Scrapbook Layouts

Three More Scrap Retreat Layouts

So last week I mentioned I’d been on a scrap retreat, and I showed you 3 Girly Layouts which I made while I was there. I also told you I had a few more pages, this time with barely any pink on them!

Sorry it’s taken me a lot longer than I expected to post these, I ended up having a hectic week last week … the festive season is getting busy. Here they are…

The Wood House:

The Wood House layout by Jennifer Grace

This was a playhouse we found at Moors Valley Country Park, on a walk there one day with my Mum. It was a bit of a cold and muddy day but we had lots of fun anyway and the kids loved this house!

I used lots of woody-brown hues on this page, with the occasional touch of deep pink to echo my daughters coat, and to keep the page feeling warm and happy:

The Wood House layout by Jennifer Grace

I tied a bit of brown string to the top of the chipboard circles, to give a different texture to the page. I also used a ‘NSEW’ wood veneer from the This Way Travel set to show that we were on a journey:

The Wood House layout by Jennifer Grace

Building A Monster Castle:

Monster Castle layout by Jennifer Grace

This fun photo is of my kids at the beach, building a castle using a monster set I bought. It has eyes, teeth, and other pieces – just like you get with a Mr. Potato Head – but you put these on a castle instead!

I turned to Pinterest for a bit of inspiration for this page – I wanted something with some different shapes and a really lively feel. So I chose THIS PAGE by Ania Komenda as my inspiration. My photo was much bigger so the page ended up quite different to hers, but you can certainly see lots of circles and the flowing title:

Monster Castle layout by Jennifer Grace

I doodled on some of the circles like Ania did, and also drew around a couple on the background. I added a few other shapes to break up the circles too, including banner flags and a fishy sticker:

Monster Castle layout by Jennifer Grace

What’s This?:

What's This layout by Jennifer Grace

These photos are of my cheeky boy discovering nature. He was particularly interested in the textures of tree trunks, but he also really really wanted to jump in the muddy ditch!

I wanted tons of different textures on here because of the cool tree-trunk texture. So I started the page with some embossing paste dots applied through a Tim Holtz stencil (thank you Sarah for lending me hers), and some splashes of gold ink:

What's This layout by Jennifer Grace

I added a nice big cork heart at the top left for more texture too:

What's This layout by Jennifer Grace

I found another fun angle for a title by following the diagonal lines of the page too:

What's This layout by Jennifer Grace

There we go, that’s the rest of my 12×12 pages that I made on the retreat. I did also complete a December Daily / JYC album, THIS ONE from 2012, which I’d printed photos for and then not put together! I shall try to show you that at some point this week!

What do you think – do you prefer pink & girly pages or brown/blue textural pages?

See you again soon,

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

A Couple Of Crop Layouts – Go Your Own Way and Ouch!

On Saturday I was very lucky to go to the local ‘Artful Angels’ scrapbooking crop with my friend Sarah (who drove me all the way to Southampton and back because she’s a star – thank you Sarah!). I don’t get many chances to go to crops as they are always on Saturdays, when hubby is busy at work (he’s a retail manager) and I don’t have anyone else to leave the kids with. But this time there was a convergence of hubby having a Saturday off and a crop being on, so I grabbed my chance!

I was also able to meet Lisa-Jane for the first time, which was really fun as we were on the SJ Crafts design team together for years and knew each other from Shimelle’s workshop forums too, so it was about time we met up! Everyone was very friendly and welcoming and I had a lovely day crafting to my hearts content.

I managed to make 3 layouts and a card on the day. I’m going to show you two of the layouts today, and the others (which I used Happy Scatter items on more) will be on my blog in a couple of days time!

Go Your Own Way:

Go Your Own Way layout by Jennifer Grace

I love these photos of my cheeky boy exploring the gardens of Kingston Lacy. He walked back and forth along these stepping stone stumps so many times!

I’ve had this Pink Paislee Hey Kid Subway Flag for a while. I really liked it, but because it’s so big I could never fit it onto my pages. This time I made sure it was the first embellishment I planned a space for:

Go Your Own Way layout by Jennifer Grace

After fitting that on I piled on a ton of other embellishments, but luckily I didn’t stick them all down straight away – because I repeated a recurring problem I have in forgetting to leave space for a title! Sarah was laughing at me because she’s seen me agonise over this many times!

