Scrapbook Layouts

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board

Here’s the first layout I’ve made in 2016! I needed a bit of inspiration to get be back to scrapping, so I turned to the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board. The colours were beautiful and I managed to pull lots of bits and pieces from my stash that would suit it!

Here’s the layout I ended up with – Life Is Good, Smile:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

This is another one for My 30th Birthday party album, the photo is from the morning of the party when we were all waking up from a night of camping, and trying to ignore the drizzly weather!

Here’s the mood board from Jot:

Jot Magazine January 2016 Modd Board Challenge

To start with I planned out that my background paper would be the piece with doilies on, I chose some 6×6 papers and scraps to layer with, and I knew I wanted to use some burlap paper on here as there were the little burlap bags on the moodboard:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

I thought about making the burlap into a little bag or pocket for journaling, but it was really thick and I couldn’t work out how to do it and make it look nice. Then I remembered that I had one Crate Paper wooden embroidery hoop shape left, so I decided to use the burlap inside the ‘frame’. I drew around the outside edge of the hoop on the back of the burlap paper:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

I cut the circle out just inside the drawn line, then drew on a heart shape, before back-stitching along it with cream twine and a darning needle:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Then I just added glue around the back of the wood veneer hoop and pressed it onto the burlap circle to join them together:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Initially I stuck to the more muted tones of the colour scheme when choosing embellishments for the rest of the layout:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

But I decided it needed something to make it ‘pop’ especially as my coat in the photo is quite a bright blue. So I added some brighter blue items around the edges too:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Then I just had to finish off with my journaling and some enamel dots and gems!

My journaling reads:

We may have woken up to a drizzly grey day for our party, but that wouldn’t stop us from smiling!

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

I especially like this ‘happy camper’ sticker which I found as it’s so perfect for the page:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Do you think I did the mood board justice? I could probably have done with a bit more newsprint or florals, but I didn’t have any newsprint in my stash and I figured the doilies were okay instead of florals!

The mood board challenge is open for another week-or-so if you want to enter!

I hope you are having a great weekend,

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

A Challenge – To Be Inspired! {NOW CLOSED}

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

It’s time for the Challenge To Be Inspired! {NOW CLOSED}

The Challenge To Be Inspired Prize for the Focus Your Craft & Soul event at Jennifer Grace Creates

This is where you can come to link up any projects you make, or activities you do, which are inspired by this Frosty Festivities 2015 event!

You can use the ‘Be Inspired’ section at the bottom of each project post to give you ideas, but you don’t have to – if you inspired in a different way then that’s fine too – scraplift a layout, take a colour scheme that I’ve used, copy a technique, just try to emulate my style on something… really the possibilities are endless for how you can be inspired, just go and play with your crafty supplies! You can also use inspiration from the blog hop after that takes place on Sunday the 15th of November!

To tempt you to ‘Be Inspired’ and join in, here’s one of the prizes up for grabs…

Frosty Festivites 2015 Challenge To Be Inspired Prize

It includes a Heidi Swapp Favourite Things 6 x 8″ Chipboard Album, plus some wide ribbons, a selection of 6 x 6″ papers, and some other festive crafting bits and pieces!

The above prize will be sent to one person drawn at random from all the entries.

I’m also going to give a £15 Etsy Gift Card to someone that catches my eye with a really exciting project or with the enthusiasm of their participation!

There's a £15 Etsy Gift Card for one 'Be Inspired' challenge participant too!

The gift card (email code) the winner receives can be spent in any Etsy shop which accepts gift cards.

To enter the challenge {NOW CLOSED}:

Post your project on your blog / online gallery, mentioning Frosty Festivites 2015 in your description (a backlink to the post that inspired you is appreciated but not required), and then come back here to add it! Make sure you add the URL of the actual project, not just a general gallery or blog link. You can add more than one project to a blog post and then add it to the linky several times to give you extra entries into the draw. You can enter AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WISH! You are welcome to combine with other online challenges too. If it’s not obvious where you used inspiration from my event on your project then make sure you describe it somewhere in your image description or blog post!

I will be pinning all the entries to the ‘Inspired By Jennifer Grace Creates’ Pinterest Board, and I will also come and leave a comment on any entries which I can (I can’t sign up to every online gallery, so I may not be able to comment on all. I have accounts with Flickr, Scrapbook.com, UKS, Big Picture Classes, and Studio Calico, so if your projects are on there I will be able to comment).

