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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!

Scrapbook Layouts

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

Birthday Party Costumes

I have so many photos to show you from my 30th birthday party (joint party with my sister – she turned 21!), but I’m not going to inundate you with them now, mainly because I’m too busy preparing for the start of my ‘Organisation Celebration‘ which begins at 4pm today!
However, I can’t possibly wait until after the weekend to show you at least a couple of photos from my party. The theme was Disney, and everyone came in costume. I made a costume for myself (Ariel) and for my little boy (Flounder). My Husband (Captain Hook), and my little girl (Rapunzel) had costume bought from a store. Don’t we all look cute together?:

And here’s me and my sister (Belle), you can see my mermaid tail a bit more in this one:
We had such a fantastic time! Even though, not long after we took these photos, it started raining and didn’t stop all evening, grr!
I’ll show you a few more party photos next week. See you later today! x