I cleared off some embellishments to fit the title at the bottom right corner:

Go Your Own Way layout by Jennifer Grace

At least I had remembered to leave space for journaling:

Go Your Own Way layout by Jennifer Grace

The chipboard rosette is from an older Crate Paper collection (Acorn Avenue), I like how the colours of it match really well with the newer Crate Paper background paper (from the Boys Rule collection).

The next page is about my daughter’s broken arm…


Ouch layout by Jennifer Grace

She broke her arm last year, by falling off a wooden boat in her school playground. Once it was set in the cast she was quite proud of it and liked showing it off to everyone we met!

I had made page kits to take to the crop, just with a couple of possible background papers, cardstocks, and 6×6 papers for each page. When I went to scrap this photo the 6×6 papers and this background sheet came out of the bag together, and I liked them exactly how they were. I did shuffle the 6×6’s around a bit but I didn’t bother looking through for any other papers because these colours were so gorgeous together!

I did have them laid out a bit more wonky before I stuck them down, and I was encouraged by other croppers to go for it and stick them on wonky, but I ended up straightening them a bit. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I love straight lines!

Ouch layout by Jennifer Grace

The ‘oh snap’ is on here as when I was trying to think of a title ‘snap’ was suggested, as the page is about a broken bone. I went for ‘ouch’ as the title but I still liked ‘snap’ so I added that on too! Also in the above photo you can see a wood veneer heart from the Simply Life wood veneer set, which I coloured by rubbing a chalk ink pad over the top.

I didn’t bother colouring the ‘simple life’ phrase piece from the same set, as I liked it just as it was:

Ouch layout by Jennifer Grace using Happy Scatter Simply Life Wood Veneers

This journaling area is a library pocket from the Pebbles Basics collection. I jazzed it up a bit with some gems and things, and tucked a yellow punched pinked-circle behind it – I really really want this Martha Stewart punch but it’s impossible to get hold of, if anyone has one they want to sell please let me know! I borrowed it from Lisa-Jane!

Ouch layout by Jennifer Grace

Can you see cheeky boy in the background of the photo? He really wanted to be in the picture so I said he could sit behind little miss as long as he smiled!

I think the cropping atmosphere definitely helped me get things done! Have you ever been to a crafty crop?

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

Oh The Wonder layout – Take A Fresh Look

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

This layout is about looking at the world through a child’s eyes, but you don’t have to be near a child to sit back and refresh your perspective!

Oh The Wonder:

Oh The Wonder layout by Jennifer Grace

It always amazes me how my kids can find a simple thing like a dandelion to be wonder-filled!

I wanted a basic DIY embellishment to accentuate the page, something fuss free and cute. I found THIS TUTORIAL at Le Frufru, and made a little denim flag from a scrap of material and a kebab stick (that I cut shorter using a wire cutter):

Denim Flag at Jennifer Grace Creates Denim Flag at Jennifer Grace Creates

I adhered it to the page using my hot glue gun:

Oh The Wonder layout by Jennifer Grace

I’ve used lots of the Elle’s Studio Everyday Moments collection on this page, I especially love the ‘Good Stuff’ tag from the Bits & Pieces which I added over the photo:

Oh The Wonder layout by Jennifer Grace

I like using ledger or graph paper as a background so I can write my journaling straight on their simply and easily:

Oh The Wonder layout by Jennifer Grace

We don’t even need to go on a walk to see the wonder in the world. Since we moved to a house with a garden the kids are constantly calling my to look at bugs and leaves!

Be Inspired:

Make a simple DIY embellishment by putting two items together

Scrapbook / Art Journal about seeing things though another perspective

Cut a tag so you can tuck it over the edge of a photo or piece of paper

Do you ever try stopping and looking at things from a new perspective? Now I need to try looking from some other points-of-view.

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}

I’ll see you again at 4pm!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Scrap365 June Sketch and One Boy’s Story Page!

Hello everyone!

