Scrapbook Layouts

I’m a Night Owl – The Get-To-Know-You CKC Blog Hop

Hello! For a final blow-out for our February Counterfeit Kits, some of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Design Team are taking you on a hop to get to know us as individuals a little better! You should have arrived via the wonderful Jemma at Just Jimjams, and I’ll send you onwards at the end of this post!
We’ve made some projects, inspired by one or two journaling sheets from the lovely Christie Zimmer at Grace is Overrated. I chose to use the ‘anti-to-do-list’ which you can find on Christie’s blog HERE.
Here’s mine all filled in (I added a bit of colour round the edges of mine with washi tape and stamps from my kit):
When reading over this and thinking of a project to make, what most jumped out at me was how much of a night owl I am. I was filling the sheet out at about 11pm at night, I still had lots to do, and my mind was buzzing with ideas. I was multi-tasking lots of things at once (watching tv, printing party invites, filling out this journal sheet, and about to start a stack of ironing). I don’t often go to bed before midnight, as I’m most productive at night. So I documented this part-of-me on my layout.
I am a Night Owl not an Early Bird:
If you can’t make out the journaling, it reads:

‘Most evenings I will be up until mid-night. I have lots to do in the evenings…blog reading, dishes, ironing, crafting, watching tv. I’m usually doing at least two of these at once! If I try to go to sleep any earlier then I just lie awake for hours – things whirl around in my head. It’s better if I feel I’ve achieved lots! And no matter how late it is when I go to bed, I always find a few minutes for a game of Bejewelled Blitz!’
The black chevron bit at the top right of the page, which looks like tape, was actually part of the Pink Paislee Portfolio paper. I just cut around the bottom half of it with a craft knife and slid my other sheet of paper underneath, so it looks like it’s taped into place:
The cute owl is cut using my Slice Design cutter and the Fall/Back to School Design Card. I had fun building a little background for him using embellies in my kit:

So tell me, are you a night owl, an early bird, or somewhere in between? 
Now it’s time for you to hop onwards to the fabulous Julie at His Glory Girl. If you get lost anywhere along the hop then here’s the full list for you:

You Are Here * Jennifer *You Are Here
And don’t forget that tomorrow is the reveal of the March Counterfeit Kits, so they’ll be another Blog Hop for you to enjoy tomorrow morning! In fact, I’m also joining in with the Paperhaus Spring Fling Blog Hop tomorrow, so things will be busy here! See you then! x

Cards for all!

I’ve been using up my February Counterfeit Kit by making some quick cards, for a variety of people or occasions:

I don’t know who these are all destined for yet, but they’ll go happily into my card box for when I need a card in a hurry! 
It make me feel good to have made a big dent in my kit too. I know I’m going to have some stickers and alphas left at the end of the month, but that’s okay. Most of the papers should be gone! Do you ever make a batch of random cards just to plough through a bit of stash? x


Things to tell you… and a giveaway!

The wonderful Sian at From High in the Sky is running a very interesting series called ‘So this is Scrapbooking’, and she invited me to join in and tell my story. So if you’d like to read more about how I discovered scrapbooking and what it means to me, then go check it out here!
One thing you may notice on that post is a bit of news – I’m currently working on a new blog, to replace this one. Don’t worry, the stuff you love at Jennifer’s Jumbles will continue at the new blog, you’ll just need to change the address you’re following! The new blog is not quite ready ready, but if you want to take a sneaky peek at the work-in-progress, or start adding it to your reader, then you can – the address is

In the meantime I’d love it if you’ll tell me what you’d like to see at the new blog, so I’ve created a survey with 10 questions, to ask what you’d like to find at Jennifer Grace Creates.

Anyone who answers the survey can enter to win a giveaway for a surprise box of papercrafting goodies! I’ll stuff a pizza box with a mix of old and new items. Just make sure you leave an email address in the right box on the survey so I can contact you if you win. The closing date is Friday 22nd March, and the winner will be notified by Sunday 24th March. The giveaway is open internationally.

The survey is HERE!

Thanks very much for taking the time to read my blog, your support is much appreciated! You are welcome to leave a comment on this post, but please be aware that only answering the survey will enter you into the giveaway!

And don’t forget to go and check out my guest post at From High in the Sky! x

Scrapbook Layouts

Red Arrows (A Counterfeit Kit Layout)

I had set aside this photo of the Red Arrows to use with my February Counterfeit Kit, because there was lots of blue in the photo, as well as in my kit. But when trying it out on the blue papers I realised there would be too much blue, and what it really needed was a strong contrast. So I was very pleased I’d stuck this bold red paper into my kit as well:
The design of this page is quite uncluttered for me, but I still managed to fit on a fair few embellishments – mainly lots of arrows! I hadn’t noticed before how the red triangle button could look like an arrowhead, so it was perfect for this page! 
Everything is from my kit, except a gold ink pad used to stamp the star tab. The tab is attached to a photo that’s tucked behind the journaling panel:
I love the photo even though it isn’t the best quality picture, as my daughter had this expression on her face the whole time we were watching the Red Arrows – half astonishment and half confusion! She asked a lot of questions… ‘How do they fly so fast? Why does their smoke change colour? Why are they so noisy? Where are they going?’ These questions and some private journaling are documented on the back of the photo.
Have you ever seen a Red Arrows or similar airshow? This was the first time I’d seen them since I was a kid so I was thrilled by it too. We hope to go again this year, as it’s a free event each year as part of Swanage Carnival, just down the road from us!
Have you been crafting lately? Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog  for inspiration! x


Some News!

