How I Decorated My Planner for August 2018

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing how I decorated my planner for the whole month of August. It was a bit of a marathon! Keep reading to see what I used.

The Reject Shops amazing paper pads and ephemera packs are mostly what I used to decorate, though I did throw in a Kaisercraft at the end. Unfortunately I don’t own many matching Kaisercraft pads and ephemera.

I started with my favourite pad and ephemera from The Reject Shop, the Fanciful collection. Mermaids, unicorns and fairies, swoon! All in pretty pinks and purples. I used one of each along with some other ephemera to accent the papers.

Next I used my Here & Now journal cards and ephemera as I don’t have the paper pad that matched this collection. I trimmed two journal cards down and used pieces as matting, borders and an accent piece. I also used one of the larger pieces as a replacement for paper. The ephemera pack for this collection was huge. 180 pieces! It was hard to choose what to put on the page!

Then I used the Twig & Twine Collection. Opting for the more pale orange pieces instead of the stronger peach colour. This collection even has butterflies, which is another of my favourite things! This collection has a lot of vintagey goodness 🙂 I also stamped some plain washi to match.

This next one I think is my favourite layout for the month. I used the gorgeous Carpe Diem collection.  Beautiful purples, mauves, pinks and blues. Again I cut up a journalling card in place of washi as well as some glitter tape. I had to add the gorgeous rose even though it didn’t leave me much space to write lol.

Lastly I used Golden Grove by Kaisercraft with it’s lovely golden yellows to indicate coming into spring. There was a paper with lot’s of strips I utilised as washi. I used some of the bigger pieces of ephemera for this week so did not need to use many.

Hopefully you enjoyed my month long planning lay outs. Go do some arty crafty alchemy yourselves. Catch you all later.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Star Wars Galactic Adventure Pop Up Book and Reject Shop Haul

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing with you a Star Wars Galactic Adventure Pop Up Book and Reject Shop Haul. The kids and I went to Warrawong a bit over an hour from here to watch Infinity Wars and there are a lot of shops there lol.

So many bargains at the Warrawong Reject Shop. Some I didn’t even know were bargains until I looked at my receipt after I paid.  I was extremely happy to find the Flourish and Glasshouse stacks to go with the ephemera and journal cards I had already bought. Matchy matchy things make life a bit easier when creating. See the Glasshouse Stack and Glossies in this post.

The Lemonade Stand cards and Here and Now ephemera have me curious about their matching papers. Missed those though. 🙁 However, when going through my stash I found the journal cards to match the here and now ephemera. Trying to find out what things are called is hard. When I do I’ve taken to using a Sharpie to label the packets so I know what I ‘m using.

What can I say about the Star Wars Galactic Adventure Pop Up book by Matthew Reinhart? It is amazing. I have never ever seen so many pop ups stuck into one book! Mind bogglingly awesome! The grand finale was unexpected when I was looking at this in the Salvos shop. The book most definitely had to come home with me…

Hope you enjoyed my Star Wars Galactic Adventure Pop Up Book and Reject Shop Haul. I am trying to think up ideas for how to use the playing cards. They  are huge. If you have a suggestion leave a comment and let me know. Hope you are creating some arty crafty alchemy yourself. Bye for now.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Aldi Graphic Markers with Swatching and Other Hauls

Hello fellow Alchemists,

In today’s video I share with you a couple of small hauls from around my town and one sent to me from Victoria :). Luckily I have made a friend who helped me out when I was in a bind by sending me the Aldi Graphic Markers.  You can check out her shop here. Unfortunately there were some issues with the delivery company. So it took a bit longer than it should have to get to me lol.

Why do I need so may clip boards? To help shoot colouring videos hopefully as you can see in this card I made. Still learning though and am thinking I may need to turn the board sideways so the angle better. Also one is for colouring on the go as I have started taking markers and stamped images with me when I go places. The stickers are just so pretty they had to come home with me.

Apparently I need a lot of cutters because I bought the mini Stanley knife set and the rotary cutter from Aldi lol. The rotary cutter is because I have 300gsm cardstock and I waste some because in order for it to fit I my paper trimmer I have to fold each sheet in half :(. Cheap washi is always good and good for happy mail I’m told :D. The mat I didn’t need but it’s a pretty blue. Purple would be even better lol.