The challenge linky closes at 10pm GMT on Sunday the 6th of December 2015. {NOW CLOSED} It is open internationally. If you have any questions about this or anything else, you can email me at jennifergrace@hotmail.co.uk.

To give you another piece of inspiration today I created this card, with colourful Christmas trees creating a frame:

Peace On Earth Colourful Trees Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace Creates

My rainbow coloured Christmas card from last year’s Frosty Festivites (you can see that HERE) was one of my favourites, so I used that as a starting point. I really enjoyed stamping all these little trees to make a bright and cheerful frame!

The tree in the middle is gold embossed so it’s lovely and shiny:

Peace On Earth Colourful Trees Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace Creates

The colourful trees stamped around as a frame are not perfectly spaced. You could measure your stamp and space it out carefully but I just went with the wing-it-and-hope-it-works approach, by stamping one colour at a time wherever I felt like stamping on the card:

Peace On Earth Colourful Trees Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace Creates

It meant some trees are squished together and some have bigger gaps between them, but it doesn’t notice too much on the finished card, as your eyes are more drawn to the gold feature tree and the sentiment in the center.

The little tree I used is from the Lawn Fawn ‘Ready, Set, Snow’ stamp set, and the large tree and the sentiment in the center are from the Hero Arts Clearly Kelly ‘Noel’ stamp set.

Be Inspired:

Stamp a frame around the edge of a piece of card

Add a gold element in or near the center of a project

Make a line of rainbow coloured Christmas trees

Remember you can use these ideas for your project, but you don’t have to – you can also link up anything inspired by any Frosty Festivities 2015 post!

I can’t wait to see all your projects!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post 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 be back tomorrow morning (8am GMT) with the next blog post.

Jennifer x


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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

Cardmaking

A Watercolour Geometric Pattern (18th Birthday Card)!

September is birthday alley for our relations. We have 7 within a couple of weeks of each other!

Yesterday was our foster-sister’s 18th Birthday, so I made her a fun, bright card to celebrate!

A Watercolour Geometric Pattern (18th B'day Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

This card was inspired by Virginia’s View Challenge #18:

Virginia's View Challenge #18

I thought the geometric patterns would be cool for a teenager card, and I loved the colours too!

I decided to create a watercolour geometric pattern. To make the shapes I drew on a piece of card with a pencil and a ruler. NB: I used a piece of card not designed for watercolours. This was okay except in a couple of shapes where I tried to add more colour to make them darker, but the paper couldn’t handle the extra water, and it started to break on the surface. I would use watercolour paper next time.

I began by just drawing lines randomly in different directions, then as the paper became more full I thought more carefully about where the lines would go:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When I was happy with the pattern I started filling in the shapes with colour! Yellow first:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When you start adding more colours you need to check if the paint is dry where any colours will touch. Don’t paint teal next to yellow if the yellow isn’t dry yet or the colours will mix together! I painted teal and light pink next:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then purple:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Finally I filled in the gaps with some grey (light and dark) and some hot pink. Plus I used a couple of the previous colours again too:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the painting was all done I left it to dry thoroughly, then went over the lines of the pattern again with a ruler, using a black Promarker pen. This covered up the messy edges where the different colours met, and helped them all to ‘pop’:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

At this point I scanned the image into my computer – in case I mucked up any of the following stages or in case I want to use it again one day!

Next I cut the number ’18’ from some more white card using my Cricut Explore. I cut this and the pattern to approx 8″ square, then I stuck the number piece on top of the geometric pattern using foam tape and dots to give it some depth. I matted this onto hot pink card too:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wanted a few finishing touches. The birds in the Virginia’s View Challenge image had patterns within their geometric shapes, so I used this idea. I doodled some zigzags, dots, and lines using a gold and white gel pens. Then I added some gems, pearls, and enamel dots to a few other shapes. It gives it that extra bit of oomph:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stuck this to a card blank I’d made from an A3 piece of white card.

She said she liked her card – she had a couple of duplicate cards from other people and this is one of the reasons I love making cards – you know the one you are giving is unique!

I had a lot of fun making this pattern. I’m planning to try it out again with some different colour combinations and using watercolour paper. If you have a go at it please let me know!

Jennifer x

DIY Gifts

A Mini Picnic Basket – Wicker Upcycle!

