Friday, 17 October 2014


When a journal page comes together so effortlessly like this one, it's a rare treat.

I was playing around with a Prima stencil and paste in my journal and just loved the outcome. Painting it with this teal just made it even better but it wasn't until I sanded back the top of the texture paste that I really fell in love with it (can I say that out loud?).

It felt so wrong to cover it up and I could have quite happily left it alone but my aim was to create a journal page for my blog post at ASOI this week so I just layered some scraps from my scrap box, a few hearts, some stamping and a bit of journaling and left it at that.

I think the note to self here is those stencils need to be brought centre stage!!

Jaine x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Graffiti Agatha

It looks like Agatha Moon is pondering her future a little bit. Designed by Magda for Stampotique she's so cute and pensive sitting on her moon swing there. I just had to add her to my graffiti background.

I did create a quickie journal background for her to sit in by just doing what came  to hand and to mind, without thinking about it too much. I also used my 16 x 16 journal for a change. I like to use the smaller one sometimes which is good for quick backgrounds.

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope it's good where you are. I think I'm destined to work in the garden.

Jaine x

Friday, 10 October 2014

Cast off.

Many moons ago I experimented with paper casting using tissue paper to create 3D embellishments which are both light and fun.

I thought I'd resurrect the technique and created a tutorial on my experiments on the Scrap 365 blog today which you can see by going here.

The leaf left a brilliant impression behind and was perfect for my  Autumnal journal page.

Here's another I made a while back, this time from a stamp.

Scrap 365 can now be found as a digital magazine supplement which is so exciting. Here's a peek at what you can expect.

It's interactive too so there's plenty to discover.

Jaine x

Friday, 3 October 2014

Project life pages.

I'm slowly catching up with my Project life pages from the summer. It's a good thing I've got my planner with all the photo's marked with dates and notes. It does sound a bit sad doesn't it ;)

Here are weeks 28 and 29 and as I had two DT blog posts scheduled for the same time I thought I'd take advantage and make layouts for both.

The first is for Sarah Hurley and is a mash up of different papers and stamps but underneath I did cut up a sheet of 12 x 12 into 4 x 6 journaling cards.

The second is for A Sprinkle of Imagination where I've used mainly the Echo Park Capture Life kit along with some gorgeous shiny MyMindsEye washi tape.

Both links have one or two extra photo's if you want to check them out.

Have a good weekend, I'll be making the most of some glorious weather in the garden.

Jaine x

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Awsome Autumn.

Autumn and it's colours are creeping in and the view from my workshop window is starting to turn more red and orange than green. Although I don't welcome the change in the weather I do love the colours and accept it's this change which is a necessary part of the process of renew and rejuvenation  It was this view from my window which inspired the colours in my latest journal page.

It's my blog post on the ASOI designer blog today if you want to take a look.

 I'm teaching a mini book class today to the ladies of the Mosaik group so hopefully there'll be a few pictures to show later. 

Have a good weekend.

Jaine x

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The journaling happiness continues.

Here's another journal page:

This time I've gone through the process from start to finish and turned it into a mini tutorial on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog.

I really do think I should try to break away from this blue/green thing though. It was even noticed at home,  "but it's the same colour as all the others".  Thanks for that!  Maybe I should hide them for a while.

Jaine x

Monday, 22 September 2014

Summer in the City.

It's time for a new colour challenge at A Sprinkle of Imagination after the summer break and I love the latest colour choice.

For my blog post I've used this paper from Echo Park which was perfect for the colours and also matched in really well with the photo from earlier in the summer.

This layout is for August so as you can see I'm keeping up with the promise of a layout each month, I've a backlog of Project Life to do though as I didn't get time during the summer to even look at it. Hopefully I'll get some time to catch up this week.

Jaine x

Saturday, 20 September 2014

A bit of Journal therapy.

Oh boy Portugal was superb. We spent lots of time here,

 and here,

and there was a fair amount of this too,

I had imagined that the holiday would refresh me and I'd be itching to get going with new ideas but sadly since coming home I'd just found myself in a bit of a rut with a lack of inspiration and mojo.  So yesterday with a couple of hours of late afternoon sunshine, I took my journal out into the garden to play and this is what I came up with.

Once the restrictions of Design Team work and commissions had been lifted, I got out some old favourite pens and paints, a stencil I'd NEVER used and some texture paste and just went with the flow.

It was a good exercise to do too as now I feel the ideas are coming back and I feel in a happy place once more. Maybe I should set aside at least once a month to just create without restrictions or rules to keep the creativity flowing.

I know we all suffer at times from not having enough time to create but a couple of hours per month sounds entirely do-able to me.

Happy creating.

Jaine x

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A look into my studio.

I'm back from just over two weeks in Portugal. I was ready to come home but now I am I suddenly feel like I want to go back. Still, it would be boring if life was all sun sea and sand hey?

While I was away my studio space was featured on the Scrap 365 blog and after working hard over the past few months to freshen it up I'm proud to show it off. It may not have fancy storage or all my stamps on display (all that dusting) but I'm happy. So for anyone who's curious here it is in all it's glory.

My basement studio is truly the best space in the house I think. Not totally underground so I feel like a mole or something but this part is under the front of our house. I share it with the wine cellar - ah shame, but even that has been squeezed into a corner to make way for the growing stash.

Most of the furniture has been reused from other parts of the house, or indeed other peoples houses as I hate to throw anything away. I'm also not a great fan of having everything out on display and prefer it all in boxes or cupboards.

The art table is my pride and joy and came from a friends studio after she closed down. I have it on a high setting so I can easily stand at it and work as I never sit down anyway.

