Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

Christmas Chaos Layout with DIY North Pole Signpost Embellishment

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Good day to you! Today I’m sharing this ‘Christmas Chaos’ layout with a DIY North Pole signpost embellishment:

Christmas Chaos Layout with DIY North Pole Signpost at Jennifer Grace

I got the idea to do the signpost because of the background paper I’d chosen (Shimelle Christmas Magic ‘Deliver’ paper) being a map. And I really wanted it to say ‘Noth Pole’ on one of the signs, but then I realised that it would drive me crazy, because according to the map paper the ‘North Pole’ sign would have to point straight upwards! So I decided to go with the words ‘Our House’, ‘Christmas’, ‘Chaos’, and ‘This Way’:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m going to try and make another one of these as a decoration, with ‘North Pole’ being one of the signs this time!

Here’s how I made the signpost…

Step 1: Find three craft sticks (I call them lolly sticks!) which are as flat as possible:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Cut two of the craft sticks to be the sign parts, and sand off any rough edges where you cut them. I just used scissors to cut mine but if your craft sticks are thicker you might need something tougher. Also make sure you think about what words you want to add to the signs, and therefore how long each piece needs to be – I made sure the one which would say ‘Christmas’ was longer:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Paint the sticks white. I used Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paint, which is similar to acrylic paint, and I only painted the front and sides, not the back as it would be stuck on a layout. I’d have to paint the back for a decoration. It only took one coat of paint:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Paint some red diagonal stripes onto the tall ‘post’ stick, to give it a candy-cane effect. Ink the edges of the sign pieces with black ink (I used chalk ink) to give them some definition:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Stamp or write your words onto the signs. I used an old mini-alpha stamp set and Stayz-On ink. Then glue the signs to the front of the post using hot glue or another strong adhesive:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then you can add it to a layout, card, or other festive project! I used Glossy Accents to stick mine to my background paper.

The bottom of my post looks like it disappears, but that’s because it’s under a flap where I placed another photo, of my sister reading a new book to my daughter:

Christmas Chaos Layout with DIY North Pole Signpost at Jennifer Grace

I used a mix of other embellishments to finish off the page, including some Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes puffy stickers, some My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street ephemera and enamel dots, and some cork-effect alpha stickers for the title:

Christmas Chaos Layout with DIY North Pole Signpost at Jennifer Grace

I love the chaos of Christmas morning!

Be Inspired:

Make a North Pole Signpost as an embellishment or decoration

Use red and white candy-cane stripes somewhere on your next project

Make a flap for a hidden photo, journaling, or message

What do you think of my North Pole Signpost? What words would you have on the signs?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll see you again tomorrow for the next Frosty Festivities blog post!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

Snow Day Layout – With Background Textures

Today I’ve got a snowy layout to share with you, with a few different textures added to the background.

Snow Day:

Snow Day Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I knew I wanted to use this sheet of ‘Oh Deer’ paper from the Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes collection. It was perfectly white for my page, but I’m not used to using such a white background, so to keep things interesting I wanted to add some extra texture without adding too much colour!

I added some glittery dots, using an eraser on the end of a pencil to pick up some glue off a glue-stick and stamp it onto the paper, before tipping glitter on top:

Snow Day Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

 Make sure you put plenty of glue on if you try this, a few of my circles were only half-glittered and I had to re-do them!

Once my dots were dry and all shook off I decided I needed a bit of colour around the edge of the page. I did want it mostly white but it was too white for me! I used a Tim Holtz Ink applicator Tool and some Avery Elle ‘Aquamarine’ Ink to blend onto the edges of the paper. I also went over it again with a Brilliance White Ink Pad in a few places where it was darker than I liked:

Snow Day Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Whilst I was blending the ink I realised some glitter was coming off my dots, so I blobbed some Glossy Accents on top of them, using an old paintbrush to dab it down so it wasn’t too domed:

Snow Day Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I also sprinked a tiny bit more glitter on top of the Glossy Accents to make sure it stayed sparkly! I left that to dry for a couple of hours before moving on with the layout.

My last texture on the background was to add some squiggly pieces of white cotton. They are hard to see in the photos but in real life they remind me of snowdrifts. Two were stuck down with double-sided tape, in a place that I knew would be hidden by the photos. The third bit was stuck down with a Christmas Wishes puffy sticker:

Snow Day Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I just had to finish the layout! The letters have a touch of gold, and there are sequins, a couple of tiny wood veneer shapes, and enamel dots for even more contrast of texture:

Snow Day Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I popped the polaroid-style photo up on foam dots, as it’s the photo of us – the other photo is of the friends we met up with that day:

Snow Day Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I love how the white in the photo is surrounded by the white of the background – it really did feel like a world of white that day so the layout really reminds me of the setting:

Snow Day Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you don’t have snow where you live then don’t despair – there are some ideas below for how to use this page to inspire your own scrapbooking!

