Good Morning Sunshine!

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

Hello and good morning to you! I know it’s been a few hours since the sunrise (though perhaps not where you are!), but as this is the first post of today I decided to start with some sunshine.

Sunshine is often associated with positivity and progress. When the sun comes out it lifts our spirits, gets us to go outdoors more (much healthier!), and the warmer weather brings out colourful plants and flowers. So this post is about using sunshine on your projects to bring that happy, looking-up vibe to your papercrafting!

The Sunshine Brings Hope:

The Sunshine Brings Hope layout by Jennifer Grace

It’s been a few years since I got up early to watch this sunrise when I was at St. Ives, Cornwall, on holiday; but I still remember the feeling of peace and the promise of possibility that I felt when watching it. When I’m having a bad day, I try to think about the sun rising the next morning, knowing that tomorrow will be a whole new day, and who knows what will happen then?

I tried to create an ombre effect with the glitter tape, washi tape, and papers at the top of the page – going from a darker shade of yellow at the bottom to lighter at the top – to echo the photo, and give a feeling of rising upwards. The yellow papers are distressed along their top edges, so they are a little bit hazy, and I used a Glitz Chevron roller doodle to make some floaty tone-on-tone chevrons on one of the papers.

As my photo is huge, I wanted to fit the title and the journaling on it. To make the title more interesting I die-cut the word ‘hope’ with my Slice Design Cutter. Then I filled the negative space with washi tape, by taping the various designs diagonally on a piece of white paper, and sticking that behind the word ‘hope’:

The Sunshine Brings Hope layout by Jennifer Grace

There’s some gems clustered above the title and on the bottom left corner of the page, like magical drops of sunshine:

The Sunshine Brings Hope layout by Jennifer Grace

Looking at this page makes me smile so much. The colour yellow always makes me happy too. I got this quote from a Color Psychology website:

‘Being the lightest hue of the spectrum, the color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun.’

So it was a good hue to do a monochromatic, uplifting page with!

Another way to use a sunrise is to paper-piece a sunburst…

You Light Up The Room:

You Light Up The Room card by Jennifer Grace

Here’s how I created this one (most items are from my Onwards and Upwards Counterfeit Kit):

Step 1: Cut two pieces of patterned paper down so there will be 1/8″ left around them when they’re on your card blank. They should be the same size – one for the sky, and one for the sun:

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Step 2: Use a 2″ circle punch to cut a semi-circle from the bottom centre of the paper you’re using for the sun:

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Step 3: Cut out an arch above this, so there’s a gap between the semi-circle and the rest of the paper:

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Step 4: Randomly cut rays from the remaining paper. Keep them narrow near the semi-circle, wider as they go outwards. I didn’t measure these at all, so they aren’t perfect (and I had to snip a couple of the narrow ends off where they are too long), but it’s fast and still looks good:

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Step 5: Stick the semi-circle and rays down onto the sky paper, and attach that to your card blank. Decorate on top of the sun and its rays to finish off the card!

You Light Up The Room card by Jennifer Grace

Hopefully this will cheer someone up when they are feeling blue!

Be Inspired:

Die-cut, stitch on, or journal on a photo

Use a lot of yellow on one project

Paper-piece a shape together

What do you think? Does sunshine make you happy?

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I’ll see you again in one hour! x

29 Comments
  • I’m a sun lover as well….the sun makes everything seem better. Love how you’ve made that card.

    May 11, 2013 at 10:13 am
  • Becky
    Reply

    What a lovely sunshiny post for such a gloomy day here in Essex – it is pouring with rain, so this has really brightened my morning. Lovely layout.

    May 11, 2013 at 10:16 am
  • I love your nifty trick for making a sunburst – it looks beautiful

    May 11, 2013 at 10:19 am
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    Love your sunshine card!! Yellow is one of my fav colours…it is such a happy colour!!

