Family Time layout by Jennifer Grace

A Challenge – To Embrace The Busy

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

The festive season is a hectic time for everyone, right? I know it’s a whirlwind of shopping, preparations, parties, and family celebrations around here. I say we should embrace the busy – in our lives and on our projects!

You could join in with this challenge by making a busy card with lots of details, using busy patterned papers on your next project, making lists to stop you feeling overwhelmed with the busy life, or, like me, you could use a busy photo on a layout! Or if you have another inspiration from this prompt, go with it!

The winner of this challenge will win this prize:

Challenge to Embrace the Busy Prize

An American Crafts Kringle & Co 6×6 Pad and Die Cut Shapes!

I’ve used lots of these same die cut shapes on this layout, which features a busy photo…

Family Time:

Family Time layout by Jennifer Grace

I don’t often like to scrapbook photos which are busy, especially when it’s hard to see people’s faces. But some photos like that are too special to ignore – I love this picture of my family sitting at my mum’s dining table for a Christmas meal a few years ago. That moment can never be re-captured, as my granny sadly passed away a couple of years ago, and our kids are growing up. It’s a time that’s been captured and deserves to be scrapbooked!

Here’s a tip for a different way to plan out a layout. I’ve often done this without really thinking about it, then someone at a crop commented they’d never seen anyone do this before. If I’ve got some embellishments in mind, or a tricky photo to work with, I plan out the page with no patterned paper. I’l just lay the photos and embellies on my table top, or here I’ve photographed it on white mountboard:

Family Time - Layout Tip by Jennifer Grace

I find it helps to work this way sometimes, because otherwise I get distracted by the patterns on the paper – I start to worry more about the paper instead of what I’m trying to say with my photo and embellishments. Once I’ve got them in an arrangement I like, I then take a pictures for reference, and try it out on different paper background until I find the one I like:

Family Time - Layout Tip by Jennifer Grace

Then I just have to get it stuck down and add more bits as I choose! To really ’embrace the busy’ I piled the embellishments all up close to the photo. Rather than overwhelming it, I think the busy arrangement enhances the photo, as it gives a feeling of a bustling, cosy Christmas. The muted-brown embellishments blend in to the background paper a little too, which stops it getting too hectic!

Family Time layout by Jennifer Grace

Did you see I used some full stops from an alpha sticker pack (Maggie Homes Gold Daiquiri) as baubles on the tree, and in the flower centre?

Family Time layout by Jennifer Grace

A fun way to add an extra bit of sparkle!

Be Inspired:

Use full stops or other punctuation stickers as embellishments

Cluster your details around a central image

Choose the papers last when creating your next project

To enter this challenge: Make something that embraces the busy, then blog about it or upload it to an online gallery. Then come here and add your project to the Linky Tool below! You can enter this challenge as many times as you like, and you can combine it with other challenges (either mine or other online challenges).

The challenge will close next Sunday 17th November at 10.59pm GMT. It is open internationally.

Jennifer x

P.S. If you are enjoying this event, I’d love it if you can support me by sharing the projects you like via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or however you like! There are sharing buttons below to make it easy for you – thanks! (Not obligatory but appreciated!)

  • Jackie Edwards

    Love your layout!!! Will have to put thinking cap on!!!!!!!! LOL

    November 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm
  • Rachel

    I love the warmth that is created in this layout.

    November 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm
  • love the idea of embracing the busy now just need to decide what to do for this interesting challenge!

    November 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm
  • lilgik

    Fab layout, love reading through your thought process along the way!

    November 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm
  • Lovely die cuts and great idea to use them to make the frame

    November 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm
  • Marilyn Tucker

    Love your layout!

    November 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm
  • You know, instead of just arranging it on the tabletop, you could do it on an open frame. That way you could just pick up the frame and lay it on different backgrounds or different embellishments that you haven’t glued to it. Just a thought.

    I Create Purty Thangs

    November 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm
  • Super layout!

    November 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm
  • This is a wonderful layout – need to see what I can do for is challenge!

    November 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm
  • Alison

    Thinking cap is on!…love your layout and tips
    Alison xx

    November 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm
  • Margie

    What a sweet photo and memory-beautiful!

    November 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm
  • Janis in ID

    I think framing your busy photo with all the chipboard images is perfect. Thanks for this tip.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    November 9, 2013 at 10:41 pm
  • Cassandra Duchaine

    Love the wood grain paper – and the embellies add just the right amount of ‘busy’

    November 10, 2013 at 2:49 am
  • Yes I have photos like this.Must get one out and attempt this method of placement.

    November 10, 2013 at 3:13 am
  • That is definitely a strategy I will have to try as I am a patterned paper addict & this will seem totally backward to me! Thx

    November 10, 2013 at 3:46 am
  • Kelly B

    I love how your chipboard elements look like a frame around the photo. Great work!

    November 10, 2013 at 4:49 am
  • Annie

    What a great idea to plan your layout that way, I will have to try it! 🙂

    November 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm
  • Dawn

    Most of my pictures are in Project Life now so I’ll have to dig through my boxes of photos to come up with something for this challenge. You have great tips by the way.

    November 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm
  • I liove all your elements which balance the photo so well

    November 10, 2013 at 6:33 pm
  • Miriam Prantner

    I have never tried creating a page that way, but I might have to give it a shot!

    November 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm
  • Frances

    Very nice vignette LO! Love the wood panel paper – it reminds me of a log cabin at Christmas.

    November 10, 2013 at 10:24 pm
  • jengd

    I love the idea of laying your embellishments out without the patterned paper!

    November 11, 2013 at 4:54 am
  • Great tips, great layout, great prize!

    November 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm
  • Lisa H

    what a great idea to lay things out without the background paper. if only I could be that organised rather than just randomly gluing stuff down like i do! I love this busy page! Will be trying to enter this challenge for sure. busy is my middle name right now – as it is for most of us I would think.

    November 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm
  • i’ve not seen Kringle and looks so good…as you’ve shown on your wonderful layout x

    November 11, 2013 at 8:35 pm
  • I think we should all embrace those pictures because they are just as important as the perfect arty shots.

    November 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm
  • Laura G.Turcotte

    What a great layout! I just must try this!

    November 15, 2013 at 1:04 am

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