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NSD Sketch & Making A Sun From Paper Scraps

Good evening! I know that NSD (International Scrapbooking Day) isn’t until tomorrow, but the fun has kicked off already in the ‘For The Love Of Pretty Paper’ UK Facebook Group. We’re playing some challenges this weekend and I offered to set a sketch challenge – here’s the sketch I designed:

NSD 2015 Sketch by Jennifer Grace Creates

You could change the sketch up as it suits you – including changing the sun for a different large shape like a circle, heart or star. But I cut a sun from paper scraps for my page, which is called ‘4 Happy Faces’:

NSD Sketch & Making A Sun From Paper Scraps at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m going to share how I put the sun together, but first I dripped mist over my background to give it some added interest:

NSD Sketch & Making A Sun From Paper Scraps at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then to make the sun I started by cutting a circle from a piece of yellow patterned paper – I used washi tape roll to draw around on the back of the paper to get the circle shape:

NSD Sketch & Making A Sun From Paper Scraps at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I cut some tall triangles from the same yellow patterned paper. I didn’t measure these at all, I just quickly cut them out:

NSD Sketch & Making A Sun From Paper Scraps at Jennifer Grace Creates

I snipped the pointy ends off the triangles and placed them around the circle to make sure I had enough:

NSD Sketch & Making A Sun From Paper Scraps at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I flipped the circle over, added repositionable adhesive to the back, and stuck the triangles on:

NSD Sketch & Making A Sun From Paper Scraps at Jennifer Grace Creates

I checked they were spaced correctly, then flipped it over and added more adhesive to the back of the triangles before sticking it to my layout:

NSD Sketch & Making A Sun From Paper Scraps at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was really noticeable that the sun was just a circle stuck on top of the rays, so I added a sticker on top of the sun to bring it together and distract attention from the joins:

NSD Sketch & Making A Sun From Paper Scraps at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I finished off the layout with more stickers and lots of gems!

I called my page ‘4 Happy Faces’ because of those adorable smiles:

NSD Sketch & Making A Sun From Paper Scraps at Jennifer Grace Creates

I almost painted the speech bubble wood veneer bright pink, but then I decided to just add a pink enamel dot on top – I like the contrast of rough wood and shiny enamel:

NSD Sketch & Making A Sun From Paper Scraps at Jennifer Grace Creates

What do you think, will you have a go at the sketch?! If you’re in the UK come and join in the FB Group, but if you aren’t and you use the sketch please leave me a link in the comments below and I’ll come and check it out!

Are you joining in with NSD challenges anywhere online tomorrow? Here’s a few other places to play which I have spotted:

Clique Kits FB Event Page

The Studio Calico Blog

The Hip Kit Club Member Forum

Jillibean Soup Blog

The Scrapbook & Cards Today Blog

If you’ve seen any others let me know. I hope you’ll get some time for scrapping tomorrow!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

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Goodbye Scrap365

Earlier this week I had some sad news – that Scrap365 would be no more.

The magazine itself had already closed, but with supplements set to continue in the Craft Stamper magazine, plus a digital issue and the blog were supposed carry on. But now the supplement, digital issue, and blog are all closing too.

Us members of the Scrap 365 Sketch Challenge Design Team had already created our layout for the new sketch that was due to go live today. Now instead of sharing it as a new sketch challenge we are instead sharing our pages as a final farewell piece of inspiration.

Here’s the sketch my page was based on:

December Scrap 365 Sketch

And my page…

Chilled:

Chilled by Jennifer Grace for December Sketch

I made a wintry beach layout, using a variety of bits and pieces from my stash, including stickers and ephemera, and a paint sample card from a DIY shop – because the paint was called ‘By The Seashore’:

Chilled by Jennifer Grace - Detail 1

My favourite bit of the layout is the boats I stamped onto the background using grey ink, they are quite subtle so they look like they are glimpsed through a winter mist:

Chilled by Jennifer Grace - Detail 2

If you want to check out the final pages from the rest of the sketch DT, and maybe say goodbye, then head to THIS POST on the Scrap 365 blog. But hurry, because I’m not sure how long the blog will be left open for viewing.

