Weekly Update – Week Ending 1st June 2020

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Firstly, where did May go?! I blinked and it was June. Despite time rushing past far too quickly, I have had a ‘goodish’ week. This glorious weather is definitely helping, although we do really need rain on the farm. I have been so busy editing this website, sorting out new affiliate links, planning on starting an email list etc etc. I do enjoy all the marketing/tech/content, but have to restrict myself to mainly only office hours in the mornings, otherwise I would just do too much and burn myself out.


In the afternoons I do some colouring – continuing with the Ink Lily lessons (just about to start the 2nd set of designs with some gorgeous green colours) – and other crafting. Please note that the next scheduled TV appearance for the Ink Lily pens is Friday 5th June @ 8.15 am on Create & Craft.

Another TV appearance to note in your diary/planner/calendar is Altenew on Sunday 7th June @ 3.45 pm – again on Create & Craft TV.


I made a card (for my sister who is working with Covid-19 patients in a hospice) using My Craft Studio (who else remembers that program?). It was really popular several years ago, and then a few weeks ago I noticed there was a Facebook group for it. It turns out that Create & Craft are still selling designs with the program, but now they are USBs rather than CDs. I bought the latest release last week and it has arrived, but haven’t had a chance to play with it yet. (It has sold out, but will keep an eye on stock and let you know when it is available again.)

For this card I used the freebie available last week from Design Cuts to create this hybrid project.


If you are shopping at Arteza, make sure you use the code DRAW10 to get a 10% discount.


On Saturday I joined in with the Bible Journaling Festival hosted by the Bible Art Journaling UK group on Facebook. I only managed to do one page in my Bible, but really enjoyed the inspiration and chat, and have a few YouTube videos to watch another day. The Pocket Letter tutorial with Faith Treasury is first on my To Do list.


I had some crafty deliveries last week – some gel pens from Arteza, the latest Scrawlr box, some specialist colouring card, and the fabulous Sizzix Big Shot Express Bundle from Create & Craft (there is an unboxing on my Instagram @aliwadedesigns). More details, blog posts and videos to come.

The Sizzix Express seems to be sold out everywhere (I will let you know when it is back in stock), but a good alternative is the manual machine and here is a great bundle from Create & Craft.


Enjoy your week, and please email me or comment below if you have any questions.

Ali x


ps I will attending the Creative Christianity Summit from 17-21 June hosted by Cheerfully Given – a 5 day virtual conference. Click on the image below for lots of extra information and to buy your ticket.

WOYWW 571 – a busy day

Morning everyone. A bright and sunny day in Pembrokeshire, but still got a chilly wind. Definitely not suitable for sunbathing! If you would like to join in with this global hop around crafty workspaces, then get on over to Stamping Ground.

I am having one of those days. I seem to be doing several things at once, so made the decision to concentrate more and here I am typing this post out later in the day than intended (I did actually get some sleep last night, so wasn’t rushing to get up). Haven’t taken the photos yet, so will go and do that now.

My new alcohol markers from Ink Lily and a finished colouring page.
My WIP – which has been sitting in my craft cupboard for a year.
My progress so far.

The first photo shows my fantastic new set of alcohol markers from Ink Lily (bought from Create & Craft – which will be linked in my Shopping section soon). I decided to buy these (which came with 29 stamps too) when I happened to watch Create & Craft one early morning and Mel was demonstrating these pens. I have never learnt to use alcohol markers properly, which I have always regretted when I see the wonderful results by other crafters. The magic of these pens is that video tutorials are included, so I can work through gradually developing my skills. I am going to start with the first lesson later, and will be blogging regularly (and posting on social media).

The finished colouring page is part of a Creativebug class. I just used my cheap pencils from WH Smith, but was pleased with the result. As part of the class you get the downloads of several different colouring pages.

The other two photos show the UFO I have selected as part of the WOYWW 11th Anniversary celebration. I bought this sweet needle felting kit (from Hochanda) over a year ago. I did start off well, but then stopped because I needed to order some eyes. These were delivered, but I never picked up the kit again. It has been in my craft cupboard ever since. I had good intentions to get going on it at the weekend, but I have been too tired in the evenings. I have a Tesco Click n Collect this evening, but I promise that tomorrow night (Thursday) I will get stabbing with a needle again! Therefore, next week (the actual anniversary), I will have a different photo to show you.

