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, Scrapbook Layouts

What’s The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments

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

I’m sorry there was no post yesterday. My son’s ill, just a cough and a cold, but he’s been off school with it and waking up a lot during the night, so after a few exhausting days it was time for a day away from blogging! We spent yesterday recuperating and he’s doing a bit better today. So I’m back with another festive project for you, this time it’s a layout with some shrink plastic embellishments…

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

This page is about how my son didn’t really get what all the fuss was about in advance of Christmas 2013… he’s certainly excited for Xmas 2015 though!

Can you spot which ones are the shrink plastic embellishments? It’s the little line of trees on the journal card!

I made them using the Clearly Kelly ‘Noel’ stamp set. I figured they went well with my page, but I couldn’t stamp them straight onto the busy background, so I went looking for something else to stamp them onto:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I found a sheet of white shrink plastic (the brand I used was Shrinkles). I wanted to stamp a gold tree, but I didn’t have a good gold ink pad, so I tried colouring the image with a Metallic Gold pen from Staedtler, before stamping it onto the ROUGH side of the shrink plastic:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Note the green underneath the plastic – it’s a piece of felt which I used to try and give a better impression of the stamped image.

Unfortunately it didn’t come out that well the first time. But it wasn’t because the felt didn’t work – it was because the ink had dried too much on the side I’d coloured first – maybe because I had stopped to take a photo of the coloured-in stamp! Here’s what the first layer looked like:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I coloured the stamp just on the one side which needed more coverage, and stamped again on top of the first image:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was slightly out of alignment but I decided I quite liked the effect!

I stamped the same tree again, using black StazOn ink (I didn’t end up using this tree on the layout):

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I attempted to colour the stamp again, but I made a big mistake. I tried to use ProMarkers. Don’t do this! The stamped image was really faint and I stained my stamp. Lose-lose. Oh well, we live and learn:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cleaned the stamp and used it again, with green pigment ink this time. But some of the pink ProMaker, which wouldn’t come off when I was cleaning the stamp, did come off on the stamped image:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Again I quite liked the accidental effect!

Finally I stamped the little tree using red pigment ink:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut out the four colourful trees and used Staedtler pencils to add some red and blue to the black tree:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I shrunk them in the oven according to the manufacturer instructions. Here’s how they looked when they came out – I left the colouring pencils in the photo so you can see how much they shrunk:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I decided the black, red, and blue one didn’t really match my page, but the others look really cute all lined up on the journal card:

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Another thing I did on this page was to cut some stars from the background pattern to use on foam dots (I got the idea to do this from a card on the Basic Grey blog HERE):

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

When adding them back on to the layout I made sure they overlapped something on at least one edge, so they stand out as well as blending in!

What's The Fuss Layout with Shrink Plastic Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

The cream enamel dots and white painted wood veneers were added as an afterthought, as I decided the page looked too dark with all that wood.

Be Inspired:

Stamp some images then cut them out to use as embellishments

Cut an image from a background sheet to use at the front of the project too

Cut a photo or patterned paper piece so that it’s tall and skinny

Have you ever used shrink plastic to make embellishments before?

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 tomorrow at 8am GMT with another sponsored giveaway!

Jennifer x

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

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

Get Crafting

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint!

Today I’m sharing how to renew your embellishments with spray paint!

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

Tell me I’m not the only one who has lots of embellishments purchased years ago, and still hanging round in my craft stash?! I need to spring clean my supplies a little, and I decided that instead of giving them all away I’d see which ones I could update to suit my current style.

These were the embellishments I started with, that needed a new lease of life:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

Some of these I wanted to change because the colours weren’t right for me (I rarely use purple), some were because the design was too intricate for me (yes I’m talking about you Mrs doily heart and Madame fake black lace), and a couple were just because I had a few items the same colour, and I knew I’d never use them all with the same hue (eg the cork heart and the white owl).

So I pulled out my spray paint (Plati-Kote Metallic Gold and Matt Super Flat White). I divided the embellies into which colours I wanted them to be, put them at each end of an old messy mount-board, took it into the garden, and followed the instructions for spraying (make sure you do this in an outdoor space, protecting the surrounding area and maybe wearing a mask too – this stuff isn’t good to inhale or to spray all over your precious garden flowers):

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

I left this to dry for a couple of hours then sprayed another layer. At this point the gold was done:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

 But the white was still a bit translucent:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

So after drying for a couple of hours I gave the white items another coat. Now they were ready:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

The cork items look quite cool as you can still see the cork texture, but my favourite items are the owl and the gold 3D flower:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

This renewed pile of embellishments is so much more inspiring to me:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

What do you think? Would you be more likely to use these in their old state or their new state? What colour would you change your embellishments to?

I’ll be back tomorrow to share a project that I’ve used some of these on!

Bye for now

Jennifer x

P.S. I’m linking this up to the Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials Linky Party!

Cardmaking

Rainbow Feathers (Cut With A Cricut Explore) Card And Bookmark Set

Last week I shared how I’ve been using Amy Tangerine’s Creative Handbook (if you missed it see my post HERE). The 3rd practice includes a place to stick inspiring images, and I’d printed some projects I wanted to try from my Pinterest boards. One of the images I printed out was of THIS CARD by RobynRW at the Studio Calico gallery. The main thing I loved about it was the rainbow coloured feathers, so I took this inspiration to make my own…

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

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

And I put them to good use on a card and bookmark set!

