Frosty Festivities Blog Hop & Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

Hello! If you’re new here, welcome to my blog, and to my Frosty Festivities weekend – don’t forget to check out the other posts and prizes that are part of the event!

This weekend isn’t just about winter posts by myself – you also have a Blog Hop (right now!), featuring some of my wonderful blogging companions to fill you with frosty & festive feelings!

And if you hop all the way around, commenting as you go, you’ll be in with a chance to win this sensational seasonal prize {NOW CLOSED} :
Which includes over £25 worth of Carta Bella Winter Fun, and Basic Grey Aspen Frost, plus Maya Road ‘Vintage Lace Daisies – Milk’, a few buttons and a sheet of red cardstock!
To enter the giveaway {NOW CLOSED} you must comment on all the blogs in the hop, and then stop back here at the end to let me know you’ve done so. Also make sure you tell me how to contact you if you win, if you’re not easily reached via your google account.

The giveaway closes at 10.59pm (GMT) Monday 19th November, and is open internationally. The winner will be announced on this blog, Jennifer’s Jumbles, on Thursday 22nd November. 

Once you’ve finished here, the next stop along the line is Abi. At the bottom of my post there’s also a master list of all the blogs taking part, in case you get lost anywhere along the way!

Right now I want to tell you one of my favourite things about winter…

Frosty Outside, Cosy Inside:

On warm sunny days I like to go out exploring, but I could never live somewhere that’s hot all year around, because I like the flip side too. I love it when the weather gets colder – it gives me a great reason for staying inside, wearing my slippers, reading a good book, and sipping hot chocolate!
Here’s how I put the ‘frame’ onto the layout:
I took two sheets of white cardstock and cut them in half:
I marked on the back of two of them how deep I wanted my transparencies to sit:
And then I drew a freehand wobbly line, to look a bit like snow built up on a window, leaving an edge all around to fix my transparencies to:
I cut these out, then put them onto the other cardstock halves, right sides together, so I could draw the shapes that I’d cut onto the other half. Once I’d drawn it, I cut them out to match, so that the cardstock halves would sit together:
And then I stuck them together, sandwiching the transparencies in between (sorry it’s hard to see on the photo):
To fix it to the layout, I used Washi Tape on the front and back of the join, to make a hinge. I also did some zig-zag stitching on the edges of the washi tape to strengthen it, and stop it from coming off the paper, as Washi Tape doesn’t have strong adhesive on it and I want the layout to last! (Sorry I don’t have any photos of this bit)
Then I decorated the inside of the layout:
Supplies: American Crafts Cardstock. Pink Paislee City Sidewalks 8×8 Papers and Ephemera. Crate Paper Sleigh Ride 6×6 papers, 12×12 Tag Cut sheet, and Vellum tags and numbers, Acorn Avenue Thickers. My Mind’s Eye All is Bright Stickers and Decorative Tape. October afternoon Tiny Type Stickers. Various Gems, Sewing Machine, Black Journaling Pen.
The pile of books are ones I often like to re-read in Winter: ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Twilight’, ‘Graceling’, and ‘Wintersmith’. I’ve read these books so many times that the spines are cracked, and the pages have blobs of hot chocolate on them! They are great to snuggle up with when the weather is cold.
To decorate the front ‘frame’ of the layout, I protected the inside with a sheet of white tissue paper, so I could still see where the lines were on the layout beneath. Then I coated the transparencies with Sparkle Mod Podge, not worrying too much if I went onto the white frame a bit. I stuck the ‘frosty outside’ wording down on top – I went over the word ‘outside’ with Mod Podge too as it was cut from paper, and the Mod Podge would help to protect it::
I like opening the frame to peep inside at the cosy layout beneath!
Do you have certain books to read or games to play in the winter? Or any other wintry occupations? Have you scrapbooked them?
Now it’s time for me to send you off around the hop! You should go to Abi next! If you get lost at all, here’s the master list:

Don’t forget to comment all the way around, and then stop back here to let me know you’ve done so, and you’ll be in with a chance to win the prize!

