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