DIY Monochrome Wrapping Paper

I decided to do something a little different for my school books this year – making my wrapping paper so I can have prints I love. Since its the festive season too, and wrapping paper is expensive, here are a few fun ways with brown paper that are cost-effective and classy.



You will need:

  • Eraser
  • Craft knife
  • Paint (I chose black acrylic)
  • Paint brush
  • Brown paper
  • Leaf
  • Newspaper
  • Tape


Lay down some newspaper before you start – brown paper is quite thin and the prints you make may bleed through onto the surface under your paper.


Tape your sheet of brown paper down. Mix the paint with a little bit of water and load your brush. Flick the brush and the paint should leave splatter prints on the paper. Leave to dry.




Carve a shape out of an eraser. A potato works fine too. Paint one side and press it onto the paper to make a print. Leave to dry.





Choose a leaf that has a definitive vein pattern. Paint the back of it, and gently press it onto the sheet of paper. Repeat it in a pattern you like. Leave to dry.




Its really quick and simple. I love the monochrome, but if colour is your vibe, use different paints.

Hope you’ll try it out!

Nabeela x

Huge thanks to Imán Cassiem from Aesthete’s Perception for shooting for me! Check out her newly launched blog and Instagram account. 


Made in SA / Deerly Studio


Today, I’m going to be writing about a few of the lovely products from Deerly Studio, which is owned by Monja Viljoen. Monja is the creative director and her passion is reflected into the ranges she produces. I love the mix of colours and modern typography that make up these interesting and fresh yet simple products!




The cover is quite thick and made of a glossy cardboard. The colour combinations on this particular book are really striking and the print quality is excellent! The paper inside is lined and has a fun border made up of paint strokes. I was pleasantly surprised, because although the paper feels quite thin, it has minimal bleed-through when it comes to pen and even watercolour. (You know how important that is to me. I literally script everywhere with my watercolours!)




Greeting Cards

The greeting cards are also printed on a lovely, glossy and thick cardboard. I love the bright colours and typography. They are simple and pretty, but still fun and modern. My favourite one is definitely the Good Luck card. That scripting is SO pretty!


Gift Tags

These gift tags are simple and just the right size to pop in any gift bag or tie onto a ribbon. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I love art journaling and scrapbooking. These gift tags make perfect journaling cards too! The also come with a suede-y ribbon that feels almost leathery. It comes in a little roll, instead of in individual strips, so you can use it for anything! Such a good idea.


List Pad

The list pad is really cool and thick too, and has a similar border to the one inside the notebook. It’s a bit more minimalist in comparison to the rest of the products, but I love the grey, black and white colour combination. It has lots of space for writing those long to-do lists and shopping lists, because the pages are nice and long. It can make grocery shopping or just general errands so much more fun!


I really enjoyed writing about these products and photographing them was such fun too! What was your favourite item? You can find all of these products and more here.

Have a lovely week!

Miss Artsy-Crafty

{As usual, all opinions and photographs are my own. I wouldn’t write about products that I wouldn’t buy or use. Also, thanks Monja for sending me some of your lovely goodies! }

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!


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).


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.


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


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!


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!



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!}

Art Journal Peeks / 01.


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.

Journal Peeks header

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



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. 
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! 
Botanical prints and patterns are something I’ve been on the look out for and I’ve been experimenting a lot. 
I made this paper by using the straw technique too. 
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


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.



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


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



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

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.

I started off by layering with the paper I wanted.
Next, I added washi tape and some stamping for my heading.
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.
Lastly I added some writing… 
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.
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!
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


Made in SA / Party Bunch and Co.


Yay! So, this is the first post in my new series, Made In SA! I’ve discovered so many creative brands that started here in Cape Town, my home town and I’ve decided that there are a few I really want to write about!

Today I will be writing about a few of the products from Party Bunch and Co. 

Party Bunch and Co was founded by a lady named Jozelle right here in sunny Cape Town and she describes their brand as ‘on trend paper stuff for homes and parties’. I started following her on Instagram and fell in love with the modern feel of her products. Anyways, here it goes.

A little flay-lay love

Tall Memo Notebooks


When I first saw these, it immediately reminded me of a midori notebook. They have just the right number of pages to record one or two trips and they make great project planners and to-do list books too. When it comes to watercolour paints and pens, the bleed-through of the paper is pretty minimal. They’re a great size too.


These are really cute and come in  variety of different patterns and designs. They can be used as mini art prints, journalling cards and gift tags too. The paper they are printed on is quite thick too.


Place cards



At the moment, I love anything with the banana leaf print. These would look great on the table for any party or occasion, but I think they look great used as mini greeting cards too, and again the paper is quite thick.


Gift Tags


These come pre-stringed and three in a pack. They’re nice just to quickly tie onto a gift. Again, I think they make cool journalling cards. (Oh, and covering up the whole? Washi tape to the rescue)

Fine Art Print


These are so lovely. The paper is thick and has such a nice texture. They’re modern and minimalist. Here’s how I used mine (with a greeting card as an art print too below it).


Greeting Cards


I love this card. Its square-shaped and it’s a little art print too. They finish off any gift so well and the receiver can frame it too! It’s a win-win!


The inked cards are beautiful too. I love the brightly coloured envelope that comes with these cards. I used mine as an art print.

The texture is lovely!

I’ve had such fun writing this and opening up each product and trying it out! I’ve just started a creative midori journalling challenge of my own in the tall memo notebook and I’m hoping to share some pictures of that in a project update soon soon!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own. A big thank you to Jozelle from Party Bunch and Co for sending me these products!}

The Art of Crafty Card-Making

Hey there!  Lately scrap-booking and card-making have been my form of escapism.
It requires you to think creatively and use what you have to create something that matches
the theme of your photo or the personality of the person you are making a card for. Here are some ideas on card-making,
along with some of my favourite techniques, methods and supplies…

My Supplies

I use a variety of supplies when creating my cards. Some of them include stamps, watercolours, papers, pens, and stickers.


Another one of my favourite techniques is stamping. It’s easy, fun and if done properly can, it can look beautiful!

 P1010882 Use mixed media! Don't think because you've used a matte paper that you can't use a glossy one! Or because you've used stamping you can't use stickers! Mixing and matching is key in creating an attractive card!
 P1010890 Use tags on smaller gifts instead of using a card. I made this one using a piece of 
cardstock, washi tape and stamping.
 P1010879 Use watercolours! Using paint on cards can often be daunting, but the end result 
can look highly professional.

And last of all, some colour inspiration! Never be afraid to use colour!

Use all those tips and tricks and voila!


I hope these tips were helpful! Be sure to try some card-making yourself! 

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx