Watercolour Pencil Class With Altenew Striped Floral Stamps

Hello Everyone!

I am back from my trip to Alberta, and have a ton of work to catch up on! Saturday was my first class after getting back, and it was the Watercolour Pencil Class posted here. But before I begin, I would like to share with you a couple of photos of flowers that were given me before class started. It was my birthday on Thursday, and a dear sweet lady that has taken classes from me for years, came in singing "Happy Birthday" and gave me a gorgeous bouquet of flowers!

Thank you again for the beautiful flowers!

Let's get back to the class photo post...

For this class we worked on using Watercolour Pencils with gold heat embossing and to create a more loose and impressionistic style.

So lets have a look at some of the photos I took. Because I am so busy right now, I did not take the time to edit all the photos, but you can see the beautiful work that was created in class.

The first piece we created, with the gold embossing -

Beautiful, aren't they.

For the next one more of the photos turned out...

Well that is it for this class. I have the Spellbinders Educator class coming up tomorrow and need to get back to work. I am trying to completed another card kit for the studio with instructions to complete, and have the homework kits ready for the Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Diorama Card class, plus create samples for the next Spellbinders Educator class. All this for tomorrow! I wonder if I will get it all done?

Thank you for stopping by today to have a look. I hope to have another post for you tomorrow, or latest some time on Thursday.

Happy creating everyone!

Happy Valentines Day!

Yesterday, I said you would not get another post from me for a while. However, as I remembered that it was Valentines Day I could at least wish you all a Happy Valentines Day!

The next thing I knew I was checking out all of my old Valentine posts, and while browsing thought "Why not show some of these again!" Hope you do not mind seeing some of them again. I picked out some of my favourites starting from 2010. So this may be a photo heavy post with lots to see.

As I like the ones I chose to re-share with you, I will start with the lower end of the totem working up to my favourites last. Some of these are from long ago before I discovered photo editing, so the photography will not always be that great, but the card is worth showing. Enjoy!

Can you tell that I love this sweet stamp set I used for Valentine cards? I still have it, and I think I will pull it out again to see what I can come up with in the next while.

Well, these are the ones that I liked best from the past years. One thing that I noticed, is that the last three years I did not post any Valentine cards. We will see what next year brings.

Hope you are inspired from these older cards even though today is Valentines day, you may have a last minute card to make, or need ideas for other times for sharing love notes, or just use the design for a totally different themed card.

Have a wonderful Valentines Day everyone! And happy creating.

While I Am Away...BuJo 12

Welcome back for more bullet journaling stuff. For those of you that are waiting for more card making posts, this will be the last BuJo post, but I am afraid it will be a while before the next card making post will be up. I have to make some new class samples first.

As I mentioned yesterday, these photos are the 'back to regular routine' weekly layout for the 8th week of the year. Done the same as before, but has the added floral doodles. Have to think what kind of doodles, sketching, or even stamping that I will do for the month of March. That is fast approaching!

You can tell that these pages are not quite completed, but are ready enough for you to see the idea of the layout.

I am writing this last post here in Calgary a couple of days before this post is scheduled, and I want to mention something that I discovered about my bullet journal. When I went to order my bullet journal I made sure that I looked for certain recommended things for a bujo notebook. But the one I got is starting to come apart. The front cover has separated from the main part of the notebook exposing the spine. I do not believe I have mishandled my bujo, even with the travelling, so perhaps getting one that was cheaper than others may make a difference.

I have watched videos where bullet journalers have compared notebooks and chosen the ones they felt where best. A lot of them really like and use the Leuchtturm journals but find there is a bit of ghosting. So after testing them out many like the 'Scribbles that Matter' notebooks over the Leuchttrum, and then next the 'Dingbats' journals over the Leuchttrum notebooks. So, before leaving for Alberta I did not have much success finding a 'Scribbles that Matter' notebook, but did find I could order 'Dingbats'. So, I ordered two that should be home when I arrive. When February comes to a close, I will need a new one to migrate/transfer to.

Thank you for coming here to check out something that is not card or paper crafting related. I just thought you might like to see something rather than nothing for a few weeks. And, it is still creative in a different way.

If you are still interested in see future bullet journal posts any way, just make a comment below, and I will see about adding some here and there. This will be my last post for a few days, but hopefully in 10 days or so I will have something new to share with you.

In the mean time Happy Creating! And thank you for coming to this blog to check things out.

While I Am Away...BuJo 11

Ok, are you ready for more Bullet Journaling?

Well, today I am showing you two additional pages that I included. I was thinking that I may want to take what I wrote daily, or perhaps even include things that I did not write for the daily highlights, and write about the highlights of my stay in each town/city that I will be in. I must say that I am partial to these pages because of how my floral doodles turned out on them. I chose to emphasize the peach colour florals with green text for my Cardston stay with my sister, and the yellow florals with peach text for my stay in Calgary with my daughter and grandchildren.

These are it for the pages I have set up for my trip to Alberta. However, I went ahead and completed my layout for the week after I return back home as well. You know, back to the regular routine. I thought that I would have little time to do a layout, when I need to unpack, do some laundry etc. when I return because i will also need to prepare for a very basic Bullet Journal class for my church women's group just three days after my return and prepare for a Watercolour Pencil class for that Saturday with a bunch of other things in between. It seems when you return home from somewhere there is a ton of stuff to do after being away.  So, the next few scheduled posts will be showing you these layouts as well. So you can stop by tomorrow for some more BuJo spread ideas.

Happy creating!

