Blogmas Day 12

Handmade Holiday Cards featuring The Greeting Farm

Cardmaking is something I really enjoy but don’t always have time to do.  I’ve made it a point to try and actively make cards for Christmas every year.  Most times I manage to make a few but not enough.  This year, I’m making loads so I hopefully will have enough for everyone.  For example, just for today’s post, I’ve made 15-16 cards (though I’ve already posted a few of them to loved ones).  These cards are all very simple to do but a little time consuming.  It’s a great task to do whilst sitting in front of the TV.  Today’s cards are handmade holiday cards featuring The Greeting Farm stamps.  They are really simple and easy to recreate so definitely one that you could do with children too!

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Blogmas Day 12

A Year of Notes to Yourself

Today has been a very “mental health” day for me.  This essentially means that I actually took time to think or talk about mental health problems or wellbeing.  It means, I spent a lot of time focusing on my own mental health today.  “Mental Health” days are really important I think.  You don’t have to go out of your way to do something.  It’s more about pausing for a moment and reflecting.  How’s your mental health recently?  Have you been looking after it?  Is there anything you can do to improve it?  Sometimes I think we forget to do this.  Physical health is usually easier to recognise, simply because if you’re in pain then you’ll know.  Although, it’s a bit like checking for any lumps or bumps or going for regular check ups.  I think mental health is something that’s easily neglected.

So today, upon reflection, I’ve decided to try and write some little notes full of love to myself.  I’m hoping to spend the next year filling a jar with things that matter.  Then, at the end of next year, pull them out and read them.  Alternatively, if I go through a rough period or have a low day, grab a few to read.  It will be full of happy memories, good thoughts, gratitude and lots of love.

I really wanted to address this today because I think we often forget about ourselves in the holidays.  Sometimes we get so busy trying to please others, buying them the perfect gifts or worrying about money that we just forget to pause for a moment.  Christmas is one of my favourite holidays but it’s not always easy.  It comes with financial concerns, stress, a mad rush, pressure and sometimes also loneliness.  It’s definitely not easy – especially when everyone around you might seem like they are having a great time.  I don’t have much advice in how to make Christmas better if you experience any of those things.  However, one thing I can always promote is self-care.  This is one way of helping your future days be a bit happier, I think.

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Mrs Brimble’s Jingle and Mingle

I’ll be honest, my favourite kind of events to go to these days are – without a doubt – the stationery, planners and craft events.   They are amazing.  It’s a room (or several rooms) full of likeminded people who all just want to talk stationery or get crafty.  Everyone you meet is so generous and kind.  People swap their unused products with each other.  They share their washi or sticker collection.  I’ve met a lot of amazing people from these events.  The minute the event finishes, I already start looking forward to the next one.  Yesterday, I went to an event just like this – Jingle and Mingle.  It was a small casual style event, which makes it really relaxing and really good fun.

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World Calligraphy Day

World Calligraphy Day 2017
Calligraphy has definitely gained a lot more popularity in recent years – and it’s very much deserved. Scroll through social media, and you’ll find thousands of beautifully addressed letters, handmade cards or motivational quotes. Whether it’s simply to improve your day to day handwriting or to produce incredible typography, penmenship has become a trend that people strive to improve in. It’s growing in popularity daily. So, it’s great to hear that the very first World Calligraphy Day is being held today, on the 16th August 2017. This day has been founded by Manuscript Pen Company, who’ve been at the forefront of the pen manufacturing industry since 1856.

“We are thrilled to be making this announcement as the founders of this very special day. Calligraphy and hand lettering are at the heart of what we do here at Manuscript. In recent years, the art of beautiful writing has taken to new heights with the trends of Modern Calligraphy, Faux Calligraphy and Hand Lettering. These new trends have really taken off, encouraging everybody to try their hand at a whole variety of wonderful creative ventures.” Charles Stockbridge, Managing Director of Manuscript Pen Company Ltd.

Get involved

I’m a total beginner when it comes to calligraphy. I would love to be better at it.  However, a lack of practice thus far in life has prevented this from happening. My plan is to practice today so I can hopefully pick up a trick or two. There’s plenty of ways for you to get involved too and give it a go! Whether you’re a beginner or a world renowned calligrapher, there’s always a way to get involved.

If you’re based near Birmingham, there’s a fantastic event happening at the Pen Museum, hosted by Manuscript Pen Company who have brought together several amazing artists. It looks like it will be a great day full of free workshops.  So head on over – you could also get the kids involved too! Great activity for those on their school holidays.

