This Week In My Journal: Sparkle and Shine

Hello again! This week has been about adding sparkle and shine to my journal pages. As the nights draw in and my journaling time gets darker, I love to put on the lights and watch the paper shimmer as I write. It’s like having fairy lights on my page.

To begin my decoration, I used elements from one of the journal embellishment packs in my shop. I love layering the muted colours, the map pieces, and strips of washi tape. For the sparkle, I’ve been splattering the pages with metallic paint, adding a few random gold transparent stickers from my stash and using a gold Gelly Roll pen to fill in the dates which I’ve stencilled on in a variety of fonts. It’s so satisfying to put together and to look at once completed, and come the evening, I can write and enjoy the warmth and light of it all.

Shop News: 11 – 17 October 2021

Hello! Welcome to this week’s shop update. I have a few new products for you this week:

First up, I’d like to introduce you to my band new hand-made, spiral-bound books which contain an eclectic mix of 50 vintage paper pieces, all approximately 6 x 4 inches (15cm x 10.2cm) in size. Each page is from a different vintage book. The book’s back and front covers are made from 225gsm recycled Kraft cardstock, and the spiral is metal with an antique bronze finish. Some of the pages have neat, straight edges and some have rough, distressed edges.

They’re great for using as junk journals or for tearing out the pages to use in other projects. All of the scraps are from books published before 2000. Most are significantly older.

As well as the 6×4 inch books (which are spiral-bound at the side), there are also 6×3.5 inch books (which are spiral bound at the top). Both are a great way to keep a variety of vintage paper scraps on hand and not floating around your desk or craft room!

As well as these two books, I’ve also created a spiral-bound book containing a mix of 50 blank vintage paper pages, most are approximately 6 x 4.25 inches (15cm x 10.8cm) in size, but a few are are a little thinner. I cut every page to size myself and thoughtfully assemble each notebook to provide you with an inspiring, affordable and convenient mix of surfaces that are great to draw, write and even type on. Perfect for use as a notebook or for tearing out the pages to use in other projects.

For a closer look, please visit my online shop.

As well as these three new types of books, an old favourite is back in stock: 50 Large Vintage Paper Tags. Again, these are made up of vintage book pages from 50 different books and are a great way to keep a wide range of papers organised and at your finger-tips. I like to hang them from a hook on my craft trolley.

That’s it for this week! Thanks for stopping by. xxx

Shop News: 04 – 10 October 2021

Hello, and welcome to this week’s shop update. One of my favourite things to add to my journal pages and papercraft projects is tabs, so I already sell a set of mixed paper tabs and a set of vintage paper tabs in the shop. This week, though, I decided to expand the collection of tabs on offer by creating packs of kraft card tabs in three different styles. You can buy them in packs of 40+ tabs as follows:

I love adding kraft card to my projects as it is such a warm yet neutral colour and works with just about anything! As well as the kraft tabs, I’ve also created a set of rainbow-coloured whale tail tabs. There are six of each of the seven colours, making 42 tabs in total. To take a closer look, please visit the shop:

Finally, this week, I laid my hands on vintage copies of three Jane Austen novels, so I thought I’d unleash my inner romantic by creating packs of heart-shaped confetti from these love stories. They’d be great for valentine’s day journal pages or for throwing at a happy couple! You can find out more via the links below:

That’s it for this week! See you soon. xxx

It’s Christmaaaaaaaaaas!

I know it’s only the start of October, but as crafters it’s never to early to start preparing for Christmas. That’s why I’ve released this year’s Christmas Creative Kit now. It’s brimming with a mix of vintage and contemporary elements that will add a festive touch to your seasonal projects.

So, get your journals and craft projects ready for Christmas with this deluxe ‘Vintage Christmas’ Creative Kit. Only 10 kits made. Once they’re gone, they’re gone! Each kit contains:

– 1 ‘Vintage Christmas’ journal embellishment pack.
– at least 10 vintage paper scraps (3×6 inches) including pieces from a 1992 copy of ‘Christmas Stitchery’.
– a green, red and gold sequin mix (approx 2tsp).
– an organza bag containing at least 5 vintage Christmas postage stamps (used) as well as a pile of star confetti punched from vintage book pages.
– a selection of Christmas images taken from a variety of vintage books.
– sheet music taken from a 1992 copy of ‘Joy to the World: Christmas Songbook’.

