Saturday, 11 February 2017

Travelling Notebook Page Decoration!

I spent so much of my time at the end of 2016 sorting things out with the house, I didn't have a chance to fully appreciate my Brimbles Boxes during those months. So this month I decided to dig everything out and just go to town with my Brimbles Box goodies!

Today I'm sharing a page spread I created, in a travelling notebook! This is someone else's travelling notebook, and about 4 or 5 people had already contributed to it. I chose to decorate two pages in this notebook as the owner had let the contributors choose how many pages they wanted to do.
I dug out my October Brimbles box, a few bits from my Brimbles Advent Calendar and also some things from the January box.
The October box was very autumnal themed, so there was plenty of orange popping up! I decided to go with this as the main colour, and then choose things to work with that. 

I used some of the orange washi tape and placed it randomly on the two pages. I used this floral jar sticky note from the Advent box to stamp one of the positive phrase stamps on to (from the January box). I tend to use decorative sticky notes, more like ephemera, than I do as sticky notes.
I used one of the marble sticky notes from the January box, along with a red circle spotted die cut from the October ephemera pack behind the stamped sticky note.
Once I'd arranged and stuck all these down I popped some enamel dots around the place, and stamped an arrow from the same clear stamp set in the January box, across my layered ephemera.

Be sure to take a nosey at the Travelling Mail Facebook group here

I hope this helped to show you how you can incorporate all your boxes together, no matter what time of the year it is!

- Daisy X


Saturday, 4 February 2017

January Brimbles Box - Goals Dashboard!

As soon as I opened my January Brimbles Box, I knew exactly where I was going to use it!
I recently got myself a new work planner in the Kikki-k sale, I went for a nice smart black one this time. The whole 'new year, smarten things up' vibe got me good. But seeing as black, gold and white was the main colour scheme, it meant that the January Brimbles Box was just perfect for this planner!

I decided to make myself some plain dividers out of white card, because even if I move out of this planner, or change up the dashboard somewhen, the sections in this planner will always stay the same. So it makes sense to have something that will go with any colour scheme, rather than remaking them each time.
I used the white marble 12 x 12 card stock to make a dashboard. Then I used one of the journaling cards that said 'My goals for the year', to make a little decorative mini dashboard.
I decorated this mini dashboard with various things from the Brimbles Box, including some of the Black floral washi, circular phrase stickers, and some of the clear stamps.

I put together the DIY marble circle paper clips, I used a bit of E6000 glue and they stuck to the gold paper clip really well. I decided to attach the black marble one to the top of the mini dashboard to break up all the white marble a bit.
It was a very simple DIY but sometimes they are the most fun! Being able to quickly make a few random pieces into something useful, and pretty, is a really enjoyable, and relaxing process.

Of course I had to attach the amazing snowball charm to the planner! It's really nice to look over at my line up of planners and see something a little different, compared to the usual dangly charms I have attached to them. The large lobster clip on the end of it is really handy too, if it's getting in the way at all, or I want to move it about for a photo I don't have to open the planner rings to do so! I just unclip it and move it about.

I'm really happy with my current work planner setup, I love it when a planner is all colour coordinating! The Brimbles Box is definitely perfect for this. Anna's does a great job at designing the products in the boxes so they all coordinate brilliantly!

- Daisy X


Friday, 3 February 2017

Momoka 53, First Impressions Review!

Today I have a beautiful brand to share with you guys, one which I've never heard of before!
I was contacted by Momoka herself asking if I'd like to review some of her notebooks. I get a lot of review requests and always take a look at the websites to see if anything catches my eye.

A brief run down on Momoka and her brand, Momoka 53... 
Momoka is a textile designer & hand weaver. She finished a masters degree in Textile Design at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, and then went on to sell her designs worldwide.
She doesn't just sell notebooks on her website, there's a range of clothes, homewares and various other items. But today I'm here to share with you her very unique notebooks!
These notebooks are hand dyed and foiled by Momoka herself, so every notebook is completely one of a kind.

The packaging and presentation of the notebooks is also something to point out. I was sent a little catalogue and note from Momoka, they were in a little kraft envelope with twine & a wax seal.
Of course this might not be something she does with every order, but I wanted to share it because it was just too pretty not to.

