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Reeves Rainbow Rain

As it’s National Creativity Day on Wednesday 30th May, I thought it would be appropriate to experiment with some more Reeves products and share with you my creations! I have previously done Reeves Paint By Numbers and Reeves Colour By Numbers so I guess it is about time I did something creative without numbers. It’s been years since I used acrylic paints (I think the last time must have been during art classes at school) so I was a little nervous with this one… but Reeves believe creativity isn’t about right or wrong, it is all about expression. And having fun is the main thing, right?!

I wanted to keep it simple and not mix the paints just yet so thought that Rainbow Rain is the perfect place to start. If you fancy getting creative, why not give this a go yourself over the Bank Holiday Weekend and share your pictures on social media using #WeAreReeves #ShowYourColours & #NationalCreativityDay. 

All you need is a canvas, a box of acrylic paints and a black marker pen!

I printed out a silhouette of a girl holding an umbrella, there are tons of images on Google if you type in “silhouette umbrella”, but if you are confident at freestylin’ go for it.

I went around the outline in a thicker black pen. Tip: secure the silhouette to the canvas with blu tack whilst drawing around.

Colour in the girl with your marker pen.

Once your girl is ready, it’s time to get the coloured paints out.

There are plenty to choose from in the box. I selected six rainbow colours (red, orange, yellows, blue and green).

Simply draw colourful rain vertically down the canvas squeezing your chosen paints straight from the tube.

I kept my colours in order, but you can be as creative as you like. Why not give it a try with these awesome florescent colours! 

Ta-da! That’s it! Leave your canvas to dry and the Rainbow Rain picture is complete and ready to hang on your wall.

Are you getting creative this weekend for National Creativity Day? If you give this a try yourself don’t forget to share your creations on social media using #WeAreReeves #ShowYourColours & #NationalCreativityDay. Have fun and be creative!

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Make Your Own Magazine Scrapbook

It’s been a while since I created anything in my scrapbook, so this weekend, whilst Shaun was watching the football, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to grab my scissors and start cutting. In February, I shared with you Create Your Own Inspirational Scrapbook and all the bits and pieces I used. It’s cool to see the difference between the two posts and which colours I am loving and what inspires me at the moment.

My cuttings are from In The Moment magazine and Project Calm. My two favourite magazines, they all full of positivity, creativity, inspiration and calm. I was feeling inspired by plants, tea, travel, yoga, art and food which is a pretty accurate summary of my life.

There are no rules to scrapbooking. Just cut and stick in whatever you are drawn to. I start with patterns and colours and layer things on top. It’s awesome to see the pages take shape and if you don’t like the look of something, simply find something to stick over it.

I have a box of random stickers which came in very handy for my afternoon of scrapbooking. Anything works when it comes to scrapbooking, I have used travel, quotes, tea and food stickers. 

I had some spare Polaroid photos from my Greece Travel Scrapbook and the Santorini pic was perfect for the summer theme I had going on.  I found a sticker to layer on top and ta-da!

You can have a theme or keep things completely random. Or just see what happens as you go along.

Doing something creative? Washi tape is never far away. A couple of strips of different washi tapes here and there add in that extra splash of colour. 

Here is my finished scrapbook page! The fun thing about scrapbooking is that you can let your creative side run wild. There are no mistakes in scrapbooking. It’s an enjoyable and relaxing way to spend a few hours on a lazy Saturday. Do you like scrapbooking? What are your favourite magazines? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

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Cool Cute Colourful Enamel Pins

If you follow the lovely Rebecca from Rebecca’s Reviews, you will know about her wonderful #ShopSmall series. It’s a fantastic idea which enables small businesses to get discovered and for you and me to find new and awesome places to shop. Well, it works! Last week, I was reading Rebecca’s review of the Brighton based company Evermade and saw they did a range of fun and funky pins. As soon as I saw the Only Fools And Horses pin it was in my basket quicker than I could say ‘lovely jubbly’. I then proceeded to go on a little pin spending spree around the internet and thought I’d share with you my finds.

For a full review on Evermade, you can read Rebecca’s fabulous post here. Whilst you are there, make sure you check out Rebecca’s series as there are always tons of discount codes and detailed reviews to encourage you to #ShopSmall.

Peckham Pin: Who doesn’t love a bit of Only Fools And Horses. Shaun and I always put on an old classic episode whenever we need a laugh, so when I saw this pin, I knew I needed it in my collection. The pin is cleverly illustrated by Jenni Sparks who enjoys incorporating a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour into her illustrations. Jenni has designed all of the pins in the Evermade range and if you are a pin fan like me, I encourage you to go check them out.

