July and into August….

Yes still not quite caught up and August is nearly over so thought I needed to combine them both for some parts…..

I put ‘Old Dutch’ jj together for me to journal in…. I’d not done junk journalling before only Art Journalling, I’m not much of a writer or even a quotes person, I like visual art and using paints and other colourful media.

So I class it as Creative Journalling!

During July I made a start working in my ‘Old Dutch’, and had fun filling pages. I thought I would have a bit of a bash at ‘Junk Journal July’ which was a challenge on Instagram from @JoieDeFi and two other ladies, @MegJournals and @patricia.nordeen the prompts were straight forward enough I’m just not that good at following them day by day…. I did a few here and there otherwise I find they stifle my creativity!

Here are the prompts I did

2. Create a collage

Actually this was a front cover of a cheap sketchbook… That was fun!

3. Use a tag

This was my Mother’s Day card from #1daughter it was a special one and so many lovely things on it. I love the 3D heart which was raised by foam pads, just love the filigree cut outs. So I made tags with part of the inside of the card. I ‘tipped it in’ with washi tape.

7. Florals

This spread was in my Dutch Tulip junk journal

This is the front cover now with the tulip postcard I bought at the Keukenhof as you can just see on the right side it has a tuck/pocket which you can just see the wing of the butterfly which is on a salad spinner artwork poking out, made by Ineke my friend in Holland.

My floral spread was mainly washi stickers and tape with gift wrap paper which are the pink flowers and a birdie cut out.

8. Minimalist

I used washi stickers is toning colours on top of my yellow gel print. The print was of a butterfly and flowers stencil. So I thought it fitted nicely…

Then I jumped to

12. Washi galore

Yep added some of my wide washi’s to the left page in buildings and architecture and on the smaller page florals with patterns and postmarks. Simple but great fun!

15. Lyrics

Love the film Ghost Rider and they use the Doors song Riders on the Storm as the title music… Love it… Some of the lyrics are a bit odd then Morrison was usually pretty high most of the time…

So I had an old Piano music book of my Dad’s when he tried learning to play the electronic organ….many many years ago. So I took out the whole page with the music and lyrics from the book…. I then tipped it in with the blue washi tape and wrote out the lyrics on the ledger paper next to it.

25. Make a pocket and it includes

5. Favourite colour

This I put on the back cover I used craft paper to make the pocket and added one of the linens digi kits from Roxy Creations (on YT)

I popped a Tulip postcard inside the pocket. Favourite flower as well.

Red is my favourite colour but I love blue and purple too.

Here’s a tag using Red…

I made it in a fashion/sewing theme, which shows me finishing this off in my latest video on my YouTube channel.

I used an old pattern instruction sheet and pattern tissue with the lovely markings on. Added this vintage pattern fashion lady, my Mums cross stitch poppies in digi form, some washi, lace and I stitched on some buttons to finish. Then added a hole with an eyelet, some sari silk and tied the string around it in a bow.

I did ink the edges and got a blob on the tag so may need to cover that with something… Not sure what yet… Its for my journal so may not bother really. Quite pleased with how it turned out!

I think that’s about it for the prompts now… Here are a few other spreads in my Old Dutch and few in my Dutch Tulip and Collage journal….

That’s this one:

More to come in this one!


Ineke made this tag its decorated on both sides

I like to add things here and there, I don’t always finish a spread in one go and I have to ponder for a while before I do!


My bead dangles on the spine of the book

Barbara’s pocket (@49dragonflies) she sent in her Happy Mail

More linens from Roxy Creations

Fabric flips using my daughters old ‘blankie’, from when she was very little, I need to pop some photos under here I think!

Napkin decoupage and a pocket from Noit of Noit Art on YT and another fabric flip

I do chat about it more in this video here

Or is it this one here

There is all sorts in both of them so hope you will check them out

Stencilling and old book pages

I need a tag for this tuck and I won’t add anymore to the left page.

