Choose Happy layout by Jennifer Grace

Choose Happy Layout – Crafting Without Fuss!

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Hello! This hour I’m back with another layout. For this page I decided to refresh my crafting by letting go of my ‘fuss’ when scrapbooking. I normally worry a lot about whether items are perfectly straight, and I spend ages pushing items around, it can take hours before I actually stick anything sometimes! For this layout I just went with the flow. I did still want the page to look good, and if I made a mistake I fixed it, but I was a lot less careful putting it all together!

Choose Happy: 

Choose Happy layout by Jennifer Grace

I used a photo of me on the beach one evening last summer to write about how I should spend more evenings like this – not worrying about whether the kids are in bed on time (you can just see my daughter in the background of the photo), chilling out with friends and a beer!

I started the page by grabbing some sheets of paper (from Heidi Swapp Dreamy and Studio Calico Atlantic). I stuck with the first ones I pulled out that matched the colours – I didn’t bother rooting around through my stash to make sure I had the ‘perfect’ piece:

Choose Happy layout by Jennifer Grace

I doodled some fish onto the background using my Seaside Smiles stencil, then stacked the papers on top. I wanted to round the corners of my papers, but I couldn’t find my corner rounding punch, so I snipped off a couple of corners as triangles instead. Then I stuck the papers onto the page flat (and I didn’t use my ruler to make sure they were on straight), but I stuck the triangles on with 3D foam pop dots:

Choose Happy layout by Jennifer Grace

When I wanted to write my journaling I just grabbed my favourite pen and started writing. But I realised I didn’t like it – the black was contrasting too sharply on the yellow and I hadn’t written neatly enough:

Choose Happy layout by Jennifer Grace

So I covered it up with the first tag I found that fitted over it, and piled a few more bits on top too:

Choose Happy layout by Jennifer Grace

The page was almost ready – all the paper bits and a few embellishments were on there – but I realised I wanted some mist drops to liven it up a bit:

Choose Happy layout by Jennifer Grace

Normally if I decide this at a late stage I would carefully mask all the top layer items and journaling etc, so they didn’t get spoiled. This time I just dripped it everywhere, though I did avoid the photo:

Choose Happy layout by Jennifer Grace

I love how free it looks!

Here’s where my journaling ended up… instead of trying to find a lighter journaling pen I instead found a darker journal spot so it didn’t contrast as much:

Choose Happy layout by Jennifer Grace

I really enjoyed making this page, just throwing stuff at it and sticking things down quick without too much thought!

I think it really will remind me to ‘choose happy’!

Choose Happy layout by Jennifer Grace

Do you have things that you fuss over when you are crafting?

Be Inspired:

Make something spontaneous without fussing over it

Drip mist (or paint / ink) over an almost finished project

Cut the corners off some paper

Ooh, I’d love to head down to the beach with a beer right now! What moment from last year would you choose as your happy time?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

I’ll see you again at 10pm for the last post of the day!

Jennifer x

  • A lovely photo of you chilling. I very often go with the flow these days and find i enjoy it more than if i spend to much time fussing. It’s good to see your fish stencil in use ..I like it x x
    There were some lovely happy times last year..being at the beach, visiting places i’ve never been before and of course family get togethers, they are always the best! x x

    June 6, 2014 at 9:09 pm
  • Frances

    Love the misting at the end as finishing touch – scary but you did it! Also like the popped up triangle corner. Will have to try just being loose with a LO like yours’! Well done.

    June 6, 2014 at 9:26 pm
  • I love how you have captured the relaxed carefree feelings that you had that evening… I do love those kinda moments and generally experience them at weekends, high days and holidays spent making memories with family or friends.

    June 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm
  • love how you’ve matched the colours with the sunset

    June 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm
  • Sarah

    Great pic of you looking very happy and relaxed with that beautiful skyline! I’m also guilty of fussing, measuring and too much time choosing supplies although I’m better than I used to be!! “Choose Happy” … definitely a phrase to remember!! 🙂 x

    June 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm
  • FAbulous page – carefree in every way! Love that photo of you looking chilled and your daughter having fun in the background, love the idea of the raised snipped corners, and I will remember this approach next time I start “fussing”!

    June 6, 2014 at 9:53 pm
  • I love the end result too! It is so hard for me to just stick and go… I tried Sian’s 30 minute page challenge (as suggested in a previous Jot magazine) and failed miserably!

    June 6, 2014 at 10:05 pm
  • a bright and beautiful layout xx

    June 6, 2014 at 10:06 pm
  • Patricia

    Love how this carefree layout turned out!

