let's do it - new year's resolutions in scrap
Hello one and all!
I hope you had a fantastic Christmas break and enjoyed every second of it.
I spent Christmas with my family for the first time in a few years and it was lovely. There was plenty of food, despite my mother telling me a few weeks before that she wasn’t going to put on a big spread as it never gets eaten, this turned out to be massively inaccurate as there was SO MUCH FOOD and we had fizz coming out of our ears - it was perfect.
We managed to fit in a tiny bit of crafting and my mum very kindly made me two new TNs out of some 12x12 sheets I brought with me, so I now have plenty of notebooks to fill with my various endeavours :-)
We came home on Boxing Day and picked up a rather grumpy Clem from the cattery. She had a slightly slimmer frame (I didn’t realise we’d put her in a kitty fat camp?) and a new weird meow that she must have picked up from one of her neighbours - joy.
Once we got home, sadly reality set in. We had somehow amassed a gigantic pile of clothes to wash, there was loads of cleaning to do and I had acquired that ‘urgh’ feeling of knowing that Christmas fun times were over for another year and I had work on Monday - boooo.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, I promise you, I may be working tomorrow but once it’s quitting time I’ll be bringing in the New Year with gusto and glee at all the things that it might contain… *don’t think about Brexit* *don’t think about Brexit* *don’t think about Brexit*
Although 2018 has been a mixed bag, I’ll try to take away the positives rather than the negatives and push them into my brain box in the hope they will get me through January.
2018 was my creative catalyst and it took hold in the form of me finally documenting things rather than just keeping them all in my head. I’ve taken photos galore, scrapbooked like a bad-ass, written loads of lists, painted with oils, experimented with gouache, doodled away and also started this website - huzah
With all that in mind, I’ve decided that 2019 will be no different, in fact, I intend to ramp it up a notch.
My devious plans for 2019 are:
start using a planner and try to keep it going for the whole year (I am notoriously bad at this)
gain over 100 followers on my nellyandclem Instagram (it’s only been alive since November so I have about 40 followers at the moment
apply to be in a scrapbooking design team (these seem to happen around September time, so I have most of the year to prep for this)
get over 2000 page views on this website (I’m at over 300 at the moment but have only been blogging a few months)
try to blog at least once a week (this will be tough but hopefully I can do it if I get myself organised)
try to make a YouTube video (no idea how that all works but I want to learn)
Hopefully those goals are obtainable. I don’t want to put myself under too much pressure, but I hope to be able to achieve most, if not all of those goals by the end of the year.
Obviously Brexit is supposed to happen in a few months so that list may have to dramatically change to:
cash in all my 5p shopping bags
board up windows
learn how to barter
build a raft
sail to France
We’ll see how things pan out, I guess :-)
Cripes, that’s a lot of waffle. If you’re still here, I’ll get to the scrapbooking - jeez!
With all of my 2019 plans bubbling around in my brain I decided to present these happy thoughts using the medium of scrap and embellishments.
This one will be hard to breakdown as I have gone a tad nuts and used a little bit of just about every kit I have in my collection (as you can see) but I’ll try to give you the highlights in the post instead of the usual breakdown I add at the bottom of the post.
I wanted to have my embellishments bursting out of something and after a bit of pondering I decided to use an envelope.
As I didn’t have a pretty envelope I made my own out of a sheet of Simple Stories Emoji Love paper. I chose this particular sheet as it’s double-sided and I liked the design on both sides.
I pulled apart an old boring white envelope and used it as a template for my jazzy one. I very carefully cut the design out using a ruler and a craft knife.
Now, I know that there are amazing tools out there that will cut the template for you with ease, but I don’t own one of these wonderful devices so had to take the slow and steady DIY approach. If you do have one, you’ll save yourself a tonne of time and you should also revel in it baby!
Once I had my envelope I started looking for embellishments that fitted the colour palette of the envelope e.g. reds, pinks, light blues, yellows, monochrome and a little splash of gold.
I picked a lot of the embellishments from the Pebbles Girl Squad kit and added a few from some different Dear Lizzy kits.
I tend to find that Pebbles and Dear Lizzy use styles that compliment one another and their colour palettes are also quite similar. The same can be said for Amy Tangerine and Shimelle as their colours are very bright and bold so work well together.
I wanted to have big gold numbers for the “2019” but didn’t have any in my kit. Ever the persistent DIY loon I decided to make my own. I used some Thickers foam letters, I think the set is called Jen and I just painted them with about 5 coats of Loreal gold leaf top coat nail varnish - I’ve done this trick before on plain foam stickers and it really looks smart.
Another option would be adding glue to the tops of the stickers then sprinkling some glitter on them, but that would be more messy and it would come off over time on literally everything you hold dear :-)
As I wanted a few different textures on this design I decided to mix in some Pebbles gold stickers, some puffy stickers and a few flair badges. Placing these items all over the layout really helped to make everything pop and added a little depth and interest.
I wanted to attach something to the top of the envelope so decided a little flag would be cute.
The tiny “WOO” flag was made using a little off-cut from some Emoji Love paper and the most fabulous Thickers stickers - Happy Life from the Paige Evans Whimsical range.
I decided to attach the flag to the envelope using a mini peg from the Make a Wish range by Dovecraft as it also fitted in with the colour palette.
Another option would be to use a little toothpick or a lollipop stick for the flagpole and to have it poking out of the envelope. I did consider this but eventually decided on the peg as I didn’t want to cover up any of the contents of the envelope e.g. the unicorns face or the wording on the “hey sunshine” embellishment.
Here is the end result in its full glory:
I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
You’ll notice that there are very pale pink splatters of paint in the background. I did this using a can of spray paint which I sprayed at an angle so it appears to also be bursting out of the envelope as it’s opened - clever huh :-)
The only regret I have with this layout is that I didn’t play with the depths of some of the embellishments. I could have lifted them off the paper a bit more using foam glue pads rather than just the glue dots to give a bit more of a stacked effect, but you live and learn, eh.
As per usual, if you want to know where I got a specific item from and I’ve not mentioned it above, feel free to ping me in the comments section.
So that’s it from me for 2018.
Regardless of your plans for New Years, whether you’re sofa surfing or out on the town, I hope you all have a wonderful time. Stay safe and look after yourselves and I’ll see you in 2019 for more fun and frolics!
Oh and one more thing…
I’m signing up to Bloglovin’ as I’ve been told it’s a great way to follow blogs and also to claim your own blog, so I’m just going to paste this here:
So there we go, hopefully that helps people to find my blog too :-)
Take care beans x