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Pickle Paper Patch – April Scrapbooking Kit (with layout)

Happy National Scrapbooking Day everyone!!

I’m currently on my way to my first ever crafty crop… nerves have kicked in but I’m also very very excited. I know that there are going to be some lovely ladies there, some I’ve never spoken to and others who I have spoken to online and can’t wait to meet.

Last week I had an amazing delivery from Pickle Paper Patch which really did has exceeded my expectations!!

A couple of weeks ago, I woke to a surprise announcement that I had won a giveaway hosted by Pickle Paper Patch which I had entered. The day of the announcement, their monthly scrapbooking kit was also launched which I had to order as soon as I saw it.

Firstly, here is the photograph which was shared on the giveaway post… it is all beautiful and fantastic quality products too.

You can find Pickle Paper Patch on Facebook, by clicking ‘this link’.

Next I began to open my April monthly scrapbooking kit and all I can say is WOW WOW WOW!!! Jane has excelled herself… the packaging is stunning, the products are fantastic and beautiful and the free gift included with early kit purchases is so thoughtful.

Everything within the parcel I received is superb and I can see this being a regular scrapbook kit in my collection. I am so so happy.

As soon as I saw this kit and had it in my hands I knew that it would be perfect for scrapbooking a photograph of my late Mum which was taken in her youth, the soft colours, the feathers, the rose gold butterfly and the flowers were just spot-on. Particularly the butterfly as my Mum’s favourite jewellery was rose gold.

I wanted to keep this layout relatively simple to allow the products to speak for themselves, everything within this layout was from my April kit and I hope you all like what I’ve done with it.

I would highly recommend checking out Pickle Paper Patch’s website and see for yourself how reasonably priced and wonderful quality their products are!!

You can find the Pickle Paper Patch monthly kits here on their website:
“Pickle Packs”

Have a wonderful day everyone and I hope you all manage to fit in some crafty time!!

xxx Love Laura xxx

Scrapbooking #HugsForNoah’s 2017 Gala Dinner

As today is National Scrapbook Day it seems only fitting to start today’s blog with a few layouts I have created with some very special memories from a wonderful event we attended in March 2017.

On Saturday 4th March 2017 we traveled to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne for the annual Hugs For Noah Gala Dinner which was held at St James’ Park – an absolutely wonderful evening of great company, delicious food and excellent entertainment.

As you can see from the photographs, everyone who attended had a fabulous evening… we can’t wait for the next one!!!

You can read Noah’s story by visiting his #HugsForNoah website or by following them on Facebook.

Surprise Goodies from Charlie’s Magpie

My most recent happy mail came from the lovely Kathleen at Charlie’s Magpie… such a lovely surprise and lots of gorgeous sparkle in my favourite colours!!

I am really enjoying using the travellers notebook style of planning at the moment so I was over the moon to receive my beautiful Glitterdori and the colour together with the sparkle is beautiful. I’m not a fan of ‘loose glitter’ so the fact that this glitter fabric does not shed is perfect for me as I love the appearance of glitter.

My Glitterdori is in passport size so is perfect for all of my crafty, blog and scrapbooking notes. I love how it has a lovely soft felt lining too.

In my surprise parcel I also received some gorgeous sparkly planner accessories which go so well with my Glitterdori that they are all now in use and sat on my desk next to my pc, in use daily.

If you are looking to expand your planner or planner accessory collection then I would highly recommend popping over to Charlie’s Magpie Etsy store and don’t forget that for all orders over £5.00 you can use my exclusive discount code “CMLAURA10” to save 10% on your order 🙂

You can find Charlie’s Magpie on:

Etsy store

Facebook Planner Group

Facebook Business Page

Happy planning everyone!!

xxx Love Laura xxx

P.S. As Brand Representative for Charlie’s Magpie I was sent the items discussed in this blog post for testing and review. No money exchanged hands for this review or products. This in no way gives a biased opinion and I aim to be 100% honest with all of my online reviews.

New Products Over At Charlie’s Magpie – January 2017

*** As Brand Representative for Charlie’s Magpie I was sent the items discussed in this blog post for testing and review. No money exchanged hands for this review or products. This in no way gives a biased opinion and I aim to be 100% honest with all of my online reviews ***

Charlies Magpie

The design team for Charlie’s Magpie recently received a selection of the stunning new planner clips to test, review and share with our followers.

All items which are currently available for purchase are listed on Charlie’s Magpie Etsy store.

I have decided t share two images of the new planner clips, one with the camera on “no flash” setting and the other “flash on” setting so that you can see the gorgeous array of colours in the glitter fabric which has been used to create these beautiful planner clips.



I have been using my new bow planner clips since Christmas and love the quality, texture and durability – my planner is thrown into my bag anytime we go out and Charlies Magpie’s planner clips stand up to the use wonderfully. Not only that they really are a bargain too – I would highly recommend popping over to the Etsy store where there are lots more colours in stock.

I love being able to share these brilliant quality items from Charlie’s Magpie’s with you and would ask you all to pop over to their shop on Etsy to have a browse and support a small UK business.

