DIY Gifts

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox Gift

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

I’m a pretty positive person most days, but I think we all need a little pick-me-up sometimes, a reminder that we can try new things and go for our dreams. So I’ve made this little gift to give to a friend to remind her that Yes, She Can!

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

To make a match box like this you need to…

Step 1: Buy a matchbox, mine is approx 2″ x 1.5″:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

Step 2: Cut and score a piece of patterned paper to wrap around the outer sleeve of the matchbox (my paper is from the Glitz 77 6×6 pad):

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

I stuck mine onto the matchbox with a gluestick.

Step 3: Paint the edges of the inner compartment with gesso or acrylic paint:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

Step 5: Once the inside is dry you can decorate it, I used a phrase cut from the same Glitz pad, and a 77 giant rhinestone, plus some orange seed beads which I stuck in with glossy accents:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

Step 6: Add some alpha stickers to the front of your box and you’re done:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

You could add more dimension to the outside of the box, but I wanted to keep mine flat so it can be tucked into a pocket or handbag!

If you love the idea of this but don’t fancy making your own then check out this Etsy shop: Kim’s Little Monsters as her’s are super cute!

Be Inspired:

Alter a box with a refreshing phrase to gift to someone

Pile some seed beads along the edge of a project

Make something small enough to fit in the palm of your hand

Do you need a little pick-me-up like this sometimes?

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 in an hour!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

Glitter & Glitz Birthday Card

Hello. I’m back again with another Glitz Design Challenge entry – I wasn’t going to enter more this month, but then last week’s theme was glitter! Regular readers will know I couldn’t possibly resist such a theme!

I made a card this time to change it up a bit, and because I have totally run out of Birthday cards so I need to stock up…

Glitter & Glitz Birthday Card:

Glitter & Glitz Birthday Card by Jennifer Grace

I used the new 77 collection again (like I did on my New Haircuts Layout), choosing some of the bolder coloured papers from the 6×6 pad for this card. I really liked the orange colour in the geometric pattern, so I found a similar glitter  (American Crafts ‘Carrot’ Fine Glitter).

I used a small old paintbrush to rub some PVA glue (you could also use Mod Podge) along the edges of a 77 giant rhinestone, and the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment which I’d stamped onto white card. Then I placed them both on an old cookie cooling rack, with a piece of paper below it, and threw on a ton of glitter:

Glitter & Glitz Birthday Card by Jennifer Grace

Then I left them to dry over night before shaking off the excess glitter (you can’t see much glitter on the piece of paper above because I had to move it to photograph it).

These were nice and sparkly, but I also added dots of Crystal Stickles around the edge of the ‘Oh Baby It’s A Wild World’ card – you can just about see them in the photos but they give a nice subtle glisten in real life. I also stitched some twinkly gold embroidery thread down the centre of the geometric pattern on the left, and added a few shiny sequins:

Glitter & Glitz Birthday Card by Jennifer Grace

What do you think, just enough glitter?

I hope you have a sparkly weekend!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Three Ways with Roller Doodles

Hiya, are you having a good week? I have been, especially when I saw This Challenge on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, it made me feel quite proud!

 Today I have a layout to share which I’ve made for the Glitz Design Monthly Project Challenge, this week’s theme has been Roller Doodles. As I had just bought some of the gorgeous 77 collection, and as I am a big fan of their roller doodles, I had to join in with this one! I’ve used the roller doodles three different ways on my page…

New Haircuts:

New Haircuts by Jennifer Grace

This photo is from summer last year, when my sister gave me and my kiddies new haircuts! The photo was taken on my phone as the sun was going down, so it was a bit blurry, but I added some effects to it using the Rhonna Designs App which makes it fun!

My first way of using a roller doodle was stamping it with mist instead of ink. I spritzed some Seafoam Color Shine onto a plate, then rolled the Feathers Roller Doodle through it and onto my page – it gives a more watercolour-like effect:

with mist 1 with mist 2

It lightens as it dries too. You can see a bit of what it’s like when dry below, where you can also see the peacock pattern piece I cut from the 77 6×6 pad and edged with gold glitter, and some 77 stickers which read ‘I can see clearly now’ – which I thought was fitting because our hair wasn’t in our eyes any longer:

New Haircuts by Jennifer Grace

 The next way I used a roller doodle was inking up the owl stamp so the owls were individual colours, it’s not as fiddly as you might think:

individual

And the multi-coloured owls do look cute all lined up:

Detail 1

My final way to use a roller doodle this time was to create a border type strip with the woodgrain roller doodle. I just used clear ink and gold embossing powder to stamp it onto cream card:

embossing

And then I trimmed it down so there was no cream card showing around the edges of the embossing, before adding it to my page:

New Haircuts by Jennifer Grace

I do love to Roller Doodle!

