Planning Out Loud: December 2018

Hello! In today’s video I set up my bullet journal for December using the Galaxy Creative kit and the ‘And So the Adventure Begins’ sticker collection from EllieBeth Designs UK. Thanks for watching! xxx

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Design Team News and Weekly Round-Up: 19 – 25 Nov 2018

Hello, and welcome to this week’s round-up post! Last week was all about recovering from the Health and Wellbeing Day last weekend – I made sure I had a restful Sunday and a slow start to the week. Still, I got a lot done …

On Monday, I shared a mixed media layout created using Distress Inks and lots of water! You can watch the process video here. On Tuesday, I shared a card made using Cheeky Studio Sweet Succulent ephemera. On Wednesday, I shared a watercolour Christmas card featuring a sentiment from the Mama Makes Sending Hugs stamp set. On Thursday, I shared another Christmas card made using stamps from Skull and Cross Buns.

As well as sharing previously-made projects, I also made a set of custom cards, an art journal layout, and a 12×12  scrapbook layout. YOu can watch the accompanying videos here and here.

On Friday, I received my December design team pack from EllieBeth Designs UK. It was the absolutely stunning Galaxy Creative Pack which I couldn’t wait to use, so on Saturday I filmed a live video on the EBDUK facebook group and turned the creative pack into a mini album using my tag dies from Tim Holtz. I’m going to use the album to record my daily gratitude in December.

This mini album will be a lovely accompaniment to the And So the Adventure Begins sticker collection that I’ll be using in my bullet journal next month. Speaking of which; this is how my bullet journal looked at the start of this week. The stickers are from the EBDUK Winter Dreams collection.

On Sunday, I did a bit of scrapbooking, just for fun and for the Winter Olympics Challenge over at For the Love of Pretty Paper. Not a huge fan of the chevron paper, but at least it got used!

Well, I think that about wraps it up! Next week, I need to crack on with some Watercolour Mastery practice and my December design team makes. Thanks for stopping by! xxx

If you’d like to buy anything from the shops I’m on the design team for, you can use the discount codes below!

  • Cheeky Studio – for 10% off your order, use the discount code: natalie1o (excludes kit club subscription).
  • EllieBeth Designs UK – for 10% off your order, use the discount code: NATALIE10.
  • Mama Makes – for 20% off your first order, use the discount code: IMNEW.
  • Skull and Cross Buns – for 10% off your order, use the discount code: DESIGNTEAM.
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Mixed Media Monday: Bubble Wrap Brayer

Hello! In today’s Mixed Media Monday video I experiment by wrapping bubble wrap around my brayer then printing with Brusho. Hope you enjoy it! xxx

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Scrapping Out Loud: Galaxy Tag Album

Hello! Here is the edited version of the live video I did in the EllieBeth Designs UK Facebook group. I created a tag album using the EBDUK Galaxy Creative Pack which will only be available to purchase between 8am and 11.59pm on Monday 26 November 2018 on the website.

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Planning Out Loud: W/B 26 November 2018

Hello! Here’s this week’s Plan With Me Video. I went a bit sticker-happy with the deco, but it’s the last week of November and I wanted to get the most out of the Winter Dreams collection before I move on to my December theme …

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Scrapping Out Loud: You Are Wonderful

Hello! For today’s Scrapping Out Loud video, I did used masking tape and watercolour to make a background. You can see how it went in the video below. Thanks for stopping by! xxx

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Art Journaling Out Loud: The Light Shines

Hello! Here’s today’s Wednesday video. I asked on YouTube what people would like to see from me this week, and ‘an art journal spread’ received the largest share of the votes. So here it is …

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Design Team News and Weekly Round-Up: 12 – 18 Nov 2018

If I had to sum up last week in just one word, I’d choose the word productive. As well as all my usual design team work, and the Watercolour Mastery course I’m taking, I had all the preparations for Saturday’s Health and Wellbeing Day to do – which, by the way, went very well. If you like, you can read about it here.

So what about design team work? For Cheeky Studio, I shared two cards I made using the Sweet Succulent ephemera, and one 12×12 layout I made using the August kit and Notebook Nancy ephemera.