So nearly caught up….

I’ve just been away and did a bit of journalling while I was away so I will take some photos and that will be in another post….

So that’s about it for now

Phew!!! I’ve finally caught up…. I think?!

Bye for now

E xx ❀️


Onto June… Still behind!

So in June there were lots of family birthdays my Brother turned 60 and
had a bit of a do…. My #1daughter had hers as well and we bought our very first brand new car…. Never realised how satisfying that can be making decisions on colour and all the bells and whistles it was going to have… We’ve gone automatic as well so it’s so easy to drive, I love it!

It’s red….of course! Doesn’t she look fabulous…. 😁😁😁😁😁❀️

Just need a nice new drive to sit her on as ours it’s terrible. Gritty and dusty which I carry into the car… Grrrr!!

The rest of June was making up my Journals and working in them…. I’ve got my first ‘Chatty Journal with Me’ video up on my channel now. Combined with some lovely Happy Mail from Barbara @49dragonflies

Some lovely linens and napkins and some other lovely things she made me.

My ‘Old Dutch’ junk journal is really fun to work in I’m really enjoying it… Here it is before I started using it

3 signatures

Lots of old book pages from nature, music, wine books as well as some of my gel prints

Maps and wallpaper

Dutch bags from the Tulip Park

Some digi kit pages this one and the colourful tulips above are from Artymaze on Etsy

I also used an archeology book and some of the pages I liked from the Dutch book itself.

Inside cover was covered in fabric with these little red hearts all over it. 🌼β™₯️

Coloured cotton threads which I waxed myself with beeswax so they would slide through the holes easier and not knot up. I will add beads to the ends, of course! When I get around to sorting some of them out.

I’ve added some additional things already… Here is the flower brooch that I got for my Spring Swap from the lovely Tamara…. Doesn’t it look lovely…

In my ‘Chatty Journal with Me’ I added this pocket to the inside cover, so I could fit my large Windmill postcard into it…

Here’s the link to my video… Happy Mail From Barbara & Chatty Journal with Me

It took me some time to get it edited but finished it early into July…

More ideas for future ‘Journal with Me’ are on the way….just got to get recording.


So until next time

Have fun creating

E xx


Visiting Holland – Part 2 Windmills and journals

So following on from Amsterdam the next day wasn’t to busy, we were going off to do some craft shopping in town and the first stop was Action. This is a low budget chain of shops across Europe and they have a really good craft section. So was happy browsing through lots of stamps and cutting dies and our basket filled up with lovely goodies… Now that was going to add to my luggage weight on the way home… πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

So while we were still in Best Ineke told me that they have a working windmill, well you can’t go to Holland without seeing a Windmill now can you!

I was very brave and went up to 2 narrow ladder/stairs up to where the while railings are…

Oh wow I was so pleased with myself for achieving that…. There was one more floor which would have been great but I couldn’t do that one…. It had all the workings of the mill its self too… But no I couldn’t cope with another flight of narrow steps…

The lady at the mill was very knowledgeable and Ineke translated for me, as her English was very good but she struggled with certain things.

Ineke’s English is fantastic and she is also fluent in French as well, so translating for me was easier for her.

We then went off to Eindhoven for a wander around a few shops there. The plan was to visit this warehouse place that she found, which had vintage and secondhand books, linens and all sorts of things. We found out on Saturdays they were only open until 12pm so it was too late, it was already gone 1pm. Ineke had found it recently and bought my big Old Dutch book from there which I was going to bring home with me.

I gutted it while I was there and just brought the cover home with me as I wanted to make a Junk Journal with it. I will show you that in another post but the font was gorgeous and in Dutch… of course! I love foreign text, shame I’m rubbish at languages… πŸ™„

So maybe next time I can go to the warehouse place but for now it was shopping in Eindhoven only…

More crafty things and some lunch then we went back to Ineke’s home. I promised to take her out to dinner for looking after me… In the end we had a Chinese takeaway which actually was more fun and we could chat at leisure and she also had to show me her craft room at the top of the house…. Brilliant…. Loved seeing her fabulous goodies. And more things that she had found in her stash for me… She is such a generous lovely person and can’t believe how well we have ‘hit it off’ it’s like we’ve been friends for years!

