Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

Sweet Xmas Layout – With a Christmas Star Template

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

Hello! Today I’ve another scrapbook page to share with you – this Sweet Xmas layout with a Christmas Star Template you can download to help you cut the stars on the background…

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Every Christmas day I try to get a photo of my husband, the kids, and me. I want to make a special layout with each one, so I’ll know towards the end of each album (I file my layouts chronologically by year) I will find a Christmas page of us. So even though this photo isn’t the best quality – it was taken as the light was fading so it’s a bit blurry, and I don’t like myself in the picture as I was a bit overweight at the time – I still wanted to do it justice with a lovely page.

I definitely wanted to use the My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street collection, as it’s my favourite collection this year. But all the background 12×12″ pieces that I had were very busy, and at first I couldn’t work out how I could use them:

        Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I sat and thought about what big image I could cut from one of the papers. I didn’t want to cut a Christmas tree as I’d done that last year (On my Giant Aperture Christmas Layout). In the end I realised a star would look nice and magical:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

I only did one star to start with, cutting it out from the template, then drawing around it on the back of the paper before cutting it out:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

But one star looked a little lonely by itself on the background cardstock that I’d chosen:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I re-designed the template and cut out a couple more stars – another from the same 12×12″ sheet, and one from a piece of 6×6″ paper:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

There’s a few different sizes of star on the template for you to play with. If you’d like to download the Christmas Star Template PDF file just click HERE and you’ll be prompted to download it!

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the stars were done I decided I liked them so much I’d add some more stars! I used the Happy Scatter ‘Stars Of Wonder’ 6×6″ stencil and some Metallic Gold Texture Paste by Heidi Swapp to decorate the background cardstock:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

It gives a nice bit of shiny dimension:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I stamped some more stars on too:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

I chose some ephemera pieces to use:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then I realised I had more space at the right and bottom than I did at the left and top, so I cut off the larger areas of space, and matted the page onto the Christmas On Market Street ‘Merry & Bright Foiled’ paper (after gutting the middle of it to be used at a later date of course!):

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I just needed to add the title, and some glitter puffy stickers and enamel dots (both also from the Christmas On Market Street Collection) to finish off the page:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

I didn’t write my journaling before photographing it because I want to write names on it, but it’s going to go on the banner at the bottom right.

Be Inspired:

Download the template and use it to make embellishments or a decoration

Put lots and lots of stars on your next project

Place items in a diagonal (eg top left to bottom right) cluster

Do you think I’ve manage to do the blurry but special photo justice?!

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 morning at 8am GMT with the next sponsored giveaway!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout

Today I have an Autumn scrapbook layout to share, as I’m feeling the change of season here.

I created this for the Hip Kit Club DT call which ended at the beginning of this week. You had to make one layout in response to the call and I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to keep the page a secret or not, but I’ve just seen that someone asked on FB if it was okay to share it and the answer was yes! I also used a Cut Shoppe file on here so I’m going to link it up to their September monthly challenge on their blog HERE too.

Will He Jump?

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

This photo is a perfect example of my cautious children. They don’t like to take risks and would always rather hold my hand if they are going to balance on something, or try to jump. I did end up having to hold cheeky boy’s hand after I took this photo!

I used a prompt from the Hip Kit Club Members Forum on Facebook, which was to ‘use embellishments around the edge of a large shape’. As you can see I chose to use a leaf – for which I bought a new cut file set called ‘Leaf It To Me’ from The Cute Shoppe on Etsy. I cut one of the leaves from a piece of woodgrain patterned paper using my Cricut Explore, then I started working out how to arrange things around it.

I started with a bit of stenciling on the background paper, using a Happy Scatter ‘Scattered Triangles’ stencil with some Avery Elle ‘Fizz’ ink and a Tim Holtz ink applicator tool:

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I sprinkled some gold mist dots on the background paper too.

I pulled out a bunch of different bits and pieces from my stash to match the colour scheme. I wanted to use a kraft speech bubble, but it was a bit boring so I used a Shimelle True Stories ‘Burst’ stamp and some Avery Elle ‘Cherry’ ink to jazz it up. I made sure to put some felt (foam would work too) under the speech bubble when I was stamping, to give a bit of wiggle-room, so that no detail was missed out from the stamp:

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then it was just a case of moving things about until I was happy with them! I went for a nice eclectic mix as usual. The red paper triangles were cut using a free download from the Hip Kit Club Shop – you just have to create an account using your email address, and then you have access to free cut files even if you aren’t a subscriber! Score!

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I loved using these bright foam Thickers for the title to make it fun and punchy:

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Placing some elements (like circles and triangles) so that parts of them disappear under the photo helps tie the page together – it looks intentional and not just like you threw a bunch of stuff on a page!:

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I loved making this layout, because cheeky boy has started school now, and this photo make me think of all the times we went for a walk while his big sister was at school. I’m so glad I capture moments like this.

