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

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout

Today I have an Autumn scrapbook layout to share, as I’m feeling the change of season here.

I created this for the Hip Kit Club DT call which ended at the beginning of this week. You had to make one layout in response to the call and I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to keep the page a secret or not, but I’ve just seen that someone asked on FB if it was okay to share it and the answer was yes! I also used a Cut Shoppe file on here so I’m going to link it up to their September monthly challenge on their blog HERE too.

Will He Jump?

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

This photo is a perfect example of my cautious children. They don’t like to take risks and would always rather hold my hand if they are going to balance on something, or try to jump. I did end up having to hold cheeky boy’s hand after I took this photo!

I used a prompt from the Hip Kit Club Members Forum on Facebook, which was to ‘use embellishments around the edge of a large shape’. As you can see I chose to use a leaf – for which I bought a new cut file set called ‘Leaf It To Me’ from The Cute Shoppe on Etsy. I cut one of the leaves from a piece of woodgrain patterned paper using my Cricut Explore, then I started working out how to arrange things around it.

I started with a bit of stenciling on the background paper, using a Happy Scatter ‘Scattered Triangles’ stencil with some Avery Elle ‘Fizz’ ink and a Tim Holtz ink applicator tool:

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I sprinkled some gold mist dots on the background paper too.

I pulled out a bunch of different bits and pieces from my stash to match the colour scheme. I wanted to use a kraft speech bubble, but it was a bit boring so I used a Shimelle True Stories ‘Burst’ stamp and some Avery Elle ‘Cherry’ ink to jazz it up. I made sure to put some felt (foam would work too) under the speech bubble when I was stamping, to give a bit of wiggle-room, so that no detail was missed out from the stamp:

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then it was just a case of moving things about until I was happy with them! I went for a nice eclectic mix as usual. The red paper triangles were cut using a free download from the Hip Kit Club Shop – you just have to create an account using your email address, and then you have access to free cut files even if you aren’t a subscriber! Score!

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I loved using these bright foam Thickers for the title to make it fun and punchy:

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Placing some elements (like circles and triangles) so that parts of them disappear under the photo helps tie the page together – it looks intentional and not just like you threw a bunch of stuff on a page!:

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I loved making this layout, because cheeky boy has started school now, and this photo make me think of all the times we went for a walk while his big sister was at school. I’m so glad I capture moments like this.

Is it feeling like Autumn where you are in the world? Have you made an Autumn crafts? leave me a link if so!

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