Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Announcing Frosty Festivities 2015 (+ a Giveaway!)

I’m here at last to announce Frosty Festivities 2015! Keep reading for more information on this fun & free event, and for a chance to enter the announcement giveaway!

(P.S. The event has now started! See the list of all the posts, including more giveaways, HERE!)

This time, due to my busy life, I’ve decided to run it as a month-long event (instead of cramming it all into one weekend). There will be at least one post a day from the 1st to the 30th of November.

If you’re new to my Frosty Festivities event you should be prepared for lots of Winter and Christmas crafty inspiration (including scrapbook layouts, cards, diy gifts, home decor, and more), plus giveaways and challenge prompts (giveaways and challenges will stay open until the 6th of December)!

Frosty Festivities 2015 Crafty Blog Event at Jennifer Grace Creates

I would like to have a blog hop, but I haven’t arranged one yet! Would anyone like to join in with a blog hop on Sunday the 15th of November? You’d just need to post a winter or Christmas crafty project, then link to the next person in the hop. If you want to join in please email me by Sunday the 1st of Nov at jennifergrace(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk.

Now it’s time to kick things off with the announcement giveaway – by sharing news of this event you could win this prize:

Frosty Festivities 2015 Announcement Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates

The prize includes some American Crafts Be Merry stickers, ephemera, and a 6×6 pad, as well as a few other Christmas bits-and-pieces I found in my stash.

Please note: To enter this giveaway you must click on the Rafflecopter Widget below. Just leaving a blog comment won’t enter you – you need to then click on rafflecopter to say you’ve commented. Leaving a comment isn’t mandatory – and you can also complete other options, like sharing this post on Facebook or Pinterest, for more entries! Of course you can also comment and share without entering the giveaway if you wish.

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 One winner will be chosen at random from all entries. It is open internationally. The giveaway closes on Monday the 9th of November at 12am GMT. The winner will be announced on the post for that day.

I hope you are excited about the event and the season. Tell me what you are looking forward to in the comments below!

Jennifer x

Cricut Explore

My Spooky Halloween Dining Room

This year Cricut EU have again challenged some bloggers to create a Halloween project using our Cricut machines. Last year I won the contest with my Halloween Hallway, so of course I was happy to take part again and create something new for Halloween!

I decided to spookify (totally a word, right?!) our dining room…

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Cricut sent me some Window Cling, Vinyl, and Iron-On Vinyl, and I had so much fun using them. The kids were super impressed with the room, though of course they are now really excited about Halloween and I had to explain it’s still 2 weeks away!

The first thing I wanted to use was the Window Cling material, as I’ve never used that before. When I opened up a tab for Cricut Design Space the landing page showed lots of spooky projects, so I scrolled down to get some ideas. Here are some of them:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I was immediately drawn to this twirly spider web window cling design:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I clicked ‘customise’ rather than ‘make it now’, so that I could check the size and colours. I decided to leave the size as it was, and I just changed the purple spider to black (by clicking on the spider image in the layer panel, then clicking on the new colour) as I didn’t have any purple:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut the image from black & orange window cling material and weeded out all the bits I didn’t need:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Now this is when I had some trouble. I could not figure out how to stick the twirly spider web onto the window without getting into a big mess. I tried with 2 different types of transfer tape (having to pop into work to pick up a roll which I’d left there too) and neither worked – the tape seemed to be too sticky and the window cling material would not stay on the glass. It kept resulting in a tangled mess like this:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

After a few frustrated words (!) I went back to look at the ‘Spider Web Window Cling’ instructions from the landing page, and I discovered it sent you to look at THESE INSTRUCTIONS for window cling. I found out I should not be using transfer tape at all, but instead I should be reversing the image before cutting it, and using the backing of the cling material to help transfer it to the window. Now I felt rather silly – I’m always telling hubby off for not reading instructions!

