Made in SA / Mocho Loco

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Today I’m excited to be sharing a bit about the Mocho Loco stationery products that are fun, eclectic and modern, as well as colourful! Moco Locho was started by Vicky in 2009, who is originally from Buenos Aires. Mocho Loco was mainly specialising in branding and illustration, but this range of stationery recently launched and I LOVE it! I’ve got a few things from the Confetti and Home Flora ranges to show you today! Everything is designed and printed right here in Cape Town, too!

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Notebooks
The notebooks are fun and colourful with wonderful prints and patterns on the covers and just the right amount of paper. I simply love confetti and geometric shapes and these are used so beautifully in this particular range. The pastel colours are also lovely. The paper inside is quite thick, too. (These notebooks come in a pack of three).

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Greeting Cards
The greeting cards are colourful and vibrant, as well as versatile, as they can be used for any occasion. The Home Flora cards are especially versatile because the can be used for anyone. I love the modern use of plants on these cards. They also come with a brown paper envelope.

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The confetti greeting card is a really cute size and I love the pretty little envelope it comes with.

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Gift Tags
The gift tags are SO cute. They are such a lovely size, and they, too, are extremely versatile. I used one of my gift tags in one of my scrapbooking layouts. There are SO many purposes for gift tags, it’s almost crazy! They can be used in journals and planners, (obviously) on gifts, in scrapbooks and I sometimes even use gift tags as bookmarks.

 

Party Toppers
These are such wonderful little things. They are made out of veneer wood and they are perfect for popping in cupcakes at any party. They are easy on the environment too, as you can reuse them many times. All you have to do is wipe them off when you’re done using them. They’re so pretty and very sturdy. I also used one of mine in a plant that lives in my room!

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I simply love these bright, fresh and funky products! If you love any of these things, you can find them all and more on the Mocho Loco website. You can never have too much stationery and these fun ranges are sure to brighten up your workspace as we head into the heart of winter!

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I hope you are enjoying these Made in SA posts. I have a few more planned!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{As usual, all photography and opinions are my own. I wouldn’t write about products that I wouldn’t buy or use myself. Also, thank you Vicky for these simply wonderful things!}

DIY Fabric Printing Idea

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Today’s post is a quick and easy idea. Lately, I’ve been quite into sewing and stitching, especially embroidery, as you’ll know if you follow me over on Instagram. I have been wanting to stitch other things too, like pouches, but I’ve held back because I haven’t found any fabrics around the house that I like enough to go through the effort of making something out of it.

I remembered pre-school days, when we used to use potatoes to make patterns and prints on paper. I thought I might use the idea to print onto a blank piece of fabric I had lying around. I tried it, using a potato and gouache (although I imagine fabric or acrylic paint would probably work better, but I didn’t have any) to print onto the fabric. You can literally carve ANY pattern into the potato, so its really versatile. I cut a triangle out of the potato and used gouache to make a triangle pattern on my piece of fabric, making the triangles tessellate. I also kept adding white to my paint, to get an ombre effect. It’s a very quick and easy DIY that requires minimal supplies, too! Give it a try.

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Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Babylonstoren

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I’ve been so looking forward to writing this post for a while now, and I’m so excited to be sharing it with you today!

A few days back, I visited the beautiful Babylonstoren estate with my family. It was such a lovely, hot day and it felt like summer! Babylonstoren is a Cape-Dutch style estate near Stellenbosch (again, in the Western Cape, South Africa). We spent the afternoon roaming the wonderful grounds that include gardens, restaurants, a hotel, a shop and a spa.

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We sat down at the Greenhouse Restaurant that happens to have a huge greenhouse next to it (I wonder where it got its name from?!). The greenhouse itself is full of luscious greenery and my cousin and I had a ball snapping away at all the stunning plants. The restaurant makes the most divine scones and fresh juices, as well as desserts.

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The other restaurant is called Babel, both of which are very popular and were almost full to capacity!

