Happy Scatter

Happy Scatter January Releases and a Guest Designer Call!

I’ve released a few new things in the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop – a stencil, journaling cards, and some ephemera, all with a love theme.

Read on to see more about them, and for a Guest Designer Call!

I’ve recorded a quick video to show you what the new items all look like:

You can also watch it on You Tube HERE.

There’s no mention of valentine’s day on them, because we don’t celebrate it much here in the UK. But there’s lots of hearts and loving!

The Geometric Hearts Stencil can be used as a whole sheet, or you can create layered hearts by using the plain heart in the middle of the stencil for one colour / medium, and then on top of that using another colour or medium through one of the patterned hearts:

Geometric Hearts Pattern Stencil from Happy Scatter

 

The ‘We Are Golden’ Journaling Cards all have space for at least some writing, because I keep getting cut-apart sheets and then realising hardly any of them have space to write anything:

We Are Golden Journaling Cards From Happy Scatter

And the ‘Hugs’ Ephemera features these foiled pieces:

Foiled pieces from the Hugs Ephemera at Happy Scatter

And lots of other cute bits and pieces:

Hugs Ephemera from Happy Scatter

What do your think? Which would you use most of all?

I’m also having a Happy Scatter Guest Designer call! Here’s the details:

Happy Scatter Call For Guest Designers Closes 1st Feb 2015!

The call closes at 11.59pm GMT on Sunday the 1st of February. Please email me if you have any questions or want to apply. International applicants are welcome. If the next few months go well then I’ll be starting a Happy Scatter blog and looking for a regular Design Team in May!

Thanks for your support so far,

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

25% Off Happy Scatter New Year Coupon Code!

Happy New Year! Let’s make 2015 a good one!

To celebrate the new year I have a discount code you can use in my Happy Scatter Etsy Shop:

Happy Scatter 25% Off Coupon Code 1st - 5th  January 2015

If you’ve been waiting to treat yourself to some new embellishments / stencils, now’s your chance. Use the coupon code HAPPY2015 for 25% off your order – valid from today (1st January 2015) until Monday (5th January 2015).

Happy Scatter Shop Items

If something sells out which you wanted to buy then let me know, I can produce more of most items EXCEPT the wood veneers. Once the wood veneers are gone they take a couple of weeks to order back in so hurry if you want some of those with the discount code!

The 25% discount applies to products only, not shipping costs or tax rates. It can not be used against previous orders.

I have been making lots of plans for the shop, but also for this blog… there will be a few design tweaks going on here and lots of new content coming, so watch this space!

I hope you are having a great start to 2015, bye for now,

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

GUEST POST – Riikka Kovasin with Christmas Cards

Hello all,

Today I have a guest post to share with you. Riikka Kovasin is here to share some Christmas Cards – with a video for you to see how she put them together!

I had sent Riikka some Happy Scatter goodies for my Frosty Festivities 2014 event, but unfortunately the parcel never reached her, it’s lost somewhere out in the world! So I sent her another parcel and she’s made some very pretty cards with the items:

Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin

Let me hand over to Riikka to tell you more about them…

Rikka Kovasin:

It’s Riikka here with a guest post! I’m so happy that I got the chance to guest and play with the Happy Scatter items!

I’m mostly a scrapbooker but the Makes Me Merry 3×4″ Cards that I found in the envelope inspired me to do some Holiday cards. As I also had some lovely stencils in the envelope (Stars Of Wonder and Deck The Halls Paperchains), I went mixed media with the background. I wanted the background have the colours as the 3×4″ white cards spoke to me as such. I used acrylic paints and Pan Pastels to make the backgrounds and then layered the 3×4″ cards on top. To finish the cards I used Happy Scatter Wood Veneers and Die-Cut Shapes:

Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin

If you want to see how the cards were made, please see the video tutorial!

These cards can be done in no time and the same basic idea can be translated to fit different seasons. Just get the Makes Me Merry 3×4″ cards and start playing with paints and inks!

Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin

Thank you for having me Jennifer! Wishing you all happy Holiday season!

More about Riikka:

I’m a mixed media style crafter from Finland. Scrapbooking layouts are my biggest passion, but I also love to create canvases, cards and recently I’ve grown an interest on ATCs. Please visit me on my blog or other social media sites! It would be a pleasure to hear from you!

You can find me at:
blog Paperiliitin (http://paperiliitin.blogspot.com)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Paperiliitin)
Instagram (http://instagram.com/paperiliitin)
Twitter (https://twitter.com/Paperiliitin)
YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/PaperiliitinRiikka)
Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/paperiliitin/)

Riikka Kovasin of Paperiliitin

 

Thank you Riikka for putting the Happy Scatter items to good use, I love the stained-glass window style effect these cards have!

Do you ever use mixed-media techniques to make Christmas Cards? Add a link in the comments if you have any to show us.

