Scrapbook Layouts

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers

It’s time for me to brighten up your day with a colourful layout, with stacked stickers of all different hues layered up…

Hello Friends:

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Nice and vibrant, isn’t it? This photo was taken in spring a couple of years ago, and I must say I’m looking forward to the weather warming up so that we can start adventuring again.

As you can probably tell I had a lot of fun layering up my stickers on this page. I just counted, and there’s about 50 stickers on here, plus enamel dots and chipboard stickers too!

To start with I knew I wanted to use this colourful piece of Webster’s Pages paper for my photo:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I pulled a bunch of stickers from my stash which matched the colours / theme of the page:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

They are all cut out from their backing sheets so that I could play around with the placement of them on the page before sticking them down. The only ones which I couldn’t cut out were the glittery circles on the right, as they are snug together.

I piled up the stickers, shuffling and changing until I was happy with the look of the page – I couldn’t try out the glittery gold circles so I just kept them to one side to remind me to use them in a minute:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I stuck them all down! This did take a little while, as I had to carefully shuffle down the top layers, stick down a sticker on the bottom layer, then shuffle them back up to check they were in the right place. I kept referring back to my earlier photo to check their placement too, so it’s a good idea to take a digital photo if you can!

I remembered to include some circles as I was sticking the other stickers down, just dotting a few here and there, and using one big one for the title (which I changed from ‘hello girl’ to ‘hello friends’):

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I went through my stash again to find some chipboard stickers, puffy stickers, and enamel dots, which all helped to add a bit of dimension to an otherwise flat page. I also stamped a couple of butterflies to the left of the photo, as the page was looking a bit heavy on the right without them:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Having the title circled by a sticker stops it getting lost on the busy page:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

There’s just a couple of lines of journaling at the bottom of the layout, because the stickers had lots of phrases on to add to the story:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think the page does these 2 smiley girls justice, what do you think?!

Do you have a surplus of stickers in your stash? Try layering them up like this to use lots up at once! If you need further inspiration for using up stickers see THIS LAYOUT for another page full of stickers, or maybe you might want to follow THIS TUTORIAL for turning scrapbook stickers into pendants!

I hope you’re having a great weekend,

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

New Happy Scatter Items At Last!

Hello! It’s been a long time since I uploaded some new items to my Etsy shop, Happy Scatter. The last time was May 2015! I can’t believe it’s been so long, but with starting a part time job in June plus all the volunteer work I do, I guess it’s not that surprising that my designing took a back seat for a while. I had started designing the new items ages ago but never got round to finishing them off and actually making them!

For the last month-or-so I’ve been joining in with Etsy Resolution, a bootcamp for Etsy shop owners. It’s been super inspiring and helped me to improve lots of areas of the shop like understanding SEO. It definitely helped give me a kick to get more items listed!

Here’s the new bits and pieces you can now find in the shop:

New Happy Scatter Products Release Feb 2016

Fun huh? There’s 2 die cut cards sets (the ‘See The World’ travel set and the ‘Home’ set), 3 new stencils (the ‘Ahoy There’ anchors stencil, the ‘Wood Slice’ stencil, and the ‘Edgy Chevron Arrows’ stencil), and 3 new flair buttons sets (the ‘Time To Go’ travel flair, the ‘The Sea Is Calling Me’ flair, and the ‘Just Lovely’ flair).

My favourite new item is the anchors stencil. We do live by the beach so nautical items are always good here, plus I’ve always wanted to get an anchor tattoo. I’m just not brave enough. Adding these to my projects will keep me happy in the meantime:

Ahoy There Anchors Stencil Happy Scatter Etsy Shop

The flair are all quite cute too though. I know I’m biased because I designed them! In my opinion the best one is the little shelf with cacti on. Which one do you like best?

New Flair Feb 2016 Happy Scatter Etsy Shop

I’ll be blogging some projects with these, as soon as I can squeeze in a bit of time for crafting!

One thing I should mention is that I have put the prices up on some of my items, due to an increase in manufacturing costs, and me not being very savvy about how much time things would really take to make when I started the shop. I’ve learnt that even if I’m using an electronic die cutter to cut things it still takes a lot of time to set the machine up, clean the sticky residue off stencils, package things up, on top of time spent designing things in the first place, etc, etc. I do actually want to earn a little bit of money for my time, which I’m sure you can all understand!

However I have also changed the price of postage so it will cost you LESS – it’s now a new low flat rate, so you can buy as many items from my shop as you like and the postage won’t increase per item like it used to.

