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My Product Picks – Summer Releases 2015!

Have you been watching all the scrapbook companies release their latest products over the last couple of months? I was too busy to keep an eye on it, especially as they all spread their releases out now that there’s no big summer CHA show.

However, I did sit down a couple of weeks ago to use the links from Scrapbook Update HERE, and Scrappy Jedi HERE, as well as scrolling back on manufacturer blogs, so that I could see all the new goodies!

My Product Picks Summer 2015 at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s my product picks of all the latest things I’d like to buy when they hit the shops. The titles and the photos are linked to the full reveals. I’m going to start with the everyday-themed items then move on to the Christmas collections & stamps…

Non-Christmas

Pink Paislee Cedar Lane:

 Pink Paislee Cedar Lane

Autumn is my favourite season, though we don’t get as many golden colours here in Dorset as we used to in Essex where I grew up. But that’s okay as I can console myself with this collection – full of fall hues and heart-warming phrases.

I especially like the ephemera, with the leafy wreath and the ‘snuggle up’ golden words:

Pink Paislee Cedar Lane Ephemera

American Crafts – Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers:

Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers

I have become a big fan of Amy Tangerine and Her YouTube videos lately. This colourful collection is perfectly her style – colourful, quirky, fun!

I am drooling over the wood slices and the wooden stamp set. I don’t know how much I’d use the pineapple stamps but I want them anyway:

Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers

Crate Paper Wonder:

 Crate Paper Wonder

This is such a cute childhood collection. It’s filled with whimsical characters and pretty icons. I really like the puffy stickers which features houses and the little animal faces.

But the item I want most of all is the wood veneer framework in the shape of a house:

Crate Paper Wonder Frame

I can totally imagine me filling this with pretty things!

Jillibean Soup Mix The Media – Wood:

There’s a few different wood plank shapes on the reveal, but the one I really want is this star. It would be great for any time of year:

Jillibean Soup Mix The Media Wood Star

Christmas

My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street:

 My Mind's Eye Christmas On Market Street

This collection is just so gorgeous. I want to wrap my house up in it at Christmas time! I love the mix of teal, red and gold, and the swirly writing, and all the decorated antlers.

The glittery puffy stickers are the bit I love the most. This product photo below doesn’t do them justice, see THIS PHOTO that MME posted on Instagram where you can see a snippet of how sparkly they are. I must have them:

My Mind's Eye Christmas On Market Street Stickers

Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes:

 Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes

The character in this winter collection are just so full of personality! It’s the most unique Christmas collection I came across – I feel like it’s something I’ve never seen before and it would make my projects feel super special.

I really love the stamp set and the puffy stickers:

Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes Puffy Stickers

Cocoa Vanilla Tis The Season:

 Cocoa Vanilla Tis The Season

This collection is pretty! The soft minty blue is stunning!

These stars look so shiny. And they’d look good on projects all year round:

Cocoa Vanilla Tis The Season

Lawn Fawn Christmas Stamps:

These two stamp sets from Lawn Fawn have totally stolen my heart. You can expect to see some projects using them during Frosty Festivities 2015. Isn’t the snowglobe totally perfect?!:

Lawn Fawn Christmas Stamps

Hero Arts – Kelly Purkey Stamps:

I also really like these smaller (3×4″) stamp sets, designed by Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts. The ‘joy’ brush-writing sentiment is gorgeous and I love the patterns on the trees. These sets would be good for layouts as well as cards & tags:

Hero Arts Kelly Purkey Stamps

I want to stamp some little trees, cut them out, then tie them around a candle jar!

So those are the items I’d like to buy. I won’t be able to afford them all but I’m sure some of them will slide into my online baskets! Especially the Christmas stuff – I can’t run Frosty Festivities without them, can I?!

What have you spotted recently that you’d like to get your hands on? Anything from my list?

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

SJ Crafts April Challenge – A Mood Board For Ideas!

Hello everyone! I don’t know what season you are experiencing wherever you are in the world, but here spring is in full swing, with flowers blooming and warmer days making me look forward to the summer!

So this Mood Board I created for the SJ Crafts April Challenge feels especially inspiring to me, though I’m sure you can get ideas from it not matter what weather you’re having…

April Challenge Mood Board:

SJ Crafts April Challenge Mood Board

You can take ideas from this however you choose, for example:

Use the colours – Yellow, Green, Peach, White, Cork/Kraft
Use the quote ‘Look How They Grow’
Make a page about flowers or plants
Use some of the elements, eg. feathers and stars on your page
Use the composition somehow (eg. two lines along the base of your project)
Or anything else you get from the mood board!
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For my sample layout I mainly chose to use the colours of lime green and yellow, with some cork elements (including some American Crafts DIY Shop Cork Alphas and Arrows), but I swapped out the peach for a bolder orange because I wanted to use some Amy Tangerine Plus One items!
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Treasure Hunt:

Treasure Hunt layout by Jennifer Grace

I love this combination of colours, it makes me feel happy and lively just to look at them!