If you love nature, the different gardens will give you such pleasure. There are so many, such as the rock garden and the prickly pear garden (which I refer to as the cactus garden in the post) to name just a few.

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I also have some exciting content coming that I’m very excited about, so stay tuned! I am getting constantly growing support and followers and I really appreciate! Thank you for following along on all my baking, making and photo-taking.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Riebeek-Casteel

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After a cold, rainy and miserable week in Cape Town, we were treated to a beautiful, sunny and warm day today. We took a drive out to the quaint town of Riebeek-Casteel off the N7 (in the Western Cape, South Africa). The weather was marvellous, and I almost forgot that it wasn’t summer! We spent the afternoon looking around at all the gorgeous little shops that sold everything from beautiful vintage furniture, décor and books to handmade soaps, wonderful body products and handmade beanies. There were a few cafes and a pub too. I thoroughly enjoyed the laid-back, holiday-ish vibe that radiated through the small town. I love discovering new places that aren’t far from home.

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Cute little plants planted in farm-style rustic tea cups.
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The most beautiful vintage chests of drawers, books and other bits and bobs.
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Body products in another store.

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I tried a really yummy brewed iced-tea made locally by Uber Flavour. This honey and lemon combo was really interesting and and a real treat.

I love exploring and adventuring and then documenting my travels through photography and writing. I have a few more posts like these planned. I hope you’re enjoying them!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Cape Town Faves / 01.

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I’ve always heard that Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but when you’re a kid who has shared a city with Table Mountain your whole life, you assume that it’s normal. It’s only as I’ve grown older that I’ve been seeing my city in all its glory. I’m discovering so many wonderful spots in and around the Mother City (which is what Cape Town is sometimes called) and I’ve decided to share a few of my favourite spots with you. My plan is to make this a new series on the blog, and as soon as I have enough new favourite places to write posts, the next ones will follow. Some of them are the touristy kind, others aren’t. But whether you’re a tourist or a local, these are some places worth checking out.

 

  • Market on the Wharf and The Water Shed at the V&A.

I have to admit that this is probably my favourite spot in Cape Town. Its at the V&A Waterfront, but its outside, and the wooden benches overlook the beautiful harbour. You have a perfect view of the mountain! There are two separate areas: one that sells food stuff and one with local, artisanal products (my two favourite things). The ‘food shed’ as I call it (Market on the Wharf is its proper name) sells the best burgers at a place called Woodies and the yummiest pancakes, waffles and pastries at The Love of Yummyness. It also has a The Creamery stall that sells ice cream and Truth Coffee as well as many other food and drink stalls. Its always such a treat to go there and indulge. The Water Shed has many traders that sell a variety of local, artisan and handmade products. I could spend hours in that place and my parents always have to drag me out.

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The beautiful harbour.
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My all-time favourite pancake: nutella and strawberries. YUM
  • Sea Point Promenade

I love walking and running on Sea Point promenade. The fresh ocean air is so refreshing and it’s beautiful to watch a sunset (or a sunrise if you’re an early bird) there. And if you’re alone, don’t worry! There’s plenty of people, dogs and seagulls to keep you company along the way!

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  • Table Mountain

Being a Cape Tonian, naturally I would love Table Mountain. I see it almost every day and its one of the most famous landmarks of our city. But being on top is a totally different experience. I only have one (believe it or not) recent memory of being on top on the mountain. We took a cable car up ,watched the sunset and then rode down. It’s so beautiful, you can see everything from up there! Its fun to spot places from above. Once the sun goes down, the whole city lights up and its such an inspiring thing to see.

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A beautiful sunset on Table Mountain.
  • Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach is in the Simon’s Town area and I can say with much confidence that it is my favourite beach in the whole entire world (so far). Its called Boulders Beach for a reason. The huge boulders mean that its very sheltered, especially at low tide and so it feels like a huge, salty swimming pool. It’s the only beach I feel totally relaxed at. My favourite thing to do is sit on a rock as the tide comes in and watch the water lap onto the rock. Jumping off the boulders is also loads of fun and if you’re up to it, you can check out the penguins too!

