Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Art Journals: A lesson in patience and resistance!

Last month's Patreon saw Anna demonstrating the use of masking fluids and wax crayons to create resist art. Now, I haven't created anything using these techniques since I was in primary school, and only then it was with kid eat proof paint and crayons. So I was super keen to get going, so much so that I forgot to follow one of crafting's golden rules namely that of washing your paintbrush after use. So in this case washing it after using the masking fluid....something Anna also mentions in the video!

So after a few hiccups and a new brush or two - I did eventually purchase a Molotow Pen which I found a lot easier to use - I kind of got the hang of it. Then I thought I'd be a little more adventurous with it. My initial experiments saw me working mostly with watercolour paints on watercolour paper, so I wanted to try using some other mediums to see what results I could achieve.

Here I've used the Molotow Pen to create a couple of quick doodles of Christmassy symbols....I've been trying to keep the festive mood in the house by listening to Christmas Jingles, my festive vibe is ebbing and flowing at the minute...bah! 

I dug out my Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders, at this point I must admit I have no idea how this will turn out or whether the masking fluid will react with the mica powder, but what the heck. I'm having fun and that's what's important here!

So now I'm going to fail to follow another golden rule....that of patience. Something I'm never going to master, haha. So I should have left the paper longer to dry....but I didn't and in my rush to see the results I ripped it.

Interestingly the reverse of the page has some rather cool markings and you can just about make out where the resist fluid was...I'll take that as a win!

Christmas Pud...because who doesn't love Christmas pud! So I figured after my not so successful trial with the shimmer powders and whilst waiting for the rest of the page to dry I'd add another little doodle to the bottom. 

The blending kinda came about by mistake. I wasn't paying a great deal of attention (I was busy wailing away to tunes) and I dropped a huge green dollop so I turned it around by blobbing and sploshing on more paint. I had intended to do some nice shading and shaping, so let's call it an organic development!

In most of my sketchbook/art journaling inserts I tend to slip black and coloured card between my watercolour and mixed media papers as I like to do a lot of work with chalks and pastels. Alongside my pud and snowflakes page was black card. Again I really wasn't sure how this was going to turn out as a) I hadn't tried the resist fluid on the card b) I wasn't entirely sure how well the pearlescent paints were going to perform on such a dark backdrop and c) I couldn't really tell where I was going or where I had already drawn with the pen. It was a sort of stab in the dark. 

I decided to literally cover the page with blues, whites and grey in the hopes of creating enough contrast with the black lines created by the resist pen. This time I let it dry whilst I wrote this blog currently I don't know whether I'll be writing a success story or another mishap!

....ta da!!

I think it turned out rather well considering :)

I feel like I should have learnt some lessons here, about patience and intuition in regards to creating artwork, and to some extent it is probably true for the latter part, but I don't think patience will ever be my thing haha. I'm off to relive my childhood and dig out my crayons!

Till next time people :) x 

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Printing photos for December Daily & Project Life

Hi Guys!

Here is a little vlog from me talking about how I am printing my photos for my festive journal this year and how I will be printing my photos for my Project Life album in 2018.

Christmas all wrapped up

Wrapping presents is one of my favourite parts of the run up to Christmas.  I love making each present look beautiful and like time and has been taken to make it special.  I always take special care to choose the right paper each year.  This year I bought my wrapping paper (in black and gold) in a three pack of different designs and it came with tags and ribbons.  I was disappointed when I opened up the pack to discover that the tags and ribbons were not quite as pretty as the paper itself.  So I decided to make some. At first I thought about using the different papers to make some tags when I remembered I had some of Anna's beautiful collage sheets that I printed but hadn't used yet.

I thought the beautiful colours in the October sheets would pop perfectly against the black and gold papers, so I glued the paper to some cardstock to give it strength and cut out some tag shapes.  I did some embossing with some Christmassy stamps I had and I think they look perfect against the papers.

I also cut out some thin strips of the papers and used these like ribbon to wrap around the presents here:

I hope you are finding some time to be crafty in what can be a crazy time in the run up to Christmas.
Don't forget to check out Anna's Patreon and you can find more of my art here, or on my blog, or on Instagram.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

What an Amazing end to the year!

so the last Brimbles sticker club kit for 2017 is here, and what a amazing end to the year. 

This kit was so full of sparkle it was amazing.

I firstly knew I wanted to do a planner layout in my new personal size Websters pages planner, which I have been totally addicted to over the past 2 months since I got it for my birthday.

Around this time of year I like to try and get super organised and get the flat clean and organised going into the new year  (I can hope at least!) 

Also anyone with kids will tell you your front room becomes Toys R Us in seconds on Christmas Day, so I wanted to make sure I had time written in to organise things before I totally lost the plot in the madness!!