Thank you to Scrap 365 for giving me the opportunity to be on the team, and especially to Ali Parris, who is a wonderful enthusiastic and supportive soul, I wish her all the best for her future endeavours.

I will be back again tomorrow to reveal the challenge winners from FF2014.

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

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Scrap 365 November Sketch – Golden Glow Layout and Process Video

Hello! It’s time for the November sketch challenge over at the Scrap 365 blog!

Here’s the fabulous new sketch:

Scrap 365 November 2014 Sketch Challenge

This month there’s a prize of goodies from Mixed Media Place up for grabs, so make sure you play along!

Here’s my page for inspiration…

Golden Glow:

Golden Glow layout by Jennifer Grace for Scrap365

I was in a very autumnal moon when I was creating this, can you tell?!

For this page I delved into all kinds of items in my stash (including some Happy Scatter bits and pieces). If you want to check out how I put the page together, and why I chose certain items, you can watch my Page Process video, either below or by clicking through to the You Tube link HERE.

 

One of my favourite things I used was the journal card… some of you may recognise it from THIS POST from June where I talked about updating pocket cards:

 

Golden Glow layout by Jennifer Grace for Scrap365

The squirrel sticker gave it the perfect feel for the page!

I used nice bright alphas for the word ‘glow’ so it seems to shine from the background:

Golden Glow layout by Jennifer Grace for Scrap365

Spritzing the Let’s Gather sunset 3×4 card to a happy yellow helped to bring out that hue in the leaves in the photo:

Golden Glow layout by Jennifer Grace for Scrap365

Making this page made me want to go wandering through some golden woods again. Fingers crossed for some sunshine on the walk I have planned for today!

If you like my You Tube video please give it a ‘thumbs up’ and Subscribe to My Channel.

Don’t forget to check out the Scrap 365 blog to check out inspiration from the other DT members, and to enter the challenge yourself!

See you again soon,

Jennifer x

P.S. If you haven’t noticed, I have a GIVEAWAY going on at the moment, right HERE!

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Scrap 365 September Sketch – Ride Time Layout & Process Video

Hello all. Sorry I haven’t been by much, our internet is still not fixed (nb: don’t use Talk Talk if you can help it), we’re switching to another company so it will be fixed, but not for another 3 weeks! This is driving me crazy!

In the meantime, today’s the reveal for the Scrap 365 September Sketch Challenge:

September 2014 Sketch at Scrap 365

This month the prize has been donated by American Crafts, so make sure you enter to try and win a bundle of goodies!

Here’s my layout for some inspiration…

Ride Time:

Ride Time by Jennifer Grace - September Sketch for Scrap365

Fun and colourful, right?! I pulled lots of American Crafts items from my stash to use (from collections including Plus One, Cut & Paste, and Mayberry) since they were sponsoring the challenge and all. But I used other items too, including the background paper which is from the Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine collection. It took me a while to choose that as my background paper though… I explain my choice for this and other details on this Page Process video:

Here’s a better look at the close up details…

Ride Time by Jennifer Grace - September Sketch for Scrap365

 I loved how I could lift the edges of the letters on the ‘OXOX’ tag from the Plus One collection up to slide them over the photo and patterned paper.

Ride Time by Jennifer Grace - September Sketch for Scrap365

In the above photo you can see a bit how much the gold embossing powder shines in the light and makes the whole page extra special!

What do you think? If you like my YouTube video please give it a ‘Thumbs Up’ and Subscribe to My Channel.

Don’t forget to check out the Scrap 365 Blog for more inspiration from the DT – some today and some tomorrow!

