Nov 082013

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

Ooh, I love this part of the event – it’s time to hop all around the world to gather even more inspiration! This time there’s some new faces as well as old friends on the hop, so give them all a hearty hello! If you leave a comment on every blog in the hop then you’ll be in with a chance to win this jolly prize pack {GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED}:

Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Hop Giveaway

Which includes a Simple Stories December Documented Collection Kit, and lots of Elle’s Studio Noel papers and embellishments, plus a few other bits and pieces – prize value over £28!

To enter you just need to leave a comment on each blog in the hop, and then come back and let me know here that you’ve been all the way around. Don’t forget to leave me a way to contact you if you win (or really, really make sure you check back!). The giveaway is open internationally, and will close at 10.59pm GMT on Monday 11th November 2013. The winner will be announced on Thursday the 14th of November. {GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED}

Here’s my project for the hop…

Winter Kisses:

Winter Kisses layout by Jennifer Grace

I have been waiting for the perfect time to scrapbook this photo of my son from last winter – his cute little face makes my heart melt!

I wanted to have lots and lots of ‘snowflakes’ falling at the top of the page, but without distracting too much from the photo. So I made the whole top section of the page into a shaker pouch, by laying a 12″ x 6½” piece of vellum (Elle’s Studio Noel) at the top of a piece of patterned paper (Crate Paper Flea Market – Curio), and machine stitching around three sides. Then I tipped lots of white and greeny-blue sequins, plus an ephemera snowflake, into the pouch, and machine stitched the fourth edge.

Of course I added extra sparkle on top (this is my layout after all), but I love the subtle extra layer the background has, and how it will constantly change as the sequins move about:

Winter Kisses layout by Jennifer Grace

When I placed the title on the page I realised the vellum was buckling a bit, so I added a few sparkly white brads to make it lie flatter, and to secure the ephemera snowflake in place behind the vellum – because I didn’t want it to disappear behind my photo or title:

Winter Kisses layout by Jennifer Grace

I used embellishments from Crate Paper Bundled Up, Elle’s Studio Noel, a Basic Grey 25th & Pine Chipboard Shape, some Studio Calico Tiny Stars, plus gems and glitter ribbon, to finish off the page:

Winter Kisses layout by Jennifer Grace

Be Inspired:

Make a shaker pouch of falling ‘snowflakes’

Use a piece of ephemera or a chipboard element as part of a page title

Add two lines along the bottom of a page or card for a defined border

Have you ever made a shaker pouch?

Now it’s time to send you on to the next stop in the hop… the lovely Annie!

Here’s the full hop list in case you get lost:


Don’t forget to leave comments all the way around, and then stop back here to let me know you’re done, so you’ll be entered in the draw to win the prize. {GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED}

I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

P.S. If you are enjoying this event, I’d love it if you can support me by sharing the projects you like via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or however you like! There are sharing buttons below to make it easy for you – thanks! (Not obligatory but appreciated!)

  65 Responses to “The Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Hop! {GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED}”

  1. That really is a gorgeous photo……and I love the real snowy feel you’ve given to this layout.

  2. Woohoo! Very exciting -doing this on my lap in the car! My post is now live, don’t know why it was late sorry! Please could you update the list Jennifer as it says my post isn’t live?
    Ok back later when the car stops! Have fun :o)

  3. Fantastic! I too have photos of my munchkin in the snow that need to be scrapped. I love the snowy feel and your shaker pouch. Such an adorable face!

  4. Love that idea of using the vellum..fab layout! …I think I may be digging out some old winter pics this weekend!!
    Alison xx

  5. What a lovely LO!! Your little boy is just precious!!!
    I have been all around the hop and looked at all the fantastic goodies along the way.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win.
    Blessings ~~ dawn

  6. Great blog hop and loads of super ideas.
    I love your page – and that cute little imp too.

    I have commented on all of the blogs

  7. I love, love, love this layout! Really like the vellum and sequins. I have been right round the blog hop and left comments on each blog. SO much inspiration there!

  8. I’ve really enjoyed the hop….and have got loads of inspiration from it.

  9. This is such a darling page. So many layers and embellishments, yet the focus is still on the photo. Great job. I’ll be back after I finish the hop.

  10. Such a pretty winter layout!

  11. I love your dear little boy’s face and the tiny stars and sequins are just right on this layout.

  12. Oh beautiful, I love the photo and those papers compliment it perfectly :)

  13. Very cute layout. I love all the sparkle. I am off to hop around.

  14. Beautiful hop Jennifer – thank you for all your organising and asking me to join in :)

  15. I’m done the amazing blog hop and become followers on some. Amaaaaaaaazing talent on there.

  16. I just finished the hop and It was wonderful. So many wonderful projects. These ladies did a great job inspiring us. Well done everyone. Amazing talent.


