Your Craft & Soul Events

Oh The Wonder layout – Take A Fresh Look

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

This layout is about looking at the world through a child’s eyes, but you don’t have to be near a child to sit back and refresh your perspective!

Oh The Wonder:

Oh The Wonder layout by Jennifer Grace

It always amazes me how my kids can find a simple thing like a dandelion to be wonder-filled!

I wanted a basic DIY embellishment to accentuate the page, something fuss free and cute. I found THIS TUTORIAL at Le Frufru, and made a little denim flag from a scrap of material and a kebab stick (that I cut shorter using a wire cutter):

Denim Flag at Jennifer Grace Creates Denim Flag at Jennifer Grace Creates

I adhered it to the page using my hot glue gun:

Oh The Wonder layout by Jennifer Grace

I’ve used lots of the Elle’s Studio Everyday Moments collection on this page, I especially love the ‘Good Stuff’ tag from the Bits & Pieces which I added over the photo:

Oh The Wonder layout by Jennifer Grace

I like using ledger or graph paper as a background so I can write my journaling straight on their simply and easily:

Oh The Wonder layout by Jennifer Grace

We don’t even need to go on a walk to see the wonder in the world. Since we moved to a house with a garden the kids are constantly calling my to look at bugs and leaves!

Be Inspired:

Make a simple DIY embellishment by putting two items together

Scrapbook / Art Journal about seeing things though another perspective

Cut a tag so you can tuck it over the edge of a photo or piece of paper

Do you ever try stopping and looking at things from a new perspective? Now I need to try looking from some other points-of-view.

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

I’ll see you again at 4pm!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

Forests Of Triangle Trees! (Resist Misting and Fussy Cutting)

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

I know it’s not entirely new to use triangles to create pine trees, but I fully embraced the triangle trend this year, so it seemed right to make some triangle trees for winter and Christmas projects too! Here’s a layout and a card with triangle trees…

Cold & Peaceful:

Cold & Peaceful Layout by Jennifer Grace

This layout shows how stark and clear winter can be – which makes it great for peaceful adventures!

I created the background with a resist misting technique…

Step 1: Stamp some trees onto a sheet of 10″ square white cardstock. I used Sweet Stamp Shop’s ‘Triangle Style’ to stamp three triangles overlapping each other, stamping with clear ink, then heat embossing with clear powder. I stamped a couple of trees from the ‘Speedy Greetings’ set too:

Cold & Peaceful Layout by Jennifer Grace

Step 2: Mist the centre of the cardstock square with purple mist and the edges with a blue-green mist (I used Heidi Swapp Amethyst and Mint Green). Don’t worry when most of the trees disappear:

Cold & Peaceful Layout by Jennifer Grace

Step 3: Wipe off the excess mist with a paper towel, to reveal the trees! Sometimes I use a baby wipe too, to lift even more mist off:

Cold & Peaceful Layout by Jennifer Grace

That’s it! Use your resist-mist background on a wintry page.

I finished mine off with lots of gems of course:

Cold & Peaceful Layout by Jennifer Grace

Plus some chipboard pieces – I love the mittens:

Cold & Peaceful Layout by Jennifer Grace

What do you think of the bold purple colour on a winter page?

And here’s a card with a forest of triangle trees…

Merry Christmas Trees Card:

Merry Christmas Trees Card by Jennifer Grace

I used the Elle’s Studio Noel Collection on here. The trees are cut from this sheet of paper:

Deck the Halls paper by Elle's Studio

I used a line of dark triangles and a line of light triangles, adhering one line on with 3D foam pop-dots, to give the ‘forest’ extra depth! It makes me want to go exploring!

Be Inspired:

Try some resist misting on your next project

Make some triangle trees

Use liquid pearls or other dots all over a sheet of polkadot paper

Jennifer x

P.S. If you are enjoying this event, I’d love it if you can support me by sharing the projects you like via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or however you like! There are sharing buttons below to make it easy for you – thanks! (Not obligatory but appreciated!)

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Giftwrapping, Scrapbook Layouts

Put A Bow On It (Part One) – Satin Glamour

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

Something about a shiny satin bow just shouts ‘Christmas!’, so it’s the perfect thing to add to festive projects. This post features a layout and a tag with glamorous bows. I’ve kept this post relatively shot as you might still be busy blog hopping around the globe!

Merry Un-Christmas:

Merry Un-Christmas layout by Jennifer Grace

We celebrate a Merry Un-Christmas with our friends Rosie and David every year, and this photo was taken when another close friend Ali joined in for the first time. We call it a ‘Merry Un-Christmas’ to be like the ‘Happy Un-Birthday’ tea party in Alice in Wonderland! It’s basically another Christmas celebration, with a roast dinner, present swapping, and games, but celebrated on a different day because we are usually with family on December 25th.