Charlie’s Magpie on Etsy

Charlie’s Magpie Planner Group on Facebook

Thank you for reading.

xxx Laura xxx

Happy 2017 To All My Lovelies


Good afternoon all, how is everyone?

Did you all have a good Christmas, festive holiday and New Year?

I would like to start by apologising for my recent absence from the blog – the lead up to Christmas was particularly busy for our business Cards And Candles For All Occasions so I didn’t really have much time for any of the fun journaling, planner or scrapbooking stuff.

Then we spent ten days away with family over Christmas, my Birthday and New Year which was fantastic – lots of R’n’R at Dads house, catching up with friends and family and having time out from our busy lives.

I was full of great intentions for the past ten days before we re-open our business – lots of blog posts that I wanted to write, some art journal techniques to try out and lots of photographs to scrapbook but I was struck down with the winter blues.


Unfortunately, the worst time of year with Fibromyalgia is Winter as the cold and damp really affects my pain levels and to top it off I have had the annoying cold and dry, irritable throat so today although I feel much better I’m doing a great impression of Mrs Sneezy 😅

But enough of the negativity…


It’s a fresh new year, a chance to kick start some new ideas and move onwards and upwards and with that in mind I have lots of ideas to look into for throughout 2017 which I will be sharing with you soon, which will include:

* Brand Representative Postings

* Word Of The Year

* Scrapbook Layouts

* Planner Product Reviews

* Craft Product Reviews

* Planner Shares

and lots, lots more… keep your eyes peeled!! 👀

Well, I’d better crack on with getting something done as I’ve already lost half of the day but I hope you will continue to join me on my Planner, Journal and Scrapbooking journey.

xxx Love Laura xxx

Using Dylusion Ink Sprays In Your Art and Mixed Media


Many of you who enjoy Mixed Media and Art Journaling will no doubt already know about Dyan Reaveley and her range of Dylusions Ink Sprays – these are a very popular medium for many artists and you can create many great effects using them.

One thing which is important to remember when using wet mediums such as Dylusions are which colours compliment each other and which colours will create ‘mud’ or a horrible brown colour when they mix… as Dylusion sprays are not permanent, (they are water based which give you a great opportunity for many wonderful effects) is that it is inevitable that your colours will mix when applied to your surface of choice whether that be paper, cardstock or canvas.

I have now been using Dylusions Ink Sprays for a few months since I began my Art Journaling and Mixed Media journey and throughout this time have been doing lots of research into techniques and colour combinations while following Dyan Reaveley’s incredibly helpful YouTube channel.

One thing in particular I have found very helpful that is suggested by Dyan is to split your ink sprays down into four categories – warm colours, neutral colours, cool colours and purple. These are separated as follows:

Warm Colours
Pure Sunshine
Squeezed Orange
Tangerine Dream
Bubblegum Pink
Funky Fuchsia
Cherry Pie
Postbox Red
Pomegranate Seed
Melted Chocolate
Ground Coffee

Cool Colours
Lemon Zest
Cut Grass
Fresh Lime
Dirty Martini
Chopped Pesto
Polished Jade
Vibrant Turquoise
Calypso Teal
London Blue
After Midnight

You will find that any colour combination within the ‘Warm Colours’ category will compliment each other, the same as any colour combination within the ‘Cool Colours’ category will compliment each other, however if you try to use a Warm and Cool colour together the colours which combine when you spray may end up looking muddy or unpleasant.

Neutral Colours
White Linen
Slate Grey
Black Marble

With regards to ‘Neutral Colours’, these colours are designed to compliment all other colours and generally will look great regardless of which colour you choose to use them alongside.

Crushed Grape

The one colour which often causes confusion with regards to complimentary colours is purple, in the case of the Dylusions colour range this is the ‘Crushed Grape’ which in itself is a beautiful colour however is one which you need to think about before adding to other colours otherwise you can again end up with a muddy looking page.

From my experience and also watching Dyan’s tutorials, information videos and other artists videos I find that the best colours to use alongside purple are the pink and blue tones – these compliment purple really well and can give great effects.


Of course, this list based on information from Dyan Reaveley and by no means does list information mean that you cannot use the opposite colours together… this is purely an advisory post based on the colours which have been found to compliment each other best, however it is all a matter of trial and error and you may find that by using opposite colours together you love the end effect.

Remember, in the world of art journaling, mixed media and crafts there is NO WRONG, it is all about personal choice and personal preference,,, have a play and see which colours you like to work with. Never let anyone tell you that your technique is wrong – we are all learning and developing throughout our journey!

I hope you have found this blog useful and if there is anyone you think this blog could help please feel free to share my blog with them.

Have a wonderful week and happy crafting!!

xxx Love Laura xxx

Happy Planner Layout – Week Commencing 19.09.2016

This week I have used a weekly layout kit from The Plump Planner on Etsy alongside planner header stickers and a weekend banner from Dream Big And Plan on Etsy, this is for week commencing Monday 19th September 2016.

I used the pale blue planner header stickers from Dream Big And Plan to add daily Today and Little Things headers, along with This Week, Personal and To Do in the notes sidebar, finally adding To Buy, To Clean and Don’t Forget Next Week headers to the weekend.

