Saturday, 17 January 2015

Art therapy and coming back to life.

Ooof, you know that feeling when you just need to take time out for a bit and recharge? Well that's been me for the past few weeks.

Christmas was good, too good and once the relatives had gone back and decorations put away my body started to complain. The 3kilo's I managed to add on over the festive period plus all the booze started to make an impression and for a few days I felt less than full of joy. Just as I was picking myself up from that one, the family was thrown yet another of life's challenges (which is on-going) and it's fair to say it took the wind totally out of my (our) sails.

I've spent the past couple of weeks sort of in hiding trying to make sense of things and recharge a bit but that isn't to say I've not been idle. It's amazing how much sloshing some paint around and spraying ink made me happy. It sounds like such a cliché but art really does heal and journaling especially was a good escape.

As well as all this painty, inky stuff I've also been doing a lot of thinking about going forward this year. Firstly, I've decided  not to start a 2015 Project Life album. My reason for this is simple, I'm still only at the beginning of the summer 2014 as I totally underestimated how big a task it would be to complete a year in 12 months. I'll continue of course to finish last year but for this year I'll be journaling and using mini albums to mark certain events. At this point I'm madly printing out my photo's to put in the pockets before I get too bogged down with it all. That'll make the actual creating much easier and quicker too when I get an hour or two during the week to do something.

This year I'll be having a big birthday, and by big I mean one with a naught on the end of it that's not 40!  There are lots of things I really want to achieve this year but as I'm learning nothing is certain in the least. I'm pushing forward with a plan which has been in the making for 12 months to officially make Basement Studio a business. I've joined CHA UK which will be invaluable.

Here's to all the challenges and changes 2015 will be bringing, I only hope I can get through them all with a smile on my face.

Jaine x

Thursday, 8 January 2015


A Sprinkle Of Imagination is on the lookout for a brand new Design Team for 2015!
Are you a scrapbooker, journaller or mixed media artist? 
Do you love creating with papers, playing with paint or getting messy with inks and mediums?
Yes? Then this is the team for you!
We are looking for a dedicated team of crafters who reside within the EU, who will share their amazing creations twice a month on our blog and over social media, using product that can be found in the shop over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination. The DT term will be six months long, from March until the end of August 2015.
In return, we will:
*Promote YOU and your blog on social media
* Give you a £15 ASOI voucher bi-monthly, to spend on supplies for your projects!

 DT members are also entitled to a 10% discount on any regular order they make from ASOI during their DT term.
 Sounds good? We would love for you to join us!
To apply:
Email 3 pictures to us, showing off work that you consider to be typical of your own style, plus links to your blog and any other social media platforms you use when sharing your work.
Email us a short bio, letting us know your style and favourite media to use when crafting.
Please email everything to:
 making sure you include 'DT Call' in the subject line.
The DT Call will be open until February 1st, and we will notify successful applicants by February 8th.
Good Luck!

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Wishing all of you a very happy Christmas.

I want to wish everyone a very very happy Christmas from me at Basement Studio. 

Lots of love and kisses xxxx

Sunday, 21 December 2014

More pages from the Documented December album finished.

I had a bit of a session yesterday updating the album and to make things even quicker, I've started using an app on my phone which adds stickers and edits text so when I print it's almost complete. It's called BeFunky and I love it. It's not something I've just discovered, I've been using it for a while now but mainly just for editing my pictures but since starting this mini album I've been using it more for adding to the pictures too.

Happy crafting

Jaine x

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas cards.

Oooof what a busy week, lots of Christmas projects, cards made and sent and lots of late night crafting sessions are starting to take their toll. Today a stiff neck and an eye allergy are the price I'm paying for manic crafty evenings. Lots of plans for next year made and some very exciting chit chats with colleagues.

This week the new Sarah Hurley Lookbook came out and I've a few projects in it. Here's the link to it if you want to take a look.

The cards below have been made using my new Christmas stamps.

My good friend and design colleague Clare Brown sent me a set of her gorgeous winter stamps and the card below was made with her Skating girlie. She's so cute. You can find Clare's stamps here too.

Happy Thursday to you all.

Jaine xx

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Latest pages of the December album.

Here are the latest pages from my December album. I've never been able to keep it up to date like this before so this is a first for me. I suppose it's because it's so small and simple, no messing about, just print, cut and arrange the photo's adding a few bits here and there so it's no wonder I can keep up.

Today I'll be mainly in the kitchen rather than the craft room so should make for interesting pages later on.

Have a good Sunday

Jaine xx

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Playing in the journal again.

I'm happy as long as I still get a few inky, journal pages to play in between documenting December in the album. This is the journal in question and how fat it's looking now. I'll need a new one for next Christmas (big hint there family).