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

Giveaways / Winners

A Giveaway! Sponsored By Happy Scatter! {NOW CLOSED}

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

For the last giveaway of the event it’s time to feature my shop, Happy Scatter. You knew this was coming, right?!

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I’m giving away a £15 Etsy Giftcard. {NOW CLOSED} This can be used on any shop that supports Etsy giftcards, you don’t have to spend it in mine if you don’t want to! Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post…

Because Happy Scatter is my shop, I decided not to show three items I like, because I designed it all so I like all of it!

Instead I have another layout to show you, with lots of Happy Scatter items on it:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used the Nordic Deer Pattern Stencil to make a piece of patterned paper, by sticking the stencil to white card with removable spray-adhesive, and sponging red paint through it:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I backed the Makes Me Merry 3×4 Card with a green cut-apart card from a Webster’s Pages sheet:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I also made a journal card by cutting out a rectangle of grid paper, rounding the corners, inking the edges with gold ink, and sticking on two The Jolliest Time Ephemera Card Shapes with foam dots:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I put it all together with some Wreaths & Baubles and Wonderland Winter wood veneers scattered around the page, with some paper roses and gems too:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

And some more of The Jolliest Time ephemera:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think it all adds up to a jolly page!

Now for the giveaway, To win a

£15 Gift Card for Etsy

Head over to my Etsy shop Happy Scatter, take a look around, and come back here to leave a comment and tell me what item you like best. Or, you could tell me what else you’d like to see in the shop, I’m currently working on some new items for the start of 2015!

The giveaway closes at 8pm GMT on Monday the 10th of November 2014. {NOW CLOSED} The winner will be announced on Thursday the 13th of November. It is open internationally!

Good luck! I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

GUEST POST – Julie Kirk with a Fun Festive Layout

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

It’s time for the last guest post of the event, and it’s another fantastic project! We’re joined now by the amazing Julie Kirk of Notes On Paper. I have long loved Julie’s quirky style and humorous blog posts, she makes me chuckle on a regular basis, and inspires me to pull together an eclectic mix of papercraft supplies too – so visiting her blog is win-win! She’s sharing a fun festive layout today, putting some of my Happy Scatter items to good use, so I’ll hand over to Julie…

Julie Kirk:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

I decided to put my festive themed ‘Happy Scatter’ stencil, wood veneers and die-cuts to use on a scrapbook page documenting a relatively recent festive tradition for me: that of ‘Fake Christmas’. Fake Christmas is a now annual [so far] event where my friends and I meet up in that odd, dazed, unstructured time that exists between Christmas Day and New Year where we get to relive the best bits of ‘real’ Christmas [i.e. the gifts!] all over again. And the typed out tale, with all its quirks and etiquettes, makes up the main feature of the page:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

So, that’s how the story goes … but let me tell you how I built a page around it.

I started by making my own backing design which involved Christmassifying [I don’t care if my spellchecker doesn’t believe that’s a word … I know you know what I mean] a plain sheet of 12×12 kraft cardstock by sponging white chalk ink through the Stars Of Wonder 6×6″ stencil:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

Here’s the subtle, almost watermark, end result:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

While the large chunk of journaling is actually the my main feature of my page I did add two small photos from which I also took inspiration for my colour palette selecting patterned papers to compliment the warm reds and cooler blues. And I used two of those papers to add colour behind the apertures in the reindeer card from Makes Me Merry Winter / Christmas Die Cut Cards set:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

Once I had the key elements in place – photo/ story/ patterned papers – I began to embellish … by embellishing the embellishments! I dressed up several of the Wonderland Winter Wood Veneer Shapes with gilding flakes:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

Well, if you can’t go overboard and add a touch of gold and silver bling at Christmas – albeit a fake Christmas – then when can you?

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

Once gilded I thought carefully about where to place the veneers on the page as I didn’t want a cluttered feel, with too many clumped together in one spot, but neither did I want what my friend refers to as ‘the sneeze effect’; where everything get scattered right across the page willy nilly! So finally I opted for something near enough a classic triangle layout which helped to create a flow and a path for the eye to move around the finished design, hopping between blingy wooden veneers along the way!

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

And that’s that! A scrapbook page featuring my photos, a story from my friends, and Jennifer’s embellishments; all of which worked together to create a fun, festive and very real document of a ‘fake’ Christmas!

More About Julie:

I’m a blogger, freelance magazine contributor and collector, curator and seller of vintage paper packs and slightly eccentric creative supplies via an Etsy shop. Throughout all those things I am motivated to either inspire others … or to make them laugh. Preferably both [as long as they’re not holding craft scissors when I make them laugh. That could be disastrous …]

I share a house, and a life, in the North East of England with a small mound of ephemera, an overflowing wardrobe, a stripy workroom and a man who doesn’t mind any of it.

Find me at:
Blog: http://notesonpaper.blogspot.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/withjuliekirk
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JulieKirk

Julie Kirk from Notes On Paper

Thank you Julie for your fun and sparkly layout, I can’t wait to try and gild some wood veneers!

