September is the month for journals. The school season has very much conditioned that in me over the years. Now my eldest is starting school, planning is a must and as promised my journal for September is all full of a little elephant called Ellie.

So far I have the cover, the calendar and the first two weeks of September. I’ll be back with more spreads before the end of September but you can always find me on Instagram.

I’m not in love with the cover page and I’ll probably do a painting and then add it on top. The watercolour didn’t move the way that I wanted it to. The entire set up is based on a small bookmark I made a week earlier and transferring it to my Archer and Olive journal was a little painful. A dryer application of the watercolour is needed.

The September calendar is grey and gold and features little Ellie in my daughter’s favourite pose. Standard calendar layout with space at the side for important dates.

Week 1 was fun as my little T’s wish is to make new friends in school so I drew Ellie meeting a new friend. It’s one of my favourite quotes from C.S. Lewis:

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another ‘What! you too? I thought I was the only one.’

C.S. Lewis

Week 2 is inspired by one of my favourite Instagram accounts, A Freckle A Day. Here Ellie is tired from all the excitement and having a little rest before the real work begins.


My journal is an Archer & Olive dot grid A5 signature notebook. I’ve been bouncing between painting with watercolours (Mozart Komorebi Full set and Gold set) and I’m using the Faber Castell Watercolour pencils. The pencils have allowed me to have a watercolour effect but on paper that wouldn’t normally work with paint. My sketch paper is the Faber Castell Mixed Media Pad that the calendar cover is worked on. The pens I use are the Uni Pin fine liner in grey (0.5) and the Edding 1880 Drawliner (0.4) and (0.2). I also use the Pilot G1 in Silver and Uniball Signo in gold.

I will be back with more cottage garden posts and that gold bench DIY that you love so much on Instagram.

Thank you for reading!

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