Sunday, 8 May 2016

May Personal Planner Decorating

Good Morning :)
I am back today to share my decorated planner inserts from my personal planner.

The insert I have decorated is a week on two pages, these are my own design.
I have used fussy cut dots from the Make it Happen paper in the May page kit to decorate the top and bottom of the inserts.

The checklist stickers are a free download from my planner envy There are lots of gorgeous free sticker downloads there :)

The word banners are my own design printed on to cardstock. I created a selection of colours and text and they all now live in a divided storage box ready for future decorating.

That's it from me today I will be working on some more projects using the May Page kit and will share as soon as they are completed.
Have a lovely Sunday thanks for stopping by
Michele :)

Saturday, 7 May 2016

May Carpe Diem Planner Decorating

Good Morning :)
This month I have used some of the May Page kit to decorate my planner pages.

First up is some pocket love :) I filled the Carpe Diem pockets with various diecuts from Kaisercrafts Finders Keeps collection and one of the fringe hearts from the May kit. In the top pocket I added a calendar card and journal card from the subscriber gift pack. I had a cute pink and aqua owl clip which I added to hold one of the rubber banners from the kit.

For my month on two pages I have cut out some of the gorgeous clouds from the Simple Stories Fist Bump paper and stuck them to the bottom of the page. From the Simple stories Make it Happen paper I cut out a few of the dots to decorate the top of the page. 
I've filled some of the squares with pattern paper and added a few random number stickers (Carpe diem).

I've used the Gold Thickers from the May add on kit for the month title and a few of the text stickers from the Simple Stories sticker sheet (May add on) along with a little gold glitter washi tape.

My little banner stickers are white stickers coloured with Copics and Distress Markers and cut to size, a bit fiddly but it meant I had a better colour match.

The last insert is a general month overview with to do lists, goals and birthdays/events. 
For this insert I made a little cloud template and cut clouds from the Maggie Holmes Spring paper.
The title banners I created myself on my computer. 
So that's it for my Carpe Diem planner this month, I don't generally decorate my weekly pages in this planner I tend to decorate my personal planner more :)
Have you used this month's kit for your planner? Share a link in the comments I'd love to see what you have done :)
Have a brilliant day thanks for stopping by
Michele :)

Friday, 6 May 2016

May Page Kit ~ Happy Together

Good Morning :)
The May Page kit was released this week in the C4E store.

Happy Together is a bright kit featuring products from Maggie Holmes and Simple Stories.

The papers have pretty clouds, bold text, watercolour dots and fringe effects!

The embellishments include a gorgeous fringe heart and cute rubber banner.

Included in the kit is a project sheet with instructions to complete the feature layout ~ Happy Together

The layout features fringed papers, fussy cut dots and stickers from the add on kit.

There are 2 add on kits this month, add on #1 includes lots of alpha stickers and two rubber tags from Maggie Holmes.
Add on #2 has one sheet of the Simple Stories alpha stickers.

Page kits and add on are all available in the store now.

I will be back tomorrow with some planner inspiration using the May Page kit!
Have a wonderful day thanks for stopping by
Michele :)

Saturday, 30 April 2016

May Page kit Sneak Peek

Good Morning :)
The last day of April today and time for a quick sneak peek at the May Page kit.

For the May kit I've combined products from two gorgeous collections.

The kit and add on kits will be available from tomorrow May 1st.
If you are a member of the kit club you should be receiving your kits very soon!
Kit club members receive their kits before they are released and receive other fabulous benefits there are a few spaces available if you would like to join hop over HERE

I will be back next week with all the details and feature layout :)
Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend thanks for stopping by
Michele :)

Friday, 29 April 2016

Art Journal ~ You Make Life Beautiful

Good Morning :)
Ok last one I promise lol! I really have enjoyed the April kit, I managed to create 3 layouts, 2 planner spreads, a card and finally an art journal page. 

I made a double spread in my Art journal, the Art Journal is a cheap journal I picked up in Asda a while ago, the pages are a little thin but a good coat of Gesso helps :)

The first thing I did was add Modelling Paste through a stencil (crafters Workshop Deco Leaves) Once dry I added Distress inks( Craked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough) and lots of water drying it and adding more colour in stages. I finished off the background with a light splatter of Vintage Photo distress ink mixed with Matt Medium.

I used some scraps of pattern paper from the April kit and cut out a large flower from the Waterlily paper.
This I cut in half and placed in the center of the spread. I stamped a few leaves using the Kaisercraft Sea Breeze stamp set and added a sentiment banner from their collectables.