I hope that all makes sense. Any questions let me know.

Thank you so much for continuing to support me and my shop – if you can’t afford to buy anything right now then a pin, tweet, re-gram or FB share of these new items would make me smile just as much!

I hope you are having a great week. It’s half term here so I’m trying to keep my little monkeys occupied during the day. They know how to keep me busy!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Build A Snowman Layout – Working with Dark Photos

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

I have another layout to share with you today. I have had these dark photos sitting in a drawer for over 5 years, but couldn’t work out how to use them because they were so black…

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think I pulled it off okay in the end! I took some photos of my process, so you can see how I figured out a way to use the photos.

First I pulled a bunch of stuff from my Christmas stash. I looked for things with a hint of black to start with – I didn’t want things that were all black because the whole page would be too dark, but I wanted a hint so the photos didn’t look too lost or contrast too much with the rest of the page. Once I’d found a few things with a bit of black I noticed my scarf was blue in the photo, so I looked for items of that hue. Then as I was rummaging I came across the My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street gold ephemera and gold glitter sticker pieces, and decided that would make the page feel more special. Kraft and wood went quite well to match the gold too.

Here’s my pile of supplies:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

I pulled out the ‘Ready, Set, Snow’ stamp set at the last minute, because I realised none of the supplies had any snowmen on them!

The first thing I did was to cut down the photos to lose some of the black and make it easier to fit them all on one page.

Next I chose which piece to use for my background. I tried it on a plain mint blue piece, but that was too boring. Then I tried it on a Pinkfresh Studio paper with mountains and houses on, but I figured I’d be covering most of the paper up so it seemed a shame to waste it, and the paper was too white – it made the snowman appear yellow! The final piece, again from Christmas On Market Street, was just right – the base colour was off-white and the black trees helped to echo the colours in the photos without being too overwhelming:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

I really wanted to use this old Crate Paper journal card on the layout, as the words fitted so well. But it would take up most of the page:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I noticed the words that were important to me – ‘Build A Snowman’ and ‘Bundle Up’ – were at the top, so I could just use those at the top of the page:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was all pretty easy from there. I planned out where the larger elements of the page were going to go:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

At this point I knew I wouldn’t bother trying to squeeze on a title – the journal card and the word ‘joy’ were enough for me!

I got them all stuck down, flat on the background:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I just needed to finish it off with my usual scattering of pretty bits and pieces, including buttons, little wood hearts, and enamel dots:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

I added one of the Happy Scatter ‘Watercolour Words’ flair badges above the big photo:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I managed to add a stamped snowman next to my journaling:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

The journaling says:

‘I am blessed with a sister as childlike as me! Of course we had to bundle up and build a snowman. The biggest I’ve ever built. We were so excited!! 09/01/2010’

Be Inspired:

Cluster everything in the middle of your page or project

Use a word sticker or alpha stickers so they overlap a photo or image

Use a black, mint, teal, and gold colour scheme

Do you have any photos sitting around in a drawer that you’re scared to use because of the colours in them?

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!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Four Eclectic Scrapbook Layouts

Yesterday I mentioned a scrappy day I spent at a friend’s house, and that I’d be back to show you the layouts I made. Here they all are! It took me a while to get back into the swing of things, as it had been a few months since I’d made a layout. But once I got to the scattering-lots-of-bits-around-the-page part of the process I found my groove again, and ended up with four eclectic scrapbook layouts by the end of the day!

One of the reasons I struggled at first was because I tried to make a double page spread with a couple of beach photos. My friends encouraged me to start with something simpler as they could see I was just pushing paper around, so I swapped to this photo of Cheeky Boy, and I pulled out lots of embellies which always helps to inspire me:

That Face:

Cute Little Boy Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I can’t remember whether he was saying ‘sorry’ or ‘pleeeease’ in this photo, as his face is very similar for both. So I just called the page ‘That Face’ and wrote about how hard is it to stay stern with those big blue eyes and innocent face staring up at me!

One of the embellies I used on here – the ‘Rebel’ tag, was a clothing tag which I’d saved for a few years:

Cute Little Boy Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I like the blue & yellow on here, but it felt a little flat until I added some pops of red too!

