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April Brimbles Sticker Club Projects: Planner Nerd Brights

this post was originally posted on http://mrsbrimbles.blogspot.co.uk/

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. 

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 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.

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

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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” 😛

 

 You can purchase this kit here, there is also the Brimbles Box for this month with the same theme, and you can purchase items separately. And if the Planner Nerd Brights really aren’t your theme, then there is a bonus box and sticker kit this month with an April Showers Theme.

Thanks so much for reading!

 

 Grace ❤ @ms.paperlover

 

 

p.s. apologies for any weird formatting in this post – sometimes wordpress and I don’t get along very well!

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Mixed Media Anniversary Card – How To

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Hi all! I have a post today to show you how to make this pretty mixed media card. Today is my parents’ 30th Wedding Anniversary, which is the ‘pearl’ anniversary, so I wanted to make something with lots and lots of pearls. Of course you could use this style and techniques to make any sort of card you wanted, and use any papers, but I will list the items I used to help you get an idea of what is needed.

I used:

A3 cardstock

First Edition Sweet Nothings 12×12 Paper Pad

Dovecraft Distressing Tool

Paper Flowers, various colours and sizes

Clear Glass Beads

White thread

Flat back pearls (lots!)

White Gesso

3D Gloss Gel/Gel Medium

I wanted to make a huge card, so I started with A3 white card to create my card blank. The card measures 7.5″ by 8″, so you will need to cut a piece 15″ by 8″, and score down the middle to create your card blank.

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Matt the front of the card with three contrasting papers, one just under 7.5 x 8″, one 7 x 7.5″, and the front one 6.75 x 7″. Distress the edges of the centre paper.

For the centrepiece, I cut the numbers on my silhouette in the font ‘Beyond the Mountains’. I offset the numbers by about 0.3″ and separated the two cut files so the darker ’30’ could be backed by the lighter one. If you do not have a silhouette or other electronic cutting machine you can print out a template and then draw and cut around it, the shapes are not too complicated so it shouldn’t take too long.

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Distress the edge of the larger 30, then adhere as seen in the photo below, so the numbers slightly overlap and so still leave a border of the green paper underneath. Also so there isn’t an awkward bit of green poking out where the number three ‘dips’ inward on the right edge.

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Now it’s time for the messy bit, start by lightly sponging some white gesso on the corners of the card:

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Gather together all your embellishments ready to put on. I also cut the ‘mum and dad’ with my silhouette with pearlescent paper (PEARLescent, geddit?!).

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Add the gel medium (or other adhesive, you basically want something that will dry transparent with a gloss finish) in the first corner you’re embellishing.

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Then add the thread, loop it around your fingers, make knots, whatever you like. It will look messy at first but works once all the items are in place and gives a lovely shabby-chic look.

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Then start adding the rest of your embellishments! You may need to add more gel as you go. Start from largest to smallest. So I started with the large paper flowers, then the smaller pink ones, then large pearls, medium pearls, etc, and finish with the glass beads and tiny pearls to fill in any gaps.

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If adding a small title or sentiment like I did with the ‘mum and dad’ cut, then add this at the very end.

Finish by painting a light layer of gesso over the flowers to help tie them in to the theme of the card – if your flowers are white or ivory you may not need to do this, but mine had a hint of yellow which I wanted to hide.

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The gesso layer also contributes to the shabby-chic effect.

You can dry with a heat tool but I find it better with all these embellishments to leave it overnight to dry.

And it’s finished! One thing to remember with this card, make sure you have an envelope, or the equipment to make an envelope, that is big enough, as it is a BIG card!

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Thank you so much for reading. If you make your own version of this card then I’d love to see it, so please tag me on social media! Let me know if you have any questions, and if you’re a bit new to or confused by mixed media, then I have a Mixed Media Basics video up on my YouTube channel (it’ll be published a few hours after this blog post), there’s a link to my channel up at the top of this page underneath my logo.

Grace / ms.paperlover ❤

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Brimbles Sticker Club March: Hop to It – Planner Spreads

This post was originally posted on http://mrsbrimbles.blogspot.co.uk/

Hello everyone! Happy March! It didn’t exactly feel very spring like at the beginning of the month did it? (particularly for those of us in the UK). But Spring is starting to show itself now, which makes me very happy 😀 

For this month’s stickers I decided to do two planner spreads, both are for this current week (12-18 March). The first is my usual in my personal size planner, with Mini Happy Planner inserts.
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There is a Plan With Me video for this spread if you’d like to see it. I didn’t do anything too fancy for this layout either, the stickers did the work for me. The pink washi up the inner sides of each page is from the Brimbles shop, and you can buy it/have a closer look by clicking here.

