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    Card making supplies for beginners

    Throughout my 26 years on this planet, I’ve always been creative. As a kid, I used to draw pictures, make collages, paint stones and plant pots and do all of that fun stuff. At the age of 12, I became interested in card making. I would sit with my dad for hours on end and make Christmas cards which I used to sell to my family. At about the age of 16, I fell out of love with it, but a couple of years ago I started up again and I’m so glad I did!

    Sometimes, it can be really overwhelming when you want to start a new hobby. What do I need to buy? What’s essential? What if I get bored and I waste a load of money? I’m sure you’ve all had these thoughts.

    I’ve put together a list of the basic things that I would recommend for a beginner that’s considering card making. All the items are relatively low cost which is perfect for a beginner.

    Card making supplies for beginners 
    • *Card and envelopes – I always buy this as a set, I love that the card is already folded and ready to go. I’d recommend just buying white card if you’re a beginner but the choice is completely up to you. A6 is also a good size as the area isn’t too big to work with.
    • Glue and *adhesive foam pads – Adhesive pads are great for emphasising embellishments as they raise them off of the paper creating a 3D effect. Glue is also a given as you need to do a lot of sticking.
    • Scissors and *paper punches – I love paper punches. You can get anything from hearts to snowflakes and they’re perfect for adding embellishments to your cards. They come in all shapes and sizes and can create a variety of different style cards.
    • Patterned paper – I love these *paper pads that you can pick up at most craft shops and you can also get them online. They’re filled with 64 sheets of patterned paper and work so well for card making. They’re bright and colourful and add a real pop to any card you make.
    • Stamps – I have such a love for stamps. I buy a lot of my stamps from Stampin up’ but these are more on the pricey side. You can also buy stamps from craft shops and there’s also loads to choose from online.  The Range is a great place to start for more affordable stamps for beginners.
    • Ink pads – To go alongside your stamps you’ll also need ink pads. Again, I buy a lot of these from Stampin’ Up. But for a more affordable option, I would recommend looking at any local craft shop.

    Now you’ve got all of your basic supplies it’s really just about experimenting and having fun. If you’re looking for lots of inspirations I’d highly recommend browsing through Pinterest as its full with card making ideas.

    Below are some cards that I have made using the items listed above.

    Card making for beginners

    Card making supplies for beginners

    Hope you enjoyed!

    Charlotte xx

    *Please note this post contains affiliate links*

     

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  • Creativity

    Simple bullet journal layout if you don’t have a lot of time

    For me, having a simple layout for my bullet journal is really important. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the fancy and creative bujo layouts as much as the next person but they’re so time-consuming.

    When I first started my bullet journal I spent a lot of time making it look good but then I got bored of how much time it took and stopped using it. Now I’m a homeowner I’ve got back into using it again to organise my weeks but I’ve made it as simple as possible so it doesn’t take up too much of my time.

    What I use my bullet journal for

    I know people use bullet journals to track all sorts of things from exercise to how much water they drink, as much as I tried to be that organised, I just don’t really care to track how much water I drink in a day. The main thing I want my bullet journal for is to layout the week ahead and know what I’m doing when. I find it really helpful to write down what household chores I’m doing and any plans I have for the week. I’ll also write down my meal plan for each day. At the bottom of the page, I have a small section called ‘to-do’ where I can jot down anything that comes to mind throughout the week.

    My very simple key 

    It’s honestly as simple as drawing a square for any household chores that I can put a tick in once it’s been completed and drawing a diamond shape next to any plans that I have for the week. Next to anything on my ‘to-do’ list I draw a circle. You can, of course, customise this and add more shapes if you lead a more exciting life than I do!

    Simple layout 

    In terms of page layout, I don’t even use a ruler because who has time for that?! I just free draw a line and write the day and date and then add a little line of colour over the top. Each side of the page is split into four sections which allow me space for each day of the week and my ‘to-do’ list. This is the most simple page layout that I’ve used and I love it. I usually sit down on a Sunday evening and draw out the following week and it takes me no longer than 5-10 minutes.

    If you’re also trying to find a really simple and time effective way to use your bullet journal then I’d definitely recommend giving something like this a try. If you want some other bullet journal ideas then I have various posts here that also include some more complex ideas.

    Hope you enjoyed!

    Charlotte xx

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  • Creativity

    My Greeting Box: A monthly card making subscription box review

    I was so excited when Holly from My Greeting Box contacted me to see if I would like to try out her card making subscription box. Weirdly, I had been on the hunt for a good card making subscription box for a while but had been struggling to find one so this honestly came at the perfect time.

    My Greeting Box is a monthly subscription kit which includes card making supplies and tools. It comes with illustrated step by step instructions which shows you how to make three different cards. It also comes with extra supplies so you can come up with your own designs.

    The Magical Fairy Themed June box 

    Holly very kindly gifted me the June box which was magical fairy themed. You all know my love for Disney and magic so this box was perfect for me. As well as receiving the contents of the June box, I also received the starter kit which everyone will receive when they first sign up. This includes some must-have items such as foam tape, scissors colouring pens and an ink pad. It’s so useful to receive these additional items as they are key items to have when card making.

