Scrapbook Layouts

Layout Process Video using the Minc Foiling Machine

I’ve got another video using Heidi Swapp’s Minc Machine to share with you today (my Unboxing & First use video can be seen HERE).

This scrapbook layout uses lots of Minc products (papers, tags, labels, and foils) to make a super shiny page!

‘So Cute’ Layout using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine:

Layout Process Video using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine, Tags, Paper, and Foil at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s the process video sharing how I put the page together (or you can see it on YouTube HERE). I also quickly flick through the Minc papers and tags that I own so you can see them too:

And here’s a couple of detail shots of the finished page:

Layout Process Video using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine, Tags, Paper, and Foil at Jennifer Grace Creates

Don’t you miss those days when you used to hang out on the sofa, talking about how cranes are yellow and fire engines are red?

Layout Process Video using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine, Tags, Paper, and Foil at Jennifer Grace Creates

I hope the video gives you some page process ideas (like using mist to create a page border) even if you don’t own a Minc Machine!

Have a shiny day!

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

Happy Scatter

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

Giftwrapping

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Unboxing and First Use!

My Heidi Swapp Minc Machine arrived, hooray! If you don’t know about this machine, it’s basically a foil applicator so you can make things shiny! I ordered mine from Create & Craft TV here in the UK, but they’ve sold out for now. I know several other places have it on order though, including Hey Little Magpie.

Frustratingly the Minc 6×6 pad and tags that I ordered at the same time have not been delivered yet, but I’m lucky that I have a laser printer, so I can use that, plus the tags that came with the machine, to play with while I’m waiting!

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Foil Applicator Unboxing and First Use

As it’s such a new scrapbooking / papercrafting product I recorded a video of the unboxing and first use of the machine:

 

(You can also watch the video on YouTube HERE)

I have not sped up this video (like I sometimes do on my videos) because I want you to see how fast you can take this out of the box and put it to use! I did record the sound later as a voice-over though – the mic on my camera is not great and there’s generally a lot of noise in this house during the day.

Here’s a couple of tips for things I’ve learnt so far. These are the main points of the video but I’m putting them here too in case I talk too fast on the video.

Minc Machine First Use Tips:

1. The machine gives off an odour the first couple of times you use it, like when you’ve just cleaned the oven and the next time you use it it needs to burn off the smell. This odour disappears after a few uses (I’ve used it more times since the video).

2. Be careful when taking the foil sample that comes with the machine out of the plastic packet, I got the foil stuck to the sticky strip on the bag and wrecked some of it! Cut off the sticky tab first!

3. Have some really sharp scissors to hand, you can’t cut the foil with blunt scissors.

4. The rollers are much further into the machine than I thought they would be!

5. The static properties of the carrier sheet can grab the foil and make it move around when you are putting the foil and tag/item inside it. Double check the foil is covering the whole printed part of the item before you put it into the machine!

Also, the power cable is not very long – about 40″. I’m going to need another extension lead if I want to use this in the middle of my table, which is a bit annoying, but not a deal-breaker for me.

That’s the main points for now, I’ll be doing more videos with the Minc so make sure you subscribe to my YouTube Channel  so you don’t miss them! If you have any questions about the machine let me know and I’ll try to cover it in a future video.

Here’s the two tags:

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Tags

They aren’t perfect but I’m getting a lot better the more I practice!

What do you think, would you like one of these machines? What foil colour would you choose to use first?

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

GUEST POST – Riikka Kovasin with Snowy Mixed Media Trees

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

Here’s another brilliant guest post to give you even more inspiration! This time we have the wonderful Riikka from Paperiliitin. I have long admired Riikka’s mixed-media style, she makes creating beautiful layered projects look so achievable. I always want to get out some gel medium and paint after visiting her blog or watching her YouTube videos! Unfortunately the Happy Scatter items I sent seem to have got lost in the post, but Riikka didn’t let that phase her. She has created another masterpiece today, and she even made a video for you to see how it’s done…

Riikka:

Hello there and welcome to my Frosty Festivities guest post! I’m so honored to be involved in this event! Thank you Jennifer for asking me to participate!