Each notebook comes in a very sturdy grey box, with a gold foiled logo on the front. It's very simple packaging, but it helps to conceal the beautiful product inside. If you are considering getting one of these notebooks as a gift for someone, then these boxes are brilliant.
Seeing as they are such great quality, I'm actually going to be keeping them to store bits and pieces in! They definitely aren't boxes you would just throw away after using haha!

As I said before, the notebooks themselves are one of a kind. Each one has been hand dyed by Momoka, both of these notebooks came with a little card which I'm assuming is sharing the date it was made, and also which number notebook it is from the batch. This is something I've never had with a notebook before, and honestly it does make it feel that little more special. It's not something that's been mass produced. It's something that's had a lot of care and attention gone into making it, and really is, one of a kind.

When it comes to the notebook's details, I mentioned that they were hand dyed and gold foiled. From what I can tell, the material is a type of denim, and the mix of the blue denim and gold foiling is something I've not seen before on stationery, and I honestly really love it! 
As you can see above the gold foiling looks slightly 'worn', this is how it is meant to look. I've had a good scratch at the gold foiling to see how well it's stuck on there, and I can assure you, it's on there good and proper! There was no flakiness what so ever on either of the notebooks, and seem very durable considering it's gold foiling.

The notebooks also have gold metal corners & gold foiling around the edge of the pages. Again I think this sections of gold do compliment the material of the notebook really well.
I don't think the notebooks would have been the same if they didn't have those gold corners, they definitely give the notebook that's 'finished' feel.

The pages are dotted throughout the whole notebook. This may be a negative for some people, but personally I enjoy using dotted pages. I have dotted pages in my current bullet journal and I've found that they are a nice middle ground between gridded and blank pages. If you aren't a dotted page fan though, then this might be a con for you, as there's no option on the website right now for any other choice of paper.

Above is a photo of the whole cover, back & front, so you can see the overall design. This is the A5 notebook, and it has the 'Horizon' gold foiling design (there's four different gold foiling designs to choose from). The white sections where the material has been dyed will be unique to each notebook, so keep in mind that your notebook may look different to mine & the ones featured on the website.

This notebook is the smaller A6 sized one, and it has the 'Sun' gold foiling design. I think at the moment I do prefer this 'Sun' design, to the 'Horizon' design on the A5 sized one. This design also carries on to the back of the notebook, and as you can see the dyed sections on this A6 are different to the A5 notebook. This notebook is laid out exactly the same, the only difference is that it is smaller!

Both notebooks also have a little 'Hand made by Momoka 53' printed on the inside of the notebook. The branding is nice and simple with the product & packaging, there's nothing too overwhelming which I think is really good. It's there, but it's not in your face or ruining the overall look of the product.

When it comes to paper quality and pen tests, I decided to try out a variety of different pens on the paper. I went for a few pens I use very often, and also some pens that are relatively popular.

So from top to bottom there is..
Stabilo Green Point 
Generic Pink Highlighter
Generic Black Gel Ink Pen
Blue Coleto Pen
Nano Liner Permanent Ink
Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner
Turquoise Sharpie Permanent Marker

As you can see the only two that bled through a bit were the two permanent markers! (which is a given really as permanent markers are pretty intense!)
There was slight shadowing on the Stabilo Green Point because it's more of a felt tip type of pen. But the rest were completely fine! The paper isn't overly thick, and is definitely more on the thin side (80g), but it held up well considering, and it is very pleasant to write on.

Overall I'm honestly very impressed with both the notebooks, and also the brand as a whole! You can tell a lot of effort has gone into these beautiful notebooks, and Momoka really does an amazing job!

You can take a look at her website here.
I'll also leave links to the exact products featured below:
(Standard shipping to the UK is FREE)

Let me know what you think of these notebooks, and also be sure to keep an eye out over on my Instagram for the collaborative giveaway I'm doing with Momoka 53!

Thanks so much for reading - Daisy X


*Please note, even though these products were sent to me free of charge, this does not sway my views and opinions. I will always share my honest views on the product and company.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

December 2016 Lollipop Box Club Box, Unboxing!

