Scrapbook Layouts, Your Craft & Soul Events

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

About Me

The What I’m Working On Blog Hop!

Hello everyone!

Something slightly different for today. A couple of weeks ago the lovely Louise at Boys, Bugs and Beautiful Buttons took part in the ‘what I’m working on’ blog hop (HERE is her post), and she nominated me to take part. I was supposed to post last Monday but I was busy checking out all the entries and drawing winners from the Refresh Your Craft & Soul challenge entries, so I didn’t have time to get this finished!

I’m going to answer the four questions about what I’m working on / my creative style, then at the end I’ll nominate 3 more people to hopefully join in and post their answers next Monday!

Q1: What am I working on now?

Right now, this very morning, my table looks like this…

What I'm Working On Blog Hop

… because I spent yesterday afternoon making some birthday cards for a few friends birthdays that are coming up. I’ll show you them later this week when the recipients have opened them! I’ll spend some time today tidying away all this mess so I can work on another project… probably my layout for the August Scrap 365 Sketch – my July layout and process video went live HERE on Saturday, so now I need to work on the next one!

I’ve also been working on some more stencil designs for my Happy Scatter Etsy Shop. When I’m planning out the designs I don’t begin in a very organised way… here’s a glimpse of my initial ideas sketched out on an envelope:

What I'm Working On Blog Hop

They will look a bit more professional in the finished design!

Q2: How does my work differ from other’s of it’s kind?

Everyone has their own style that’s unique to them. I’d say you can spot my projects by something that’s colourful, playful, and sparkly – there’s always got to be some gems, sequins, or other sparkly thing scattered around my card or layout!

What I'm Working On Blog Hop

Q3: Why do I create what I do?

I’ve always wanted to keep a diary. I’ve tried several times in my life. I am useless at it! I write in in for a week or so then forget all about it. The only time I manage to keep it up is on a short holiday… but not when we went travelling for 6 months, I gave up then too. But scrapbooking works! That’s why I always have journaling on my pages, even just a couple of lines, because I want to be able to look back one day and remember how I felt or what was going on at that time in our lives. I hope as they get older my kids will like to look back on it too.

I also love it because of the creativity, which is probably why I’m able to keep up with it. I’ve been an artist / craftsperson of one kind or another all my life – my mum is a fine artist (as well as a clown!), so she taught me to experiment and make things. I call it my therapy, because crafting soothes my soul. If I haven’t crafted for a while you can tell because I get grumpy!

Here’s an acrylic painting I did years ago, before scrapbooking became my main creative outlet:

a breeze that brings promise

Q4: How does my creative process work?

That depends entirely on my mood! Sometimes I start with a sketch, sometimes with photos, sometimes with colour, sometimes with a deadline and a certain project in mind. I don’t usually plan it out to much before pulling out products, but I do tend to push things around quite a lot before sticking anything down.

I make a lot of mess for each project but always tidy it away before starting the next one – partly because it drives me crazy if I can’t find something I need to use as it’s under a big pile of stash, but also because I craft on our family dining table so I need to clear away for meals quite often. We do eat on our laps on the sofa when I’ve got a blog event approaching!

You can see some of my start-to-finish layout process videos on My You Tube Channel.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you’ve found it interesting reading my answers!

Now it’s time for me to nominate 3 bloggers who I’d like to see answer these questions…

1. Sarah at Time To… ~ she’s the owner of SJ Crafts and also a good friend who understand my paper obsession!

2. Jacky at Scrappy Jacky ~ I’ve been reading Jacky’s blog for years, I love her layered cards and seeing photos from her life!

3. Annie at Arty Farty Annie ~ Annie’s creative flair has always inspired me to play with my supplies more!

I don’t think any of them have participated in this expanding blog hop before. We’ll see if they are able to answer the questions too!

Bye for now, have a great week!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts, Your Craft & Soul Events

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

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Whoop! It’s time for the Blog Hop! This is always a fun part of the event, when we get to see how other crafters have interpreted the theme!

If you go all the way around (there’s only 10 stops), leave a comment on each blog, then come back here to say you’ve finished the hop, then your name will go in the draw to win this refreshing prize pack  {Giveaway NOW CLOSED}:

Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop Prize at Jennifer Grace Creates

The prize includes lots of Glitz 77 and My Mind’s Eye Izzy Items, total worth over £25!

