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Happy Scatter February Releases!

I’ve listed a few new goodies in the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop this morning!

Happy Scatter Etsy Shop February 2015 Releases

There’s the new Scattered Triangles Stencil:

Scattered Triangles Stencil at the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop

Some ‘Look At This’ 3×4 Die Cut Cards for general use:

Look At This 3x4 Die Cut Cards at the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop

And something new and fun – some Everyday Printed Cork Stickers:

Everyday Printed Cork Stickers at the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop

These stickers are all hand cut or punched with a craft punch. The images are printed onto paper then I heat-transfer them individually to each sticker. It takes ages but I think it’s worth it, what do you think?

All the new items this month were designed for ordinary-life layouts and occasions – they can fit all kinds of themes and uses!

Thanks for checking them out. I’ll be back sometime next week to show you a project I made with these, and to let you know who the Guest Designers are going to be! And don’t forget to ‘like’ the Happy Scatter Facebook Page if you want to keep up with sneak peeks and news!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Celebrate Today Layout – Using New Stash Like A Kit

I mentioned in my last post that I’d received a new box of goodies (items I bought in the Hey Little Magpie sale). I was itching to use them, so I decided to treat my new stash like a scrapbooking kit when creating my next layout. Here’s the page I ended up with…

Celebrate Today:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s the supplies I started with. It included a selection of 12×12 papers, a MME Record It 8×10 Word Art pack and some Now & Then enamel shapes, a Webster’s Pages 6×6 Hello World paper pad, a Blazer Designs Stripes stencil, some Jillibean Soup Wood Nickels and Birthday stamps, and some Pink Paislee Sentiment Series stamps:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I chose the Fancy Pants As You Wish ‘Celebrate’ 12×12 paper because I could use the words on the paper for my title, and because I had a portrait orientation photo that fitted in quite nicely. I then pulled out a few Hello World 6×6 papers that went with my photo – the Hello World collection is themed as a newborn baby & early childhood collection but most of it is just sweet, and can be used for a variety of projects:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I snipped a few items from the cut-apart sheets, and used my Martha Stewart Pinking Circle Punch to punch a few pieces from the other sheet of paper – one side of the paper says ‘happy little moments’ and the other side is patterned with blue stars:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used the ‘Stripes’ template to add some grey paint at the top right and bottom left of my page. Because I just held it down with washi, rather than spraying on temporary adhesive like I normally do, it ended up messier than I like. But I decided I could live with it!

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wanted to stamp one of the Pink Paislee hexagon stamps onto the background. I don’t have any good white ink pads, so I knew I’d have to heat emboss it. I used Versamark ink and white embossing powder. But my first attempt went horribly wrong:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

You couldn’t properly read any of it! So I gave that one up as a failure, and instead I stamped and heat-embossed a couple of times in the space where my photo would be going later:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I used a craft knife to cut the best one of these out, to use as an embellishment on top of the failed stamped area:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I splattered some Mister Huey Opaque White and Heidi Swapp Gold Mists across the bottom left and top right of the page:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I left it to dry for a couple of days, but the white mist still wasn’t properly dry, as I discovered when I wiped my hand across it. I decided to wipe in a few directions, so the white dots looked like shining stars instead:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I had smudged a bit of paint when I used the stencil:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I moved one of the punched paper circles to cover this up:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I adhered my photo and papers in place, added some journaling on another cut-apart card, did a bit of sewing with a sewing machine, and added some of the wood nickels, the enamel shapes, and some gems from my stash:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

A lot of people would have left it at this point, but I decided the top left and bottom right corners were too empty for me. So I used my Cricut Explore to cut a couple of ‘Swirl Layered Photo Corners’ (#M43A3D) out of more of the 6×6 papers. I added a couple more gems around them too:

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then my page was finished! Here’s a few close-ups of the completed layout…

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

It’s quite fun and I’m very glad to have busted into the new stash straight away, no hoarding for me!

Have you ever used a box of new goodies like a kit before? What do you think of the smudged white mist dots – do they look like stars or just a mess?!

Have a great Monday!

Jennifer x

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A Card For My Valentine (using Happy Scatter items)

Sorry I’ve been absent this week. I could blame it on many things but the main reason is our current addiction to The Vampire Diaries which we have been watching on Netflix (UK)! I love Netflix but the problem with having entire seasons of shows at your fingertips is that the temptation to watch ‘just one more episode’ it too great. I think we’ve watched 10 episodes so far this week. Oops.