Here are some close ups of this personal size spread:

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Then for my second planner spread I decorated inserts in my A5 planner. In this planner I have the 2018 Daphne’s Diary planner punched in, and because each week is different and all pages have pretty pictures and patterns, I don’t often bother to decorate, or if I do it’s very minimal. However, I noticed the theme for this week would match the Hop to It Sticker Kit almost perfectly, as it’s both Spring-y and also a bit reminiscent of a pretty pond filled with lily pads.

I don’t have a video for this one, so I’ve taken a few pictures for you to get a good look. I’ve done the picture’s ‘before the pen’, as I often put a lot of health related things in this planner.

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These inserts/planner come with a mini tear out insert each week with a space for a shopping and a to-do list, so of course I decorated that too:

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The little frog sat on a rock, pondering away, is my favourite sticker from this month’s kit. He just looks so happy and lost in thought. I wonder what he’s thinking about!

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As always, thank you so much for reading; I hope you enjoyed my Planner Pages for this month. Here are some links to where you can get March’s sticker kit:

‘Hop to It’ March Sticker Club

‘Hop to It’ Bumper Sticker Bundle

‘Hop to It’ March Brimbles Box

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Grace @ms.paperlover ❤

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February Brimbles Sticker Kit: We Go Together Like…

URGH. I dread February. And I worry a lot about any subscriptions I have going or any design teams I’m on… because they might send me Valentine’s things… ew.

I despise Valentine’s day, I’ve always been quite vocal about this. Whether I’m in a relationship or not, I want nothing to do with the romantic, the soppy, the lovey dovey, etc., (I must have inherited that attitude as my Mum hates it too and she’s been married for 30 years!)

Thankfully, however, saying all of that, this month’s sticker kit from Mrs Brimbles is not Valentine’s-y at all. Well, sort of. It’s one of those that could be seen as such for those of you who go in for that romantic crap (sorry, not sorry :P), but for those anti-valentine’sers amongst us, it can just be seen as cute little doodles of food and drink and matching functional stickers!

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The first sheet is the super cute little watercoloured doodles by Anna of things that ‘go together’.

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This pair is my favourite, the Gin and Tonic. Despite the fact that I rarely drink, and even when I do, I really don’t like gin! But it’s the teeny little smiley face on that ice cube that gets me!

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Sheet two is the functionals – as ever, the little arrows are my favourite. I love using them to highlight important tasks in my planner. The pink and blue theme is one that works both for the Valentine’s lovers and the Valentine’s haters (or the indifferent among you, but I have found that people tend to go one way or the other on the subject!).

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Sheet three is the washi strips. The doodles look extra cute when they’re all tiny like that! Is the coffee and doughnut strip making anyone else hungry, or is that just me?

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The final sheet is the boxes and headers.

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I think I’ll be going with a coffee and doughnuts and tea and biscuits theme when I do a planner spread with these stickers, because like the last box says, “It’s the little things in life”, and those are some little things that I really like. In fact I will end this blog post here so I can go and make a cuppa 😀

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Thanks so much for reading! If you like the look of these stickers then you can purchase them here, or go here to look at the entire collection that features these cute designs. Look out for my blog post where I share what creative projects I get up to with these stickers both here and on The Brimbles Blog.

Grace ❤ @ms.paperlover

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Wander-Bee Flipbook

Ok, ok, I have been somewhat remiss in my blogging… whoops! The end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 have been a little ‘aaargh!’ (in both good and bad ways). Now that things are starting to settle down I’m hoping to get back to blogging… and be better than before too.

So enough waffle, on with today’s post. I owed my lovely penpal Julie (instagram: @plannerprettiesandpaper) a snail-mail flipbook. And as I was little behind on my mail to her, I wanted to make something extra special.