Is it feeling like Autumn where you are in the world? Have you made an Autumn crafts? leave me a link if so!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

Things Are Looking Up! A Lot Of Arrows Card

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

You’ve already seen one example of how a lot of arrows can make a big impact, on an ‘open here’ tag on THIS POST. I also used a ton on a layout a couple of years ago – on my word for the year page about ‘progress’ HERE. So arrows are definitely a favourite of mine to use when I want to create focus on a project.

But for this card the arrows aren’t pointing at anything, instead they are a fun background pattern:

Things Are Looking Up! A Lot Of Arrows Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

They are great for a big impact and for supporting the sentiment!

Here’s how I put it together – it’s super quick and easy!

Step 1: Cut a piece of smooth white card to the right size – remember if you are matting it onto another piece of paper you need to leave space for that too! Find an arrow stencil (I used the Happy Scatter Which Way Arrows Stencil), and stick it to your piece of card with Spray Mount repositionable spray. This stops the ink seeping under the edges of the design:

Things Are Looking Up! A Lot Of Arrows Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Sponge some ink through the stencil, with lighter colour at the point of the arrow, and a darker colour at the feathers end. I used 3 ink colours – Avery Elle Cherry and Fizz, and American Crafts Mustard. I used a ranger ink applicator tool and foam sponges to apply the ink:

Things Are Looking Up! A Lot Of Arrows Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Protect your work surface and flick some mist drops over the arrows (I used Heidi Swapp Gold Mist):

Things Are Looking Up! A Lot Of Arrows Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Leave the ink to dry thoroughly, then mat it onto patterned paper and stick it on your card front. Add the sentiment (I printed mine off using the font ‘Amatic’, and adhered it to the card using foam pop-dots), and a few sparkly gems:

Things Are Looking Up! A Lot Of Arrows Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Give it to someone who needs a little congratulations or a pick-me-up!

Be Inspired:

Use lots of arrows on your next project

Sponge some ink through a stencil

Make your sentiment or title match your pattern

Would this card make you smile if it dropped through your door?!

I’ll see you again in one hour!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

An Out-Of-Focus Bokeh Card Background + Process Video!

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

One way I like to focus my crafting is to enter an online challenge, especially when I have a card to make. If I need some inspiration I would first of all check out some challenges I have entered before – The Runway Inspired Challenge, The Card Concept Challenge, and the Seize The Birthday Challenge are a few I love right now. But if none of their current challenges appeal to me I will head to Google to search for another – I type in ‘card challenge’ and then click on ‘search tools’, and I change the ‘any time’ option to ‘past week’. Then I’m more likely to find a challenge which is still open!

That’s exactly how I found the House Of Cards Challenge Blog – their CURRENT CHALLENGE is to create a bokeh effect card background. Here’s my finished card:

Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

In case you don’t know, here’s a definition for bokeh: ‘it’s the the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens’. So it’s not just when you have a blurry background – it’s when a blurry background has a good effect like overlapping circles or hexagons.

I made mine the same way as suggested on the House Of Cards blog – by using a circles stencil and a white ink pad. I also used a circular stamp:

Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can see how I put my card together in this video (which can also be viewed on YouTube HERE):

 

The sheet of paper I inked onto is from the Webster’s Pages Dream In Colour collection – it’s called ‘Drifting’. But you could always paint your own watercolour effect background to apply your bokeh to!

It makes for a nice dreamy card:

Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

Where the sentiment stands out nicely as the only ‘in-focus’ part of the image!

Be Inspired:

Make a bokeh effect background with stamps or a stencil

Cover up a mistake or two with some sequins

Use a cut-apart or 3×4 card as a sentiment or title

What do you think of the bokeh effect? Now I just need to learn how to do this with my camera too!

If you do make a bokeh effect card background, then make sure you link it up to the House Of Cards Challenge (open until the end of the month) as well as my Challenge To Be Inspired (open until Sunday 24th May – NOW CLOSED).

House Of Cards Challenge and the Challenge To Be Inspired

I’ll see you again at 1pm!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

Spring Themed Card for the Mixed Media Card Challenge

Today I’m sharing a card that I’m entering into the Mixed Media Card Challenge #9 (closes 25th March). Their theme is ‘Spring’ with the optional extra element ‘Bird’. Here’s my card:

See A Rainbow Stencil Spring Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I was especially drawn to the rainbow in the challenge graphic:

Mixed Media Card Challenge #9 'Spring' March 2015

Which seemed like a perfect excuse to use the new Happy Scatter ‘See A Rainbow’ stencil. First I sprayed the back of the stencil with some Spray-Mount repositionable adhesive, and placed it onto my card (the front of the card measures approx 15 x 10.5cm), using some washi tape to cover any areas where I didn’t want the ink to accidentally go through:

See A Rainbow Stencil Spring Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I used pigment inks (Avery Elle Aquamarine and Lemon Grass, and American Crafts Mustard and Grapefruit) with a Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool (and separate foam pads for each colour), to daub some colour through the rainbow. I started with blue at the bottom, then used green, yellow, and finally pink at the top:

