The Onwards and Upwards Blog Hop! {GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED}

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

It’s time for you to get some inspiration from not only me, but some of my lovely blogging friends!

They’ve all got an Onwards and Upwards themed post for you, and I can’t wait to see what they’ve all written/created! If you hop all the way around, commenting as you go, then you will be in with a chance to win this cheerful prize pack {NOW CLOSED}:

Onwards and Upwards Blog Hop Prize at Jennifer Grace Creates

Which includes Simple Stories 24/7 and Glitz Design Color Me Happy items, and is worth over £25!

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 {NOW CLOSED} is open internationally, and will close at 10.59pm BST on Monday 13th May 2013. The winner will be announced on Thursday the 16th of May.

Here’s a layout I created to show you for the hop…

Wear Pretty Skirts:

Wear Pretty Skirts layout by Jennifer Grace

I own a lot of pretty skirts. Towards the end of last year I realised I hadn’t been wearing them as much day-to-day as I used to. Having to get up early for the school run meant I kept just pulling on my jeans instead! But I love my skirts, and I feel so much happier when I’m wearing them. It makes me feel prettier, and more arty and fun! So I’ve made a concious effort to wear them more – to do the school run, to the beach, to the supermarket. Don’t shut pretty clothes away in a cupboard!

The title ‘Wear Pretty Skirts’ is quite small compared to the ‘daring adventure’ words below. So to keep it prominent I layered it onto this what-not frame, which is attached to the layout with pop-dots. The giant ‘hello there’ rhinestone draws your eye to the title, and so does the arrow pointing through ‘today is your day’. The heart is a negative cut that was left over from another project you’re going to see this weekend – see if you spot the woodgrain heart on something else later!

Wear Pretty Skirts layout by Jennifer Grace

I loved the paper which had the ‘daring adventure’ words on it, but I cut them out so they fitted better with my other elements:

Wear Pretty Skirts layout by Jennifer Grace

I love this rainbow chevron washi too. There’s something about rainbow colours, like pretty skirts, that just makes me feel happy!

Be Inspired:

Use some rainbow colours on your next project

Fill a negative shape with words

Use 3 small square photos on a page

Do you have items of clothing or accessories that make you feel more positive when you wear them? Do you wear them often enough? If not, why not? Go put it on now! Feel uplifted!

Now it’s time for me to send you to the next stop in the hop… the wonderful Rinda at Gallo Organico!

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

Jennifer –

Rinda –

Meghann –

Louise –

Lisa-Jane –

Julie –

Jo S –

Jo B –

Jenny –

Jacky –

Fay –

Daphne –

Abi –

Jennifer –

Don’t forget to comment 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 {NOW CLOSED}.

Also remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll see you again in an hour –  the next post is a bit shorter to give you time to read all the blog hop posts! x

  • Fay

    I have a clothing themed layout to share too. I agree, much prefer skirts to trousers, but jeans are always easier!

    May 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm
  • Wow I so love this layout. I love the pictures, colours and all the amazing details. I too have some pretty skirts which I wear rarely so maybe I should get out there in them too. I used quite bright colours on the hop so does that count?
    Jo xxx

    May 10, 2013 at 6:06 pm
  • Julie

    Again, I like the words on words best. Such a lovely layout. The colors flow good too.

    I Create Purty Thangs

    May 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm
  • I really like how you put embellies on the little journaling block in the right hand corner. Definitely plan to try that!

    May 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm
  • jenny

    Fab layout I got rid of my skirts last year as I never wore them wish I had kept them now.
    Jenny x

    May 10, 2013 at 6:44 pm
  • Fay

    Fab blog hop, loads of inspiration there, thanks for organising 🙂

    May 10, 2013 at 6:55 pm
  • I just had the best time visiting all those wonderful blogs and it was so easy leaving comments as I seriously loved all the posts and I am definitely inspired to create after reading those thanks Jennifer xxx

    May 10, 2013 at 6:58 pm
  • Woohoo!!! Made it all the way around (chasing Jo S. all the way! LOL!)
    It was a wonderful gathering of journaling, layouts and techniques.
    Thanks for including me,

    May 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm
  • Joanne

    I love using quotes, thanks for sharing this layout

    May 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm
  • Phew! I’ve been all around and back again – what a lovely trip! This promises to be a fun weekend :o)

    May 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm
  • I made it without getting lost! And done more blog commenting that I have ever done in one night, I think. Was fun though and have discovered lots of new blogs to add to my reading list and been inspired by all the great projects. So thankyou! And thanks for all the other coming posts this weekend, I will try my best to keep up. Going to do some scrapping after my soaps have finished so thanks for the inspiration!

