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.
Woo Hoo - I've reached 300 subscribers on You Tube and am going to do a giveaway AND giving away my Erin Condren discount voucher which is $25 off as well as an ephemera pack prize and a 3 page kit from www.hazydaysuk.etsy.com - So if you couldn't afford the Black Friday sales enter my competition 3 chances to win.
Watch the video then enter the rafflecopter which is detailed in the comments to the video. Good Luck and thank you so much for all of your support,
Oooo the C word is quickly approaching, so that means it's out with my Christmas planner and one of my first tasks; The Christmas Bucket List. I am using the Christmas travelers Notebook inserts from the lovely Susie over at Queen Mabel and Doris over on Etsy, you can use code KERRY10 for 10% off and visit the fb group queenmabelanddoris... or you can of course wait for the Black Friday sale of 25% off.
My Christmas Bucket List:
I don't have a huge list this year, most of my list is practical rather than going places. I have added a few planner events I have been to or am going to. You can see my full Christmas Planner Set Up here, but I will be doing an updated one soon.
1. Sweet P Planner Event - check - It was a lovely event, so have a look at my mini vlog.
2. Mrs Brimbles Jingle and Mingle Event - This is fast approaching and I can't wait.
3. Visit a Christmas Market - not a big one like last year, any market will be fine.
4. A Christmas meal somewhere.
5. A bit more 'me' time.
6. Mini planner get together at my house in January before I go back to work (exciting!).
7. Christmas films binge, I just hope I get the time, we break up Friday 22nd, so not much time for fun before Xmas.
8. Clean the house - I'm on it!
9. Marking done before the holidays...I'm so not on it!
10. Book Tenerife for Easter.
11. Try a winter drawing gum page - just done one! Check.
12. Christmas Eve buffet and games - always a family tradition.
13. Time to fill in my Christmas Planner.
14. AVOID SPENDING ALL MY MONEY ON STICKERS IN THE BLACK FRIDAY PLANNER SALES!!! - Yeah right!
So there it all is on my page. I have used stickers from the lovely Kelly over at Hazy Days UK (You can use code KERRY15 for 15% off no min spend), the link should apply the discount if from a computer... or you can wait till the Black Friday sale and get 20% off no min or 25% over £10.
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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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I was so overwhelmed to win a ticket to Plannercon Europe from the lovely people over at UKPA planning group on Facebook and I still haven't got over the fact that I have been. What an amazing experience and opportunity. I am so very grateful.
Documenting the week at Plannercon Europe:
I headed down to Brussels on the Wednesday morning, the event wasn't until Saturday and Sunday, but I wanted time to explore Belgium and if I was going anyway I wanted to make the most of it. Fortunately it was half term week at work, so I had plenty of time.
WEDNESDAY 25th OCTOBER:
I got up at 2.30am - yep! (I had only just gone to sleep!) and set off for the drive to the airport some 25 miles away at 4am. I hate driving and was so scared on the way...I have only driven on the motorway once and that was a warm up for this. All was fine and I got the airport in plenty of time for my 7.30am flight. The plane was so teeny tiny. I was sat in a seat on a single isle, I have seen bigger buses. I arrived in Brussels at around 10.30am after checkout, baggage claim and getting the train. I left my luggage in a locker at the train station and headed straight in to town. I say straight in to town, I got lost so many times that that alone took 2 hours. I did see some lovely sights along the way though.
I finally found Grand Place Square and wow! what an amazing place. It was so beautiful and such a sunny day, so I sat outside in a cafe and took in the sights. I negotiated my way through the pretty side streets and found Rue des Bouchers and eventually found The Delirium bar and the Jennaken Pis statue before heading back to the locker and on to Motel One for a nap and a few beers.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY:
On Thursday I spent the day in Bruges, what a stunning place, such pretty streets and another beautiful square/market. Unfortunately it rained most of the day, so I never got to go on a boat trip, but I did visit lots of places that I had planned to. I must have walked 10 miles easily. I managed to find (eventually), The Old Hot Chocolate House and OMG I am so glad that I did. A cup of hot chocolate that you pour a whole chocolate cup of buttons in to and yes the pouring cup is chocolate too, topped off with the most amazing Belgian waffle... heaven.