2nd Birthday At The Beach:

These beach photos are what I had planned to use on a double spread. But I was finding it too tough to create a double, so I just chopped the group photo of us from a big 5×7 photo down to a much smaller picture. Now I could fit both photos on one spread and I love the page I ended up with:

Yellow Aqua Summer Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

The 4×6 photo of Cheeky Boy has a Simple Stories overlay on top. It’s only stuck at the top with washi tape as I couldn’t work out how to attach it. I may end up stitching it a couple of times too, to make sure it stays on:

Yellow Aqua Summer Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

The ‘Awesome’ tag above is a Heidi Swapp Minc item, I am determined to start using my Minc machine more.

Year One:

Little Miss starts Year Three tomorrow, and I hadn’t yet scrapped her first days of Year One and Year Two. At least one of them is done now:

Back To School Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used my Happy Scatter ‘Going In Circles’ stencil on the background paper to jazz it up a bit:

Back To School Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

The triangles on the left and on the bottom right corner were inspired by THIS PAGE by Patricia Roebuck, though there isn’t much else similar on my layout!

33 Today:

I wanted to scrapbook at least one recent photo, so I printed off my birthday photo on my Canon Selphy and used some fab Chickaniddy Crafts paper as a background for a very bright page. I stitched a little on the background to give it a bit more texture, but you can barely see it here among all the colour:

Birthday Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

This is the most eclectic page of them all – flamingos, rainbows, feathers, and butterflies don’t have anything to do with my birthday. But they are pretty and I liked them, and it was a page about my birthday so I figured I had permission to use whatever I wanted, right?!

Birthday Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

The rainbow flair is also from my Etsy Shop, you can see it HERE. Within the next few weeks I am going to be adding some more flair, and a way to choose any 6 flair to make a set!

It was certainly therapeutic to scrapbook for a day again. It’s great how your mind totally focuses on which paper goes where, rather than worrying about whether you’ve got all the school uniform ready for the coming year.

I’ll be back tomorrow with one of the rainy day kids crafts we occupied ourselves with during our glorious summer. See you then!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Focus On What’s Important… To Someone Else

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

One of the things I’m trying to focus on this year is appreciating the little things. I want to scrapbook all the small moments that make our family special! One of the ways to do this is to focus on what’s important… to someone else:

Focus On What's Important To Someone Else - Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Mine obviously features my kids but you could easily adapt this to write about something that’s important to a partner, or a friend, or you could even create a layout from your pet’s point of view! Take a look through someone else’s eyes and it will remind you about the things that really matter.

I asked my kids which toys were their favourites – if I told them we were going away for a week and they could only bring one toy what would they choose? Little Miss chose a snow-tiger teddy (who is called Salad!) and Cheeky Boy chose some Mega Blocks bricks. I asked them to take a photo of the toys, Little Miss did take one all by herself, but I had to help Cheeky Boy a little – he kept pointing the camera in the wrong direction!

After they’d photographed the toys I also took a picture of them holding them:

Focus On What's Important To Someone Else - Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I printed the photos (on my Canon Selphy) and then asked the kids to describe why they’d picked those toys. Little Miss wrote hers straight on a journal card, but Cheeky Boy told me his and I wrote it down. Then I tried arranging it all on my 12×12 paper, but it looked a bit flat and dull:

Focus On What's Important To Someone Else - Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I realised that was because the focus was all over the place and it all looked too disjointed. So I pushed them all together, overlapping some edges:

Focus On What's Important To Someone Else - Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I liked how this brought it all together!

I cut a couple of strips of paper from a sheet of Crate Paper Journey ‘Tribal’ paper, and another piece from a My Mind’s Eye Just Splendid 6×6 Pad, and stuck these to the background. I stuck the photos and journaling on top, raising the photos up with foam tape to give the page some dimension:

Focus On What's Important To Someone Else - Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I finished the page off with some white mist drops and embellishments – including half a frame, lots of arrows, some stars and gems:

Focus On What's Important To Someone Else - Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used a couple of the new Happy Scatter Arrows Flairs!

I was glad I had space for a nice long title, as I didn’t want any of my own journaling on the page (it would distract from the cute things the kids said), but the page did need a bit of explanation, so a long title was perfect:

Focus On What's Important To Someone Else - Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

The big cork heart adds a different texture, but tucking it under the photo means it doesn’t take the focus away from the important stuff!

Be Inspired:

Record something that’s important to another person (or animal) on a layout or art journal, etc

Use a big shape or a frame half-tucked under a photo or other element

Use a black background with a central cluster of items on top

Who would you ask about the things that are important to them?

I’ll see you again at 3pm!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Triangle Pattern Layout Process Video

I’ve got a new scrapbook layout process video to share with you today! This one features a triangle pattern that was inspired by the crazy paving in the photo – paving which I ‘helped’ my Great Uncle to lay when I was four years old, and played on with my brother often in our childhood years. I snapped this photo of my two kids playing on the same paving and smiled to think of all those years gone by!