So I went back and cut it again, making sure to tick the box to mirror the image:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

It worked much better this time, though it was still fiddly and I had to go very slowly. The spiders were a lot easier as I just peeled them straight off the backing and applied them by hand:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I decided to stick to some bold, simpler shapes for the rest of the window! I used the pumpkins from #M14BC40 and bats, a cat, and a spider from #M14BC38, both called Halloween Window Cling (by Lia Griffith), and a Spider Web Silhouette #M3D1D4e (from the Creepy Critters Cartridge):

 Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

They were a lot easier to apply to the window!

Next I wanted a dramatic tablecloth. I bought a big, cheap piece of black material, and looked for some images to cut from white and silver glitter iron-on vinyls. I chose some ghosts (#M3D1D70) and stars (#M4520B) to cut from white, and some spiders (#M46A3F) and the same stars to cut from silver glitter.

To make sure I fitted as much as possible onto one 12 x 12 mat, I set the canvas (click ‘set canvas’ on the left menu, and choose ‘basic canvas’ – it will automatically be a 12 x 12″ square), then rotated and enlarged my shapes to fill up the canvas. Once it was full I selected them all by dragging a box over them, and clicked on ‘attach’ to join them all together. If you don’t do that it will try to separate some of them onto different mats because of their automatic orientation. Here’s what my attached set looks like:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut these out then arranged the spiders and stars in the same way. Once the shapes were all cut and weeded, I placed them all over the tablecloth to work out where they would go – I didn’t worry about them being perfectly spaced, I just wanted pattern around the edge as I would have a centerpiece or maybe a buffet of food in the middle:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I put a tea-towel under the tablecloth and another on top of each shape one at a time, and went round ironing them all down until the tablecloth was finished:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Finally I created the centerpiece. I found these candles on the Design Space landing page:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I cut the graveyard one (Pumpkin Carvings #8 – code #M43515) from black vinyl to stick on a candle. Then I found these treat boxes (the Coffin Box is #M3EBCC and the Spider Web Box is #M450EE):

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I put them together to place inside a plastic pumpkin treat bucket that belongs to my kids. The spider web box was difficult to put together, but luckily I found THIS TUTORIAL to guide me through it!

I also found another candle, and a lacy-effect scarf which I draped around the other items (and scattered some plastic spiders on top):

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ll also point out I’m using flame-less LED candles on top of the candles, rather than actually lighting them – after hearing how Claudia Winkleman’s daughter was horribly burned because of her witch costume I will always avoid flames when the kids will be around.

Now I’m happy with our spooky Halloween dining room:

Spooky Dining Room using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

The table just needs some treats and snack on it when the day finally arrives!

What do you think, spooky enough? I think the candle with the vinyl graveyard on is my favourite bit, and I’ll be able to easily swap it for a new design after Halloween!

If you need any more Cricut Explore Halloween inspiration check out this amazing Haunted House by Cosmic Strawberry, this Toilet Monster by Mum In The Madhouse, or these Table Decorations at Blue Bear Wood – the Cake Stand Tutorial on her craft blog Zing Zing Tree is particularly cool!

I’m linking up to a couple of Linky Parties – Spooktacular Halloween and Inspiration Monday!

I hope you all have a great week,

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including vinyl and window cling, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way. I’m also entering this into a Cricut bloggers Halloween contest.

Kids Crafts

Halloween Monsters + Creature Consequences Game!

Hello all. Sorry it’s quiet here lately. As well as my part-time job in the school library and my volunteer work running a Rainbows unit, I am now also the Chair of the very busy PTA at my kids school. So my blogging is running a little behind. I hope I’ll find my groove eventually as my crafting and blogging is my haven from all the madness!

