Kids Crafts

DIY Rainbow Scratch Art

Hello. Sorry I haven’t been here lately again. We’re just busy, busy, busy! That’s not going to change over the next couple of weeks as I am leaving my sister housesitting, and we’re off to Florida for 2 weeks with my in-laws!

We’ve been doing a few crafty projects during the summer holidays though, and one of them is for the latest Staedtler Try-It-Tribe challenge, to put some stripes on a project. We decided to try out this Rainbow Scratch Art which we had in a book but had been waiting for the right materials – the arrival of some Staedtler Oil Pastels ¬†seemed like the perfect time…

DIY Rainbow Scratch Art

You are supposed to use cartridge paper but I had some cheap card to hand so we used that, covering it with oil pastels:

DIY Rainbow Scratch Art

Keep going until it’s all full:

DIY Rainbow Scratch Art

Then we spreaded out some slightly watered down black acrylic paint all over the pastels:

DIY Rainbow Scratch Art

Once it’s dry we could scratch some stripy pictures. Cheeky Boy opted for a stripy spaceship and planets, Little Miss went for stripy flowers, an owl, and other doodles:

DIY Rainbow Scratch Art

They were very pleased with their finished pieces:

DIY Rainbow Scratch Art

I also recorded a short video of the making process which you can see on instagram HERE.

I hope you are having a lovely summer!

Jennifer x

Kids Crafts

DIY Play Tent – Summer Fun!

The latest Staedtler Try-It-Tribe challenge was to build our own tent for some creative camping. As we had a couple of nice days over half term this seemed like a great excuse to get out in the garden for some summer fun!

DIY Play Tent Summer Fun at Jennifer Grace Creates

Ours wasn’t a perfect success as it only stayed up for half an hour or so before collapsing, but that was down to poor structure choices. I’ll explain as we go along so that you can make yours much stronger if you have a go. The kids didn’t mind it collapsing as they’d had so much fun building it – they just made me promise we could build another one again in the summer holidays!

We started off with some bits of material (sheets and beach towels would work too, but we did draw on a couple of white bits of material so you’d skip that step if using nice sheets!), some string, lots of sticks both tall and short, a roll of paper, lots of Staedtler pens, and a bunch of pegs (the pegs aren’t in the photo but they were just basic wooden pegs):

DIY Play Tent Summer Fun at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next we tied three tall sticks into a tee-pee shape. I say ‘we’ but the kids couldn’t reach that high – they were just helping to hold the sticks and string! After tying the tee-pee shape we used smaller sticks to strengthen the structure, putting them horizontally across 2 sides of the tee-pee and tying them in place:

DIY Play Tent Summer Fun at Jennifer Grace Creates

I could tell at this point that our play tent wasn’t going to last too long. See the tall upright stick on the left-hand side of the tee-pee? It’s actually 2 sticks tied together. I tied 2 together because they were not very strong sticks and they kept bending. I hoped that tying 2 together and strengthening the sides would be enough to hold it up, at least for the afternoon. But once we put the material on too, and the wind blew the tent over a couple of times, well them sticks just kept bending! Lesson learnt – I will gather tall strong sticks before attempting this again!

The kids went off to colour in some pegs, decorate the white material, and design a flag, while I worked out how to peg the material onto the stick structure (they especially liked using gold & silver pens on the pegs):

DIY Play Tent Summer Fun at Jennifer Grace Creates

DIY Play Tent Summer Fun at Jennifer Grace Creates

Another note – this flag was way too big for our windy day – it kept knocking the tent down too! Next time I’ll use an A4 size piece!

The tent didn’t look very pretty from the back, with pegs all over it and some big stones weighing the sides down to stop them blowing in the wind:

DIY Play Tent Summer Fun at Jennifer Grace Creates

But it did look cute from the front, especially when the kids stretched their legs out so I could see their feet poking out:

DIY Play Tent Summer Fun at Jennifer Grace Creates

The front of the tent had the most colourful pegs holding the door together when they were inside:

DIY Play Tent Summer Fun at Jennifer Grace Creates

They’d even coloured in a couple of leaves which they pegged onto the tent too:

DIY Play Tent Summer Fun at Jennifer Grace Creates

They had lots of fun with the tent while it lasted:

DIY Play Tent Summer Fun at Jennifer Grace Creates

Have you ever tried to make your own tent? It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon. But next time I’ll definitely have more strong sticks! I want to try an A-Frame tent next time!

I hope you’ve had some warm weather where you are too, for some outdoor adventures!

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

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

DAD Layout With A Painted Background

I’ve not been scrapbooking as often lately. I think one reason for this is that I don’t have any recent photos printed, nor any new supplies to play with! So I printed this photo from last weekend on my Canon Selphy, and I had fun scrapbooking it today:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

My Dad’s 60th birthday was back in March, but due to my Grampa (his Dad) being ill in hospital we didn’t celebrate then. Now my Grampa is home and recovering so my Dad came down for a visit, and we celebrated belatedly. We cooked him this towering chocolate sponge with strawberry jam, whipped cream, and sliced strawberries, with a drizzle of chocolate sauce on top. It was yummy!

I had to search for some inspiration for this – when I’m not scrapping as much I definitely struggle more to get started! I chose THIS LAYOUT¬†by Missy Whidden as my inspiration – I liked the big letters with a painted background. So I cut some letters to spell ‘DAD’ using my Cricut Explore, and chose my background cardstock:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used a paintbrush and some watered-down white acrylic paint to paint the background in a scribbled manner, and also added some splatters:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the white layer was dry I repeated this with red paint, though I used a sponge to apply the bulk of it rather than a brush this time:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the red was dry I inked the edges of the letters using a green brush pen, then stuck them onto the background – using repositionable tape so I could lift them up and tuck things under if I wanted to:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I adhered the photo with 3D foam tape.

Now it was time for the fun bit, adding journaling and lots of embellishments. I liked how the embellishments overlapped the letters on the inspiration page, so I made sure to do this on my page too. I also made sure to use the number ’60’ because that’s the birthday my Dad was celebrating. I didn’t want the numbers to be the big part of the page as it seemed mean to shout his age out!

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I got to this point and then felt like the page still needed something else. I knew I’d be adding enamel dots but that wouldn’t be enough. So I dug out a few wooden stamps – my favourite being one that says ‘eat cake’ and stamped them around the page before adding the dots:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I had to stamp the ‘eat cake’ one with Stayz-On ink as I tried with pigment ink first, both grey and then black, but neither of them showed up very well – here’s what the grey looked like at first:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

The ‘you’re awesome’ and ‘happy birthday’ stamps worked fine with black pigment ink though:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I really love the effect of the big letters:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think I ended up with a fun, happy page to suit my Dad and his cheeky temperament!

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

Now I need to go and order a big pile of photos and start scrapbooking more again!

I hope you are having a great weekend,

Jennifer x