I tucked some cotton thread and cheese cloth behind the papers and flower.

The "believe" diecut is also from the Kaisercraft Sea Breeze collectables.

To be honest I wasn't sure if the spread wouldn't be messed up when I closed the journal but so far it seems to have survived!

I'm definitely a white space crafter lol! I will be doing more pages with white space I think :)
Do you like to cover the whole page with colour or do you like some white space?

Well April is almost over now and as we head in to May I will be sharing May Page kit inspiration :)
The May kit will be available May 1st in limited numbers, I will be back tomorrow with a sneek peek :)
Have a wonderful day thanks for stopping by
Michele :)

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Mixed Media card ~ Be Happy and Smile

Good Morning :)
Last week at the Crafts 4 Eternity monthly crop the workshop was Clever Clusters. We used printed die cuts to make cluster embellishments for layouts, cards and more!
I made this card as part of the demonstration.
The April Page Kit includes a selection of die cuts.

It's quite simple in design but has a mixed media background and lots of dimension.

The die cuts used are from Kaisercrafts Sea Breeze collection. I added washi tape pieces and silver thread between the layers of diecuts.

The background was an experiment! I saw an article in the Docrafts magazine where a crackle background was created using PVA glue and acrylic paint.
You paint a thick layer of PVA glue on to cardstock, then a thick layer of acrylic paint on top whilst the glue is still wet. when you dry it with a heat tool it cracks.
It was a quick process and the effect was ok, not as good as a crackle product but I do like to experiment :)

Have you tried a new technique recently? Did it work or was it a complete disaster ?
I will be back soon with my final project using the April Page kit.
Have a wonderful day thanks for stopping by :)
Michele :)

Friday, 22 April 2016

April Layout ~ Seeing you Smile...

Good Morning :)
I am back today with a layout using the April Page Kit and Add On Kit.

I used a lot of the stickers from the Sea Breeze sticker sheet on this layout.

The die cuts (Collectables) in the Sea Breeze collection are gorgeous!

I added some cotton thread and ink splatters (Vintage photo and Cracked Pistachio Distress inks)
and a sprinkling of sequins.

On the sticker sheet there are faux washi tape stickers and 12" border stickers, I cut pieces of the border stickers and added them with the faux washi stickers so they look like little pieces of washi.

The photo is off my youngest son Alix, taken last year at a local nature reserve. 
The title "seeing you smile makes me happy" is so true, Alix has a lovely smile and rarely shares it outside the family.

What makes you smile?
I will be back soon with more inspiration using the April kit (I really did enjoy using this kit lol!)
Thanks for stopping by have a lovely day
Michele :)

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Joyce ~ April Page kit Layout

Hello :) 
I have another layout to share today, I have used the April Page Kit and Add on kit to complete this layout.

The layout was inspired by the gorgeous border sticker from the Add on kit (left side)
It was just too pretty not to use!

I did a little stamping using the Kaisercraft Sea Breeze stamp set and brown Stazon ink.

The central photo cluster is made up of pattern papers and die cuts from the collection.
The title alphas are also from the add on kit (Kaisercraft Sea Breeze)

 I loved the look of the large flower on my month on 2 pages planner insert so I cut out a large flower from the Waterlily paper and added it to the bottom right corner.

I have really enjoyed playing with this kit and have another layout, Art Journal page and a card to share still!
There are still a few April kits available HERE.
and Add on kits can be found HERE

What is your starting point when creating a layout?
Have a wonderful weekend thanks for stopping by!
Michele :)

Saturday, 9 April 2016

April Personal Planner Decorating

Good Morning :)
I am back to share my personal planner decorating using the C4E April Page kit.
This planner is a purple 2 ring binder from Staples, all the dividers, page markers & inserts I have made myself. It includes my menu planning, month and weekly planning and a note/wishlist section. The binder is very robust which it needs to be with me lol!

These inserts are a week on two pages which I made myself.

I made my own number stickers using small white round stickers (from the range) coloured them with a Copic marker then wrote the numbers on them.

As with my month spread in my Carpe Diem planner I used the Kaisercraft Sea Breeze stamp set, brown Stazon ink pad and some left over bits from the April Page kit. 
Not too overly decorated leaving plenty of room for my scribbles.
I don't decorate every week but when I have some time I use what ever happens to be out on my craft desk and a few bits of stash from my planner bag.

I will be back soon with more inspiration from the April Page kit.
Have you used a page kit to decorate your planner?
Share your links in the comments :)
Have a wonderful day thanks for stopping by
Michele :)

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