Belated September round up

September is my first whole month on this blog, so even though its a little late I’ve decided to write a round up! Then tomorrow I’m whole to post my aims for October =)

So in September I opened a Twitter account and came across the fab #craftblogclub! Ran by the lovely Emma from Life is Peachy Craft Blog Club runs every Tuesday 7-8pm. Just use #craftblogclub to join in! September also saw the first ever Craft Blog Club challenge, which was to cover a notebook! Now anyone who has read my blog in the last couple of weeks will know I had a couple of problems with this challenge…

You can read about it here:

So what else have I been up to? Heres the full list including the points above.
 
In September I have:
Not bad for my first proper month =)

I’m going to post my goals for October shortly,
Bye for now,
Hayley x

#CraftBlogClub notebook challenge

Well I finally finished my notebook! All it took was two attempts at paper marbling, a big mess and a bit of swearing 😉

Why the alien? Well I was looking through my embellishments and found this little guy. He has a sticky pad on his back and when I put him on to see what it looked like, the sticky pad got well and truely stuck… I was going to re-position him but the paper was going to tear so he can stay there lol.

So I have completed the challenge, even if I did it very clumsily. At one point I didn’t think I was going to finish at all, as my blood pressure was rising and I was very close to hurling the notebook out of my bedroom window! Oh well… Bring on the October challenge! 

Hayley x 

Second attempt at Paper Marbling

After my first attempt at paper marbling, I was ready to give up but thanks to encouragement from you lovely lot I decided to give it one more go. So did my attempt look like the photo in the book this time? Nope! But it was a huge improvement on last time… and this time I didn’t cover my kitchen floor in wallpaper paste whilst trying to tidy up =)



I’m still not sure if I will use my marbled paper to cover my notebook for the #craftblogclub challenge. Either way I am glad I had another go! Here is a reminder of my first attempt.


Not good… Here are some of sheets from my second attempt.


Not exactly a work of art but I’m much happier with it! So thank you for the encouragement! I have another idea that I want to try out so who knows what will happen to my poor notebook! Haha =)

Bye for now!
Hayley x

Notebook project disaster!

The #craftblogclub challenge this month is to cover a notebook. I decided to have a go at something I hadn’t tried before… Paper marbling. Basically paper marbling is when you drop paint into a wallpaper paste mixture so that the paint floats on top. Then you use a cocktail stick to swirl the paint into a pretty pattern and place a sheet of paper on top so it absorbs the paint.

My idea was that I would marble some sheets of paper and use them to cover my notebook. Then I have some embellishments that I was going to decorate it with. So what happened? Well here is the photo of what the finished product should look like, from the book I am using as a guide.

And here is a photo of one of the sheets I made…


Need I say any more? So it didn’t exactly go to plan. I’m thinking of a plan B for my notebook but unfortunately that isn’t the end of the story. Because I was now faced with a problem…

How do you dispose of wallpaper paste???

There is probably a really simple answer to that (if you know, please comment) but I wasn’t sure what to do. So I started to pour some of it down the sink and then thought “Maybe not, that can’t be good for the plumbing!” So then I decided to pour it into a plastic bag and put it in the bin. Which is probably the sensible thing to do. Unfortunately I made a slight mistake, so I have a tip for everyone. Which is:

“If you are going to tip something that is partially liquid into a plastic bag, check that the bag doesn’t have holes in the bottom!”  

I am hanging my head in shame as I type. But I am all cleaned up now so I can laugh about it haha! Hope my story gave you a giggle, I am now going off to think of another idea for my notebook… If you have had any crafting disasters please comment below, it might make me feel like less of an idiot!

Hayley x