Today I’m sharing a new Try-It-Tribe project that me and the kids made with the help of Staedtler. We were challenged to design some Halloween Monsters, so we played a game of Creature Consequences (I’ll explain in a minute if you don’t know what that is) to come up with some ideas. Then the kids picked their favourites to copy onto white card, and coloured them in for us to stick up on the wall as Halloween decorations this year:

Halloween Monsters and a Creature Consequences Game at Jennifer Grace Creates

Cheeky Boy’s is on the left, and Little Miss’ is on the right, in case you can’t tell! I was actually quite impressed with Cheeky Boy’s monster, it’s the first time I’ve seen him concentrate on getting eyes and ears in the right places. I almost tried to explain that monsters could have eyes and ears in the wrong places, but I thought that would totally confuse him at this stage of his drawing development! He did give his monster a wind-powered water canon, so that was creative enough!

So we started our ideas with a game of Creature Consequences. Here are the kids all ready to go. Little Miss was super excited to be playing an ‘art game’:

Halloween Monsters and a Creature Consequences Game at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m going to show you how the game is played – these drawings are all by me as no way would the kids let me take photos during game time, but normally you pass the paper around to another player between each fold.

1: Fold an A4 piece of paper for each player, so that it has 3 folds (four sections of paper). Basically fold it in half, then in half again. Then unfold it. Then, keeping it a secret (you shouldn’t be able to see each other’s drawings), each player draws a head at the top of the paper. You have to make sure the neck crosses the first fold slightly:

Halloween Monsters and a Creature Consequences Game at Jennifer Grace Creates

2: Once you’ve finished the head you fold the paper a couple of times, so the head is hidden and all you can see is the little tiny bit of neck which you crossed over into the next section. Then you all pass the piece of paper to the player on your left, and draw a body in the next section, making sure the bottom of the body crosses into the next section:

Halloween Monsters and a Creature Consequences Game at Jennifer Grace Creates

3: Repeat the folding and passing of the paper, then draw some legs:

Halloween Monsters and a Creature Consequences Game at Jennifer Grace Creates

4: Repeat the folding and passing of the paper, and finish with some feet:

Halloween Monsters and a Creature Consequences Game at Jennifer Grace Creates

5: Then the fun bit happens when you unfold the paper and reveal the monster:

Halloween Monsters and a Creature Consequences Game at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s the monsters we ended up with during our game:

Halloween Monsters and a Creature Consequences Game at Jennifer Grace Creates

The kids giggled a lot when they unrolled the monsters!

This is a great game as you can play it with any number of players. You could also use it for developing characters for stories. Or there is a ‘story consequences’ game where you write a boys name, a girls name, what he said, what she said, etc… rather than drawing.

Creature Consequences is great for Little Miss’ age (7) but was a bit hard for Cheeky Boy (age 4). I certainly wouldn’t play it with more than one child of that age. I did have to keep peeking at his to remind him to cross the picture over the line just a little bit. But he really enjoyed it and I know it’s something we will play again!

After the game they all looked at the monsters and chose what bits they’d like to use on a big picture. So I gave them a piece of A3 card each and they got drawing. Here’s Cheeky Boy explaining how the wind-power is going to work on his monster:

Halloween Monsters and a Creature Consequences Game at Jennifer Grace Creates

They used a combination of Staedtler pencils and crayons for most of the drawings, then finished off with some touches of gold and silver metallic markers, and Little Miss used a fineliner on hers too:

Halloween Monsters and a Creature Consequences Game at Jennifer Grace Creates

I love how unique they are!

I made my own monster too, of course:

Halloween Monsters and a Creature Consequences Game at Jennifer Grace Creates

He’s got gold toenails. I was really impressed with how well the gold metallic marker showed up on top of the purple pencil, these metallic markers are great if you want to draw on top of dark colours!

What do you think of our Halloween Monsters? Have you ever played Creature Consequences or Story Consequences?

I’ll have some more Halloween projects appearing over the next week-or-so! You can also check out the Staedtler Facebook Page or their Blog for more Monster inspiration!

Bye for now, Jennifer x

Disclosure: Staedtler sent us the products to use for this post, but all photos, text, and opinions are our own.

