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, Scrapbook Layouts

What’s The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments

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

I’m sorry there was no post yesterday. My son’s ill, just a cough and a cold, but he’s been off school with it and waking up a lot during the night, so after a few exhausting days it was time for a day away from blogging! We spent yesterday recuperating and he’s doing a bit better today. So I’m back with another festive project for you, this time it’s a layout with some shrink plastic embellishments…

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

This page is about how my son didn’t really get what all the fuss was about in advance of Christmas 2013… he’s certainly excited for Xmas 2015 though!

Can you spot which ones are the shrink plastic embellishments? It’s the little line of trees on the journal card!

I made them using the Clearly Kelly ‘Noel’ stamp set. I figured they went well with my page, but I couldn’t stamp them straight onto the busy background, so I went looking for something else to stamp them onto:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I found a sheet of white shrink plastic (the brand I used was Shrinkles). I wanted to stamp a gold tree, but I didn’t have a good gold ink pad, so I tried colouring the image with a Metallic Gold pen from Staedtler, before stamping it onto the ROUGH side of the shrink plastic:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Note the green underneath the plastic – it’s a piece of felt which I used to try and give a better impression of the stamped image.

Unfortunately it didn’t come out that well the first time. But it wasn’t because the felt didn’t work – it was because the ink had dried too much on the side I’d coloured first – maybe because I had stopped to take a photo of the coloured-in stamp! Here’s what the first layer looked like:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I coloured the stamp just on the one side which needed more coverage, and stamped again on top of the first image:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was slightly out of alignment but I decided I quite liked the effect!

I stamped the same tree again, using black StazOn ink (I didn’t end up using this tree on the layout):

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I attempted to colour the stamp again, but I made a big mistake. I tried to use ProMarkers. Don’t do this! The stamped image was really faint and I stained my stamp. Lose-lose. Oh well, we live and learn:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cleaned the stamp and used it again, with green pigment ink this time. But some of the pink ProMaker, which wouldn’t come off when I was cleaning the stamp, did come off on the stamped image:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Again I quite liked the accidental effect!

Finally I stamped the little tree using red pigment ink:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut out the four colourful trees and used Staedtler pencils to add some red and blue to the black tree:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I shrunk them in the oven according to the manufacturer instructions. Here’s how they looked when they came out – I left the colouring pencils in the photo so you can see how much they shrunk:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I decided the black, red, and blue one didn’t really match my page, but the others look really cute all lined up on the journal card:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Another thing I did on this page was to cut some stars from the background pattern to use on foam dots (I got the idea to do this from a card on the Basic Grey blog HERE):

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

When adding them back on to the layout I made sure they overlapped something on at least one edge, so they stand out as well as blending in!

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

The cream enamel dots and white painted wood veneers were added as an afterthought, as I decided the page looked too dark with all that wood.

Be Inspired:

Stamp some images then cut them out to use as embellishments

Cut an image from a background sheet to use at the front of the project too

Cut a photo or patterned paper piece so that it’s tall and skinny

Have you ever used shrink plastic to make embellishments before?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live 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 at 8am GMT with another sponsored giveaway!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

Christmas Chaos Layout with DIY North Pole Signpost Embellishment

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

Good day to you! Today I’m sharing this ‘Christmas Chaos’ layout with a DIY North Pole signpost embellishment:

Christmas Chaos Layout with DIY North Pole Signpost at Jennifer Grace

I got the idea to do the signpost because of the background paper I’d chosen (Shimelle Christmas Magic ‘Deliver’ paper) being a map. And I really wanted it to say ‘Noth Pole’ on one of the signs, but then I realised that it would drive me crazy, because according to the map paper the ‘North Pole’ sign would have to point straight upwards! So I decided to go with the words ‘Our House’, ‘Christmas’, ‘Chaos’, and ‘This Way’:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m going to try and make another one of these as a decoration, with ‘North Pole’ being one of the signs this time!

Here’s how I made the signpost…

Step 1: Find three craft sticks (I call them lolly sticks!) which are as flat as possible:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Cut two of the craft sticks to be the sign parts, and sand off any rough edges where you cut them. I just used scissors to cut mine but if your craft sticks are thicker you might need something tougher. Also make sure you think about what words you want to add to the signs, and therefore how long each piece needs to be – I made sure the one which would say ‘Christmas’ was longer:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Paint the sticks white. I used Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paint, which is similar to acrylic paint, and I only painted the front and sides, not the back as it would be stuck on a layout. I’d have to paint the back for a decoration. It only took one coat of paint:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Paint some red diagonal stripes onto the tall ‘post’ stick, to give it a candy-cane effect. Ink the edges of the sign pieces with black ink (I used chalk ink) to give them some definition:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Stamp or write your words onto the signs. I used an old mini-alpha stamp set and Stayz-On ink. Then glue the signs to the front of the post using hot glue or another strong adhesive:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then you can add it to a layout, card, or other festive project! I used Glossy Accents to stick mine to my background paper.

The bottom of my post looks like it disappears, but that’s because it’s under a flap where I placed another photo, of my sister reading a new book to my daughter:

Christmas Chaos Layout with DIY North Pole Signpost at Jennifer Grace

I used a mix of other embellishments to finish off the page, including some Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes puffy stickers, some My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street ephemera and enamel dots, and some cork-effect alpha stickers for the title:

Christmas Chaos Layout with DIY North Pole Signpost at Jennifer Grace

I love the chaos of Christmas morning!

Be Inspired:

Make a North Pole Signpost as an embellishment or decoration

Use red and white candy-cane stripes somewhere on your next project

Make a flap for a hidden photo, journaling, or message

What do you think of my North Pole Signpost? What words would you have on the signs?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live 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 see you again tomorrow for the next Frosty Festivities blog post!

Jennifer x