    May 11, 2013 at 11:15 am
  • I love the sunshine and it totally lifts the mood and the spirits of everyone. Weirdly tho I am nto a great fan of yellow and rarely use it to scrap with but maybe I should go out of my comfort zone and try it!! Love your sun ray card and a great tutorial thank you.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm
  • Oh I love these ideas!! My head is totally buzzing now with what I want to do. I need to keep a note of where to link all the inspiration back to. Stunning work Jennifer :0)

    May 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm
  • Julie
    Reply

    I think that the blue coming thru actually highlights the sunburst. What an easy way to make it too! I like it.

    Julie
    I Create Purty Thangs

    May 11, 2013 at 12:39 pm
  • sandie cottee
    Reply

    Yellow is an uplighting colour and when I am driving to work and see the sun rise my face immediately breaks into a smile, what ever I am feeling.
    I love the sun ray – thank you for the idea. It makes the paper go further and adds a lovely effect.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm
  • I love the way the blue is behind the rays and this is one I want to try

    May 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm
  • I love both your layout and the card! The photo is magical! Thanks for sharing!

    May 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm
  • Karen
    Reply

    Really beautiful layout and I love the card too. I love the way you have journalled and done your title on the photograph x

    May 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm
  • Love the photo and how you have brought the layout together such lovely colours x

    May 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm
  • I love the sun card and I’m going to use that on a layout if that’s ok. I DO need the sun because I get SAD in winter and have a special lamp to ease my depression. When the sun comes out I can literally feel my mood lift so much and in the summer I try and sit out as much as I can to store it all ready for the winter months,
    Jo xxxx

    BTW love the beautiful layout x

    May 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm
  • Laura Peitz
    Reply

    I was at a scrapbook convention yesterday and they had gold glitter tape all over the place and I kept thinking ‘What would I do with this’ and didn’t buy any. Now I really, really wish I had 🙁

    May 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm
  • mel j
    Reply

    Love both the layout and the card. Stunning!

    May 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm
  • Annie
    Reply

    You’ve definitely brought some sunshine into my day Jennifer! :o)

    May 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm
  • Sunshine certainly does make me feel happy although we’re not having much of it lately. I find that people smile and speak to strangers more when the sun is shining 🙂

    May 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm
  • jengd
    Reply

    Lovely pieces! Sunshine can make me happy but I also love cloudy, rainy days (not for weeks on end but for a few days) and twilight/early dawn light is probably my fav.

    May 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm
  • Great photo of the sunrise and love the card tutorial

    May 11, 2013 at 10:47 pm
  • LOVE the huge pic. I’ve wanted to try that but don’t know what size to print the photo. So beautiful!!

    May 11, 2013 at 10:56 pm
  • Bethany Hardy
    Reply

    You are too smart, girlie! I’m going to try that sunburst thingy!

    May 11, 2013 at 11:13 pm
  • Pam Sohan
    Reply

    Beautiful layout. I love yellow. It’s just so sunshiney and happy.

    May 12, 2013 at 12:37 am
  • These are fabulous!!!! LOVE the layout and the ombre effect is gorgeous!

    May 12, 2013 at 2:46 am
  • Sunshine definitely makes me happy.Today was my first Mothers Day without mum but I sat in the sun and drank a cuppa and felt much better.

    May 12, 2013 at 10:47 am
  • I love the sun – ray card and am impressed that you dared to cut into and journal onto a photo – BRAVE! Super photo and an uplifting page!

    May 12, 2013 at 12:15 pm
  • Marilize K
    Reply

    Absolutely beautiful card. Thanks for sharing

    May 12, 2013 at 10:31 pm
  • I’ve done a monochromatic layout about the sun and used your quote. It just happened to be appropriate for another challenge I regularly do http://julenebydesign.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/orange-paperie-monochromatic.html
    Thanks for the inspiration!!!

    May 13, 2013 at 12:30 am
  • Being from a tropical country I definitely love sunshine and just scrapped a layout with brilliant yellow sunburst in the background
    http://artfullcrafts.blogspot.sg/2013/05/sandy-my-favourite-thing-layout.html

    May 13, 2013 at 2:30 am
  • Frances
    Reply

    I am incorporating yellow more and more in my LOs and it is becoming one of my go-to colours! Love both your projects.

    May 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm

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