Good day to you!

I’m here to share a summery project – a bright yellow mini picnic basket. Perfect for kids to use, or just to pack a small afternoon tea in…

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

Isn’t it cute? Plus the photoshoot meant an excuse for cake. Win-win!

I made this project as an entry into the Hillarys Craft Competition which you can see the details of HERE. There were four new fabrics from their blind and curtains collections to choose from, and Hillarys would send out a meter square of the one I liked so I could make it into something fun.

I chose the Daisy Pistachio fabric as I loved the bold pattern, and the shimmery grey background:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

I went and bought a wicker basket from Hobbycraft. Of course you could upcycle an older basket, but I wanted to use one you could go and buy (if you are UK based) in case this project inspires you! This one cost £10 (HERE) but they did a couple of other sizes too:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

I took the front buckles off as they came off easily, and I covered the hinges at the back with masking tape:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

Next I spray painted the basket with Plastikote Gloss Multi-Surface ‘New Yellow’ paint. I did this on an old sheet, spread out in my garden – make sure you are in a well ventilated space if you do this. First I sprayed the inside of the basket and lid, plus most of the sides, then flipped it over and sprayed underneath the basket, and any of the sides which I hadn’t been able to reach before. It took 2 coats to get it looking a nice, bold yellow:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

Here’s how it looked once dry:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

Next it was time to make the liner for the basket. I don’t sew a whole lot so I went searching for inspiration online and came across THIS TUTORIAL at Home Life, and I based my liner on that. First I measured my basket and drew myself a little plan of what pieces I needed to cut, allowing for 2.5cm seams :

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

I cut them all out using pinking scissors:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

Stitched the sides of the bag together first:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

Made a rolled hem at the top of the bag:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

Then added the base of the bag. It was a little tricky going around the corners, but I got there in the end! I also just added ribbons as the ties on the corners, as this material is on the thicker side, and my basket doesn’t have big gaps, so I figured ribbon would slide through the holes easier. It was easy to tie in, and I love that I’ll be able to take it out and wash it:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

I cut a bunch of flowers out from the material:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

And used my finger to rub some Mod Podge around the edges of the flowers to stop them fraying:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

I used more Mod Podge to glue these around the top and sides of my basket to make it extra pretty:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

Finally I wanted to make some place mats. I was running out of time so I just stitched two quick ones for now. My rectangles of material were cut at 37 x 24 cm, and I just folded & pressed over about 1 cm, stitching the two shorter edges down first, and then the two longer edges. They are going to fray too much for long term use so I will definitely be making some more when I have a bit more time:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

Of course I needed to take some photos so that was the perfect excuse to fill the basket with some cake (passionfruit and coconut cake from Co-Op) and some milk:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

And we headed to the play park for our pudding after dinner on a gorgeously warm evening:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

It made two little people very happy:

A Mini Picnic Basket Wicker Upcycle at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Hillarys Craft Challenge

Thank you so much Hillarys for the fabric and the excuse to go and eat cake at the play park, it was awesome!

Do you like to go on summer picnics? We often go to the beach with them, but then there’s the problem of sandy sandwiches!

Have a great weekend,

Jennifer x

Disclosure: This post is an entry into the Hillarys Craft Competition 2015. Hillarys supplied a meter square of material, and the competition has a prize of £1000 for one entrant. All the photos and opinions in this post are my own.

Cardmaking

An Out-Of-Focus Bokeh Card Background + Process Video!

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

One way I like to focus my crafting is to enter an online challenge, especially when I have a card to make. If I need some inspiration I would first of all check out some challenges I have entered before – The Runway Inspired Challenge, The Card Concept Challenge, and the Seize The Birthday Challenge are a few I love right now. But if none of their current challenges appeal to me I will head to Google to search for another – I type in ‘card challenge’ and then click on ‘search tools’, and I change the ‘any time’ option to ‘past week’. Then I’m more likely to find a challenge which is still open!

That’s exactly how I found the House Of Cards Challenge Blog – their CURRENT CHALLENGE is to create a bokeh effect card background. Here’s my finished card:

Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

In case you don’t know, here’s a definition for bokeh: ‘it’s the the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens’. So it’s not just when you have a blurry background – it’s when a blurry background has a good effect like overlapping circles or hexagons.