It was the perfect time to use a big bow. I make my bows following a method like THIS ONE, but I don’t usually pinch them in the middle – if it’s going on a papercraft project then leaving out the pinch makes it a little flatter for page protectors or for posting! Plus I usually cut a couple of tails and glue them on too.

With this bow I also glittered the centre using Mod Podge and American Crafts Gold Glitter (see a previous glittered bow tutorial here). It gives it a little extra pizazz:

Merry Un-Christmas layout by Jennifer Grace

I went to town with Elle’s Studio Noel items on this page, including the chalkboard background paper (called ‘Fa La La La La, La La La La’ – love that name!), and the red chevron ‘Candy Cane’ paper on top, which I stitched with gold thread. My machine kept break the thread so I ran the paper through the machine with no thread in it to make the holes in a straight line, then painstakingly hand stitched all the gold!

I really like this ‘Ho Ho Ho’ speech bubble from the Noel Bits & Pieces, it highlights how much fun we were having:

Merry Un-Christmas layout by Jennifer Grace

Aren’t we cute?! Ha ha!

Bows also look great on tags, especially if you make them big enough to hang over the edge – the over-the-top effect makes it seem extra luxurious!

Dec 25th Gift Tag:

December 25th Tag by Jennifer Grace

I opted to keep this one clean and simple as I love the stark white contrasting with the jolly red glitter (American Crafts Pomegranate), and the rougher brown of the kraft tag. The baubles on the tree are made with Liquid Pearls in red and gold, and Crystal Stickles.

Be Inspired:

Add an embellishment that goes over the edge of your project

Mix three different paper collections

Add baubles on a Christmas tree image

Are you a bow lover? If I haven’t sold you one satin bows then I’ll try again with a paper bow, coming up in one hour!

Jennifer x

P.S. If you are enjoying this event, I’d love it if you can support me by sharing the projects you like via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or however you like! There are sharing buttons below to make it easy for you – thanks! (Not obligatory but appreciated!)

Cardmaking, Scrapbook Layouts

Elle’s Studio Sketch Projects

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, as I’m busy preparing for my Frosty Festivities free blog event! (If you missed out on the details, see HERE, where there’s also a giveaway with a few days left to enter!). I’ve been watching festive movies while I’m crafting to get me in the mood – I used to say Christmas must not be mentioned until December, but since I discovered blogging I start earlier and earlier!

To remind me that it is still Autumn at the moment, here’s a few non-Christmas projects, starting with a Thanks card with a few leaves for fall! All 3 projects on today’s post use Elle’s Studio sketches, which I love to work with – though my projects usually end up busier than the sketch!

Best Friends Thanks Card:

Best Friend Thanks card by Jennifer Grace

This card is based on the most recent Sketch from Thursday 31st October:

Elle's Studio sketch 10.31

I thought it was an excellent opportunity to use the ‘thanks’ bunting from the Everyday Greetings Printables! I used lots of happy colours from different Elle’s collections, and I think the leaves add the perfect ‘fall’ touch. A couple of the leaves are stuck flat, and a couple are on pop-dots, to add depth.

Big Bite Layout: 

Big Bite layout by Jennifer Grace

I started with the Sketch from the 3rd of October for this page:

Elle's Studio sketch 10.03

My son absolutely loves fruit, he will happily munch down a whole apple, core and all! I added lots of lovely gems and sequins, but the bold colours stop it from looking girly:

Big Bite layout by Jennifer Grace

For the lines behind the photo on the sketch I used lots of branding strips – I love how Elle’s Studio papers come with one patterned side of the branding strip:

Big Bite layout by Jennifer Grace

I stitched some Day-To-Day Tidbits together to make some bunting, and stuck them on with pop-dots (the pie-chart makes me think of apple pie!):

Big Bite layout by Jennifer Grace

Be the Belle Layout:

Be the Belle layout by Jennifer Grace

This layout was based on the Sketch from Thursday October 24th:

Elle's Studio sketch 10.24

This page has a photo of my sister from the joint Disney-themed birthday party we had last year. She looked gorgeous as Belle from Beauty and the Beast:

Be the Belle layout by Jennifer Grace

I hid some journaling about my sister and our Disney love:

Be the Belle layout by Jennifer Grace

And as her birthday was the big 21 I made sure to include that number on the page, with a few gems around it of course:

Be the Belle layout by Jennifer Grace

I have made a page before with another sheet of this You & Me ‘Chalk Love’ paper, you can see the previous page HERE. I bought a second sheet of the paper because I loved it so much, and by rotating the paper for this layout, and using much bolder colours, I’ve ended up with a very different page. The layouts will be in separate albums too so that’s okay!

So there we go, a few non-festive projects before this blog is overrun with winter and Christmas inspiration!

What do you think of my takes on the Elle’s Studio sketches? Do you ever follow sketches – if so do you stick close to the original or change-it-up a lot?