This page is making me dream of summer, I can’t wait for those long days in the sunshine.

Have a great weekend!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Lovin’ Life (Another Layout for a Glitz Challenge!)

Hello! I’m back with another layout for the Glitz Design February Monthly Challenge. They’ve been asking us to join in with their weekly themes this month for a chance to win a Black & White prize pack – all the details can be found HERE. Hurry – there’s only a few days left to enter!

This weeks theme is ‘Die Cut Machines’. As I’ve been trying to use my Cricut Mini more often, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get it out again! Here’s my page for this theme…

Lovin’ Life:

Lovin Life Layout by Jennifer Grace

You may have noticed on this layout, and on my previous Glitz challenge entry this month (the Dora Delights Layout HERE), I’ve used cardstock for my background, which isn’t something I do very often. That’s because I’ve totally run out of 12×12 sheets of Glitz paper – I use them too quick! I am dying for the new collections to reach UK stores!

However, using a sheet of dark kraft cardstock for half the page meant I had a good place to die-cut a title, and layering a yellow ombre-effect sheet of paper from the Wild & Free 6×6 Pad behind it was a fresh contrast. The ‘Lovin Life’ phrase is from the ‘When I Was A Kid’ Cricut Digital Cartridge:

Lovin Life Layout by Jennifer Grace

After I’d die-cut my title I browsed through for other images I liked. I love the sunshine (from ‘The First Few Years’ Cricut Digital Cartridge) which is cut from another sheet of Wild & Free paper; it was fun to put a giant rhinestone (also from Wild & Free) in the centre of it! I also adhered the sunshine to the page just in the middle of the sun, so the rays can lift off the cardstock. This helps to show off the gold mist drops I added to the cardstock as I didn’t like it being too plain:

Lovin Life Layout by Jennifer Grace

The red-stripe heart and the light-blue cloud (stuck on with 3D Foam Dots for more dimension), and the woodgrain flag beneath the journaling, are all cut with the Cricut Mini from various Glitz paper scraps.

Then I finished off the page with lots of Glitz stickers – mostly from Hello December which shows they don’t have to be used on Christmas projects! And of course there’s my usual scattering of gems plus some Waco Pearl Marker dots:

Lovin Life Layout by Jennifer Grace

The journaling (on a journaling card from the Uncharted Waters collection) reads:

This tree swing made from a broken camping chair was perfect for you to lay back in! You were giggling so much as we pushed you back and forth. So much fun!

I love how happy and carefree my son looks in these photos! Hopefully the layout has captured that spirit.

Have you joined in the Glitz challenge? How about any other challenges lately? Whatever you are up to I hope it’s happy and carefree!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Dora Delights (A Layout for a Glitz Design Challenge)

Hello everyone! Today I have a layout to share, which I’ve created to enter the Glitz Design challenge this week (to use Pink + Gold/Silver + Neutrals).

I always love how Glitz have a weekly theme for the projects they share, so it’s fun to join in with it too! The link list for the month is right HERE, where you can add your projects! Here’s mine…

Dora Delights:

Dora Delights layout by Jennifer Grace

This super-pink photo seemed the perfect one to use for this challenge. My daughter was going through a phase where she adored Dora The Explorer, so she got lots of Dora presents for her 3rd birthday, and loved them all!

I used bits from a variety of Glitz collections, including papers from Uncharted Waters, Color Me Happy, and Wild & Free, roller doodles from Raven, washi tape from Hello Friend, and Embellishments from Finnley!