Industry News & Reviews

A Review Of The Handmade Fair (Our Mummy And Daughter Date)

On Saturday the 19th of September my daughter and I drove to London to experience Kirstie Allsopp’s ‘The Handmade Fair’ at Hampton Court Palace. We had a lovely day, but also came away with a few niggles & tips, so I thought I’d do a review of The Handmade Fair to tell you all about it!

For anyone who doesn’t know, The Handmade Fair is a 3 day event with talks, workshops, and ‘grand makes’, as well as stalls selling handmade supplies and finished items – with lots of stalls doing demos too. We won the tickets from Hester’s Handmade Home on Instagram, though I did see quite a few people running giveaways for the tickets in the run up to the event!

A Review Of The Handmade Fair at Jennifer Grace Creates

They were entry-only tickets, which meant I’d have to pay extra to go to any of the talks, workshops, or grand makes. I didn’t bother upgrading our tickets as my daughter couldn’t join in with the crafting – children under 12 couldn’t participate in workshops due to ‘health and safety’ reasons. It seems a shame that they don’t have at least one child-friendly workshop a day, as my daughter is a super keen crafter, and it’s good to nourish the next generation of creative minds!

We didn’t make it to the fair until 11.30am, as we got stuck in a ridiculous amount of traffic – the last little bit of the journey from the M3 to Hampton Court should have taken 15mins and actually took 1 hour and 45 minutes! The last 30minutes was driving from the full-up green car park to the further away blue car park. I may have cried a little bit when they said the green car park was full. I know the Handmade Fair organisers can’t help the traffic (there was extra traffic because of rugby and other events), but you would think they could find a venue with a bigger car park for all the attendees. It wasn’t like they were using the grandeur of Hampton Court Palace at all, as the Fair was over the road from that, on ‘the green’ which, let’s face it, is basically a field. A new, more accessible venue next year please?!

Anyway, rant over. We made it to the fair eventually, and wandered around to start with, checking out the lay of the land. This was made easy due to the colourful and iconic signposts:

A Review Of The Handmade Fair at Jennifer Grace Creates

We spotted that a couple of tents were doing free workshops, but it wasn’t the right time to start one, so we went for a look around the shopping tents. We found lots of lovely stalls – here’s a few of them:

A Review Of The Handmade Fair at Jennifer Grace Creates

Top left = Cool Crafting (where we got some cute wooden buttons / pendants), top right = The English Stamp Company (where I bought a stag stamp), bottom left = Ruby And The Crow (where we bought some gorgeous ribbons), and bottom right = Peach Blossom (where we didn’t buy anything though I was seriously tempted as it was all so pretty!).

We popped by a couple of the stalls doing free workshops – Craft Asylum and Janome, but their next workshops were full. So we continued our wander and stopped by the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint tent, where you could paint the furniture pictures on the wall. Little Miss really enjoyed this. Someone had already painted a bit of blue on this side-table, but she painted the rest green and orange, then I added white polka-dots to the blue bit. We were there for a while!

A Review Of The Handmade Fair at Jennifer Grace Creates

(Speaking of Annie Sloan paints, I just saw THIS BLOG POST by Kat at Housewife Confidential, re-doing a piano stool with pink and yellow paint, and it looks awesome!)

After that we headed to the Press Tent, where Louise from the BLoved Blog was running an Instagram #InstaPrettyParty workshop for bloggers and other interested people to attend. Louise was lovely and inspiring, and she’d set out a very pretty worktop to kick-start our ideas for flat lay photography:

A Review Of The Handmade Fair at Jennifer Grace Creates

Little Miss was very well behaved – while I listened to the workshop she was doodling in my notebook, looking very pretty against the tent backdrop:

A Review Of The Handmade Fair at Jennifer Grace Creates

Though her floral dress didn’t match the wall paper quite as well as Louise’s:

A Review Of The Handmade Fair at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wrote a post (HERE) back in May about how I was interested in using photo props and experimenting, so I really loved this workshop. Louise also gave great tips about scheduling your instagram photos and what times to post them, etc. It was fun to be in a room of other excited bloggers too! The BLoved Instagram account is HERE if you want to see some of their photos.