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While I Am Away...BuJo 10

With me traveling and spending time with family, I decided my usual weekly layout was not going to work too well. I also knew that I would be very busy with family and probably would not write as much on a daily basis as I did for January. So I figured that I would need to change all that. I decided to create daily pages that combined some of the weekly features such as the food tracker, gratitude tracker, spending tracker, and a smaller journaling portion on the page. And since I would be able to print 2 x 3 photos on my Sprocket, I could add a photo of the day kind of thing. That is why I left a blank corner in my daily layout. I even left a blank box next to the date, to doodle in the weather of the day.

Did you notice the little birthday cake doodle in the second layout? That is my symbol that it is someone's birthday, and I can go check the yearly birthday spread to find out who's it is if I have forgotten. You can see that I am showing you the layout twice. That is because I decided to use yellow date banners and peach box fills for now week, and reverse the colours for the following week. I loved adding the flower doodles here and there, too.

So when I get back from my trip I will evaluate if this setup worked for traveling or not, so that the next time I go somewhere for a few days, I will know what worked and set it up accordingly.See you tomorrow for a little more on my Bullet Journal set up for the month of February.

Happy Creating!

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While I Am Away...BuJo 9

Whoops! It looks like I forgot to actually click post for the rest and they have been sitting in 'draft' mode the last couple of days.

Continuing on with my February monthly layout, you can see below my Habit tracker. I did it a little differently than my January one. I added more habits, and positioned all the 'add a number' rows together, all the 'colour in' rows together, and all the 'mark' ones together. And to keep with the  February theme, I added the doodle flowers. I placed the key on the right rather than at the bottom this time.

Next you will see an addition to my monthly spread; a 'Brain Dump' page where I can add thoughts, ideas, that I can remind myself of or for adding to goals or future tasks.

I did not have this for January, and am finding that I use this a fair bit and the month isn't even half done yet. I am thinking that I will continue to create a 'Brain Dump' or 'Idea Page' every month from now on, and because I like the corner doodles, I am considering adding the occasional 'Doodle Page' as well.

See you tomorrow for more Bullet Journal sharing, and "Happy Creating".

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While I Am Away...BuJo 8

Hope your week is going well so far. Today we are continuing with the monthly part of the February set up. Everyone needs a budget, right? I decided to help keep me on track that I would use the envelope method. Though it is not literally envelopes with money in them, I can create envelopes for different categories, and fill in the amount I spend till the envelope is filled up or in other words, empty of money.

This is the first time I am trying this system for my Bullet Journal. I will see if this will work for me, keeping me on track.

Next I am sharing with your my Future Class Project pages/ I designed them differently this time so that I could include a Sprocket photo (2 x 3) of the class project on each page.

You can see that I have continued with the same colours I started out with for February, but for the Project pages, I used some different colours. I have four of these pages for the month, the other two have different colours.

Hope that you are all having a great time doing something creative this week. I am sure that I will be having a wonderful time with my sisters when you see this post.

Take care, and happy creating!

While I Am Away...BuJo 7

Hope you are enjoying my series on my Bullet Journal while I am away. Yesterday I said we would begin with February. But, before we can do that it is good to review your bullet journaling experience over the last month, and determine what worked well for you, what did not work well, and if any changes need to made to your spreads and layouts. Not every bullet journal actually makes a spread for that, but the few that have, I realized that to be productive and to achieve your gaols, this is a good thing to do.

So this is my January Review Page. I have penciled some thoughts along the way, but will not be filling it out until I and at the airport on the 1st or on the plane. But you can see what I have done so far.

And here, just like in January, I have my "Hello February" spread that includes a printed quote Meme sticker and some flower doodling for the month. I decided to not include hearts or red or pink. I went with the happy colours of yellow and peach with at touch of pink and blue here and there.

So before I can get into the weekly/daily plans and routine, I need to take care of some monthly things; like the calendar.  I did not show you one for January, but here is February's continuing with the flower doodles. I did not do the lettering. I decided to see what I could do on the compute using some of the lovely fonts available there and my printable sticker sheets! While I was at it, I printed 'February' in different sizes using them throughout the month's set up. Since I did not want to wast sticker paper, I printed for March and April as well using different fonts. Looking forward touring them too. I also decided to not only include the next morn in miniature, but the next two. I find this very helpful when planning ahead in my notes sections.

Of course, if I want to keep my goals, I need to set up for what I can do in February to help achieve them. This is the set up I decided to try out and see if it would work for me.

Not only do I se the goal for each category, but link it to an oval that has some steps I can take in February to accomplish my yearly goals. I haven't completed it yet, and hope to do so while at the airport on the 1st.

Well that is it for today. Tomorrow we will check out some more monthly spreads.

Hope you are enjoying the tour! Take car everyone!

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While I Am Away...BuJo 6

Ready for more? More Bullet Journaling? Yesterday was a post about some of my weekly set up. I also like to write in a journal. I have times in my life when I was very faithful with that, and then years where I did not keep a journal. I decided that not only do I like to write down thoughts and happenings, but they are so interesting to go back to. So why not include a page for each day to journal? Sometimes I use less than a page, and other times a little more, but I do leave 7 pages for journaling at the end of my weekly spread.

Just a simple heading for the day, and sometimes I will include a printed Quote Meme stick, or other time a photos I took that day and print it on my Sprocket so that it is small enough to include on the page.

Half way through my weekly spreads for January, I decided to include this spread, as well as an itinerary (which I will not include in the photos). Even thous you can see what I wrote on my lists, I think you can see that I made two columns of circle bullets to fill in. One for when I pack to leave, and one for when I pack to return home so that I do not leave anything behind in Alberta.

 Well, that is it for the month of January. Tomorrow you will start to see my February spreads. Because I will be away for a while, I created my pages differently for that period of time. More of a daily layout. So be sure to stop by. I even did some doodling on the pages, which really brightened them up.

Have a great day everyone!

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