    June 6, 2014 at 10:21 pm
  • Made a quick card with lots of different bits and pieces but not worrying too much as it went along. In the end, I like it a lot.

    June 6, 2014 at 11:07 pm
  • Lindsay

    I love the color combination. Yellow is not necessarily my favorite color but it goes great with the accompanying shades

    June 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm
  • That’s a great photo – the fact that both you AND your daughter are so obviously having a wonderful evening is brilliant!

    June 6, 2014 at 11:34 pm
  • Last year, right around this time, I was in Las Vegas with my husband … I would love to go back, if only for the all you can eat dessert buffets! lol

    June 7, 2014 at 1:00 am
  • I’ve just finished a month of LayOutADay and I always come away realizing how much I enjoy tinkering over my pages & not rushing through. Last year we took a little retreat after a death in the family – just went away to the sea to be warm & quiet.

    June 7, 2014 at 1:22 am
  • Heather Pham

    I love how you managed to cover up what you didn’t like, but still managed to make it look like nothing happened. I have trouble with that and always manage to have an ackward spot on my pages.

    June 7, 2014 at 1:47 am
  • Margie

    What a fun, bright layout!

    June 7, 2014 at 2:49 am
  • This turned out great! I like the relaxed feel of it & am definitely going to try cutting off the corner & adhering it with pop dots!

    June 7, 2014 at 3:06 am
    You’ve inspired me plus I finished off my CK. Love your photo and layout. Gorgeous colours.

    June 7, 2014 at 5:31 am
  • LOL Jennifer you had me worried for a moment. I thought you said you daughter was in the background chilling out with a beer! Hoping to join you this weekend if I can make some crafting time.

    June 7, 2014 at 8:21 am
  • Such a happy, Summery page – I think I’d be very wet if I headed to the beach right now!!!
    A moment from last year would be watching the sunset in Key West whilst listening to a lone guitarist strumming some wonderful tunes 🙂

    June 7, 2014 at 8:34 am
  • Not only a great page but a great insight into the process too

    June 7, 2014 at 8:36 am
  • mandysea

    This is lovely – what a great relaxing photo of YOU! I don’t ever do photos of me…. maybe I need to. Ooooh…I think I’ll battle with this challenge…I’m an agoniser with LOs….. I know, I know, but I can push things around a 12×12 for HOURS without sticking a thing down!

    I’ll try……. 🙂

    June 7, 2014 at 10:22 am
  • Jackie Edwards

    Super layout Jennifer!! I too seem to spend ages before sticking anything down…will have to give this a try!!!

    June 7, 2014 at 11:14 am
  • Great photo and layout. I tend to get a bit obsessive about having things in threes – and I know that it looks good to do that, but you also don’t HAVE to do it, so I will try and let go of that next time I scrap!

    June 7, 2014 at 11:43 am
  • A lovely page….I think the dripping on everything worked really well.

    June 7, 2014 at 2:27 pm
  • barbara macaskill

    This is a wonderful Happy layout! Love the bright colors and I agree that a beach barbecue would be a great way to spend an evening! TFS!

    June 7, 2014 at 8:03 pm
  • There’s a lot to be said for spontaneity. You’ve made a carefree and happy layout. My best time in the last year was swimming in the pool at night and it started raining. The lights reflected off each little splash of a raindrop and it was like swimming in diamonds. Spectacular!

    June 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm
  • Love the clipping of the corners!

    June 8, 2014 at 2:23 am
  • Jen

    It’s a great page and it certainly looks fantastic. I tend to fuss over getting my photos the same sizes or at least the right sizes (I include quite a few photos on each page so many are frequently supposed to be the same size) and aligned nice and straight with one another. As for a happy photo… maybe me when we visit the friends we moved away from 3yrs ago.

    June 8, 2014 at 3:57 am
  • Clever little touches on this one

    June 8, 2014 at 2:07 pm
  • Just done a blog post about a layout I did this afternoon based on this post! Thank you for the inspiration, great fun!

    June 8, 2014 at 7:01 pm
  • Karen Schroeder

    Love the layout! I fuss over making sure everything is lined up perfectly on my card, and the trouble is, I don’t even understand why!

    June 8, 2014 at 9:34 pm
  • Jacqui

    This is a fab page. I cant wait to have a go at the popped up corners. I vary on my pages from measuring everything to cutting with scissors instead of a trimmer.

    Last year was kinda weird and not always happy but there are some happy times I would go back to. This year so far had been pretty fab tho 🙂

    June 9, 2014 at 1:49 am
  • The popped up corners are fab

    June 9, 2014 at 11:31 am

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