What makes you smile?

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Welcome to my first time as Challenge Host at Our Creative Corner!

This is my challenge :

Close your eyes for a few minutes, relax and think about something that makes you smile…………..
It could be a special person, a favourite place, a quote, an incident, the list is endless!

Your June challenge is to create something that will make us smile, it could be a scrapbook or journal page, a canvas, a tag, whatever your imagination dictates.

I am intrigued to see what you might make and look forward to viewing your creations.

 This is what makes me smile. We were on a family holiday in Spain visiting Bis Abuala in Santiago de la Ribera. It was my Granddaughters first trip and lots of photos were taken. I was just about to snap the shutter when my husband photo bombed. The photo always makes me smile as it was such a happy time.

I decided to create a scrapbook page.



I began with some Prima Seashore papers. I wanted to create the movement of the water so swirled and spread the paint across with an old credit card. I used a selection of chalky paints, some opaque and some translucent to create depth and layers. Later I drew swirls with an embossing ink pen and heated jewelled enamel to made wave like flourishes.

The photo was scratched and distressed with a Prima tool.

I needed some shells and sea glass as embellishments. I used hot glue in cake decorating moulds for the shells. The sea glass was blobs of hot glue covered in the enamel and heated with a heat gun to a smooth finish. I really liked the look! They were all given the Treasure Gold treatment with Renaissance.

The large letters were frosted plastic I found in my stash. They were painted on the back with the same paints I used for the sea and had Treasure Gold on the front. The small letters were with the Prima Seashore collection, outlined in white pen then highlighted with glossy accents.

I added a TH Thinlets heart die cut from Kraft card, two tags cut from the same papers and small banners with TH “Together” small talk sticker.


When I put the page together the sea was too straight so I added some Mermaid Lagoon DI ( such a great name) and a few splashes of white. I outlined the letters and tags with white pen.

The Design Team have created some great inspiration for you, please visit their blogs and leave them  your thoughts.

Our sponsor this month is Tando Creative, their chipboard is legendary for crafters! I hope you win a prize for your creation.

Good Luck and happy crafting


Jan x

17 thoughts on “What makes you smile?

  1. Hi Jan!! Such a fun and beautiful scrapbook page! This page makes me smile for many different reasons!! The photo is wonderful and fun, all of your layers of painted & grunged-up papers are awesome, and then you made your own sea glass!! Brilliant!! Love it!! This is a super creation, Jan! Lots of inspiration here!! Happy June!! Enjoy hosting!! XOXO-Shari

  2. Jan thank you for this great challenge idea! I totally love your layout with all those smiling faces and happy memories it shows. Thank you for the tip on using hot glue in a cake mold. I will be trying this! All of your projects bring smiles to my face! Looking forward to all the entries for this challenge! Happy Day to you, xoxo Laurie

  3. Hehehhe – this picture makes me smile – sooooooo cute. You all look so happy! Really fun layout too. Thanks bunches for sharing Jan. j

  4. I love your background! And the sea shells ! And most of all, this beautiful sharing smile photo! Great layout! Thanks Jan for this inspiring challenge!

  5. Jan – firstly – what a brilliant challenge. I loved it because you made me think about all the things that I have about in my life to smile about. Just thinking about those things made me feel so blessed to be alive and surrounded with so much goodness and love and light. Secondly – OMG – what a project you’ve got here. I love all the layering. The sea-glass from hot glue blobs was just inspired!!!! I am impressed by your artistic vision to scratch the photo as well, the distressed look of it really pulls the whole thing together. I would never have thought to do that. I love that your husband photo-bombed the picture too – it adds such a fun happy atmosphere to the picture. Beautiful piece altogether. – hugs- Candice

  6. Jan, Wow! What a great layout for a fabulous, funny photo! The colors you chose are just perfect for the theme, and I love the beach glass and the shell embellishments. and Ihave to agree with Candice about two things…first, distressing your photo just makes this layout so special and fits with the look of the layout. It would be my luck, I’d end up tearing the photo in half! Second, this is a great challenge, not only from a standpoint of art, but it got me thinking about the positive things in life…more than just rust and clouds, like I mention in my post! Great job! Hugs!

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