So before I left home I made Ineke (which is pronounced ‘ee – nuch – a’ ) a journal as well as one for myself to take with me so we could work in them together using memorabilia from my trip and just crafting in them together.

Here is the one I made Ineke:

The cover is made with scrapbook paper from Ciao Bella called Codex… which is based on Da Vinci which Ineke likes.

So the theme of the journal was Da Vinci and his drawings etc…

The stencilling was a bit steampunk cogs and plans

With some floral thrown in too

Junk Journals use old book pages and I found some postcards which had Da Vinci innovations drawings on

Some washi I took her

All the bits and pieces of ephemera I added to the back pocket for her to use.

Back cover

I loved making it for her and I hope she will have the courage to use it soon. 😁😁

Here is a glimpse of my travel junk journal, I never used it out there but I have added things to it since being home…

Still more to do to it but I will be using it in future videos in my Create along with me series I’m just starting on my channel…. Chattylaine Creates…. on YouTube.

My Old Dutch Junk Journal is now finished too and my first video is nearly ready to be uploaded as I write this….

So that’s is for May…. And my visit to Holland was fabulous, I loved visiting Ineke and fell in love with Holland.

I hope to go back again maybe next year… She is hoping to come visit me here first…. It was fun.

So until next time

Bye for now

E xx

Visiting Holland – Part 1 Amsterdam

So after my traumatic flight, I enjoyed my evening with Ineke and she gave me the plans for the next day and my trip to Amsterdam and the Keukenhof Tulip Park…

We went up from Best (where Ineke lives), just outside Eindhoven, on the train to Amsterdam as well as a canal trip before the Park. The train was a novelty for me as it was a double decker. She also got us First Class tickets which was lovely…. Never travelled first class before!

Great train ride very fast and smooth… I fell in love with Holland! 🧑🧑🧑

So here are some photos of Amsterdam and the canal trip which were a little difficult to get good shots when surrounded by lots of tourists…

Grand Central Station


Dam Square and the Palace

Our canal boat – bottom left

7 bridges

Old Amsterdam


And onto the Tulip Park which was gorgeous even though the end of the season and lots of them had already been cut down because they had finished…

Me on the way in…

Ineke in front of the glass sculpture

Me sitting on the wishing well

Beautiful Tulip sculptures in bronze

I so love tulips they are my favourite flowers…. Having my birthday in January I often get them for my birthday 😁😁😁🌷🌷🌷

I had a lovely day I got pretty tired but I definitely completed my 10,000 steps on that day!!!! Ha ha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

So Friday was the most hectic day the rest was a bit more chilled….. Craft Shopping next…onto Part 2.

Thanks for visiting

E xx

So onto May and my Trip to Holland

I was very excited to be travelling to visit my friend Ineke in Holland we met in a FB group we both are in Nina Ribena’s Art Journal Prompts and more!

We really hit it off and I constantly talked to her through Messenger from last year after a swap on the group and decided we would do a private swap of our own.

I am so rubbish at keeping things to time and as usual she had to wait for my things to her, to arrive! I never don’t do as I say just it takes me time to get things done!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€”πŸ˜

Since hubbie retired and all my health issues this last year its been full on one thing after another. I was determined to visit Ineke so I bit the bullet and we arranged a weekend in May. I was going to fly out but had to go from Stansted even though Luton is on my door step as she lives near Eindhoven and Ryanair at Stansted was the only flight that goes to Eindhoven Airport.

Not having flown for over 10yrs it was a difficult experience on my own, as I have put on a lot of weight since then and seatbelts don’t fit me (I found out!)