After this we visited the Mollie Makes tent, where Little Miss did a bit of colouring, and I browsed the books and picked up a free banner-making kit. It was also somewhere that you could get a cup of tea and a bit of cake, though when we were there they had run out of teacups!

We headed to the Craft Asylum tent for the next workshop but it was full again. So we ate a bit of our packed lunch, then went back there again for the next workshop – arriving half-an-hour before it this time to be sure of our place. A queue formed behind us so it was definitely the right decision – if you want to attend a free workshop, get there at least half an hour beforehand!

The tent was decorated beautifully with paper lanterns and rosettes:

A Review Of The Handmade Fair at Jennifer Grace Creates

The lovely Katie Skilton (who I met at Creative Exchanges in April) was running the workshop to make a paper rosette. Me and Little Miss made one as a team – I did the dangerous craft knife bits, and she did the fun sticking and stamping:

A Review Of The Handmade Fair at Jennifer Grace Creates

We also bumped into Dorothy Wood and Suzie Candlin who I’d last seen at Creative exchanges too. It was really fun spotting people who I knew and introducing Little Miss to them!

By now we were beginning to feel tired, so we had an afternoon super-treat of a pancake for Little Miss, and Churros for me. Another tip – make sure you do a lap of all the eateries before you choose where to eat, as there are so many delicious things to pick from. We made good choices – wow they were yummy:

A Review Of The Handmade Fair at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then we wandered around the stalls some more. We thought about going back to the Sizzix or Janome tents for the free workshops, but decided we didn’t want to spend the rest of our time waiting for a spot and then doing the 45min workshops. So we just spent a bit more money instead! We’d gone to the fair with a £50 budget (hubby actually took my cards away and made me take cash, very sensible of him), but we managed to get a lot of things for our money! Some were chosen by Little Miss, and some by me:

A Review Of The Handmade Fair at Jennifer Grace Creates

The banner kit is the free one from the Mollie Makes tent, and the Reloved magazines were in a £5 goody bag with some ribbons and buttons. The Craft Asylum deal was the best in my opinion, and 4 stamp sets and / or embellishment sets for £10! We each chose a stamp set and a embellishment set from there.

When it was time to go we stopped by Hampton Court Palace for a look. Little Miss was unimpressed – unless a Queen lives there then it’s not really a palace, apparently! She did like playing in the wooden carriages outside, and we took a few selfies of course:

A Review Of The Handmade Fair at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then we walked back to the car park… which I admit didn’t seem so far away now that we weren’t in a hurry! Thankfully there was no traffic on the way home, so we got back at a reasonable time, feeling very happy with our purchases and our mummy & daughter date!

The best bit of the day? When Little Miss looked up at me (I think it was when we were in the Annie Sloan tent) and said:

“Mummy, this is just the perfect place for us to be!”

My heart just melted. There’s my girl!

We would definitely go to The Handmade Fair again. But I’d love them to include a workshop that kids can join in with. And I think a new venue with more parking would be good, but I guess they need to make sure it’s accessible by public transport too. I did consider taking the train but it cost more and would take longer (when there’s no traffic). Perhaps I might brave the train journey next year.

Did you go to the Handmade Fair? Would you like to?

I hope you have a lovely, crafty, day.

Jennifer x

Kids Crafts

Making Alien Toys with Kids Fimo Moulds

Hello!

Recently me and my kids joined in with a Facebook competition on the Staedtler page, to try and be a member of their Try-It team of bloggers. We were excited to win a place on the team, especially when our box of goodies showed up:

Staedtler Try-It Tribe Goodies

Today I’m sharing our first Try-It tribe project – some alien toys using the kids Fimo moulds!

Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates

Disclosure: Staedtler sent us the products to use for this post, but all photos, text, and opinions are our own.

We had tons of fun making these, and we definitely picked up a few tips for how to use the moulds along the way too! For those that don’t know, Fimo is a modelling clay which you can shape, and then bake it in the oven to make it solid. This is kids Fimo too, which seems to be extra soft – great for making it easier to shape!

First we got all the colours of Fimo and the moulds out to have a look at:

Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates

We chose which colours to use first. When I looked at the packets I was excited because they had a re-sealing closure… or they looked like they should. But actually all the packets just ripped when I opened them, so the re-sealing sticky bit was kind of useless. I ended up wrapping our leftover Fimo in clingfilm so it wouldn’t dry out. All my packets tore down the side like this:

Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates

Top tip #1 – which it did say in the mould instructions – was to spritz the mould with a bit of water before putting the Fimo in, so that it comes out easier. We did try it with and without the water, and it was definitely A LOT easier to get them out if they had water sprayed inside first. I just used a garden water spray:

Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates

I left the kids to do the moulds themselves first to see if they could do it on their own. But their natural inclination was to press the fimo down into the moulds using their fingers – which would mean you wouldn’t get the impression at the back of the mould:

Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates

I then explained that the Fimo needed to be bigger – like a ball for the planet, or like a fat sausage for the aliens, so that you would get a 3D object with shaping at the back and the front:

Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates

They both managed to press the moulds shut themselves – Cheeky Boy liked to press his against his belly:

Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates

When the items came out of the moulds we had to remove the excess Fimo. We did this with a combination of pinching it off or using a modelling tool to cut it off (it didn’t come with a modelling tool, but we happened to have one). Then we smoothed down any bumps that were left over:

Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates

One thing to note is that if you’ve sprayed the mould too much then the Fimo will come out a bit wet and slimy:

Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates

We smoothed it out a bit then left it to dry for 5 mins or so, and it turned out fine.

A lot of the moulds have details that leave impressions on the surface, like eyes and arms on the aliens. However, these details tended to get lost when we were removing the excess Fimo and handling the models – I think this was partly due to the kids Fimo being that bit softer – it was easy to accidentally smooth the details out!

It was okay because it gave us a reason to use more colours and add our own details. Cheeky boy seemed to be especially good at this, he loved adding eyes, spots, feet, and stripes:

Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates

I should also point out that we used baby wipes to clean our hands in between colours. After making a red planet Little Miss had to go and wash her hands as her hands were so red! It came off easily enough though.

The only mould that we had a lot of problems with was the stars mould – we couldn’t seem to get the excess Fimo off without losing the shape of the stars. This was our first attempt:

Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates

And our second attempt – I did the larger star on the left by myself which is why it’s the neatest:

Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then of course Cheeky Boy decided my neat star needed some ‘spots’ and he proceeded to cover it in black Fimo blobs. Ah well, he was happy:

Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once they were finished moulding I baked the aliens and accessories in the oven following the packet instructions, and left them to cool before the kids had a chance to play:

Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s a little 30 second video of them playing with their new toys:

I don’t think Fimo is really designed to make toys – I know that pieces may eventually break or fall off. But as there aren’t any thin or fiddly bits on these they should last a while. The kids have been bashing them around in their games for a few days now and nothing’s broken yet!

Little Miss calls them her ‘miniaturisers’… which she thought meant that even though they were little they could do big things. She also likes the idea that they can turn things tiny, now that I’ve explained it! See, we are learning as well.

I was really happy with how much the kids enjoyed making these, and I was surprised by how much Cheeky Boy (who turned 4 a few months ago) could do by himself. We can’t wait to try our next Staedtler project! For more from Staedtler check out their blog HERE.

Of course I couldn’t let the kids have all the fun… here’s my alien:

Making Alien Toys With Kids Fimo Moulds at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think the kid’s ones are better, but I like my little alien too!

