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Bullet Journal May 2017 & Video Time Lapse

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This year is going so quickly it's terrifying. So here we are, May already. To be completely transparent, I'm writing this on the 9th so it's not like I should still be shocked by this. I try to set up my bullet journal the weekend before the new month begins so I can feel organised and know where my head is at going into another fast moving period. However, this month...not so much. One week in and I'd only just picked up my fine liner.

There is something so therapeutic about bullet journalling, writing out all of your plans and giving yourself a good hour to get your head around where the next month is going to take you. I must admit, I envy the people I follow on Instagram where every page in their journal is like a work of art; mine will just never be like that. As the month goes on, the messier it becomes. It ends up being a place for me to dump ideas and frantically make lists for my next day off. However, when I initially set it out for the month, I now take pride in decorating a title page so there is a touch of something artistic in my methodical plans. 

This month, I introduced acrylic paints on my opening page, mainly because I had just finished a painting and didn't want the left over paint to go to waste! I really enjoyed painting in my journal, it took away the pressure of trying to create a polished painting because it was just in a note book. It's actually really inspired me to start a sketchbook for quick sketches and paintings just to get myself into the rhythm of practising more care free work again. 

Watch the time lapse of setting up my journal below:




If you're interesting in learning more about bullet journalling and the choices I have made for my pages, check out my playlist of videos where I talk through my monthly layouts below. I challenged myself to make a bullet journalling video for every month this year, so far I have stuck to it... Even if this month is a little later than usual!




Thanks for popping by, 

Katie x
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Shiny New Blog Layout & Update

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Motivational scribbles in my bullet journal using a fine liner and Crayola Super Tips

Dear blog, I have neglected you, I'm sorry...Please forgive me.

It's no secret that creative projects are time consuming. Over the past few years, I have been working on developing many creative endeavours and have honestly struggled to find a balance between life, work, trying to find my creative forte, learning new creative skills, selling work at craft stalls and online as well as making online content and tutorials. I've often felt like maybe I should hone in on one area and give up chasing my ideas, but I just don't want to do that. I enjoy it all too much.

So, instead of feeling swamped by failing ideas, I'm rejigging a few things and giving myself a big kick up the backside. I've spent a lot of time recently painting, which has reignited a passion for it. It has been like finding a lost love after many years, although less romantic and more frustrating (I'm sure I used to be better at this?!) All through my childhood, teenage years and even during my degree, painting was what I lived for. I completely lost my confidence with it after I graduated and took to learning crafts and other creative outlets. This year so far has made me realise the importance of pursuing what you love (however cliché it may be) and so that's what I'm going to do.

Going forward, I'm working on some re-branding, stripping it back to basics and making work that I love and am excited about. I'm still embroidering and sewing, I'm hugely passionate about crafting so I will never walk away from that. My focus is going to be using this blog (with its shiny new layout) and Youtube channel to keep teaching crafting techniques as well as talking about all things creative and building a community of crafty folk.

In my Etsy shop, expect to see lots of new work incorporating fabrics as well as painting. I'm working on a few wedding projects that I'm really excited about and hope to roll out after this summer.

So, to conclude my ramble: I'm going to be blogging more about all things creative and I have SO many DIY tutorials to share! My shop and other social platforms are getting a re-vamp and I'm generally really excited about what's to come.

Onwards and upwards,

Katie x





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HOW TO: The Basic Embroidery Stitches for Beginners Video Tutorial

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I made a new video over on my Youtube channel of the basic embroidery stitches that I use the most and a break down of how to do them. I thought a video like this may be useful to refer back to when you are taking on a new embroidery project and want to try some new techniques out. Below I have listed what the different stitches are useful for with examples of my own work for reference, let me know if you use any of them differently! What embroidery stitch do you use the most?


What Are The Different Stitches Good For?

Running Stitch
Running stitch has multiple uses but I use it most for keeping an appliqued piece in place, if I'm layering felts or fabrics, it's the stitch I use the most to attach them. Another stitch which is good for this is whip stitch. I didn't actually include this in a video but it might be worth looking up if layering is something you intend on doing a lot.

