Monday, 22 January 2018

The Adventure Pact

Hi everyone! Is it too late to still wish everyone a Happy New Year? I often question when it has passed the point when you can still speak well wishes, I guess when people start giving you funny looks in return. As I'm writing this we still haven't quite reached double figure dates, so I'm gunna go with it and wish everyone a fun, creative year ahead!

(This is from a recent wander around a local nature reserve)

With a new year comes the inevitable talk of “New Year Resolutions”, to speak the truth I'm not a great believer in making them. Too many people seem to drop them within a week or two when the hype and positive outlook begins to wear thin or the self applied pressure starts to weigh heavy. Too bigger a step and you're destined to struggle, if not fail. I don't wish to set myself up to fail so rather than burst into the new year (seriously how many times can I get that term into this blog post?) all guns blazing I try to think of things I'd like to do and perhaps pick one or two. I consider them in a general sense, none too specific, allowing them to grow and change throughout the months ahead.

 (Southport Beach in January)

A couple of blog posts back I mentioned that I was hoping to go on an adventure, a holiday abroad, over the festive period, unfortunately due to circumstances cropping up this didn't pan out. Instead I spent my first Christmas with just J at our house. It was both Christmas and not Christmas at the same time. A new experience, with old traditions thrown in. It got me thinking about how I wanted to do more in the year ahead. We've been progressing on our house (renovating an old house) and it has meant that much of our 'thinking space' has been occupied with wallpapering and roof tiles and the like. We've stopped going on as many adventures and have been sticking to a similar rotational regime of coffee, food shopping and pet supplies.

(Me on Southport Beach!)

In 2016 we made a pact to go on 12 adventures throughout the year, generally speaking these fell once or more. Often there were more, but we set a minimum of 12. It sounds weird to plan spontaneity, it feels somewhat of a contradiction but it also makes sense. It pushed me outside of my comfort zone and forced me to think outside the box. We plan to resurrect the Adventure Pact this year and to continue doing and seeing more, like eating doughnuts on a absolutely freezing Southport Beach in the middle of January to visiting Beeston Castle.

Similarly, how I had intended to keep a record of my Christmas Holiday, I intend to document my Adventure Pact. I decided I wanted to change it up and push the boundary of my creating style. Whenever I journal it has always been in a bound book (save Project Life) whether in a Travelers Notebook or a sketch book of some kind. So with that being said I've set up my Nude Filofax Original as a journal. 

I've used Tomoe River paper for my pages, they're not quite B6 but taller and wider than actual personal inserts, I've also added the off cuts for a bit of variety. I'm sure I will be tipping in other bits and pieces, photographs and the like as I go along. I'm hoping the rings will actually make this process a little easier and allowing me greater flexibility to change things and swaps bits around as I go along! We shall see. 

I've decorated my inside, I would say pockets but the Originals do not have traditional pockets, just an annoying elastic loop. I've cobbled together, using some scrapbook paper pieces, some make shift pockets and slips to place my paperclips and bits of ephemera. I finally used a piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper I've been hoarding for a long while!

I've tried to include things that inspire me to keep challenging myself to find adventure, whether it is big or small, a tangible experience or a fleeting moment. There are moments to be had and I'm going to find them.

Don't forget to check out Anna's fantastic course on Adventure Journaling, she has some amazing tips and tricks to get you started.....and also can I just say Cambs Con! Remember to put the date in your diary!!

Till next time!

Friday, 12 January 2018

Moon / Astrological Diaries

I got two beautiful diaries at Christmas and when I shared them in my 'what I got for Christmas' video you guys said you would like to see more of these so here you go! Hope you enjoy!