    One thing that particularly stood out to me in the box was the instructions that came with 3 different card designs. These are illustrated and laid out in a really simple to follow way. I had no problem understanding what I was meant to be doing. What I love about this is that it’s a good way to get inspiration. Everyone has their own ideas and it’s great to see some ideas and still be able to come up with your own ideas as well.

    My Greeting box - supplies

    The box includes literally everything you need to make the cards which I found really helpful. Items include things such as card, envelopes, stamps, ink, embellishments, glue, double sided sticky tape and clear wallets to protect the cards once you’ve made them.

    One thing I was very impressed with is the quality of the stamps that are sent. I’ve been making cards for a few years now and some rubber stamps are awful! I found these took the ink really well and transferred evenly on to the surface of the card.

    I had so much fun designing cards with the instructions provided. Below is one of my final card designs which I’m so pleased with! I’m now excited to experiment with the products provided and start to come up with some of my own designs.

    My greeting box June card design

    Pricing

    If you’re interested in signing up for the My Greeting Box please see the below details:

    • £22.00 per month – Free postage and you can cancel at any time.
    • Gift subscriptions: 3 months £65.00 / 6 months £125.00 / 12 months £240.00

    You can also get 25% off of your first order by using the code: FIRST25

    I’m so pleased that I was contacted to try this box. It has such brilliant products and it’s packed with creative ideas. If you’re new to card making then this is a fab way to start building up your own collection of craft supplies and experiment with different ideas.

    Please note the My Greeting Box was very kindly gifted to me, However, I only write honest reviews and all opinions are my own.

    Hope you enjoyed!

    Charlotte xx

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  • Creativity

    Enamel Pins from the Old English Company

    I’ve always had a love of Pins … Well maybe not always, but ever since my first trip to Disney World when I was 9 I’ve loved collecting pins. I remember being so excited to get my lanyard and collect different pins as I walked around the Disney parks… My collection is ever growing and I currently display all of my pins on a pinboard. I’ve even worked on projects recently where I’ve been turning my pins into prints which you can read about here.

    I’ve noticed recently that pins are becoming more and more popular. You can get all sorts of pins from food, to words, to animals etc. I’ve recently been contacted by the Old English Company about their new range of enamel pins that they’re releasing. You can view the range here. I can’t get over how cute these pins are. Below are some of my favourites from their collection.

    Enamel Pins from the Old English Company

    Please note these images are taken from the English Company Website and are not my own images. 

    I particularly love the ‘Believe in Magic’ enamel pin. Of course, with my love of Disney, I love anything magical so this one definitely stood out to me… And who doesn’t love a good pizza?!

    The Old English Company are currently running a competition to win a set of Enamel Pins. The details of the competition can be found by clicking here. I’ve seen a lot of the Old English Company on my Twitter feed recently and they honestly have some of the nicest products on their website, so I’d definitely recommend entering the competition.

    Charlotte xx

     

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  • Creativity

    5 ways to stay creative

    I’ve always been creative, it’s a part of me that I’m really proud of and it brings me so much joy. As a child I remember I used to collect leaves and create collages. I’d also use my stain glass pens to decorate old jam jars. Did anyone else use to make pompoms as a child? I was forever doing that!

    Being creative has always been a huge part of my life. During high school I opted to do Graphic Design as a GCSE, I then went on to college and did A-Level Graphics and Photography. I also did a 3rd year at college where I did an Art Foundation in Graphics before heading off to university to do a Graphic Arts Degree. I’m sure you get the picture, I LOVE being creative.

    Over the years I found different ways to stay creative and find inspiration and I thought I would share this with you today.

    My top 5 ways to stay creative 

    1 – Creative books – I find flicking through creative books a real inspiration. I still have a lot of books from when I did my Degree. Branding books, handmade type and craft books are some of my favourites to look through.

    2 – Take a notepad everywhere with you – I’ve done this for years and years. I’ll suddenly be out and come up with a good idea for a blog post and it’s so much easier if you can jot it down on paper so you don’t forget. Also, I find sometimes when I’m out and about I’ll see something that gives me an idea and I’ll write it straight down.

    3 – Look at creative websites – Let’s be honest I think we all love Pinterest … But there are other great websites out there as well for creativity. Some of my favourites are Behance and Dribble. I love looking through other peoples designs to give me inspiration. I used sites like this a lot when I was doing my degree and they’re so helpful.

    4 – Adult colouring books – I LOVE adult colouring books, I find them really relaxing but they’re also great for keeping me doing creative things. They’re something that you can use in the evening for 20 minutes, it doesn’t have to be time-consuming as we’re all busy people!

    5 – Surround yourself with creative people – I love the fact that my Twitter is constantly filled with creativity. I follow a lot of other bloggers and I find it really helpful having that creative network around me. It’s so helpful seeing what other creatives are up to and it’s a great way for inspiration.

    What are your tips for staying creative? 

    Charlotte xx

     

     

     

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