Cheeky Studio: Hello, Love!

Hello, and welcome to my second Cheeky Studio design team video of 2019! Today, I create a 12×12 layout using the Autumn Beauty collection. Thanks for watching!

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Book Club Junk Journal Part 1: The Papers

Hello! In today’s video, I create the first signature for a junk journal I’m creating to record my book club escapades. In subsequent videos, I’ll embellish the pages, create a cover and share journal with me sessions. Thanks for stopping by! x

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Weekly Round-Up: 7 – 13 January

Hello, lovely friends! So, we’re now in the third week of January (It’ll be Christmas before we know it!) and I’m well and truly back up to speed.

First up, design team news: my terms with EllieBeth Designs UK, Mama Makes and Skull and Cross Buns have come to an end and I’ve decided not to stay on as I would like more time to concentrate on my own design projects. So ‘thank you’ to Rachel, Loti and Emily – I had a brilliant time on all three teams and am very grateful for the opportunities I had and experiences I gained. I wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you go from strength to strength!

Right, on with the week. On Tuesday, I shared a video in which I created these mixed media tabs and bookmark. I needed some tabs for my bullet journal, so I created my own by painting some mixed media paper and then punching out the shapes. The bookmark I made from the leftovers and some Tim Holtz word phrase stickers.

It was a busy week on the scrapbooking front. I shared a layout for Cheeky Studio and made some layouts for the Scraptember Stash Bash Prompts. You can find out more about the Stash Bash over in the Scraptember Facebook Group.

On Saturday, I took some time out to journal. This is the page I created. I recorded a process video which I’ll be sharing soon.

And on Sunday, I went to church and took with me my colouring pencils, colouring book and journaling Bible. I love my church – no one batted an eyelid when I set up a table in the corner and coloured my way through the service!

Finally, I finished my December Daily album and shared a flip through on YouTube which you can watch here.

And that’s it for last week. This week has been all about junk journaling, but I’ll share more about that in next week’s round-up.

Thanks for stopping by! xxx

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The Art of Making Mistakes

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Planning Out Loud Back to Basics: Week 2

Hello! In today’s video I share how week 2 of going back to basics in my bullet journal has gone. This week, I performed the mental inventory exercise from The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll. This helped me identify my current responsibilities and goals, and I show you how that turned out. Next week, I’ll be focusing on solidifying my goals and figuring out how to work towards them. Thanks for stopping by! x

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How to Survive a Crafty Spending Freeze

Hello! In today’s video I share 14 top tips for surviving a crafty spending freeze. This is part of my Crafting Out Loud series in which I chat about crafting issues while creating something, so you’ve got something interesting to watch as well as something interesting to listen to – hopefully!

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December Daily: Day 31 – It’s A Wrap!

Well, I finally got around to finishing off my December Daily tag album. If you’d like to see a flip-through and listen to some of my musings on the process, here is the video. Thanks for stopping by! x

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Cheeky Studio: The Tiger Who Came To Tea

For my first Cheeky Studio design team project of 2019, I used the Autumn Beauty collection to create a 12×12 layout featuring two very cute photos of my daughter wearing her tiger suit. It was taken a good few years ago now. You can watch the process in the video below. Thanks for stopping by! x

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DIY Mixed Media Planner, Journal and Scrapbook Tabs

Hello! In today’s video, I create a set of gorgeous mixed media tabs for use in planning, journaling and scrapbooking.

If you don’t have the time or resources to make your own mixed media backgrounds, then you can buy ones I’ve hand made from my Etsy shop: StonetableDesignsUK.

Thanks for stopping by! x

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Weekly Round-Up: 31 December – 6 January

Hello, and welcome to my first weekly round-up of 2019! Last week was a wonderfully quiet Christmas Recovery week. My husband went back to work on Wednesday, but the children didn’t go back to school until today, so home was very chilled, and I had some time to potter in my craft room, the fruits of which you can see below.

My Bread was created for the Scraptember January Stash Bash prompt: cork. In the Scraptember Facebook Group, I’m sharing a stash-bashing prompt every day. There’s no pressure to do each one; they’re just there to inspire. I haven’t scrapped each one, but I’m hoping to have a crack at some more this week.

For Not All Treasure Is Silver and Gold I used the Cheeky Studio Ahoy ephemera and flair. It was perfect for scrapping this picture of my daughter who spent about three of her preschool years dressed as a pirate!

By far the best Christmas present I’ve ever received is the Silhouette Cameo 3 digital cutting machine that my husband gave me this year. It is so easy to use! It helps that I’ve got a background in photo editing, and it didn’t take me long to create my own wave cut file and cut it out of a piece of mixed media paper for my third layout of the week. This machine is going to take my paper-crafting to the next level.

The last page I created was In the Sand. The Scraptember Stash Bash prompt was punch so I used a craft punch to punch out little flower shapes and added them to the Cheeky Studio Latte Love sequin mix which I popped into a pocket I’d made to look like my daughter’s sand pit. I also squeezed some washi-tape on the layout too – another of the Scraptember prompts.

In the evenings, I spent some time journaling long-hand in my travelers notebook. Before I wrote a word though, I spent some time mindfully adding watercolour to the pages, as well as some splatters of gold and torn strips of washi – I’m really loving torn washi at the moment. There’s something soft about those raggedy edges.

As well as playing in my journal, I decided it was time to decorate the cover. It was starting to get a bit battered, so I covered it in strips of torn washi and then covered that in packing tape to protect it further. I love the way it turned out. Blue, Teal and Purple is my favourite colour combination at the moment – it’s so soothing.

The other thing that I’ve been doing, is I’ve gone back to basics in my bullet journal. Another present my husband gave me for Christmas was The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll, so I’ve been reading that and applying some of its advice to my planning. I’m in the middle of recording a series of videos about my reflections on the process. You can watch the ones I’ve already published here.

And that’s it! The kids go back to school this week, so I should have a bit more time to art and craft now. Thanks for stopping by! xxx

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