I managed to pull myself away briefly to make a Valentine’s card for my husband Alex, using mainly items from the Happy Scatter January Release (don’t forget about the Guest Designer Call on that post, which closes on Sunday)! Here’s the finished card:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Using a stencil and some other bits and pieces! Here’s how I put it together…

I pulled out some items I thought I might use – mostly Happy Scatter items but also some Simple Stories enamel dots and an A6 blue card blank:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I tried out a few backgrounds, including this one with the large ‘date’ journal card, and the foiled word ‘golden’:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I also tried this one, with the ‘we are good together’ tag and the ‘xoxo’ journaling card:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Before settling on the ‘I want to be with you all the time’ journaling card (from the ‘We Are Golden’ Journaling Cards pack), and the mint foiled arrow (from the ‘Hugs’ Ephemera):

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I used some repositionable adhesive spray (I use Scotch-Weld Spray Mount) to spray the back of the Geometric Hearts Stencil, and once it was tacky I pressed it onto the A6 card blank, checking the journaling card would overlap it slightly:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Then I used a sponge dauber to apply white acrylic paint through the bold heart shape:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Once the white paint was dry I placed the tyre-track type heart over the top (again using spray adhesive to make sure it stayed in place):

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

And I used some matt artist gel mixed with grey paint to spread through the pattern:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Once dry it looks very cool with the depth and texture:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I layered on the few bits that I’d already chosen to use:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Then added some extra bits, like my hubby’s name, some of my Wood Veneer Shapes, and some white thread… I twirled some into a loop:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

And held it on the card by sticking the ‘love’ ephemera circle on top (using 3D foam dots):

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I finished it off with a bit of glitter tape and some enamel dots and gems:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I hope he likes it!

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Do you make any Valentine’s cards? If yes do you turn to love-themed supplies or just use general stash?

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Jennifer x

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Happy Scatter January Releases and a Guest Designer Call!

I’ve released a few new things in the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop – a stencil, journaling cards, and some ephemera, all with a love theme.

Read on to see more about them, and for a Guest Designer Call!

I’ve recorded a quick video to show you what the new items all look like:

You can also watch it on You Tube HERE.

There’s no mention of valentine’s day on them, because we don’t celebrate it much here in the UK. But there’s lots of hearts and loving!

The Geometric Hearts Stencil can be used as a whole sheet, or you can create layered hearts by using the plain heart in the middle of the stencil for one colour / medium, and then on top of that using another colour or medium through one of the patterned hearts:

Geometric Hearts Pattern Stencil from Happy Scatter

 

The ‘We Are Golden’ Journaling Cards all have space for at least some writing, because I keep getting cut-apart sheets and then realising hardly any of them have space to write anything:

We Are Golden Journaling Cards From Happy Scatter

And the ‘Hugs’ Ephemera features these foiled pieces:

Foiled pieces from the Hugs Ephemera at Happy Scatter

And lots of other cute bits and pieces:

Hugs Ephemera from Happy Scatter

What do your think? Which would you use most of all?

I’m also having a Happy Scatter Guest Designer call! Here’s the details:

Happy Scatter Call For Guest Designers Closes 1st Feb 2015!

The call closes at 11.59pm GMT on Sunday the 1st of February. Please email me if you have any questions or want to apply. International applicants are welcome. If the next few months go well then I’ll be starting a Happy Scatter blog and looking for a regular Design Team in May!

Thanks for your support so far,

Jennifer x

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GUEST POST – Riikka Kovasin with Christmas Cards

Hello all,

Today I have a guest post to share with you. Riikka Kovasin is here to share some Christmas Cards – with a video for you to see how she put them together!

I had sent Riikka some Happy Scatter goodies for my Frosty Festivities 2014 event, but unfortunately the parcel never reached her, it’s lost somewhere out in the world! So I sent her another parcel and she’s made some very pretty cards with the items:

Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin

Let me hand over to Riikka to tell you more about them…

Rikka Kovasin:

It’s Riikka here with a guest post! I’m so happy that I got the chance to guest and play with the Happy Scatter items!

I’m mostly a scrapbooker but the Makes Me Merry 3×4″ Cards that I found in the envelope inspired me to do some Holiday cards. As I also had some lovely stencils in the envelope (Stars Of Wonder and Deck The Halls Paperchains), I went mixed media with the background. I wanted the background have the colours as the 3×4″ white cards spoke to me as such. I used acrylic paints and Pan Pastels to make the backgrounds and then layered the 3×4″ cards on top. To finish the cards I used Happy Scatter Wood Veneers and Die-Cut Shapes:

Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin

If you want to see how the cards were made, please see the video tutorial!

These cards can be done in no time and the same basic idea can be translated to fit different seasons. Just get the Makes Me Merry 3×4″ cards and start playing with paints and inks!

Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin

Thank you for having me Jennifer! Wishing you all happy Holiday season!

More about Riikka:

I’m a mixed media style crafter from Finland. Scrapbooking layouts are my biggest passion, but I also love to create canvases, cards and recently I’ve grown an interest on ATCs. Please visit me on my blog or other social media sites! It would be a pleasure to hear from you!

