Art Journaling 101

Hello, hello, hello!!!

This morning, I had the opportunity to join in on the Get Messy Webinar: Art Journaling 101.

Although I’m not new to Art Journaling, I thought it would still be fun and learn something new along the way. I think my biggest take-away from the webinar was to have a basic kit and to start with a smaller journal. When you start with a smaller journal, it will be less intimidating and easier to fill. For me this was good, because I’ve always had such BIG journals, so I think having a smaller one will help me to be able to create a habit of art journaling. And for this I am happy.

Below is my creation from the webinar.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and if you are interested in art journaling, be sure to check out Get Messy.

Happy Creating!!!

Nati J.

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Find Your Style

Hello, hello, hello!

I hope everyone has had a great weekend. This will be a different type of post. I took a webinar class with Get Messy yesterday. It was so much fun, full of knowledge and inspiration all towards finding your style. Lauren and Caylee the founders of Get Messy went over how to find your style as it relates to your art journal style. Even though the webinar was focused on art journals, it can be used in any creative area.

The four areas they discussed were Color, Tools, Surroundings and Techniques.

By honing in, practicing and educating ourselves on our various crafts we can begin to truly see and learn and develop our style.

For me, I like to think that my style is bright, fun and free flowing. I really try to go with whatever I feel at the time weather that’s with art journaling, scrapbooking, or even working in my planner. I do like the more clean and simplistic approached at times too. I’m also drawn to soft calming tones too. So for me, I want to go deeper and find my true style.

Anyway, at the end of the webinar, Lauren and Caylee, spent some time playing with those watching the webinar and asked that we play along with them and create a piece of our own. Using our favorite colors, a favorite tool and technique we played along with them.

I’ve always been drawn to pink so I picked to different shades of pink from my watercolor palette and also used a hint of yellow. I used a rub-on as well as a pen for some minimal doodling. I know one of my things is outlining whatever piece in Black usually do I did that as well. I was going to leave the piece as it was but in the end, I ended up writing a quote.

I had fun doing the exercise because it encouraged me to not think about what I was doing. I just painted what I was feeling in that moment and it felt good.

If you already know your style, please share it in the comments section as I would love to hear how you describe it and how you can to find it. For me, I’m looking forward to sharing more of my art journaling with you all in the future. It really is great therapy for the heART.

Until next time, happy crafting.

Nati J.

DIY Starbucks Paper Clip Tutorial

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I hope you all are doing well. Today I will be showing you all how I made this DIY Starbucks Paper Clip for my planner.

The materials needed to this DIY are as follows:

  • Starbucks cup warmer
  • Scissors
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Any cardstock or printed scrapbook paper (in this tutorial I used a piece of watercolor stationery that I had in my stash)
  • A paper clip
  • Glue stick
  • Glue Gun
  • Stamps (optional)

First you will want to cut out the Starbucks label and then trace it onto the back of your cardstock or printed scrapbook paper.

Cut the circle that you traces and set it to the side.

Next turn your Starbucks logo over and add glue from your glue gun to it. Be careful not to burn yourself with the glue.

Place your paperclip on top of the hot glue and you can even add a little extra glue on top of the paper clip.

Next grab you piece of cardstock or patterned scrapbook paper and place it on top of the hot glue and paper clip. Press hard.

I placed a heavy object on top of the paper clip for a minute or two just to ensure everything binds together.

And here is the front of your completed paperclip!!! It’s really that easy!

Here is the back of my paper clip. The next part of this tutorial is optional, if you would like to make this a reversible paper clip.

So if you do, grab your favorite stamp set and ink and stamp an image on top of your cardstock or patterned scrapbook paper!

I decided to keep mine simple and just add the word, “hustle” to mine.

That is it y’all!!! I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial on how to make a DIY Starbucks Reversible Paper Clip.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Nati J.

Chic Planning – February 13-19, 2017:  Hearts and Things 

Hello Everyone!!!

I hope you all are doing well, since this is the week of love, hearts and xoxo’s, I naturally decided to do a simple, quick layout to fit he occasion….Valentine’s Day!  So let’s get started!


Here is the left side of my planner layout. I knew I didn’t want to go all pink and red overload with my layout so I picked a white, blue and gold foil Washi Tape. I also love the Gandhi quote at the bottom of the page. How fitting!


On the right side, I continued with the Washi Tape and added some additional love themed Washi. I also love the cross Washi at the top of the page. I was happy about finding some religious themed Washi at Michael’s. 


I love the overall look of the layout and how it’s not to lovey…but just right. I think my unconventional blue heart theme worked out great and all the stickers tied the theme together nicely. 

I also wanted to quickly share with you all my full February monthly spread….now that we are in the middle of the month.  Sorry!  But here it goes:


So much love is in this layout!  The girl holding the heart is beyond perfect to me for the month of February!  I found her on Pinterest. All the paw prints are school related things. We are the Tigers!  LOL. I also tried something new with my splashes and blots of watercolor. I actually like the watercolor effects a lot and hope to do them again in the future. 