Triangle Pattern Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

I had a lot of fun mixing up the colours and styles of the paper for my triangle pattern. To see how I put the whole page together you can watch this video:

 

Here’s a few detail shots of the page too…

I added the glitter star by the title after I’d finished recording and packed away the camera – because I found the packet of stars on the floor:

Triangle Pattern Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

Inking the edges of the triangles helped them to stand out much better against the background:

Triangle Pattern Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

I like how the tree makes the page look more like a scene:

Triangle Pattern Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

Do you ever pull patterns from your photos, rather than just colours or themes? Why not give it a go?!

I hope you have a great day! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway HERE if you haven’t already!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

More Projects Inspired By Big Picture Classes

Hi! If you missed yesterday’s announcement about my upcoming blog event make sure you check out the details HERE and enter a giveaway to win Webster’s Pages Dream In Color papers and embellishments!

Today I’m here to show you a couple more projects inspired by the Big Picture Classes website. I did a review of their new website a few weeks ago (read it HERE), and I’ve still been enjoying the classes.

First up I’ve got a layout inspired by the ‘Rainbow’ class by Jen Chapin. I was so drawn to this class just from seeing the sneak peeks because of all the bright colours! Essentially it’s just different ways to use a rainbow colour scheme on your layouts. In lesson 4 Jen used a diecut pie-chart and filled the negative spaces with rainbow colours and co-ordinating embellishments, which looked fabulous and I couldn’t wait to try it out!

Picking Daisies:

More Projects Inspired By Big Picture Classes at Jennifer Grace Creates

I love how bright and fun the page is, and it was a great way to use up a mix of embellishments and paper scraps from my stash!

I decided to use an old Studio Calico sunburst stencil to create my negative spaces. I drew through the stencil, using a pencil, onto my blue cardstock:

More Projects Inspired By Big Picture Classes at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then used a craft knife and a steel ruler to cut along the pencil lines:

More Projects Inspired By Big Picture Classes at Jennifer Grace Creates

I took a sheet of white cardstock, and drew through the holes in the blue cardstock so the pattern was transferred to the white piece. Then I labelled up which colours I wanted in which space:

More Projects Inspired By Big Picture Classes at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut some paper scraps down and stuck them onto the white cardstock. It turned out I didn’t have any violet paper so I used both dark grey and light grey pieces (where before I had just planned on one grey spot):

More Projects Inspired By Big Picture Classes at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I just had to stick the blue cardstock back on top:

More Projects Inspired By Big Picture Classes at Jennifer Grace Creates

And fill it up with lots of pretty details!

More Projects Inspired By Big Picture Classes at Jennifer Grace Creates

I had to tilt my title because I tried it straight in a few places, but the optical illusion of the sunburst made it look wonky even when it wasn’t! So I went with the flow and followed the edge of one burst:

More Projects Inspired By Big Picture Classes at Jennifer Grace Creates

I didn’t have many purple embellishments to use (remember how I spray painted lots of them HERE?!) but I think it turned out okay, as it would have been overwhelming with too many embellishments near the title and journaling:

More Projects Inspired By Big Picture Classes at Jennifer Grace Creates

Would you have enough embellishments in all the different colours?

The next project is a card. I got the idea for this from the ‘Inspiration Ignited’ class by Carissa Wiley. In lesson 2 she talks about being inspired by home decor, so I found a home decor image on my Pinterest ‘For The Home’ board, printed it out, and jotted down ideas like she suggested:

More Projects Inspired By Big Picture Classes at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I very quickly put together this cute card:

More Projects Inspired By Big Picture Classes at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wanted a couple of elements to look like the were on a pegboard or notice board, like in the inspiration picture, but I didn’t want the bulk of actually using pegs or clips. So I just used a little bit of washi tape at the top of the stickers so they look like they are tacked up:

More Projects Inspired By Big Picture Classes at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m still finding tons of inspiration in all the classes. Some of the lessons contain a lot of things I already know, or wouldn’t want to use, but I know they have to cater for all tastes and levels of ability so it doesn’t bother me. It’s always fun to see someone else’s process, because even if a technique is familiar to me they might do it in a unique or easier way!

Have you made any rainbow projects lately? Would you find it easy to make a project inspired by home decor? Why not give one of these ideas a try?!

Have a great weekend,

Jennifer x