I’ll see you again, hopefully not too long in the future…

Jennifer x

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Scrap 365 August Sketch – Victorian Madam Layout

Hello everyone!

It’s time for the Scrap 365 August Sketch Challenge! Here’s the sketch:

Scrap 365 August Sketch Challenge 2014

This month the winner will receive some Glitz products from Stampbox, so make sure you join in!

Here’s my layout for some inspiration…

Victorian Madam:

Victorian Madam by Jennifer Grace for Scrap 365 August 2014 Sketch Challenge

The sketch team were challenged to use OLD STASH for this month’s page, so I pulled out a whole heap of unloved supplies. This pile is what I started with, a kind of ‘kit’ to match my photo – the items are mostly around 3 years old, some are older:

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To start the page off I began by making a square-ish paper stack for my photo, and then tried it out on a few different shades of cardstock:

Trying out colours

I decided I liked the cream shade on the right the most.

I checked the sketch again and noted the strips of thinner paper at the top and the bottom of the sketch, so I made some too:

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Then I started adding embellishments to my page. One way I find it easier to use up larger paper or chipboard pieces is to cut them in half – the yellow flower would have looked too gaudy as a whole flower, but just half of it peeking out from the paper stack looks really pretty:

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Victorian Madam by Jennifer Grace for Scrap 365 August 2014 Sketch Challenge

When I had almost finished my page I added the journaling, but then the page looked too busy along the bottom edge:

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Luckily I had used removable Herma tape-runner dots, so I was able to pull up the strips of paper and add a thinner strip instead, which makes the page look a bit cleaner:

Victorian Madam by Jennifer Grace for Scrap 365 August 2014 Sketch Challenge

I also had to move this phrase sticker over from where I’d originally planned to put it, because I hadn’t left space for my title! I like it even better here though, as it draws your attention down to my daughter’s eyes:

Victorian Madam by Jennifer Grace for Scrap 365 August 2014 Sketch Challenge

And here’s the whole page again so you don’t have to scroll back up:

Victorian Madam by Jennifer Grace for Scrap 365 August 2014 Sketch Challenge

What do you think, does this tempt you to go rummaging through some old stash to see if you can breathe new life into it? The only newer items I used on here were the alpha stickers for my title, the cardstock, and a couple of gems. I am very pleased to have used a few older papers and embellishments!

Don’t forget to check out the Scrap 365 Blog to see the samples from the rest of the Design Team and to maybe enter the challenge yourself!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

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A Challenge – Use This Sketch! {NOW CLOSED}

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

Here’s the final challenge {NOW CLOSED} for this event! This time it’s a sketch challenge, and the winner will receive this prize:

Sketch Challenge Prize at Jennifer Grace Creates - Closes Sunday 15th June at 10.59pm BST

An Epiphany Crafts Flower Tool and Bubble Caps!

I love using sketches to give me a fresh look at how to design a page. Regular readers will know I’m on the Sketch Team for Scrap365 and I love making my page each month, and seeing how many different ways a sketch can be interpreted!

This sketch is based on a layout below, which I made about our move to a new house, which has a garden so we can finally grow some things. So if you need an extra prompt you could also make the layout about something new you’ve done recently, or use lots of flowers on your project!

Here’s the sketch:

New House For Spring layout by Jennifer Grace

And here’s my page for your inspiration…

New House For Spring:

New House For Spring layout by Jennifer Grace

The photos on here all have overlays or effects applied to them, I used both the Rhonna Designs App and Instagram to apply these:

New House For Spring layout by Jennifer Grace

I love these little houses from the Crate Paper Close Knit collection:

New House For Spring layout by Jennifer Grace

Spring was the perfect time to move to a new house!

Be Inspired:

Use the sketch for a layout, card, or other crafty project

Line up some little houses

Journal on a big speech bubble

To Enter This Challenge {NOW CLOSED}: Make something using this sketch, then blog about it or upload it to an online gallery, and come back here to add it to the Linky Tool below! You can enter this challenge as many times as you like, and you can combine it with other challenges (both mine and other online challenges).

