Focus On What's Important To Someone Else - Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Focus On What’s Important… To Someone Else

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

One of the things I’m trying to focus on this year is appreciating the little things. I want to scrapbook all the small moments that make our family special! One of the ways to do this is to focus on what’s important… to someone else:

Focus On What's Important To Someone Else - Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Mine obviously features my kids but you could easily adapt this to write about something that’s important to a partner, or a friend, or you could even create a layout from your pet’s point of view! Take a look through someone else’s eyes and it will remind you about the things that really matter.

I asked my kids which toys were their favourites – if I told them we were going away for a week and they could only bring one toy what would they choose? Little Miss chose a snow-tiger teddy (who is called Salad!) and Cheeky Boy chose some Mega Blocks bricks. I asked them to take a photo of the toys, Little Miss did take one all by herself, but I had to help Cheeky Boy a little – he kept pointing the camera in the wrong direction!

After they’d photographed the toys I also took a picture of them holding them:

Focus On What's Important To Someone Else - Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I printed the photos (on my Canon Selphy) and then asked the kids to describe why they’d picked those toys. Little Miss wrote hers straight on a journal card, but Cheeky Boy told me his and I wrote it down. Then I tried arranging it all on my 12×12 paper, but it looked a bit flat and dull:

Focus On What's Important To Someone Else - Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I realised that was because the focus was all over the place and it all looked too disjointed. So I pushed them all together, overlapping some edges:

Focus On What's Important To Someone Else - Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I liked how this brought it all together!

I cut a couple of strips of paper from a sheet of Crate Paper Journey ‘Tribal’ paper, and another piece from a My Mind’s Eye Just Splendid 6×6 Pad, and stuck these to the background. I stuck the photos and journaling on top, raising the photos up with foam tape to give the page some dimension:

Focus On What's Important To Someone Else - Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I finished the page off with some white mist drops and embellishments – including half a frame, lots of arrows, some stars and gems:

Focus On What's Important To Someone Else - Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used a couple of the new Happy Scatter Arrows Flairs!

I was glad I had space for a nice long title, as I didn’t want any of my own journaling on the page (it would distract from the cute things the kids said), but the page did need a bit of explanation, so a long title was perfect:

Focus On What's Important To Someone Else - Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

The big cork heart adds a different texture, but tucking it under the photo means it doesn’t take the focus away from the important stuff!

Be Inspired:

Record something that’s important to another person (or animal) on a layout or art journal, etc

Use a big shape or a frame half-tucked under a photo or other element

Use a black background with a central cluster of items on top

Who would you ask about the things that are important to them?

I’ll see you again at 3pm!

Jennifer x

20 Comments
  • I really liked the way you pushed your main elements together like an anchor point, then built around it. Love the frame sitting out to the side with just a little star and a couple of dots in it – that’s effective! Great subject idea too!
    I’m pretty sure it would be my daughters I’d ask whats important to them… easy to guess what they’d say too 🙂

    May 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm
  • Ohhh always such a great treat for the recipient!

    May 16, 2015 at 3:28 pm
  • Linda Reilly
    Reply

    Love the colours and the idea going round with a book to find out my family’s fav things xx

    May 16, 2015 at 5:37 pm
  • Sharon
    Reply

    LOVE this idea, I have 3 little gems and the eldest is off to secondary school in September and I’m seriously wondering where time has gone.. he’s 11 now…. It is indeed the “little things” that we need to remember… x

    May 16, 2015 at 5:59 pm
  • love how your children joined in with creating this page wish I had scrapped when mine were younger….I have made a page to fit this theme so will upload it later

    May 16, 2015 at 6:20 pm
  • Frances
    Reply

    Oh my goodness what a sweet LO! Love the extra long title and everything else.

    May 16, 2015 at 7:28 pm
  • Annie
    Reply

    Such a sweet page Jennifer, great idea to have your children write the story themselves :o)

    May 16, 2015 at 8:16 pm
  • sarah
    Reply

    Fab layout – favourite toys, books, games, songs etc …. are all the things I wish I had scrapped when H was younger!!

    May 16, 2015 at 10:07 pm
  • its good to see how you build your page up. i spotted your flair 🙂 x

    May 16, 2015 at 10:35 pm
  • You will cherish these moments forever! Great documenting!

    May 17, 2015 at 2:13 am
  • Janet
    Reply

    I love your layout! That black background is perfect. I will use photos of my dogs and the one toy they both love.

    May 17, 2015 at 11:29 am
  • What a great step by step watching how you put this one together……the black bg paper is fabulous…especially adore the white ink drops and that lovely cork heart:):) Fabulous idea!!!! No little kids here – so maybe I could try it with the grand boy!!!

    May 17, 2015 at 11:48 am
  • Emily
    Reply

    I love the colors that you used in this layout.

    May 17, 2015 at 9:51 pm
  • LeAnne S
    Reply

    I love making these type of pages for my kids,’ their favorites change as quickly as thet do.

    May 18, 2015 at 12:00 am
  • What a lovely idea….and the page has come together brilliantly.I bet little miss loves seeing her writing on the page.

    May 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm
  • This is such a great idea, and such a heart warming page. I can totally imagine doing this with my two boys….thank you for the idea.

    May 18, 2015 at 10:29 pm
  • This is a fabulous idea for a page. Your layout is wonderful.

    May 20, 2015 at 12:07 pm
  • I think this would be great to ask my parents as they are getting ready to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Maybe ask them what thing most represents their years together or something like that!

    May 21, 2015 at 4:13 am
  • This is adorable!!! Love how you overlapped things. Wonderful LO!!
    <3 J

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    May 22, 2015 at 1:15 am
  • Great project! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

    May 25, 2015 at 2:57 am

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