The giveaway is open internationally, and it will close on Monday the 9th of June 2014 at 10.59pm BST. The winner will be announced on Thursday the 12th of June, so check back to see if you’ve won!

Here’s my project for the hop:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Do you like the waterfall effect on the left? I had sooooo much fun making it:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Here’s how I made the waterfall…

Layer 1: I tipped some Heidi Swapp Seafoam Color Shine Mist onto a plate:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

And then used a paintbrush to dribble it at the top of a sheet of white cardstock, tipping the cardstock so it ran down the page:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Then, still holding the cardstock upright, I flicked the loaded paintbrush towards it, to make some splatters (make sure your work area is protected!):

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Layer 2: Once the Seafoam Mist was dry I repeated the above steps with Mister Huey Clay Mist:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Layer 3: When all the mist was dry, I used my sewing machine to stitch some wavy lines on top:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Layer 4: I used a swirly stamp and Studio Calico Mint Hint Ink to stamp some random swirls on top:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Layer 5: I finished it off with sequins, gems, white liquid pearls, enamel dots, and some blobs of glossy accents:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Then I raided my stash for embellishments that matched the colour of the waterfall:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Be Inspired:

Make a waterfall / river / sea with mixed-media layers

Create a monotone project

Stitch some wavy lines

What do you think, does it all look suitably watery?!

Now it’s time to send you on to the next stop in the hop, the lovely Annie!

Here’s the full list in case you get lost on the way:

Jennifer: http://jennifergracecreates.com/

Don’t forget to leave comments all the way around, and then stop back here to let me know you are done, to be entered in the draw to win the prize!

I’ll see you again at 7pm, Jennifer x

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

The Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Hop! {GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED}

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

Ooh, I love this part of the event – it’s time to hop all around the world to gather even more inspiration! This time there’s some new faces as well as old friends on the hop, so give them all a hearty hello! If you leave a comment on every blog in the hop then you’ll be in with a chance to win this jolly prize pack {GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED}:

Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Hop Giveaway

Which includes a Simple Stories December Documented Collection Kit, and lots of Elle’s Studio Noel papers and embellishments, plus a few other bits and pieces – prize value over £28!

To enter you just need to leave a comment on each blog in the hop, and then come back and let me know here that you’ve been all the way around. Don’t forget to leave me a way to contact you if you win (or really, really make sure you check back!). The giveaway is open internationally, and will close at 10.59pm GMT on Monday 11th November 2013. The winner will be announced on Thursday the 14th of November. {GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED}

Here’s my project for the hop…

Winter Kisses:

Winter Kisses layout by Jennifer Grace

I have been waiting for the perfect time to scrapbook this photo of my son from last winter – his cute little face makes my heart melt!

I wanted to have lots and lots of ‘snowflakes’ falling at the top of the page, but without distracting too much from the photo. So I made the whole top section of the page into a shaker pouch, by laying a 12″ x 6½” piece of vellum (Elle’s Studio Noel) at the top of a piece of patterned paper (Crate Paper Flea Market – Curio), and machine stitching around three sides. Then I tipped lots of white and greeny-blue sequins, plus an ephemera snowflake, into the pouch, and machine stitched the fourth edge.

Of course I added extra sparkle on top (this is my layout after all), but I love the subtle extra layer the background has, and how it will constantly change as the sequins move about:

Winter Kisses layout by Jennifer Grace

When I placed the title on the page I realised the vellum was buckling a bit, so I added a few sparkly white brads to make it lie flatter, and to secure the ephemera snowflake in place behind the vellum – because I didn’t want it to disappear behind my photo or title:

Winter Kisses layout by Jennifer Grace

I used embellishments from Crate Paper Bundled Up, Elle’s Studio Noel, a Basic Grey 25th & Pine Chipboard Shape, some Studio Calico Tiny Stars, plus gems and glitter ribbon, to finish off the page:

Winter Kisses layout by Jennifer Grace

Be Inspired:

Make a shaker pouch of falling ‘snowflakes’

Use a piece of ephemera or a chipboard element as part of a page title

Add two lines along the bottom of a page or card for a defined border

Have you ever made a shaker pouch?

Now it’s time to send you on to the next stop in the hop… the lovely Annie!