My awesome friend Melinda sent me the Alcohol Markers so I could road test them :). So far they actually seem pretty nice. Not many blending colours but they were $1.08au a marker. There are other ways to blend like I showed in the video. In my package there were also some packets of awesome chipboard. I already have a card idea for the super hero masks :).

Hope you are getting some arty crafty alchemy on :). Bye for now.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

 

May Reject Shop Haul and Flip Through of their Newest Collection

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am going to keep this post short and sweet and show you a new swoon worthy collection from The Reject Shop called Stillwater. If you love water coloury paper pads these are for you! On a side note this is not today’s scheduled video. My computer keeps eating it!

As you probably know by now I am addicted to The Reject Shop of late, so much prettiness for paper crafters abounds there! The Stillwater stack and ephemera pack is so close second to my favourite which was the Fanciful collection which you can see here.

We all have to get the mundane supplies as well but I am happy I found these envelopes for the competition that is coming up. I am just struggling to find an idea that won’t cost people a tonne of money! Hopefully in the near future! Hope you liked my haul, comment below what your favourite item is or what you would make with one of the items.

Hope you are creating some of your own Arty Crafty Alchemy. Thank you for stopping by.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

#therejectshop

Kmart and Reject Shop Haul March 2018

Hello fellow Alchemists,

As you can see by the title I went shopping again lol. It’s an addiction, but when you find bargains like these, what can you do? “Buy them!” By now you may have realised I like shopping haha. On a side note I did purchase these before my last shopping haul video. Due to that haul being Easter themed I decided to show it first.

What can I say about Kmart? While most of the time their prices are great a lot of their craft items can be overpriced for what you get. I miss the days when they had a larger selection of more interesting things. They do still have packs of 25 cards bases with envelopes for $3. This is what I use for most of my card bases. I’ve been managing to get to Kmart a little more frequently than I normally would so got to snag a few bargains 🙂

The envelopes for 50c were a steal! Especially seeing as they were star dream paper and there is 10 in a packet. They can be used as envelopes, cut them up for matting, use them in mini albums or die cut them, they were so cheap and I can use them for many things. The paper bags are awesome, have always wanted to make a paper bag album so that’s definitely on the cards now!

I actually walked out of the reject shop today, well yesterday when this comes out, without buying anything! They have no new stuff yet and I am good with that lol. I did go to the art shop but that’s another story … Apart from the other stuff I got I am super happy I found the Glasshouse papers to go with the other things I have from that range. I got them before I started this channel so when I go to use them I will do a quick share. The glossies I got in this video do match the Glasshouse range.

I am very excited for an arty crafty hack or two I have coming up. Hope you’re creating your own arty crafty alchemy. See you next time 🙂

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

#kmart #rejectshop #glasshouse

Spotlight and Reject Shop Hauls March 2018

Hello Fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing my Spotlight and Reject Shop Hauls for this month. Spotlight surprised me by having some things I actually wanted for a change but not what I was actually after. The Reject Shop, while their selection is small,  it is dangerous!

Spotlight has been ho hum for me for a while, prices have become very high and their paper craft  range seems to have shrunk. When I was in there they had no KaiserCraft 6.5″ stacks at all and barely any other Kaiser products. On a side note some of their pricing is out of line with other KaiserCraft retailers. Ranging from a dollar or two more to five or six dollars more for a 12″x12″ paper kit. That being said I still managed to snag a couple of bargains with the Heidi Swapp products and the Zing Embossing powder.

The Reject Shop has also shrunk their art and craft sections but what they do have has been packing a mighty punch. The fanciful collection is divine, all those mermaids fairies and unicorns. Twig & Twine is quite nice with a few random pieces of paper in the paper pad that you have to wonder over like the flag signing one. I wish I had seen the Glasshouse paper pad as the die cuts are so pretty.

Having the co-ordinating packs makes crafting with the papers a lot easier as you have ready made embellishments ready to go. My current website header is a pop up box I made using the Fanciful die cuts and some of the stickers as well. I didn’t have the paper stack at the time so had to use other papers from my stash. If you would like to see more photos of the card head over to the Arty Crafty Alchemy page on Facebook.

Hope you enjoyed seeing what I bought, go create some magic!

The Arty Crafty Alchemist