Hello my arty crafty friends. It has been a long time since I posted on my blog. Too long if I was to believe that my success as blogger depended on being more consistent, pin-worthy, sharable, likable and gathering a large following. Well, actually my success as a blogger does depend on those things, BUT not my success as a living, breathing being. So while keeping all things in perspective I’d like to welcome you to not only my first post in ages,

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My Shining Year Hybrid Goal Planner

Welcome to Part Two of my Goal Planner For 2017 series. Last week I showed how I made myself a journal to use for the coming year with re-purposed materials. This week I’m going to take you through how I’m using the journal in conjunction with the Shining Year Life + Biz Goal Planner Workbooks 2017 by Leonie Dawson.

I bought the downloadable version of the planners because I knew I wanted to work her format into my own journal.

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How I Set Up My Goal Planning For My Shining Year AheadĀ 

Making a Junk Journal Planner

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I’ve long had issues of resistance to using diaries and planners, but recently I stumbled upon a way of ‘writing it down’ that not only appealed to me in the first instance, but has consistently helped me to stay engaged with writing. You can read about it here.

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Using Gelli Prints to Collage a Peacock

It has been a few weeks since I created a completed art page in one of my journals so I set aside some time today to see if I could make something. The internet is a great source of inspiration and facebook in particular has a number of special interest groups dedicated to art journaling. You can be sure I have joined a couple of those groups,

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Customising felt with Gelli printing.

 

Felt is a very versatile fabric for crafting with, but it does come in a narrow range of colour options and even less pattern options. Today I’m going to show you a quick and mess free way to customise your felt pieces with stencils and a Gelli Plate. Now, “mess” is a very subjective notion so before you proceed I’ll give you my definition of mess free before we get into the nitty gritty.

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Little Snippets of My Maker Adventuring Through the Lockyer Valley

Happy colourful Springtime to all. Things are warming up in my part of the world and new energy is swirling around. Birds are nesting, the cows are calving, and the days are longer. And I have been a busy little bee. As I’ve been filling my days with arts and crafts and handmade I thought of a hundred stories I could have bought to the blog but too often I was caught up in the moment of just being.

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A record of my Schmincke Desire, Acquisition and First Dips

I waited a long time to buy my first set of Schmincke watercolour pans. I was first made aware of them back in 2014 while doing an online course (Supplies Me!) with Jane Davenport. She made me aware of a whole lot of other art supplies too for that matter, but my means, like most,

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Presentation Inspiration For Small Handmade Gifts

 

Today on the blog I’m sharing with you a very simple idea for adding some pretty appeal to small hand made gifts, for giving or craft stall presentations. October is a busy month for many crafters as they start working on their holiday projects. It is also Breast Care Awareness Month, and since most crafters are traditionally women, this is a cause close to their hearts.

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When writing does not come easily.

I have a confession to make. Something that makes me feel strange to admit. I have an aversion to the physical act of writing. That’s right! A blogger that has no qualms about blogging word filled posts but has a resistance to picking up a real pen and adding her script to a piece of paper. I’ve got no idea where that resistance comes from or when it started.

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A Punch Art Chicken Tutorial Too!

Once upon a time, I was participating in a series of online cardmaking challenges, where a challenge would be issued to create a card with a nomimated theme or requirement, and then upload the finished card to an on line gallery. I’m a bit of a challenge hound, and I love sniffing out opportunities to participate in an on-line creative game with other like minded creative people.

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