I went by coach to Stansted, that was my first major seatbelt problem, 1.5hr trip strapped into a seat where I just couldn’t move and ended up making my tummy and back ache wasn’t fun! Silly me had booked the front seats too so thought couldn’t really not put my seatbelt on…. So was relieved to get off it tbh!

Right next challenge was the airport, I had arrived in good time, I had my walking stick to help me but going through customs was a nightmare, it was total bedlam. What they say about Ryanair and Stansted is true. Once I had sorted out my stuff to go through the customs check I was worn out!! I had to sit down for a little while. You have to be there 2.5hrs before if you check your bag in which I did so I had plenty of time, everything is self service though and that threw me a bit. I got through it all OK in the end. I took my time going to the plane, of course it was the furthest gate possible, so I ended up at the back of the queue to board the plane.

Then getting on the plane I had the same problem but I found they do have extension belts for us ‘fat’ people but no wait…. I couldn’t sit in my seat they had allocated to me as I was next to the emergency exit for some reason!!!! At this point the plane was waiting to taxi out as I was the last person onto the plane and it was slightly delayed too, didn’t help!

I was starting to panic a bit as the stewardess had to go and find me a different seat. Eventually I was strapped in and off we went… Phew!!

Landing was a bit of a bump but the flight went pretty quickly as it was just a little over an hour.

I had arrived and my excitement was back again, I was on Dutch soil and couldn’t wait to meet my friend for the first time! 😁😁😁

So again I took my time to walk to the terminal, oh yes you guessed it the furthest point away from the building, of course! So I was at the back of the queue for the customs check but I had a very kind Dutch chap that said I could go ahead of him and we chatted away while we waited.

Once through I headed over to the carousel to collect my suitcase…. Ooooh there it goes through the little door of the carousel…. So I waited and waited and waited…. But it didn’t come back around! Then suddenly the belt stopped as there was nothing else on it….. Oh shit, then the doors closed!!!! I went over to the door I saw it go through and my case strap I put on it had come unclipped and had got caught on the door mechanism this side of the door and my case I could see through the little gap at the bottom was the other side of the door. I knew I shouldn’t have used the damn strap!!!! As I looked around this very small airport was there anyone to be found….. In a word – NOPE!

So my only option was to leave the arrivals and go and find help!!

Ineke was just outside the doors and I just blurted out in panic…. My case is stuck behind the doors on the carousel and I can’t get it out!!!

“Oh no” …she said, “shall we say Hello first!!” “Oh gosh I’m sorry” I said and we hugged and said Hello properly πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

A nice airport lady eventually got my suitcase back for me and I was happy once again!!

So that was the trauma of my getting to Holland… The rest was fun from then on!

Hence, I have now thrown the stupid strap away and coming back won’t be so traumatic…. I hoped!!

I can laugh about it now and I was much better prepared for my trip home…. I will be a seasoned traveller in no time! πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I will tell you more about the rest of my trip in my next post and what I made for Ineke.

Bye for now

E xx

April visit to Laney.

So onto April and my trip to visit my friend Laney in Herefordshire with my daughter Billie.

Here we are having a lovely meal with her hubbie (he’s taking the photo).

She lives in Hereford well in a little village/hamlet just on the outskirts of Hereford. From where I live in Bedfordshire it’s a bit of a weird journey as I have to go up country then back down again as there is no….straight across!!

So before my visit I wanted to make her a journal as she is a fabulous artist, fellow Lampwork beadmaker (that’s how we know each other) and writer.

She has a great menagerie of furry creatures in her domain and all have come to Laney from a variety of rescues and acquisitions for different reasons…. Laney takes them all into her heart and takes great care of them all. Gordy the famous brain damaged special needs cat, famous because she writes for Cat Monthly magazine telling the story of living with Gordy and how he interacts with her other cats and dogs.

