Scrapbook Layouts

Media Pools Grid Layout – Cup Of Tea

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

One of my favourite ways to play with different media is to try a few out on one project, in different areas. I call this ‘media pools’. One recent layout I did this on was the Easter Egg Hunt Layout where I filled the eggs with different types of paint and textures.

Today’s layout uses a grid for the same kind of effect. By keeping the different medias in their own little places, it means you can focus on each small area one at a time, and if you are trying out a new technique you can confine it to a tiny area! It can also be a great way to use up paper scraps if you fill some holes with them too:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

The grid is a file from The Cut Shoppe, it’s called ‘Get Your Grid On’. I cut it out using my Cricut Explore, but the first time I cut it the machine was ripping up all the letters:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I tried it again and the same thing happened. I was about to give up, then I realised the cardstock I was using (American Crafts I think) had quite a thick core. So I cut it from a sheet of Cricut cardstock instead and it cut the thin letters beautifully!

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stuck the grid onto white cardstock using repositionable adhesive. Then I cut the white cardstock down and matted it onto some kraft grid paper for a bit of a border. I’d like to point out here that the grid cut file is not wonky, it’s my cutting that was a bit lopsided:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I painted blue watercolour paint into a couple of boxes, then decided to try out my Derwent Coloursoft pencils in one box – I’d not used them on textured cardstock before. I used Ochre to fill in a box:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I went over it again with the white to try and blend the lines a bit more – it didn’t blend completely but it did look better:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I wanted to fill the heart with glitter, so painted Mod Podge inside it with an old brush, then sprinkled on some chunky glitter. However the chunky glitter didn’t stick all that well:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I Mod Podged over the top of the chunky glitter and tried again with fine gold glitter, which worked much better:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then it was just a case of filling some holes with patterned paper – I cut most of them to fit perfectly inside the boxes, rather than having to lift the grid up, but I did have to lift the edges of letters a couple of times to tuck the paper underneath. I added my title, journaling, and a few embellishments (including the tea pot from my Spray Painted Embellishments):

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I like how it all seems to frame the photo:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

And typing this up is making me want a cup of tea right now!

Be Inspired:

Use a grid on your next project

Try out some media pools – areas of different paint or texture

Cut some patterned paper scraps into squares and use them on your background

What kinds of media do you like to use best on your projects?

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

P.S. I am linking this up to The Cut Shoppe monthly challenge in their blog sidebar HERE!

Giftwrapping

Confined To A Small Space – Art In Miniature

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

Here’s another way to focus your crafting – by making some art in miniature!

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

These three tags were inspired by pins of artwork on Pinterest. The one on the left is inspired by THIS PIECE, the middle one is inspired by THIS ART, and the one on the right is inspired by THIS CANVAS.

I printed off the inspiration pieces so I could refer to them while I was working:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I collected 3 tags – the middle one is a purchased tag, and I used it as a template to cut two more tags from white art paper:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

I started the wreath tag by stamping the leaves and berries from this Avery Elle ‘Joy To The World’ stamp set:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I stamped some flowers from an old MME stamp set. I included a purple one because there was some purple on the inspiration piece (I would never normally use purple) and I’m so glad I did as it gave it extra depth:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

I finished the tag off with a Gossamer Blue sentiment and some gems:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

For the silhouette tag I watered down four colours of acrylic paint:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

And painted them in an arch pattern, with the lightest at the bottom going to the darkest at the top. I didn’t let it dry between colours as I wanted them to blend a bit:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I used some more stamps to add a hot air balloon, tightrope girl, and a border, as silhouettes on top of the sky:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I finished it off with a few star gems:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

For the boat & sunset tag I began with colouring pencils (Derwent Coloursoft), drawing the sea, a yellow sky, and an orange sun:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I swiped across it all with clean water:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

When it was dry I added a stamped boat which I coloured in with Promarkers, a sentiment, and some swirly waves cut from patterned paper:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m very pleased with my three works of art, and I can’t wait to add them to a project or present:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Or I might just hang them on my wall!

Be Inspired:

Make something in miniature – eg. a work of art, or a small card, or a mini book

Stamp a pretty wreath with words inside

Paint or colour a sunset background

Which tag do you like the best? Do you ever look at works of art for inspiration?

I’ll see you again in an hour,

Jennifer x

Home Decor Craft Projects

Focus – A Bright, Bold, Mixed-Media Canvas!

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

Focus on word that means something to you, like a word-of-the-year, by painting it inside a bright, bold, messy circle!

Focus - A Bright, Bold, Mixed-Media Canvas at Jennifer Grace Creates

This mixed-media canvas certainly catches my eye each day now and reminds me to stay on track with my word for 2015!

The canvas I started with is just under 12″ square, and it’s a box canvas so that I don’t have to worry about framing it. I used Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paint, which is basically a kind of acrylic paint. Here’s the order I painted the circle in, leaving the paint to dry in between each layer…

1. Draw a pencil circle lightly on the canvas – I drew around a child’s plate.
2. Paint a wide yellow circle on top of the pencil.
3. Paint a blue circle on top of the yellow one – leaving the yellow edge showing.
4. Paint a red circle on top of the blue one – again leaving an edge showing.
5. Splatter yellow, blue, and red paint across the canvas. You don’t need to leave it to dry between colours, just do them all at once. Make sure you protect the surrounding areas as the paint may flick around the room.
6. Paint some sketchy black circles on top, making them more intense in the center and fading as the circles go outwards.

