Crafting Cousins Layout by Jennifer Grace

Scrap Retreat and Some Girly Layouts!

On the 14th – 17th November I was very lucky – I got to spend the weekend away at a scrap retreat with a few friends (a couple of long time friends – Sarah and Lisa-Jane – and lots of new ones)!

There were ten of us scrapping away in part of this beautiful barn:

Scrap Retreat

There was a swimming pool and a hot tub, beautiful views, and even a few friendly cows at the farm nearby:

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I didn’t take many photos. I didn’t take any process photos of the pages I made at all … because after the business of preparing for FF2014, I was just enjoying just scrapping and chatting for fun, and not worrying about anything too much!

I can share the finished pages with you though. Today I’m going to show you a few girly pages, then I’ll be back tomorrow with the more general pages!

Crafting Cousins:

Crafting Cousins Layout by Jennifer Grace

This page shows photos of my daughter and my niece getting crafty! They made Olympic torches and beaded bracelets together at a craft fair in 2012. It was so cute watching them concentrating together!

I’ve been saving the diagonal striped paper on the background to use with these photos, as the colours were so perfect:

Crafting Cousins Layout by Jennifer Grace

This ‘we are so good together’ journal card seemed fitting, and the sparkly bow added a lovely bit of girly glamour:

Crafting Cousins Layout by Jennifer Grace

I’ve been trying to think of more interesting ways to place my titles, instead of just straight every time, so I followed the diagonal pattern for this one:

Crafting Cousins Layout by Jennifer Grace

Reaching New Heights:

Reaching New Heights Layout by Jennifer Grace

This photo is of my daughter and a couple of friends, who climbed up a tall ‘treehouse’ in the woods one day, then they couldn’t get down. I had to lift them down, which was really hard as they were up above my head height!

I found an apt ‘up up and away’ stamp, a ‘fly’ wood veneer, and a piece of patterned paper with a tightrope walker, to enhance the theme:

Reaching New Heights Layout by Jennifer Grace

The page design was largely inspired by a Stamping Up hexagon punch that someone had brought to the retreat, which I really wanted to try out! I punched lots of hexagons from floral and geometric papers, and put together a pattern, sticking most of them on flat, but some with foam dots to keep it interesting:

Reaching New Heights Layout by Jennifer Grace

Wow Amazingly Adorable:

Wow Amazingly Adorable Layout by Jennifer Grace

This photo is of the same niece that’s in the first layout, but obviously she was a bit younger here! This picture was taken at mine & hubby’s wedding in 2008, when she was a bridesmaid for us. She had a fairy dress as her bridesmaid’s dress, and it had little lights on the front… we waited until she was all dressed up before showing her the lights for the first time. This was her face when she saw them twinkling!

It was one of those moments I will remember forever, and I’ve kept the photo for a long time as I wanted to make a layout which would do it justice!

I used lots of butterflies around the page as they echoed the wings on her fairy dress:

Wow Amazingly Adorable Layout by Jennifer Grace

This vellum journal spot was delicate and fluttery:

Wow Amazingly Adorable Layout by Jennifer Grace

I stamped a piece of pink paper with a circular stamp and green ink, then layered some embossing paste stars on top, to add to the background:

Wow Amazingly Adorable Layout by Jennifer Grace

This page also uses my secret santa gift I got at the retreat – we all wrapped up a £10 scrappy gift to give to someone else. I received flowers, the corrugated alphas, a MME 6×6 pad, and some gems! All were put to good use!

What do you think? All suitably girly? The pages I have to share tomorrow have barely any pink on them!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

  • What a lovely place for a scrapbook getaway, Jennifer! Such pretty pages, love the hexagons on the second layout and the colors of the third!

    November 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm
  • What a lovely selection.

    November 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm
  • Jean Bullock

    I love your pages. Great layouts and I love the colors and embellishment. Really showed off the darling photos well. Expert job.

    November 24, 2014 at 7:01 pm
  • Annie

    Gorgeous pages Jennifer – love all the pretty trinkets and all beautifully put together! What a brilliant weekend that must have been :o)

    November 24, 2014 at 7:59 pm
  • Sarah

    It really was such a fab weekend! I can’t believe it’s over a week since we were there!! I love all your layouts – you got so many done and still had time for walks and hot tubs!! 🙂 I thinkk my favourite is the tree house one!! xx

    November 24, 2014 at 9:05 pm
  • Happy you got the reward of a fab scrappy retreat after all your hard work on FF!
    Mad about that stamped/stenciled paper – can’t wait to try it!

    November 24, 2014 at 11:44 pm
  • it sounds like you had a lovely relaxing time with good company!! And it was a productive one too…. i do like the idea of a secret santa.

    November 25, 2014 at 7:05 pm
  • karenladd

    What fabulous layouts! They are all so fun but my favorite is Reaching New Heights with that clever title, hexagons and darling wood veneer owl! Amazing! Congratulations on getting so many pages done! I also go on a scrap retreat with friends (once a year) but have to admit that I spend more time eating and chatting than scrapping!

    December 11, 2014 at 9:15 pm

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