Running stitch used around the green layer of felt


Back Stitch
I think the embroidery stitch I use the most is back stitch. It's really good for making straight lines so great for outlining an image, lettering or making mouths on Kawaii plushies. I've been using it a lot lately for embroidering names on to personalised Christmas decorations.

Back stitch used to outline the leaves

Satin Stitch
Satin stitch allows you to fill in a shape that you want to solid and not have any gaps. I personally like using this for flowers and leaves but again, it has multiple uses. The patches you see artists making all over Instagram mainly use this technique.

Split Stitch
Split stitch is a more decorative way of creating a complete line, similar to back stitch. However, because the shape it creates is more unusual, it is perfect for creating vines, flower steams and a lace effect outline.

Satin stitch used to create the leaves and split stitch is used for the vine

French Knot
A lovely decorative way to fill an empty space or great to use in a lace-type design. French knots are a pretty and simple way to add some interest to any piece, they are much easier to do than they look!

French knot used in the middle of the strawberry

Chain Stitch
Another decorative way to create a line in embroidery, chain stitch is an easy way to add something unusual to your piece. It is also great for creating flower petals.

Blanket Stitch
Blanket stitch is perfect for going around the edge of two pieces of fabric to join them. I use blanket stitch more than anything and if you have watched any of my plushie DIY videos before, you will be well aware of this! I personally think it looks very pretty and is the most professional way to hand stitch a plushie or decorative item. It's also very easy to learn but look pretty damn fancy.

Blanket stitch around the edge of the pumpkin
If you liked the video, please subscribe over on my Youtube channel, I'm trying to upload regulary at the moment! Also, my example images of the stitches are taken from my Instagram, if you are interested in seeing daily updates of my projects, make sure you are following me on there! Instagram: kateskraft

Much love,

Katie x

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DIY | Jigglypuff Headphone Holder Keyring VIDEO TUTORIAL

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Yes, I am one of the many grown ups who have been swept up in the Pokemon Go craze. The only reason I have started walking more places is to hatch eggs and when I can't sleep at night, I don't count sheep; I catch Pokemon. You may call it sad but I don't care. I have all three evolutions of Eevee and a Hitmonchan for God's sake! I know I'm winning.

All jokes aside, the majority of Pokemon are insanely cute and whether you want to admit it or not, I know you want one on your keyring. I've put together a DIY tutorial for a Jigglypuff keyring and I've even designed it to be practical, she will carry your headphones (earphones) around for you too. Awhhh :)

For this craft you will need:

  • Pink, black, blue and white felt
  • Pink and black embroidery thread
  • Ribbon
  • A glue gun
  • A lobster clasp
  • Split rings or jump rings
  • A button 


Watch the video to learn the process!



A Few Extra Tips:

For the shapes, draw around household objects
This might sound a little self explanatory so I'm sorry if that's the case, however if you are stuck how to get a perfect circle for your Jigglypuff, draw around a jar lid like I did in the video. For the smaller circles you can also draw around anything from a lipstick lid to a glue stick, use what you have and it makes it a lot easier!

Use thick, good quality felt
Because this item is going to attach to your bag or your keys, you need the fabric you are using to withhold the the wear and tear. I would suggest using a good quality or thick felt for this as otherwise you risk it ripping near the button hole. 

Glue gun or sew?
A glue gun in craft projects probably cuts your making time by half, honestly they are so useful to have! However, if you want a more professional finish, try wip stitching around the features.

Learn basic stitches
So, I'm aware in a 5 minute video your not going to learn how to do specific stitches that easily, you probably need to have the basics knowledge in that already. I am planning on doing a very simple video/blog post showing and explaining how to use the basic stitches so once you have that covered, you can go on to do anything! Once that is up, I will post it here :)

Happy sewing!

