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Celebrating my birthday with a new Travelers notebook!

Celebrating my birthday with a new Travelers notebook!

Actually, my birthday is tomorrow, but Friday is blog day so…Here goes!

I got my present from my mother a few days ago, a beautiful travelers notebook cover from Cesare leathers on Etsy. I know leather, and it’s always risky to order a leather product I haven’t been able to touch – but this one is perfect! Thick leather of top quality, beautifully made.

This is my setup for my everyday life:

And if you want to see how I made the cover of the art journal insert this morning, here is a speed version:


DIY insert for Midori Travelers Notebook

DIY insert for Midori Travelers Notebook

As you know, I love my Midori (both my dog and my traveller’s notebook, but for now I’m going to focus on the TN). There has been only one problem: finding the right insert. Midori’s own inserts are very nice, but they don’t have dot grid that I love working with. I have tried a few places online, but it just wasn’t, you know, right!

I tend to use fountain pens a lot, and I want absolutely no feathering or bleeding. Ghosting I don’t mind. The best paper I have tried is Rhodia dotbook. I love the smoothness!

I also like to make my own designs, and watercolour wet on wet is just…beautiful!

So, I decided to try and make my own insert! Cover with watercolour paper, Rhodia paper on the inside. How hard can it be? Not hard at all, it turned out!

  1. Make the cover. that was fun! Wet on wet, lots of colours, and I added splashes of water to get the pattern.
  2. Cut my papers to the right size. I had to fold them first, to make sure it would look right folded (papers in the middle need to be a bit smaller than the ones at the start and finish!). I made the cover slightly bigger.
  3. I don’t do machines, I’m a bit scared of them. So, I persuaded my husband to drill some holes through what was going to be the spine. Then I used some thick sowing thread and just sewed the papers together. Easy!
  4. The last step was to write “The Creative Kelpie” with a fineliner.
  5. Done!

I have already put it to use, it’s my social media insert where I try to plan and keep track of everything I put out there…

And I put together a small film to show off! (Can you tell I’m kind of proud…?)!

And don’t forget to subscribe to my brand new youtube channel!


Coloursplash with tombows

Coloursplash with tombows

I like to write. And I love colours. So…in my BuJo, I dedicate some pages to quotes that I write and colour 🙂

Today I wanted to try something I’ve seen others do with tombows: a sort of colour splash!

I chose the colours I wanted to use: yellow, green, blue, purple, pink. Then I drew on a piece of soft plastic, a piece of a plastic sheet to put paper in. The ink doesn’t stick to the plastic, instead, it gathers in little droplets. I sprayed with water, to make it wetter, and put it on the paper to make an imprint. Pretty! I used tombows to write as well, and the texture of the paper felt a little bit different but still nice to write on.

I used tombows to write as well, and the texture of the paper felt a little bit different but still nice to write on. The last line is in 0,1 unipen.

And, of course, you need a dog for the photo 🙂

A few tips: 

Use a lot of ink. Really lay it on, and mix the colours a bit.

If you want a sort of dotted effect: use only a little water (or none at all)

If you want the colours to really blend: use a lot of water.

The plastic will probably cling to the paper the second you put it on, but try to rub it just a little to mix the colours.

Let dry completely before you write on it.

Now you try! 

And please,  @Thecreativekelpie if you use my quote on Instagram because I would love to see what you have created!