Fear not if you can’t make it to Birmingham or find a local event. You can follow the hashtag #WorldCalligraphyDay and #ManuscriptWCD on social media to see what people get up to and share your own creations. I noticed a few sales this morning too, so be sure to check it out if you want to grab a bargain.

Do it at home!

I recently tried a few of the Manuscript products and found that they were quite easy to use for beginners. I’m not great at it yet but it’s definitely something I enjoyed creating. You can pick up the Beginners Calligraphy Set on their website today!  I used two of the nibs available in that kit in the photo below.

Manuscript Beginners Set
The Manuscript Pen Company have also kindly provided a practice template.  So you can print it off at home and still get involved. You can download this by clicking the image below.

Click to download WCD Template
Visit the Manuscript Pen Company to find out more. I’ll also be attending the event at the Pen Museum day so come say hi if you’re around! See you soon!

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Valentine’s Day Stationery: Miscellaneous

Welcome to the third and final part of the Valentine’s Day Series.  If you haven’t found a present yet, well… time is definitely running out!  But don’t fear – for Reema is here!  Wow, that was pretty cheesy, wasn’t it?  Moving swiftly on, there’s only a few days till Valentine’s so this last post will contain a whole bunch of ideas that I’ve titled as “miscellaneous” stationery as they don’t quite fall under any one category.  There’s still plenty of time to do these ideas because even if you do a “simple” version of them, they could still be really thoughtful and sweet.  So without further ado, let’s jump right into the first one.

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Valentine’s Day Stationery: Memory Books & Journals

The second part to the Valentine’s Day Stationery Series is a little bit more time consuming or creative than the first but the results are so worth it.  You don’t have to create a beautiful scrapbook, like the photograph below.  Honestly, it doesn’t need to be a work of art and I will list some easier ways to achieve the same effect but it gives you the option to be as creative as you’d like with this!

Photo Credit: Paperchase.

Instead of scrapbooking, let’s focus on memory books or journalling.  I really love these sorts of books.  One of the best presents I got from my friends was back in school.  They all got together to create a book for me, writing messages and adding photos in it.  Everytime I look through it, I recall all of the amazing moments and memories with them from school – some of them are things that had happened when we first met and I had forgotten all about them by this point!

For example, one friend wrote about a time that we were messing around and she was trying to push me into a spider web so I was resisting (as I hated spiders and it was also just gross!).  However, her purse fell on the ground whilst we were wrestling and a boy tried to run off with it.  I immediately stopped wrestling her and stopped the kid.  It was a natural reaction – one that I didn’t think anything of.  But she wrote that it was that moment that she knew I was a good friend – one that would defend her friends and fight for them, even if they were trying to do something, by her own admission, kind of mean (like push me into a web).  That moment impacted her in a way I never knew about until I read what she wrote on this book, years after the event.  Sometimes, you never realise who you’ve impacted or how you’ve had affected them – and sometimes the ones that have left lasting marks on you will never realise either, unless you tell them.

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Share Handmade Kindness – ft. Honey Bee Stamps

Share Handmade Kindness badgeThe Share Handmade Kindness challenge is an amazing initiative created by the lovely Jennifer Mcguire.  It’s a challenge that has been set up for the month of November that does what it says on the tin – challenge you to share handmade things out of kindness.  This could be anything from writing letters to baking cakes and as long as it’s handmade, it’s allowed.  The month has been split into 4 weeks, each with a different challenge and this week’s challenge was to share kindness with family and friends.  I wanted to do a quick post to introduce you to the challenge, if you haven’t heard of it already and share my support of it as I will definitely be playing along with it.  My week one creation features some notecards that I have made with a very cute stamp set by Honey Bee Stamps, which I’m very excited to be playing around with today.  Continue reading “Share Handmade Kindness – ft. Honey Bee Stamps”

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October Favourites – Stamps

I can’t believe that it’s November already, it really just feels like the other day when I was writing about my September obsessions!  Nonetheless, it’s the end of the month and I thought it might be nice to share some of my favourites again.  Last time I spoke about some things that I loved doing – activities like writing letters or watercolouring.  It was 5 broad topics that I picked last month so I thought I would do something different this month and instead focus on my favourites in one theme!

This month I have really loved stamping so I thought I’d share my top products in this area.  I use the stamps in a variety of ways – from creating greeting cards or letters to decorating my planner.  My focus was trying to use one set of stamps in different ways to get the most out of them.  I also purchased a few new products this month, which I’m really enjoying.

