Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Giftwrapping, Scrapbook Layouts

Put A Bow On It (Part One) – Satin Glamour

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

Something about a shiny satin bow just shouts ‘Christmas!’, so it’s the perfect thing to add to festive projects. This post features a layout and a tag with glamorous bows. I’ve kept this post relatively shot as you might still be busy blog hopping around the globe!

Merry Un-Christmas:

Merry Un-Christmas layout by Jennifer Grace

We celebrate a Merry Un-Christmas with our friends Rosie and David every year, and this photo was taken when another close friend Ali joined in for the first time. We call it a ‘Merry Un-Christmas’ to be like the ‘Happy Un-Birthday’ tea party in Alice in Wonderland! It’s basically another Christmas celebration, with a roast dinner, present swapping, and games, but celebrated on a different day because we are usually with family on December 25th.

It was the perfect time to use a big bow. I make my bows following a method like THIS ONE, but I don’t usually pinch them in the middle – if it’s going on a papercraft project then leaving out the pinch makes it a little flatter for page protectors or for posting! Plus I usually cut a couple of tails and glue them on too.

With this bow I also glittered the centre using Mod Podge and American Crafts Gold Glitter (see a previous glittered bow tutorial here). It gives it a little extra pizazz:

Merry Un-Christmas layout by Jennifer Grace

I went to town with Elle’s Studio Noel items on this page, including the chalkboard background paper (called ‘Fa La La La La, La La La La’ – love that name!), and the red chevron ‘Candy Cane’ paper on top, which I stitched with gold thread. My machine kept break the thread so I ran the paper through the machine with no thread in it to make the holes in a straight line, then painstakingly hand stitched all the gold!

I really like this ‘Ho Ho Ho’ speech bubble from the Noel Bits & Pieces, it highlights how much fun we were having:

Merry Un-Christmas layout by Jennifer Grace

Aren’t we cute?! Ha ha!

Bows also look great on tags, especially if you make them big enough to hang over the edge – the over-the-top effect makes it seem extra luxurious!

Dec 25th Gift Tag:

December 25th Tag by Jennifer Grace

I opted to keep this one clean and simple as I love the stark white contrasting with the jolly red glitter (American Crafts Pomegranate), and the rougher brown of the kraft tag. The baubles on the tree are made with Liquid Pearls in red and gold, and Crystal Stickles.

Be Inspired:

Add an embellishment that goes over the edge of your project

Mix three different paper collections

Add baubles on a Christmas tree image

Are you a bow lover? If I haven’t sold you one satin bows then I’ll try again with a paper bow, coming up in one 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!)

Scrapbook Layouts

Echo Park NSD Layouts and a Giveaway Winner

(I’m trying out a new commenting system, so if you’re able to leave a comment today to try it out I’d be very grateful! More details at end of post.)

I was feeling inspired by the Echo Park NSD challenges that they had on their blog last weekend. Unfortunately I didn’t win any of the prizes, but I don’t mind as I had super fun making these two layouts and a card!

I think you’re amazing:

I Think You're Amazing by Jennifer Grace

This was for the ‘Layout of Love’ challenge, and I took it as a good opportunity to make a page about my husband, as he doesn’t feature enough in my scrapbooks!

I Think You're Amazing by Jennifer Grace

I used a lot of This and That – Charming on this page. I especially like this bunting that I cut from the border strips, some of the flags have pop-dots underneath so they will keep sticking out a little even in a page protector:

I Think You're Amazing by Jennifer Grace

Just Relax card:

Just Relax card by Jennifer Grace

I mainly just have scraps left from Everyday Eclectic, so the challenge to make a ‘Summer Card’ was a good excuse to use some of them up! I also added some American Crafts Aqua Glitter Tape, and a few sequins.

The boy gets cheekier every day, in every way:

The Boy Gets Cheekier layout by Jennifer Grace

This page was for the ’10 x the love’ challenge, to use 10 of something eg. 10 papers, 10 brads etc. I used 10 stickers (not counting letter stickers!). I clustered them all up around the photo, and used pop-dots on some of them:

The Boy Gets Cheekier layout by Jennifer Grace

Which meant I had plenty of space left for my long title:

The Boy Gets Cheekier layout by Jennifer Grace

He really does get cheekier and cheekier at the moment. But he’s cute so he gets away with it, especially when he says ‘orry’!

Did you join in any National Scrapbook Day fun?

I also need to announce the winner of the Onwards and Upwards Announcement Giveaway – it is:

Becky!

She said: ‘Really looking forward to this! Hoping to be able to spend some time on it and not doing jobs!! Now I know how much work you have put into this I really want to join in even more!’

Becky please contact me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk to claim your prize!

Thanks so much to everyone else who entered and shared the announcement too, I’m so grateful to you for helping to spread the word. And if you didn’t win, no worries, there’s a LOT of giveaways coming at the weekend – it all kicks off right here at 4pm BST tomorrow (10th May)!

Finally, I’m trying out a new comment system (Login Radius). I have liked most things about changing from Blogger to WordPress, but it annoyed me that it was hard for people to have an avatar appear next to their comment, which made all the comments blend together a bit when I read through them all. So now you should be able to ‘sign in’ via your Google (should be the same as your Blogspot login), Facebook, Twitter, Open ID, or WordPress accounts, and then your avatar attached to that account will show up with your comment. You can still comment just by typing in your name, email, web address as before if you prefer though!

Edited to add – okay, this wasn’t working like I hoped. It seems to be okay if you click the buttons to sign in via facebook or wordpress, but google doesn’t work so well. I am going to try and figure it out, but it probably won’t be sorted for this weekend. A solution if you want your avatar to appear by your comment is to sign up for Gravatar. Sign up there using the email address you usually input when you comment on my blog, and then upload an avatar. This will mean all your previous comments here will have an avatar appear next to them too! (Louise just tested this out for me and it worked!) Of course there’s no obligation to do this if you are happy to have no avatar with your comment for the time being!

I’m also hoping that this will keep you signed in for a while – so if you are commenting on lots of posts this weekend you won’t have to keep signing in over and over again. If anyone notices that this isn’t happening, or if you spot any other problems with the Login Radius system, can you please let me know so I can try and fix it? Thanks!

Have a happy day, and I’ll see you tomorrow for Onwards and Upwards! x