Here’s Billie having a Gordy cuddle

Now Laney’s life is very…colourful, shall we say, and often has every day stories of the escapades of her family life living with Gordy and all her other animals, 2 Golden retrievers Iz (Izabel) and Defi and 2 other cats…Smudge or Miss Mudge as she’s known and Freddie Bear both ginger cats. Everyone tells her to write a book of all these fun stories which she tells on Fbook as well as her drawings and sometimes poems too.

So what better than make a journal for her to write up these stories ready for that publication that will hopefully see the light of day…..sometime soon! 😁😁

As usual I left it a bit late to start the journal but I was determined to finish it in time to take it with me…. I’ve had so much happening around me and to me that time just keeps running away… from me.

I just about finished it, by the skin of my teeth, but never had anytime to embellish it.

It’s called Wildflowers Junk Journal and I was going to make a bookplate to go on the front but never got round to that…. I was still sewing it together just the night before we were going.

Ivinghoe Beacon is just down the road a little way out of town in the countryside as The Chiltern Hills completely surround us here.

I like to add little touches to my journals and choose colours the recipient likes and themes they would enjoy. So Laney’s Wildflowers journal was full of countryside flowers and animals.

This centre spread page is an eco print of flowers and leaves by the lovely Nina Ribena

Stamping and music sheet pages

Bees are so relevant as Laney has created lots of glass bees in her time while Lampworking, along with flowers as well as her fun and quirky creatures so there are a few bees through the journal here and there…

Each of the 3 signatures were wrapped with old book pages from Richard Bell’s Britain.

Centre signature has an envelope made from an old wildflowers book.

Her birthday is in March so I picked out some book pages from the Edith Holden book… The Diary of an Edwardian Lady.

Some stencilling

Beautiful botanical book pages from an old book.

Stamping and old garden book pages

The back and front covers were covered in calico fabric then I used Tim Holtz papers from his Wildflowers paper pack, (hence the name of the journal!) to decorate it…

This was my very first hardcover journal and I was pleased with my first attempt…. More needing to be made now, its always the first one that’s the hardest.

We also visited a lovely old book shop in Hye-on-Wye which is just across the border into Wales. It was in an old cinema so it was huge….. Wall to wall of old books! HEAVEN!!!

When we left the next day we stopped off in Ross-on-Wye and had some breakfast with yummy strawberry milkshake and a muffin to finish and across the road from the cafe was…you guessed, it another charity book shop.

Ross-on-Wye high street

So I came home with rather a lot of books.

If you would like to see what I found I have 2 book haul videos on my YouTube channel here along with a photo flip through of Laney’s Wildflowers journal.

Thanks you popping in

E xx

What have I been doing….

Yes…what have I been doing!!!

Well it’s been pretty hectic for last few months in lots of ways but I will keep it to what I’ve been making and my trips away.

So firstly, journals I’ve been making and getting onto You Tube!!

Back in February I mentioned I was trying out videoing and getting them onto my You Tube channel. Well I’ve been doing that and I have quite a few videos uploaded now.

My channel is called:

Chattylaine – Elaine Thornton

at the moment. I’m thinking of dropping my name part and just leave it with Chattylaine Creates…. Still pondering on that one!! I will update you if that happens…

Life is hectic…. Yes even when you are retired! Well it is for me anyway…. Finding time to fit so much in has been quite tiring as well as my trips, I will talk about those in a different post, but also my making of Junk Journals….

I am getting things together better now and they do come together much quicker and a little easier each one I make. So I thought I will update you with the ones I’ve done so far.

So I will flick through one I made for a Springtime theme swap on a private fb group I’m in just to give you a taste but my channel has a proper video flip through of it if you fancy a look.

Please feel free to subscribe to my channel… The link is above, this helps me on YouTube to get noticed the more Likes I get on my video helps me too.