I jazzed-up the edges of my white cardstock using the ‘Triangles’ and ‘Owls’ roller doodles, by stamping them with pink ink and heat embossing with American Crafts Zing ‘Metallic Gold’ and ‘Grapefruit’ powders. I also used gold glitter on an chipboard arrow to make it nice and sparkly:

Dora Delights layout by Jennifer Grace

The owls aren’t particularly significant for the photo, but I like how wide-eyed and innocent they look, to match how young she was:

Dora Delights layout by Jennifer Grace

I tried to drawn on the ‘On This Day’ sticker with a white gel pen, but it wouldn’t dry, so I wiped it off with a baby wipe and used stickers instead:

Dora Delights layout by Jennifer Grace

I had fun adding other embellies like the sparkly bow from Freckled Fawn and the Wood Veneer from Studio Calico too!

What do you think, will you take up the Glitz Design Challenge? Have fun if you do!

See you again soon, Jennifer x

Cardmaking

Six Cards for December – Scraplifting Myself!

Hello, how is December going for you? Have you sent out all your Christmas cards yet? I haven’t!

SJ Crafts ‘Six on the 6th’ post reminded me to hurry up and write and address my cards. This is the last month to link up to the blog series, then someone will win a pizza box full of stash! If you want to join in then the rules have been relaxed a little this month – you can link up even if you only have a card or two to share, or maybe a set of handmade tags!

When I was sorting through my cards to choose who would which I realised I was a little short – I needed 6 more cards! So to speed this up I ‘scraplifted’ myself, choosing 6 of my favourite styles to emulate. Here are the new cards…

Season’s Greetings:

Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace

This one was based on my ‘Pile It Up’ Cards, with lots of embellies stacked in the middle of the card.

Merry Christmas (Hearts):

Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace

This card is loosely based on the ‘Merry Merry Christmas Son’ card on my Cards with Vintage Images blog post. I got the inspiration from it to use glitter tape near the base, and to use a mix of flat stickers, pearl pen dots, and gems. I used red hearts on this one because it’s for my husband. I normally put ‘husband’ on the front of his cards, but I decided I might keep this one for decoration next Christmas, so I added the hearts instead!

Merry Everything:

Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace

This card is based on one I had published in the PaperHaus Winter Issue (on page 98). On that card I’d used a big icon from the Glitz Hello December collection as the focal point for the card, so I did that again here, and also used papers from the 6×6 Paper Pad piled up as the background, and overlapped a Giant Rhinestone onto a shape with a sentiment on. But instead of ribbon along the bottom I used some washi tape for the ‘road’!

Be Merry:

 Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace

This one uses the Crate Paper Bundled Up Collection and Studio Calico Tiny Stars again just like the cards it was scraplifted from HERE.

Merry Christmas (Mantelpiece):

Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace

This card was based on my Christmas Cards – One The Mantelpiece, except this time I wanted to use a bigger sentiment, which meant there was less space for things on the mantelpiece. I ‘hung’ the stocking and the decoration down from the mantelpiece instead!

Merry Merry Christmas:

Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace

I ended up making two of these, so now I have a spare card in case I’ve forgotten anyone! These two are based on my Clean and Simple Christmas Cards, though I changed the colours up a bit to use red and aqua with gold, which I think looks great!

So there we go, if you need a quick idea for another Christmas card, or for a scrapbook page or maybe a page in a December mini-book, then try looking back at something you’ve finished recently to see what ideas you can take from it!

I hope you’re having a happy December, Jennifer x

P.S. SJ Crafts is having a Design Team Call (UK residents only), check it out HERE if you’re interested! Sarah is a lovely lady to work for, I’m having so much fun on the team!

Scrapbook Layouts

Time To Selfie, Sister (Sketchbook 365 Entry)

Hello, how is everyone? Apparently I’m still not in the mood for Christmas scrapbooking – today I’ve got a layout with a photo from the joint birthday party I shared with my sister in June 2012. I was drawn to the bright colours in the picture!

Time To Selfie, Sister:

Time To Selfie, Sister layout by Jennifer Grace

In case anyone doesn’t know, a ‘selfie’ is a photo taken by yourself, at arms length (not using a timer/tripod). My sister is amazing at taking these so we always take one (or several) when we’re together!

This layout is an entry into the Sketchbook 365 Sketch Challenge. I was following this sketch based on a layout by Birgit Koopsen:

Sketch based on a layout by Birgit Koopsen

As my photo was landscape I rotated the sketch to have the bulk of embellishments and details below the photo.