The gorgeous Trimcraft collections, Dovecraft’s Bee Happy, and First Edition’s Wanderlust are not necessarily similar, but they have some elements that work together really well. So, the ‘Wander-Bee’ collection was born, and it’s first project, this flipbook:

 

I didn’t do a process video, or take process photos (otherwise there’d be hundreds!). But I thought I’d go through each ‘page’ of the flipbook with you to tell you how it was made.

The cover is this shaker card. All the hexagons (and all that you’ll see throughout the flipbook) I cut on my silhoutte machine. Due to how busy the shaker element is I only added light embellishments: the bee puffy sticker and gold buttons from Bee Happy, and the ‘hello’, which was from my stash. The only Wanderlust element here is the paper I used to die cut the ‘Bee Happy’. In the shaker itself is a mix of gold sequins and stars, gold glitter, coarse yellow glitter, and copper coloured  micro beads.

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Next was this simple ‘pocket’ page. To make this I cut one of my (many) pre cut hexagons in half (well, just over), and adhered it to the base with a thin layer of double sided tape around the edges. I embellished it with Bee Happy ribbon and a button, as well as both fussy and die cut elements from both Bee Happy and Wanderlust. You can just see the goodies I put in that pocket slightly out of shot to the top right.

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This page probably took me the longest to make, as I had to figure out how to make a hexagon-shaped envelope. I tried following an origami tutorial on YouTube but it was WAY too complex. So I just made it up instead. I used brads and twine to keep it shut (it’s full of various die cut shapes and stickers), and decorated around the edge with that slim leaf washi (from my stash). I finished with the sentiment topper from Bee Happy and a Wanderlust fussy cut butterfly.

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Next was another page with a simple pocket, made in the same way as last time. But this one is more Wanderlust-y. The bow is made with the bow-sewing technique (let me know if you’d like a blog post on that – I have shown it in a video but I can’t remember which one!). In this pocket I put a load of project life/journal cards.

This is one of the back pages, with added envelope flip-out. This one is a real mix of Bee Happy and Wanderlust, and possibly my favourite page. The small envelope (smallest size on the WE R Memory Keepers’ 1-2-3 Punch Board) is mounted on a 4×2.5″ piece of card, which is then attached with washi tape on both sides. The tape isn’t actually from the Wanderlust collection, believe it or not! It’s a Dovecraft tape from last year. The envelope is filled with little stickers.

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The page at the very back I kept simple, with the three Bee Happy Hexagons and wood veneer piece, and a couple of Wanderlust fussy cut butterflies.

And here’s the finished product:

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Thanks so much for reading. Check out Trimcraft’s The Craft Blog for more ideas and inspiration with these collections.

Grace ❤ @ms.paperlover

 

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Brimbles Sticker Club December – My Dear You Sparkle

 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Well… almost!
I love this month’s sparkly and wintery sticker kit. In the unlikely event that you haven’t seen this month’s Sticker Club, I have a video showing the sheets which you can watch here.

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With this month’s stickers I decided to create a double page spread in my planner that was all about the New Year. Something I can fill in with goals for the year, and something I can refer back to throughout 2018.

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The pages are just plain A4 paper, cut in half and then punched into my planner. On the left page I’ve used some of the full box stickers, and the big gold sparkly ‘This Year’ sticker, as well as used the ‘New Year, New Beginnings’, ‘Page 1 of 365’, and ‘Hello 2018’ phrase stickers. Then I measured out twelve lines and wrote in the months.

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At the end of each month I’m going to go back to this page and write in something I achieved that month, or something new that I’ve tried. To encourage me to focus on positive things and keep track of achievements, no matter how small they may seem.

The page on the right is for my goals. I layered washi tape and the washi strips from the kit, and added the ‘2018’ box sticker (which I trimmed down), and the large ‘goals’ sticker at the bottom. Then another box and a phrase sticker – I love to see positive quotes and sentiments all over the place!

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I then put in all the gorgeous decorative woodland creatures, and around them doodled four different ‘boxes’. In each of these I will write a goal for the year. I also added some arrows and circles from the functional sticker sheet. I may add some ‘small’ goals in the two large circle stickers too.

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 The washi tape I used you can find in the Brimbles store;  black washi with gold triangles, and the gold glitter washi.
After creating that main project I had plenty of stickers left, so I decorated the first week of the year in my personal size planner.