Here’s how to make your own…

Step 1: Cut out a bunch of feathers using a manual or electronic die-cutter (or however else you can). I used my Cricut Explore with images #M119F95 and #M37FE9, duplicating them and resizing so that I had a nice selection (the largest feather is 5½” tall). I also changed them all to black so they’d cut at the same time, and I cut them all from white American Crafts cardstock on the cardstock+1 setting:

Feathers in the Cricut Explore Design Space

Step 2: Peel the feathers from your mat and gather some ink pads in red, pink, yellow, green, and blue. You also need an ink blending tool (or foam make-up sponges work too) and something to protect your work surface (a non-stick craft mat is best but you could use some scrap papers as long as the ink won’t bleed out of the paper):

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Ink your feathers! Work in the order red, pink, yellow, green blue, using one colour on all the feathers before you go onto a new colour:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Now would be a really good time to clean your mat. I didn’t and I ended up picking up blue ink off the mat onto my fingers, and smudging it onto the other colours in the feathers. Doh. You can’t see it unless you look quite closely so I’ll live with it! You can also add a little more colour if you feel like any sections are too pale – I went over the pink section another time before I was happy with them:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Leave them to dry completely. You don’t want to be smudging ink or transferring ink to book pages from a bookmark!

Once they are completely dry you could put them aside as embellishments to use on a rainy day… or you could go right ahead and use them on a card and bookmark set:

Step 6: Find a 7×5″ card blank. Cut a piece of smooth white card to 4⅝” x 6¾”. Put a line of adhesive (I used double-sided tape) across the white card, approx 1½” from the top. Stick some feathers along the line, alternating the sizes of feathers you use:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Cover up the adhesive with some glitter tape and/or ribbon:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Stitch a border around the white card, stamp your greeting above the ribbon, and adhere the white card to the card blank:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: To make a matching bookmark, cut out a bookmark shape from white card (I used image #M42BFC ‘long simple tag’ in the Cricut Design Space, cut at 6″ tall, 2″ wide). Put a feather on the front and hold it in place with low-tack tape at the top and bottom, while you stitch random lines across the feather:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Adhere the white bookmark shape to a slightly larger bookmark shape cut from teal patterned paper (the Cricut image cuts both parts). Use in a book or pop it in the card as a gift:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Don’t you know someone who’d like to receive these?:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

What rainbow coloured things have you been making lately? I seem to love rainbow hues right now!

Have a great Monday,

Jennifer x

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

Cardmaking

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card (Including Process Photos)

Today I’m sharing a baby-girl card which I’m entering into the Runway Inspired Challenge #79 (open until Friday 13th March). I’ve a few process photos too show you too!

Here’s the card I finished with…

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

If you’ve not heard of it before, the Runway Inspired Challenge Blog is about finding inspiration for crafty projects by looking at the fashion world – using designer dresses from the runway / catwalk to kick off ideas. I think you can enter any crafty project but it’s usually just cards in the inspiration and entries.

Their current challenge is a little different to normal – usually there’s just one dress for inspiration but this time it was based on the Oscars and there was a few different dresses to choose from. I ended up using this photo of Keira Knightley to gather my supplies and ideas:

Keira Knightley at the Oscars
Photo Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Though originally I did print out a few of the photos, and gathered a couple of papers for each of them:Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

After choosing a couple of papers for each (I made myself stick to 2 pieces of 6×6 paper per photo so I didn’t have too much to overwhelm me), then I pulled out a few embellishments for each. I wasn’t restricting myself to only using these, but they were a starting off point so I could imagine the style and colours of the card:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

It was at this point that I realised the items I’d found for the Keira Knightley dress could make a great baby-girl card, quite fitting seeing as Keira is pregnant in the photo! So I decided to concentrate on that pile of items, though I have put the others into cello bags as card-kits for next time I need a quick idea.

I started with a square kraft card blank, and tried out my papers and embellies, I knew I wanted to layer up some trims to represent the floaty layers on Keira’s dress, so I placed these across the card and tried out the chevron paper at the bottom of the card:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

And at the top:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

I decided it was more interesting at the top of the card, and it meant you could see the netting material better against the more solid paper at the bottom.

I cut a piece of the netting so it was twice the width of the card, and 2″ deep:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

And then stitched a running-stitch across the top. I had to tie the knot at the end of the netting so that it was tied onto the net itself, because any other kind of knot would slip through those holes:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

When I reached the end of the net I gathered it up, so the net was now the same width of the card (though it will want to curl like below), and tied off the end of the thread:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

I sewed a layer of scalloped muslin (a bit like the scallops on Keira’s dress), and a layer of border-lace, on top of the netting. I inked the edges of my paper with a gold ink pad and stuck the fabric layers on top using foam tape:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

Next I tried out the embellies again, including a wood-veneer silhouette of a girl:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

And while I thought the wood-veneer was cool, it wasn’t right for this card because she’s a little-girl, not a baby. So I rummaged through my stash until I found a baby on an old cut-apart card from Crate Paper:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

Then all I had to do was add a few stickers and gems to finish it off:

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P.S. How perfect is that pink flower (behind the ‘blessed’ flair)? I was so excited when I found it because it has script words across it like Keira’s dress!

This is the first time I’ve entered at the Runway Inspired Challenge Blog and I really enjoyed using this as a way to kick off my crafting. Have you tried getting inspiration from a dress before? What would Keira Knightley’s dress inspire you to create?

Have a great day,

Jennifer x