Scrapbook Layouts

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board

Here’s the first layout I’ve made in 2016! I needed a bit of inspiration to get be back to scrapping, so I turned to the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board. The colours were beautiful and I managed to pull lots of bits and pieces from my stash that would suit it!

Here’s the layout I ended up with – Life Is Good, Smile:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

This is another one for My 30th Birthday party album, the photo is from the morning of the party when we were all waking up from a night of camping, and trying to ignore the drizzly weather!

Here’s the mood board from Jot:

Jot Magazine January 2016 Modd Board Challenge

To start with I planned out that my background paper would be the piece with doilies on, I chose some 6×6 papers and scraps to layer with, and I knew I wanted to use some burlap paper on here as there were the little burlap bags on the moodboard:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

I thought about making the burlap into a little bag or pocket for journaling, but it was really thick and I couldn’t work out how to do it and make it look nice. Then I remembered that I had one Crate Paper wooden embroidery hoop shape left, so I decided to use the burlap inside the ‘frame’. I drew around the outside edge of the hoop on the back of the burlap paper:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

I cut the circle out just inside the drawn line, then drew on a heart shape, before back-stitching along it with cream twine and a darning needle:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Then I just added glue around the back of the wood veneer hoop and pressed it onto the burlap circle to join them together:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Initially I stuck to the more muted tones of the colour scheme when choosing embellishments for the rest of the layout:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

But I decided it needed something to make it ‘pop’ especially as my coat in the photo is quite a bright blue. So I added some brighter blue items around the edges too:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Then I just had to finish off with my journaling and some enamel dots and gems!

My journaling reads:

We may have woken up to a drizzly grey day for our party, but that wouldn’t stop us from smiling!

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

I especially like this ‘happy camper’ sticker which I found as it’s so perfect for the page:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Do you think I did the mood board justice? I could probably have done with a bit more newsprint or florals, but I didn’t have any newsprint in my stash and I figured the doilies were okay instead of florals!

The mood board challenge is open for another week-or-so if you want to enter!

I hope you are having a great weekend,

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

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

What’s The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments

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

I’m sorry there was no post yesterday. My son’s ill, just a cough and a cold, but he’s been off school with it and waking up a lot during the night, so after a few exhausting days it was time for a day away from blogging! We spent yesterday recuperating and he’s doing a bit better today. So I’m back with another festive project for you, this time it’s a layout with some shrink plastic embellishments…

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

This page is about how my son didn’t really get what all the fuss was about in advance of Christmas 2013… he’s certainly excited for Xmas 2015 though!

Can you spot which ones are the shrink plastic embellishments? It’s the little line of trees on the journal card!

I made them using the Clearly Kelly ‘Noel’ stamp set. I figured they went well with my page, but I couldn’t stamp them straight onto the busy background, so I went looking for something else to stamp them onto:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I found a sheet of white shrink plastic (the brand I used was Shrinkles). I wanted to stamp a gold tree, but I didn’t have a good gold ink pad, so I tried colouring the image with a Metallic Gold pen from Staedtler, before stamping it onto the ROUGH side of the shrink plastic:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Note the green underneath the plastic – it’s a piece of felt which I used to try and give a better impression of the stamped image.

Unfortunately it didn’t come out that well the first time. But it wasn’t because the felt didn’t work – it was because the ink had dried too much on the side I’d coloured first – maybe because I had stopped to take a photo of the coloured-in stamp! Here’s what the first layer looked like:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I coloured the stamp just on the one side which needed more coverage, and stamped again on top of the first image:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was slightly out of alignment but I decided I quite liked the effect!

I stamped the same tree again, using black StazOn ink (I didn’t end up using this tree on the layout):

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I attempted to colour the stamp again, but I made a big mistake. I tried to use ProMarkers. Don’t do this! The stamped image was really faint and I stained my stamp. Lose-lose. Oh well, we live and learn:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cleaned the stamp and used it again, with green pigment ink this time. But some of the pink ProMaker, which wouldn’t come off when I was cleaning the stamp, did come off on the stamped image:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Again I quite liked the accidental effect!

Finally I stamped the little tree using red pigment ink:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut out the four colourful trees and used Staedtler pencils to add some red and blue to the black tree:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I shrunk them in the oven according to the manufacturer instructions. Here’s how they looked when they came out – I left the colouring pencils in the photo so you can see how much they shrunk:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I decided the black, red, and blue one didn’t really match my page, but the others look really cute all lined up on the journal card:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Another thing I did on this page was to cut some stars from the background pattern to use on foam dots (I got the idea to do this from a card on the Basic Grey blog HERE):

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

When adding them back on to the layout I made sure they overlapped something on at least one edge, so they stand out as well as blending in!

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

The cream enamel dots and white painted wood veneers were added as an afterthought, as I decided the page looked too dark with all that wood.

Be Inspired:

Stamp some images then cut them out to use as embellishments

Cut an image from a background sheet to use at the front of the project too

Cut a photo or patterned paper piece so that it’s tall and skinny

Have you ever used shrink plastic to make embellishments before?

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 be back tomorrow at 8am GMT with another sponsored giveaway!

Jennifer x