It’s Springtime journal

I used Graphic 45 papers for the cover and some of the embellishments inside the journal

I enjoyed doing some collaging here and there

I used some of my Mums cross stitch I scanned them in and printed them off to use

Touch of stencilling, old book pages and a lovely rose cross stitch

Doily digi kits from Roxy Creations on You Tube

Pieces from old calendars oh and one of my Flower Bud headpin dangles there along with some charms

Some lovely daffodil envelopes I’ve had for an age and some eco prints from the lovely Nina Ribena

Various ephemera digi kits and more cross stitch as a pocket

The back cover with some lace trim down the spine and to tie up the journal.

Just finished it time for the deadline….. Always by the skin of my teeth!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

A quick journal I made for my lists of supplies

To take with me to shows so I know not to duplicate what I already have

I’ve filled it up now…

Very useful it will be!!

Bit of collage practice in my altered book journal

I had fun but not quite sure if this one is finished. πŸ˜•πŸ€”

Steampunky type travellers notebook style


Loving collage at the moment….

Got lots of new washi tapes to help too…

New ones are in the white basket on the left… Old ones on the right.

Washi stickers too…. I love them…

I’ve got a few more since this photo as I wanted some Chinese/Japanese ones.

I will eventually make a oriental type journal…. Its on the list of makes!!!

I need a journal for that as well… So many ideas not enough time to do it.

Right so that was March onto April next 😁😁😁❀️

Bye for now

E x

So what have I been up to!

Time is whizzing along, so much going on.. its been hectic.

Right then…. Big news is Mr T has now retired…. YAY!!

He had a retirement do on Saturday for his work mates… Had a nice turn out of old and current guys (some are already retired). It was a good night I went along too, had a few bevvies with the guys.

We had some sadness too last week with his cousin sadly passing away and her funeral was on Thursday…. The Big C strikes again 😒 she was the same age as me!

He also got his ticket for the Plymouth game…. Yes footie!!πŸ˜• But we are going down there for the weekend…. No point without his ticket…. That’s on 9th March so I need to get browsing to see what I can do with my time while he and the others go to the game…. We’re not alone down there friends will be gathered as well!!

That was last week now for this week….

So here for some really good news we finally got his pension through so that’s fantastic…. I will get my kitchen…. HOORAY!!!!!


More on that when that starts happening, when the spring/summer properly arrives…. Its lovely weather here right now but don’t know how long that will last… Enjoy it while we have it! 😁😁😁🌞🌞🌞 Hope it will be like this for Plymouth!!

So busy on these and other things that I’ve not got much crafting done tbh. Cut out some tags with my new tag punch for the decorative tops to them. (birthday pressie)

I needed 2 tags for the Challenge on Tracie Fox’s group The Foxy Crafter’s on Fb. Still need to get that done…. Will try and video it but not sure how well I’ll do 🀞🏻

I also have a swap I need to do on a Spring theme in one of my other FB groups but as it’s suppose to be a surprise for the recipient I can’t divulge that just now.

I have, however, started working on a journal for me so I can show you some of that as I go along….

Here’s the papers so far….



Steampunk is in 2 colours as you might notice… One of my printer colours had run out and I got these lovely pinky/purple pages so might create something using those. Then I will sort out a full on steampunk journal at a later date…. 😁

Billie (#1daughter) has been home from uni this weekend just gone, as she’s not been feeling too good. But I was chatting with her and told her I wanted to make her a journal, she seemed pleased with that so we discussed what she would like and Tolkien was at the top of the list along with a nature/woodland theme too, especially with foxes in it!! She loves foxes!!! Her last project at the end of last year was a fox..🦊

So my journal list is getting ever longer!!!

One of these journals is for my journal ideas and one for my lists I like to constantly make…. Plus current things to do with the house and plans we need to make for the future… Like holidays and my kitchen and other stuff generally!!

Like I said…. The list is getting ever longer!!! Ha ha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

So here are some plans for now, I bought a few new bits of kit for my videoing endeavours I plan on…. I really need to clear my dining table as I want to use it as a desk for now….