Bye for now, Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Elle’s Studio Sweet & Sunny Layouts

Hello! Sorry I haven’t been posting very frequently lately. The summer holidays are in full swing here and we’ve been busy with days out and visits, making memories to scrapbook in the future! I’ve also been working behind the scenes at the SJ Crafts Blog, and I’ve taken over the DT Calls Website and Facebook Page, so I have been busy there too!  I’ll be here again more often in September.

I do have a couple of layouts to show you today – thanks to Elle’s Studio posing a challenge that I just couldn’t resist (I think it’s closed now). It was a ‘Use you Stash’ challenge, to get some projects made and uploaded to the Elle’s Studio Member’s Gallery this past weekend. With the chance to win a $50 gift card or a new collection, I just had to enter a page or two. Here’s what I came up with:

Endless Sweets:

Endless Sweets Layout by Jennifer Grace using Elle's Studio

These sweets were left over from my daughter’s birthday party. We love sweets but we’re usually careful not to eat too many – these one’s didn’t last long though!

The background of this page is all one sheet of You & Me ‘All My Heart’ paper. I used a dinner plate and a craft knife to cute the circle from the centre of the page, then flipped the circle over and glued them both onto a piece of brown cardstock. They didn’t quite meet up so I zig-zag stitched around the circle to make it look more melded, and covered up any bigger gaps with my embellishments!

Endless Sweets Layout by Jennifer Grace using Elle's Studio

I also had fun scattering little details around the page to resemble loose sweets – I used wood veneer hearts and enamel dots (both Freckled Fawn), some pink gems by Kars, Waco Pearl Paint Pens in white and turquoise, and a few blue sequins. The ‘Life is Good’ wood veneer is Studio Calico:

Endless Sweets Layout by Jennifer Grace using Elle's Studio

Best Breakfast:

Best Breakfast Layout by Jennifer Grace using Elle's Studio

This breakfast was one to remember – it was during my hen party weekend and we ate delicious sausage sandwiches! I tried to reflect the weather that day with the papers – it was a drizzly and rainy day, but the sun kept bursting through.

I cut the sun from the Day to Day ‘Good Morning’ paper using a Studio Calico Burst Mask as a template:

Best Breakfast Layout by Jennifer Grace using Elle's Studio

I had so much fun making these layouts, and it feels great that there’s now a nice dent in my Elle’s Studio stash – which of course means I’m allowed to buy more! Right?!

I’m taking the kids to visit my family in Kent this week, so I’m sure I’ll be making lots more memories! See you soon, x

Cardmaking

Elle’s Studio Serendipity – PaperHaus Projects

Hello! I’m here to show you another couple of summery projects that were featured in the PaperHaus Magazine Summer Issue. These both use the Serendipity collection by Elle’s Studio which was sublime to work with, because it’s so very summery and breezy!

A Rosette Paper Fan:

Rosette Paper Fan by Jennifer Grace

I made this fan to keep me cool this summer. It’s basically a giant rosette (approx 8″ wide) with chipboard handles, but it can be folded shut for storage. I haven’t used this as much as I’d like to… because a certain Little Miss has claimed it as her own! If you want to check out the tutorial for this, it’s on page 55 of the Magazine.

Rosette Paper Fan by Jennifer Grace

‘Make a Wish’ Card:

Make a Wish card by Jennifer Grace

I had fun making a scene for this card. For the flag I added some beads to wire, using Glossy Accents to adhere them (and the pennants). I fussy cut a flower from the ‘Flowers’ paper to make into a ‘sun’ with more beads in the centre, and I used another strip of that paper along the bottom, cut with fringing scissors to look like fluttery grass!

Do these projects make you feel nice and summery? They make me want to go for a picnic right now!

Have a great day, Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

You Don’t Have To Go Far For Big Adventures

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

This hour I want to continue the adventure theme. I do dream about going to far off places to explore, but in the meantime I need to keep moving onwards by discovering new adventures near home.

Sometimes this can be as simple as going for a walk around the block – I let my son lead the way the other day and he discovered an alleyway I didn’t know existed, and at the end of it was a beautiful tree full of blossom. I need to do this more often and make sure I don’t put the blinkers on!

Days out are a super fun way to have adventures close to home though. Here’s a layout about one such day out last October, when we went to Lyme Regis with some friends:

Lyme Regis layout by Jennifer Grace

Lyme Regis layout by Jennifer Grace

Lyme Regis layout by Jennifer Grace

I had so many photos and memories to record from that day, so I made it into a double-page layout. The photo collage was created in PicMonkey and printed 8×8″ by Photobox, and then I matted it onto white cardstock and then blue cardstock to give it a frame. The supplies are almost all Elle’s Studio Serendipity – this collection is so serene and joyful (and it’s part of the Grand Giveaway)!

I had fun including lots of details to remember how I felt about the day:

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And of course lots of gems for a bit of sparkle!

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I hope to go on lots more adventures like this!

Be Inspired:

Create a photo collage

Write a lot of journaling

Repeat the same stamp several times to make it stand out more

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Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

See you again at 2pm! x