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I’ve changed my personal inserts for 2018, so it was the first time in over a year I’ve decorated Week on Two Pages inserts! I’ve decided I don’t like Filofax’s blue text for the days of the week, so I used the blank header stickers to cover those up and wrote the day and date underneath instead! Here are some close ups:

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Grace ❤ @ms.paperlover

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Super Simple Christmas Crafts 2: Wreath Card (Templates)

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Woop! Another installment of my Super Simple Christmas Crafts! This time making this attractive circle wreath card. You can watch the video tutorial for instructions here;

And here are the templates:

PDFs (for fussy cutting)

CIRCLE CARD BLANK PDF

HOLLY AND IVY LEAVES 1 PDF

HOLLY AND IVY LEAVES 2 PDF

Cut Files (for Silhouette Users):

Circle Card Blank

Holly and Ivy Leaves 1

Holly and Ivy Leaves 2

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Happy Crafting!

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Grace ❤ @ms.paperlover

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Super Simple Christmas Crafts 1 – Gift Box With Paper Poinsettia (with Templates)

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Aren’t these gift boxes cute? I love a Poinsettia, though I generally avoid having them in the house as they’re midly toxic to cats and mine has a tendency to chew on house plants.

So instead – I made some paper ones to decorate these gift boxes! I have a few people this year who are getting multiple small presents from me, rather than one big one. So I needed some lovely boxes to put all those little gifts in – though even the people who get one thing might be getting a box as well, I just love making them!

For the more traditional box on the right I used the First Edition Gift of Christmas Paper Pad, and for the one on the left I used the First Edition Merry Little Christmas.

The instructions on how to make these can be found in my corresponding video tutorial – it is a little long and rambly, sorry about that, I’m out of practice with video tutorials!

Here are the templates for the Poinsettia leaves, I used the first file for the ‘petal’ leaves, and the second for the larger leaves on the bottom.

For Silhouette Users:

Poinsettia Leaves 1

Poinsettia Leaves 2 

To print and cut as a template:

Poinsettia Leaves 1 PDF

Poinsettia Leaves 2 PDF

Of course if you have some leaf dies you can use those too, my templates really are very simple shapes. It would however be a good idea to have a few different sizes of leaf for the full effect.

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Right then, happy crafting everyone! Do tag me in anything you make and share – I’d love to see!

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Grace ❤ @ms.paperlover

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Christmas Planner Printables

Ok, it’s November, we can officially talk about Christmas now.

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Whether you’re excited for Christmas or not, you have to admit, there is a lot of stuff to get done for the season. Gifts, cards, food, decoration, events, etc.,

So a Christmas planner is a fairly important tool, and after designing all my inserts and setting it up, I decided I would share the inserts in case they would be useful for anyone else.

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If you haven’t seen it and you are interested, you can watch my Christmas planner set up video here. You can see the Christmas inserts in more depth and I explain why I made them that way.

So, onto the printables! They are all PDF files, if you have any trouble with that, pop me an email and I might be able to send you another format.

As I said in the video, they are all made for a personal size planner, but if you have the technical know-how, I’m quite happy for you to resize them if you use a different planner. Just please don’t ask me to do this for you!

They’re made to print onto A4 paper, so once printed you need to do a little bit of cutting/trimming. There are very faint grey lines around the inserts themselves so you know where to cut. To print them double sided, you need to choose the ‘flip on the short edge’ setting. It should be pretty obvious which edge of each insert is the one to punch holes into, but if in doubt, refer to the pictures I’ve provided.

If you have any problems with printing, feel free to email me, but I am by no means an technical expert, so I may not be able to help!

Right, let’s get to it!

November and December Calendar Pages:

DATED MONTH ON TWO PAGES

This is a three page document, the first two pages should be the ones printed double sided. The first page of November and last of December will be single sided.

2017 CALENDAR PAGES NOV DEC

‘Busy Days’ Pages:

RENAME

For the days in December when you just have a LOT to do! There are two files for this one, one is for double sided, and one is a single page for the ‘end’ inserts, so that they don’t start and end on the wrong sides!

2017 CHRISTMAS BUSY DAY

2017 BUSY DAY END PAGES

Busy Day Pages with named days:

BUSY DAY NAMED

Not a necessity, but within my ‘busy days’ section I wanted specific inserts that said Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.