The challenge closes on Sunday the 15th of June 2014 at 10.59pm BST. It is open internationally.

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 see you again soon!

Jennifer x


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Scrap 365 May Layout Process Video (And Another Page!)

When I posted my Hot Forest Layout for the Scrap 365 May Sketch Challenge I mentioned that I had a process video to share. It’s taken me a while to get it finished as there has been lots going on here with my trip to London, and then visits from my Sister-In-Law and then my Mum!

Now there’s only 4 Days left to enter the May challenge, so be quick to make something, you might win a massive pile of Prima goodies!

Here is my Page Process for my Hot Forest layout…

Watch this video in You Tube: Page Process – May Sketch Layout for Scrap 365

What do you think of the process video? Would you like to see more videos like this? I’ve invested in a new microphone  recently (I used it for this video) so I’m hoping I’ll get better at them now!

I’ve also managed to make another layout with the same sketch. Here’s the sketch as a reminder in case you didn’t watch the video…

Scrap 365 May Sketch:

Scrap365 May Sketch Challenge

And here’s my new page with the same sketch…

Hello River:

Hello River by Jennifer Grace

This shows me and my friends walking along the river in Oxford at my Belated Hen Party last year. It was fun girly gossiping time!

This time I’ve used the Prima Something Blue Collection:

Prima Something Blue

Along with some more of the ‘Deers, Owls, & Mushrooms’ Scrap 365 Wood Shapes:

Deers, Owls, & Mushrooms Scrap 365 Wooden Shapes

I didn’t alter most of the wood shapes this time, as they stood out quite nicely against the background anyway:

Hello River by Jennifer Grace

Though I did alter the Prima Cartographer wood veneer compass below – the wood was a bit unevenly coloured, so I just rubbed a black ink pad on it to give it an even coating:

Hello River by Jennifer Grace

I used a couple of the Something Blue stamps, the ‘Remember’ one above and the ‘Dated’ one below, which I loved until I wrote the wrong date in it, then I had to think creatively to cover it with a sticker and the right date:

Hello River by Jennifer Grace

I hope this shows how the sketch can be used in different ways! Don’t miss out on your chance to win this prize package:

Prima May Prize

You must want to get your hands on that?! Go enter your page based on this sketch HERE by 11th May 2014 at 11.59pm GMT!

I hope you have a great day, Jennifer x

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Scrap 365 May Sketch & Hot Forest Layout!

Hello!

Welcome to the May Scrap 365 Sketch Challenge! This month we are using this fabulous sketch:Scrap365 May Sketch Challenge

This month the sponsor is Prima! There will be a Prima prize for one lucky entrant… and the Design Team were lucky enough to receive a few Prima goodies to play with. I received some items from the Princess Collection pictured below:

Prima Princess Collection

And here’s what I created… I did record a process video while making this layout, but we’ve had a few visitors come and stay so I haven’t had time to finish that off. I will try and post it at some point though!

Hot Forest:

Hot Forest layout by Jennifer Grace

It’s about one very hot walk we took in the local forest last summer, it was baking hot!

I flipped the sketch a little because I had a portrait orientation main photo.

Do you spot some lovely wood shapes on here? The Deer, Owl and Mushrooms are some of the lovely new Scrap 365 Wooden Shapes:

Scrap365 Wood Shapes

Did you know Scrap 365 were selling these now? There’s so many cute shapes to choose from!

I painted the deer below with Heidi Swapp Coral Colour Shine and white acrylic paint, for the mushroom I used blue and white acrylic paint:

Hot Forest layout by Jennifer Grace

I left the owl up near the journaling plain because it was so detailed and pretty that I didn’t want to spoil it:

Hot Forest layout by Jennifer Grace

The cog and the hot air balloon wood shapes are from the Prima Cartographer Collection:

Hot Forest layout by Jennifer Grace

I love how the soft papers from this collection make the layout feel warm and peaceful!