Here is a new light which slots onto the new phone holding contraption this will then fit onto my tripod so I can record videos on my phone. I can use it as a handheld vlogging type device too. It’s to help with keeping it steady while holding it in front of you, not sure if that will happen for me but my idea is that these bits all help with my videoing for the time being.

Not sure if one light will be enough so I’m going to try it out on a book and birthday haul so I will see how it goes for now.

That’s all I have for you… I will try and keep up with my blogging but theres so much enjoyment to be had now we are both retired….

Oh and I’m off to Stamperama on Sunday so there could be another video haul to come as well…. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Catch you next time


Elaine β™₯️

Journal for Junk it up

Hi Happy January 2019 (always happy for me as its my birthday month)

So I’ve got cracking on making some new journals and even been having a go at albums too (can’t show the album right now as it’s for someone).

Here’s my Junk it Up journal

This Junk it Up Journal is for Nina Ribena Art Journal Prompts group as she has a new structure this year. Well it’s a bit different but not that much, so here’s what we are doing.

Each month we’ll have a different prompt (that’s the same) but each week will be set up the same:

Week 1: Mood board

Week 2: Junk it up

Week 3: Calendar page/card

Week 4: Use your scraps

So I decided to create this journal for the Junk it Up prompt week. I might even use it for the Use your scraps week as well.

I used a Primark carrier bag as they use the brown paper bags still and watching Wendy Mason on YT making her Handbag journal I thought I would adapt it to suit my needs for this prompt.

In the true nature of ‘junk’ this journal was made using literally junk….. Junk mail, flyers and brochures

also old sketchbook paper and brown packing paper and various pages from magazines and some of my scrappy painted papers….

There is a pocket/tuck along the bottom of the bag cover

As well as the tops of the bag is still open for storing things in

The outside I’ve added a decorative paper/card as I liked the Union Jack image on it… In pink no less!!! Ha ha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

It’s got a little steampunk feel to it but I will probably emphasis that as I collage it and add lots of embellishments to bring it out.

Wendy is in the process of showing you tutorials on how to create the handbag journal on her You tube channel so I will leave it to her if you want to go check that out… If you click on Wendy’s name above to go to the 1st video in the series.

My centre spread was made using one of my painty papers using Brushos which I love love love ❀️❀️❀️ with my 2 favourite colours together, Scarlet and this is Turquoise which is an Aqua type blue with darker particles in it too.

Some black card and some decorative paper which was free from a magazine… Also you can see some of my dyed paper and some of the used brown packing paper behind the fruit..

I used bakers twain for the binding in in a 3 hole pamphlet stitch …. I think I will use this to create a closure as I left it really long.

I was so happy to make this for my use and I have a long long list of journals I want to make…. I am enjoying making again and full of motivation to get more underway.

I really need to have a massive reorganisation of my work area and create a good work space. I actually might be able to create videos better too. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

I hate it but I need to do it!!

Thanks for visiting… I would love to see your comments so please come and say Hi..

Until next time….

E xx

Bye bye 2018 Hello 2019

Oh what a year that was to be honest I am glad to see the back of it…. Its been a very difficult time for me as well as my family… With health problems and worries of all types. It started off with a big positive when I early retired myself from my school dinner lady job. Since ‘The fall’ I had back in June 2017 my life changed…. It effected my arthritis in my hip and also my confidence and I felt more vulnerable….. So I left my job, which I was beginning to hate being where it all happened, and moved onto sorting things out in my life and chilling out. I do miss the girls I worked with though but I still see them often as we like to go for Tea & cake or in my case just cake as I don’t like Tea or Coffee. πŸ˜‚

So we made some plans and one big decision was we needed to get a new car as our old Mondeo was 17yrs old and was having lots of wear and tear problems arising which was more costly to fix than it was worth.

So a Nissan Qashqai was pur–chased to our utter annoyance, kept having things go wrong with it….

