Scrapbook Layouts

The Minc Reactive Paint and Toner Pen!

Hello!

Another post at last! Sorry it’s been a long time. Have you missed me? I *think* I actually have a post to go live every day this week (Monday – Friday) so that will be exciting, huh?! One of them will be a giveaway post!

I have been busy since my last post, with a family holiday to Florida (which you already know about if you follow me on Instagram), then getting back into the school runs, my Parent Teacher Association Chairwoman post, running Rainbows, back to work at the school library, and I’ve had a steady stream of Etsy orders (thank you if any were from you!). So it’s no wonder I’ve struggled to fit in time for blog posts!

Today I’m sharing some tests I conducted with the Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Toner Pen…

Minc Reactive Paint and Toner Pen Test

First I sorted out the items I wanted to try painting on – a mix of patterned and plain paper, a cork sticker, various chipboard embellishments, and some wood veneer shapes. I also grabbed a few Happy Scatter stencils to use on some of them:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

I squeezed some paint out onto a craft mat, and used a sponge dauber for some and a paintbrush for others. The sponge dauber gave a bubbly effect when applying it but this evened-out as it dried so it didn’t effect the final foiling:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

Make sure you clean the craft mat, sponge dauber, paintbrush, and stencils (or whatever you are using with the paint) straight away after using, as it’s quite a gluey, sticky paint – I wouldn’t want it to dry on my tools!

I used the stencils on a few and painted freehand on the rest. I made sure the paint layer was even, not patchy – this was easy to achieve as the paint itself is thick and doesn’t spread out too much. I did have to hold some of the pieces up at angles to the light, so that I could check there were not any patchy areas, if there were I painted them again. Then I left it all to dry overnight, as the paint has to be super dry before you try foiling it:

Minc Reactive Paint

They mostly foiled very nicely, but I did hit a few unexpected snags which you can avoid! I didn’t think about the plastic or adhesive on the back of the stickers and chipboards and how that would melt in the Minc. Here’s where the flower chipboard backing melted and stuck to the carrier sheet:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

I managed to scrape it all off after it had cooled, but you might want to remove the backing off chipboards where possible! Or perhaps put a sheet of paper in the carrier sheet under the chipboard or sticker, so if it melts it sticks to the paper instead of your carrier sheet.

Another problem I had was with these wood veneer hearts. They were the thickest item I was trying to put through, at 3mm deep – the other items were 1.5mm deep at most. And these hearts did not fit through the Minc. I gave it a go because I knew I could hit the reverse button if they got stuck. They got close enough to be warmed up a bit, so the foil melted on them a little, but then I had to reverse it as they wouldn’t actually go in:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

I tried to think of other ways to melt the foil on, so I tried putting them in a carrier sheet and using a heat tool to warm it, but this crumpled my carrier sheet:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

And there wasn’t much more foil stuck on than before:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

I did managed to flatten my carrier sheet out a bit by passing it through the Minc a couple of times, but it’s still a bit wobbly!

Finally I tried adding more paint, letting it dry again, and adding foil just using a heat tool – with a metal paper piercer to help me hold the foil in place while I heated it up. This was the most successful coverage-wise, but it did go bubbly – I’m not sure if the paint wasn’t quite dry, or if it was because of all the layers, or if it was the heat tool that caused the bubbling! Never mind, I shall keep experimenting:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

Here’s all the items that I used the Minc Reactive Paint on, including a scrap of fabric. The fabric worked fine but I should have put a sheet of paper under that in the carrier sheet too, as some of the paint melted through the fabric fibres! I was impressed with how these all turned out though:

Minc Reactive Paint

Especially the gold ones! I love the gold pineapple using my Happy Scatter Pineapple Mini Stencil:

Foiled Embellishments Using The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint

Now, on the other hand, the Toner Pen was shockingly bad. Here’s all the items I drew with the pen:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

I made sure I drew slowly, and I used a mix of shiny and matt papers – the ‘make it happen’ quote was on super glossy paper. The ink coverage looked great on them all. But they foiled terribly:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

The foil worked in some places so I guess it would be okay for a grungy foiled look, if such a thing exists?! But it wasn’t the look I was going for:

Using The Heidi Swapp Minc Tone Pen

I don’t think I shall be using the Minc Toner Pen again. I shall definitely be using the paint again though, I couldn’t wait to use some of my painted items so I pulled out a photo and put this page together:

Pile Of Pressies Scrapbook Page Using Heidi Swapp Minc and Minc Reactive Paint

The foiled items are a great way to make the page extra special and shiny:

Pile Of Pressies Scrapbook Page Using Heidi Swapp Minc and Minc Reactive Paint

I’m going to see what else I can paint and foil now…

I hope you are all having a great Monday!

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

Scrapbook Layouts

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers

It’s time for me to brighten up your day with a colourful layout, with stacked stickers of all different hues layered up…

Hello Friends:

http://jennifergracecreates.com/hello-friends-layout-with-stacked-stickers/

Nice and vibrant, isn’t it? This photo was taken in spring a couple of years ago, and I must say I’m looking forward to the weather warming up so that we can start adventuring again.

As you can probably tell I had a lot of fun layering up my stickers on this page. I just counted, and there’s about 50 stickers on here, plus enamel dots and chipboard stickers too!

To start with I knew I wanted to use this colourful piece of Webster’s Pages paper for my photo:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I pulled a bunch of stickers from my stash which matched the colours / theme of the page:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

They are all cut out from their backing sheets so that I could play around with the placement of them on the page before sticking them down. The only ones which I couldn’t cut out were the glittery circles on the right, as they are snug together.

I piled up the stickers, shuffling and changing until I was happy with the look of the page – I couldn’t try out the glittery gold circles so I just kept them to one side to remind me to use them in a minute:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I stuck them all down! This did take a little while, as I had to carefully shuffle down the top layers, stick down a sticker on the bottom layer, then shuffle them back up to check they were in the right place. I kept referring back to my earlier photo to check their placement too, so it’s a good idea to take a digital photo if you can!

I remembered to include some circles as I was sticking the other stickers down, just dotting a few here and there, and using one big one for the title (which I changed from ‘hello girl’ to ‘hello friends’):

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I went through my stash again to find some chipboard stickers, puffy stickers, and enamel dots, which all helped to add a bit of dimension to an otherwise flat page. I also stamped a couple of butterflies to the left of the photo, as the page was looking a bit heavy on the right without them:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Having the title circled by a sticker stops it getting lost on the busy page:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

There’s just a couple of lines of journaling at the bottom of the layout, because the stickers had lots of phrases on to add to the story:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think the page does these 2 smiley girls justice, what do you think?!

Do you have a surplus of stickers in your stash? Try layering them up like this to use lots up at once! If you need further inspiration for using up stickers see THIS LAYOUT for another page full of stickers, or maybe you might want to follow THIS TUTORIAL for turning scrapbook stickers into pendants!

I hope you’re having a great weekend,

Jennifer x