April 26, 2018

Megan here!
I miss my grandma every day, so I always appreciate an opportunity to scrapbook a piece of her story. My grandma was an incredible canner and gardener, so the Love Jar Kit had her written all over it.
 
 
I wanted a unique way to include my grandma’s recipe for canned apricots—my favorite of her many jarred treats. The jar seemed the perfect way to, ahem, preserve this family treasure. ;)
 
 
To re-create this style of page with your favorite recipe, you’ll want to start by cutting four 2.5” x 6” tags from the kit’s patterned paper. Use a regular shipping tag (or any tag) as a template, punch a hole, and hole reinforcement stickers to give the tags a more polished look. In one of the tags, die cut the jar shape. 
 
 
Write your recipe on the inner jar shape. I’d suggest writing it in pencil first to ensure it fits. 
 
 
If you happen to be scrapbooking a canned fruit recipe, the Fruit Toppings kit is a great one to use. (It’s one of my favs!) I combine it with some of the Jewel Toppings and the bitty wood veneer hearts that are part of the Love Jar kit.
 
 
You do have to shake the jar to see the full recipe as it is, so I didn’t fill this one too full. Just enough to have a little fun. 
 
I do my best to incorporate my own handwriting into my layouts, because keepsakes I have with my grandma’s handwriting are so special to me now. However, there are times when my writing doesn’t quite work out. If you ever find yourself in this position, consider ways to change course vs. starting from scratch. 
 
 
Here, I covered my sloppy-joe writing with a strip of paper and added some letter stickers instead. It was a quick fix. Far quicker than starting over. 
 
 
I used three different color mediums to add some soft background color. The green is sponged on dye ink. 
 
 
The pink is acrylic paint.
 
 
The yellow is a blended watercolor pencil. 
 
 
Before I did too much embellishing, I machine stitched a frame around the center portion of the page for a little extra texture. 
 
 
Finally, I added a few more details using elements from the Love Jar Kit, including some stamping a few flowers, and gems.
 
 
I’m so happy to have another story of my sweet Gram in the (scrap)books. Keeping my memories of her alive in this way means they’ll live on long after I’m gone, which is beyond special. 
 
 
I know I say this every time I’m here, but this kit is loaded with project possibility. String a few of these jars across the top of a page for patio lights. Add some yellow paint or paper to a jar for a summer lemonade tale. Flip the jar over for a cute snow globe. So many great possibilities, so little time. Have fun! :)
 
 
Cheers!
Megan Hoeppner
 
 
 
 
SUPPLIES USED
 
Queen & Co. Supplies
 
 
Other Supplies
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Ink: Close to My Heart, Hero Arts; Watercolor Pencil: Stampin’ Up!; Acrylic Paint: Plaid; Pen: Sakura; Die Cut Machine:Sizzix; Letter Stickers: My Mind’s Eye; Sewing Machine: Brother; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Hole Reinforcement Stickers: Target.

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