Here’s the full hop list in case you get lost:

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Don’t forget to leave comments all the way around, and then stop back here to let me know you’re done, so you’ll be entered in the draw to win the prize. {GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED}

I’ll see you again in an hour!

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!)

Get Crafting

Projects that WOW! Class Details and Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the ‘Projects that WOW!’ blog hop! The hop includes some details about my upcoming online class (my first ever and I’m super excited), and there’s a giveaway {NOW CLOSED} for 3 class places! You can enter the giveaway even if you’ve already bought a class place (or if you buy one now) – because if you win a place the course cost will be refunded to you!

Projects that WOW! Online class at Jennifer Grace Creates

The project sneaks on the class graphic above are just a few of my projects that you’ll see during the class. There’s many, many more from me (75 in total), plus there’s 15 guest layouts from a variety of fabulous scrapbookers from around the world – so you can see how other people have interpreted the prompts. Today’s blog hop will introduce you to those guest artists and show you sneaks of their projects!

Want to know more?!

Projects that WOW!’ is about making your projects stand out from the crowd. What makes you pause and look closer at a scrapbook page when you are flicking through your own albums, or looking at other people’s layouts in magazines? Which cards jump out at you from Pinterest or from envelopes when you open them? What details of paper-crafted home décor or jewellery make you stop and say ‘wow!’? It’s time to learn some of these techniques or styles and put them to use!

To enter the giveaway {NOW CLOSED} for a class place (3 up for grabs) you just need to comment anywhere along the ‘Projects that WOW!’ blog hop by 11.59pm BST Thursday 6th June. EACH COMMENT on EACH BLOG in the hop counts as an EXTRA ENTRY into the draw. The winners will be announced at Jennifer Grace Creates on Friday 7th June. If you’ve already purchased a class place and then you win, the class price will be refunded to you. So don’t wait to sign up! Buy a place right now!

(This will take you to paypal – but if you don’t have a paypal account you just need to click on the ‘pay with a credit or debit card’ link at the bottom.)

Click here to buy a class place:

You’ll receive a thank you email within 48hours of your purchase. If you’d rather I send emails to a different address other than the one you pay with, then tell me that email address in the ‘add special instructions to the seller’ box.

This online class will consist of 15 PDF prompts (lessons) and at least 3 videos, and it will run as a ‘live’ class from Monday the 10th to Friday 28th June 2013. All the class material will still be available to participants after the end of class, so don’t worry if you can’t manage it while it’s live. Class participants will receive an email with a prompt attached every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for three weeks.

The class will feature lots of scrapbook layouts, but also some cards, jewellery and home décor crafts (all involving scrapbook paper/supplies). There’s a forum, and a gallery for class participants to upload to, and there will be some prizes up for grabs for those who join in while it’s live!

Each prompt will have a theme of a particular style or technique, which can be used to make crafty projects that grab your attention. You may have seen these styles before but not been able to define them, or you’ll be learning new ways to use them! There will be two layouts, two cards, and another item (eg jewellery / home decor, etc) by me on each prompt, as well as a layout by a guest contributor. Some will have step-by-step tutorials, some will be super inspiring!

If you have any questions about the class please email me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk. If you are new here and you want to know more about me, then check out the menu bar below my header – there’s pages About Me, my Crafting Resume, my Blog Events, and my Tutorials. I’m currently on the design teams for SJ Crafts and the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, plus I contribute regularly to the PaperHaus Magazine. You can also follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram!

Now I’ll send you onwards – the first stop in the hop is with the lovely Sarah Webb at Scropping. Here’s the master list in case you get lost:

Jennifer Grace – http://jennifergracecreates.com/

Sarah Webb  http://scropping.blogspot.co.uk/

Elena Stefanidou http://home2love.blogspot.co.uk/

Stacey Young http://staceyeyoung.blogspot.co.uk/

Riikka Kovasin http://paperiliitin.blogspot.co.uk/

Peg Hewitt  http://www.pegsplaytime.blogspot.com.au/

Ashley Calder http://ashleycalder.blogspot.co.uk/

Stacey Michaud http://staceymichaud.blogspot.co.uk/

Brit Sviggum http://britshverdag.blogspot.co.uk/

Sasha Farina http://www.sashafarina.com/

Jill Cornell http://jillcornell.blogspot.co.uk/

Diane Payne http://dianepayne.typepad.com/

Anna-Karin Evaldsson http://layersofink.blogspot.co.uk/

Natalie Elphinstone http://onescrappydoctor.blogspot.co.uk/

Jennifer Chapin http://jenchapin.blogspot.co.uk/

Angie Gutshall http://mylittleblessings123.blogspot.co.uk/

Jennifer Grace – http://jennifergracecreates.com/

Have fun hopping and I’ll see you soon! ‘Welcome to class’ emails are going out later today for those who’ve signed up, so we can start chatting on the forum before class starts!

