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Friday, 24 January 2014

200 Glass jars LO for the CKCB Hop

Hi all

Welcome to the CKCB Blog hop- With luck you should have found me from Crafty Chrissy here .   

For this challenge, we were tasked to create a LO using one of the CKCB blog challenges posted this month....now... me, being me, I have already had a go at some of the other challenges and posted them previously...however, when I saw the challenge asking us to use 'containers' within our LO, I simply KNEW which photos I would use as I've been looking for an excuse to use them!

Last year, as you may already know as I had blogged about it before,  I held a pre-wedding garden party for my son who subsequently got married last June. I had a great time making decorations for the party, pom-poms, bunting, banners, paper chains and the like.. but most importantly, I knew the party would go on into the evening, so I had to think of a way to light the garden too. 

With a lot of help from my friends, who graciously helped me collect them, I 're-purposed' 200 glass jars... jam jars, pickle jars, sea food jars..you name it.. if it fitted a candle I took it! Gratefully!
I then decorated each one with lace, washi tape, netting, ribbons, tulle etc and placed a candle in each to lead the way up the garden. It looked so pretty during the day and evening... I'm just glad the English weather was kind to us.

Anyway.. that's the story behind the photos.. so now on to the LO.. which is, I'm sure, the main reason you are popping by!  Here it is! (sorry the photo is a bit wonky!)
First I chose the background from my January Counterfeit Kit.. I chose the pale mottled aqua sheet that I still had complete in one piece. Then I took the piece of red and pink striped Christmas paper from the kit and matted my photos on to this. It is a bit Christmassey really, but I hid it with the photos that I had left a white border on. I then took a piece of patterned paper with small triangles on it, and cut it into a wide banner to go across the photo mat, two thirds of the way down.  I then layered a doily on to that, cut two red labels out of some scrap and set it all in place.
And then.... I went off piste..... Well you have to sometimes don't you??.. you just know you have the perfect piece of paper to go with your LO, that you didn't think to include in your kit in the first instance. So I dug out a piece of American Crafts Dear Lizzy paper and cut two mason jars from it, adhered it to the banner with a label and added some Cosmo Cricket stickers from my stash and a couple of fabric covered wooden butterflies.

To make the title I added white foam letters, but it didn't stand out enough, so first I dabbed an ink pad on them, but that colour wasn't dense enough so I used Pro-Markers to colour the letters instead, used some ribbon from my stash for the tags and added my journaling block, some bling and a couple of pins and I was done.


Here are some more close ups of the jars and my journaling and a photo of the garden 'all dressed up' too.









BTW if you are wondering where I got the idea for the LO, I used a sketch from the 'Stuck?!' blogspot.. do remember to have a look at their blog next time you too are 'Stuck?!

Have a good day everyone and do leave me some comments.. it'll make my day! Thanks for looking...now please hop on over to Dawns BlogSpot for some more major kit smashing!

19 comments:

  1. Oh that's a fabulous idea and a fantastic layout - love it!

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  2. A beautiful layout from a beautiful memory :)

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  3. First up, 200 jars??? wow! how beautiful that must have looked and what a lot of work to collect them and then decorate them! wonderful idea. Your layout is fab with those mason jars (totally perfect for this challenge, aren't they) and the whole layout is light, fun and pretty! Very nice

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  4. Wow this is such a pretty page, and I love the jar embellishments just perfect for your layout! So glad you joined us at Stuck?! By the way your garden looks beautiful!

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  5. I look at your lay out & it makes you feel warm , i can't wait for summer to come round again. Lovely idea with the jars.

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  6. BRILLIANT Elaine ... I think you could work as a wedding & party planner! Love your page and the story behind it ... have you still got the jars?
    P.S. I generally buy white alphas because I know I can colour/stamp/emboss them to suit! Yours look fab on this page.

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    1. I still have a lot of jars.... I re-purposed about 20 of them again at Christmas and added red and white Nordic style Washi tape and nestled them within some fresh greenery with candles in.. jolly useful when I had my 36 hour power cut too!

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  7. I love the layout,especially the jars.

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  8. Wow - a perfect challenge for you wasn't it - a great way to chronicle all your efforts :)

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  9. How cute! Great layout and fabulous idea with the jars.

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  10. What a beautiful solution to your garden lighting problem! and it is indeed the perfect page for this challenge :~D Going outside your kit for the perfect detail is perfectly acceptable! The mason jar accents were definitely the right accent. So happy you joined in!

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  11. I really like that you not only embellished with containers on a page with the photo of containers, but you used my favourite colour combo at the moment (red and aqua) :o)

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  12. Lovely page, those mason jars are perfect and I really enjoyed reading your story behind the pictures .... It must have looked beautiful!

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  13. Beautiful layout. What a labor of love and lovely story

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  14. Beautiful garden! Love the jars, perfect touch. Great take on the sketch! Thanks for joining in with us at Stuck?!

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  15. Beautiful colors and great jars! the photos are also very beautiful. Thank you for playing with us at Stuck?!

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  16. all those jam jars what an inspiration and soooo pretty it must have been amazing to see.... beautifully captured on your page

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  17. Those jars must have looked wonderful all lit up. And I did exactly the same - adding that same patterned paper to my kit so that I could cut out the jars to put on my LO. And I picked one the same as you. Great minds and all that!

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  18. i really loooove the embelishments! just perfect, and those jars are lovely! thank you so much for joining us at stuck?! and sharing your awesome page with us! x

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