Also this year for New Years we are having family over to bring in the new year so doing this spread 3weeks in advance was perfect. I loved the different widths of washing strips and all the decorative stickers I felt really went well with the layout.

I also used a few gold puffy stickers that I had recently bought from the mrs Brimbles stall at this years Christmas jingle mingle. 

I really love the colours in this and love how it turned out.

Then I wanted to do a journal page .. now I'm not going to get into the whole clicha " new year new me shpeel' ( is that a word lol) that is thrown around a lot this year, however I've had such a crazy year this year from getting married to coming down with a mystery illness and I really wanted to create a page to help me get a few goals for next year out of my head and written down.

I love how this all worked out and I am looking forward to next year yo see if I can keep to these goals.

anyways Merry Christmas all and Happy New Year from me !!

see you in the new year

Gemma Silk ( still getting used to the new name haha!)


Sunday, 3 December 2017

Travelers Notebook insert size guide

At the Jingle & Mingle event yesterday we made travelers notebook inserts. I made a size guide template and I thought I would share it with you, my lovely blog readers in case it is of any help to you!

This is set up for A4 paper - make sure you turn off any 'shrink to fit' settings and print 'as is' with borderless printing. 

December Planner Pages

Hello, Crafty Friends!

Last month, Anna's gorgeous sticker kit was titled Not a Creature Was Stirring and it is absolutely adorable. I couldn't resist using it to kick start my December planner pages and the holiday season!

Anna's stickers have a gorgeous, traditional red-and-green colour scheme (with a hint of blue). I decided to pick out washi tapes in my collection that fit with that theme, to create layers of fun, seasonal colour.

I used some of the boxes - designed for vertical planners - and stuck them along the edge of my planner pages, where there is traditionally and 'notes' section (that I never use) so that I can track all things I need to throughout the busy December period.

As always, I find layering stickers and washi tape to be really fun and relaxing - not to mention, it looks pretty awesome on the page, too. Don't be afraid to mix up washi tapes, different designs and colours to keep things fresh and interesting.

You can view the process video for this layout here:

You can view my other planner pages on Instagram and Youtube.
Stef xx


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

December Daily Photo Challenge is back

The December daily photo challenge is back for it's 4th year. Can you believe that! Wow! It doesn't seem like 4 years but it it. The very first challenege was way back in 2014. That's nuts. So here is all the scoop and prompts for this year, 2017!

REMEMBER as with all of my daily photo challenges I have designed the prompts to be interpreted in a way that suits you, loosely based on the things that I love: Planners (and planner decoration), Stationery, Journals, Art, Books, food, the season etc. You interpret them however you like but most importantly have fun with it. They are just prompts to help you. Ideally I would like to see the Facebook group filled with seasonal photos of your planners and journals so try and challenge yourself! Take them literally if you like or be imaginative. Use them as photo prompts or use them as journalling prompts. Anything goes! It's totally for fun so just share a photo every day. You don't have to enter to win the prize, you can just play along with the prompts for fun, entirely up to you, the more the merrier! 

If you want to play along for fun then start posting your photos from 1st December. Remember to use the hashtag: #mrsbrimblesdecdaily so that we can find your photos and see what you are up to. You can post anywhere on social media but if you want to be in with a chance of winning the prize it needs to be on instagram or in the Mrs Brimbles Happy Place group on Facebook (or both of course). If you are playing along with this in order win the prize please do make sure that you read all guidelines on how to enter and the rules below oh and if you want to be in with winning the prize you will need to register on the giveaway widget below too! 

What is the prize? £25 store credit for
So for the prompts...

Please do feel free to share the above photo on instagram, Pinterest, your blog etc or print out to put into your planner or journal.
Please do feel free to share the above photo on instagram, Pinterest, your blog etc or print out to put into your planner or journal.

The Rules for the instagram challenge... 

I know, so boring that there needs to be rules but there does so that everyone is clear on what they need to do and to keep it fair to everyone participating!
  • You must post all 31 photos on instagram using the hashtag for the challenge you are taking part in. You may also want to use #mrsbrimblesdecdaily2017 (although not compulsory) as the challenge is now in it's 4th year!
  • You need to be following me on instagram: @mrsbrimbles please do not tag me in your photos as I will get lots of notifications. I will see your photos on the hashtag!
  • The prompts are just that, prompts, interpret them as you will, or if you are stuck for inspiration just post a photo anyway! If it is easier you can do a different prompt on that day as long as by the end of the challenge you have done all 31. Do two on one day if you need to, don't worry about missing days as long as you post all 31. Have a break, come back again. You just need to post 31 photos in the time frame given.
  • You have until 7am GMT on 5th January 2018 to register for the giveaway on the widget below AND to complete the photo challenge on instagram.
  • If you haven't registered on the widget you won't be elligible to win the prize so you will just be doing the challenge for fun which is totally fine with me if it is with you.You can register at any time from now but photo posting on instagram and in the Facebook group starts on 1st December 2017.
  • You DO NOT have to post everyday but you do have to post all 31 photos by 7am GMT on 5th January 2018. You DO NOT have to post in numerical order, you can post any prompt on any day and any number of photos on any day.
  • Once the competition has closed a winner will be drawn by random using the giveaway widget, and emailed. I will ask you to confirm / prove that you have posted all 31 photos in the time frame 1st December 2017 - 5th January 2018, if not another winner will be chosen. The winners name will appear on the giveaway widget once closed.
  • The winner will be emailed by me to arrange receipt of the prize. 