Mama Elephant – Pandamonium

Mama Elephant - Pandamonium ZombiesMama Elephant Pandamonium stampsI’ve owned this set for a while now and really enjoyed using it for different occasions.  It’s one you can use to send cards to those you love, especially with all of the cute lovey dovey sentiments but you can also use it for New Year’s or Christmas.  I went one step further with it this month to see if I could do anything else with it and from that came a bunch of fun Halloween goodness!  I shared a picture of these in my Halloween Planner spread last week but I absolutely love how flexible these stamps are.  It was so easy to turn these cute pandas into zombies.  I think this is definitely one set you’ll see featured a lot more in my upcoming crafts as I have fallen head over heels with it all over again.

Mama Elephant - Pandamonium lettersI think what I’ll love most about this particular set is that it contains the same animal but in many different poses and angles.  This gives you the opportunity to create a whole scene of pandas or to use the one that fits your needs best.  Very often, I wish that there were a few more angles of a stamp and this set provides for all of your needs.  I really enjoyed creating the monsters from it and then the next day, using them as they are to add a simple design to an letter set.


Docrafts – Forever Friends (Classic Decadence)

Docrafts Forever Friends stampsThe Forever Friends Classic Decadence stamp set is quite new to me and yet, I’ve already played around with it more than some of my other stamp sets.  Like the Pandamonium set, this too can be used for so many occasions.  There are many different angles and sizes of these teddies but this time, each is carrying a different item.  Birthdays, celebrations, thinking of you… whatever the occasion, you’ll probably be able to find a use for this set.  There are the obvious ideas – such as the teddy with a cupcake could easily go for a Birthday card or the one with the champagne glass works for a congratulations or graduation card.  But there are other ideas you could easily do from this set too…  For example, you could even use the teddy at the bottom right to put the star above him on a Christmas Tree.

This month, I decided to make some simple cards and letter sets using these stamps.  I wanted to try making something simple and so, I stuck to just using the stamps with some colouring, die cutting or washi tape.  These are really easy to replicate – and mass produce, if you wanted to do that.  Here are some examples of things that I made with the Forever Friends set recently…

Forever Friends Examples

The Greeting Farm – Do Si Do Anya

The Greeting FarmThe Greeting Farm stamps are ridiculously cute.  They also have digital stamps available for download, if you prefer to print your stamps (or want to use them for digital crafts).  Unfortunately, I don’t have a working printer so can’t play around with those at this moment but I do love their rubber stamps.  This Do Si Do Anya is super cute. Their characters are simple but cute and you’re bound to find ones that you love.  This Anya can easily be used for any occasion – just add the sentiment you want. use a different background scene or combine with other stamps to create the card for your occasion.

The Greeting Farm - Do Si Do AnyaHave I mentioned that these stamps are also incredibly fun to watercolour?  It is so relaxing painting these on the sofa, whilst watching some TV or hanging out with the family.  I love stamps that fill most of the card and therefore don’t require so much concentration to colour or create!

These three stamps are the ones that I have really been loving this month.  There are others that I have used throughout the month but these three stamp sets have really stood out for me and I have enjoyed using them in different ways.  I think these favourites are the ones that I reached out for most in the month and will definitely continue to do so into the next!

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If you’re interested in purchasing or seeing these stamps in more detail, be sure to check out the company’s website!  The products that I have mentioned are…

Be sure to check out their website for more information about the individual stamp sets!

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It’s almost Halloween!

Halloween Spread (2)When I was a kid, my neighbours and I would dress up and go around the neighbourhood trick-or-treating.  Halloween has never been really big in the UK but we always loved to celebrate it.  For whatever reason, it seems to have died down now and I rarely see anyone celebrate it here.  But it’s a great holiday that I remember loving when I was younger so I thought it was worth talking about.  For those who don’t know, it’s coming up this Saturday so I thought I’d dedicate a quick post to it today – as next week’s post is probably way too late!  Hopefully something will inspire you to celebrate Halloween in your own little way, whichever country you’re in!  So here’s to Halloween, let’s make it a scary one (or perhaps one filled with lots of candy and cuteness). Continue reading “It’s almost Halloween!”

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World Mental Health Day 2015 ft. 5 ways to look after your mind

5 ways to look after your mindHello!  Today is a very important day, in my opinion because today is World Mental Health Day.  Every year on this day, people all over the world join together to talk about mental health and to raise more awareness of ill health.  I wish we didn’t need this day, to be quite honest.  I wish there was no stigma around this topic, that people opened up and spoke about it and that there was enough awareness to get support whenever you need it.  However, sadly, there is still a lot of negativity and judgement when someone mentions the words ‘mental illness’.  So today I wanted to dedicate a quick post to to this day and how it relates to my life, in particular why I love crafting and planners so much.

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