Have you ever tried using Fimo or modelling clay? I used to make earrings with it too so I might get Little Miss to make some jewellery next.

I’m linking this up to the Tuesday Pintorials Linky Party!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

Disclosure: Staedtler sent us the products to use for this post, but all photos, text, and opinions are our own.

Scrapbook Layouts

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout

Today I have an Autumn scrapbook layout to share, as I’m feeling the change of season here.

I created this for the Hip Kit Club DT call which ended at the beginning of this week. You had to make one layout in response to the call and I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to keep the page a secret or not, but I’ve just seen that someone asked on FB if it was okay to share it and the answer was yes! I also used a Cut Shoppe file on here so I’m going to link it up to their September monthly challenge on their blog HERE too.

Will He Jump?

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

This photo is a perfect example of my cautious children. They don’t like to take risks and would always rather hold my hand if they are going to balance on something, or try to jump. I did end up having to hold cheeky boy’s hand after I took this photo!

I used a prompt from the Hip Kit Club Members Forum on Facebook, which was to ‘use embellishments around the edge of a large shape’. As you can see I chose to use a leaf – for which I bought a new cut file set called ‘Leaf It To Me’ from The Cute Shoppe on Etsy. I cut one of the leaves from a piece of woodgrain patterned paper using my Cricut Explore, then I started working out how to arrange things around it.

I started with a bit of stenciling on the background paper, using a Happy Scatter ‘Scattered Triangles’ stencil with some Avery Elle ‘Fizz’ ink and a Tim Holtz ink applicator tool:

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I sprinkled some gold mist dots on the background paper too.

I pulled out a bunch of different bits and pieces from my stash to match the colour scheme. I wanted to use a kraft speech bubble, but it was a bit boring so I used a Shimelle True Stories ‘Burst’ stamp and some Avery Elle ‘Cherry’ ink to jazz it up. I made sure to put some felt (foam would work too) under the speech bubble when I was stamping, to give a bit of wiggle-room, so that no detail was missed out from the stamp:

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then it was just a case of moving things about until I was happy with them! I went for a nice eclectic mix as usual. The red paper triangles were cut using a free download from the Hip Kit Club Shop – you just have to create an account using your email address, and then you have access to free cut files even if you aren’t a subscriber! Score!

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I loved using these bright foam Thickers for the title to make it fun and punchy:

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Placing some elements (like circles and triangles) so that parts of them disappear under the photo helps tie the page together – it looks intentional and not just like you threw a bunch of stuff on a page!:

Will He Jump? An Autumn Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I loved making this layout, because cheeky boy has started school now, and this photo make me think of all the times we went for a walk while his big sister was at school. I’m so glad I capture moments like this.

Is it feeling like Autumn where you are in the world? Have you made an Autumn crafts? leave me a link if so!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Fly Me Away – A Carefree And Floral Layout Process Video

Today I’m sharing a carefree and floral layout process video for this page:

'Fly Me Away' Carefree and Floral Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was inspired by the Jot Magazine Mood Board Challenge for September 2015:

Jot Magazine September 2015 Mood Board Challenge

Isn’t it gorgeous? I couldn’t resist the beautiful blues and reds! Well done to Mardi Winen who created it!

Here’s my layout process video if you’d like to see how it all came together (you can also watch it on YouTube HERE):

 

 

And here’s a few detail shots in case you want to take a longer look at them…

This shows the journaling which tucks away into a little pocket:

'Fly Me Away' Carefree and Floral Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

I managed to fit lots of florals and scattered bits and pieces onto my page:

'Fly Me Away' Carefree and Floral Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

I love the angle of this photo. It was taken by my Step-Dad as we were out for a walk with him and my Mum. No children in tow!

'Fly Me Away' Carefree and Floral Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

What do you think? Are you going to have a go at the Jot Mood Board this month? It’s so pretty!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x