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win a class place. You can just comment to say whether you are excited about the class – or you can answer this question: How do you define your scrapbooking style?

Bye for now, Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

The Onwards and Upwards Blog Hop! {GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED}

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

It’s time for you to get some inspiration from not only me, but some of my lovely blogging friends!

They’ve all got an Onwards and Upwards themed post for you, and I can’t wait to see what they’ve all written/created! If you hop all the way around, commenting as you go, then you will be in with a chance to win this cheerful prize pack {NOW CLOSED}:

Onwards and Upwards Blog Hop Prize at Jennifer Grace Creates

Which includes Simple Stories 24/7 and Glitz Design Color Me Happy items, and is worth over £25!

To enter you just need to leave a comment on each blog in the hop, and then come back and let me know here that you’ve been all the way around. Don’t forget to leave me a way to contact you if you win (or really, really make sure you check back!). The giveaway {NOW CLOSED} is open internationally, and will close at 10.59pm BST on Monday 13th May 2013. The winner will be announced on Thursday the 16th of May.

Here’s a layout I created to show you for the hop…

Wear Pretty Skirts:

Wear Pretty Skirts layout by Jennifer Grace

I own a lot of pretty skirts. Towards the end of last year I realised I hadn’t been wearing them as much day-to-day as I used to. Having to get up early for the school run meant I kept just pulling on my jeans instead! But I love my skirts, and I feel so much happier when I’m wearing them. It makes me feel prettier, and more arty and fun! So I’ve made a concious effort to wear them more – to do the school run, to the beach, to the supermarket. Don’t shut pretty clothes away in a cupboard!

The title ‘Wear Pretty Skirts’ is quite small compared to the ‘daring adventure’ words below. So to keep it prominent I layered it onto this what-not frame, which is attached to the layout with pop-dots. The giant ‘hello there’ rhinestone draws your eye to the title, and so does the arrow pointing through ‘today is your day’. The heart is a negative cut that was left over from another project you’re going to see this weekend – see if you spot the woodgrain heart on something else later!

Wear Pretty Skirts layout by Jennifer Grace

I loved the paper which had the ‘daring adventure’ words on it, but I cut them out so they fitted better with my other elements:

Wear Pretty Skirts layout by Jennifer Grace

I love this rainbow chevron washi too. There’s something about rainbow colours, like pretty skirts, that just makes me feel happy!

Be Inspired:

Use some rainbow colours on your next project

Fill a negative shape with words

Use 3 small square photos on a page

Do you have items of clothing or accessories that make you feel more positive when you wear them? Do you wear them often enough? If not, why not? Go put it on now! Feel uplifted!

Now it’s time for me to send you to the next stop in the hop… the wonderful Rinda at Gallo Organico!

Here’s the full hop list in case you get lost:

Jennifer – http://jennifergracecreates.com/

Rinda – http://gallorganico.blogspot.co.uk/

Meghann – http://www.meghannslittlecorner.blogspot.co.uk/

Louise – http://scrapbook-me.blogspot.co.uk/

Lisa-Jane – http://comeinsidemycrazyhead.blogspot.co.uk/

Julie – http://www.icreatepurtythangs.blogspot.co.uk/

Jo S – http://www.curlyscrapbooker.blogspot.co.uk/

Jo B – http://www.buckinghamspalace.blogspot.co.uk/

Jenny – http://dragonllew.blogspot.co.uk/

Jacky – http://scrappyjackylive.blogspot.co.uk/

Fay – http://beautifullilysramblings.blogspot.co.uk/

Daphne – http://dapfniedesign.wordpress.com/

Abi – http://creatingpaperdreams.blogspot.co.uk/

Jennifer – http://jennifergracecreates.com/

Don’t forget to comment all the way around, and then stop back here to let me know you’re done, so you’ll be entered in the draw to win the prize {NOW CLOSED}.

