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The YAY Makers: November Box

Each month, I receive a colourful box of happy in the form of The YAY Makers subscription box. Each month I am never disappointed and it is one of my favourite things to blog about as everything is so fun! You can see the October box here (click if you like rainbows and unicorns).

The YAY Makers is ran by Kate and her husband Stuart who have had six years experience working on a craft and vintage market in Aberdeen meeting fantastically talented people. They now bring the market to you by showcasing colourful exciting products from creative indie makers and designers from all around the world in their monthly subscription boxes.

To keep your social media bright and happy you can follow The YAY Makers on Instagram.

Inside the box: NO Prob-Llama Enamel Pin by Corin Beth Designs, Washi tape, Postcard and Sticker by Marijke Illustration, Cacti Badge Pack by Peach Panda Studio, and Happy Envelopes.

The first happy thing to catch my eye was this bright yellow postcard complete with cheerful animals by Marijke IllustrationPostcards make such brilliant blog props to add that background splash of colour and the louder the better, in my opinion! Marijke is an illustrator from the Netherlands who describes her work as playful, light-hearted, feminine and vibrant. Marijke’s Etsy Shop is jammed packed with awesome animal and botanical prints all on a range of postcards, posters, enamel pins, soap bars and more!

Marijke also designs washi tape (YAY!) and the Wild Woods washi was included. This would have been perfect for my Autumn Bullet Journal but I am pretty sure I can find many more uses. There are so many fun designs available all in these cute boxes (perfect Christmas presents for those washi tape lovers!)

Keep your social media bright and vibrant by following Marijke on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook.

My badge collection isn’t as impressive as my enamel pin collection, so I am always excited when I get a few more to add. These cute cacti badges are designed by Peach Panda Studio to add a bit of greenery into your life. The creator behind Peach Panda Studio is Rachel, a student from Yorkshire who loves making happy little doodles into fun yet practical items. In the shop, you can find pencil cases, badges, mirrors, stickers, notebooks and so much more all designed in a cute, colourful and cheerful style!

To add some positivity to your social media, follow Peach Panda Studio on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook.

My favourite thing about The YAY Makers subscription box is that each month I get a brand new pin to add to my collection. This awesome No Prob-Llama pin by Corin Beth Designs is proud pin no. 40! I wonder if I can put that achievement on my CV (hah). Corin is a Children’s Print Designer offering design for kids and grown up’s, with prints which are inspired by travels and everyday life. Check out the Etsy for pretty, fun and whimsical designs on postcards, posters, tea towels and more!

Keep up to date with Corin’s gorgeous prints on Instagram / Facebook.

I especially love these Happy Envelopes in this months box. The cool thing is, these are made from recycled copies of The YAY Makers Happy Newsletter! How is that for resourceful! The envelopes are so bright and colourful and come with a selection of Happy Notes to pop inside and give to friends, family or even strangers! I would love to randomly find of one of these and think they are such a sweet idea.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what is inside November’s Box as much as I enjoyed blogging about it. Subscription boxes can be a bit hit or miss at times, but I’m pleased to say The YAY Makers never disappoint. I love that in every box you have the opportunity to discover awesome independent businesses and find your new favourite shops.  If you would like your own box of happy, you can sign up here.

Which item is your favourite? Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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Autumn Bullet Journal

I always have great admiration for those people who can keep up with a bullet journal every single week, making it look effortless and easy. I can’t. I tried back in March, but my journey into bullet journalling lasted only one week. This time, however, I had a spark of enthusiasm to re-visit my bullet journal after the craft shop Imagine Design Create contacted me with the fab opportunity to review some of their arty supplies. Woo yeah! And the other day, an exciting goodie bag of stencils and stamps arrived on my mat.

Imagine Design Create is an independent family run business in Devon, founded and owned by Kerri-Ann Briggs. The aim is to inspire creativity in all ages; babies, children, teens and adults through not only the sale of creative supplies online and in store but through demonstrations and workshops, via YouTube and in person. They stock a range of own brand Stamps, Stencils, Paper packs and other creative supplies.

Click here to visit their website and follow on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook.

I decided to start with a simple layout then get all creative with the craft supplies.

The cool thing about bullet journalling is that if you make a mistake, just stick something over it.

I picked up some cute foxy stickers in The Range the other day, perfect for a November theme.

Imagine Design Create sent me a selection of stamps to get creative with. My favourite pack was Fly Free.

Sometimes stamps can be a bit hit and miss, but these worked perfectly first time.

I love the quotes and feathers!

I was also sent a variety of stencils – the leaves and leafy raindrops went well with the theme.

Ta-da! You don’t need to be an artist to be creative – stickers, stamps and stencils can transform a page.

Click here to see the full range of Stamps and Stencils available from Imagine Design Create.

I went for a blue background so everything stood out.

HOW CUTE.

I was really impressed how easy it was to create a bullet journal page using just stickers, stamps and stencils. It was great fun being creative with the arty supplies so thank you Imagine Design Create! Do you keep a bullet journal? What kinda designs do you do each week? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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Pastel Elixir Pins

Pastel Elixir goodies regularly pop up on my blog mainly because everything is so freakin’ adorable. In the past, I have blogged about the two super cute bundles of treats I ordered here and here. Today, I am sooo excited to share with you the latest additions to my pin collection (to get an idea of how much of a pin addict I am check out: Cute & Pastel Halloween Pins, Inspirational Pins and Creative & Colourful Pins). So you can imagine my pure excitement when I discovered Pastel Elixir were releasing pins! *happy dance*

Ellis and her husband James run Pastel Elixir with their two gorgeous doggies (Vespa and Custard), in Leicestershire, selling all of Ellis’ illustrations on bookmarks, mugs, cards, badges, prints, postcards, stickers and now pins! Everything is so fun, colourful and cute, and Ellis’ prints and postcards have been brightening up my walls for ages now and always make me smile.

