The world has changed a bit…

I haven’t gotten around to writing a post this month so thought I’d better before the month is out …. I’m sure you probably know why!

Food shopping has taken top priority with medication thrown in…..both my husband and I take medication as well as my Mum. My Mum lives very close to me it’s actually the same road but it is a busy main A5 road running through our town so it takes about 5 minutes to walk over to her. She is vulnerable as she has type 2 diabetes and in her 80’s, along with my hubbie who has Parkinsons and Emphysema.

So we locked down fairly quickly before the whole country was told to do so…. πŸ˜•

My top priority is to make sure Mum has what she needs as she lives on her own, she is fairly housebound only going out if I take her out or my brother and his family. So being on her own isn’t to much different from normal it’s just we aren’t visiting, only to drop off food essentials.

I have been quite angry about the way some selfish people are reacting…. They obviously don’t care for anyone else and feel they must be more important to go and panic buy by stockpiling all of the things that has made everyone else do it too (well not everyone, we haven’t and I’m sure lots of others as well) we have what we need for now, just booking delivery slots when we can get them, for us and for my Mum… We order groceries online anyway and have done for sometime as it’s much easier on me as I have Arthritis.

Sorry rant over…

Makes me feel better getting it off my chest… Ha ha!!!

We are settling into a basic routine now and I’m trying to craft when I can but since it’s been nice and sunny during the day hubbie has been out in the garden, chilly still but lovely and spring like. It does get difficult to film as my table is in my living room right next to the TV which is why I tend to do it after everyone has gone to bed or elsewhere which is totally not happening now….much!

I have been videoing and I have introduced a ‘Chatty Journal Along with Me’ series where I will be working in my various journals and chatting along about all sorts of things, no tutorials but bringing you along with what I’m creating 😁😁

My idea was sparked by one of my online friends who said she crafts along while she’s watching my video, so I thought let’s do that…. You craft along with me as you watch or listen to me jabbering away! You can watch as well but I thought isn’t it a nice way to feel like you’re not alone while you’re crafting too.

Makes us feel like we are all connected at this difficult time while being shut in 😁😁😁 my video is here

Collage on a pocket
Pretty book pages

These are a few pieces I worked on in my video #1.

I really enjoyed it and I’m working on the next one as I write….well, to be honest, I recorded a few together but decided to split them up as they would get to long. So now I’m thinking ahead of what I can do. I tend to jump around in my journal and often something will jump out at me as I go through. I don’t always finish a piece at the time I start it I often go away and come back to it later.

Collage I did in my journal but not on the video

More collages in my journal

Seaside theme on envelopes
On a spotty bag

These two collages are on Happy Mail from the lovely Nina Ribena.

Her cards are inside the envelopes β›΅β›±οΈπŸšπŸ¦€πŸ™πŸ¦ž

Nina’s channel is simply called Nina Ribena … Her videos are mainly based on prompts for her fb group Mixed Media Emporium. Definitely worth a visit to her channel her makes are always brilliant and varied mainly mixed media but she has introduced more junk journal ideas from this year too 😁😁😁

So please come and visit my channel my link is above my daffodils collage photo would love to see you there…

Until next time

E xx

Keep safe and well everyone ❀️

Busy at Chattylaine Creates…

I’ve been busy filming videos lately as I’ve really got the bug now…. I do enjoy certain aspects of editing but it can also be a nightmare depending on how you record whatever you are doing…. Tutorials seem to be the biggest headache, as if it’s not right the first time, you can’t do it again as you’re already underway with what you are making….

I’ve been mainly doing updates on my various journals, just flip throughs of how I’m using it and what I’ve done so far.  Here are my Old Dutch and Handbag Junk Journals… Video is here

And this is in my Dutch Tulip journal, I’ve been adding photos of my trip to Holland as I hadn’t really got much done in it…

My friend Ineke and I in Amsterdam

I was going to do a ‘Journal with Me’ video but things went wrong and so I discarded the actual tutorial and started the video again just doing the flip through of what I’d done….video is here

Amsterdam

I’m happy enough with them now but the editing of the video became so messy that I thought best start again. I like to talk directly as I’m doing the process but find it difficult concentrating on both doing and talking about it…. Practice is necessary!