I used lots of Glitz Design items on this page, because after I finished off my Baby Girl Mini Book, I sorted out the box which I store Glitz in, and came across lots of things I’d forgotten about, like the ‘Choose Happiness’ paper from Uncharted Waters, the ‘Hello’ Sticker from Sunshine In My Soul, and the ‘Make it Happen’ phrase from Color Me Happy (which I decorated with an umbrella wood veneer from Freckled Fawn, some Tiny Stars Wood Veneers by Studio Calico, a Finnley Giant Rhinestone by Glitz, and some Waco Pearl Pen dots):

Time To Selfie, Sister layout by Jennifer Grace

The big pieces of patterned paper in the background (Finnley Floral and Bows) were the biggest pieces of Glitz that I had left, but they didn’t quite meet up where I’d cut bits out of them. So I covered up a gap using the ‘Love This’ phrase from Color Me Happy:

Time To Selfie, Sister layout by Jennifer Grace

I also added a cluster of hearts above the ‘Hello’ sticker, using a Wild & Free Giant Rhinestone with a pattern of hearts, a Freckled Fawn Wood Veneer, and a Papermania red heart gem, to echo the heart in the sketch!

Ah, this page is so happy and summery! I’m not in total denial about the time of year though, I have been pouring through recipe books and planning some food to bake, and Santa knocked on our door last night, so I know Christmas is truly on the way! Are you crafting for the festive season right now?

The Sketch Challenge is open until the 13th of December, and they have a huge prize for one entrant, so check it out. They also announced a Design Team call for the sketch team today, which is HERE if you might be interested!

Jennifer x

Mini Books

Baby Girl Mini Book – using Glitz Design Finnley

Hello! Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers across the pond!

Today I’ve got a baby girl mini book to show you. I desperately needed a break from Christmas crafts after all the Frosty Festivities projects!

I’ve had these photos waiting to go in a book for a while. I made a mini using almost the same photos for my Mum, when my daughter was about 6 months old (to thank my Mum for coming to help for the week after baby girl was born), and always intended to make a mini for myself too. My daughter is now 5 years and 8 months old, so it’s taken me a few years! I think I was just waiting for the perfect Glitz Design Finnley collection to come along.

Great Things Come In Small Packages:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

How perfect is this Bits & Pieces card for the front cover? The phrase applies to my little baby girl, and to the book itself because it’s mini! Most of the pages measure about 4×6″, but there’s one page which is 5×5″, and some of them have bits that jut out too.

To assemble the mini book I chose all my pages first – using a mix of Finnley Bits and Pieces and What-Nots as well as some papers from the same collection. I put photos on the pages so I knew which order I’d want them to go in, and to make sure I had enough pages (making sure not to put any photos too close to the spine). I scored each piece about ¼” in from the left edge, and pierced 5 holes vertically between the score line and the left edge:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

Then I held all the pages together with paperclips, and sewed through the holes to secure the spine – you can see the method I used HERE (photo step-by-step at Design Sponge) or HERE (video tutorial by Elvie Studio). I just stitched at the edge instead of down the middle of some pages.

All that was left was to add some pretty embellishments and journaling!

Page 1: 

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

This is the first photo we took of baby girl, though she was actually 12 hours old by then! I backed the ‘Hello World’ card with some black paper to make the words stand out.

The photo was a little bit small for the hole in the ‘First Time’ card, so I stuck it onto the back of the ‘Itty Bitty One’ card (you’ll see that on the next page) and added a bit of washi tape above the photo – which I also like because it adds a bit of baby-girl pink:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

Page 2:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

I love how teeny-tiny my baby girl looks on her Daddy’s lap. He looks a bit scared! He says it was the moment when it all became REAL – so the ‘Remember This Moment’ Whatnot was perfect to add to the top of this page!  The ‘Love This’ journal spot is from Chic Tags.

Page 3:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

My Mum took this photo as we were leaving the hospital. You can’t tell very well in the photo, but baby has a frilly shawl draped on her which my husband had wrapped around him as a baby. I echoed the frills with the doily behind the photo, and with the super cute dress from the Whatnots.