Much love,

Katie x


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Wedding Embroidery Hoop and A Mini Update

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Life has been a bit on the busy side lately but I'm feeling really inspired and motivated at the moment! I'm planning on making lots of new content here on my blog and on my Youtube channel over the summer. I've got loads of really fun DIY ideas lined up so make sure to look out for those! I'm so pleased to see that people are still viewing my tutorials and finding my content useful, it makes me so motivated to keep making them! My Youtube channel has recently hit over 45,000 views, which is incredible! I've got big plans to keep improving my little space on the internet so thank you for staying on board! <3

I'm also currently working away to redesign my Etsy shop and give it a complete revamp for the summer! I have a shop update coming soon including some new bits I've been working on recently. It's going to be a busy summer full of craft fares and shop updates but I'm really excited to get going! There is a lot of change brewing in my life at the moment but I know for sure that it's all positive and moving me forward, hopefully in the right direction! I'm actually starting to feel excited about where the rest of the year can take me.

Yey for crafting!

Wedding Embroidery Hoop 

I thought I would post a few photos of one of the latest gifts I had been working on. It was so lovely to make a keep sake to commemorate someone's wedding day, it's such a huge moment and I was so pleased that the happy couple liked it! I think embroidery hoops work so well for gifts as they can be be personalised and they can be displayed a number of ways. I love the idea of it being hung in someone's home and always reminding them of a wonderful occasion.

I used a combination of back stitch, split stitch and satin stitch in a 8" hoop.




Much love,

Katie x

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DIY - Easy Felt Autumn Leaves Bunting/Garland Youtube Tutorial

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I have set myself a few craft goals for autumn and winter and one of them is to try and get a new Youtube video up once a week. So I have planned ahead, I'm getting myself organised and I'm really excited about the Halloween DIY's I'm going to film! My latest addition to my channel is really embracing the change in season, autumn leaves bunting! It is a really easy make and I think it's a lovely way to add a seasonal craft to your home.

So check it out! Like and subscribe if you enjoyed the video and if you would like to see more craft videos from me. Link is below!


Much love,

Katie x
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Haul - Tiger and Poundland Craft Supplies

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Every now and again, I find some real gems in unexpected places when it comes to craft supplies. It's no secret how much I love Tiger but recently I've also picked up some pretty awesome things from Poundland of all places! And to be honest with you, I bought a load of other bits from Poundland but by the time I had got round to taking the photos I had used most of it! So here are some of my highlights of bits I've picked up recently that will be ideal for many inspired craft projects.

Tiger 


Honestly, I love Tiger. There isn't a store local to me so when I get the opportunity to go to one I get so excited. Oh god, that's sad, but I do! It's one of those places that you can easily spend money in but leave and not remember what you actually bought, mainly because they sell so much random stuff. However, I have always found Tiger brilliant for craft supplies; notebooks, stickers, sketch books, buttons, beads... The list goes on. I'm still growing my collection of scrapbook materials so when I saw the squishy strawberry stickers I knew I had to have them. I think they were only a pound as well so such a bargain! I also got two packs of heart stickers (they were 2 for £1), which will be useful in scrapbooking, card making and lots of other little projects. The last thing I picked up was the adorable set of strawberry pegs. I think I'm going to attach them to a string to hang over my notice board to peg on important letters, invites or things I need to remember!

Poundland


So I mentioned before there is a few bits missing from this haul, I also picked up some fabric squares (which I've put to use already!), some glitter paper which has been useful for card making and a few other things. I was really impressed when I went into Poundland recently and saw such a vast selection of craft supplies! I saw the letter stickers and new I had to have them, they will be perfect for scrapbooking! I also thought like they seemed like something you would find in Paperchase, not Poundland! I thought the craft roses would be nice for sewing on to hair accessories such as hair bows and the lace trim would be a great addition to my fabric accessories.

So that's it! Have you picked up any surprisingly good finds from Poundland recently? Or do you have any suggestions of a shop that is worth checking out for craft supplies?

Much love,

Katie 
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