I made mine the same way as suggested on the House Of Cards blog – by using a circles stencil and a white ink pad. I also used a circular stamp:

Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can see how I put my card together in this video (which can also be viewed on YouTube HERE):

 

The sheet of paper I inked onto is from the Webster’s Pages Dream In Colour collection – it’s called ‘Drifting’. But you could always paint your own watercolour effect background to apply your bokeh to!

It makes for a nice dreamy card:

Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

Where the sentiment stands out nicely as the only ‘in-focus’ part of the image!

Be Inspired:

Make a bokeh effect background with stamps or a stencil

Cover up a mistake or two with some sequins

Use a cut-apart or 3×4 card as a sentiment or title

What do you think of the bokeh effect? Now I just need to learn how to do this with my camera too!

If you do make a bokeh effect card background, then make sure you link it up to the House Of Cards Challenge (open until the end of the month) as well as my Challenge To Be Inspired (open until Sunday 24th May – NOW CLOSED).

House Of Cards Challenge and the Challenge To Be Inspired

I’ll see you again at 1pm!

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

A Challenge To Be Inspired – The Focus Your Craft & Soul Linky Party {NOW CLOSED}

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

It’s time for the Challenge to Be Inspired!

The Challenge To Be Inspired Focus Your Craft & Soul Linky Party at Jennifer Grace Creates

This is the ONLY place to link up your projects this weekend. It’s the only ‘challenge’ post with a linky tool at the bottom.

That’s because, as usual, there’s going to be all kinds of inspiration this weekend, with layouts, cards, home decor, gifts, and more, and the bottom of each post (except this one and the giveaways sponsored by Etsy Shops) there is a ‘Be Inspired’ section with suggestions of what you can take from that post to apply to your own crafting. You can think of them all as your challenges and head back here to link your projects up!

You can link up ANYTHING you make or do that’s inspired by this event, and to tempt you to enter here’s one of the prizes up for grabs:

The Challenge To Be Inspired Prize for the Focus Your Craft & Soul event at Jennifer Grace Creates

It’s got lots of the My Minds’ Eye Cut & Paste ‘Flair’ collection (including enamel shapes, chipboard, stickers, and paper), a Lawn Fawn ‘Flirty Frames’ stamp set, plus a few frames and arrows!

The above prize will be sent to one person drawn at random from all the entries.

I’m also going to give a £15 Etsy Gift Card to someone that catches my eye with a really exciting project or with the enthusiasm of their participation!

There's a £15 Etsy Gift Card for one 'Be Inspired' challenge participant too!

The gift card (email code) the winner receives can be spent in any Etsy shop which accepts gift cards.

When you are crafting you can take the ‘Be Inspired’ section from the bottom of one post and use that as your ‘challenge’. Or you can pick a choose items from the ‘Be Inspired’ section of a few posts – there will always be one line that can apply to a variety of crafts so no matter what kind of crafting is your favourite, there will always be an idea you can take away.

Or you can ignore the ‘be inspired’ sections entirely, and instead just scraplift a layout, take a colour scheme that I’ve used, copy a technique, just try to emulate my style on something… really the possibilities are endless for how you can be inspired, just go and play with your crafty supplies!

To enter the challenge {NOW CLOSED}:

Post your project on your blog / online gallery, mentioning the Focus Your Craft & Soul Event in your description, and then come back here to add it! Make sure you add the URL of the actual project, not just a general gallery or blog link. You can add more than one project to a blog post and then add it to the linky several times to give you extra entries into the draw. You can enter AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WISH! You are welcome to combine with other online challenges too. If it’s not obvious where you used inspiration from my event on your project then make sure you describe it somewhere in your image description or blog post!

I will be pinning all the entries to the ‘Inspired By Jennifer Grace Creates’ Pinterest Board, and I will also come and leave a comment on any entries which I can (I can’t sign up to every online gallery, so I may not be able to comment on all. I have accounts with Flickr, Scrapbook.com, UKS, Big Picture Classes, and Studio Calico, so if your projects are on there I will be able to comment).

The challenge linky closes at 10pm BST on Sunday the 24th of May 2015 {NOW CLOSED}. It is open internationally. If you have any questions about this or anything else, you can email me at jennifergrace@hotmail.co.uk.

I can’t wait to see all your projects!

I’ll see you again at 6pm… for the blog hop!

Jennifer x

The Focus Your Craft & Soul Linky Party:


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