My airplane ticket – I still need to write up the saga of the day
Pocket using my ticket from the Keukenhof

I’ve tried voice overs but I think I prefer talking as I’m doing it, it’s just harder, so definitely more practice. It’s all about the learning and figuring it out… Its what I love! β™₯️β™₯️

Planning is also the key, working out beforehand what you are going to do, which does make it not as fun as freely creating as you go. So a fine balance is needed of both freely creating and planning the video. I have improved slowly and things are becoming clearer the more I do but it is very challenging…. I’ve always enjoyed a challenge but on my terms and timescale….. I’m terrible at timescales generally… Haha!! Just ask my family and friends πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚βŒš

So I thought I would try a planner type journal, not a full bullet journal as such, just a way to plan my videos and my journal making as they do go together anyway. I took out a subscription of Daphnes Diary magazine and with that I got a free Diary and a Bullet Journal (bujo) too.

The bujo is just empty other than dots on the the paper, so great for doing whatever you want in it…just what I need!

The diary I’m not sure if I will use it or not yet as my proper diary is my phone calendar which has appointments etc. in. I might try the DD diary out just for uploads of my videos a bit more for record keeping purposes I think.

Me being organised….. Whatever next!!! Ha ha ha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

We’ll see how good I am at keeping it…

Until next time

Have fun creating

E xx

My present to me!!

As I said in my previous post it was my birthday last week and again I get money from most of my family.

I was watching a video from Barbara from 49dragonflies where she was showing flip throughs of some of her journals she had made to be sold in a local book shop (she lives in Vienna in Austria!) I fell in love in one in particular but after contacting her she told me it had already been sold but there was another I also loved, this one was still available so I nabbed it!!

It arrived last Saturday but I didn’t open it immediately as I wanted to film it, which I did!

I’ve just popped it onto my channel yesterday and it’s so cute and RED!

I love❀️❀️❀️❀️ it 😁😁😁

Thank you sweet Barbara, I’ve started to get ideas for it now. I think watching and editing the video I’ve seen things I could do so I might just be tinkering in it very soon.

This is the page that grabbed my attention. That red date on this ephemera says 31 Jan 1963…. Well if it said 21 Jan 1963 that is my day of birth!! It was only 10 days out but I thought it was rather cool!!!

It has a number of other January dates throughout the journal which I really loved about it too…

I’ve decided I don’t want to write in it, but I do want to decorate it and embellish it. So I might use it a bit like a planner but for me, I am a list maker so that’s what I will use it for I think. So my lists will be added into pockets etc. that I will make for them.

That’s the way I will go with it πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’–

So just a bit different to my other journals it will be a fun challenge!

I don’t want to necessarily collect other journals from wonderful jj makers but if one pops up I really love then I just might if I can nab it of course…. It can be tricky especially when they are sort after!!

So I’m now planning for various things that I can put into my Sweet Little Red journal… 😁😁😁

I am a lucky girl this year, such cool gifts. πŸŽ‚πŸ·πŸ’•

Until next time

E xx

January 2020 and birthday time again…

Most people I find don’t like January it’s usually cold, dark and dismal and after Christmas…. Ha ha! With the potential for snow and icy conditions it can be hazardous, well usually!

But having your birthday in the month you tend to look forward to it… Well I do… Generally!

Just before Christmas I had my knee give out on me and wasn’t able to get around much…. Christmas Day was the only day I did anything but during January my knee has improved enough to be able to get out of the house, I am still taking it easy but having my automatic car now has been brilliant, as its my left knee, at least I can still drive!

From my Mum I usually receive money for Christmas and this year I decided to go with a gadget….

I loooove ❀️❀️Gadgets and tools!