Well, that is it for today. Until next time,

Happy Planning!

Nati J. 

Chic Planning:  January 23-29, 2017 So Soft and Lovely

Hello Everyone!

Today I will be sharing my planner layout for the week. This time, I wanted to use some of my new Washi Tape and planner stickers by Recollections as well as use some of the new Jane Davenport items which have quickly become my favorite. So let’s get started!  


Here on the left side of my layout, I used a one of the beautiful faces stamps by Jane. I tried to make an afro for her hair. I used the Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers to paint her Afro and to color in the stamped image. 


Here on the right side, I just continue with the Washi Tape, stickers and stamps. 


Pictured above is the completed layout along with some of the products I used minus the stamps and the mask. 


I love the softness of this layout. I think the flower mask that I used for the background tied the entire look together nicely with the other stickers and the girl. I also made sure to keep the layout nice and soft by using a Momentous London Fog ink for the stamped images in the previous photo versus black ink.   That is it for today. Until next time, 

Happy Planning!

Nati J. 

Chic Planning:  January 16-22, 2017  Plan with Me – It’s Jane Darling 

Hello Everyone!

I’m so excited to finally share this week’s layout with you all, so let’s get started!


First things first…when I was thinking about this week and what I wanted to do, one thing was for sure, I knew I wanted to use some of my new Jane Davenport items. I can’t stress enough how beautiful the collection really is!  So I grabbed the paper pack along with my pencil pouch where my Mermaid Markers are housed. 


After going through the paper pack I decided to cut this beauty out so I could use her on my layout. 


The first thing I did was color each individual square. I used one color at a time.  So like with the Beach Mermaid Marker, I added a little color to each square and then moved on to the next color and so on and so fourth. Next, I glued down the girl that I cut out from the paper pack and finally I added some Washi Tape to the layout. 

At this point my layout was basically finished. Now it was time for me to add my stamps and stickers so I could plan for my week. 


Here on the left side of my layout, I added my gym time and parts of the girls dance schedules. Also the girls started selling Girl Scout Cookies this week, so I used one of my Girl Scouts DIY stickers on the layout. 


Here on the right side, I continued with gym and dance classs and more Girl Scouts things. 


At this point I am completely finish and ready to add my weekly to-do’s and appointments to my schedule. I also added a flag sticker from Hobby Lobby to commentate the Inauguration of our 45th President here in the United States. 


Here is another look at the completed workout before the pen. When using the Mermaid Markers, my pages did buckle a little bit, but after being put in my planner they are now laying flat. There was also some bleed through – not too much, but there was some. For me, this doesn’t bother me because it will just add a little extra to next week’s layout. 

In stamping this layout I used Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black, I also outlined the the calendar portion of the layout. I think the black outlining of the squares as well as the stamped images helped to draw the eye to the center as well as make the planning for the week stand out. Overall, I’m enjoying the vibrancy of this layout. It is very colorful and happy which is what I wanted!  I hope you all enjoyed this Plan with Me Post.  Until next time,

Happy Planning!

Nati J. 

Jane Davenport Collection Haul and Review

Hello Everyone!!!!!

If you’ve been to Michael’s these past few weeks and online, I’m sure you all have seen the new Jane Davenport Collection which is at Michael’s. 

The collection at my local Michael’s just hours after they put it out this past Friday!


As for me, I was beyond excited about her collection!  I’ve been following Jane for about a year and a half now. Her Mixed Media art is absolutely amazing and inspiring!  

So let’s get started so I can show you all what I purchased!


Here, I have some of her faces stamps, a stencil, some Washi Tape, awesome Mermaid Markers, the Inkredible Pen, and the Butterfly Book (her version of the travelers notebook). 


Here is one of the Washi Tapes up close. 


Here is the butterfly book. I have it fully open so you can see the front and back covers of the book. It is made from canvas and features Jane’s amazing work.


Above is a paper pack and pencil pouch. 


Here is a second Washi Tape set as well as the Paint Over Pens.  These markers have an opaque finishing.  


And last, we have the Creative Journal and extra sheets of watercolor paper. 


Over the weekend I was able to play a little with the collection. Here is the first page in the insert for the butterfly book. I was working on adding swatches for the Mermaid Markers. 


Tomorrow, I will be sharing my planner layout for this week where I used one of the sheets from the paper pad and the Mermaid Markers to decorate my layout. 


Here is how I used one of the faces stamps (only her eyes/nose and lips are featured on the stamp itself) and the floral stencil. I used the Mermaid Markers to add color to my background and the face. 

I must say like the artist herself, this collection is amazing and inspiring. It is a collection that makes you happy. A collection that makes you want to create. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post and I look forward to sharing my work with you all. 

Happy Crafting!

Nati J.