Also remember that a comment on this post, or on any of my posts from this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED} but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that here!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy the hop. I’ll see you here again in one hour, though the next post is a short one to give you more time to soak up the hop posts! x
  • WOW! So cool!

    November 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm
  • have been all the way round and what fab ideas there are too.

    November 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm
  • it’s like peeking through someones window when it’s dark outside and their lights are on. a super wonderful idea x

    November 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm
  • That was fun, have been round all the blogs, not sure Lizzie’s relevant post is up though?? I’ll check back.

    November 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm
  • Lovely LO, very clever. Looking forward to visiting all the blogs on the hop during the evening.

    November 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm
  • I’ve hopped myself round & I’m back for a hot chocolate with marshmallows.That layout certainly does look cosy, Jennifer.

    November 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm
  • That’s such a clever idea, love the window effect! I’ve had so much fun looking at all the different posts, such a variety of ideas 🙂 Thanks again for putting this together! x

    November 16, 2012 at 7:08 pm
  • YAY! I’m back after hopping through some wonderful blogs. Great inspiration and stories and thanks for the chance to win a great prize.

    November 16, 2012 at 7:10 pm
  • Same here! I love the variation in temperatures as it makes you appreciate each one and I do like to be cosy inside when it is cold outside. I do have a question for you though… how on earth do you have time to RE-read books with 2 small children and everything else you do???

    November 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm
  • clever use of transparency, like opening a snowy window on your page! I have had such a great time hopping round all those blogs, mostly ones that I regularly stalk but also nice to visit some totally new blogs too thanks Jennifer xxx

    November 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm
  • You have got me feeling so Christmassy now I can hardly believe it! It’s a lovely hop, thanks Jennifer

    November 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm
  • ‘Little Women’ is my Winter Warmer book – I still cry every time

    November 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm
  • I like that we have a varied climate as well….though cold,wet and windy should be banished!!The frame is a lovely idea.

    November 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm
  • I love how your book pages have hot chocolate spots on! My favourite books for snuggling up tend to be children’s classics, like “Little Women”, “The Children of Green Knowe”, various books by Susan Coolidge (I’ve read all 5 “Katy books” now!), Frances Hodgson Burnett… But I also love the Jane Austen books and several modern classics too. Anything that’s a good story, with a feel-good thing about it… Love the scrap page – it’s lovely and wintery! You chose such great photos for the inside and the hinged outside is just great!

    November 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm
  • Wow loved all the ideas shared. Thanks for organising it all.

    November 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm
  • I will blog hop later and am looking forward to that I love the page idea and tomorrow I plan on doing a what I love about winter page – and it will have many of the same things as I love my snuggly slippers and my books too

    November 16, 2012 at 9:22 pm
  • What a super blog hop…been everywhere…feel like I have had a day out!!! LOL Had a problem leaving a comment on Jenny’s (Dragonflew) I left two but there were not any other comments!! Perhaps blogger was having an off day!! I loved all the ideas and now it looks like I have other stuff to make/do before Christmas!! LOL

    November 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm
  • Oh nice frame – makes the page wonderfully wintery. Yes, there are books and activities we do more during the winter, scrapped a load last year and planning on doing some more this year – before dd goes off to Uni.

    November 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm
  • I’ve been all the way round the blog hop, I have been feasting on some truly super ideas just hope that I can do some of them myself.Thank you so much for this wonderful idea

    November 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm
  • I’ve just finished going all round the Blog Hop (and reading a few other posts on the way!).I haven’t had time for blogging recently, so it’s been quite a treat to spend the evening visiting blogs and reading lovely posts. Thanks Jennifer!

    November 16, 2012 at 10:22 pm
  • Such a great idea for a page! I love how you can see all the photos through the frame, but if you open it up there’s more goodies hidden away!

    November 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm
  • Cold days are definitely great for curling up with a good book. We also enjoy playing games during the winter because it gets dark out so much earlier (Scrabble is one of our favorites!). Off now to check out the rest of the hop – at least until hubby comes home, then I’ll come back later to finish.