Dream BIg And Plan

I chose to use the “I Found My Unicorn” weekly layout set from The Plump Planner which is a fantastic value kit at just £1.95 for set of 31 stickers spread over two sheets which include full boxes, half boxes and decorative stickers.

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I love how this layout looks in my Happy Planner and the planner stickers from both sellers are both fantastic quality and great value for money – I would highly recommend both of these shops!!


You can find both of these shops on Etsy, here are their shop links 🙂

The Plump Planner

Dream Big And Plan

Thanks for reading, hope you all have a great week ahead!!!

xxx Love Laura xxx

Happy Planner Weekly Layout – w/c 12.09.2016

This week in my MAMBI Happy Planner I have used a themed weekly layout kit which was finished with little highlights of washi tape.

The weekly layout kit I have used is the Galaxy/Out Of This World set by Cariad Planning, this set was originally sized for use in Personal-size planners, and as cab be seen here is now also available in Happy Planner size.

This is one of my favourite weekly layouts – I just love the colours and designs, the little quotes and all of the functional stickers… so pretty!!


The quality of these stickers is fantastic, as is the customer service – I would definitely recommend Cariad Planning for unique, pretty planner stickers and accessories 🙂

You can find Cariad Planning on Etsy.

Thank you for reading!!

xxx Love Laura xxx

Brand Representative – Charlie’s Magpie: First Review

*** As Brand Representative for Charlie’s Magpie I was sent the items discussed in this blog post for testing and review. No money exchanged hands for this review or products. This in no way gives a biased opinion and I aim to be 100% honest with all of my online reviews ***

Charlies Magpie

I was recently accepted to be a Brand Representative for Charlie’s Magpie who create and sell a range of planner clips and accessories… as some of you will know I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to ‘planner pretties’ so was thrilled to be accepted onto the team.

I received my first parcel from Charlie’s Magpie Etsy shop this morning and am absolutely delighted with it.


First of all was this black glitter bow planner clip which is made from fabric which is ingrained with fine glitter. My biggest concern about this was whether or not the glitter would come off on my fingers (I hate glitter on my skin), and although it did a tiny bit it wasn’t anything to worry about. The fabric of this bow is quite fine so perfect if you’re looking for a planner pretty which isn’t going to bulk things out too much.

Secondly is a pair of very pretty purple and lilac glitter bow planner clips, these are made using a fabric which is ingrained with thicker, chunkier glitter which give a far sturdier bow than the fine glitter version but is just as pretty and from what I can tell, the glitter does not come off of these. As purple is one of my favourite colours, I can see these being used lots 🙂

Last but by no means least is my favourite, this baby pink bow planner clip which is made from leatherette material and is so soft and delicate. The thickness of the fabric is somewhere between the fine glitter fabric and chunky glitter fabric but it makes such a lovely soft bow.

My baby pink bow planner clip is now at home on the pages of my walnut Websters Pages personal planner and goes perfectly with the pink lining of this planner:


These planner clips are very well made and the quality is fantastic, the material is very sturdy and I think it’s great that there is a variety in the thickness of fabrics for those times when you’re on the go and don’t want your planner to be too bulky.

I can’t wait to share more of Charlie’s Magpie’s products with you and would ask you all to pop over to their shop on Etsy to have a browse and support a small UK business 🙂

Charlie’s Magpie on Etsy

Charlie’s Magpie Planner Group on Facebook

Thank you for reading.

xxx Laura xxx

Little Rainbow Moon: September Mystery Kit

Anyone who has been following my blog for a while will know that I am a huge fan of the amazing work which is created by Little Rainbow Moon, so I’m sure it will come as no surprise when I tell you that I was quick to pre-order my September Mystery Kit as soon as they went on sale.

Well, it arrived this morning and I absolutely adore everything that’s in this months kit!! The September Mystery Kit has an “Out Of This World” theme. This month I decided to order the ‘journal’ kit, whereas I previous ordered for my travelers notebook.

All of the artwork in this kit is designed and created by the very lovely Jo and it is clear just how much attention to detail goes into each piece. As always there is a varied selection of goodies inside the monthly kit and I am sure it will all be used pretty soon 😉

First of all, is the postcard from Jo explaining about the monthly kit alongside two decorative papers and a quote card which I may use as a dashboard:


We have a wonderful selection of journaling stickers, word prompt stickers and washi strips:


Next up we have some gorgeous wide washi tape in a galaxy print, a matching galaxy theme fine line pen (which writes beautifully), a gorgeous tag and a beautiful planner clip exclusively from Cherry Blossom In The Market Square:


There is also a selection of gorgeous ephemera which contains a selection of stars, words and journal boxes:


And lastly, we have a set of beautiful journal cards all of which contain different quotes and a very pretty planner charm which is perfect as I managed to break the charm which was on my travelers notebook at the weekend so this one will be going straight on there!!


As always I was delighted with this order from Little Rainbow Moon and have already placed my order for the October Mystery Kit 🙂

You can find Little Rainbow Moon on Etsy.

Thank you for reading.

xxx Laura xxx