Thursday, 13 January 2022

January 2022 Bullet Journal Set Up

Hi guys

I'm back with my bullet journal January 2022 set up as promised...albeit later than I hoped!

I've kept it super simple but still used some of my craft supplies to add some minimal detail.

For now, until I'm back in the swing of using it, I've just kept it to a cover page, monthly calendar and weekly spreads.  I've previously created habit trackers but I found I just don't fill them in so I've decided against creating them for now.

So, for January I've chosen a winter foliage theme, here's my minimal cover page created purely with stamps and ink...


And then my monthly calendar where I'll transfer anything from my Future Log and use for further appointments, events, reminders, etc.


And here's one of my weekly spreads (they are all the same layout for January).  I found in my previous journals that a rolling weekly task list works best for me (using the Alastair Method).  You just assign a bullet under the day you want to complete whichever task and then cross them off or, if applicable, migrate them to the following week.  Here I used some stamps and some was handwritten.  


Materials used:
  • Stamps: Uniko - Background Builders: Vines Winter Additions; Skull and Cross Buns - Planner Banner; Altenew - 365
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Altenew - Evergreen, Moss, Mocha, Velvet

Thanks so much for taking a look.  Hopefully using the journal will make me organised so that I can share my February set up ahead of time!  


Tuesday, 4 January 2022

2022 Bullet Journal Set Up

Hi there

And a very Happy New Year to you, thanks for stopping by.

I have something a little different to share today.  If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my very few and far between posts showing my bullet journal set ups.  I've dabbled in bullet journaling over the last couple of years but never used the system to its full potential.  It think with the various lockdowns and not living normally, this has hampered it a little but fingers crossed I can start getting the system going a little better this year.  There were spreads I created in my previous journals that I just didn't use so I've not included them this time.  But the great thing about bullet journaling is that you just create as you go, so if I think of something that may be useful, I can just add it in and reference it in the index.

As I'm a cardmaker I have a fair stash of stamps, dies and stencils so I like to try to incorporate them in my journal.  I'm not going to lie, it does take a lot more time to set it up using these products rather than just creating everything by hand, but once the main set up is done, the rest is easy.  I don't like my handwriting (and hand lettering is something I plan to learn more about this year) so by using my craft supplies, especially for my yearly spreads, it's much more aesthetically pleasing, and hopefully this will encourage me to reach for it more.  I'll detail the products I've used at the end of this post.

For the last two years I've used journals by Scribbles that Matter and they are great quality so I've chosen the same brand again this year.  I've chosen the Iconic Dotted Journal (160gsm) in Aubergine (looks a little bluer in this photo for some reason).  I've stuck with the 160 gsm pages so I have the option to perhaps try watercolouring or other mediums throughout the year, which the thicker paper can withstand.


Ok, onto my 2022 cover page, and this is the theme I've used for my yearly spreads...stencilled brush strokes.  I simply ink blended through the stencil apertures with three shades of Distress Ink.  I've also used die cut letters, but these spreads did take hours to create as I had to glue all the letters in position individually!  I love the result but I won't be doing that again for my monthly pages, it was far too time consuming!


After trawling YouTube and Instagram I've chosen a Dutch door layout for my future log as this means I only had to create the header once, and I put my calendar stamps to good use here to save me writing out all the dates!  These were stamped onto die cut squares.  In my previous journals I've also had a Year at a Glance page but it's not really required if you have the calendars in the Future Log spread.

I made a continuation of the stencilling on all three views here, so whichever four month view is on display, the brush strokes continue across the pages, I hope that makes sense.  I also created tabs for this spread simply by cutting away the edges to create the tabs and I masked and ink blended them.


Here's a further view of the Dutch door layout...


The next two spreads are pretty self-explanatory.  I used a further brush stroke from the stencil for my box headers.


Next up are my Wish List and Purchases spreads.  Once gain, pretty self-explanatory.  Over the last couple of years I've been making a lot more purchases online as I was wanting to stay away from busy shops so this is a great way to keep track of what's been ordered and when, and if it's been received.


Another spread I've used previously and found really useful is the When Did I Last... spread.  This is great for thinks like, when I last had a hair cut, when I changed my toothbrush or when the window cleaner visited.  I've previously just put some dashes alongside items so I could write the date in but this time I thought I'd add the months of the year.  For each entry I have four squares available for each month so I can just write the relevant date in each box.  So I can then also use this for keeping track of cleaning, etc.