I wanted to do something a bit different so I chose to go mixed media and 3 D. I mostly do scrapbooking layouts but recently the mixed media pieces have become more and more prominent in my crafting. But don’t get me wrong, I always enjoy making a page, too!

Here’s my snowy mixed-media trees:

Snowy Mixed-Media Trees by Riikka Kovasin

Using various different mediums and styrofoam cones I created two trees. You can use the same techniques and ideas to make a snowy canvas, too. And the best part in these is that you can use any object as long it has a lovely shape! These trees hold broken jewellery, bottle caps, found objects and sewing supplies to name a few.

Snowy Mixed-Media Trees by Riikka Kovasin

While writing this the snow still hasn’t reached Helsinki, where I live, but I hope that the scenery will soon be as white as these trees! I always love how white snow turns everything so soft and luminous. It makes a huge difference here in the gloomy north where dusk arrives at the afternoon.

Snowy Mixed-Media Trees by Riikka Kovasin

Snowy Mixed-Media Trees by Riikka Kovasin

If you wish to create something similar, I created a tutorial video for you showing how I made the trees. If you make something inspired by this post, I would love to see your art! Please leave a link here or then send me exploring your blog by mailing me the link!

 

Thank you for watching, I hope I have inspired you! Wishing you a lovely day and a white Christmas!

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 your stunning trees and your detailed video!

Be Inspired:

Make a mixed-media project with items like broken jewellery and found objects

Cover a project with a layer of gesso on top

Decorate a foam tree shape

Thanks for reading, let us know what you think in the comments!

See you again at 7pm,

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

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!

Scrapbook Layouts

In Cape Town Layout Process Video

Hello,

I mentioned that I did record a process video for my ‘In Capetown’ layout (that I originally shared HERE) – well I’ve finally finished editing it! Actually it’s recording the voice over that takes the longest, as I can only do that when the house is quiet – not very often with 2 kiddies in the house!

Anyway, here’s the video if you’d like to see me put the page together:

 

Remember to give it a ‘thumbs up’ if you enjoy watching! Thanks for checking it out!

In Cape Town by Jennifer Grace using 7 Gypsies Serengeti

There’s still about a week left to enter the sketch challenge, you could win this prize from 7gypsies:

7gypsies prize for the Scrap365 Challenge

Don’t miss your chance to win! Link up your pages at the Scrap365 blog.

Finally, did you know the new Scrap365 Digital supplement is available? Check it out!

See you again soon,

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

New Products at Happy Scatter!

Remember how I didn’t have internet access for months? Well I wasn’t totally idle, as I spent some time designing lots of new items for my Etsy Shop Happy Scatter!

I’ve got 5 new stencils, 5 new wood veneer shape sets, 2 new die cut cards, and 2 sets of die cut shapes (leaves and snowflakes). Read on to find out more, and to find out where you can go for a Happy Scatter giveaway today!

Here’s the stencils. I created some general background stencils and a couple of themed stencils. You can use them as the whole design or just choose individual bits of the pattern to include on your project:

September 2014 New Stencils at Happy Scatter

From top left to bottom right they are the: Deck The Halls Paperchains Stencil, Which Way Arrows Stencil, Lots Of Apples Stencil, Stars Of Wonder Stencil, and Going In Circles Stencil. (Please note the above are computer images of the stencils, see the listings for actual product photos).

Below is a photo of the new wood veneer shape sets, I had so much fun designing all these and thinking how I’d use them on my pages:

September 2014 New Wood Veneer Shapes at Happy Scatter

They are the: Simply Life Wood Shapes, This Way Travel Wood Shapes, Season Of Change Wood Shapes, Wonderland Winter Wood Shapes, and Wreaths and Baubles Wood Shapes. I did have to put the price up on these a teeny bit, by 20p each set, simply because the production cost for getting them laser cut went up a bit!