A couple of months ago, Ellis tweeted about her pin Kickstarter campaign and straight away I knew I wanted to support this project. Everyone who backed the campaign was kept updated on the progress of the pins and a few weeks ago they became a reality and landed on my doormat and into my collection. Yay!

You can follow Pastel Elixir on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

Unicorn Enamel Pin: a cute little unicorn with awesome rainbow hair. This is one of my favourite designs in Ellis’ shop also appearing in this post. It’s available as a cute button badge, pink tote bag, and keyring.

Fox Enamel Pin: The beautiful leaping fox is such a sweet pin. You can also get this cute creature on a greeting card and mirror complete with a background of stars, rainbows and pretty colourful things!

Potion Enamel Pin: A gorgeous pink potion bottle with glittery elixir! I love this pin as it fits in well with my Courage Potion Bottle and Halloween Pink Glitter Potion Bottle pins.

Voodoo Doll Enamel Pin: Voodoo Doll with yellow glittery heart, also available as a necklace and keyring!

I hope you enjoyed my new Pastel Elixir pins! If you are feeling super organised, why not check out Ellis’ range of Christmas Cards to get into the festive mood already. How adorable is this Gingerbread Dreams card? Which pin is your favourite? I’d love to hear from you!

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My Greeting Box: October Box

I don’t usually post on a Wednesday anymore, but as this post is all about Halloween themed creativity, I thought today would be the perfect day to share. A couple of weeks ago I was kindly invited to review My Greeting Box, – a monthly card making craft subscription box, and as I have a love of all things handmade, arty and creative (and subscription boxes) I jumped at the opportunity.

My Greeting Box is ran by the lovely Holly, who puts so much care and attention into her business. Every month, a fabulous box of themed craft supplies is sent to the door with instructions on how to make your own gorgeous greeting cards. Previous themes have included magical fairies, cute and colourful turtle puns, unicorns and rainbows, watercolour flowers, futuristic monsters and of course, beautiful and sparkly Christmas cards. I was really excited to get creative with this month’s spooky but cute theme!

You can keep up with My Greeting Box on social media: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

As this was my very first box, I received a huge bundle of goodies, including a starter kit. No matter which month you subscribe, everyone will get sent their own card making essentials including: Black Memento Dye Ink, Craft Scissors, Colouring Pens, Ruler, Foam Tape, Acrylic Block, Pencils, Eraser and a Hints & Tips Card. I also got a personalized letter from Holly which I thought was a very sweet and thoughtful touch.

In the October box: Trick Or Treat Stamp Set, Memento Tangelo Orange Dye Ink, Orange Treatbox Cutouts, Card (Black, Dark Purple, Lime Green, Orange and White), Black Matte Card Blanks, Black Envelopes, Plastic Spider Embellishments, Halloween Ribbon, PVA Glue, Cotton Wool Balls, Card Pockets and Halloween Sweets.

After this photo, I got started on eating the sweets only to later realize they were for the treatbox, oops!

With all these fantastic craft supplies, I couldn’t wait to get creative. This month, there are two card designs and a treatbox to give to those Trick or Treaters (or if you are like me, eat them all for yourself, ha ha). Each design comes with a handy step-by-step guide which is easy to follow thanks to the clear illustrations. The first cute but spooky item I had a go at making was the treatbox:

Everything you need is included in the box so you can relax and enjoy an afternoon of crafting (without any last minute trips to the shops for emergency glue or spending half an hour searching for the scissors).

The guide was really simple to follow although I think I over complicated the first step by making individual roof tiles instead of one long neat strip. Oh well, haunted houses are supposed to look a bit crooked, right?

I love how everything is so easy to use, PVA glue with a needle tip is less messy and actually pretty genius.

With roof tiles firmly in place, it was time to get building my doors and windows. The instruction leaflet gives the precise measurements which is super helpful and saves a lot of guessing and mistakes.

Once the house is looking like a house, it is time to get creative with the stamps.

Using stamps can be a bit hit and miss at times, but I’m pleased to say this is good quality ink and it worked perfectly on my first attempt and yay it was time to use the colourful pens too!

The orange and black inks worked well together, the treats and fancy font is a good combination.

To finish, add spider webs (cotton wool) and the ribbon and ta-da, your cute but spooky treatbox is ready!

For the card, I decided to follow the Happy Haunting instruction guide but put my own creative spin on it.

The kit includes different circular templates to draw around, I picked a green and orange theme.

My two favourite stamps are the adorable Halloween kitty and happy witch girl. I much prefer cute Halloween over the spooky kind so kept the colours bright and cheerful. There are so many different stamps and ways to colour and arrange your shapes, your card designs are limitless. I love that no two handmade cards are ever the same, they each have their own unique and personalized touch.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what is in October’s My Greeting Box, I certainly had a lot of fun getting creative and eating sweets too! I think this is a great introduction to card making and has given me the inspiration to continue (now that I have all the essentials!). Card making can be expensive, but a monthly box is the perfect way to build up your craft supplies, get ideas and learn new techniques.

Thank you so much Holly for the awesome opportunity to review this months box. Do you enjoy card making? If you would like to sign up, check out the Subscription Plans on offer, plus you can get 25% off your first box with the code FIRST25.

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