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

Scrapbook Layouts

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

Scrapbook Layouts

10 Tips in 10 Minutes – Crate Paper Washi Paper

Hello everyone!

I’m sorry that my blog has been rather quiet for the last few weeks. Projects that WOW completely consumed my life! I’ve been working very long days, staying up until 3am and getting up at 7am… I have learnt A LOT about how much time it takes to put these things together. I thought I was quite well prepared and had plenty of time to finish off, but everything took at least 3 times longer than I thought it would. Ah well, I know better for next time! Thank you to everyone who took the class, I am very grateful for your support!

Today I want to share a video with you, which has been on the SJ Crafts blog here for a couple of weeks, but I just hadn’t had a spare minute to come and tell you all about it.

It’s the start of a new series I’m going to run – videos sharing 10 tips in 10 minutes. This first one is:

10 tips in 10 minutes with Crate Paper’s The Pier Washi Paper

Though lots of the tips would work with other washi papers or washi tapes too.

I used the washi paper to create this page:

Happy and Sandy

happy and sandy 3 blog

(Supplies include The Pier ‘Sunscreen’ Paper, Summertime Cut Outs, Splash Cut Outs, Label Stickers, Mini Alphas, and Ephemera)

Before the washi paper was added, the page looked like this:

SONY DSC

See how it gives it a lift?!

Here’s the video. Sorry the sound isn’t perfect on it but it’s the first ‘proper’ video I’ve made so I was still learning how to do it:

The video does go slightly over ten minutes because of the images I added for the ‘tip’ title pages. I also sped some of the video up – so you can watch ten tips in ten minutes but it might take you a little longer than 10 minutes to actually use all these ideas! Of course you can just choose a tip or two to add quickly to your next project.

I hope you enjoy it – let me know what you think! I used lots of The Pier collection on this page, I’m loving it for all my summery pictures. I will be sharing more The Pier projects soon.

If all goes to plan there will be one of these videos each month. I shall try to post future ones on the 10th of each month, to make it easy to know when they will be here! The next one will be here on the 10th of August, and will be 10 tips with American Crafts WOW glitters. Subscribe to My YouTube Channel if you don’t want to miss future videos! Are there any other videos you’d like to see from me?

I hope you’re having a sunshiny day! See you again soon,

Jennifer x