Friday the plan was to go the Atomium, however on arising I realised that I could not walk...ouch the pain. So instead I mooched around the hotel, did some planning in the bar and headed over to Paul's bakery across the road for lunch. In the evening my planner friends arrived - yay and it was back the bakery, then time for the 'mini meet' with some of the attendees. So many people turned up (I had organised it thinking there would be around 10 of us). It was lovely to chat to so many like minded people and talk all things planners, it was also lovely to finally meet some of my lovely blog readers and online planner friends.
Saturday and Sunday: Plannercon Europe Event:
Wow, what an event, the organisers were amazing and really did pull out all of the stops, it was a bit of a whirlwind I must admit, so many people I met, workshops undertaken, goodie bag claimed, swap table rummaged through, stalls perused, purchases ringed in, raffle tickets given and a teeny tiny bit of planner time. I met Erin Condren and got her to sign my planner, got a personalised Leuchturm Monthly planner and had so much fun. Katie Teage's planner song to an Ed Sheeran song was a particular highlight. I won't waffle on (get it?) too much as I have documented the event and goodies in my two videos below. I just want to thank everyone for making it possible, I will never, ever forget it.
I did miss a few goodies out of the haul video by mistake so they are featured in the image above. Enjoy watching my two videos below, the first of the trip and event itself and the second of the huge haul from the goodie bag, purchases, gifts and swap table. If you are viewing from email or to get directly to You Tube click here - Kerrymay._.Makes You Tube Channel
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
Today I am sharing a peek into my planner bag and stationery storage pouches for planning and my washi tape storage for home and travel or planning on the go. My planner bag is from AliExpress and so are many of the washi tapes featured in the video. My pouch is all set up ready for Plannercon Europe - eek 3 days till I set off!!!! I so can't wait.
So have a look at the video below and do leave me a comment either here or over on the video itself.
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Take Care, see you after Plannercon Eu
A guest post for Plan With Hannah - go visit her lovely blog.
Beginning the journey into art journaling can sometimes be scary; not knowing where to start or what tools and equipment you need, thinking it won't be good enough, not having any inspiration... sound familiar? It needn't be. Art journals are a means of self expression and are ultimately for YOU, no one else. So stop judging yourself and get going and go with the flow, you soon won't be able to stop those creative juices from flowing. Read on for 10 ideas to get you started.
1. What do you need to start art journaling?
The first question to ask is what tools and equipment you will need. Well I have covered most of this in my post here Art Tips for Art Journaling, but you really don't need all of that.
Basically you will need:
2. How do I start though?
Don't over think it - EVER! Just get some paint on the page and then add some extra elements to it if you wish. I never plan what I am creating (only very loosely). You may wish to leave it as just the paint or you can add more detail after. See below for some inspiration.
3. Using stamps over paint
Using stamps over you paint (after it is dry of course) is a great way to get started. There are so many pretty stamps available now. Tim Holtz do great ones for mixed media or if on a budget have a browse through Ali Express and search for clear stamps, they are so cheap. I got some lovely ones with vintage writing on and they look amazing stamped on to my painted pages. For the image featured here I added a bit of white pen for extra detailing.
4. Using collage to add interest
5. Decoupage Art
One of the first things I tried with my pages was decoupage. I bought a matte medium gel from Amazon and started by sticking different things down with it, then adding a layer of the gel on top. You can scratch away at it so that it shows through the paint or leave as it is. It is great to add tissue paper to a page or a torn sheet from a book and really adds interest to your page. You can also use one layer of a patterned serviette.
6. Adding words to an art journal page
The hardest decision I had to make when starting art journaling was how to add words and quotes to my pages. Well, the options are endless. You could add printed words, cut words from magazines, use chalk pens or gel pens like the uni ball, use paint pens like the posca ones, use die cuts or ephemera (printed or brought) or paint or stamp them. Don't limit yourself or over think it and don't be put off if your writing is not great... the printer and glue stick are your friends.
7. Adding embellishments
Anything and I mean 'anything' can be added to your art journal pages. Got some scrapbook elements or enamel dots? Buttons lying around? - use them in your pages. Simple and effective. Use a strong glue, glue dots, sticky pads or a hot glue gun to adhere them to your page.
8. Just add pen
Yep, just adding a bit of pen work to your paint can really make the page pop. The posca paint pens or uniball gel pens in white or any colour really are a great way to add detail to paint. Again, don't over think it, just start doodling over the paint for amazing results. Alternatively just a black biro to add patterns or zentangles to a page can really be effective, these could also be used in art journal pages as borders or to frame certain things.
Guest Post Information: About Hannah:
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.