The ‘Vintage Christmas’ embellishment packs each contain over 100 journal embellishments that have been thoughtfully created and collated for your use. Each pack consists of:

– a variety of tag shapes
– tabs in three styles
– a variety of banner/flag shapes
– a variety of label shapes
– stars in three sizes
– circles in three sizes
– hexagons

The elements in these packs have been made from a variety of contemporary and vintage papers, including pages from ‘The Chimes’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens (published in 1974) and pages from a 1982 copy of ‘Favourite Hymns and Carols’. The embellishments made from scrapbook papers have a pattern on the front and are plain white on the back. The scrapbook paper used is 100gsm so the embellishments shouldn’t bulk out your journals too much!

Each kit will come wrapped in tissue paper and red and white bakers twine. Great for scrapbooking, junk journaling, art journaling, happy mail and other paper crafts. Perfect for beginners who would like to try lots of different items in their journals and for seasoned crafters who need to jump-start their creativity!

If the deluxe kit is a little too much for your needs, the embellishment pack is also available to buy separately. To get your hands on the creative kit or the embellishment pack, head over to my online shop to take a look.

Thanks for stopping by! xxx

New In The Shop: More Vintage Paper Scraps!

One of the best sellers in my shop, is my Vintage Paper Scraps. I love to source old books, pamphlets and maps (and whatever else I can lay my hands on!) and turn them into eclectic, affordable and convenient packs of paper that will inspire you and cultivate your creativity.

Usually, each pack contains over 50 scraps from a wide variety of different sources, but this week, I thought I’d make up some similar packs, but with just one source in each pack. So, now in the shop, you can buy the original packs which contain a mix of papers, but you can also buy packs that contain papers from just the Children’s Encyclopedia published in the 1920s. There’s also a set of packs that only contain scraps from the 1969 edition of the Children’s Brittanica.

As these two new packs contain scraps from encyclopedias they contain papers with lot of of different subjects, fonts, colours, photographs and illustrations. The Childeren’s Encyclopedia packs are particularly charming as they really show their age through yellowing and wear and tear. To find out more, follow the links to the shop below:

Thanks for stopping by! x

EBDUK: Life Cycle of an A5 Core Sheet

Life Cycle of an A5 Core Sheet

Hello, stickerators! It’s me, Natalie. For this month’s EllieBeth Designs UK blog post, I wanted to share how I get the most out of one of my favourite sticker sheets: the A5 Core sheet. It’s almost inevitable that not every sticker on a sheet will be used the first time around, so I’ve created a little system for making sure that, ultimately, no sticker is left behind.

Firstly, when my A5 Core sheet arrives, I slip it into a poly pocket and add it to the A5 Core sheet section of my A5 sticker binder. Sometimes, I get an A5 Core sheet as part of a mini essentials kit. When that happens, I add the whole kit to the same poly pocket in the A5 Core sheet section, just to keep everything together.

Next, when it comes time to use the A5 Core sheet, I set up my weekly schedule with whatever stickers I need from it, and then I peel off the excess sticker paper, punch the backing paper and insert it into my bullet journal, so that if I need more stickers during the week, they are to hand.

After that, once the week is done and I have used all the stickers I need, I put what’s left of the A5 Core sheet back into its poly pocket (along with any other sheets from the same collection) and move it to the BACK of the Daily Log section of my sticker binder. This is where I keep my Days and Days sheets and any other leftover sheets that could be used to set up my daily logs.