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How cute aren’t the penguins?

 

  • The Creamery

I Yes, I AM a die-hard fan of this place. I first discovered them on Instagram when I was a newbie-grammer and once I tasted it, I was sold. The cute décor and yummy ice cream keeps me going back for more. (You can read a post I wrote about them here). Their waffles are divine and the ice cream is made from products that are sourced locally. My favourite café is the one in Moullie Point (not far from the promenade).

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Newlands Cafe
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Raspberry and Choc Chip – YUM, my favourite.
  • Camps Bay

I don’t go to Camps Bay very often, but I love the vibe. It feels like you’re on holiday the moment you climb out the car. You can walk along the beach, or grab a smoothie or pizza at one of the restaurants opposite the beach. All just in time to catch a killer sunset.

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  • The Neighbourhood Goods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill

The few times I’ve been here, I’ve LOVED it. Its my kind of place. Local products, smoothies and pancakes and LOTS of other food, what more could a girl want?  It’s a perfect way to spend your Saturday morning. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t mind wandering around through crowds (as long as you’re armed with an iced latte) and admiring all the prettiness and yumminess, then this is the place for you!

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  • The Woodstock Exchange 

The moment I walked into this place, I fell in love. The shops sell all my favourite local brands from skincare products and jewelry to home decor, coffee and chocolate. Its a place I definitely recommend if you enjoy all the handmade and pure goodness.

  • The Clay Café

This place is awesome. The view is just spectacular and its so fun too! They make all kinds of pottery from tea cups to ornaments and you go and paint them. They glaze them for you and you can come and collect them. Its really lots of fun to see your work and you can do it all whilst enjoying some cake or pizza!

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The view is just stunning and so is the awesome, chilled vibe.

I definitely love my city and especially these places! I can’t wait to discover new places and share them with you too! What are your favourite places in the Cape or anywhere, really?

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

 

Watercolour 101

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I have a very exciting post for you today. I’ve been planning it for a while, but I’ve just been so caught up with exams and schoolwork. Exams are over now though, and I’m going on holiday next week so expect to see lots over here!

I have been brushscripting for the last year or so and I’ve learnt so much about the techniques and letters. I thought I’d write a bit about the most important things you need to do and master when you’re starting off.

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Find your brush

 When I first started, I’d experiment with all my brushes and then find one that really worked well, but I could never remember which one afterwards! I found that the round brushes were the easiest to script with because they hold the watery paint in their tip. If you are using a normal brush (not a waterbrush) make sure it is very wet, so that random hairs don’t stick out. I use the Pentel Aquabrush in the medium size. I found that size 5 round-tipped brushes also work well for scripting.

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Up thin, down thick

I so wish I knew this when I first started! Once I mastered the up-down technique, it became a whole load easier. Apply little pressure on up strokes and more pressure on down strokes.

Find an Alphabet

Its important that you have a ‘game-plan’ for each letter. It just makes everything flow better if you start out by scripting letters individually. Although its important to celebrate your own personal handwriting and use it as a base for your scripting, look at other work and see if there are any letters you would like to ‘adopt’. I’ve ‘adopted’ many letters. Its just fun to see how you can change things up!

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Practise and practise and practise

 You’ve heard it. Practise makes perfect. (Well, if not perfect, then progress). It’s the only way you can get better. Once you start practising, it gets easier and easier and your scripting will flow better too. There are loads of practise challenges where you script one word every day. They are all over Instagram! Here are some words to try out:

  • Orange
  • Coffee
  • Office
  • Sugar
  • Love (great to start with)
  • Hello (great to start with)
  • Beauty
  • Strong

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Inspiration

My main inspiration comes from Instagram and Pinterest. I’ve learnt a lot, especially on Instagram just by watching short little videos of people scripting. It’s an extremely helpful resource!

Some great Instagram accounts to check out are:

@randomolive

@lissletters

@papergumboots

@thegoldenletter

@thelittlepaperroom

@hellotosha

@courtneycasper.letters

If you’d like, you can follow my lettering journey over on my Instagram!

