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

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Time To Selfie, Sister (Sketchbook 365 Entry)

Hello, how is everyone? Apparently I’m still not in the mood for Christmas scrapbooking – today I’ve got a layout with a photo from the joint birthday party I shared with my sister in June 2012. I was drawn to the bright colours in the picture!

Time To Selfie, Sister:

Time To Selfie, Sister layout by Jennifer Grace

In case anyone doesn’t know, a ‘selfie’ is a photo taken by yourself, at arms length (not using a timer/tripod). My sister is amazing at taking these so we always take one (or several) when we’re together!

This layout is an entry into the Sketchbook 365 Sketch Challenge. I was following this sketch based on a layout by Birgit Koopsen:

Sketch based on a layout by Birgit Koopsen

As my photo was landscape I rotated the sketch to have the bulk of embellishments and details below the photo.

I used lots of Glitz Design items on this page, because after I finished off my Baby Girl Mini Book, I sorted out the box which I store Glitz in, and came across lots of things I’d forgotten about, like the ‘Choose Happiness’ paper from Uncharted Waters, the ‘Hello’ Sticker from Sunshine In My Soul, and the ‘Make it Happen’ phrase from Color Me Happy (which I decorated with an umbrella wood veneer from Freckled Fawn, some Tiny Stars Wood Veneers by Studio Calico, a Finnley Giant Rhinestone by Glitz, and some Waco Pearl Pen dots):

Time To Selfie, Sister layout by Jennifer Grace

The big pieces of patterned paper in the background (Finnley Floral and Bows) were the biggest pieces of Glitz that I had left, but they didn’t quite meet up where I’d cut bits out of them. So I covered up a gap using the ‘Love This’ phrase from Color Me Happy:

Time To Selfie, Sister layout by Jennifer Grace

I also added a cluster of hearts above the ‘Hello’ sticker, using a Wild & Free Giant Rhinestone with a pattern of hearts, a Freckled Fawn Wood Veneer, and a Papermania red heart gem, to echo the heart in the sketch!

Ah, this page is so happy and summery! I’m not in total denial about the time of year though, I have been pouring through recipe books and planning some food to bake, and Santa knocked on our door last night, so I know Christmas is truly on the way! Are you crafting for the festive season right now?

The Sketch Challenge is open until the 13th of December, and they have a huge prize for one entrant, so check it out. They also announced a Design Team call for the sketch team today, which is HERE if you might be interested!

Jennifer x

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Picture Props Layout

I created this layout for a Crate Paper challenge called ‘Love Red’. My page was featured as a runner-up on their round-up post HERE!
The colour red has been sneaking back into scrapbook collections more and more, and I love how it really stands out on my projects!
Picture Props: 

Picture Props - a Crate Paper Layout by Jennifer Grace
I used the cork-board Storyteller ‘Archives’ paper as the background, so that the photos and items look like an eclectic mix of bits and pieces, all pinned together. I framed the cork-board paper by layering it onto white cardstock, and then onto some red & cream patterned paper (Fourteen ‘Connection) – this defines the edge of my page, but because the red is patterned it doesn’t dominate the rest of the layout.
I had fun using some doily bunting, and a moustache, from the DIY Shop collection pack, to make a focal area for my title:
You can just about see in the next picture that I stuck the photos and tags down flat at one end – the end they were ‘pinned’ or ‘taped’ at, and then used 3D foam dots at the opposite end, to enhance the effect that they’d been quickly attached to a cork-board:
I made the polaroid frames myself from white cardstock, adding some gold and grey mist droplets at one bottom corner, and a heart snipped from the Fourteen tag-cuts sheet at the other corner:
You can also just about see some white crepe paper dots. I’m using crepe paper on all my layouts about my 30th Birthday, to bring them all together. I just punched these ones with an ordinary hole punch – they add a subtle detail to the background.
I love this page because the whole feel of it reminds me of the crazy fun me and my sister were having, grabbing random bits and putting them together for a silly costume photo! And the bold touches of red are perfect. Have you used the colour red on any projects lately?
Bye for now, x
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Giggle Giggle!