Lastly, when setting up the daily logs in my bullet journal, I take sheets from the FRONT of the Daily Log section of my sticker binder. Once I’ve finished setting up a week’s worth of daily logs, I move those stickers to the BACK of my Daily Log section. This way, all the different collections of stickers (made up from whatever sheets and leftovers I have) cycle through my sticker binder which keeps my bullet journal fresh and makes sure everything eventually gets used. Once I have used absolutely everything I can use from this section of my sticker binder, I take any leftover stickers and add them to my reusable sticker album, which I keep in my planner pouch. This is very useful, as it means I can grab whatever I need whenever I need it for whatever spread I’m working on.

So, that’s how I get the most out of my A5 Core sheet – and all my sticker sheets really! How about you? How do you make sure no sticker is left behind?

Thanks for reading. Until next time … keep stickerating!

Love Natalie x

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Taking the Headaches Out of Holidays

Last week, my family and I went away on holiday. We stayed in a flat in Swanage, which we used as a base for days out to the beach and surrounding countryside. I have a love-hate relationship with holidays. I love taking a break from home, seeing different sights, walking different walks, breathing different air, but I hate the decision-making that goes into it – what should we pack, what should we eat, where should we go, what should we do? Such questions can make the whole event mentally taxing when it should be mentally relaxing!

One of the things I’ve done to reduce the mental taxation of holidays is to create a digital packing list. I have a list of everything each member of the family needs to pack, plus a list of all the things we need to pack as a family, from clothes to toiletries to food to entertainment. Whenever it’s time to pack, I review it, update it and print it off so that everything that needs to get packed, gets packed and ticked off the list. If I find that something is missing from the list, I make a note of it and add it to the digital list once we return from our holiday, so it’s up-to-date for the next time we go away.

(On a side note: it’s fun to look back on past lists and see how family life has changed. When the kids were smaller, it featured things like toys and colouring books, now it features phones and chargers.)

Eating well while on holiday can be a bit of a challenge. At home, I do all the meal-planning, grocery shopping and cooking, and obviously, while on holiday, I wanted a break from all that, but just saying, ‘I’m not doing it,’ is not really an option – that would be more of a headache than it’s worth! Someone needs to take responsibility for feeding the family, so this time, all I did was pack enough food for the week’s breakfasts, snacks and lunches and then left the evening meal to chance. It worked out okay in the end; we decided on the day what we wanted for dinner and ended up having fish ‘n’ chips on the beach, takeaway pizza, quick-and-easy cold meats and salad (twice), and a quick-and easy-stir fry. All the last two required were a couple of ten minute trips to the supermarket (by my husband) which was just around the corner.

Although I ate differently than I would have done had I been home, I feel I ate well. I made sure I ate the rainbow each day and didn’t binge on ultra-processed foods. I ate in moderation, and I’m happy with that.

We did a lot of things on holiday, more activity than I’d normally do in a week. We:

  • walked around The Blue Pool in Wareham
  • walked along Studland Beach (collecting seaglass)
  • walked around Swanage (several times)
  • did The Woodland Walk at Durlston Country Park

The rest of the family did more exercise than I did. There was also a walk to Corfe Castle (and a steam train ride back) and a walk to Winspit. In the evenings, we chilled at the flat, watching movies (and the footie), reading, surfing the web etc. Some days, choosing what to do was easy, somedays it wasn’t, depending on our individual moods and energy levels. It did help to have an idea of what we wanted from the holiday and a list of ideas to choose from. Before the holiday, we’d all sat down and discussed how we each wanted to spend our time, and we used our local knowledge and the tourist information website to come up with a list of possible activities. We also agreed that we didn’t have to do everything together.

As children grow up, family holidays change. It always seems to take us by surprise that what was fun last year, won’t necessarily be fun the next – this year, there were no trips to the arcades, no crabbing from the jetty, no sitting on the beach all day digging holes. The kids were less content to hang around with us, taking life slowly, just resting and relaxing, and that did cause some huffing and puffing, but we worked it all out in the end and had a (mostly) enjoyable time together.

(On another side note: the kids are actually old enough now to go off and do things on their own, but I don’t think they’ve quite realised that yet! Maybe next year.)

So, all this to say that a little forethought, an honest discussion or two, plenty of give-and-take and a bunch of lists can go a long way to taking the headaches out of holidays. Now, if only I’ll remember that next summer …