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New Year Scrapbooking

Last year, I rekindled my love for magazine scrapbooking and had fun creating different pages to see what colours and things were inspiring me at the time. February was a time for fresh whites, pastels, flowers, bikes, tea and marshmallows. May was full of bright pinks, plants and adventure. August I was feeling all the colourful, creative and motivational vibes and most recently in October I was living my most cosy chilled out life with hot chocs, Dr. Martens, and all things orange. Here is what is inspiring me in January 2019…

Prepare yourself for all the pinkness! For these pages, I used a couple of my favourite magazines: Molly Makes and Project Calm. I guess that sums up how I want my year to be – creative and relaxed.

Scrapbooking is one of my most favourite creative activities. It doesn’t require very much thought, it is relaxing, and if something doesn’t look right just simply stick something better over the top. You can easily turn blank pages into a story bursting with colour and inspiration.  All you need is scissors and glue.

Just by cutting and sticking, you can start to see a theme. This month, I’m feeling the pink, positive, happy vibes (see: happy dinosaur and happy cloud). I am also feeling motivated and ambitious but at the same time know that it’s okay to take a break, play guitar, drink tea, eat cakes and chill too.

Along with magazines, I also used postcards, stickers and washi tape (all scrapbooking essentials).

The cute little happy dinosaur is a sticker designed by Sugar & Sloth.

Stop comparing your life to others. Mini affirmation cards by Emily Cromwell.

The thing I love most about scrapbooking is that there are no rules, anything and everything can go onto the pages. Feel like adding a purple llama sticker, then add a purple llama sticker. Go for it, do your thing.

Magazine scrapbooking is basically an old-fashioned Pinterest Board without the internet connection. All you need is a magazine or two, a pair of scissors and glue and the rest is up to you and your imagination. Have fun and be creative! Do you enjoy magazine scrapbooking? I’d love to hear from you!

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Believe Tracing Book: The Tracing Co.

Back in September, I had the awesome opportunity to team up with The Tracing Co. and review their Bloom Tracing BookKnowing that they had a Christmas edition too, I promised I’d treat myself and would give this version a go as well. Currently, they have three books to choose from: WildlifeBloom & Believe. So fast-forward a couple of months and here we are with getting all Christmassy with Believe.

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. 

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. For the first image, I used a 0.8 line marker and for the other pages, I used 0.3. I found my Derwent Graphik Line Marker Drawing Pens were perfect for the job.

Tracing is such a calming thing to do, you don’t need to stress about being able to draw, just follow the lines and chill. I didn’t have to think about what to do next, the detailed patterns and lines meant I could just switch off and relax into the moment. 

Check out Santa and his fancy beard!

I absolutely love colouring, it is one of my favourite things. As the patterns are so detailed in these festive drawings, I found that my Staedtler Triplus Colour Fibre-Tip Pens were best suited for the intricate designs. I picked the traditional red, green and yellow theme and got colouring!

As this is a tracing book, you can re-trace the picture again and experiment with different colours.

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

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

I loved experimenting with different colour combinations to bring my drawings to life.

Once you have finished with the book, you can even give it to a friend as it will always be as good as new.

It was really fun to get creative with The Tracing Co. again and I knew the Believe Tracing Book would be the perfect activity for December. Don’t forget to check out Wildlife and Bloom if you are a fan of elephants and flowers. Have you ever tried a tracing book? What’s your favourite creative hobby at Christmas? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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DIY Bauble Wreath with Wilko

I love being creative all year round, but you gotta admit there is something quite magical about Christmas crafts. So when Wilko invited me to be part of their Influencer Network and take part in their DIY Wreath Campaign I knew it was something I wanted to be involved in. The task was to create a unique door decoration to match your personal style which sounded like a fun challenge. Bring on the baubles!

At the weekend, I went all Supermarket Sweep in the Christmas aisle of my local Wilko and filled my basket with everything I needed to make my wreath. The colour theme I went for was from their Midnight Magic range; a modern and glamorous approach to Christmas featuring rich plum tones, midnight blues, pitch black and gold metallics. I picked up a mix of baubles, feathers and stars – it was all so pretty!

This was my first attempt at wreath making so I basically had no idea what I was doing. You can choose from a few different styles of Wilko DIY wreaths such as their Wire Wreath and Traditional Wreath, I opted for the Wicker Wreath as it looked like it was up to the job of holding all my baubles.

I picked up two boxes of Midnight Magic Mixed Baubles (50 per box) as well as a few packs of Mini Baubles (silver, blue and pink). Once you are the proud owner of 136 shiny new baubles, anything is possible!

I love these glittery purple peacock feathers – the Midnight Magic range is gorgeous!

I also overloaded my basket with pretty purple stars, gold stars and silver stars. These are such a bargain at only £1 each and right now all Wilko Christmas Decorations are on 3 for 2, so it would be rude not to make the most of this generous festive offer. You can never have too many glittery stars at Christmas, right?!

Now for the real magic… here is how to stick the baubles to the wreath.

You know you are in for a serious crafting session when it involves proper wire cutting tools.

Don’t forget the wire! I brought a few packs of Hobby Wire which is especially designed for wreath making.

Attaching the baubles to the wreath is really easy. Firstly I cut off the bauble string. Next, simply loop the wire through the twigs, add the bauble then twist the wire together to keep it in place. It doesn’t even have to be especially neat, as the wire is never seen. It looks like the baubles are there by magic.

Work you way around the wreath and watch your Christmas creation come alive.

I nearly used the full two boxes, so 100 baubles for this project is plenty.

For the finishing touches, I added in a few mini baubles in the gaps, then attached the feathers and stars.

And there we go! The finished DIY Bauble Wreath using Wilko’s Midnight Magic Christmas decorations! The cool thing about bauble wreaths is that you can easily personalize it with your favourite colours, the creative potential is endless! So a big thank you for Wilko for this awesome opportunity, it was such a fun project to get involved with. Have you made a DIY bauble wreath before? What colour theme would you choose? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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Awesome Punky Pins

If I could press the delete button on one month this year, I would pick November 2018. It was a month full of ups and downs (highlight: Yoga Retreat, low point: pressing my self-destruct button and having a 4-day wine-fueled breakdown).  Nevertheless, I survived, I’m still blogging and before I forget the month completely I want to remember how kind and supportive my lovely blogging friends have been.

One of my closest blogging friends, the wonderful Lisa, from Lisa’s Notebook sent me such a thoughtful self-care/pamper box as she knew I was going through a tough time. Inside the box, I received the most fabulous selection of treats such as tea, candles, hand cream, a cute magnet, bath bombs and a brilliant Cats & Caffeine enamel pin from Punky Pins (YAY!). The box was perfect and I was honestly so touched by the kind gesture, no-one had never brought me a pin before plus this was my first ever Punky Pin too!

I loved the pin so much, I decided to expand my pin collection with even more Punky Pins because well they are just so awesome! So thank you Lisa for your kindness and a big thank you to the supportive blogging community – I have had so many sweet messages, I feel so grateful everyday to be part of this.

Cats & Caffeine –  because these are 100% essential items for daily life.

Planner Addict – because who can say no to stationery and polka dots.

Washi Tape – because WASHI TAPE!

Cat Mama – because I talk to more cats than people.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest pins from Punky Pins! You can add a splash of awesomeness and colour to your social media by following them on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook. Do you collect pins? What shops are your favourite? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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