You can find me at:
blog Paperiliitin (http://paperiliitin.blogspot.com)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Paperiliitin)
Instagram (http://instagram.com/paperiliitin)
Twitter (https://twitter.com/Paperiliitin)
YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/PaperiliitinRiikka)
Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/paperiliitin/)

Riikka Kovasin of Paperiliitin

 

Thank you Riikka for putting the Happy Scatter items to good use, I love the stained-glass window style effect these cards have!

Do you ever use mixed-media techniques to make Christmas Cards? Add a link in the comments if you have any to show us.

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Three More Scrap Retreat Layouts

So last week I mentioned I’d been on a scrap retreat, and I showed you 3 Girly Layouts which I made while I was there. I also told you I had a few more pages, this time with barely any pink on them!

Sorry it’s taken me a lot longer than I expected to post these, I ended up having a hectic week last week … the festive season is getting busy. Here they are…

The Wood House:

The Wood House layout by Jennifer Grace

This was a playhouse we found at Moors Valley Country Park, on a walk there one day with my Mum. It was a bit of a cold and muddy day but we had lots of fun anyway and the kids loved this house!

I used lots of woody-brown hues on this page, with the occasional touch of deep pink to echo my daughters coat, and to keep the page feeling warm and happy:

The Wood House layout by Jennifer Grace

I tied a bit of brown string to the top of the chipboard circles, to give a different texture to the page. I also used a ‘NSEW’ wood veneer from the This Way Travel set to show that we were on a journey:

The Wood House layout by Jennifer Grace

Building A Monster Castle:

Monster Castle layout by Jennifer Grace

This fun photo is of my kids at the beach, building a castle using a monster set I bought. It has eyes, teeth, and other pieces – just like you get with a Mr. Potato Head – but you put these on a castle instead!

I turned to Pinterest for a bit of inspiration for this page – I wanted something with some different shapes and a really lively feel. So I chose THIS PAGE by Ania Komenda as my inspiration. My photo was much bigger so the page ended up quite different to hers, but you can certainly see lots of circles and the flowing title:

Monster Castle layout by Jennifer Grace

I doodled on some of the circles like Ania did, and also drew around a couple on the background. I added a few other shapes to break up the circles too, including banner flags and a fishy sticker:

Monster Castle layout by Jennifer Grace

What’s This?:

What's This layout by Jennifer Grace

These photos are of my cheeky boy discovering nature. He was particularly interested in the textures of tree trunks, but he also really really wanted to jump in the muddy ditch!

I wanted tons of different textures on here because of the cool tree-trunk texture. So I started the page with some embossing paste dots applied through a Tim Holtz stencil (thank you Sarah for lending me hers), and some splashes of gold ink:

What's This layout by Jennifer Grace

I added a nice big cork heart at the top left for more texture too:

What's This layout by Jennifer Grace

I found another fun angle for a title by following the diagonal lines of the page too:

What's This layout by Jennifer Grace

There we go, that’s the rest of my 12×12 pages that I made on the retreat. I did also complete a December Daily / JYC album, THIS ONE from 2012, which I’d printed photos for and then not put together! I shall try to show you that at some point this week!

What do you think – do you prefer pink & girly pages or brown/blue textural pages?

See you again soon,

Jennifer x

Giveaways / Winners

A Giveaway! Sponsored By Happy Scatter! {NOW CLOSED}

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

For the last giveaway of the event it’s time to feature my shop, Happy Scatter. You knew this was coming, right?!

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I’m giving away a £15 Etsy Giftcard. {NOW CLOSED} This can be used on any shop that supports Etsy giftcards, you don’t have to spend it in mine if you don’t want to! Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post…

Because Happy Scatter is my shop, I decided not to show three items I like, because I designed it all so I like all of it!

Instead I have another layout to show you, with lots of Happy Scatter items on it:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used the Nordic Deer Pattern Stencil to make a piece of patterned paper, by sticking the stencil to white card with removable spray-adhesive, and sponging red paint through it:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I backed the Makes Me Merry 3×4 Card with a green cut-apart card from a Webster’s Pages sheet:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I also made a journal card by cutting out a rectangle of grid paper, rounding the corners, inking the edges with gold ink, and sticking on two The Jolliest Time Ephemera Card Shapes with foam dots:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I put it all together with some Wreaths & Baubles and Wonderland Winter wood veneers scattered around the page, with some paper roses and gems too:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

And some more of The Jolliest Time ephemera:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think it all adds up to a jolly page!

Now for the giveaway, To win a

£15 Gift Card for Etsy

Head over to my Etsy shop Happy Scatter, take a look around, and come back here to leave a comment and tell me what item you like best. Or, you could tell me what else you’d like to see in the shop, I’m currently working on some new items for the start of 2015!

The giveaway closes at 8pm GMT on Monday the 10th of November 2014. {NOW CLOSED} The winner will be announced on Thursday the 13th of November. It is open internationally!

Good luck! I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x