For Mama Makes, I used a sentiment stamp from the Sending Hugs set on a Christmas card. It’s not always appropriate to send someone a ‘merry’ Christmas card, so I like to make some that might be more suitable. For Skull and Cross Buns, I used several elements from their new Christmas range to create another Christmas card. It’s rather unusual, but I like it!

For EllieBeth Designs UK, I shared a few peeks of my planner and used the new Winter Dreams collection to set up this week in my bullet journal.

For Watercolour Mastery, I had another bash at the beach scene I painted last weekend. As I knew I wouldn’t have much time to paint, I decided to do smaller versions of the painting on greetings cards and try different colours to see how they effected the mood of the painting.My favourite is the one on the right. I think I achieved a better variation in value, and the colours are brighter, more uplifting. After painting these, I took them along to the craft fayer, and, interestingly, the only one that didn’t sell was the one on the left which has darker and stormier tones.

As for the other cards I made for the Health and Wellbeing Day, here they are:

I didn’t make them all from scratch, some of them were half made and I just finished them off. Still, it was a very productive week – my die-cutting machine has never seen so much action! Some of these cards are still available to buy via my Etsy shop, and 25p from the sale of every card will be donated to the Southern Health Recovery College.

So that was last week. What about this week? Well, I’ve got my usual design team makes to share and a bunch of custom cards to make and an Etsy order to fulfill. I’ll also be tackling this week’s Watercolour Mastery lesson which is all about different ways to paint from reference photos. Plus there are some facebook challenges I’d like to try to do, and a few videos I need to film. I’ll tell you how I got on with all that next Monday.

Until then, don’t forget, if you’d like to buy anything from the shops I’m on the design team for, you can use the discount codes below!

  • Cheeky Studio – for 10% off your order, use the discount code: natalie1o (excludes kit club subscription).
  • EllieBeth Designs UK – for 10% off your order, use the discount code: NATALIE10.
  • Mama Makes – for 20% off your first order, use the discount code: IMNEW.
  • Skull and Cross Buns – for 10% off your order, use the discount code: DESIGNTEAM.

Thanks for stopping by! xxx

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Planning Out Loud: W/B 19 November 2018

It’s a day later than usual, but here’s this week’s Plan With Me video. I was so busy preparing for yesterday’s Health and Wellbeing Day that I didn’t have time to record on Friday – I didn’t want to squeeze it in and rush it, so I decided to postpone it to Sunday when I had more time. So, here it is … I know we’re technically still in Autumn, but I fancied a change and used the lovely warm Winter Dreams sticker collection from EllieBeth Designs UK for this week’s set-up. Hope you like it as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by. xxx

Don’t forget: for 10% off your order at EllieBeth Designs UK, use the discount code NATALIE10.

Come join the Crafting Out Loud Facebook group. We are a supportive bunch of arters and crafters sharing our makes, tricks and tips with each other.

If you’d like to financially support my channel please visit my online shop, StonetableDesignsUK, and buy one of my unique, handmade cards. Thank you!

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Heath and Wellbeing Day: Cards for Recovery

It’s Saturday evening, and I’m sitting on the sofa with my feet up. It’s been a long day, but a fruitful and enjoyable one – I’ve been selling my cards out the local Health and Wellbeing Day.

All week, I’ve been painting watercolour cards and thinking about how best to display my wares. In the end, I decided to divvy the cards up into type, to help people find what they might be looking for, so I had a stand for Christmas cards, a stand for birthday cards and three baskets: one for thinking of you and get well soon cards; one for friendship cards and note cards; and one for thank you cards and congratulations cards. I definitely think it helped as I sold more cards this year than I did last year!

I wasn’t just selling cards this year, though. I was also raising money and awareness for my local Recovery College, and have donated 25p from the sale of every card to their Just Giving page. The Recovery College has played a massively important role in my recovery from mental illness, and I wanted to give something back to them. The money raised via the Just Giving page will be going toward the publication of the Hope book which will be made available to people living with and recovering from mental illness. Going forward, I’ll be donating money from the sale of all the cards I make.

Thank you to everyone who came along and bought cards today! It was lovely to chat to you, and I hope you enjoy sending the cards. If you couldn’t make it to the Health and Wellbeing Day, but would like to purchase one or more of my cards, you can find them in my Etsy shop. Postage and Packing is free within mainland UK and rates are low for the rest of the world.

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