These pages are to go with the Documented December series on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog as it's my turn to work with the prompt.

You can follow along with your own pages or just look at what the DT are doing plus in between there are some downloads to use in your own journal/album.

Happy Wednesday.

Jaine x

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Documenting December

 It's so easy to keep up with my December album. It's out on my work table along with my kit and every time I pass it I have to add something.

Here are the latest pages finished.

For my day 5 page, I've used a paper bag from a Sarah Hurley kit and used it as a pocket page, also adding another mini paper bag on the front.

Inside the pocket is my card and photo.

Happy day 9.

Jaine xx

Friday, 5 December 2014

Documented December

As I showed you in a previous post, I'm doing #documenteddecember pocket page style with my kit from Sarah Hurley.  Here's a close up of the front cover.

and inside front cover.

As for the first four days, here they are too.

I included a tag in the front.

I love this cute small size. It's open on my work table and as I pass it I have to add something to it, I just can't leave it alone.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Jaine x

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The Christmas journal has come out to play.

I know I'm documenting December pocket page style this year but the Christmas journal just has to come out to play too from time to time. I can't be too long away from the messy, painty stuff.  This is my Kraft journal which I only use at Christmas time just because of those Kraft pages. I love them.

Today is my turn as the second Designer on the ASOI blog for our 12 Designers of Christmas marathon so that's why the journal is out.  Lots of texture, glitter white paint and scraps make the pages feel wintery,

and the splashes of red warm it up a tad. The tree was folded from a piece of scrap paper which had been used to spray and ink onto, I love the coloured green splodges on it.

If you follow and comment on all 12 of the Designers blog posts during this time you'll have the chance of winning a massive collection of goodies at the end just go here.

Jaine x

Documenting December.

One of the exciting projects of December is the daily documenting part and in previous years the way I've done that is either in the form of a journal/smash book style or a mini book/altered book style. Having spent the year documenting pocket page style, it felt natural to do the same for my December album.

I was so pleased when Sarah Hurley said she'd be selling a kit with an album and with the team would be documenting every day with prompts to follow if you need inspiration. So I bought the album and kit and it's absolutely gorgeous. It's Instagram size with 10.5 x 10.5 cm pockets - 4X4" and is so cute.

I'll be sharing my pages during the month but for now here's the cover all decorated.

 You can follow along with the prompts from the team here on the 365 blog. 

I'd love to know if you're documenting December and if so how?

Jaine x

Monday, 1 December 2014

Happy December 1st

I feel like a little kid right now, I'm so excited it's December already. There is sooo much going on this month it's untrue not least of all a visit from my family which hasn't happened in years!

Anyway, the first big thing, and I MEAN BIG thing to kick this month off is an amazing line up of very talented Designers who have contributed their time to create some fantastic inspiring pieces of art work for the blog at A Sprinkle Of Imagination.

As well as the 12 Designers projects in between there will be Brand posts also with inspiriation AND if you comment on all of the Designers posts at the end of it there will be a winner announced who will win one thing from each of the Brand products - now that's big!

I cant' tell you how excited I am to be a part of this huge extravaganza, so you really must go over and take a look every single day between now and 24th.

Trish has started it off with a gorgeous project to get us going.

Happy December 1st.

Jaine x

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Stamps winner

A massive thank you to everyone who entered my give away but there can only be one winner and that winner is.....drumroll please...

Carol Christie

Well done Carol, the stamps will be winging their way to you as soon as possible. I hope you enjoy them.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

New Christmas stamps to give away.

I was really very happy this week to actually see my new stamps for real and get to play with them at last. In fact they were even better than I'd imagined and stamping was a dream.

As yesterday I had a workshop with the Mosaik group I thought it might be a nice touch to add tags to their goody bags.

I stamped out 15 tags in all to go on the bags and I loved how they looked.

Here's a better look at one of the tags.

I've decided to share the happiness and give away to one lucky person both sets of stamps, well it is almost Christmas!

To be able to win these two sets just leave me a comment here and if you also leave a comment on my Facebook page for Basement Studio you'll have double the chance to win.

Good luck everyone and I'll announce the winner this time next week. Happy Sunday.

Jaine xx

Saturday, 22 November 2014

A new video with Pébéo.

It's such a long time ago now since I worked with the wonderful mixed media paints from Pébéo after I was sent them to use in an article for Scrap 365. I also made a mini album and video to go with my article as I was just so excited and happy to use these paints. At last I've been able to upload my video so you can see it. It's just at the right time too as it's a Christmas album made using acrylic sheets (perfect for showing off these amazing paints) and all the journaling cards and papers are from Sarah Hurley.

So  here it is, enjoy:

Have a good weekend

Jaine x