These girls always make me giggle! I’m meeting up with my friends Rosie and Ali tonight for another Positive Planning session, and I’m really looking forward to it. These photos were taken at My 30th Birthday in June, where we had a lot of laughs:

Supplies: Pink Paislee Portfolio ‘Outstanding Paper and Ephemera, Elle’s Studio The Sweet Life Note Tags, Cut Outs, and   ‘True Happiness’ Stamp; flair from ‘Here & Now’ Kit. Mr Huey ‘Calico White’ mist. Red Ink Pad, Black Journaling Pen, White Crepe Paper, Sewing Machine with White Thread.

We didn’t get many shots with ‘serious’ poses, as we kept laughing so much!
The ‘giggle giggle’ title was cut using my Slice, and I stuck it down just along the middle, so it looks like it’s landed on the page – I got the idea to do this from a layout by Lilith Eeckels here.

I used a mix of Pink Paislee ‘Portfolio’ and Elle’s Studio ‘The Sweet Life’ cut outs to embellish the page:
And I added a strip of crepe paper, like I’m adding to all the layouts about my birthday party:
 I love this layout – it captures the fun we had! Do you have any people that always make you laugh? Have you got a photo of them laughing? If not, I suggest setting up a silly photobooth, and dressing up until you can’t stop giggling!
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SJ Crafts Challenge #10

The latest challenge is now live at the SJ Crafts blog – this month is quite an easy one to join in with – the theme is birthdays! Who doesn’t have a birthday photo still waiting to be scrapbooked, or a card to make for an upcoming birthday? The added extra this time is to use circles or ovals. Here’s my layout:
Supplies: American Crafts Cardstock ‘Seafoam’, Bazzill Basics Cardstock ‘White’. Studio Calico Hey Day 6×6 Pad. Crate Paper ‘Eleanor’ Little Bo Peep Paper and a Little Bo Peep Border Sticker. Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch. Echo Park ‘Everyday Eclectic’ Stickers and Alphas. Maya Road Numbers. White Crepe Paper, Sequins. 

This layout documents my feelings about life as I turned 30 – how I felt quite happy to reach this age as I’d already achieved my most important goals. I made the page bright and happy to echo the positive feelings, and scattered some sequins and stickers about like the table confetti that was at the party! I also added some crepe paper as there’s crepe paper on every scrapbook page about my 30th birthday.

What birthday projects could you be getting on with? Link them up to the challenge before the 14 November at 1pm, and you’ll be in with a chance to win a £5 gift voucher to the SJ Crafts online shop! 

I’m a busy bee behind the scenes right now, lots to share with you soon! x
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Tent Games – A Layout for a Pink Paislee Challenge!

Yay, I can tick another item off my list of ‘10 things I’d like to join in with‘, as I just finished making this layout for Pink Paislee’s Social Media Challenge Week! 
This page was inspired by the Instagram blog post by Jennifer Evans. Do you use Instagram? I like it when I use it, but that doesn’t happen very often. The main problem is that while I don’t have a smart phone, I do have an Ipod Touch – which basically means I can download all the apps and games, but I can’t ring anyone from it, and I don’t get roaming internet. So I can use my wifi at home to upload photos, and tweet, etc, but when I really want to use it – when I’m out and about – I don’t have internet connection. 
So, if I take a fabulous Instagram photo when we’re out, I have to wait until I get home to upload it. Sometimes I forget. Sometimes it takes so long for me to remember to upload it that by the time I’ve remembered, the photo is irrelevant to what I’m doing and I don’t bother to upload it. But I do check that it’s saved to my photo folder, which was the case with this photo, from when we were camping for the weekend of my 30th birthday:

Pink Paislee Supplies: Soiree ‘Music’ Paper, a strip of Vintage Vogue ‘Corner Boutique’ Paper, Spring Jubilee 6×6 Papers and Chipboard Shapes, Mistables Chipboard Alphabet,  and Old School Element Stickers. 
I love the bright colours of the Soiree and Spring Jubilee papers, they bring out the lighter hues in the photo nicely, and remind me that it was a summer party day! I kept the main items near the bottom of the page, and added hints of gold thread, because it wasn’t long after sunrise when the kids were all playing in the tent. 
The photo isn’t perfect, but it’s the only one I have of them playing so early in the day, which is one thing I’m thankful to my Ipod for – I have it nearby when a normal camera isn’t in reach, and I’m able to capture moments like this – just look at baby boy’s happy face! I’m glad I’ve managed to capture the happy feeling with the bright elements of the page.
Now I’m off to see if I can make another project for the Social Media challenges before tonight’s deadline. How much do I want to win the entire Portfolio collection? A LOT! x
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Us ~ Crate Paper Layout