    November 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm
  • I was off to bed but instead have been blog hopping!! I have visited them all and there are some great posts.I love your framed layers.

    November 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm
  • I’ve been around the whole hop now, so many lovely projects and memories!

    November 16, 2012 at 11:44 pm
  • Thank you for a super blog hop – have just made my way round.Gorgeous layout and I love the way the doors of it open to reveal the rest of the layout. No particular books that I choose to read during the winter – just whatever is at the top of the ‘to be read’ pile.

    November 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm
  • Great idea…I am off to to make it round a few blogs b4 supper and then will check out the rest tonight!

    November 17, 2012 at 1:09 am
  • What a lovely layout-I like the way you framed it!

    November 17, 2012 at 3:43 am
  • I love putting out a jigsaw puzzle out for the holidays.Rinda

    November 17, 2012 at 3:52 am
  • Anonymous

    I like to read Dickens’ A Christmas Carol every December. Thanks for the chance!sandralclark at

    November 17, 2012 at 4:29 am
  • I’ve been all around the hop ring.Thanks for the chance to win!Rinda

    November 17, 2012 at 4:45 am
  • Made it all the away around and it was so great! I am really in the Christmas spirit now. I am off to a crop tomoorow…it is 12 hours but hubby is freaking out that it will be too much for me. Sadly he is picking me up just before supper and we are going out for supper as he will have to drive over 2 hours to get me and bring me home!i will be making Christmas cards all day so hope to be nearly done soon!. Your blog hop and some good Christmas CD’s have me in the Xmas spirit.

    November 17, 2012 at 7:10 am
  • Phew! Just been on a whirlwind catch-up tour of ALL the blogs – so many fabulous ideas :o)

    November 17, 2012 at 10:39 am
  • Yay! I’ve been all the way round now. Didn’t manage it last night as I like to leave a considered comment, rather than a couple of words!Lots of wonderful inspiration. Thankyou x

    November 17, 2012 at 10:59 am
  • I made it all the way around-thanks for getting this together!

    November 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm
  • Such a fab page.Sue x

    November 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm
  • I have been round all the blogs and now have such a welath of things I need to make!!!

    November 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm
  • Just enjoyed a peaceful hour or so hopping all around the blogs – off to make some crafty bits now. Thank you so much for organising this and all the inspiration!

    November 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm
  • I’ve just completed my first ever blog-hop! Thanks for the inspiration and for the great projects along the way!Thanks for the chance to win.

    November 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm
  • this is awesome!

    November 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm
  • Well, it’s taken me a while but I’ve finally made it all the way around the blog hop!! love everyone’s projects … so many wonderful ideas I want to try!! Thank you for organising it all. xx

    November 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm
  • This has been such a cool blog hop. Thank for the chance to win. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the wintery posts even thought we are gearing up for summer here!

    November 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm
  • I have thorougly enjoyed this hop. Thanks for the opportunity. I have been all the way round.

    November 17, 2012 at 7:32 pm
  • Loved your blog hop Jennifer ….have been round all the blogs and had lots of inspiration!!Alison xx

    November 17, 2012 at 8:27 pm
  • Hi – been round them all – my first complete blog hop. There are a few I already knew and a few new ones I will visit again. Thank you. Must pop back tomorrow to see what other goodies you have to show. What a great way to start Christmas!

    November 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm
  • The frame is really gives the LO a new look. I got round the hop (great posts all round) 🙂

    November 17, 2012 at 10:53 pm
  • beautiful LO, thank you for popping by my blog and sharing the link!Sarah x

    November 18, 2012 at 11:21 am
  • I’ve just finished the blog hop – wow, so many beautiful projects! After this full dose of winter I can’t wait for it to snow!

    November 18, 2012 at 8:48 pm
  • Great frame idea. Would look amazing with some frosted snow on it 🙂

    November 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm
  • I mean’t to say that I had been all the way around too!

    November 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm
  • Thanks for all the inspiration on the blog hop

    November 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm
  • Thanks for all the inspiration from all of your contributors on the hop

    November 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm

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