During December I received my Lollipop Box, and of course as I was enjoying the Christmas break, I didn't end up doing an unboxing of it! But I thought I would share it on my blog, because it's still very much worth sharing!!

As always it comes beautifully packaged, and in a large letter sized box, so even if you are out when it arrives it will still fit through your letter box. So no annoying post office trips or waiting for it to be re-delivered. I've noticed that Lisa has started putting the little 'hello' message on a tag, rather than the inside of the box which I actually prefer because it's another thing I can reuse!

Above is what I saw when I opened the tissue paper (again, I always keep the tissue paper and reuse it!). At this point I wasn't 100% sure on the theme because I chose not to read the info sheet on the lid before I had a look at everything. I didn't want any surprises to be ruined.
Either way, rainbows, and fun bold colours are right up my street so I was happy!

I eventually figured out that this box was themed around the Wizard of Oz!! What a brilliant theme! Lisa had managed to bring it all together perfectly. The rainbows, gingham ribbon, littles bows and houses, it definitely shows how much thought goes into these boxes.
This month's lollipop was also rainbow which was amazing! (Also very tasty!)

In this box there was also a Rainbow necklace which is so sweet! I'm not a mega necklace wearer, but this can easily be remade into a charm for a planner, which is something I'm considering doing!
Something I thought was brilliant about this box was just how well the colours worked out. When you have a rainbow colour scheme, with so many different colours involved it can sometimes look like a big mess of colours. But Lisa has done so well with this box, and the box as a whole is just a pleasure to look through!

I absolutely loved this postcard, the mixed media style definitely gets me inspired, and I think I'm going to have to pull some ideas together and have a go at creating my own mixed media art again!
I was considering sending this postcard off as a travelling postcard, but I think I'm going to have to keep it for one of my journals because it's just so beautiful!

Lastly there was a beautiful sticker sheet in here from Peace Love Plans Shop on Etsy! I'm definitely going to use this in one of my future planner spreads.

If you want to check out the Lollipop Box Club, then you can do so by clicking here.
The box cost's just £15 when you subscribe, and there's FREE UK delivery!

You can buy previous boxes for £17, but these are limited, so be quick!
(There's still some of this box available here)

Next month's box theme is 'Pizza and Popcorn' and there's a sneak peak on the website if you want an idea of what that will look like.

I hope you enjoyed having a nosey! Thank you for reading!

- Daisy X


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Hello 2017!

It's been a while since I updated the blog, I know. But boy did the end of 2016 get a little crazy! I'm not going to blab on about what's new, what's been happening, and all that jazz, as I did a video a week or so ago explaining most of that! So if you missed that, you can take a look below:

An update I didn't mention... I have recently changed all my social media profile photo's. I'd had the one of me wearing glasses for quite a while and thought it was about time for an update..
Funny story, my new profile photos weren't taken intentionally for that purpose. I had a phone interview for a BBC article about stationery, and they'd asked for a photo of me 'doing my thing' so I roped Jack in to get some photos. The editor ended up cutting my section out of the piece, so I wasn't featured in the end, but hey! That's how things sometimes roll, and at least I got a new profile photo out of it.

As for content on the blog, I'm hoping to get things back on track from now on. Since moving, I have so much more growing room regarding my crafting, not just the fact that I've got more space to buy more stuff *evil laugh*, but I've got more time to get on with things, and really make the most of my channel, my crafting, and my job! I love what I do and I'm looking forward to fully embracing it in 2017!

Just a few things I hope to achieve in 2017...

  • Finish getting my office & creative space organised!
  • Get a routine in place regarding my self employment & job.
  • Finally bring Saffy home (That beautiful little blue bird you may have seen in some vlogs).
  • Find a new furry family member!!
  • Meet as many creatives as possible, whether that's at big events or little meet ups.
  • Start on the DIY homewares list I've got, and add some personal touches to the house.

I hope the start of your 2017 has been lovely! If it's not, then at least you have 11 more months to get it where you want it! - FYI mine started with catching up on 2016 jobs still & a stinking cold, so I'll be in the 11 months category haha!!

- Daisy X