I hope that everyone is well. We are busy here on the farm, and I am spending a fair bit of time developing this website. Lots of new affiliates – still got more to add to my new Digital/Education/Shopping sections. I am spending each week concentrating on a particular type of digital crafting. This week I am doing one of Teela’s Procreate tutorials (an app for iPad, which I recommend to everyone) each day from her YouTube channel. Here are what I have done so far. More simple flowers today. Next week I am moving onto digital scrapbooking using Canva. Again, I will be blogging and updating social media.

Enjoy the rest of your day. Stay Safe.

Ali x

Scrapbooking – Useful Links For Beginners

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Scrapbooking: a method of preserving, presenting, and arranging personal and family history in the form of a book, box, or card. Typical memorabilia include photographs, printed media, and artwork. Scrapbook albums are often decorated and frequently contain extensive journal entries or written descriptions.

Scrapbooking has also gone digital now – with pages and books being created in a variety of programs on computers, tablets and even phones.

As is the usual format for this series of blog posts, I will be covering both the physical and digital forms, but concentrating on people/companies who offer freebies and/or tutorials etc that will help beginners.

Physical Scrapbooking

The first place to visit is Scrapbook.com (and on YouTube). Lots of free classes (over 50), a great blog and, of course, you can shop for stash!

Paper Wishes – lots of useful information for complete beginners, including their weekly Webisodes.

Skillshare – I recommend Skillshare to everyone, as it has such a great mix of teachers. However, there are specific classes for all types of scrapbooking.

YouTube – doing a quick search it seems that a lot of the beginner videos are from several years ago, but this lovely lady has one which is less than one year old. Loads to watch and learn on her channel. Emilee’s Paper Caper (linking to her video for beginners).

Digital Scrapbooking

One of the best guides to digital scrapbooking is by Kate Hadfield Designs. Lots of freebies and blog posts, and her trademark brightly coloured designs.

Scrapgirls.com – they have high quality lessons for all sorts of scrapbooking and other papercraft, but they are not free.

Digidesignresort.com – many different crafty blog posts and tutorials.

Digital Scrapper – a very long list of free tutorials.

This bargain scrapbooking kit at Amazon caught my eye. (Edited to add – so many people went and grabbed one, they are out of stock until the end of July – sorry! I managed to get one in the Amazon Warehouse, so will be doing a full review soon.)

If you have any questions, either leave a comment below – or email me at hello@aliwade.com

Illustrating – useful links for beginners (*Updated)

After the success of my first blog post in this series, Lettering, I will be listing some useful links for Illustration beginners. These will be mainly digital, as that is what I concentrate on. However, there are some links for those who love to work with physical mediums.

Digital Illustration

Bardot Brush is known for her fantastic Procreate brushes. However, her tutorials are amazing too. Go to her website – lots of freebies, tutorials (subscribe to her YouTube channel) and colourful inspiration. She is doing daily live streams too – on Instagram and YouTube. Her Making Art Everyday Facebook group and weekly email is something else to sign up for. Plenty to keep you busy!


Teela Cunningham from Every Tuesday is often noted as a Lettering expert, but her illustration tutorials are amazing. I have been doing one each day this week and gained so much confidence. Sign up for her freebies and also subscribe to her YouTube channel. (Scroll down to see details for her new Digital Watercolour Course.)

One of the designs I created this week after following an Every Tuesday tutorial.

Lettie Blue has a particular talent for watercolour on Procreate, including a great bundle of brushes. She teaches in several places, including Skillshare.


Art With Flo. Lots of freebies, a great YouTube channel and on SkillShare now.


Some great channels to subscribe to on YouTube –

James Julier (who has got a Patreon channel too). Lots of videos for beginners.

Teela Cunningham – my favourite teacher.

Pretty Little Lines. A really cute and pastel style.

Jungle of Colors. Includes some Affinity Designer videos.

Ghost Paper. A real Procreate specialist.

Karina Drow. Watercolour.


SkillShare. Here is a list of great teachers on there that specialise in illustration.

Yasmina Creates.

Lettie Blue.

Christine Nishiyama.