These diaries are available from:

PLEASE NOTE: I was given this / these product(s) by friends and family for Christmas. This review is my own personal opinion on the product / company, given in good faith and has not be sponsored or endorsed. None of the links are affiliate links. Unless otherwise stated, all photography is my own.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

My 2018 Planning System

In this video I talk through the planning systems, the 'guts' of the planner and the inserts that I am going to be using this year. This is a chatty vlog talking about how the inserts will work for me and not a planner set up video (just letting you know in case you were looking for one of those!). Links to the shops I mention in this video are below.

PLEASE NOTE: I was given this / these product(s) in exchange for my honest review and opinion, the fact that I was given these does not alter my opinion in anyway. Some of the items I also purchased with my own money. This review is my own personal opinion on the product / company, given in good faith and has not be sponsored or endorsed. None of the links are affiliate links. Unless otherwise stated, all photography is my own.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

My First Fluid Acrylic Dirty Pour

Hi Guys!

Welcome to my first ever post as a ColourArte Design Team member. I am very excited to share with you my first ever project.

Whether it was the right project to start with using these amazing products I don't know but hey you have to start somewhere and I always think it is best to be you and do something that you love or that interests you because then you are being authentic. I hope you agree! I also thought that it would be a good idea to document my journey learning new materials and techniques. It is great to watch experts but that can be very daunting if you are new to something. You guys can learn along with me!

So I have discovered a love for fluid acrylic art paintings. I came accros them one evening whilst watching YouTube. OK I should have started that with a warning for you. If you don't want to loose hours of your day don't check out said videos lol! Truly I have found myself watching so many and hopping from one to another. I find them so mesmerising and some times I lie in bed with the sound off just watching paint move around a canvas. I find it very therapeutic to watch and so I decided to give it a go myself.

Now I delved in with both feet and a lot of excitement. Although that didn't result in the best that it could be (this is me comparing my work to the experts even though I shouldn't be!) I am still really happy with the results especially as this is all new to me.

So in I jumped with colours that spoke to me. I didn't use a method or a recipe I just mixed the ColourArte Pigments in with the multi surface acrylic medium (gloss enamel) until I had what resembled acrylic paint. I then diluted this down with 'The Wash Solution' to get a really fluid consistency. Now whilst that seemed to do the job as far as this beginner was concerned, that is not the product that you are supposed to us. Told you I would be learning and sharing as I went. I was in my happy place mixing up paints so I just went with it.

I mixed each colour in it's own cup. When I had all of my colours I then went about pouring the colours into just the one cup as I was going to do the dirty pour technique using the flip cup method.

Once I had my cup I then flipped it upside down onto my canvas, lifted it u p and let the paint move. I then tilted my canvas around so the paint moved around. Unfortunaltely I didn't use enough paint so I had to mix more up. I think I ended up with another two cups in the end to cover the canvas.

On the whole I am pretty pleased with this for my very first attempted. I have since been in Facebook groups and learnt more about this technique. I am quite determined to master this so I will be back again with more of this technique!

What I learned in this process is:

  • That I actually enjoy mixing paint - it helps me to be much more present in the moment and let go of all stresses. 
  • It is not called dirty for fun - you will get messy so be prepared for that. 
  • Do more research on your products. 
  • To not care what anyone thinks and to just have fun crearing art. 
  • You need to be OK with a bit of paint waste.

If you would like to see me create this please watch my video below:

Monday, 1 January 2018

My Word for 2018

A little vlog from me which has become an annual tradition of mine actually! Here I talk about setting my word for 2018 it's intentions, meaning and what I do with it!

Friday, 29 December 2017

What I got for Christmas 2017 | "Everything Else"

I thought I would share with you what I got for Christmas this year as I know you guys love to nosey as much as I like to nose at what you got too he he! In this video I am sharing all of the other items I was lucky enough to receive that weren't in the first video I posted.

What I got for Christmas 2017 | Stationery, Planner & Journal

I thought I would share with you what I got for Christmas this year as I know you guys love to nosey as much as I like to nose at what you got too he he! In this video I am sharing all of the planner, stationery and journal related items I was lucky enough to receive.