Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Planner Nerd Layout

Hello, Planner Friends! I hope you're all having a wonderful week.

I've really been getting in to the vertical planning groove lately and experimenting with layouts and how I set-out my page. 

The April Planner Nerd "Brights" kit was SO much fun to work with because the colours are just so cheerful!

Along my vertical planning journey so far I've come to learn a few things about myself as a planner - I don't preplan a huge amount, although I do have a few things that happen every week. I definitely plan on the go more, and that's useful to me. I know that I like to have checklists (if I want anything to get done at all, I need checklists), but too many becomes overwhelming. I love pretty pictures and stickers in my planners, so decorative boxes are my favourite, but using them in moderation to aid functionality is still something I'm working on.

What have you learnt about yourself as a planner recently?

As always, I'd love to connect with you and chat all things planning. You can find me on Youtube and Twitter

Until next time, happy planning!
Stef xx

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Journal with me - Everyday life even if it is boring!

Today I am sharing with you a 'journal with me' - an in process video of a couple of journal pages. In this video I talk about journalling the every day even when you think it is boring or not journal worthy! I have discussed this topic before on my channel and you might also want to check out these videos out. I will post them below after this video.

If you would like some inspiration on keeping a journal then why not check out this playlist I have compiled. It consists of my videos and my favourites I have found on my journey. I have embedded the playlist below for you to start watching or you can find it here:

Thank you to my current Patreons who are supporting me as this helps me to be able to create more content for you free on my YouTube channel. Big, Big love xx I hope you enjoy!

Here are my videos I mentioned above...

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Grace's Planner Brights/Planner Con Projects

This month I was super excited to receive the Planner Nerd Brights stickers as my D.T. package, as I will be off to Cambs Planner Con in a few short weeks! So I already had the matching stickers that came with my ticket to the event, and now had loads of Planner Nerd stickers to use!

I started by decorating the week of Cambs Planner Con in my personal size planner - I rarely decorate in advance so it felt a little weird but I really like how it turned out. 

 I did, admittedly, add stickers from my planner con kit, but it's mostly stickers from this month's club. There will be a Plan With Video published on my YouTube channel for this, but it won't be until Sunday 15th (so it's ready for the relevant week!), so keep an eye out for that :)

Close Ups!

After this I still had plenty of stickers left over, and at first I was a little stumped at how to use them. The obvious way to use them would be journaling (or other forms of memory keeping) Planner Con, but I couldn't do that before the event! So I had an idea - decorate a little notebook to pass around at planner con, asking people to sign it, and have that to keep as a memento of the day.

Here's a close up of the front page so it's easier for you to read the text:

I also used more stickers from the kit to decorate some of the pages inside:

So if you're going to be at Planner Con 2018, please keep an eye out for my little book! As the blurb says, I'd be ever so grateful if you signed it!

Of course, this kit isn't just for Planner Con attendees, most of us are Planner Nerds in some form, and these are perfect for anyone who enjoys "jammin' on their planner" :P 

Thanks so much for reading! 

Grace @ms.paperlover

Friday, 20 April 2018

Completed Planner / Diary Insert Flip Through (Jan - Mar 2018)

Today I am sharing with you a flip through of a completed planner / diary insert from January to march 2018. I mention where all of the stickers etc are from in the chat through. I usually post photos of my pages on instagram so come follow me over there if you would like to see more!

Thank you to my current Patreons who are supporting me as this helps me to be able to create more content for you free on my YouTube channel. Big, Big love xx I hope you enjoy!

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Getting back into the swing of things

Hiya Brimblers!!

Phew! The last couple of weeks have been so hectic for me, for one reason or another and sadly I have all but abandoned my art and journaling and if I'm truthful I haven't been doing much planning either!

It is true what they say about the imagination/brain being a muscle, in that if you don't use it, you lose it. I've been slowly getting my paints, papers and brushes back out but I'm feeling uninspired and very rusty, even several hours lost on Pinterest haven't helped much. I've mostly been reference working and failing to produce anything original. It'll come in time I hope!!

That said I have been making good use of the travel journal I commissioned from Steph at Scurry and Peck. It's just the perfect size for sticking in my handbag and whipping out whenever there is lull in goings on. A couple of weekends back J and I took a round trip from Manchester down to Aylesbury for a wedding cake tasting (omg so good!) and we pulled into the service station for a quick stop to refuel the car and ourselves. Whilst J stretched his legs I took the opportunity to get my journal out, there happened to be a bush in front of where we parked and I loved the textural differences so I tried to capture it.

Back in February in Anna's 'Doodling about you' Patreon video she explores the use of placing colour and building a piece around it. Well I took the fluidity aspect and sort of a spun it a little. I'm usually a stickler for painting within the lines and emphasising structure and realism. I find it quite difficult to be loose and flowing in my art, and so it feels alien to just slap dash watercolour everywhere haha. I couldn't quite keep to one or two colours but I'm happy with it!

This little guy is a reference to my nephew's 2nd Birthday card. It had a really adorable little robot holding a balloon, and I wanted to remember the day in another way than just my creative journalling. Funny, I tend to keep the two distinct and separate, I've not really considered that till now. Maybe that's something I need to work on! This time I plopped down the blue pastel watercolour (from my Prima Pastel Dreams, which I am LOVING!) first and then doodled on top. I worked over him with my waterproof pen, I missed a few joins and then got annoyed so I attempted to cover them up with some shading. It kinda works.

Lastly, since I've not been journaling/arting much recently I decided to use March's Patreon Collage sheets to create my monthly spread for April and also a weekly spread in my Erin Condren. I mostly use this planner in the house and for the stickers, haha.

It doesn't have a huge planning purpose, other than for household bits, as at the moment my planning is minimal and sticker free. I am in love with the bunny and had to use her as much as I could!

Well, that's all from me this month peeps, I hope my post next month won't be quite so light on the creative content. I'm currently cramming my time with Cambscon Stock, but I hope to be able to dedicate some more time to my creative pursuits and getting my 'creative mojo', as Anna calls it, back!

In a bit xx

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Planner Nerd Planner Pages

Here's a little look at how I used my stickers from the April Planner Nerd Brights collection.

How have you used yours?

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Sketchbook Flip Through

Today I am sharing with you a flip through of a completed sketchbook. Most of the artwork you will see in it is either for Brimbles Box products / collections or for my Patreon tutorials or collage sheets. Links to all of those are below. Thank you to my current Patreons who are supporting me as this helps me to be able to create more content for you free on my YouTube channel. Big, Big love xx I hope you enjoy!

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