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

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Scrap 365 July Sketch – Hey Look layout & process video

It’s time for the Scrap 365 July Sketch Challenge! Here’s the sketch (based on artwork by Ali Parris):

Scrap 365 July 2014 Sketch Challenge

This month the fabulous 7 Dots Studio is sponsoring the sketch, one lucky participant will win these goodies:

7 DOTS - Scrap 365 July 2014 Sketch Prize

They’ll be so happy!

7 Dots Studio were also kind enough to send goodies for the sketch team too, I was able to play with the Illumination collection… here’s my page…

Hey Look:

Hey Look by Jennifer Grace for Scrap 365 July 2014 Sketch using 7 Dots Studio Illumination

This captures a moment of my daughter and her friend discovering things together!

Here’s a page process video showing you how I put it together:

(If you like the video please give it a ‘thumbs up’ and subscribe to My You Tube Channel to encourage me to make more videos!)

Here’s some close up shots and a bit about my page choices, in case you aren’t able to watch the video…

I used the ‘Simple Life’ sticker on top of the ‘Laugh’ sticker, because I added the circular one first and then decided I didn’t like how it ‘broke’ the edge of the photo. It was too distracting. Because the ‘Simple Life’ sticker has a straight edge and a paler colour it stopped the photo from looking broken:

Hey Look by Jennifer Grace for July Sketch Detail 1

The ‘Find Happiness In The Little Things’ was a large tag  which I really wanted to use, but I couldn’t work out how to fit it on my page. So I simply cut it to be a square phrase instead:

Hey Look by Jennifer Grace for July Sketch Detail 2

I added a little splash of colour to the top left of the page with some roller stamping and washi tape:

Hey Look by Jennifer Grace for July Sketch Detail 3

What do you think, are you up for a sketch challenge? Don’t forget to check out the Scrap 365 Blog to see the other examples from the DT (and to enter your layout!).

Bye for now, Jennifer x

Disclosure: I received the 7 Dots Studio Illumination kit  for free which helped me write this post but all views are my own.

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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:


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