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The Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop & Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

I hope you’ve already found some inspiration from the event so far, and you are about to find a lot more… it’s time for the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop!

I didn’t have time to arrange one of these during the last event and I really missed it. It’s so fun to pop round a few of my online friend’s blogs and see how they’ve been inspired by the theme. I’m going to share a project of my own with you, then I shall send you on to 12 other blogs! If you go the whole way around the hop and leave a comment on each one you will be entered to win this prize:

WRMK Insta Album Shine Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop

A WRMK Insta Album Kit (Shine) which includes a 4×4″ album, 20 photo sleeves, journaling cards, and three self-inking stamps!

The giveaway is open internationally, and it will close on Sunday the 24th of May at 10pm BST {NOW CLOSED}. The winner will be announced on my blog, along with all the other winners, on Thursday the 28th of May, so make sure you check back then to see if you’ve won.

Here’s my project for the hop… I decided to FOCUS on the story…

The Minions:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

I wanted to focus on the story because the photo isn’t the best quality. It was taken on my smart phone, it’s quite blurry and grainy and the lighting isn’t great – I’ve taken a close up so you can see the detail a bit better:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

Despite the poor photo quality I really wanted to scrapbook the picture, because it’s such a great moment captured – of my little sister surrounded by her nieces and nephews… because she was playing a Minions app game on her phone, and it drew them all in like moths to a flame! This was also taken just before my sister was going travelling and we weren’t sure how long she was going to be away for, so it was great for her to have some quality time with all the kids.

To help me focus on the story I planned out my journaling first of all. This is soooo rare for me – I usually forget about adding a title and journaling until a page is almost finished, then I have to squeeze it all in! I chose some frames to use for the journaling and also picked out a background page which looked a bit wall-like, so the photo and frames were arranged like a gallery:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

I backed the frames with paper from a Simples Stories Sn@P 6×6 pad, just by drawing around the frames onto the paper before cutting it out, then adhering it to the back of the frames using a repositionable tape runner (being able to reposition it meant that I could tweak the paper to make sure the lines were straight in the frames):

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

I wrote the journaling in the large frames, and added the date to one of the smaller ones. I left the other small frame empty so that I could overlap some embellishments on it. I stuck these and the photo all down, with a bit of ribbon added too – to underline the frames a bit:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

Note that I also stuck the photo flat onto the page, rather than popping it up with foam tape, because I wanted the story frames to be the things that ‘stood out’.

I focused on the story even more by adding extra journaling at the bottom of the photo. This was jounaling that didn’t continue the story, but rather gave a different look at the situation. The journaling in the frames talks about what was actually happening in the picture, where as the ‘Auntie Katy = Fun’ at the side of the photo is what I imagine the kids are all thinking, and the bit below the photo (about how sometimes technology can be a thing to bring us together and bridge generations) is my inner dialogue about what the photo makes me think about:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

I made sure this extra journaling didn’t detract too much attention from the main story by adding all the main embellies around the story frames, including an arrow pointing at the date:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

I also made sure to include some bright yellow embellishments, especially some enamel dots, as a nod to the bright colour of Minions:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

The story certainly stands out on this page for me, what do you think?

Be Inspired:

Use frames to hold your journaling

Pick an accent colour to match your subject matter rather than colours in your photo

Make a gallery-wall – on your actual wall or on a layout, card, etc

If you’ve only just discovered my blog via one of the other blogs in the hop then hello! It’s nice to meet you. I’m Jennifer Grace and I’m the host of the hop – it’s part of a weekend long event I’m holding, full of tutorials, giveaways, and more, so make sure you check out the start and the grand giveaway HERE.

Now it’s time to send you on to the next blog in the hop… the wonderful Sheena at Scraps And Scribbles!

If you get lost at anytime during the hop then here’s the full list to help you out:


Remember to comment on them all for a chance to win the WRMK album! {NOW CLOSED}

I’ll see you again at 7pm,

Jennifer x

46 thoughts on “The Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop & Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}”

  1. Aunty Katy looks like her big sis Jennifer. I love the minions too and the framing of the journalling is something that I will use myself. Thanx for the inspiration as always Jennifer
    Jo xxx


  2. Hi Jennifer a brilliant start to your wonderful weekend. I have enjoyed hopping around visiting everyone. 2 blog posts weren’t up at 6.10pm but now it is just Leslie’s post I cannot find. Sooooo looking forward to seeing what you have planned for the rest of the weekend and gutted I think I got this photo answer wrong lol! xxx


  3. Lovely page layout Jennifer. I quite agree, sometimes the quality of a photo doesn’t matter, it’s the story behind that shines through. And I agree about social media too, it can draw people together sometimes and I love the photo of Katy with all her avid watchers!


  4. what a fab photo of Auntie Katy and the little ones and such a lovely moment captured in your journaling!! Loving the way you’ve used the frames here. Off to hop around the blog hop!


  5. I am struggling to leave a comment on Daphne’s blog – not sure why as I have done so in the past. Seems to be a problem with me logging into wordpress but I’ll try to sort it out!! Also, one blog post is missing. Loved the blog hop!! xx


  6. Love the story, and I agree that technology isn’t always bad and can bring people together sometimes.
    Thanks for the tips on how to journal the story x


  7. I have been round the hop and back again! Some great posts and ideas, thank you for organising this Jennifer, and for inviting me to take part. It has been fun!


  8. It DOES look like a gallery wall in your LO! Its clever and really attractive! It also gives a Project Life feel too for us PLers!!
    Love following your story too – journaling is so important – something I MUST do more!
    What a great prize too! Too much fun already!!!!


  9. Great page! I’m still chuckling about “The Minions.” 🙂 I tend to save a specific spot for journalling but it always goes in last.


  10. Phew, I’ve been round them all! What a delight each blog was!! So much beautiful effort!

    Love your Minion page! It looks just like a wall or gallery on the LO! This is such a creative great idea!


  11. Love this page, the frames are the perfect place for journalling. My boys love Minions too, they love watching their dad play the Minion game on his phone too.


  12. Just been round all the other bloggers, what a fabulous lot of projects. I’m really inspired, just a shame I don’t have the time right now.


  13. Been hopping like mad…my little legs are quite worn out!!! All the girls have super projects and some really good ideas!!!!!!!!! Have left comments with everyone….and well done to all the girls and you too Jennifer for your hard work!!!!!!!


  14. Great blog hop. Can I leave a comment here for Annie? I’m having trouble with my Google Account so can’t leave a comment there: loved the video, the black with the pastels and doodling round the edges.


  15. Great layout Jennifer and thank you so much for asking me to play a part in your blog hop. Off to hop around the blogs, excited!!


  16. Fabulous design on your wonderful LO. Love that you framed the journaling and that you made it look like a wall display with the wood background. What a special moment you captured!!
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com


  17. Just finished hopping around. Talk about a wonderful array of creations, talent and lots of lovely, inspiring interpretations of how to interpret focus. Thank you for organising this hop. Loved every bit of it:):)


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