I hope you enjoyed this!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Art Journal Peeks / 01.

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It’s been a while since I’ve written here. I’ve been so busy, juggling tests, school functions and now, exams! I can barely contain my excitement for Kamers Vol Geskenke. It’s happening at the moment in Cape Town, at the Castle of Good Hope and I’m visiting it over this weekend. It’s a massive show with only handmade and crafted things. Sounds amazing, right? Anyways, I wanted to keep posting my journaling though. I’ve taken some shots of a few of the latest pages in my journal. I hope you enjoy flipping through the pictures.

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Uh, yes, my cactus obsession is real. 
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I was using a few watercolour prompts as journaling prompts. 
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Playing around with different fonts, pens and brushes on the left. 

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This is probably my favourite page in my current journal. The quote on the left I found in Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I L.O.V.E it! The page on the right was inspired by a rainy day, as you’ve probably sussed out. 
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I love the right page. I did it by using the straw technique. Just make your watercolours quite wet and drop it on. Then, whilst its still wet, blow it with a straw and watch the colours take over your page! 
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Botanical prints and patterns are something I’ve been on the look out for and I’ve been experimenting a lot. 
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I made this paper by using the straw technique too. 
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As you can see, my journal is getting really full!

Have a fabulous weekend! Good luck to everyone writing exams at the moment! Keep warm, Southern Hemisphere peeps.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

How I’ve Been Crafting Lately

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A little while ago, I wrote a post about my midori journal and it was quite popular, so I decided to go into a bit more depth as to how I journal. Lately, my favourite method of crafting has been, well, journaling. I’ve been experimenting with different forms of art journaling, collaging and midori-style journaling.

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This is the Midori I’ve been using. It’s A5 size and was custom-made for me. I love it!

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This is the notebook I’ve been using. I kinda love the cover.

 

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I’ve also been playing around and trying to make my own inserts for my midori. This one turned out pretty cute I think.

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I keep a box of scraps of card and paper to use for layering up my journal. I use normal notebooks from the grocery store so the paper isn’t very thick, that’s why I prefer to layer. 

Here’s some step-by-step shots of how a spread come about in my journal.

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I started off by layering with the paper I wanted.
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Next, I added washi tape and some stamping for my heading.
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Then I added some more stamping, as bullet-points and a decorative border at the bottom. I love that hexagonal stamp! Its an acrylic stamp from the Docrafts Papermania Geometric Mono range. LOVE.
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Lastly I added some writing… 
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This is how it turned out. I really like doing these kinds of things. They make me think and reflect a bit, you know? But believe me, some of my journaling pages are VERY impulsive.
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I’ve also been painting, L.O.T.S. Watercolours are my absolute favourite medium at the moment. So easy to use, fast-drying, no smell and quick clean-up. Its a joy!
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Lastly, I thought I’d share a shot of my desk. I don’t usually share pictures of my workspace because I do most of the shoots for these posts in our patio room because of the divine natural light. But I thought it was about time.

Some great journaling accounts to follow on Instagram:

I could go on, but those are the ones that came to mind.

Lastly, I visited Decorex Cape Town last week and it was amazing. I came back feeling inspired and so in love with home decor. Don’t forget to spoil your mums for Mothers Day on Sunday! And if you are a mum, I’m sure you’ll get spoilt x.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

 

Keep ‘Em Creative Juices Flowing

 

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Sometimes I feel like my creative brain has a big, fat piece of polymer clay stuck in it and I just can’t seem to think of ANYTHING to craft, paint, make, bake, sew, etc. (You get the idea, right?) Can anyone else relate? Today I’m sharing the methods I follow to crawl out of a creative mental block or to avoid them all together.