I don't have things all my own way though and have to share my space with the laundry. The window faces onto the herb garden and even with the huge table I still find myself working on that small patch of worktop.

I'm back to work now with lots of Project Life to catch up with, a workshop to organize and projects to plan.

Jaine xx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Favourite things

In a few weeks I'm off on my holls then as soon as I'm back it'll be time to plan the next workshop for Mosaik.  Well it's already planned I'll just have to tweek it and prep.

It'll be a paper bag album full of holiday memories like the one below. Lots of messy paint stuff inside as well as pretty paper, what more could you want?

It is my turn to host the latest challenge with Sarah Hurley 365 and the theme is favourites. I have so many favourites it was a very hard thing to try and choose one, so I didn't! Instead I chose a few and put them all onto the front of this album.

Spray inks, pretty background stamps (this one is from Sarah Hurley called Fancy Deco Lattice) paper bag albums and washi tape. I've used both my own hand made tape and that gorgeous zebra tape was sent to me by my good friend and team mate Sharon. That was such a wonderful and thoughtful gift. Thank you Sharon it's perfect.

Go and pay the blog a visit and play along.

Jaine xx

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Watercolour butterfly

My cousin got married yesterday and sadly we were unable to go to the wedding in the UK but I did make and send a card.

I actually used spray inks to stamp and colour the card but in a none spray way!!  You'll have to go to the Sarah Hurley 365 blog to see how.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Agatha and Gucio.

I'm racing ahead of myself at the moment as I'm away on a lovely sunny holiday to Portugal in three weeks, I'm a busy bee but so far I'm keeping to my schedule.

This little tag is my blog post over on the ASOI blog at the moment and uses these two adorable stamps from Stampotique designed by my good friend Magda.  I've simply collaged and painted the background before adding my images. I love collage with scraps its a good way to use up the bits I can't bear to part with.

take care

Jaine x

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

My July layout.

Today I'm sharing my layout for July. It's using the Echo Park Capture Life collection again from ASOI again and this time I've taken one of the plain papers and added texture paste and spray ink painted on to create the simple background.

Jaine x

Thursday, 24 July 2014

PL catch up.

Doing PL is making me realize how quickly time is running away. It's a real treat though to look back over some of the weeks and remember stuff in a way a diary or journal could never do.

I've used a mixture of Becky Higgins, Sarah Hurley and Simple Stories on these pages.

The next two pages are totally Echo Park from the Capture Life Collection kit found at ASOI.

This is as far as I've got which isn't bad going.

I hope you're enjoying the summer sunshine where ever you are?

Jaine x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Little red trike.

Today it's happy birthday to my little brother. I hope he doesn't read this as his card is still in the post - oops.

He's a bit bike mad and choosing the stamp for his card was easy. This is my stamp design "On Your Bike" from the Special Editions range with Sarah Hurley.

I created a bit of a retro look on the front of the card using the little trike as my main focus.

 That little red trike was mine but being the generous big sister that I am I let him use it when he was a toddler.

I cut around it with my Instant die from Sizzix, taking out the centre panel to add some  distress ink and watermarks.

The card is featured on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog today.

Happy birthday bro.

big sis xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

End of term already?

I can't believe how the time has flown by. It seems like just a few weeks ago since the new school year started and now here we are, at the end already! Where did that go?  I think this summer will be a busy one so I'd better get organized.

Firstly, the new Scrap 365 is out and it's another goodie It is jam packed with a host of floral delights from Kim Price, Gabriella Pollacco, Els Brige and many more!

Alongside all the prettiness we have a fabulous misting tutorial with Eila, Lisa points us in the right direction with arrows, Sanna brings some bling to our pages, Tracee dips into Sunset Shades and Kim W shows that neon doesn't have to be blinding!

There is a host of other wonderful articles and projects including our fantastic readers' layouts in the gallery and Sandra's debut!

I have a couple of pages of home made stencils, can you believe I actually used a fly swat? 

PLUS we have the FANTASTIC Cricut Explore to give away to one lucky well as a

 of other gorgeous goodies :)

AND if you live in the UK you can have this beautiful bumper issue sent to your door with FREE p&p...yes that's right FREE p&p!!!

 Last week I got some creative time and put together this ridiculously quick journal page. 

The main feature of this page that really made me happy was the photo printed onto a clear sticky label sheet. It created this really neat layer .

This week will be all about finishing off the painting of my basement workshop. 

Have a good one

Jaine x

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Altered shoes

Ages ago I wrote an article for Craft Stamper which featured a pair of painted shoes, these shoes to be exact.  I've been wearing them out quite a bit and had some really nice complements.

The paint came out again to make this next pair as a birthday gift for a special little girl.

I actually ended up decorating two pairs and this is the second.

A few more photo's can be found on the ASOI blog at the moment.

Jaine x

Saturday, 5 July 2014


Four years ago, Sarah Hurley started a little challenge blog along with a web site selling some digital images as downloads. I haven't been with her as long as that but I did join the team shortly afterwards and what a journey it's been. From those small beginnings her brand has grown and grown and I couldn't be more proud to actually be a small part of it. The theme therefore for this months challenge is Celebrations and what could be more fitting than to use my own Cupcake stamp set with Sarah in celebration. (I know it says 7 on it but I made it to give to someone else ok?)

I placed the cupcake on foam pads and created a little shelf quite simply by putting some of Sarah's washi tape onto a strip of foam tape for my cupcake to sit on.

You can enter the challenge yourself on the blog here.

Jaine x