I had saved this dress just for this project, and to make it extra special I coated it with glossy accents and sprinkled glitter at the bottom while it was still wet:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

At this point I set the dress aside to dry. I put it up at my eye-height, well out of reach of children. Then when it was nearly dry, my friend came round. I should have known she’d reach for something pretty – she put her thumb right in the middle when she tried to pick it up!

I could have cried. It was totally ruined. But then I remembered you can buy digital items by Glitz, so I went and bought the Finnley Elements Pack #2, printed the dress out, and repeated the process. I’m so glad I went to that effort as I love it:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

Page 4:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

I had to include a photo of my Mum with baby girl, and this was the first time little miss ever smiled – I know it was probably not a real smile but I’m going to pretend it is!

Page 5:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

I think this page is just dreamy. I used the Feather Roller Doodle with white embossing powder below the photo on the left, and lots of words from the Alphabets and Words Sticker Sheet on the right. They had just the right words to set the scene:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

Page 6:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

Aw, look at us all gazing adoringly at each other! The ‘Journal Here’ card is from the Color Me Happy collection, plus I added a bit of ‘Choose Happiness’ Tape from the Uncharted Waters collection.

I love how Glitz make so many items that say exactly what my heart is feeling – this ‘The Best Part of Me’ sticker is from the Titles & Accents Sticker Sheet:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

After decorating all the pages I embellished the front cover with pretty details, including a couple of Giant Rhinestones of course:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

I’m so happy to have a baby girl mini book to display at last! I had scrapped a few of these photos in my 12×12 albums, but I like having mini books too, for visitors to flick though – I can display them on my side table a lot easier!

I’m going to admit that another reason I made this album now is because I’m including it in my application for the Glitz Design Creative Team call. Wish me luck okay?

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

Silly Games – A Cheerful Page

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

The Glitz Designs Hello December collection is certainly inspiring me to make happy pages!

Silly Games:

Silly Games layout by Jennifer Grace

I can tell what the expression on my son’s face is, even though you can only see the back of his head! He was smiling the whole time we played ‘pin the carrot on the snowman’! Me and Little Miss made this game for our ‘Merry Un-Christmas’ last year and it was silly but fun!

I filled the top of the page with embellies, because I counted the ‘Love’ paper at the bottom as white space (I know it’s got text all over it but I decided it was subtle enough to count!). A couple of the bits are from the Finnley collection, including the ‘La La Love You’ accent sticker, which I liked because it made me think of the ‘fa la la la la’ Christmas song!

Silly Games layout by Jennifer Grace

I love the little car with the Christmas tree on top, from the Hello December sticker sheet. It doesn’t really have anything to do with the page, but I liked the boyish touch. I also cut a wreath sticker in half so I could put it on two areas of the page:

Silly Games layout by Jennifer Grace

This page will always make me smile to remember the silly games we play!

Be Inspired:

Cut an embellishment in half and put it in two different areas of your project

Point some triangles at a quote or journal card

Scrapbook a photo where someone is not looking at the camera

Back soon! 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, Scrapbook Layouts

Merry Table – A Colourful Layout

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

This hour I have a happy, colourful layout to show you…

Merry Table:

Merry Table Layout by Jennifer Grace

The photo may not look that exciting to most people, but this was the first time I’d attempted to make my dining table to look pretty for our Christmas meal, so to me it’s special. Plus I remember the joy I felt when I found the aqua glittery reindeer that I used as table centrepieces – they are so pretty!

I used the Glitz Designs Hello December collection on this page, because I love the bold patterns and colours – they make me feel happy like the table decorations did! To add extra colour I stamped the Roller Doodle Deer in several colours. I just used cats eye ink pads to ink each deer up individually before rolling the stamp on my page:

Merry Table Layout by Jennifer Grace

I love how it looks like lots of little deer are marching across my page:

Merry Table Layout by Jennifer Grace

I choose lime green letter stickers to finish the title, because though green is a traditional Christmas colour, this lime hue jazzes it up to make it more bold and modern:

Merry Table Layout by Jennifer Grace

What do you think of the bright and bold colour mix? Does it still seem Christmassy enough to you?

Be Inspired:

Use bright bold colours on your next project (maybe include some lime green)

Ink a stamp with several different colours

Scrapbook a photo about your winter or Christmas decorations/decor

I’ll ber back in an hour with another sponsored giveaway! 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!)