Liz Kohler Brown (click on the image below to go to her website. Subscribe for a very useful freebie for Procreate Beginners).


I have had several readers enquire about Watercolour on Procreate. I personally would go to Skillshare and just type “Procreate watercolour” into the search bar. There are so many wonderful classes to choose from. Liz Kohler Brown could be the ‘Watercolour Procreate Queen’, but Lettie Blue is definitely fighting her for the crown!

Edited to add. Teela Cunningham of EveryTuesday has just released her Watercolor Florals in Procreate course.


Hand Illustration

Artists Network. Free tutorials for drawing beginners.


I will be editing this series of posts as and when I find some fantastic new links for you. Please tag me in on Instagram when you create any illustrations #aliwadedesigns.


I haven’t tried Tombow pens, but this set looks gorgeous.

A fantastic set of pens in the current sale
(only a few left as of 2nd June)

These skin tone pens from Arteza sell out really quickly, so grab a set now! SORRY THESE ARE SOLD OUT. I WILL KEEP LOOKING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE OPTION.

Canva – Android mobile app

Ali Wade Designs on YouTube! A quickly filmed video showing the main features of the Canva Android app – with specific reference to using it for scrapbooking or greeting cards etc.

This was the first time I had really looked at the Android app, but I was very impressed with the capabilities and resources. Will be going back in and finding out a lot more, so I can share Tips & Tricks with you in another video.

If you have any questions or want me to look at anything in particular – with the Android app, iPad app or the full desktop version on Windows 10 (sorry, I don’t have a Mac or iPhone) – then email me at hello@aliwade.com.

(My next video will be showing the iPad app and then another with the Desktop version on Windows PC.)

Click HERE to get a free 30 day trial with Canva Pro. You will love it!

Lettering – brilliant links to resources for beginners (updated*)

Lettering, whether digitally on Procreate/other programs or the traditional ‘on paper’ form, is so popular now. If you want to learn more, and get some inspiration and resources, then here is a list for you. I would suggest that you subscribe to their newsletters, grab the freebies, watch some tutorials and go to Instagram/Pinterest for inspiration.


Digital Lettering

Liz Kohler Brown – is listed in my blog post for Illustrating Beginners – but deserves to be here too! One of my favourite Skillshare teachers. She has now published her iPad Lettering Book – see below.


Karin @ ipadlettering.com – A fantastic resources, with tutorials, lots of freebies and wonderful Procreate brushes.

(Sign up to my email list for an exclusive discount code)


Teela @ every-tuesday.com – Possibly my favourite teacher, and her Tuesday Tribe newsletter is a highlight of my digital week. Subscribe to get 50 design & lettering files. Her YouTube channel is a brilliant source of education and inspiration (for lettering and illustration).


Jillian & Jordan @ Loveleigh Loops.com – Another fantastic resource. So many freebies, blog posts and inspiration/encouragement. I will be taking one of their paid courses later this year.


Max @ lettering-daily.com – This is more for hand lettering and calligraphy (which he explains the difference between), but there are also Procreate brushes. His freebies include a 30 day Hand Lettering Planner.


Ian Barnard is a Hand Lettering Artist, who is also a fantastic tutor on Procreate. He has a Skillshare class and often does live lessons on social media. Definitely worth following on Instagram and YouTube. If you want to buy his well known Letter & Grid Builder Bundle to use on Procreate, this is the cheapest price at the moment.


Stefan Kunz – the King of Instagram, YouTube and his website is a joy. You need to watch one of his live sessions. Known for his lettering and typography.


Hand Lettering

Lisa Funk @ handlettereddesign.com – Loads of freebies for total beginners.


Sarah Ensign @ ensigninsights.com – Great resources including Skillshare courses (click on the link to get 2 free months).


Here is another brilliant website for hand lettering. Sign up for her free mini course HERE.


Creativebug has a good selection of lettering-specific classes.


I could go on for a lot longer and if you need help finding resources or inspiration, then just email me at hello@aliwade.com.

I would love to see your lettering efforts. Tag me on Instagram @aliwadedesigns.

Ali x

(This is the first in a series of blog posts with links for resources/tutorials etc. Other posts will include Illustration, Digital Scrapbooking and Faith Art.)


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