  • Keep creative – well this one sounds pretty obvious, but even during the yuckiest, most stressful times, I try to do at least one ‘right-brained’ activity a day to ensure that my poor creative right brain doesn’t fry from all the studying and exams. This year, I’ve been doing my #366project which has been a blessing in disguise, because even although some days I’ve been totally stressed out about the quotes, it means I’ve been forced to practise my brush- lettering every day and do something creative.

 

  • Get inspired – Even if it just means going on Pinterest once a day or subscribing to your favourite magazine, have a place that you can tap into for ideas and creativity. HOWEVER, be careful of looking into the same places too often! I’ve read it in creative guide books, too! If you follow similar accounts, read similar books and blogs, eventually, your own creativity stops flowing because you just keep looking in the same place! I try to go through the people I follow on Instagram maybe once every two months and unfollow all the same-same accounts and follow people I wouldn’t ordinarily follow. These small things can make a BIG change.

 

  • Keep a journal – how often do we get flashes of creativity in odd places like the shower or just before we sleep? And… then forget them before we can use them… Write it down! Even if you just jot it down messily, at least its there for you to use and refer back to. You could even just use the note app on your phone.

 

  • Try New Things – Just because you’re a crafter doesn’t mean you can’t bake or be a musician! Try new things, get involved and explore options and new experiences and opportunities. You never know what’s coming your way and what might just inspire you!

 

  • Exposure – this last point is very important to me – in fact I decided to make it my new year’s resolution at the beginning of the year! Exposing your self to different forms of creativity such as music and theatre can only have positive effects and set your creative juices going!

I hope you found this helpful! Some very helpful and inspiring things to read are:  Amy Tangerine’s Creative Handbook. It’s so great and offers practical, insightful suggestions.  I also recommend the SARK books, and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Have a fab week!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Midori-Style Art Journal Peeks

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Lately, I’ve been struggling to come up with DIY posts and whatever I did think of felt forced and ‘same-same’. This is exactly what I said I didn’t want to do in my One Year On blog post. I’ve decided that I will be sharing some of my art journals on my blog too. It’s what I love doing and I love to share what I’m passionate about. Anyways, onwards then! Hope you enjoy the journal peek! I’ll leave a few prompts below that I’ve used that you may want to try in your own journaling. Remember, you can interpret them however you like!

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This notebook that I’ve been using is a Tall Memo Notebook from Party Bunch and Co.
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This is my cover page. I don’t usually do cover pages, as the first page feels so intimidating! Sounds silly, I know, but it turns out that if you leave the first page blank, the creativity will just flow!
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This page I did by cutting out 4×4 cm squares of pictures from magazines that inspire me. I think its so cute!
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Pretty washi tape deserves all the heart-eyes!
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All the life’s lovely tit-bits that inspire me. And a watermelon, of course. 
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A random doodle and an all-important quote. What can I say? I can never resist a bit of brush-lettering!
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A bit of music lyrics and my fave local brands. Love those blues.
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The page on the left was very spontaneous which means it came straight from my heart. On the right, a little monochrome geometry. I was playing around with my (then) new stamps!
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I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t really wanna put this page in the post, but, I guess the joy is in the journey, right? It just felt unfinished to me, but here it is!
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More watercolour painting and crazy prints and patterns that live in my crafting stash!
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A few random quotes that inspire me. And two leaves I picked up on an estate. The colours just jumped out at me and I had to bring them home!
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Testing out the colours of my watercolour palette and a little bit of collaging – my favourite!
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My all-time favourite stamps and a bit of reflection too. 
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And the last, most colourful page in my journal! I went colour crazy on this page – no holding back! But I love it. 

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I really loved shooting and writing this post! I hope you enjoyed that.

Some journal prompts you can try out are:

  • Hello Doodle
  • Wall of Words
  • Colours of the Rainbow
  • Pretty Little Squares
  • What Inspires Me
  • Print Play
  • Washi Wonder
  • Monochrome Muse
  • Hello Rainbow
  • Colour Swashes

I look forward to sharing the rest of my future journals with you, too! If you use any of the prompts or ideas above, I’d love to see! Use #missartsycraftycrafts on Instagram.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

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