Are you going to take on the Scrap 365 Challenge this month? I hope so! Runners up will receive a copy of Scrap 365!

Don’t forget to head over to the Scrap 365 blog to check out more inspiration from the Design Team! Jennifer x

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Scrap 365 April Sketch & World Book Day Layout!

Hello all,

Today is the reveal of the Scrap 365 April Sketch Challenge and I can share the page I’ve made for it!

Here’s the sketch, based on Artwork by Lisa Saunders:

Scrap 365 April Sketch Challenge

This month the sponsor is Papercraft Scandinavia / Inkido – here’s a little bit about them:

Papercraft Scandinavia is a manufacturer that design and make unique material for scrapbooking, cardmaking and other craftings.
We design stamps, patterned paper, lace, flowers and much more in romantic vintage style. Our products are of high standard, inspiring and amazing to create with.

They very kindly sent a few papers for us to play with, mine were from the Beautiful Memories collection. They were very prettily pink, and perfect for a girl page…

World Book Day:

World Book Day Layout by Jennifer Grace

This year for World Book Day my daughter went to school as Daisy from ‘Darkness Slipped In’ by Ella Burfoot, which is about a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark, in fact she teaches a personified darkness to dance and twirl! Little Miss had to take the book to school to show everyone who she was as most people hadn’t heard of it, I love that she was sharing a story she loves with her friends.

For her costume I bought a cheap pink dress and added white felt flowers to the bottom of it, with yellow buttons in the centres. I added a similar white flower (but a paper one this time) to my page. I also made a paper bow (following this technique but on a larger scale) to echo the bow on her dress – I made it with text paper because the layout was about a book:

World Book Day Layout by Jennifer Grace

I added my usual scattering of pretty little details, but I tried to keep them close to the areas of detail on the sketch – it did spread out quite a bit but that’s just how I roll!:

World Book Day Layout by Jennifer Grace

I was glad to have an opportunity to use these sparkly pink alphas that have been in my stash for a while!

Are you going to try The Sketch? The winners will receive some scrappy goodies, and the runners up will receive a recent copy of Scrap365 too.

Don’t forget to check out the inspiration from the other Sketch DT members!

Bye for now, Jennifer x

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Scrap365 March Sketch & Pink Noses Page!

Hello everyone!

It’s time to reveal the Scrap365 March Sketch Challenge and my layout based on it!

Here’s the sketch, which is based on artwork by Riikka Kovasin:

March Scrap365 Sketch Challenge

 

The sponsor this month is Lemon Owl – they are offering a fantastic prize of 3 collections to a lucky winner! We DT ladies were very excited to be sent some of their products to play with – I received some items from the Cozy Winter collection and I loved playing with them for the grey, pink, and hint-of-lime-green colours!

Here’s my page…

Pink Noses:

Pink Noses by Jennifer Grace

I moved the lines from the top right corner of the sketch over to the top left corner, but then I still felt the right corner needed something, so I cut a few triangles from the papers and added them and one of the die cuts to my page using 3D foam dots:

Pink Noses by Jennifer Grace

Also in the above photo you can see I added some gold embroidery thread as a border on the ‘I {heart} Winter’ die cut, to help it stand out more!

I added some sequins to the journaling card, I dropped them on and then picked them up one by one to use some Glossy Accents to stick them where they had fallen:

Pink Noses by Jennifer Grace

I also jazzed up the lime green card by adding the word ‘Cherish’, plus a white heart paperclip, a gem, and a bit of a gold glitter line sticker:

Pink Noses by Jennifer Grace

I love this photo of my two children, with their cute pink noses from being out in the cold!

Don’t forget to check out the samples from the rest of the Sketch Team at the Scrap365 Blog! And make sure you enter to try and win the prize this month!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x