The background paper with the circles on is actually from Crate Paper’s Boys Rule collection, it’s called ‘Race Track’ – I bought two sheets of this paper because I loved the front and back! I sprinkled some drops of gold mist on this side to break up the circles a bit.

The page is about a ‘treasure hunt’ walk my daughter and I went for last year – she designed the map and said we had to look for jewels!  The journaling reads:

‘I took you for an adventure one hot day, we left little brother with Rosie so we could explore properly. You drew a map for us and said we were looking for jewels and a castle. 

We hid from pretend dragons, collected jewels that were really pebbles, and the bridge by the quay was a castle. The alcoves were the king and queen’s thrones! I {heart} adventures with you!’

I also took inspration from the mood board by sticking a couple of elements (cut from the Plus One 6×6 Pad) down with washi tape, and by using star embellishments, particularly some gold and woodgrain stars from the Studio Calico Essentials range:

Treasure Hunt layout by Jennifer Grace

I added a couple of feathers like those on the mood board, though I coloured a white feather with Heidi Swapp’s Coral Color Shine Spritz first, then stitched them onto the layout:

Treasure Hunt layout by Jennifer Grace

Finally some Plus One Puffy Stickers and Accent Stickers, plus some Studio Calico Woodgrain and Gold Enamel Dots, are sprinkled around the page for my usual touch of scattering!

What do you think about the way I used the mood board? What inspiration can you take from it? Check out the Challenge Post at SJ Crafts to see what ideas the other Design Team members found on the mood board and the samples they made! Plus you can enter your own project to have a chance to win a small spring prize!

Have a great day!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

A Challenge – To Embrace The Busy

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

The festive season is a hectic time for everyone, right? I know it’s a whirlwind of shopping, preparations, parties, and family celebrations around here. I say we should embrace the busy – in our lives and on our projects!

You could join in with this challenge by making a busy card with lots of details, using busy patterned papers on your next project, making lists to stop you feeling overwhelmed with the busy life, or, like me, you could use a busy photo on a layout! Or if you have another inspiration from this prompt, go with it!

The winner of this challenge will win this prize:

Challenge to Embrace the Busy Prize

An American Crafts Kringle & Co 6×6 Pad and Die Cut Shapes!

I’ve used lots of these same die cut shapes on this layout, which features a busy photo…

Family Time:

Family Time layout by Jennifer Grace

I don’t often like to scrapbook photos which are busy, especially when it’s hard to see people’s faces. But some photos like that are too special to ignore – I love this picture of my family sitting at my mum’s dining table for a Christmas meal a few years ago. That moment can never be re-captured, as my granny sadly passed away a couple of years ago, and our kids are growing up. It’s a time that’s been captured and deserves to be scrapbooked!

Here’s a tip for a different way to plan out a layout. I’ve often done this without really thinking about it, then someone at a crop commented they’d never seen anyone do this before. If I’ve got some embellishments in mind, or a tricky photo to work with, I plan out the page with no patterned paper. I’l just lay the photos and embellies on my table top, or here I’ve photographed it on white mountboard:

Family Time - Layout Tip by Jennifer Grace

I find it helps to work this way sometimes, because otherwise I get distracted by the patterns on the paper – I start to worry more about the paper instead of what I’m trying to say with my photo and embellishments. Once I’ve got them in an arrangement I like, I then take a pictures for reference, and try it out on different paper background until I find the one I like:

Family Time - Layout Tip by Jennifer Grace

Then I just have to get it stuck down and add more bits as I choose! To really ’embrace the busy’ I piled the embellishments all up close to the photo. Rather than overwhelming it, I think the busy arrangement enhances the photo, as it gives a feeling of a bustling, cosy Christmas. The muted-brown embellishments blend in to the background paper a little too, which stops it getting too hectic!

Family Time layout by Jennifer Grace

Did you see I used some full stops from an alpha sticker pack (Maggie Homes Gold Daiquiri) as baubles on the tree, and in the flower centre?

Family Time layout by Jennifer Grace

A fun way to add an extra bit of sparkle!

Be Inspired:

Use full stops or other punctuation stickers as embellishments

Cluster your details around a central image

Choose the papers last when creating your next project

To enter this challenge: Make something that embraces the busy, then blog about it or upload it to an online gallery. Then come here and add your project to the Linky Tool below! You can enter this challenge as many times as you like, and you can combine it with other challenges (either mine or other online challenges).

The challenge will close next Sunday 17th November at 10.59pm GMT. It is open internationally.

Jennifer x

P.S. If you are enjoying this event, I’d love it if you can support me by sharing the projects you like via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or however you like! There are sharing buttons below to make it easy for you – thanks! (Not obligatory but appreciated!)


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