Instalife January 2017

I’m not gonna lie guys. January was tough. I had at least 2-3 migraine days a week  (sometimes more!) and the world news got me down. My usually positive mindset was certainly challenged. But, as usual, creativity kept me going as well as lots of time with friends and some quiet days at home with G. Here’s what I got up to via my Instagram photos. Claireabellemakes-Creative-Projects-Instalife-Jan-2017

A fun scissor shot – one of these is chocolate! / Working on a new hat for fun

DIY Copper Foil Planter / A jewellery DIY for We Make Collective

Awesome customer photos of the bicycle pins and phrase necklaces!

See more customer photos in my Facebook album hereClaireabellemakes-Shop-Instalife-Jan-2017

I spent a lot of time working on the Glitter Heart Pins – more colours coming!

Valentines cards are in the shop for the romantics out thereClaireabellemakes-Planners-Instalife-Jan-2017

I shared lots of planner updates including my choices for 2017 & a dashboard

The Peony Planner launched and I started Bullet Journalling

As usual, lots of bike spotting happened around Cambridge

….and Tammy kept me company in the studio

Thanks for letting me share an update today. I hope February will be better for my health so I can get back to regular blogging again. I miss it! Do let me know if there is anything you would like to see or any projects I should try.



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Claireabellemakes on Look Lane

I’m excited to share with you that I have launched a shop with the new UK marketplace Look Lane! I’m in great company over there with sellers sharing art, jewellery, fashion, accessories, gifts and stationery.

Each seller gets to design their own store front on the lane and let me tell you, this was the most fun bit about setting up shop! Polka dot awnings and bikes were a must for the Claireabellemakes store front. What do you think? It has got me dreaming of a bricks and mortar shop of my own now….
Claireabellemakes on Look Lane

At the moment you can find a selection of my products on Look Lane here and more will be added soon. I’d love to know what you think of the site – I think it has a really unique look and the fact that sellers can make it their own really pleased me.

This year I am also working on a big project to build a store here on this website, so you will soon have lots of options for where to shop for Claireabellemakes goodies. Another one of my big goals for 2017 is to build my list of stockists, so if you know of any cool shops that you think my designs would fit in, do let me know!



The Happiness Planner – The Peony Planner

Even though the first month of 2017 is almost over, it’s not too late to think about using a planner to help you in certain areas of your life. I have always been someone who functions better with thoughts and goals on paper and The Happiness Planner is one I have used for my emotional health since 2015.

The Peony Planner is a planner like no other. Previously, The Happiness Planner has been available as a hard bound and spiral bound planner and this year they have added a ring bound planner that looks like a clutch bag. I LOVE IT.The-Peony-Planner-Peach-Blue

The planner focuses on the things each day that make you happy. You are encouraged to practice daily gratitude journalling and to create a ‘Happiness Roadmap’. Each month you review your happiness.

The Peony Planner has the same inserts as the 2016 spiral planner but they are condensed to fit into this A5 spiral bound. They are available dated and un-dated.


This a great planner for those of you wanting to avoid Leather too as it is made from Saffiano Faux Leather. It comes in the following colour ways.

  • Pink & Cream with Pink interior (gold)
  • Blue & Peach with Blue interior (gold)
  • Lavender & Mint with Lavender interior (gold)
  • Black with Black interior (Rose Gold)


The magnetic closure of the Peony Planner makes it feel like a clutch bag but as soon as you open it up you will find sticker sheets,  internal pockets, a pretty dashboard and dividers.  It feels pretty special!



You can watch a full review of The Peony Planner on my YouTube channel here or by clicking the video below.

The Happiness Planner website has a ton of inspiration for living a happy life including a blog, lots more planners and even printables and pen sets.

Thanks as ever, for letting me indulge in my stationery addiction today!



*I was sent the planner for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
**Some pages on this site may contain links to outside sites, including paid affiliates. Read more about my disclosure policy here.

Kawaii Box Giveaway

Oof this month is speeding by! To be quite honest I’ve been struggling with my head in January so I’ve neglected the blog a little. I’m trying to take it easy, but I miss this space. So today I’m having a little Kawaii Box giveaway to bring some positivity!

The Kawaii Box is a monthly subscription box which is basically a BOX OF CUTE. Each box contains hand picked items from Japan and Korea including stationery, trinkets, sweet treats and lots more. I was sent a box to review on You Tube so you can take a look at what they contain.

To win a box of your own, just enter on the widget below! A winner will be selected at random.

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Happy Monday!



*I was sent the Kawaii Box free of charge to share with you via a video review. Read more about my disclosure policy here.

DIY Copper Foil Planter

Guys. I can’t believe I’m typing this but, I KEPT A PLANT ALIVE! And it’s thriving. So I decided to make this DIY Copper Foil Planter so that my one plant to survive can feel special and sparkly. And because I wanted to use copper foil in a project OK?!

A friend gave me a Pilea plant for Christmas too so I’m making this corner of my studio into a little indoor garden. It gets plenty of light but not direct sun so I hope to keep it from dying.


You can find the full tutorial for this planter (which was once terracotta!) on the Homedit site here. They share a ton of inspiration for DIY projects and interiors.

I hope you’ve all had a good week and have some fun plans ahead for the weekend. I’m off to a water colour class!