It’s time for the June Scrap365 Sketch Challenge! This month’s sketch is so much fun:

Scrap 365 June Sketch

(Based on the artwork of Ulrika Wandler)

This month we have another fantastic sponsor:

13 Arts - The June Sponsor

Here’s a bit about 13 Arts:

13 arts is a Polish manufacturer of papers, stencils and variety of embellishments and mixed media art products: inks, mists, paints, acrylic modeling paste, gesso, gel medium, 3D powders etc. It was created by Aida Domisiewicz aka Ayeeda as a result of her passion for mixed media art. The company is developing fast and is already widely known in different countries.

Our clients praise 13 arts goods for their great quality and very good prices. The papers are thick, just perfect for mixed media techniques and they all have unique design. We constantly work on new products, so there is more to come from us.

For more information, tutorials, challenges and tons of inspiring projects by our DT please visit our blog: and our FB site . Thank you Scrap 365 for this great opportunity to present our products – Ayeeda

And just look at the gorgeous prize up for grabs this month:

13 Arts Prize for Scrap365 June Challenge

Lots of pretty things going to one lucky winner!

Here’s the page I’ve made to inspire you to enter…

One Boy’s Story:

One Boy's Story layout by Jennifer Grace using 13 Arts 'Timeless' Collection

I really really loved making this page! I used the Timeless Collection because 13 Arts sent out items to all the team, aren’t they lovely?! I also used their ‘Matte Cobalt’ Ayeeda Paint, which I used to paint the Frame #2 which I then cut into a few pieces to spread around my page:

One Boy's Story layout by Jennifer Grace using 13 Arts 'Timeless' Collection

I also mixed the same paint with some modelling paste through a stencil to make the stars on the background:

One Boy's Story layout by Jennifer Grace using 13 Arts 'Timeless' Collection

I loved the ‘One Boy’s Story’ sticker so much that I used it for my title!

One Boy's Story layout by Jennifer Grace using 13 Arts 'Timeless' Collection

The journaling reads:

At my 30th birthday party you couldn’t walk yet, but boy could you crawl. And of course it was wet and muddy and you got completely soaked. But you were so happy to be free and outdoors, so I laughed and smiled and worried about the mud later on – life’s for living! xxx

I am very happy to have another page made about my son, I have so many pages of my daughter on her own but because he came along second he doesn’t always get a layout to himself!

What do you think? Will you enter this month? Don’t forget to check out the Scrap365 blog to check out more inspiration from the Design Team!

Bye for now, Jennifer x

About Me

The Height of Summer…

… The lovely Julie Kirk has asked a question of the general blogosphere… how tall are we? 
It’s been interesting to see other people’s blog posts pop up – and learning how we all measure up against each other! To see more info on what inspired Julie’s question, check out her original post here, where you can also see how to join in. But you’ll have to be quick, as on Thursday Julie will be posting a height chart featuring us all!
I’ve been pondering on how to join in, but time has run out for any clever statistics or stories, and I haven’t even got any full length shots of all of us. I wanted to include the whole family’s heights, to record this summer, before the kids grow more (and hopefully long before me and hubby start to shrink?!). I noticed that I’d recently taken separate photos on different occasions of me, my daughter, and my son, with us looking away from the camera, and the sky behind us. I had to go back a few years to find a similar shot of hubby, as he always notices when I try to take this kind of shot of him, and pulls a face into the camera! I found one at last though.
Here’s our current heights:
Me ~ 5ft 4″ (though perhaps this hat makes me a little bit taller?):

Hubby ~ 6ft 4″ (I remember telling a friend I’d never date someone more than a few inches taller than me. Then I fell in love with a man a foot taller – I just about reach his shoulder. It was worth breaking my oath though!):
Little Miss ~ 3ft 5″ (I know her height because we measured her before we went to Disneyland Paris, and she was the exact height to be allowed on the Thunder Mountain roller coaster. She went on it – but she didn’t like it!):
Cheeky Boy ~ 2ft 7″ (I just measured him in his sleep – this is as accurate as I was able to get with a squirmy 1 year old!):
So that’s how we all stack up. Are you tall, short, or in-between? I think my height is about average, and I’ve never worried about it too much – though this might change if my children eventually surpass me. I’m sure I’ll get used to it though…
It doesn’t matter how tall you are – you can still reach to the sky! 
P.S. I’ll be back tomorrow or Thursday with a layout! x