Scrapbook Layouts

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board

Here’s the first layout I’ve made in 2016! I needed a bit of inspiration to get be back to scrapping, so I turned to the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board. The colours were beautiful and I managed to pull lots of bits and pieces from my stash that would suit it!

Here’s the layout I ended up with – Life Is Good, Smile:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

This is another one for My 30th Birthday party album, the photo is from the morning of the party when we were all waking up from a night of camping, and trying to ignore the drizzly weather!

Here’s the mood board from Jot:

Jot Magazine January 2016 Modd Board Challenge

To start with I planned out that my background paper would be the piece with doilies on, I chose some 6×6 papers and scraps to layer with, and I knew I wanted to use some burlap paper on here as there were the little burlap bags on the moodboard:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

I thought about making the burlap into a little bag or pocket for journaling, but it was really thick and I couldn’t work out how to do it and make it look nice. Then I remembered that I had one Crate Paper wooden embroidery hoop shape left, so I decided to use the burlap inside the ‘frame’. I drew around the outside edge of the hoop on the back of the burlap paper:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

I cut the circle out just inside the drawn line, then drew on a heart shape, before back-stitching along it with cream twine and a darning needle:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Then I just added glue around the back of the wood veneer hoop and pressed it onto the burlap circle to join them together:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Initially I stuck to the more muted tones of the colour scheme when choosing embellishments for the rest of the layout:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

But I decided it needed something to make it ‘pop’ especially as my coat in the photo is quite a bright blue. So I added some brighter blue items around the edges too:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Then I just had to finish off with my journaling and some enamel dots and gems!

My journaling reads:

We may have woken up to a drizzly grey day for our party, but that wouldn’t stop us from smiling!

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

I especially like this ‘happy camper’ sticker which I found as it’s so perfect for the page:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Do you think I did the mood board justice? I could probably have done with a bit more newsprint or florals, but I didn’t have any newsprint in my stash and I figured the doilies were okay instead of florals!

The mood board challenge is open for another week-or-so if you want to enter!

I hope you are having a great weekend,

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

A Challenge – To Be Inspired! {NOW CLOSED}

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

It’s time for the Challenge To Be Inspired! {NOW CLOSED}

The Challenge To Be Inspired Prize for the Focus Your Craft & Soul event at Jennifer Grace Creates

This is where you can come to link up any projects you make, or activities you do, which are inspired by this Frosty Festivities 2015 event!

You can use the ‘Be Inspired’ section at the bottom of each project post to give you ideas, but you don’t have to – if you inspired in a different way then that’s fine too – scraplift a layout, take a colour scheme that I’ve used, copy a technique, just try to emulate my style on something… really the possibilities are endless for how you can be inspired, just go and play with your crafty supplies! You can also use inspiration from the blog hop after that takes place on Sunday the 15th of November!

To tempt you to ‘Be Inspired’ and join in, here’s one of the prizes up for grabs…

Frosty Festivites 2015 Challenge To Be Inspired Prize

It includes a Heidi Swapp Favourite Things 6 x 8″ Chipboard Album, plus some wide ribbons, a selection of 6 x 6″ papers, and some other festive crafting bits and pieces!

The above prize will be sent to one person drawn at random from all the entries.

I’m also going to give a £15 Etsy Gift Card to someone that catches my eye with a really exciting project or with the enthusiasm of their participation!

There's a £15 Etsy Gift Card for one 'Be Inspired' challenge participant too!

The gift card (email code) the winner receives can be spent in any Etsy shop which accepts gift cards.

To enter the challenge {NOW CLOSED}:

Post your project on your blog / online gallery, mentioning Frosty Festivites 2015 in your description (a backlink to the post that inspired you is appreciated but not required), and then come back here to add it! Make sure you add the URL of the actual project, not just a general gallery or blog link. You can add more than one project to a blog post and then add it to the linky several times to give you extra entries into the draw. You can enter AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WISH! You are welcome to combine with other online challenges too. If it’s not obvious where you used inspiration from my event on your project then make sure you describe it somewhere in your image description or blog post!

I will be pinning all the entries to the ‘Inspired By Jennifer Grace Creates’ Pinterest Board, and I will also come and leave a comment on any entries which I can (I can’t sign up to every online gallery, so I may not be able to comment on all. I have accounts with Flickr, Scrapbook.com, UKS, Big Picture Classes, and Studio Calico, so if your projects are on there I will be able to comment).

The challenge linky closes at 10pm GMT on Sunday the 6th of December 2015. {NOW CLOSED} It is open internationally. If you have any questions about this or anything else, you can email me at jennifergrace@hotmail.co.uk.

To give you another piece of inspiration today I created this card, with colourful Christmas trees creating a frame:

Peace On Earth Colourful Trees Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace Creates

My rainbow coloured Christmas card from last year’s Frosty Festivites (you can see that HERE) was one of my favourites, so I used that as a starting point. I really enjoyed stamping all these little trees to make a bright and cheerful frame!

The tree in the middle is gold embossed so it’s lovely and shiny:

Peace On Earth Colourful Trees Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace Creates

The colourful trees stamped around as a frame are not perfectly spaced. You could measure your stamp and space it out carefully but I just went with the wing-it-and-hope-it-works approach, by stamping one colour at a time wherever I felt like stamping on the card:

Peace On Earth Colourful Trees Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace Creates

It meant some trees are squished together and some have bigger gaps between them, but it doesn’t notice too much on the finished card, as your eyes are more drawn to the gold feature tree and the sentiment in the center.

The little tree I used is from the Lawn Fawn ‘Ready, Set, Snow’ stamp set, and the large tree and the sentiment in the center are from the Hero Arts Clearly Kelly ‘Noel’ stamp set.

Be Inspired:

Stamp a frame around the edge of a piece of card

Add a gold element in or near the center of a project

Make a line of rainbow coloured Christmas trees

Remember you can use these ideas for your project, but you don’t have to – you can also link up anything inspired by any Frosty Festivities 2015 post!

I can’t wait to see all your projects!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE! 

I’ll be back tomorrow morning (8am GMT) with the next blog post.

Jennifer x


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Scrapbook Layouts

Fly Me Away – A Carefree And Floral Layout Process Video

Today I’m sharing a carefree and floral layout process video for this page:

'Fly Me Away' Carefree and Floral Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was inspired by the Jot Magazine Mood Board Challenge for September 2015:

Jot Magazine September 2015 Mood Board Challenge

Isn’t it gorgeous? I couldn’t resist the beautiful blues and reds! Well done to Mardi Winen who created it!

Here’s my layout process video if you’d like to see how it all came together (you can also watch it on YouTube HERE):

 

 

And here’s a few detail shots in case you want to take a longer look at them…

This shows the journaling which tucks away into a little pocket:

'Fly Me Away' Carefree and Floral Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

I managed to fit lots of florals and scattered bits and pieces onto my page:

'Fly Me Away' Carefree and Floral Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

I love the angle of this photo. It was taken by my Step-Dad as we were out for a walk with him and my Mum. No children in tow!

'Fly Me Away' Carefree and Floral Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

What do you think? Are you going to have a go at the Jot Mood Board this month? It’s so pretty!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x