Hi everyone happy Friday!  A couple of fun things happened that I thought I would share.  Firstly, I discovered yesterday that a new shop has opened nearby.  It’s another branch of The Range but we’ve never had one this close before, and I didn’t even know it was there.  Turns out that it opened at the end of July, so as I was in the area, I wandered in and took a look around.  If you don’t know, this shop has homewares, garden stuff, toiletries, pet food, etc and most importantly – art and craft supplies!  Quite a lot of them actually.

This display was all Winsor and Newtom paints and mediums, quite a good selection.  It’s not a brand I usually buy but knowing that it’s so close if I happen to urgently need some gesso or gel medium is very comforting and I wouldn’t mind switching brands in an art emergency lol.

I was super excited to see all of this A1 sized Pastel Paper (also Winsor and Newton) and although I didn’t buy any yesterday I was actually thinking of going back there and getting some today in case they decided to stop selling it.  I am wondering just how many people would be interested in it locally, but perhaps there’s a hidden community of pastel artists that I haven’t discovered yet.  Anyhow, it’s textured paper so I guess it could also be handy for cardmaking. Next to the pastel paper is a display of pearlescent cardstock (also a little specialised I would have thought) but the colours are gorgeous, and next to that is a display of mountboard for picture framing, or if you are like me, diecutting with those bigz XL dies!  Beyond that is a good display of canvases in various sizes and options.

Did I buy anything yesterday?  Yes I did but only a few things and didn’t spend much.  The Mandala Stones kit is a gift for a friend, as is one of the white pens – so nice to see they stock my favourite white pens in open stock, so I bought three of them.  Then a couple of cheap paper pads with mixed paper, two small “scrapbooks” that will use as journals, and of course, who could resist the cat stickers!

The other exciting thing that happened was this morning when the postman delivered this lovely package below.  It’s my prize from Country View Challenges from their 100th Challenge back in June.  My prize was this package from Tracey Easson and a £20 voucher to spend in the shop.  So exciting as I haven’t done any crafty shopping for ages (apart from what I did yesterday in The Range, but that’s not technically a craft shop). The prize consists of two prints, one a limited edition for the 100th Challenge, a card, a badge, a stamp set and a bag!

And now today’s journal page for the August challenge over on Art Journal Journey which this month is Type chosen by this month’s lovely host, Neet. This page started out with some ink spraying through a stencil (made from a negative diecut that I’ve been saving for a while now and wanted to use for something) and this page seemed to fit the bill.  Some of these other bits and pieces will be appearing in other pages this month.

After using my ad-hoc stencil for spraying, I put it aside to use again and you will see it later on another page!  The ink I used was watered down turquoise acrylic and the avocado ink I made last month, which is a love rich brown colour.

I used a Visible Image typewriter stamp on the right side, and then used some small planner stamps from Prima – the number stamps, the dot and dash stamps, and the day stamps that look like typewriter keys.  I cut out three journaling cards and attached them to the left side using some small metal brads.

Then I cut out a white piece of card and cut a slit above the typewriter for it to slide into, and added the stamping YOUR STORY MATTERS. My page is ready to journal on later.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!


watercolour paper, my usual journal, typewriter stamp, journal cards, brads, turquoise ink, my avocado ink,  gold paint, planner stamps, stencil made from negative diecut,


Art Journal Journey – Type – August Challenge


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Bleubeard and Elizabeth
August 13, 2021 4:51 pm

Another spread I apparently missed, although I was SURE I had left a comment here. I know because I was surprised by the flour bag and the negative die cuts, which I thought you put to such great use. Regardless, thanks for sharing another great entry with us at Art Journal Journey using Neet’s theme.

August 9, 2021 10:19 am

It sounds like you really enjoyed finding that store close to where you live.
Its a fabulous journal page and thank you for adding it to Neet’s theme over at Art Journal Journey.
Yvonne xx

August 8, 2021 7:49 pm

I love the Range – we have quite a drive to get to one, I have had some little bargains from them! Congrats on the win, Tracy’s art work is fabulous! I love your page, it really is perfect for Neet’s ‘Type’ theme at Art Journal Journey. I love the cards added to your page! Hugs, Chrisx

Alison Hall
August 6, 2021 5:52 pm

A brilliant page Elle! I love the background.
How fabulous to have that new shop nearby, how I wish The Range would open a store near me.
Happy Friday,

Neet Hickson
August 6, 2021 5:48 pm

Hi Elle, I have a branch quite close to me and I pass a big one on the way to the chiropractor but haven’t been in either lately due to the pandemic. Think I am ok to go in nowadays. Maybe I will.
Love your journal page, I do like brown and turquoise together, takes me back to my being seven (brown coat and turquoise scarf). I think I will have to investigate that typewriter image now I have seen it – it looks so nice and seems to stamp so well. Will we get to see your journaling or will that remain private? Doesn’t matter as your page is lovely as it is. Thanks for joining in again with AJJ and myu theme.
Hugs, Neet xx
ps Congratulations on your win – what a lovely prize you got too.

Erika N
August 6, 2021 4:45 pm

How exciting to have those craft supplies so close. Especially open stock of those white pens. They are my favorite also and hard to find in my area. Thank goodness Amazon sells them. Smile. You look like you had a super shop and I am loving those photos. And your page too. I love the type on it. It is perfect for Neet’s challenge. Home made avocado ink sounds fun. Thanks for sharing with us. Have a great weekend. hugs-Erika

August 6, 2021 4:42 pm

That looks like a fun shop. We just have a tiny shop for crats here, but they have a lot on offer. Your new page for AJJ is great, I think you like this theme – I do, too. Have a great weekend, and thanks for joining us at AJJ, Valerie

Jo - Let's Art Journal
August 6, 2021 3:04 pm

Many congratulations on your win of our 100th Challenge over at CVC, it was so well deserved and I’m glad you’re looking forward to shopping at Country View Crafts too! My favourite of your entries was that amazing butterfly page – so beautiful ?. I sometimes shop at The Range too, a recent visit was disappointing though as the crafting section was a bit sparse, think due to lockdown. Your page is gorgeous, loving the type in the background with the pretty brown and blue colour pallete – gorgeous! Happy Friday and weekend! Hugs, Jo x

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