Mini portable printers to be precise! So for Christmas I went with a Phomemo Thermal printer, it’s a black&white printer and you can print onto sticker paper with it. I’d seen quite a lot of reviews on YTube and after watching Nina’s video review of one I thought it would be great for journalling, she had a lovely discount code too, so I got it for a good price on Amazon……. in Pink!

It will be great for written quotes and seems to be good for planners etc. It comes with templates in the app as well, you connect it from your phone.

It will print images but they do come out a bit grainy, gives them a vintage feel I think, I don’t mind it myself!

So it comes with one roll of white sticker paper but I soon got through that so, of course, I had to order some…

They come in different types –

Transparent paper

Gold (slightly sparkly) translucent paper

Sakura patterned paper

Blue print paper

And the White paper

There might be some others but these are the ones I decided on. I could get the white and transparent from Amazon but the other 3 I ordered directly from the Phomemo site. They didn’t take long to arrive from the US either. They all come with 3 rolls of each in the box.

I do love GADGETS!!

So for my second gadget (for my birthday which was last week btw) was a HP Sprocket mini photo printer… (from hubbie this time)

I just LOVE it!! ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️

Yes this prints out colour photo prints onto special Zink sticky backed paper sheets.

Mine is RED!

I did get it a little early so I used it for some photos from the Christmas meal I had with my old work colleagues, in my December Journal. I was still adding to it during January as I couldn’t get much done in December in the end.

I’ve just put my December Journal Flip through video up on my channel and you can see some of the uses of both of these 2 printers…. More fun to be had!

They will be a great addition to my journalling 😁😁

I’ve been working in my Dutch Tulip Junk Journal and printed off some of my photos from my trip to Holland from last year.

Some are embellished and some aren’t!

I just love the instant photo appearing from the printer… Its so satisfying to be able to call off the photo you want in seconds.

I have a video coming soon with me working in the journal showing an update of the pages I’ve done so far! Here’s a few more I’ve started…

My You Tube channel is called Chattylaine Creates please pop over to have a look. 😁

Until next time

E xx

December journalling and my Christmas knee disaster

Yes had to play catch up with my last 2 posts but this one is fairly current now…

I’ve been doing a bit of journalling in my December Journal but the Friday before Christmas my knee gave out on me while out shopping and so have been struggling with the rest of Christmas prep…. I’ve had to rest up and leave the last of the shopping and prepping down to my #1daughter Billie. She did a sterling job as I just couldn’t have done anything without her.

She doesn’t drive so hubbie had to run her about a bit but otherwise she was doing it on foot. She’s not particularly keen on buses to busy with people especially this time of year.

I was able to get a bit of journalling in but not much as I couldn’t move stuff around, I, again, had to rely on her to set up things for me and I felt guilty of using her time up doing other things I needed outside of running the house and Christmas of course.

My poor baby was getting rather exhausted… But we got there in the end… Just!!

So here are a few pages I did achieve while resting, in between wrapping and giving instructions of what needed to be finished.

Front cover has more embellishments to it now..including bells!!

This is the inside cover which is a pocket and the title page that is also a pocket as well

I need to re glue it as this bottom corner hasn’t stuck properly

I’ve got Maud Hiemstra’s prompts tucked inside that front pocket…. You can find them on her Instagram page here

Foxy collaged on

This tree is double sided and a tuck spot

These are all pockets and tuck spots just haven’t got anything to go in them yet

Except this pocket it’s full of bits and pieces to use.

I made the tuck spot with the red snowflakes on the left with part of a cracker it still has a bit of a curve to it right now but hopefully in time it will flatten

I made a belly band and hope to stencil on these pages before doing anything else

Do you get the impression I love Red!!

Side view of all the lovely goodies sticking out…. Lace is needed I think and more tabs 😁😁

Here are my collages I’ve done inside… This is the first prompt on Maud’s list

The doily is a tuck spot

So is the tree

And the tree/tag is a tuck too

SQUIRREL…… isn’t he cute! He is a pocket as well.

