Celebrate Today layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

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

7 Comments
  • kae
    Reply

    This is beautiful. I especially like the smudged paint that became shining stars.

    February 9, 2015 at 1:31 pm
  • It all looks so good against that black background.

    February 9, 2015 at 5:27 pm
  • I find pre-framed papers hard to use – it’s not a problem for you though, what a lovely page Jennifer. I often use a new box of goodies like a kit x

    February 9, 2015 at 8:51 pm
  • alexa
    Reply

    That black background just makes everything pop so beautifully. I am admiring your creative solutions for those ‘oops!’ moments :).

    February 10, 2015 at 11:39 am
  • karenladd
    Reply

    Oh, this layout is so fun and came together wonderfully! I LOVE the splatters…they add nice interest, and I really like the way you were able to use the paper that is covered by the photo to make nice cover-up embellishments when your first attempt failed. I almost bought a sheet of this very paper and now I wish I had when I see how fabulous your layout turned out!

    February 11, 2015 at 7:43 am
  • I love how you created this and made the most of the supplies – layout is beautiful!

    February 11, 2015 at 7:50 am
  • Looks fantastic. I loved following your creative process on this one.

    February 11, 2015 at 10:13 am

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