Brighton Pin: Whilst I was pin browsing, I couldn’t resist this pretty fantastic Brighton pin. Brighton is one of my most favourite places and I have blogged about my visits in Snapshots From Brighton In March and Brighton At Christmas. So I thought this was a brilliant souvenir to add to the collection.

The next stop on my virtual pin shopping spree found me at Tumble & Rose. This small biz is ran by a lady called Helen who lives in Winchester (which is actually pretty close to me!). Tumble & Rose is a collection of handmade jewellery, accessories, homeware and gifts. There is a cool selection of enamel pins available to buy in the Etsy Shop. Everything in this shop is so pretty and there is also a range of beautiful crystal jewelllery too!

Stripey Top Club Pin:Can I have a lifetime membership to this club please? Stripey tops are a firm favourite in my wardrobe, I absolutely love them. This pin is a must-have for any stripey top lover to pin with pride. If you like plants and cats, I also urge you to check out Tumble & Rose. You will not be disappointed.

The final stop on my spontaneous spending spree was at Sugar & Sloth. This shop is so bright and colourful, it’s awesome! It’s ran by Anita, an illustrator whose unique designs provide a humorous look at love, cats and motivation. There is a really fun and vibrant range of pins available, it was hard to choose!

Rainbow Llama Pin: The website caption says: This adorable rainbow llama pin is the perfect reminder to take a little time out for yourself, you deserve it! I love all it’s colorfulness and especially love the packaging it arrived in: please keep away from small children, wasps and early mornings – brilliant!

Hope you enjoyed looking at my new pin goodies from Evermade,Tumble & Rose and Sugar & Sloth. They are all great additions to my existing collection of Innabox pins and Old English Co. pins. Are you a pin collector? Which shops would you recommend for cool, cute and colourful pins? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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Reeves Colour By Numbers

If you have been following my blog since the old days, you may remember back in Feb I did a post called Reeves Paint By Numbers: A Creative Way To Relax. Well, fast forward a few months and I am proud to say I’ve now been invited to join the community of Reeves Creatives! Wow! How awesome is that! So expect to see me experiment with Reeves products on the regular sharing my creations on the blog. Exciting!

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. Above all, it’s about letting go of perfection and just having fun and relaxing. The first product I am excited to share with you all is this Reeves Colour By Numbers Flash Photography A5 book.

This is such a neat little package. You get a handy clear pencil case complete with 12 colours attached to the book keeping everything in one place. It’s perfect for travelling too, I wish I had this for the plane when I went on holiday last month.  I dunno about you, but when I see nice colourful sharp pencils, I just wanna colour things in straight away.

This book is different from your average colouring book, as the numbers are there to guide you into selecting which shades to use. I like this idea, as you can completely switch off from all thinking and decision making. You don’t need to worry about the outcome as Reeves have got this covered. You can just relax and focus on the colouring knowing your picture is going to look nice.

It’s such a smart idea to have two pencils rolled into one. Each shade is labelled clearly and all you have to do is match this up with the numbers on the drawing. It’s so straight forward and I felt myself instantly relax as the picture began to take shape.

The book features 20 modern, colour by number designs. All you have to do is add your bold and bright colours to bring these black and white photo shoots to life. I love that there is a range of images to choose from such as these vintage girls to pugs to monkeys on the phone. 

Each picture also has an additional page showing what the completed design looks like. This is really cool as you can see which patterns and colours you like before you begin colouring. It’s also a great way to get inspiration if you choose to proudly frame your prints afterwards.

I couldn’t just stop at one picture. This colouring by numbers is pretty addictive and before I knew it, I was working on the next one.

The pencils are such good quality. I wanted to make these prints vibrant and bold and these pencils didn’t snap under the pressure.

I loved watching the patterns emerge as I quietly concentrated on each page. Of course, you don’t need to stick to the rules, if you want say a yellow background as opposed to a blue, I say go for it. It’s all about creativity and expressing yourself the way you want to.

Ta-da! My first two completed pictures, how cool are these! I am very impressed and love that it’s a different and unique alternative to your everyday colouring book. My mum has already put her order in for the picture she wants and already decided where to frame it in her lounge. I know what I am going to be doing over the weekend…!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Are you a fan of colouring by numbers? Why not give this a go yourself and share your creations on social media using #WeAreReeves and #ShowYourColours Click here to buy this Reeves Colour By Numbers Flash Photography A5 book.

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