Also remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll see you again in an hour –  the next post is a bit shorter to give you time to read all the blog hop posts! x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

Frosty Festivities Blog Hop & Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

Hello! If you’re new here, welcome to my blog, and to my Frosty Festivities weekend – don’t forget to check out the other posts and prizes that are part of the event!

This weekend isn’t just about winter posts by myself – you also have a Blog Hop (right now!), featuring some of my wonderful blogging companions to fill you with frosty & festive feelings!

And if you hop all the way around, commenting as you go, you’ll be in with a chance to win this sensational seasonal prize {NOW CLOSED} :
Which includes over £25 worth of Carta Bella Winter Fun, and Basic Grey Aspen Frost, plus Maya Road ‘Vintage Lace Daisies – Milk’, a few buttons and a sheet of red cardstock!
To enter the giveaway {NOW CLOSED} you must comment on all the blogs in the hop, and then stop back here at the end to let me know you’ve done so. Also make sure you tell me how to contact you if you win, if you’re not easily reached via your google account.

The giveaway closes at 10.59pm (GMT) Monday 19th November, and is open internationally. The winner will be announced on this blog, Jennifer’s Jumbles, on Thursday 22nd November. 

Once you’ve finished here, the next stop along the line is Abi. At the bottom of my post there’s also a master list of all the blogs taking part, in case you get lost anywhere along the way!

Right now I want to tell you one of my favourite things about winter…

Frosty Outside, Cosy Inside:

On warm sunny days I like to go out exploring, but I could never live somewhere that’s hot all year around, because I like the flip side too. I love it when the weather gets colder – it gives me a great reason for staying inside, wearing my slippers, reading a good book, and sipping hot chocolate!
Here’s how I put the ‘frame’ onto the layout:
I took two sheets of white cardstock and cut them in half:
I marked on the back of two of them how deep I wanted my transparencies to sit:
And then I drew a freehand wobbly line, to look a bit like snow built up on a window, leaving an edge all around to fix my transparencies to:
I cut these out, then put them onto the other cardstock halves, right sides together, so I could draw the shapes that I’d cut onto the other half. Once I’d drawn it, I cut them out to match, so that the cardstock halves would sit together:
And then I stuck them together, sandwiching the transparencies in between (sorry it’s hard to see on the photo):
To fix it to the layout, I used Washi Tape on the front and back of the join, to make a hinge. I also did some zig-zag stitching on the edges of the washi tape to strengthen it, and stop it from coming off the paper, as Washi Tape doesn’t have strong adhesive on it and I want the layout to last! (Sorry I don’t have any photos of this bit)
Then I decorated the inside of the layout:
Supplies: American Crafts Cardstock. Pink Paislee City Sidewalks 8×8 Papers and Ephemera. Crate Paper Sleigh Ride 6×6 papers, 12×12 Tag Cut sheet, and Vellum tags and numbers, Acorn Avenue Thickers. My Mind’s Eye All is Bright Stickers and Decorative Tape. October afternoon Tiny Type Stickers. Various Gems, Sewing Machine, Black Journaling Pen.
The pile of books are ones I often like to re-read in Winter: ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Twilight’, ‘Graceling’, and ‘Wintersmith’. I’ve read these books so many times that the spines are cracked, and the pages have blobs of hot chocolate on them! They are great to snuggle up with when the weather is cold.
To decorate the front ‘frame’ of the layout, I protected the inside with a sheet of white tissue paper, so I could still see where the lines were on the layout beneath. Then I coated the transparencies with Sparkle Mod Podge, not worrying too much if I went onto the white frame a bit. I stuck the ‘frosty outside’ wording down on top – I went over the word ‘outside’ with Mod Podge too as it was cut from paper, and the Mod Podge would help to protect it::
I like opening the frame to peep inside at the cosy layout beneath!
Do you have certain books to read or games to play in the winter? Or any other wintry occupations? Have you scrapbooked them?
Now it’s time for me to send you off around the hop! You should go to Abi next! If you get lost at all, here’s the master list:

Don’t forget to comment all the way around, and then stop back here to let me know you’ve done so, and you’ll be in with a chance to win the prize!

Also remember that a comment on this post, or on any of my posts from this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED} but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that here!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy the hop. I’ll see you here again in one hour, though the next post is a short one to give you more time to soak up the hop posts! x