Be Inspired:

Make your wood veneers extra sparkly with gilding flakes or glitter

Stencil all over the background of a layout or project

Add patterned papers behind a die-cut or punched aperture

Thanks for reading, let us know what you think in the comments!

See you again in one hour,

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Craft Stick Christmas Wood Art Tutorial

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Hello, and welcome to day 2 of the Frosty Festivities event! I hope you are enjoying yourself so far? There’s lots more inspiration in store for you today!

We’re kicking things off with a sparkly decoration, a piece of Christmas Wood Art…

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve seen a few great wood art projects lately, like THIS ONE by Marie of Blooming Homestead. I thought this kind of thing would be amazing to make, but I wasn’t likely to be cutting up wood planks and getting out nails any time soon. So when I saw THIS PROJECT by Dawn Nicole for  coasters using craft sticks, I was so excited – a wood art project I could do straight away with items I had already – hooray!

The craft (lolly/popsicle) sticks I had were the larger kind, so they’d be too big to make coasters. But I wanted mine to be wood art Jennifer-style anyway, with some pretty sparkly bits on top!

Here’s how to put one together…

Step 1: Grab some craft sticks – mine are by Craft Planet:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Lay out the sticks horizontally for the main part of the art piece, making sure the good sides of the sticks are facing down, and any sides with imperfections are facing up – as this will be the back of the art eventually:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Spread PVA or similar sticky glue onto another craft stick – but leave an un-glued bit at the top and bottom of the stick, where it will hang over the edge of the other sticks:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Adhere the glued stick vertically to the back of the other sticks, and repeat with another stick, so there are two back supports:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Leave it to dry overnight, then turn over:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Use removable spray adhesive to stick a stencil at the top of your wood art piece. I used the Deck The Halls Paperchains Stencil:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Use a sponge to apply Mod-Podge through your chosen design on the stencil:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Liberally sprinkle fine gold glitter over the Mod-Podge. Leave it to dry for about 20 minutes before pulling the stencil off to clean it (you might have to scrape some Mod-Podge off the stencil), and then leave the wood art piece to dry for another 30 minutes again:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Shake off excess glitter:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Choose some embellishments. I used The Jolliest Time Ephemera Card Shapes, plus a couple of wood veneer shapes that I coated with the same gold glitter:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Some of the ephemera pieces are stuck flat onto the craft sticks, and some are added on with 3D foam dots.

Step 11: Wrap some ribbon or twine around the bottom ‘rung’ created by the craft sticks, tying it at the back of the art piece to hold it in place:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: Check your composition and see if you want to add anything else. I decided it looked a bit heavy on the right hand side in the above photo, so I moved the red&white polkadot flag down a little, and added a couple more embellishments on the left, to balance it all out:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it! Now you can prop it up on a mantlepiece or other display area this Christmas! Or your could glue a bit of string to the back if you want to hang it up. It will look pretty either way!

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I do love tinsel, except the little bits that come out all over the floor!

Be Inspired:

Get out some craft sticks or cut wood-patterned paper into strips to line up

Put three bits of ribbon/string together to tie around a project

Use glitter through a stencil

Have you seen any good wood art projects? I’m sure I will attempt one on a larger scale one day!

See you again at 11am!

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

New Happy Scatter Items! (And A Giveaway Winner)

I’ve got a couple of new Happy Scatter items to show you, and a winner to announce from the Frosty Festivities Announcement post!

First up, here are the new shop items…

Nordic Deer Pattern Stencil:

Nordic Deer Pattern Stencil at Happy Scatter Nordic Deer Pattern Stencil at Happy Scatter

I love it when Christmas is approaching, and you see Nordic style patterns appearing on clothes and other items in the shops. Just looking at them makes me feel cosy and festive!

Now I can add a Nordic style pattern to my projects too! You could also mask off parts of the stencil, and just use it to create a line of trees, or a line of diamonds, etc. I’m going to have lots of fun with this one!

The Jolliest Time Ephemera Card Shapes:

The Jolliest Time Ephemera Card Shapes at Happy Scatter

I do love a good ephemera pack, so I designed one for myself! This mix of Christmas and Winter themed card shapes varies in size – the rectangle piece with two deer holding a chain of stars is 3″ tall, the small swirly dots are 3/8″ tall:

The Jolliest Time Ephemera Card Shapes at Happy Scatter

They are printed using acid-free inks onto acid-free card, and sprayed with a layer of satin varnish. Perfect for tucking onto scrapbook pages, cards, or other jolly projects!

Now, here’s the winner of the Holiday Themed Smash book, randomly drawn by Rafflecopter…

Julene Matthews!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and helped to spread the word about the event. I hope to see you all back here tomorrow (Friday 7th Nov) at 4pm GMT for the start of Frosty Festivities 2014!

Until then,

Jennifer x