Hello! Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ve some news to share today – I’m now a PaperHaus Magazine Contributor! Whoop!
If you haven’t heard of PaperHaus, then go check it out – it’s a free online magazine showing amazing papercrafts – lots of luscious layouts, cards, tags and more. I have got so many ideas from looking at the previous issues, and I’m really proud that my work will be included from now on!
There’s not long to wait until the Spring issue, which shall be the first one which I’ve contributed to. To celebrate the Spring issue’s release, there will be a whole lot of fun during the Spring Fling:
Lots of the contributors will be participating in a blog hop, with giveaways on their blogs, so I’ll be back with that! And there will be tons more to see on the PaperHaus blog, and the Facebook Page. And there will be the Spring Issue of the magazine to read, of course!
So excited about this, make sure you check it all out when it begins on 1st of March!
In the meantime, the call for submissions for the Summer Issue has just been released, so check it out if you’d like to submit a project or two for consideration. All the details are HERE.
Have a great day! x

Wobbly Walking & Bouncing About

 I have been using my gigantic February Counterfeit Kit, honest! Here’s a couple of layouts to prove it…
Wobbly Walker:
This one shows one of the first pictures I took of my son walking – with a helping hand or two. He looks so pleased with himself!
I had fun adding lots of sentiments to this page to capture the memories – to try and keep the day as fresh in my mind as it is now. I especially like the ‘I treasure this moment’ stamp by Elle’s Studio, and the ‘Happy Days’ brad by Papermania:
My handmade journaling card was perfect to sum up the moment, and I like how the ombre effect creates a sense of movement:
The arrow at the top left is pointing to the number ‘1’ because that’s how old he was – I like this little extra detail that you might not notice on first glance.
Bouncing About:
This was the first time my kids bounced on a see-saw all by themselves! It was a cold day, but they had so much fun. It took me a while to think of a title for this one, but I settled on ‘bouncing about, enjoying life’, using mini alphas and an Elle’s Studio ‘Lil’ Snippet’:
My handmade vellum envelope was a great place to hide some extra journaling about all our trips to the play-park, and why this day was especially nice:
I’m glad scrapbooking helps me capture all these moments when they get on together, but I should probably do a page soon about all the fights they have too – I don’t want the record of our lives to look too unrealistically perfect! They’ve had some dissagreements today, about whose turn it was with the ball, who gets the biggest snack, and who gets to sit on the wooden chair – to name just a few!
Do you document the imperfect moments too? Or you prefer to keep your albums happy and lovely?
I’m going to keep using my mammoth Counterfeit Kit, though it’s going to be difficult to stick to it, as I’ve bought lots of new goodies from Elle’s Studio and Glitz Designs, and they cannot be ignored…! x
Scrapbook Layouts

A Sweet Day-Dream (MME Layout)

Do you know that My Mind’s Eye and Gossamer Blue are holding a contest for a guest designer?
The details are HERE.
I made this layout to enter into the contest:
I wanted to create a cool but dreamy feel to match my little boy’s far-off look – so I added lots of shiny droplets, tone-on-tone stars, and some clouds. Two of the clouds came from a doily sticker that I cut in half, and the larger cloud is a chipboard piece that I added White Liquid Pearls to:
The stitching at the top of the page has one little kiss stitched on top:
And I used a woodgrain stamp from the ‘Miss Caroline – Dolled Up’ collection to add an extra texture to the left of the journaling, I think it echoes the pattern on the ground in the photo, and it keeps the layout boyish, balancing out the other delicate details:
The journaling reads:
You are usually charging about and getting into mischief, so I was glad to capture this rare moment of you sitting still, on the end of a playpark slide, staring into space.
I wish you could tell me what your day-dream was about – I hope it was sweet and lovely. I’m sure you’ll have many more day-dreams to come, but I don’t mind you running around and being boy-ish in the meantime!
I hope I’ve managed to make a page that captures the sweet, still moment. We don’t get many of them round here!

I’ll be back in a couple of days with some Counterfeit Kit layouts,

Jennifer x

Supplies: My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Bluebell ‘Playful – Lively’ and ‘Smile – Bouquet’ Papers, ‘Smile’  and ‘Playful’ Stickers, and Tangerine ‘Together’ Enamel Dots, Lost & Found 3 Oliver sticker Accessory Sheet, Lost & Found 2 Breeze ‘Everywhere’ Label Stickers, All is Bright Decorative Tape, and Fine & Dandy ‘True Blue’ Chipboard. Glitz Design Teeny Alphas ‘Cashmere Dame – Tiffany Blue’, Hero Arts Clear Gemstones, Heidi Swapp ‘Gold Lame’ Color Shine Spritz, White Opal Liquid Pearls, Craft Tonic Mini Star Punch, Slice Design Cutter and Basic Design Card (to cut the word ‘dream’ from cardstock), American Crafts Roller Date Stamp, Black Journaling Pen, Dark Yellow Thread, Grey Ink Pad.