SJ Crafts April Challenge – A Mood Board For Ideas!

Hello everyone! I don’t know what season you are experiencing wherever you are in the world, but here spring is in full swing, with flowers blooming and warmer days making me look forward to the summer!

So this Mood Board I created for the SJ Crafts April Challenge feels especially inspiring to me, though I’m sure you can get ideas from it not matter what weather you’re having…

April Challenge Mood Board:

SJ Crafts April Challenge Mood Board

You can take ideas from this however you choose, for example:

Use the colours – Yellow, Green, Peach, White, Cork/Kraft
Use the quote ‘Look How They Grow’
Make a page about flowers or plants
Use some of the elements, eg. feathers and stars on your page
Use the composition somehow (eg. two lines along the base of your project)
Or anything else you get from the mood board!
For my sample layout I mainly chose to use the colours of lime green and yellow, with some cork elements (including some American Crafts DIY Shop Cork Alphas and Arrows), but I swapped out the peach for a bolder orange because I wanted to use some Amy Tangerine Plus One items!
Treasure Hunt:

Treasure Hunt layout by Jennifer Grace

I love this combination of colours, it makes me feel happy and lively just to look at them!

The background paper with the circles on is actually from Crate Paper’s Boys Rule collection, it’s called ‘Race Track’ – I bought two sheets of this paper because I loved the front and back! I sprinkled some drops of gold mist on this side to break up the circles a bit.

The page is about a ‘treasure hunt’ walk my daughter and I went for last year – she designed the map and said we had to look for jewels!  The journaling reads:

‘I took you for an adventure one hot day, we left little brother with Rosie so we could explore properly. You drew a map for us and said we were looking for jewels and a castle. 

We hid from pretend dragons, collected jewels that were really pebbles, and the bridge by the quay was a castle. The alcoves were the king and queen’s thrones! I {heart} adventures with you!’

I also took inspration from the mood board by sticking a couple of elements (cut from the Plus One 6×6 Pad) down with washi tape, and by using star embellishments, particularly some gold and woodgrain stars from the Studio Calico Essentials range:

Treasure Hunt layout by Jennifer Grace

I added a couple of feathers like those on the mood board, though I coloured a white feather with Heidi Swapp’s Coral Color Shine Spritz first, then stitched them onto the layout:

Treasure Hunt layout by Jennifer Grace

Finally some Plus One Puffy Stickers and Accent Stickers, plus some Studio Calico Woodgrain and Gold Enamel Dots, are sprinkled around the page for my usual touch of scattering!

What do you think about the way I used the mood board? What inspiration can you take from it? Check out the Challenge Post at SJ Crafts to see what ideas the other Design Team members found on the mood board and the samples they made! Plus you can enter your own project to have a chance to win a small spring prize!

Have a great day!

Jennifer x

  • Fab mood board and layout, Jennifer! Love the colors you chose and the natural textures you picked are perfect! 🙂

    April 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm
    • The mood board is so lovely that I a first thought it was the layout. Nice work.

      April 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm
  • Lisa Swift

    Beautiful page! You captured the feel and colors of the mood board perfectly!

    April 3, 2014 at 2:01 pm
  • Such a fun page … I love that background PP … and what a happy activity the two of you shared!

    April 3, 2014 at 3:15 pm
  • LOVE your moodboard! Very cool. Awesome layout — I love the way you used the round circle patterned paper as the background and the way the embellishments look arranged around on it. The stapled (?I think?) feathers are an especially awesome touch. 🙂 Pinned it!

    April 3, 2014 at 5:29 pm
  • Such great colors, love it!

    April 4, 2014 at 2:14 am
  • Yvonne

    Gosh. That mood board is so pretty. It could be a whole layout!
    I love how graphically eye-catching your layout is. That background paper is fabulous for all the elements you’ve placed on it!

    April 4, 2014 at 5:48 am
  • Elaine

    Ooh..that’s a pretty board.. Can’t wait to get started.

    April 4, 2014 at 7:04 am
  • sandie cottee

    Love the idea of a mood board and your page and journaling is lovely

    April 16, 2014 at 10:00 pm
  • Love your layout with the circle background! I like how you incorporated the feathers.

    April 30, 2014 at 8:40 pm
  • I love the idea of the mood board as inspiration, I haven’t seen a challenge based on one before. Love the layout.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:18 pm

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