Do you ever feeling like doing something creative, but worry that it isn’t going to turn out right? I know I do! The other day I really wanted to chill out and paint but past experience has told me that painting can be stressful, especially if you don’t really know what you are doing. This is where Reeves Paint By Numbers comes to the rescue. I have already tried a kit earlier this year (click if you like books and cats) so I felt confident that I would enjoy creating a little something colourful and flowery.

The kit I chose was the Large Reeves Floral Paint By Numbers Set which is £7.99 on Amazon. It has everything you need to get started: 10 paints and a paintbrush. Just add a palette, pen and water.

Reeves are one of the world’s leading creativity and lifestyle brands, they believe creativity isn’t about right or wrong, it is all about expression and having fun. Sometimes a blank sheet of paper is daunting, so having a kit to guide you takes away the pressure and allows you to switch off and enjoy the experience.

Yes, I admit that all these tiny numbers can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but once you know what you are doing it’s easier than you think. For example: orange is labelled as pot number 2 and all you need to do is paint the sections with a number 2 written in. Simples.

It’s so relaxing to zone out with a paint brush, listen to music and know that the picture is taking shape.

Creating different shades is pretty straight forward too. The picture tells you which combinations are needed and all you have to do is mix two colours together. I found labelling the palette with a pen was the best way to keep track of all the new colours.

There are no rules. You can focus on one section at a time, one colour at a time or a bit of both.

I found myself glancing at the image on the box to find out which sections needed which colours.

If you do your painting over a few evenings, then pop your mixed paints in a plastic bag. The air won’t dry them out and they will be good to use again the next day. This will save you from mixing the colours all over again and wasting paints. I painted this over two days and the paints were still as fresh on day 2.

These kits are a great way to practice painting, mixing colours and building confidence if you are just learning. You don’t need to be an artist to be creative.

You don’t need to be especially neat or even stick strictly to the rules either. If you think your orange flower needs a splash of pink, I say go for it! Let your imagination run wild, it is your picture after all.

I ran out of space in my mixing palette so branched out onto the table (or B&Q wallpaper sample). Painting is supposed to be messy, right?! I would suggest putting paper down first as there are over 20 shades you will need to create and you will probably get paint absolutely everywhere, like I did.

Ta-da! Here is the finished picture! It really is such a fun and relaxing way to spend an couple of evenings; I had my music on in the background and didn’t even think to check my phone once. This is something I need to do more often when life gets a little overwhelming and stressful. Have you tried Painting By Numbers before? What’s your favourite way to relax and switch off? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Pins and colourful things always make me happy, so it was simply going to be a matter of time before I ordered myself a Sugar & Sloth Pin Party Club Box.  Sugar & Sloth have appeared on my blog already when the adorable Rainbow Llama Pin featured in my Cool Cute Colourful Enamel Pins post. And a couple of months ago, I picked two awesome Sugar & Sloth cards for the Father’s Day Chocolate Pizza review.

The creator behind Sugar & Sloth is the lovely Anita who is forever adding a splash of colour and creativity to Instagram & TwitterFrom the website: Anita’s unique designs provide a humorous look at love, cats and motivation. Sugar & Sloth is on a mission to fill the world with more adorably inappropriate animals and sassy cuteness. I already knew I was going to love these boxes and actually treated myself to two, so if you like llama’s on a fancy dress parade, then stay tuned for another installment of fun coming soon…

Each monthly box has a different party theme and you can sign up for £9 a month inc. free postage.

It’s here! And it’s pink and colourful. This has gotta be the most happiest mail you could ever receive.

Inside the Llama Fancy Dress Parade box: an adorable hard enamel Mystic Llama pin, a bat-llama button badge, a Disco llama sticker, cute cut-out paper dancing llama finger puppets and a sweet treat.

All Sugar & Sloth goodies arrive in such fun packaging involving pretty tissue paper and rainbow confetti.

The Bat-Llama Button Badge: I love how Anita gives everything she creates a personality. “Meet Bat-llama, super powers include always having snacks, and coming up with great excuses not to do household chores. He is my spirit superhero.” Oh yes, I think he is my spirit superhero too.

Mystic Llama Hard Enamel Pin: “Mystic Llama can see your future, and luckily for you there will be cupcakes!” I can already tell that little chap is going to be great friends with my Rainbow Llama Pin.

Disco Llama Lives For Disco vinyl sticker. This is great little sticker, perfect for decorating laptops and notebooks. I have stuck mine to my speakers as I seem to have a growing collection of random and funny stickers and disco llama fits in with this crazily cool bunch perfectly.

Everything about Sugar & Sloth is just so bright, vibrant and fun. 

In every box, you receive such an exciting bundle of goodies to really brighten up your day.

Lil dancing llama finger puppets – Bat Llama and Llama Queen. 

This is such a fun subscription box for all those pin-lovers out there. Why not check out all the other party themes such as Duvet Day Self-Care, Unappreciated Animals Club, Panda Pizza Party, Kawaii Tea Party and Rainbow Space Cadets. Personally, I think signing up for £9 a month is great value for money as an enamel pin on it’s own is usually about £7-8 and you get all these fabulous extra goodies too!

Are you a pin lover? The mystic llama is the perfect addition of my every growing collection, he is proud pin number 26.