Be Inspired:

Use at least 3 different kinds of texture on your next project (eg. wood, glitter, thread, something shiny)

Find a photo with a dominant colour and use a piece of paper with the same dominant colour for the background of your layout

Blend ink onto the edges of a layout, card, tag, etc

Do you usually try to add lots of different kinds of texture on your pages? It’s something I don’t always think about, but I often use wood veneer shapes and shiny dots so I guess that’s 2 textures straight away!

Have a great day, I’ll be back tomorrow at 8am GMT with the next Frosty Festivities project!

Jennifer x

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

Scrapbook Layouts

Four Eclectic Scrapbook Layouts

Yesterday I mentioned a scrappy day I spent at a friend’s house, and that I’d be back to show you the layouts I made. Here they all are! It took me a while to get back into the swing of things, as it had been a few months since I’d made a layout. But once I got to the scattering-lots-of-bits-around-the-page part of the process I found my groove again, and ended up with four eclectic scrapbook layouts by the end of the day!

One of the reasons I struggled at first was because I tried to make a double page spread with a couple of beach photos. My friends encouraged me to start with something simpler as they could see I was just pushing paper around, so I swapped to this photo of Cheeky Boy, and I pulled out lots of embellies which always helps to inspire me:

That Face:

Cute Little Boy Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I can’t remember whether he was saying ‘sorry’ or ‘pleeeease’ in this photo, as his face is very similar for both. So I just called the page ‘That Face’ and wrote about how hard is it to stay stern with those big blue eyes and innocent face staring up at me!

One of the embellies I used on here – the ‘Rebel’ tag, was a clothing tag which I’d saved for a few years:

Cute Little Boy Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I like the blue & yellow on here, but it felt a little flat until I added some pops of red too!

2nd Birthday At The Beach:

These beach photos are what I had planned to use on a double spread. But I was finding it too tough to create a double, so I just chopped the group photo of us from a big 5×7 photo down to a much smaller picture. Now I could fit both photos on one spread and I love the page I ended up with:

Yellow Aqua Summer Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

The 4×6 photo of Cheeky Boy has a Simple Stories overlay on top. It’s only stuck at the top with washi tape as I couldn’t work out how to attach it. I may end up stitching it a couple of times too, to make sure it stays on:

Yellow Aqua Summer Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

The ‘Awesome’ tag above is a Heidi Swapp Minc item, I am determined to start using my Minc machine more.

Year One:

Little Miss starts Year Three tomorrow, and I hadn’t yet scrapped her first days of Year One and Year Two. At least one of them is done now:

Back To School Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used my Happy Scatter ‘Going In Circles’ stencil on the background paper to jazz it up a bit:

Back To School Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

The triangles on the left and on the bottom right corner were inspired by THIS PAGE by Patricia Roebuck, though there isn’t much else similar on my layout!

33 Today:

I wanted to scrapbook at least one recent photo, so I printed off my birthday photo on my Canon Selphy and used some fab Chickaniddy Crafts paper as a background for a very bright page. I stitched a little on the background to give it a bit more texture, but you can barely see it here among all the colour:

Birthday Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

This is the most eclectic page of them all – flamingos, rainbows, feathers, and butterflies don’t have anything to do with my birthday. But they are pretty and I liked them, and it was a page about my birthday so I figured I had permission to use whatever I wanted, right?!

Birthday Scrapbook Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

The rainbow flair is also from my Etsy Shop, you can see it HERE. Within the next few weeks I am going to be adding some more flair, and a way to choose any 6 flair to make a set!

It was certainly therapeutic to scrapbook for a day again. It’s great how your mind totally focuses on which paper goes where, rather than worrying about whether you’ve got all the school uniform ready for the coming year.

I’ll be back tomorrow with one of the rainy day kids crafts we occupied ourselves with during our glorious summer. See you then!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout + Free Printable

It’s June! Hooray, summer is on it’s way in the UK – At least I hope we get some summer weather here… it doesn’t always happen!

To celebrate the start of the summer months I’ve got a summer watercolour wreath layout for you today (plus a free printable for the wreath if you aren’t a painter):

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

She’s a ‘Weed Sprite’ instead of a flower fairy! My daughter doesn’t discriminate on which flowers she thinks are pretty. She particularly likes dandelions because of how they change into ‘wish flowers’ – I just found a time lapse video of the change HERE which I’m going to have to show her!

