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

Cardmaking, DIY Gifts, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel and a Festive Card

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

Hello! Yesterday I posted a giveaway from the SVG Files Shop, you can enter to win 10 SVG files HERE {NOW CLOSED}! Today I’m back to show you a couple of things I’ve made with files from the store – a tea towel and a Christmas card.

First up is the DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used THIS Christmas Holidays file to cut some red iron-on-vinyl using my Cricut Explore, and ironed it on to a plain white tea towel. There are a couple of things I want to point out about the process…

When I uploaded the SVG into Cricut Design Space there was a plain white background around the image. This would be useful if I wanted to flatten and print the image, but I wanted to cut it, so I had to click the eye icon next to the white background on the layers panel – I’ve added a red arrow to the image below so you can see which one:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the white background was gone there were still lots of different layers on the SVG, but I wanted it to all cut as one. So I clicked on the image, then clicked the ‘attach’ option from the top menu of the layers panel (again I’ve added a red arrow so you can see where to click):

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

This leaves the image looking like this, and you are ready to click ‘go’ – and make sure you click the ‘mirror image for iron-on’ option if you are cutting from iron-on vinyl:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut my image at just under 11.5″ wide. I’m not sure I’d want to cut this image any smaller than this, as some of the pieces were TINY, even when cutting it so large. I had to weed it very carefully and some of the little bits wouldn’t come out at all (like the details on the snowflakes):

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I ironed it on to the tea towel (putting a piece of greaseproof paper on top of course):

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s what it looked like after ironing. The ornaments look like they are floating in space because the dots between them and the twirls above were too small to come out at all:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I just cut a couple of slivers of iron-on vinyl from the left over scraps, and used these to ‘hang’ the ornaments:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think it looks super stylish and was worth the effort! If you are gifting it to someone make sure you tell them it can be machine washed but on a low heat setting (I was at 40 degrees) and to only iron on the reverse!

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I used THIS Happy Holiday SVG file to make a Christmas Card:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Again the pieces were tiny, but I had cut the image quite small – 5.25″ tall. I was quite impressed that the Explore managed to cut it without ripping it to shreds, though I did manage to break a couple of bits off the wreath while I was taking it off the mat:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stuck them on the card by turning the pieces upside down on a piece of scrap paper, and running my Herma repositionable tape runner over the top, before adhering them to the card:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

The card really didn’t need much else, apart from matting it onto some pretty patterned paper and adding a few tiny gems on top:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

A very delicate card for someone special!

Be Inspired:

Use iron-on-vinyl, fabric paint, or fabric ink-pads and stamps to decorate a tea towel

Make a monotone project eg. just red and white

Put a wreath around the edge of a project with a sentiment in the center

Do you think all these fiddly details make the projects look extra special?

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 be back again tomorrow with another Frosty Festivities project!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

A Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore)

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

Today I’m sharing this Christmas ornament circular card, made with the Cricut Explore:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I love shaped cards, I should really make them more often! It’s a nice change from my usual square or A6 card size. This one could even turn into an ornament – I’ll send a bit of string or twine in with the card and suggest the recipient hangs it up!

It was easy to make this using my Cricut Explore machine, but if you don’t have an electronic cutter you could achieve the same effect by drawing around something circular and following the steps for making the folded card backing, before decorating the front.

Here’s how I created mine in the Cricut Design Space…

Step 1: Insert an ornament image – mine is #M3E043. Resize it to however big you want it to be – I wanted to be able to cut some pieces from a 6×6 patterned paper pad (My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street), so I made my ornament 5.8″ tall:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Click on the layers panel to ‘duplicate’ the image. Then right-click on the second image, and ‘ungroup’ the image, so you can separate the layers:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Delete all but the bottom layer, and ‘duplicate’ it again. Move the first ornament out of your way by dragging it to the bottom of the screen, and place the two bottom layers side-by-side. Drag a box over them to select them both, then click on the ‘align’ option from the top menu, and align them ‘center vertically’:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move them so they overlap, making sure you don’t move them up or down, only towards each other:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Drag a box over to select them both again, and click the ‘weld’ option in the layers panel so that they join together:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: If you have a scoring tool for your Cricut Explore, insert an image of a ‘score line’ (it’s a free image) and put it along the fold between the two ornament bases:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you don’t have a score tool for your machine you can always do this step later with an ordinary scoring tool, or lollipop stick like I sometimes use!

Step 7: Click ‘go’ and cut your shapes out from your desired papers. Note that you still need the back circle for the patterned ornament, because the folded card base has one edge of circle disappearing at the fold:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Stick together your patterned ornament. I used my Herma repositionable tape runner:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Stick the patterned ornament onto the card base, and fold it. At this point I tried to stand my card up, and quickly remembered that circles roll, when my card rolled straight over! To solve this I cut a tiny sliver off the base of the card, cutting through all the layers. It gives it an almost unnoticeable straight edge, which will help it stand up:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Add any other decorations that you want to. I added some light green pearls around the edge:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When it’s time to send this card I will need to put a liner in it too, as the inside of the card is currently red. I guess I could write with white or metallic pen inside but I’ll probably add a liner. I didn’t think about that until I was looking at it at the end though!

Be Inspired:

Make a shaped Christmas card – circular, star-shaped, triangular etc

Make an ornament from a 6×6 paper pad

Use an ornament embellishment on your next scrapbook layout or project

If you received this card would you like a piece of string to come with it so you could hang it up? I’m thinking a colourful piece of twine to match the colours of the card!

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 project!

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, and access to the Image Library, which helped me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.