Here’s another layout using a photo from My 30th Birthday Party. I used lots of Crate Paper for this page – bits from all different collections, including brads from the Little Bo Peep collection:

I was inspired to layer up the punched circles by this layout of Lisa-Jane’s, though mine aren’t scalloped! 
The central pale section (a sheet of ‘Peppermint’ paper) is all mounted on 3D foam tape, so that the negative cut title, and the hearts (all cut using the Basic Shapes Design Card with a Slice Design Cutter) show up really well. The heart spaces also have a smaller heart inside them, with gold thread stitched down the centre, so they stand out from the page:

And of course the page includes my usual scattering of small bits and pieces!

It’s nice to have made a page featuring just me and my hubby, there aren’t enough photos of just the two of us.
I’m liking using gold thread on my pages at the moment. The gold trend is one I’m certainly embracing, which surprises me, as I’m usually a silver girl! x

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SJ Crafts Challenge #8

It’s time for a new challenge at the SJ Crafts blog, and the theme is ‘Summer time’. Interpret this how you like – what does Summer mean to you?

The first thing I think of when I hear the words ‘summer time’, is the beach! I decided to use the beach as my inspiration for the layout, but not using beach photos, though the photos have a lose connection because of the mermaid / captain costumes (another layout for my 30th birthday album, yay!):

Supplies: Crate Paper Little Bo Peep ‘Alice’ Paper, Bo Peep Border Stickers, Crate Portrait Alphas, American Crafts Thickers, Gold Thread, Red Ric-Rac, Pumice Texture Gel, White Gesso, Anita’s Glitterations Stickers, White Crepe Paper, Staples, A Black Gel Pen, A Blue Drawing Pen, and a variety of Gems and Pearls.
I used beachy colours of yellow and blue, layered blue border stickers and crepe paper under the main photo like waves, plus I used hints of gold for the glinting sun, and blue gems and pearls to look like water droplets. I also added some pumice texture gel to gesso for some sandy dots, which I doodled around with a blue pen to make them stand out more:

Have you ever tried to use a location as inspiration for your projects – but when the project is not about that actual place? I might try this again – perhaps a city/building inspired layout next!

Don’t forget to join in with the SJ Crafts challenge – it would be great to see more scrapbook entries over there! You could win a pack of mixed embellishments, and the closing date is the 19th of September at 1pm. Good luck!

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A Challenge Entry; and A Challenge Winner!

I was creating this layout for a couple of challenges at the Two Peas in a Bucket CHA Summer Social, and I realised I never announced the winner for my Challenge to Organise. I’m very sorry for the delay – the winner is announced at the end of this post!
It’s going to take me a long time to scrapbook all my 30th Birthday Photos, but I’ve made a start today! I’ve combined two challenges for this layout, this one to follow a yellow / teal / grey colour combo, and this one to use your favourite scrapbooking collection. I love this colour scheme, and I still have some bits of the gorgeous Pink Paislee ‘Nantucket’ collection, so this layout came together very quickly:

There’s crepe paper stitched along the top and bottom of the yellow cardstock, to help soften the look, and to match the frills at the bottom of my costume. I used crepe paper on the invites, so I want to use it on all my pages about the party!
I had to add some pearls or gems somewhere, they work well as little fish bubbles!

I added the yellow chevron Heidi Swapp trim at the top of this photo, as I figure just because it rained lot on the day, it doens’t mean my layouts can’t be sunny! I used the scallop trim (mistables by Pink Paislee) to echo the scallop on my outfit, which was a last minute addition when things were going a bit wrong!
I’m definitely going to fill a whole album with photos from this party!
Are you joining in with any CHA fun?  Have you seen that Shimelle’s blog posts from the show have started?
And, to announce the winner of my Challenge to Organise, it’s:
Drop me an email at jennifer grace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk, and I’ll get the American Crafts Knock Out Border Punch on it’s way to you! Thanks to everyone who entered. And don’t forget you can still link any of your scrapbooking projects from this month to my Scrapbooking Soiree, to be in with a chance to win a Fancy Pants Beach Bum 6×6 pad.
See you soon! x


My 30th Birthday – lots of photos!