I mainly used 3D Decoupage paper pads from The Works in the collages, I had finally found them while out shopping when my knee went. So I did get them home…. YAY! The squirrel is from The Winters Tale digi kit I used from Artymaze on Etsy.

I also used 2 other kits from Artymaze as well throughout the journal called Old Time Christmas and Watercolour Christmas you will find them all in her Etsy store.

The other papers I used were from paper packs called 12 days of Christmas by Docrafts Papermania and Merry and Bright from The Works own range called Make & Create and a few other paper pads from there too.

Well that’s all I have for you for now, until I’m back on my feet again properly I can’t really do much more….. So

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and I wish you a

πŸŽ‰Very Happy New Year for 2020πŸŽ‰

❀️Thank you for visiting me in my small little Blogland, I do appreciate you all who visit! ❀️

πŸ₯‚See you all in the new year🍾

I will say Bye bye to 2019 and hope 2020 will be better!!

Love

Elaine xx

My Christmas/December journal

Took some time to get around to making it but it was together by about the end of the first week of December.

I wasn’t really expecting to do December Daily journalling but I wanted to just keep it to when I felt like doing some things in it.

I have taken out a few pages because it was a little chunky and also I realised I didn’t like where they where in the journal. So now I’m a bit happier with the lay out…

Just gotta get going in it… Halfway through December already and nothing added yet!!!

Bye for now

E xx

Update on the Witchy Journal

Just thought I would show a few photos of my additions to my Witchy Junk Journal.

It’s called.. The Witching Hour!

I’ve added extra scrapbook papers to the inside covers… This helps to strengthen the covers as well as look more interesting 😁

And I’ve added some lovely black lace pockets too.

I’ve added a title page, I just needed to add the year to it.

The back pocket.

And a couple of journal pages…

So onto other things….

Just playing catch up….. Again!!

😁😁

Bye for now

E xx

October Art Elements Challenge… Eyes

Oh I had completely forgotten about signing up for this challenge, here’s a link to the blog, so no time to get much together, a bit like the rest of October and Halloween. I was going to try and do October Daily journalling but….

Nope never happened!!

I got some lovely new Halloween bits and bobs recently…. Still never happened.

My original idea was to make an eye in glass…..maybe a dragon eye, so I could make a cover of a journal with the eye on it or a spell book or something of that nature…. Nope!!

I started to put a Halloween journal together though…. Still not finished….

Does have an eye in there from my witchy from my attempt at Inktober a few years ago… She will be on my front cover….maybe! (oh and my first bit of sewing on paper after finally getting my sewing machine up and running again)

Its a start…. 😁😁😁

Oh gosh lots of maybe’s going on isn’t thereπŸ˜•πŸ€”πŸ€”

I have made various things in the past with some eyes involved…

Mainly drawings

Evil Eye..

I really liked her eyes in this one..

I like the sinister look of them!!!

But what to do….

Well I finally decided to finish the journal… I did put it together very late last night, well this morning actually… I’m a bit of a night owl 😁😁

So here we go…

My Witchy Halloween Junk Journal

Papers sewn together from Happy Halloween pack by Carta Bella

Love all the different bats aren’t their eyes cute…bats do fascinate me. This came from an encyclopedia

Some of my gel prints this is copper and all sparkly in real life… Rubbish photo sorry!

The skeleton is so cool πŸ¦‡πŸ¦‡πŸ¦‡

My first stitching on paper went a bit wonky but I suppose I will improve… Its been years since I did any machine sewing anyway so little bit rusty!

I’m sort of making pockets here but still need to glue them done… Still a WIP then I can start journalling in it. Might try and get some done before the Night is out!! Mwwwhahahaha πŸ§™β€β™€οΈπŸ§›β€β™€οΈπŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ

Some lovely Tim Holtz paper

This paper I just joined with black

Some lovely bats on the back page

Of course can’t go without a pumpkin somewhere, this was my daughters carved pumpkin from a previous year…. Love it!