  17. Gorgeous page – love the vellum pocket and great idea to use the brads to keep things flatter!

    I have really enjoyed the hop (but don’t need the prize)

    Jemma xxx

  18. Phew! So much great wintery inspiration. I just finished and am so glad I got to see everything. (tracy DOT carrig AT gmail DOT com).

  19. Oh my goodness … I’ve just spent almost 2 hours happily hopping around blogs, feeling inspired and pinning away, following new blogs and commenting along the way!! Love Winter kisses too!! Great Blog hop!! Thanks to all who took part! x

  20. Oh My!!! I love this layout—it’s gorgeous! Off to hop!

  21. Back, I am. Good hopping, it was. :) Great ideas to use up some of my *uhem* collectibles. And now my fingers are tired from all of the commenting.


  22. What a cutie your son is that layout is just adorable :) off to check out the rest of the hop

  23. Absolutely wonderful hop! So inspirational!

  24. I have made the rounds through the hop. There are some amazing projects out there. Great ideas.

    I Create Purty Thangs

  25. Oh. My. Goodness.
    Stunning, and utterly charming…

  26. Around the world (hop) & back again!
    Visited via comments with all of your old & my new friends – thanks for sharing these lovely ladies & their creations.
    And double thanks for another chance to win :~D

  27. Just finished reading and commenting on all of the wonderful blogs. So many great ideas – and your son is adorable!

  28. Love your LO! I especially like the originality of your title and mix of textures with a subtle colour palette.

  29. Absolutely adorable page!

  30. Lovely layout. Gorgeous photo. I love the use of embellies behind the vellum.

  31. Loving the shaker element, note to self… Must make one!

  32. I’ve been around a commented on every blog. Great inspiration.

  33. The giant shaker pouch idea is fantastic, I totally want to do that now.

  34. Adorable layout – such a cute smile :)

  35. Super layout…love the photo!!

  36. that is really a brilliant idea and one I definitely take inspiration from with snowflakes in vellum. Also another amazing prize….. off to do the blog hop and feeling better as this is such a great way to spend time whilst feeling poorly!

  37. The vellum pocket is such a good idea, can’t wait to try it out!

  38. loved the blog hop and I am following several new blogs no! Have commented on them all thank you xxx

  39. I love that shaker idea! I’ve never created one and have really wanted to! Your layout is gorgeous!

  40. Love your layout! I have commented on all the stops of the bloghop.

  41. Awww that layout is so cute! He sure is a sweetie too. time to go hit the other blogs to comment

  42. Just finished the hop. What lovely work each of them had! Love your sweet LO, too. Precious photo!!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  43. What an inspirational tour. Thanks for organising.

  44. Beautiful layout! Off to hop around!

  45. Lovely LO and really lovely picture! :)

  46. What a brilliant Blog Hop – I bet I was the only person who was trying to complete it at 70 mph up the motorway in the dark in torrential rain – scary! Obviously I wasn’t driving myself though!
    I’ve had so much fun catching up since I got home this evening – looking forward to more catching up tomorrow – well done Jennifer, faaaabulous blog event :o)xxx

  47. What a great group of creative talent!! Thoroughly enjoyed the hop!

  48. lovley <3

  49. I just purchased foam tape to make some shakers…no excuses now!

  50. Now I´ve been al the way around the bloghop…really nice to see all the beautiful work. :)

  51. Really enjoyed the blog hop, got loads of inspiration from some very talented ladies…thank you. Love this last layout, always love anything with sparkle. Really like the nixed title :)

  52. Have at last managed to get round everyone…what a talented collection of ladies!
    Alison xx

  53. Super cute photo & love the colours you’ve used.
    Have hopped my way round, loads of inspiration out there :)

  54. Darling layout! Love the photo and all the sparkle. Made it all the way through the hop, some FANTASTIC inspiration to be had!

  55. I have never made a shaker pouch but this is just the type of project that makes me want to! I’ve worked my way all around the hop and must say there were some really inspirational projects along the hop. Great job to everyone along the way!

  56. I have not made a shaker pouch, but love the way your’s turned out. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Cindy F

  57. I love your layout. Love the glittery touches.

  58. Ok, made the rounds and had so much fun – so many ideas I had a hard time continuing because I wanted to create each project. Thanks for the hop.

  59. what an amazingly inspiring hop! I pinned a bunch of items and just want to jump up and get creating! I visited and commented on each and every one of your talented hoppers!

  60. well…it’s taken me all day….and i’ve finally finished the blog hop. A inspiring hop Jennifer with fabulous projects and some more blogs to follow x

  61. His gorgeous little face! I found it difficult to respond to some of the comments so I hope the winner is someone you can get hold of x

  62. These colors are so very beautiful!!! Love it with the photo!

  63. I loved this so much I had to create my own shakers pouch, thanks for the inspiration.


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