's Times notebook. I always use a blank notebook and play around with my layouts. This uses washi tape with the days of the week and is a mish-mash of different stickers including some of the lovely Carpe Diem stickers which I was gifted from the UKPA wishlist.
The gorgeous 'Hello Spring' kit above is by Kelly Bendelow from Hazy Days UK. For this one I have played around with a vertical layout. I love all of Kelly's kits they are so beautiful, you can see more of them in the links below. Use code KERRY15 for 15% off no min spend.
Planners Easter Showcase
This kit uses the stunning Tea Party set from Fab Planner Print. I love the Alice in Wonderland theme, especially as I am directing a short version of it at the minute. All of Toni's sets are stunning.
Smash Book Pages for April
The page above was started ages ago with the black out poetry, but I added some botanocal images which really set the page off. I found a botanical vintage book in a charity shop for 50p - complete bargain and hello... ephemera!!! You can see more ephemera links here in my blog post - Art Journal and Planner Ephemera (10 Free Digital Sites)
Finally, my Month review for April as part of a smash book spread. I used a lot of the vintage papers and stickers I was gifted from UKPA and I love the vintage feel of it.
So, what have you been creating? Don't forget to show off your creative journaling and art journaling in my Facebook Group - Kerrymay._.Makes a Mess, would love to see you there
Hi I'm Kerry a Notts UK blogger and a planner, art & creative journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and browse my tutorials, musings and crafty makes.