2017 CHRISTMAS BUSY DAY – XMAS DAY+eVE

2017 CHRISTMAS BUSY DAY – BOXING + NEW YEAR’S

Notes and To Do:

TO DO & NOTES

The ‘To Do’ insert may well be my favourite; it’s the Christmas Pudding checklist, I just love it!

2017 NOTE AND TO DO

Christmas Card Tracker:

CARDS

There’s two options here, one (pictured) is for those who make their own cards, the other is for those who prefer to buy their own (it says ‘written’ in place of ‘made’). The first PDF is the ‘made’ inserts, the second is the ‘written’ ones.

2017 CARDS

2017 CARDS2

Gift Tracker:

GIFT TRACKER

Possibly the most important insert! Especially when it comes to wrapping time and you’ve got a huge pile of gifts and are thinking to yourself ‘which of these is for which person?!’ And to keep an eye on how much you’re spending!

Also, in case it’s not clear, the person’s name goes on the red line!

2017 GIFT TRACKER

Food/Shopping Inserts:

FOOD & SHOPPING

I’ve designed these so you can write a recipe or menu on one side, and a shopping list on the other. Very simple but that’s how I like it!

2017 FOOD

For those that haven’t watched the video, all my other Christmas planning related things this year, budgeting, shopping, that kind of thing, are all being done on notepaper. My set up last year had all that kind of thing but I found it a little rigid and didn’t end up using it properly. I’m the type of person that just likes to spill ink all over a blank page.

Just a couple of boring things to finish (a.k.a..=, covering my backside)…

  • These free printable downloads are solely intended for personal use, and are not to be copied, redistributed, or sold in any way.
  • The images in the inserts are all my own artwork, so please do not copy, or distribute them. Additionally do not remove them from the original files. Changing the inserts to suit your size planner is fine but using the images for any other purpose is not.
  • I take no responsibility for anything that may happen to your computer, tablet, printer, printer paper, scissors, paper trimmer, any other object, item, or living creature, or life in general, after downloading and printing these inserts.
  • If you do use the inserts and share them on any form of social media, please either tag me or link back to this blog. Even if you resize them, they are still my original work. Plus I’d love to see what you do with them!

Ok that’s enough serious stuff. Sorry about that, you know how it is these days!

Thanks so much for reading. Again, any issues you have with downloading or printing please feel free to email me, and I’ll do my best to help.

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Grace ❤

@ms.paperlover

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Brimbles Sticker Club Projects: November

It’s Christmaaaaaas!

Well… almost. As I write this it actually isn’t even Halloween yet, but I’m trying to be super prepared this year. My birthday is in mid December and my goal is to get everything Christmas card and gift related completey sorted by then so I can really enjoy the season. And some Christmassy Brimbles stickers have helped me on my way to that goal!

I started out doing something a bit different, as I fancied trying something new with the stickers. And so I made some gift tags!

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I made the tags on my silhouette machine with some standard Christmas cardstock, but they’re very simple shapes it would be very easy to draw and cut them or use a die cut machine. The cardstock needed to be something simple so the pattern wouldn’t take attention away from the stickers. I cut up the washi strips, as well as some red and green glittery washi I had in my stash, and layered them at the bottom or sides of the tags, then added the cute mice from the decorative sheet as the main elements.
Then looped either some Christmas ribbon or washi through the top of the tag and they were done! A really simple craft but I think quite effective. The tags are super cute and will look great either on gifts or in the pockets of my Christmas planner. I could also use them in happy mail, as bookmarks, and even as decorations.
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Next was my usual sticker project, which was to decorate a week in my personal size planner.
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There was quite a lot of layering and sticker clustering involved in this spread – one of my favourite things to do! Here are some close ups:
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With some of the remaining stickers I decorated some pages in my Christmas planner, just to add a bit of fun to some otherwise plain pages.
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With the remaining checklist and other functional stickers, I’ll be using them in my Christmas planner as and when needed to make to do lists, shopping lists, or highlight important things.

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Oh, and speaking of my Christmas planner. The set up video and corresponding blog post will be published within the next few days, and the blog post may involve some free printables 😉

This month’s kit has certainly made me feel way more Christmassy than I usually do two months before the event, I hope my projects have given you some ideas and inspiration. Thanks so much for reading!

P.S. If you haven’t got yours yet you can buy the November Sticker club here, or get next month’s here!

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Grace ❤ @ms.paperlover