Friday, 23 January 2015

Project Revisited - Sn@p! Layouts

I'm giving my blog a long overdue makeover, changing the design and trying to streamline it a bit. As part of this blog tidy guess what? I found a guest post in my drafts that I wrote in 2013 for the amazing blog of Katharina Frei. I never published the full post on my blog and I'm sure Katharina won't mind if I do now.

Back in 2013 I bought my first Simple Stories Sn@p! album and promised myself that I would fill it full of lots of lovely pics. Since then I've gone a little pocket-style memory keeping CRAZY haven't I?

Mmm, I really must show more of them on my blog. If you happen to have the Jan/ Feb 2014 issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft 120 then you will have spotted some more of my pocket memory keeping pages in there.

Scrapbooking. Project Life and memory keeping supplies from Simple Stories

This set of pages documents a day of pottering out and about on 15th June 2013, with my partner David.

A day in the life of Kim Dellow in London, a page from my Simple Stories memory keeping journal.

At that time we were lucky enough to live in a wonderful part of London. Give a Toot for Tooting! Walking distance to all sorts of amazing areas of London. 

On that particular day in 2013 we decided to potter about Brixton for the day and try out a pizzeria that David had heard of called Franco Manco - super yum! We shared a pizza then pottered around the shops. 

A day in the life of Kim Dellow in London, a page from my Simple Stories memory keeping journal. Project life and pocket memory keeping.

Of course after all that pottering we had to have a piece of cake didn't we? There is a cafe called Opus that my cousin introduced me to that does Italian style hot chocolate - chocolate heaven to any chocolate freak!

A day in the life of Kim Dellow in London from my Simple Stories memory keeping journal.

Ahh bless we look so young all the way back in 2013, happy days!

I wonder what other blog posts I will find lurking about...

Catch you later,
Memory Keepingators (yeah, don't think that -ator works so well! Doesn't trip off the tongue now does it?)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

DIY Watercolour Gem Journaling Cards

I've been experimenting with the Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens, have you tried them yet? They are a fine line marker pen filled with an opaque, water-based paint and I've got to say I'm a bit in love with them. There are lots of techniques you can do with them but I thought I would show you these fun little watercolour effect gem journaling cards I've made and how I made them.

You Will Need:
Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens
ZIG Watercolor BrusH2O
Watercolor paper
Faber-Castell Pencil
American Crafts Becky Higgins Project Life Dies
Spare paper

Step 1

You need to draw some gem shapes. If you can't sketch the shapes try making yourself a paper template like the one shown above for the octagonal shaped gem.

It is a symmetrical shape so I folded a piece of paper in half then half again and drew the shape in the folded corner of the paper, then cut it out.

Step 2

Now when you unfold the paper you have the gem basic shape. You can draw around it on the watercolour paper in pencil and fill in the interior details by hand.

Step 3

Next I added colour using the Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens and a waterbrush. Press the nib of the Graphik Line Painter pen on a piece of plastic so that some of the paint comes out, then pick up the paint with the waterbrush and fill in the different sections of the gem sketch.

Step 4

Colour each section of the gem separately to give each 'side' of the gem different colour intensities, as if the light was catching the gem in different ways.

Step 5

Let the gem sketch dry completely then with a clean waterbrush add water to one of the gem sides. Before the water has time to dry flick the pen over the picture, the pen will give a nice splatter effect and with luck the gem side with the water will catch some more colour to give a really intense look.

Let the paint dry completely then cut the gem sketch out with the journaling die to use as a journaling card.

Cute aren't they? I have another watercolour effect tutorial using the Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens on the Blitsy Blog so don't forget to go check Blitsy too.

Catch you later.


Sunday, 11 January 2015

Tea Tray Art With Wayfair

Hey Guys, what are you all up to this Sunday? Looking for a new project to get your teeth into? If you are then you might fancy having a quick peek at the website and blog.

I've got a tutorial up showing how to make some tea tray art for the home.

Whilst you are on their site check out some more blogger inspiration on their blog and bag yourself a bargain for your home too!



Thursday, 8 January 2015

Have You Spotted?

Have you spotted my DIY Tin Can Overhaul tutorial on Blitsy?

A bit of recycling to help with your craft stash storage! Is it me or are the brushes I've got in there just way too clean?

Hope you fun with your own DIY Tin Can Overhauls!


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Time For A Cuppa

Happy New Year! I hope that 2015 is a fabulous year for you and your family and full of creativity and wonder!

For my first make of 2015 I have a cuppa-themed make to keep you warm on this cold January day, well cold if you are reading this in the Northern Hemisphere!

I don't know why but I fancy a cup of coffee...hold on a mo...

Ok, I'm back, with a hot cuppa to hand. (I'm so suggestible).

So what projects have you in plan for 2015? I'm working on this at the moment, been planning out what I want to achieve this year both personally and professionally, so lots to work on! What about you, any major plans for 2015?

Well perhaps you need to get yourself a cuppa and join me in the target planning!

See you later.


Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Goodbye 2014

Goodbye 2014, time for a look back at some of my favourite makes from 2014, I do hope you will join me in this journey and post your own look back of the year. Give me a shout if you do, I would love to visit your blog look back post.

If anything catches your eye you can read the original post by clicking on the picture.

Happy New Year and may 2015 be full of creativity for you.


Thursday, 25 December 2014

Friday, 19 December 2014

Tag Or Tree Decorations, That Is The Question

A Christmas make? Do I have any more Christmas makes? Oddly enough I do! How about some elf tags? Or they could double as Christmas tree decorations too. What do you think? Tags or tree decorations?

These two little elves are digital stamps from Alberto LoShakerato and his Etsy Shop ShakyAPlanet*.

You have Sitting Margot with skirt* and Sitting Margot with pants*.

How cute are they? I've coloured them with Prismacolor pencils in case you wanted to know.

So if you are at a loose end, not sure what to do next (as if! Like you have any spare time right?) then you might want to checkout my other seasonal makes for some inspiration?

Click on the pictures to go to the original blog post.

Have a super fun Friday.


[*The Esty links are all affiliated links, which means I get a small commission for referring you to Etsy, but it does not cost you or Alberto anything extra but it does help me to run my blog.]