Here are all the participants of the challenge from the Art Elements blog:

Team members

Have fun checking out everyone’s entries…

See you next time

πŸ¦‡πŸ‘»πŸŽƒHAPPY HALLOWEENπŸ¦‡πŸ‘»πŸŽƒ

E xx

Journalling, I am really enjoying it

For the last 2 years I haven’t been beadmaking and jewellery making is on the back burner, always there but not making anything.

It’s all since my Fall back in June 2017 😒😒 my workshop has stood still like its lost in time…. Cobwebs and dust…. Including spiders….. Brrrrrr….😱

Its messy in there and I don’t really want to spend time in it, I need to clean it, not my favourite thing at all!!! And of course it needs tidying which I’m rubbish at!!! πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Since then I got into Art Journalling and Mixed Media…. Watching YouTube while I was recovering is how I originally got hooked on it, then that in turn I found junk journalling and the making of them.

It took months to make my first journal and as much as I loved the process it took time to learn new techniques etc. to achieve the result I got….it was sometimes daunting, often frustrating but definitely worth the journey….

I am getting a bit quicker at creating them now but still it takes me time and lots of decision making along the way.

IT’S SPRINGTIME JUNK JOURNAL

I love it, I enjoy making them personalised for each recipient. I don’t make them to sell I make them to pass on to individuals I know. I love themes and I have quite a long list of journal themes I want to make….. Yes I really need to make a journal for that! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

But what to do with them once I’ve made them for me, in the theme I love…. Mmmmm….

I needed to use them!

I don’t record my daily life, it doesn’t interest me enough to do that!

So how to use them?

I made my Old Dutch for me to kind of work that out….

And I could use it anyway I wanted to, not really an art journal but not a diary either….

Creative journalling is what I call it!

I can use it to store things I’ve done, cards etc I receive that means sometime to me, so some memory keeping.

This was my Mother’s Day card from #1daughter

I cut it apart down the middle, the heart is the front which is whole and the rest was cut into tags and decoration.

And of course junk journalling is also visual journalling adding embellishments, prettying it up if you like….adding tuck spots and pockets to hold things in you want to keep, as well as just making a page look enjoyable to look at.

Stencilling is a favourite

Napkin decoupage and fabrics that were my #1daughter little ‘blankie’ when she was very young.

I want to put some photos of her onto a card or tag to tuck into the belly band I made on the righthand page above

The postcard on the left page is also a pocket so need to make something to go into that as well.

Below is just a decorated collage page which I loved the way it turned out.

Sometimes they work but quite often they don’t…. That’s why I’m not showing the opposite page πŸ™„πŸ™„

The piece of fabric is a flip up again one of the blankie fabrics you can just see it behind it on a previous page.

Here it is below, more photos for there too I think.. and I want to embellish the front of it with lace etc.

More decoupaging with napkins, this spread on the right page (below) is finished and was from Happy Mail from Noit (Noit Art on YT) last year

The fabric flip on the left is from a dress I made a looooong time ago, loved the fabric but when I finally got the dress finished I couldn’t fit into it any longer…. 😒😒😒 I haven’t worked out what I’m going to do with this page yet! I might just glue it down completely and collage on top of it….. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” If I’m not sure I just leave it to ponder until I do know.!

WIP I still have to finish both of these pages above and below all from napkins, well except from what’s already on the page of course!

This one below is a Daphnes Diary magazine page with some fashion images I fussy cut out and glued on and then added the napkin along the top …. This isn’t quite finished yet I think I may add some lace down the side.. We’ll see!

More pondering I think….

Its a bit whacky this one but I really like it…. I look at it as the ladies are walking and posing on the roses…. Ha ha! 😁

This page is dedicated to Monty my old hound dog, I lost him last year and this sunflowers card was sent from the Vet who came out to put him to sleep. He was so lovely and I was really touched by this sweet card.