By submitting an entry to this giveaway you agree to the following Terms & Conditions: 

  • Your email address will be added to my newsletter database - I will not sell this to anyone else nor will I constantly be spamming you and you can unsubscribe at any time! 
  • Open internationally
  • You must be over eighteen years of age or have parental / guardian permission.
  • The prizes stated above are the only prize(s) - no cash alternative.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email. Winner(s) will be announced on this page on the rafflecopter widget after the closing date.
  • If the winner(s) do not respond to my email within 48 hours a new winner(s) will be chosen

Thursday, 23 November 2017

How I prep for December Daily (In my Travelers Notebook)

In this chatty video I talk you through how I prepare for Decemeber Daily although I prefer 'Christmas Memory Keeping' as I go beyond just every day in December.  Most of the items I show you in terms of stickers, paper and die cuts are in stock (or have been at some point) in my own online shop:

I get asked a lot about my Travelers Notebook and it is from: and the mint A5 one is from:

If you would like tutorials on how to make your own inserts you can watch my two videos: and:

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Blooming Planner Pages

Hello, Crafty Friends!

This week I have a collage layout in my A5 planner to share with you, using the wonderful collage sheets from Anna's Patreon account. Each month she shares wonderful printables that can be used and adapted in many different ways, including in planners.
If you haven't already visited her Patreon page, you should definitely check it out!

This layout was all about being colourful and bold. I don't normally decorate my planner this way, but it seemed like a good opportunity to try something new.

The printable I used was actually a complete art piece that I cut into smaller pieces and then put together in an order of my choice, creating this weird and wonderful floral garden that really stands out.

The washi strip is something I've had in my collection for a while, but provides a nice, smaller floral print. There's a lovely contrast in the size and style of the floral prints that really appeals to me, as well as the contrast between the black and white and colours.

Finally, I used a large chisel-tip Sharpie to create a border and do some lettering on my page. I love how it turned out.

You can view the process video here:

As always, I hope this has inspired you to get creative in your classroom: be bold and bright and joyful!

You can view my other planner pages on Instagram and Youtube.

Stef xx

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Travelers Notebook Kit from Craftin Chaos

I am sharing with you a Travelers Notebook kit from the lovely Deb at Craftin' Chaos. International peeps...she is based in the US BUT does ship internationally, you just have to email her so she can work out how much it will cost.

PLEASE NOTE: I was given this / these product(s) in exchange for my honest review and opinion, the fact that I was given these does not alter my opinion in anyway. This review is my own personal opionion on the product / company, given in good faith and has not be sponsored or endorsed. None of the links are affiliate links. Unless otherwise stated, all photography is my own.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Making your own Christmas decorations with the Marblous Marble class

Recently I attended a workshop at Hobbycraft on Advent Calendars and made this:

While I was there, and was in the festive creative spirit, I picked up some ceramic baubles, decorations as well as a ceramic vase with Anna's Marblous Marble course in mind.  I thought they might make nice Christmas presents along with a box of chocolates for those people I buy something little for.  I'd done the Marblous Marbling class a while ago but I'd only created my Marble creations on paper (I found deli paper to be amazing) and I shared a page in this link where I'd combined my marble paper with one of Anna's Patreon lessons.

My plan was to marble them and then use embossing powder and stamps to add images onto the decorations and vase.  This wasn't very successful though, the embossing powder didn't really want to melt on the ceramic and getting a clean image on top of the marbling was difficult.  I did manage it on this star decoration though: 


 For the vase I marbled my pattern in blue, black and white and then just added embossing powder in silver in a random splodging around the middle and the top.  It took quite a bit of heating using the heat gun but I think the vase could handle it better than the flat decorations:

 For the baubles and remaining decorations I just used the marbling inks to decorate, for some, like the red and green ones I dipped them a couple of times to get more coverage.

 Check out the other classes Anna has in her shop here and please share in the Happy Place Facebook group if you've created something with the Marbling lesson.

Don't forget to check out Anna's Patreon and you can find more of my art here, or on my blog, or on Instagram.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Memory Keeping and Creative Journaling for November

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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