Did I tell you we’re not very lucky people!! πŸ˜•

I love driving it… I wanted a higher level car so it would make it easier for me to get in and out of because of my arthritis in my hip and also appearing in my back, I am also quite tall so long in the leg too… For this it has been brilliant and my driving position too and its my favourite colour as well…. RED!! 😊

My work buddies being silly over my new car…. Ha ha!!

Sadly back in May we lost my old hound dog Monty…. His arthritis got seriously bad and we had to say goodbye to him with great sadness…

Sadly missed.. 😒

We also made plans to go on holiday for the first time in probably 10years (which was another reason to change the car) we took ourselves down to Dorset in Sept. We squeezed it in before our #1daughter went back to uni for her final year. Of course thats when the Qashqai decided to breakdown….

So mucked up the holiday good and proper…. I did get some crafting in though and we had really good weather considering…

My Big Daddy

Pebble painting was fun

Lyme Regis

I do love my ice creams 😁😁

By this time my hubbie started to have more symptoms that were distressing (he has Parkinsons) which required changing of his meds… So he has been off work since this time.

So he finally decided enough is enough and he put in a request for early retirement through ill health at work…. We are nearly there now finally checks seem to have been done so fingers crossed that will be finalised very soon.

Then it was my turn and my ‘lady bits’ were a problem and I had to have tests done to find the cause. So after lots of tooing and froing to the hospital, having minor surgery, I’m hoping that its all sorted now too.

In the middle of all this my Mum had her eye cataract surgery so I was getting a bit fed up with having to keep going to the hospital… I needed my own parking space!!!

So all in all its been a difficult year…. I have done quite a bit of crafting with my new adventure into mixed media and then slowly working on my journal making I think it has really helped me get through it… Sometimes not wanting to do it as I’d lost my motivation but finishing my first journal really gave me a boost and I now feel I want to make plans on what I want to achieve this year.

So enough waffle about last year…. Well except for my meet up with my lovely friend Meikie

And our gorgeous waffles when we visited the Waffle House in St. Albans they were scrummy 😁😁😁❀️❀️

It was lovely seeing her and that leads me onto visiting friends this year…

So.. Here is my list of things I want to do this year or as least try and start:

1. Visiting friends…. I have some lovely friends that live in different directions of the country and I need to go visit them as well as some newer friends that I’ve made in Holland and in the US. All on my list of visits I’d love to do.

2. Holiday destinations are on my list, some with my old bloke, some could be alone as he isn’t very adventurous and prefers this country and maybe once #1daughter is finished uni we can consider the odd holiday together too.

I think I will do another post on this one….

3. Kitchen extension needs to be finally finished (when he gets his pension sorted) this affects so many things in the house you wouldn’t believe….

4. Did I mention travelling…. Enjoying time with hubbie while we can, so lots of planning ahead..

5. Crafting…. I really need to sort a decent space out to craft in…. Not my workshop as that’s for my bead making which is a definite need to get out there and make again.

So lots of clearing out and tidying up rooms and my workshop and figuring out where things could go so I can maybe start videoing on You Tube….mmmmm!!! Its in my mind I’m not sure how well I could do it but I fancy giving it a go and learning how to edit videos as well as create them.

So watch this space for that…. I will let you know how that’s working out as I go along.

As for my journal making…. I am making a list of things I want to do for that…. mainly themes and ideas of how to do certain embellishments and additions I need to get better at, lots more YTubing for me there then!!

So I think that’s about it for now…. I hope to blog a bit more often….. I think I said that last year but you never know what each year will bring you…. So best laid plans and all that‼️

Lots of potential blog posts ahead…. Oooh I need to make a journal for that as well…. Add that to my list…. Ha ha 😁😁 I do like lists…. Especially ticking stuff off when it’s done βœ”οΈ

Sorry its been a bit long and waffly but I like to chat…. That’s why I’m called Chattylaine…. Ha ha ha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚



Catch you next time

Thanks for listening and visiting xx

Bye for now

E xx