Feel the Sea Planner Layout + mini tutorial

Hello and Happy Friday Eveyone!!!!!

Today I will be sharing my planner layout for this week with you all. But before we get started, I want to first share with you all my monthly planner layout for February.

I decided for my monthly spread I would keep it pretty basic and plan around theme of love for Valentine’s Day. Nice, simple, short and sweet…simply put together with stickers and a little Washi Tape.

Now let’s get to this weeks planner layout!

I guess with all the playing I have been doing in my art journal lately, I decided to go with a slight art journal approach for my planner layout for the week.

As I looked at the blank pages in my planner I first decided to go with the smushed/paint splatter effect. So I grabbed my Tim Holt’s Distress Inks in Spun Sugar and Salty Ocean, some plastic packaging and my water spray bottle.

I inked up the acetate with the ink and sprayed it with water. I placed it down in my art journal first (so it wouldn’t be so wet when I placed it on my planner pages – this will also give me a background to work with later in my art journal) and then on my planner page and spread the ink out.

And this is how it all came together on my planner pages.

Next, I grabbed my Jane Davenport Matte Medium and Collage Papers. The collage papers are like napkins. I cut the images I wanted to use out. Since the collage sheets are 2-ply, I carefully pulled the backing off, and then placed the images where I felt they would look best on my layout, and then applied the matte medium on top.

The matte medium acts as a glue and dries clear.

I used the extra pieces of the collage sheet in my art journal for a spread to work on at a later date.

This should be something fun and interesting for later. LOL

Anyway, here is my full completed layout, before the pen. I used a regular ball point pen to write over the matte medium. Even though it’s not summer yet, this layout really makes me look forward to the warmer days ahead as well as the beautiful colors at sunset during that time of year.

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this planner layout! And until next time,

Happy Planning!!!!

Nati J.



Hello everyone! Earlier this week, I purchased the Dina Wakely Media Journal from Hobby Lobby.

Can we say LOOOOOOOOOVVVVVEEEE!!! This journal is so awesome?!? It comes with four types of paper: kraft, watercolor, burlap and a thin canvas. I was so excited to get started in the journal!

The page I decided to start with was the burlap. I’ve only worked with burlap once before and that was a few years back, so I was excited to get started.

I decided to keep the page simple and work with circles.

For the circles I used Speedball Super Black India Ink and let it drip down the page. For the center of the circles I used Delta Creative Ceramcoat acrylic paint in Think Pink! and Tropical Bay Blue. I also used a Dolphin Grey to add some highlights to the black circles…even though it looks dark blue in the picture.

After looking at the page, I decided to add some pops of orange to some of the circles and then I used tacky glue to adhere my quote.

I love the look and feel of this layout. I truly feel that like a circle, life is a continuous circle that just goes round and round. During these cycles in life whether good or trying, I believe that we should always look at them, accept them, and call them what they truly are which are periods of beautiful transformation which will lead us closer to our goals and full potential.

Well, that’s it for today, I hope you all enjoyed this post. Tomorrow, I will be sharing my planner layout for this week. So stay tuned.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting!!!

Nati J.

What Makes Me A Masterpiece

I have decided to do more art journaling this year. With continuing to decorate my planner and other things creative, I also want to do more sharing this year and really just put my creative journey on full display. But today I want to share with you all my first art journal page of 2018.

The first step in creating this art journal page is I took a sheet of black cardstock and decided to do some zentangles with my white Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

Upon opening my art journal I found this background I did a while ago and decided (after adding some stamping to the right side) it would work for what I was trying to do.

Next, I pieced all my elements together…a digital tag from JLBCreativeCo. on Etsy that I colored over the weekend, some Jane Davenport Rub-Ons, a paint sample and a photo of my daughters dance team. Once everything was glued down it was time to add my journaling.

I felt like a quote about positive body images would go great with this photo so I went to Pinterest and found this quote by Kelsey Silver that was perfect!

Lastly, I added my own personal journaling to complete the layout. I love the way it all came together and I’m looking forward to continuing to share this creative process with you all.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting!

Nati J.

October Layouts!

Hello, Hello, Hello!

Today, I just wanted to share with you all real quick my October layouts in my planner. I posted them on my Instagram, but wanted to make sure that I shared them here as well.

So here we go!

The monthly spread. Dedicated to my family in the island. And in memorial for those who lost their lives during Hurricane Maria.

This layout was a camping theme to celebrate our first Girl Scout Camping Trip!!!

Just decided to throw in a little Black Girl Magic.

I made this shaker pocket to go along with the theme.

I found these pretty girls on Pinterest and decided to print them and add them to my planner.

Somehow I forgot to take this photo before them pen…so here it is after. Here I was getting into the Halloween Spirit.

And lastly, this was my layout for the week of Halloween.

As usual, I had so much fun decorating my planner and making it all pretty. And if you’re interested, below you can find more creative happenings from October.

That’s it for today! Tomorrow I will be sharing my layouts for November so far.

Until next time, Happy Planning and Crafting!

Nati J.

James Weekend!

Hello, hello, hello!!!!!

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying this cooler weather. Recently, I purchased two of the James Burke’s stamp sets, Unbothered and Decora from his Etsy shop.

Over the past year, I have become a fan of James and his art. He’s like that one guy friend that you can literally talk to for hours and never get tired. I watch his YouTube videos every chance I get….like I have literally laughed out loud while watching his videos and have found myself talking to the screen. LOL. I’m not crazy – seriously! Anyway, I have really been inspired and have learned a lot! And I am excited to share with you all the stamps I purchased.

Here we have Unbothered on the left and Decora on the right.

Here are each of the ladies stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and on the right with London Fog Memento Ink. Can you say, “LOOOOOOOVE!!!!”?

After stamping each lady and using some of the head Decora, I decided to play a little. And this is what I created.

The Unicorn Squad! Which when my youngest daughter saw the first girl, she herself had to join in on the fun.

And an “Unbothered” Pocket Letter that I will be sending out on Monday. I figured these ladies could be colored and used for ANY craft project, planner layout, card or mixed media piece…and of course each pocket is loaded with goodies on the back side.

This evening my oldest decided to join in on the fun as well.

They both love the Unicorn Girl!

And then here is the last one I did this evening.

I have really enjoyed playing with this stamp set and I’m looking forward to creating more with these stamp sets.

If you get a chance and haven’t already, you can find James on YouTube or in his Etsy Shop. He is also on social media. And NO, I’m not getting paid for this post, I’m just a fan!

Until next time, Happy Crafting ,


Whimsy Warrior Bookmark

Hello, hello, Hello!!!

Today I did a tutorial on YouTube on the Little Raven Ink Channel. It was awesome and soooo much fun!!!!!

Below you will find my little Whimsy Warrior. I will laminate her and add her to my Jane Davenport Book tomorrow.

Y’all have to make one if not some!!!! So if so come back and let me know how it came out for you!!!! I know I can’t wait to make more!!!

Until then, Happy Crafting!!!

Nati J.

Planner Swap: Coffee Cup Mini Album

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Planner Meet-Up…and EVERYTHING WAS NICE!

So today, I wanted to share with you all pictures from the meet-up and the finish product of the swap I brought.

Planning Ladies. Here we are working on our Make-And-Take….a cute little plush pumpkin. As see below.

And here is my coffee cup album. I followed a tutorial by Wilna Furstenberg on You Tube.

And here is the swap I received.

So many cute planner goodies!!!!

I truly enjoyed the planner girl meet up and look forward to the next one.

Let me know if you have ever made a coffee cup album or if you are planning on making one. It’s such a great way to recycle your coffee cup and create something beautiful.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Nati J.