Another fairly self-explanatory page, just somewhere I can keep track of TV series I would like to watch and can mark off episodes as I watch them.


The following spread is for following the Konmari process...the Marie Kondo way of decluttering.  If you've not read her book, the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I strongly recommend it as a way of organising your home.  I have followed the process previously but never got to the end so I'm going to start from the very beginning again and work through the categories, it's very satisfying.  I've yet to fill in all the sub-categories but you get the idea.


And finally, a spread I revert back to all the time...my master grocery shopping list.  Obviously this still needs to be filled in but it's so helpful when completing your shopping list.


Here are the products I used from my craft stash:
  • Stencil: Clearly Besotted - Brush Strokes
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Speckled Egg, Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord; Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Stamps: Taylored Expressions - Playful Alpha; Skull and Cross Buns - Days & Months; Altenew - 365
  • Dies: MFT - Bottle Cap Letters, Pierced Square Stax
  • Lilac and black cardstock from stash

Thanks for taking a look.  I'll be back soon to share my January set up....once I've decided on a theme and actually created it!  I was hoping to get it all ready to go before the New Year but time just disappeared and 2022 arrived so fast!  

I hope you'll pop back again soon.



Thursday, 30 December 2021

Micro Bead Wreath of Hearts

Good afternoon

I'm back this afternoon to share the last of my 2021 Christmas card makes.  Apologies that the selection was a little limited this year, that will teach me for leaving them even later than I usually do!

This will also be my last post of this year as I'm back to work tomorrow.  As you will have seen in my recent posts, I've also decided to step down from all the challenge blog Design Teams I've been part of for many years.  Hopefully this will give me the opportunity to put my spare time to better use and be able to craft more, without having the other commitments and deadlines that come with being on challenge blog Design Teams.  Hopefully it will be something I could reconsider in the future, it sure was fun.  I still remain a member of the Skull and Cross Buns Design Team and will introduce and showcase Emily's products when she needs me.

Ok, back to my final Christmas card, and this was the one I made for my other half...


To make it a bit more masculine I began with a die cut panel of kraft cardstock.  I used the same technique as my previous trees card which used micro beads...I inked through the stencil with Distress Ink first and then cleaned the stencil before spreading translucent paste through it over the inked image and then sprinkling on the glass beads.  This was then left to dry completely before adhering the panel to a white card base.  And yes, it's the same sentiment again!  It was on my desk so it got used for pretty much every Christmas card this year!  I heat embossed it on a black die cut strip.  To finish, I die cut a bow from red glossy mirri cardstock and adhered this to the top of the wreath.


Materials used:
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles; Altenew - Featured Sentiments Die Set; The Greetery - Fit to be Tied
  • Stencil: Clearly Besotted - Circle Around
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Simple Script
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Rustic Wilderness, Pine Needles; VersaMark
  • Embossing Paste: Sweet Poppy - Stencil Dimensions:Translucent
  • Embossing Powder: Brutus Monroe - Alabaster White
  • Cardstock: Neenah - Desert Storm; red mirri card from stash
  • Accents: Sweet Poppy - Clear Glass Micro Beads

Challenge entries:

AAA Cards - Game #205 - Christmas
Happy Little Stampers - December Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - December Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes
NBUS - Challenge #33 - The Greetery bow die and the wreath stencil are new to my stash
CHNC - Challenge #574 - Anything Goes Christmas
Uniko - Challenge #68 - Celebrate (Reds and Greens)
STAMPlorations - December Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes









I just love the online crafting community and want to say thank you all for your support and encouraging feedback throughout this year.  It's so great to know that I can provide lots of inspiration, and gain some back too!

So, all that's left to say is...

Winter Foliage Bundle

Hi guys

Today I'm sharing another card I made this Christmas, using some new goodies from The Greetery.  I can't take credit for this design as I saw a few examples from The Greetery where they used these products together and that's what encouraged me to buy them.

I'll get straight to the details...


I began by die cutting a panel with a stitched rectangle die.  I lightly ink blended from the centre using Distress Oxide ink and then laid a snowflake stencil over the top and inked through with white pigment ink.  On some watercolour paper I sprinkled various shades of Brusho pigment powder and spritzed with water.  Once dry I die cut all the foliage.  I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it in gold.  I layered up and adhered all the foliage before die cutting the string tie from gold cardstock and adhering this over the stems.  To finish I added some red Stickles for the berries.


Materials used:
  • Dies: The Greetery - Inside & Out Berry Branch, Fit to be Tied; Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Ink: Distress Oxide - Tumbled Glass; Hero Arts - Unicorn; VersaMark; Brusho - Leaf Green, Emerald Green, Dark Brown
  • Stencil: Memory Box - Tiny Snowflakes
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - O Christmas Tree 
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich
  • Accents: Stickles - Ruby

Challenge entries:

AAA Cards - Game #205 - Christmas
Happy Little Stampers - December Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - December Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
NBUS - Challenge #33 - The Greetery dies are new to my stash
CHNC - Challenge #574 - Anything Goes Christmas
STAMPlorations - December Theme and Photo Prompt Challenge (I used the photo prompt)
Uniko - Challenge #68 - Celebrate (Reds and Greens)







I'll be back with another later, thanks for visiting.



Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Trio of Micro Bead Trees

Hi guys

Tonight I'm sharing one of my very last cards made this year.  

I purchased a new stencil from Clearly Besotted, last month I think, which features some really cute abstract trees and I wanted to use it at least once this year.

As I've only used them once before, I decided to use my clear glass micro beads on this one...


Firstly, I die cut a stitched rectangle before adhering the stencil in place with some low tack tape.  I then ink blended through the stencil with three shades of Distress Ink.  I removed, cleaned and dried the stencil and placed it back in position.  I spread some stencil paste through the tree apertures and quickly removed the stencil before sprinkling over the micro beads.  The paste is opaque to begin with but turns translucent as it dries, and also then holds on to the beads once dry.  I left the panel overnight to dry then gave it a brush over to remove any beads that weren't fully adhered.


To finish I adhered the panel to a card base and then added a black sentiment strip, with the sentiment heat embossed in white.  You can see a closer view of the micro beads in the photo below.


Materials used:
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles; Altenew - Featured Sentiments Die Set
  • Stencil: Clearly Besotted - Trimmed Trees
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Simple Script
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry; VersaMark
  • Embossing Paste: Sweet Poppy - Stencil Dimensions:Translucent
  • Embossing Powder: Brutus Monroe - Alabaster White
  • Accents: Sweet Poppy - Clear Glass Micro Beads

Challenge entries:

AAA Cards - Game #205 - Christmas
Happy Little Stampers - December Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - December Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes
NBUS - Challenge #33 - new stencil
CHNC - Challenge #574 - Anything Goes Christmas
STAMPlorations - December Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes






I hope you liked this one.  I have another to share using micro beads so I'll probably be back with that one tomorrow morning.  That's all for today, I hope you'll pop back again.



Christmas Card Multiples - Winter Foliage

Hi there

I'm back with the other Christmas card multiples I made this year.  I made two batches of two very similar designs, 16 cards in total, using the same stamp set and its companion dies, which I purchased very recently.  When I saw that The Greetery stamps were available in the UK from Seven Hills Crafts I just couldn't resist purchasing a few items!

I love winter foliage and berries for Christmas cards so these are the sets I made...


I stamped this design and the design in the second set (scroll down), using the layered stamping images from the set, on multiple pieces of white cardstock, which was made super easy using the MISTI as the images were in the correct place for the next piece.  Once stamped I then die cut the foliage clusters using the companion dies.  I then die cut the sentiment strips and stamped each one with the same sentiment.  Before adhering the die cuts I added three score lines to the edge of each card base.  The foliage die cuts were adhered flat and the sentiment strips I adhered on glue dots, so still slim enough to send easily through the mail.



This was the second design, using different stamps but the same layout...



Materials used:
  • Stamps: The Greetery - Budding Beauties Winter; Clearly Besotted - Simple Script
  • Dies: The Greetery - Budding Beauties Winter; Altenew - Featured Sentiments Die Set
  • Ink: Altenew - Forest Glades, Evergreen, Minty Mint, Lava Rock, Crimson, Velvet; Versafine Clair - Nocturne

Challenge entries:

AAA Cards - Game #205 - Christmas
Happy Little Stampers - December Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - December Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
NBUS - Challenge #33 - The Greetery stamps and dies are new to my stash
Sweet Stampin' - Anything Christmas
CHNC - Challenge #574 - Anything Goes Christmas
STAMPlorations - December Theme and Photo Prompt Challenge (I used the photo prompt)
Uniko - Challenge #68 - Celebrate (Reds and Greens)







Thanks as always for visit, your support and feedback are so appreciated.  Just a few more to share so I'll be back soon.


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