And last but not least, the Die Cut Card Shapes. I created a couple of 3×4 card sets like last time, but I also made some leaves and snowflakes sets – the largest snowflake and leaf shapes are nearly 6″ tall so they are a lot bigger than they look here:

September 2014 New Die Cut Card Shapes at Happy Scatter

You can find them here: Lots Of Leaves Cardstock Die Cuts, Lots Of Snowflakes Cardstock Die Cuts, Let’s Gather Autumn / Fall 3×4 Cards, and Makes Me Merry Winter / Christmas 3×4 Cards.

If you’d like to see me showing off these a little more, you can check out this video of the new items:

 

And if you’d like the chance to win a selection pack of the new products, you should head over to the Scrap 365 Blog, where they are giving away this bundle:

Happy Scatter Giveaway at the Scrap365 Blog

But you’ll need to head over there before Friday (the 26th) to check it out and enter to win! While you are there you’ll also see some fantastic examples from Ali Parris showing off some of the previous Happy Scatter items!

What do you think, is there anything that catches your eye? If you have any questions or suggestions for new products please let me know!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

I’m Back! Layouts I’ve Made This Summer

Hello hello!

I’m back at last – we’ve had a new phone line and modem installed so I can use the internet again! Hooray, how I’ve missed it!

I’m going to be blogging regularly again now, but first here’s a few layouts to share which I’ve made over the last couple of months. I haven’t been doing too many scrapbook projects because with out the internet I was low on inspiration, plus it was the summer holidays so I was busy keeping the kids entertained! But I have managed a few pages…

Hello To Just Being Happy:

Hello To Just Being Happy by Jennifer Grace

This page and the next one (Techno Kids) were both made during a lovely evening spent at my friend Sarah’s house. This layout has a lot of Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine on it because I’d just picked it up from her and I couldn’t wait to use it!

I couldn’t decide where to put the title, so Sarah suggested just using the ‘Hello’ word on the background paper, or maybe adding small letter stickers to extend it for a title, and I love how it turned out:

Hello To Just Being Happy by Jennifer Grace

This ‘Life’s A Beach’ card was perfect for me, I love the laid back feeling I get at the beach:

Hello To Just Being Happy by Jennifer Grace

Techno Kids:

Techno Kids by Jennifer Grace

I was really glad to get this photo of my kids absorbed in their Leap-Pad Explorer, because it was the perfect way to document how much childhood has changed from when I was small. My kids are very technology savvy, so I have to be careful that they actually do normal playing, as well as playing computer games and watching tv!

I used lots of different bits from my stash for the above page, but there are a few bits each from the Pink Paislee Hey Kids and the Crate Paper Boys Rule collections.

Splash Zone:

Splash Zone by Jennifer Grace

The photos on my ‘Splash Zone’ page are from last year, but we have just visited the same place (Weymouth Sea Life Centre) again this summer and had lots of fun again. My brother and his wife and kids were visiting at the time, and me and my brother may have had a small waterfight of our own (no kids nearby) – it was flipping freezing!

I made this page whilst playing with some Pilot Frixion Pens, which Pilot sent me to try out and record a video showing how you can erase the pens and re-write with them:

 

They were fun to use, but I probably wouldn’t use them on scrapbook layouts too much – they suggest they shouldn’t be used for legal documents so I’m guessing the writing you do with them won’t last forever. They’ll be good to use for notes and homework though, and I might use them to try out my journaling on the page, then erase it and write it again with my usual journaling pen!

Well, that’s the layouts I’ve been making (there will be a new Scrap 365 Sketch page coming at the end of next week too).

I will be back in the next few days to show you another project I made this summer: a box frame filled with a fantastical scene – with a man riding a unicycle and wearing a top hat. It is mostly brilliant, and only slightly crazy I assure you!

Have a great weekend!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

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