The complete collection of enamel pins: 1. Albackpaca 2. Never Look Back 3. You Can 4. Pineapple 5. Love Avocado 6. Hey! Envelope 7. Pizza Lover 8. Dream Big 9. Rainbow Llama 10. Peckham Only Fools And Horses 11. Brighton 12. Stripey Top Club 13. Good Vibes 14. Courage Potion 15. Triceretops 16. Cup Of Tea 17. Rainbow Heart 18. Cosy Club 19. Stationery Love 20. Live Colourfully 21. Polly Pocket 22. Rainbow Life 23. Rainbow Guitar Amp 24. Union Jack Fender Strat 25. 80s Mixtape

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I’ve been lucky enough to collab with some wonderful bloggers already so I’m always excited when a new opportunity comes my way. A few weeks ago, the lovely Louise from Book Murmuration suggested the idea of working together on scrapbook memory jar posts and straight away I thought this is exactly my kinda thing! Admittedly, I didn’t quite know what a scrapbook memory jar was, but after a quick Google Image search I knew I would love creating my own.

Louise is a book addict, cat lover and kidlit fan-girl with a love for bath stuff, stationery, walking, writing, cake and all things Disney. If you love books, pretty stationery and colourful things, I encourage you to check out Louise on Instagram, and give a follow over on Twitter as well! Why not head over to Book Murmuration to find out what Louise has included in her scrapbook memory jar too…

After a bit of thought, I decided to make a jar dedicated to music memories. I have a dusty old box of CD’s which I am too sentimental (lazy) to get rid of and a collection of concert tickets which I rarely look at. The memory jar was the perfect opportunity to get all my old memorabilia out and create an awesome 3D scrapbook to display on my shelf. Other ideas could include holidays, days out or special occasions.

The cool thing about scrapbook memory jars is that anything and everything can go in them. I found a selection of concert tickets, album sleeves, pins, badges, patches, guitar plectrums, festival wrist bands and gig flyers which I had collected. It was so nostalgic seeing concert tickets from over ten years ago.

I haven’t bought a CD in actual years, so it was pretty awesome to get a snapshot of my music tastes during my CD buying days. Although not much has changed, I’m forever listening to Oasis songs.

I found these cute cassette bookmarks which were perfect for the music memory jar. I also added my pretty guitar plectrums as this represents both my love of playing the guitar and colourful things.

I couldn’t make a music jar without including a few musical enamel pins. The Rainbow Guitar Amp is by Brittpaperscissors, the 80s Mixtape is made by Colouryourlifeclub and the Union Jack Fender Strat is from Amazon and it is only £3.49, what a pin-lovers bargain.

A small selection of badges from my punk days (the rest of them were too rude for the blog, hah).

I love that everything here represents a little bit of my music tastes, yay for cheesy 80s tunes! 

A festival wrist band which I have had for 12 years now, wow.

And here is the scrapbook music memory jar decorated with washi tape, guitar plectrums, stickers.

This was a really fun thing to do, thank you to Louise for the awesome idea! Why not head over to Book Murmuration to find out what Louise has included in her scrapbook memory jar too… Have you made a scrapbook memory jar? What mementos would you put in yours? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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Whenever I see an opportunity to try something artsy and creative, I’m right there. The other week, The Tracing Co. were looking for bloggers to review their Tracing Books and it didn’t take long for me to decide that I needed to give this a go. Currently, they have three books to choose from: Wildlife, Bloom & Believe. Believe is the holiday edition with a huge Father Christmas on the front cover. Even though I was tempted to get festive early this year, I picked Bloom, the pinkness and the floweriness won me over.

The Tracing Co. are a husband and wife pair whose books are designed with the busy person in mind. You create thoughtfully layered images, doing as much or as little as you have time for. Tracing is both therapeutic and cognitively beneficial. The book says: While you relax and trace the elaborate lines, your mind is recognizing patterns and memorizing shapes, which increases your ability to recall information. 

I’ve already done paint by numbers, dot-to-dot, colour by numbers, and wellbeing journalling which are all designed to de-stress and calm the mind. However, I had never done a tracing book for relaxation, so I was very keen to see if it worked. I spotted this pack of Ryman Tracing Paper (25 sheets) for £2.99 in town the other day so was all ready to go!

You will need: The Tracing Co. book, tracing paper, two different thickness pens, a pencil and felt-tips.

The book suggests to use two black pens: a thick pen for the first image and a thin pen to trace the remaining images in the set. I have a pack of Staedtler Technical Drawing Pens with assorted line width, so I used the sizes 0.8 and 0.1 which worked perfectly.

Before you start creating your beautiful images, trace the triangle at the bottom of the page in pencil to keep everything aligned. There are three images in each set but there are no rules to say you have to use those three, you can mix and match – the possibilities are endless!

I really like the bolder lines in the middle and the more thinner lines as the drawing becomes more detailed and intricate. It doesn’t take long to get into the tracing-zone, I found it really calming knowing that the picture was going to turn out looking pretty so long as I followed the lines. I didn’t have to think about what to do next, I could just switch off and relax into the moment. 

I did a little experiment to see which felt-tips would work best on tracing paper, and my Stabilo Pens came out best. I picked six of my favourite colours and got colouring.

The cool thing is, you can re-trace the design again and colour it in completely differently. As it is a tracing book, you will never run out of pages to do, you can create so many pretty patterns and the book itself will always look as good as new. You can even gift it to a friend once you have finished.

I honestly spent hours and hours just tracing new patterns and colouring in the designs.

It is such a therapeutic activity – just pop your favourite music on and feel the stress melting away.

The book contains 12 stunningly detailed images and it is so easy to use.

It was enjoyable to try different colour combinations and see which worked best.

This book would be great for those who want to improve their drawing skills.

You could even cut these out and stick them onto cardboard to make your own colourful & creative cards. 

This was a really enjoyable and relaxing activity so thank you to The Tracing Co. for sending me Bloom to try. I’ve just ordered myself a copy of Believe – the Christmas edition and already looking forward to trying this out in a few months, so watch this space. Which pattern is your favourite? Have you ever tried a tracing book? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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