Friday 14 June 2019

A planner page and some bookmarks and the kindness of strangers

Hello friends and thanks for dropping by. I am back to do my regular Friday post this week and thought I would show you last weeks planner spread and some bookmarks I made for a swap on Instagram
This spread was done in my good old Dylusions planner. It is getting very fat and bulky because of all the gessoing I do over the pre printed artwork on the right hand page. I am starting to wonder why on earth I purchased this planner at the end of last year, and I may just ditch it soon and use another one.
Anyway, I had fun adding texture, washi and some stickers, stamping and paint to this one. Below is a close up:
I also made some bookmarks in a similar collage style, for swapping on Instagram, I love making these. The ones shown below are all claimed, but if any visitors here are interested in swapping one, let me know as I really enjoy making them :o)

Now before you sign off, I want to share something else with you. The other day I was contacted by someone by email, this is what he wrote:
My name is Antonio, born in Italy and moved in UK for love. I have been living in this country for over 10 years, working in Food, Fashion and Beauty retail industry.
 Few weeks ago I have launched a youtube channel called AntonioMakes, a platform where I share my passion for handmade projects, mostly related to cooking, crafting, homemade cosmetics, general DIY and much more.
My dream is to turn this hobby into a job, I love your blog and I was wondering if I could send you some items (HAPPY MAIL) I made as well as some gifts I bought for you. I am hoping your followers will like my creations.
Well I am always happy to help another creative, so thank you Antonio and just look what he sent me:
Some wonderful home made soap, beauty products and wonderful sweets. There was even more, but hubby nicked them before I could photograph them... Here is a link to his YouTube channel:
 where he shares recipes, tutorials on how to make soap etc. You can also find him on Instagram here

Well, that's it for this week. Thanks for your visit like always and I hope you will have a creative weekend and a good week ahead!!


  1. Beautiful work, as always. Good luck to Antonio. Have a great weekend, Valerie

  2. Your planner pages are delightful as always Astrid x love the layers and textures on the right x your bookmarks look fabulous too x How lovely of Antonio to send such beautiful makes x will check out his YT channel x
    See you soon
    Annie xx

  3. Your journal pages have it all Astrid, texture interest and a wonderful Vintage feel. And what a super communication and gift from Antonio.

    B x

  4. So pretty! I love the design of the page and the bookmarks are lovely. Always happy to see your amazing talent.

  5. Your planner page looks fabulous with all the texture you added.
    The book marks looked lovely as well.
    Yvonne xx

  6. Your journal spread is beautiful, I love the layers you created on the right side, I love the stencil you used too! Your collaged bookmarks are beautiful with your now trademark seal.

    How lovely of Antonio to send you such wonderful gifts, such a lovely surprise. I hope you have a good weekend. Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Astrid I so love this journal, in softest tones, the nature adds, and beautiful layering , also your book marks speak so lovely about romance and quiet hours .

    And yes very lovely of Antonio to contact and send you all the goodies , and kind of you to help him to more you tube followers .

    Hugs Dorthe

  8. What a score from our crafty world! Gorgeous piece here and so elegantly vintage...a bookmark is sometimes the best part of a!

  9. Wonderful work on your planner and bookmarks, Astrid.

  10. I love the warm sepia neutrals of the journal spread, and great texture too. Seems a shame not to complete the book having come so far - and what's a little gesso between friends?! The bookmarks are absolutely exquisite, so delicate... I'm completely enchanted by them. And such a lovely happy mail photo too. Hope you have a lovely week ahead.
    Alison x

  11. How lovely to finally visit again, and per usual, your work inspires me so! And a bonus to find out about Sr. Antonio to boot! Hope all is well, and looking forward to more regular visits, now that I am finally (well, just about) settled into retirement and a new home :-) . xx Lynn

  12. I so love your journal Astrid! The neautral colours, the wonderful textures, everything is simply gorgeous! Also love the sweet tags you created. Would dearly love to do a swap with you but am not sure how I would go. Life is a bit hectic at the moment and I haven't had much time in my craft room. Perhaps a bit later in the year. Hugs xx


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