Sorry it’s taken so long to show you these photos – it’s been 3 weeks since my 30th Birthday Party. It’s taken me a while to sort through the photos and choose the best ones to show you – I warn you I couldn’t whittle it down too much so this is a long, VERY photo heavy post! 
My birthday party was a joint party with my sister, who turned 21 in the same month. So we had a lovely family do, with a few friends coming too. We held the party at my stepdad’s brother’s pub, which has a lovely big garden, and he was kind enough to let us camp in it for the weekend. The party was on the Saturday, but we arrived on the Friday to camp:
My daughter and my niece helped set up camp for a bit, and then they just played together, looking all grown up and cheeky:
 We had an early night that night, which was lucky because the kids woke us up early to play in the tent:

And then the bouncy castle arrived and we all had fun testing it out:
In the afternoon we got all dressed up. Our theme was ‘Disney’ as we both love the films. We were very impressed with all the effort that everyone went to with their costumes, especially as a lot of them were handmade:
Here’s some of them in more detail…
I was ‘Ariel’ from The Little Mermaid (I spent a lot of time sewing my outfit!), and my sister was ‘Belle’ from Beauty and the Beast:
My hubby was Captain Hook (from Peter Pan), my baby boy was Flounder (also from The Little Mermaid), and my daughter was Rapunzel (from Tangled):
Hee hee!:
My mum and stepdad were Mary Poppins and Bert:
And my grandad was Jack Sparrow (from Pirates of the Caribbean):
My friends Rosie and Ali were Jasmine (from Aladdin), and The White Rabbit (from Alice in Wonderland) – she was rather warm in her outfit!:
And I was quite impressed with my Aunt Julie as Cruella De Vil (from One Hundred and One Dalmations):
We had a lovely cake, made by my Mother-in-law. We designed it based on this cake we found on pinterest, but ours just had an Ariel layer, a Belle layer, and a Mickey Mouse layer. My MIL spent months making it:
Isn’t she brilliant?
For the room decorations me and my sister had brought balloons, banners, and rose petals & seashells for the tables. Then my lovely mother surprised us with photos of us all over the room:
We made a photobooth area for the party. I know we were already dressed up, but as you can probably tell from the costume photos, we’re always happy to do more dressing up! So we took some wigs and glasses, etc, plus a chalkboard we could write messages on, and I cut some lengths of material for a bunting backdrop. It was a shame we had to move it indoors because of the rain, but we still had lots of fun with it. Here’s some of my favourite photos from the ‘booth’:

In case you’re wondering, the chalkboard has ‘Maddy’ on it because she was the only one from ‘Rosie and the Rockettes’ (you’d need to scroll to the bottom of that post) who wasn’t at the party!
The sunday was my actual birthday, and we had a lovely cooked breakfast at the pub in the morning, before we packed up the tents. We had a couple of bright spells before the rain set in:
But our shoes soon got all muddy again:
And I received some lovely presents, including this wonderful scrapbook-canvas that my sister made for me:
It features so many photos of me, and stories to go with them, some that I’d completely forgotten about! It also has sweet notes and a letter from my sister. I shall treasure it:
And Rosie and Ali made me this fabulous board game called ‘Jennopoly’. I’m really impressed they kept this quiet as we live so close together, and they even borrowed some acrylic paint off me for it, though I didn’t know what it was for!:
The playing pieces are cars made out of silk-clay, with me driving them (I passed my driving test a few months ago). You have to go around the board collecting my family members (also made of silk-clay), answering questions and completing tasks based on my life. You end up having a picnic on the beach! It even comes with a bunch of props to help you complete the tasks:
Including some glassline bags filled with bits to make a mini-scrapbook page! This game is hilarious, it made me laugh so much when I opened it and each time we play it!
Well done if you reached the end of this loooooong post! I know I’m very lucky to have had such a wonderful birthday. Thank you to all who made it so special! 
What do you think? Is there anything here that might inspire your next birthday celebrations?! x