See A Rainbow Stencil Spring Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I lifted the stencil off to reveal the rainbow, folded the card, and dripped some Heidi Swapp Seafoam Mist droplets over the rainbow:

See A Rainbow Stencil Spring Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

While I waited for some mist to dry I glittered up a sun and a flower wood veneer (from the Fresh New World set). First I coated them with a thick layer of Mod-Podge:

Glittering Wood Veneers at Jennifer Grace Creates

I threw on lots of American Crafts ‘Wow’ Lemon Glitter:

Glittering Wood Veneers at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I left it to dry for a couple of hours (it takes a while because of the thickness of the Mod-Podge). Once it was dry I shook off the excess glitter:

Glittering Wood Veneers at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I finished the card off with a stamped greeting (from Avery Elle ‘Cake & Candles’), a cloud and a flower from the Spring Paper Pieces set, some glitter ribbon, enamel dots, a rhinestone star, and a fabric brad with a bird on:

See A Rainbow Stencil Spring Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

It’s a colourful and cheerful way to send a greeting in spring!

Have you ever entered the Mixed Media Card Challenge? Why not give it a try – you don’t have to use tons of arty supplies as embellishments and textures count too. See their list of ideas for mixed-media things to include HERE.

I hope you see a real life rainbow today,

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

Happy Scatter March Releases!

I’ve been adding a few new items to the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop this morning…

Happy Scatter March 2015 Releases

There’s the ‘See A Rainbow’ Stencil:

Happy Scatter 'See A Rainbow' Stencil

Which looks so pretty when you sponge through some pigment ink using an ink blending tool:

Happy Scatter 'See A Rainbow' Stencil

There’s also a new wood veneer set, called ‘Fresh New World’:

Happy Scatter Fresh New World Wood Veneer Shapes

The diamond shape can be turned into a kite by tying some ribbon or twine through the hole at the bottom!

Finally there’s a ‘Picket Fence’ Spring Paper Pieces Set. This is a selection pack of the kinds of paper embellishments I offer, as it includes three 3×4″ die-cut cards, two journaling cards, and ten pieces of ephemera:

Happy Scatter Picket Fence Spring Paper Pieces

You can see I’ve gone with a spring / Easter / gardening / outdoors theme this month – can you tell I’m ready for the ready to get warmer so we can get back outside more often?!

Which item appeals to you? Are you ready for spring now?! I’ll be back tomorrow to share a spring-themed card using these bits and pieces.

Don’t forget to ‘like’ the Happy Scatter Facebook Page if you want sneak peeks of new items!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

Guest Post – Terhi Koskinen with a Happy Scatter layout & Process Video

As I promised when I revealed the Guest Designers on Tuesday, I’m back today with the first Guest Designer’s project with items from my Happy Scatter Etsy Shop. Read on to see what she created and to see a process video!

Here’s the fabulous ‘Love This’ scrapbook layout by Terhi Koskinen:

GUEST POST - Terhi Koskinen with a 'Love This' Happy Scatter layout

Here’s what Terhi wanted to say about her page:

I decided to focus on the ‘Going In Circles’ stencil, but once I got my inspiration going I noticed I used all the things I got in my Guest Designer goody pack. The ‘Scattered Triangles‘ stencil is so very versatile, I’m sure it will be the one I’m using over and over again in the future. The same goes for the wood shapes and especially for the cork stickers, those are so thin and nice way to add interest to a scrapbook page! 
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I’m so glad I got a chance to guest here, the Happy Scatter products made me so Happy! Thank you Jennifer!
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The lovely Terhi also filmed a process video to show you how she put the page together, I especially loved watching how she used the stencils. You can watch below or see it on YouTube HERE.
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Ooh she makes me want to pull out my stencils and messy media and get playing!Here’s some close ups of her page. I like how she cut one of the Everyday Printed Cork Stickers in half to tuck them into her layers, and the stars from the Simply Life Wood Veneers set look gorgeous coloured with turquoise mist:

GUEST POST - Terhi Koskinen with a 'Love This' Happy Scatter layout

The cork sticker below is also from the same set, but Terhi altered it by drawing a border and adding a ‘best ever’ circle, to cover up the ‘365’ number printed on the star – showing how you can make them work for you on your project:

GUEST POST - Terhi Koskinen with a 'Love This' Happy Scatter layout

Loose threads, pretty paper layers, and flecks of mist all compliment the stenciling:

GUEST POST - Terhi Koskinen with a 'Love This' Happy Scatter layout

What do you think? Does Terhi’s page make you want to pull out your arty supplies?!

Here’s a reminder of where to find all Terhi’s other fantastic projects…

Terhi Koskinen:

Happy Scatter Guest Designer Terhi Koskinen

You can find my creations from my My Blog, tutorials from my Youtube Channel, and lots of “behind the scenes” pics from my Instagram. I’m also on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter!

Thank you so much Terhi, you did a wonderful job and I can’t wait to see what the other Guest Designers create over the next couple of months!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x