This was from Ineke from Holland who sent me this New Year card, hoping this year would be a better one for me. ❀️🌼Thank you my lovely friend 😘

This was a birthday invite of one of my Hubbies friend, I really loved the roses..

This was my birthday card from…. #1daughter of course! Why do I call her that you may ask!?

Well she is my only child and so she is Number 1! As well as my whole world 🌼❀️🌍❀️🌼

I loved this lady which came out of a Daphne’s Diary… I’ve also still got the negative part to it as well. I will probably put it in with the reverse showing which is in blue..

Roxy Creations digital linen on the right and my Red fashion Tag in the bag pocket on the left… I am really happy with the tag…. I need to make some more I think!!

Couple of tags in different pockets

More Daphnes Diary pages this one is a ballet dancer, there are some more images to add yet…

More lovely birthday cards, below from hubbie, above from my brother and SIL.

This one I was trying out my metallic pearly watercolours I got for my birthday from #1daughter, they are a bit unusual to use and I got some of the sheen coming off the blue but not alot from the copper in this photo. In real life the copper really shines but the blue you have to catch the light just right on it.

I will have to check out how to use them as they take a bit of getting used to, YouTube will tell me somewhere I believe! They are called Coliro – pearlcolors from Germany.

So that’s what’s in my Old Dutch for now, I still have more ideas to work out and things to finish which I hope to get some more ‘Journal with Me’ videos done soon…. So many things to do and finish I’m getting very behind now…

Then there’s my Dutch Tulip jj to fill up as well from my trip to see Ineke.

I am currently working in this one at the moment so hoping I can do my next ‘Chatty jj with me’ in the next couple of days with that….

Catch you all again soon

Bye for now

E xx

September.. Yay I’m current at last!

Yes writing currently is a bit easier than trying to remember what was going on months before.

So what have I been doing this month…

I’ve been recording videos and finally got those finished and uploaded to YT…

My first tutorial was making Distress Oxide Ink papers which can be used for backgrounds…

Great fun, I love using my Oxide inks I have some new colours I hadn’t tried out so even more fun….

Then I used them in my next video to show how they can be used, I made these tags

The left and centre ones I embossed in my Sizzix Big Shot with an embossing folder, then I covered it with wax in relief, quite time consuming but I was pleased with the effect. The right one I added a napkin decoupage over the oxide printed background.

My next video tutorial was decoupaging napkins

This time onto envelopes made from the oxide papers….

And then embellishing them with lace etc…

Videos are up on my YT channel now

Chattylaine Creates

Editing these was very long and time consuming I ended up splitting them into 2 separate ones as I had originally recorded them at the same time. It would have been such a long video otherwise, so lots of cutting and rerecording a new intro to the envelopes one then had to finish them off by embellishing them. With my trip away ‘Up North’ in the middle of it.

That was the end of August we went on a football away trip. Hubbie is a big footie fan and supports Luton. They happen to be playing 2 teams in close proximity to each other… Sheffield Wed. on Tuesday night then Barnsley on the Saturday…. So we thought we would go away for them both and did a bit of travelling around while we were there.

Here we were in the pub next to Sheffield train station, it opens onto the platform of the station as it used to be the waiting room for the platform…. Beautiful tiled walls and vaulted ceiling

Yep I also went shopping…. Like you do, found some lovely finds in Charity shops so came back with some goodies.

I have a video on these too here

Some books of various types

1904 vintage book of Ballards bit battered but lovely old pages

Who remembers this TV programme?

Got some great vintage pictures in this book..

Love this Troll book, it’s a kiddies book but so lovely

I loved the illustrations in it.

Some lovely laces/crocheted pieces and other fabrics

I did have a great time finding them all.

So lots of videos to check out if you fancy popping in on my YTchannel.

All likes and subscriber’s greatly received… It really helps me to get seen on YouTube if you would hit the πŸ‘πŸ» Likes on each video and the πŸ”” Subscribe button…. 😁😁😁β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️

Thanks for visiting

Until next time

E xx