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

Layout Process Video using the Minc Foiling Machine

I’ve got another video using Heidi Swapp’s Minc Machine to share with you today (my Unboxing & First use video can be seen HERE).

This scrapbook layout uses lots of Minc products (papers, tags, labels, and foils) to make a super shiny page!

‘So Cute’ Layout using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine:

Layout Process Video using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine, Tags, Paper, and Foil at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s the process video sharing how I put the page together (or you can see it on YouTube HERE). I also quickly flick through the Minc papers and tags that I own so you can see them too:

And here’s a couple of detail shots of the finished page:

Layout Process Video using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine, Tags, Paper, and Foil at Jennifer Grace Creates

Don’t you miss those days when you used to hang out on the sofa, talking about how cranes are yellow and fire engines are red?

Layout Process Video using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine, Tags, Paper, and Foil at Jennifer Grace Creates

I hope the video gives you some page process ideas (like using mist to create a page border) even if you don’t own a Minc Machine!

Have a shiny day!

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

Blow Painting Splatter Cards

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Here’s another set of cards for you inspiration, this time using blow painting as the background!

Blow Painting Splatter Cards:

Blow Painting Splatter Cards By Jennifer Grace

I love how these look lively thanks to the watery splatters!

Simply tip a puddle of mist (you can also use watery paint or ink) onto some white cardstock:

Blow Painting Splatter Cards By Jennifer Grace

And use a straw to blow it around, turning the cardstock as you go so it spreads out in different directions:

Blow Painting Splatter Cards By Jennifer Grace

I did one with gold mist and one with green:

Blow Painting Splatter Cards By Jennifer Grace

Leave it to dry and then assemble your cards! I used sentiments from the Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine Ephemera, because they were transparent so you still could see the refreshing effect of the splatters:

Blow Painting Splatter Cards By Jennifer Grace

I also used a could of frame stickers because you could see through the middle of those too!

Be Inspired:

Try out some blow painting on your next project

Use transparent items or frames so you can see the background

Use some ephemera as a card sentiment

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

I’ll be back again shortly!

Jennifer x