This layout is inspired by several things. First I enjoyed making my Focus Canvas HERE and when I was making it I thought a messy circle would be a great place to have a title inside for a layout… then K did just that in her ‘Cosy’ layout on THIS POST, and Claire at Creative Makings also used a messy circle to house a sentiment on a card – both inspired by my canvas. I also liked making the wreath tag on my ‘Art In Miniature’ post HERE, as I thought the wreath looked nice and summery and reminded me of flower crowns like THIS ONE which I’ve been dying to try out. So I had all these many things in my mind when I decided to make a summer watercolour wreath layout!

When I first began the page I picked a 12×12 piece of white textured cardstock, and painted circles on it:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Which did look kind of pretty, but I realised it was too spread out to look like a wreath, and it filled up too much of the page, as I wanted the title to be inside the wreath but the journaling and other embellishments to be outside it.

So I started again with a piece of smooth white A4 card. I used a bowl to paint my first circle around:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I took the bowl off and painted some messier circles. I painted a couple more green lines first, then blue, then yellow, then green leaves – allowing the paint to dry between each layer so that I could overlap them without the paint colours blending into each other:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

I added a couple more layers to the leaves so that you couldn’t see the lines below through them too much:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then I was ready to cut it out and use it on my page (but I scanned it in first so I could turn it into a printable for you – keep reading for that!). Here it is cut out and stuck to my background – I stuck the circle part of the wreath down flat with tape, but popped the leaves up with foam dots for extra dimension:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I just embellished to my heart’s content!

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

I dug through my stash for a selection of flowers and pretty things in a variety of textures, and tried them all out around the wreath before sticking them all on – mostly using my hot glue gun:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

For the journaling I asked my daughter why she likes weeds as well as flowers, and wrote down what she said – ‘Each weed is special to me. A dandelion turns into a wish flower’:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Do you like this look but you aren’t a painter? I created a download for the wreath, which you can get HERE (it will prompt you to download). Printed at A4 this will print a little smaller than my wreath, but you are welcome to crop the image and resize if you are able to. You could even make it a lot smaller and use it on a card or PL pocket. Personal use only please (not for items you might sell):

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Make sure you print it on card if you want to pop up the leaves for some dimension!

What do you think of my summer wreath? Is it summer where you live? If not you could always add different colours of flowers to make it a spring or winter wreath… maybe not autumn though, that would need some brown and orange leaves!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Media Pools Grid Layout – Cup Of Tea

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

One of my favourite ways to play with different media is to try a few out on one project, in different areas. I call this ‘media pools’. One recent layout I did this on was the Easter Egg Hunt Layout where I filled the eggs with different types of paint and textures.

Today’s layout uses a grid for the same kind of effect. By keeping the different medias in their own little places, it means you can focus on each small area one at a time, and if you are trying out a new technique you can confine it to a tiny area! It can also be a great way to use up paper scraps if you fill some holes with them too:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

The grid is a file from The Cut Shoppe, it’s called ‘Get Your Grid On’. I cut it out using my Cricut Explore, but the first time I cut it the machine was ripping up all the letters:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I tried it again and the same thing happened. I was about to give up, then I realised the cardstock I was using (American Crafts I think) had quite a thick core. So I cut it from a sheet of Cricut cardstock instead and it cut the thin letters beautifully!

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stuck the grid onto white cardstock using repositionable adhesive. Then I cut the white cardstock down and matted it onto some kraft grid paper for a bit of a border. I’d like to point out here that the grid cut file is not wonky, it’s my cutting that was a bit lopsided:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I painted blue watercolour paint into a couple of boxes, then decided to try out my Derwent Coloursoft pencils in one box – I’d not used them on textured cardstock before. I used Ochre to fill in a box:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I went over it again with the white to try and blend the lines a bit more – it didn’t blend completely but it did look better:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I wanted to fill the heart with glitter, so painted Mod Podge inside it with an old brush, then sprinkled on some chunky glitter. However the chunky glitter didn’t stick all that well:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I Mod Podged over the top of the chunky glitter and tried again with fine gold glitter, which worked much better:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then it was just a case of filling some holes with patterned paper – I cut most of them to fit perfectly inside the boxes, rather than having to lift the grid up, but I did have to lift the edges of letters a couple of times to tuck the paper underneath. I added my title, journaling, and a few embellishments (including the tea pot from my Spray Painted Embellishments):

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I like how it all seems to frame the photo:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

And typing this up is making me want a cup of tea right now!

Be Inspired:

Use a grid on your next project

Try out some media pools – areas of different paint or texture

Cut some patterned paper scraps into squares and use them on your background

What kinds of media do you like to use best on your projects?

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

P.S. I am linking this up to The Cut Shoppe monthly challenge in their blog sidebar HERE!