    May 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm
  • Joy

    I have been all the way round and what a lot of lovely ideas & great inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

    May 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm
  • I’m another one who’s guilty of throwing on jeans as the easy option!! Love how you’ve put this layout together.
    I’ve really enjoyed the hop……it’s been great seeing how everyone has interpreted ‘onwards and upwards’…..and we’ve ended up with such a variety of themes. Thanks for inviting me to be a part of it.

    May 10, 2013 at 8:28 pm
  • Louise

    Jeans all the way – I only own a couple of skirts….now the sun is making an appearance i may (when i’m fixed!) have to go skirt shopping. Great idea for a layout. I’ve been all the way around the hop now…thanks for inviting me to be of a wonderful and inspiring hop Jennifer xx

    May 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm
  • great blog hop Jennifer! Thanks for bringing us all together! x

    May 10, 2013 at 8:58 pm
  • Becky

    What a lot of talented people there are out there! I have really enjoyed visiting some old friends and meeting new ones 🙂

    May 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm
  • What a great hop! I’ve picked up something positive from every single one. And you’ve inspired me to wear skirts and feel arty :-))

    May 10, 2013 at 11:07 pm
  • Karen

    Thank you for a lovely blog hop – lots of inspiration on each blog – I have quite a list of blogs to go back and revisit when I have more time.

    May 10, 2013 at 11:18 pm
  • Pam Sohan

    Great blog hop ! Lots of inspiration. Love the washi tape you used on your layout.

    May 11, 2013 at 5:24 am
  • Been on the hop and there are is some stunning inspiration there, I haven’t scrapped in quite some time and defiantly feeling the urge to scrap now 🙂 Thanks to everyone who took part to put this blog hop and event together 🙂

    May 11, 2013 at 9:27 am
  • Jackie Edwards

    Super layout…it is good to scrap every day stuff!!!

    May 11, 2013 at 11:23 am
  • sandie cottee

    I have been round the hop and had such fun, Jennifer!

    May 11, 2013 at 11:46 am
  • Jackie Edwards

    Super hop Jennifer…my legs still ache!!! LOL Lots of super inspiration!!!

    May 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm
  • I love that quote and wow, what a hop, some superb projects and words of wisdom, thank you for all your hard work 🙂

    May 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm
  • Zahra

    Love your LO and thanks for the hop!!

    May 11, 2013 at 6:42 pm
  • WOW Jennifer – it’s taken me half a day to get around these lovely and inspiring blogs (plenty of distraction at home too LOL) – thanks for putting it all together (and sorry I couldn’t join in properly this time)!

    May 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm
  • Love your layout Jennifer … but I think you know I’m a jeans kinda girl and always will be!!
    I’ve finally made it all the way around the hop and loved it …. have been pinning like crazy!!
    Thanks to all involved in the blog hop! xx

    May 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm
  • Bethany Hardy

    And I’m back! DId you miss me? Lots of fun things did I see on my travels!

    May 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm
  • Marilize K

    I love the “wear pretty skirts” sentiment. I have far too few, so I think a shopping trip is in order 🙂

    May 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm
  • I know what you mean about the skirts! Great idea to document this! Thanks for the hop, it was lots of fun!

    May 13, 2013 at 3:43 am
    I’ve filled negative spaces with words on my happy upbeat layout.As I’m in Australia I’m following these blog posts slightly behind you. ie I was asleep when you posted them.

    May 13, 2013 at 4:43 am
  • Love love loved this hop! So fun to see what others make or share! I also love the way you made your title, this is genius! Thanks so much!

    May 13, 2013 at 6:49 pm
  • LinhC

    Love the fun layout! I should invest in some long skirts for the summer.

    May 13, 2013 at 8:36 pm

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