Focus - A Bright, Bold, Mixed-Media Canvas at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next you can paint the inside circle with watered down acrylic paint or gesso, to help your word stand out from the background. Blend the edges of the gesso out with a baby wipe or wet piece of kitchen paper:

Focus - A Bright, Bold, Mixed-Media Canvas at Jennifer Grace Creates

Flick some white paint or gesso across the canvas and leave it to dry. Then stamp a variety of icons around the circle using Stayz On black ink:

Focus - A Bright, Bold, Mixed-Media Canvas at Jennifer Grace Creates

It’s easier to press the stamp on if you hold the canvas from behind, or bulk it out with something, so there’s something to press onto. Otherwise the canvas will just sink as you try to press the stamp on!

Once you’re happy with your stamps you can paint your word into the centre (or use alpha stickers if you are worried about painting letters):

Focus - A Bright, Bold, Mixed-Media Canvas at Jennifer Grace Creates

I also added some enamel dots and gems – using Glossy Accents to stick them on as I didn’t think the adhesive that came on them would last very long on a canvas.

Be Inspired:

Make a home decor piece featuring a special word

Use a large circle on your background for your next project

Create colourful paint layers with black lines on top

What word would you put in the middle of this bright circle?

I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

Guest Post – McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Today it’s time for the next Guest Designer to share a project using items from my Happy Scatter Etsy Shop!

I’m going to let the fabulous McCall Clifford talk you through the project…

Happy Scatter!

I can’t think of a better name to describe this fun project full of lots of cute products!

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

I received my package of goodies and was so impressed how cute all the packaging is and the unique variety of product.

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Since I’m not much of a scrap-booker myself I thought it’d be a great idea to create a fun bright statement piece to hang.

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

I painted an 8×8 piece of wood black, a wood veneer sun yellow, and pink wood flowers a vibrant pink.

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

I screwed in an eyelet for hanging on the center top.

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Now for some more fun…

Glitter!

Tassels!

More glitter!

A little pop of ribbon!

Beads!

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Ta-da!

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Definitely a perfect piece to bring a pop of color to any room.

It makes me wish it was summer already!

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Happy Crafting!

Thanks McCall! Isn’t her home decor piece so fun and colourful? I adore the rainbow tassels along the base.

Here’s a reminder of where to find McCall and her other equally amazing projects…

McCall Clifford:

Happy Scatter Guest Designer McCall Clifford

Blog: http://www.whatcha-mccall-it.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mcca11/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/whatcha.mccall.it/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whatcha-McCall-it/340040596107376

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhatchaMcCallitShop

Please leave a comment below to let McCall know she did a great job (you agree with me, right?!) and then go check out the links above! McCall also has another project using some Happy Scatter items on her blog right HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping be, have a great weekend!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Easter Egg Hunt Layout

Yesterday (in my post about some Painted Decorative Eggs) I mentioned that I’d made a layout inspired by all the pretty eggs I’ve seen on Pinterest, and here it is. It was a fun way to do a mixed-media page with lots of different textures!

Easter Egg Hunt Layout:

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut out lots of the details on my Cricut Explore – the eggs are cut from the woodgrain paper so that I could paint / decorate inside the holes, and I cut the bunting, journal card, bunny tag, and title with it too.

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials, 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.

Here’s a layout process video to show you how I put the page together, including using the Cricut Design Space. The video also shows how I made a few mistakes and managed to cover them up! I changed my mind a lot too! The video can be viewed below, or on YouTube HERE.

 

The Cricut cuts I used were: #M54A6F (eggs), #M37922 (bunting), #M30703 (bunny tag), #MFCC29 (tag), #M369889 (line). And the font was Songbird.

Here are some detail photos of the page in case you want to look a bit longer, or aren’t able to watch the video…

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

The metallic egg was inspired by THESE ONES, the glitter eggs were inspired by THESE ONES, the chick egg was inspired by THIS ONE.

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

The watercolour eggs were inspired by THESE ONES, the polka-dot eggs were inspired by THESE ONES and the washi-tape egg was inspired by THESE ONES.

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

The kids had a great time. We’re going to someone else’s garden for an Easter egg hunt this year and they are very eggs-cited about it!

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m entering this layout into the ‘Cut It Up’ Spring – Anything But A Card Challenge.

I’m already thinking about what other shapes I can cut from a 12×12 background to then fill with a riot of mixed-media. Maybe some chevrons, hearts, or stars? What would you cut out? What techniques would you use to fill the holes?

Have a crafty day!

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including vinyls, 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

Spring Themed Card for the Mixed Media Card Challenge

Today I’m sharing a card that I’m entering into the Mixed Media Card Challenge #9 (closes 25th March). Their theme is ‘Spring’ with the optional extra element ‘Bird’. Here’s my card:

See A Rainbow Stencil Spring Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I was especially drawn to the rainbow in the challenge graphic:

Mixed Media Card Challenge #9 'Spring' March 2015

Which seemed like a perfect excuse to use the new Happy Scatter ‘See A Rainbow’ stencil. First I sprayed the back of the stencil with some Spray-Mount repositionable adhesive, and placed it onto my card (the front of the card measures approx 15 x 10.5cm), using some washi tape to cover any areas where I didn’t want the ink to accidentally go through:

See A Rainbow Stencil Spring Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I used pigment inks (Avery Elle Aquamarine and Lemon Grass, and American Crafts Mustard and Grapefruit) with a Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool (and separate foam pads for each colour), to daub some colour through the rainbow. I started with blue at the bottom, then used green, yellow, and finally pink at the top:

See A Rainbow Stencil Spring Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I lifted the stencil off to reveal the rainbow, folded the card, and dripped some Heidi Swapp Seafoam Mist droplets over the rainbow:

See A Rainbow Stencil Spring Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

While I waited for some mist to dry I glittered up a sun and a flower wood veneer (from the Fresh New World set). First I coated them with a thick layer of Mod-Podge:

Glittering Wood Veneers at Jennifer Grace Creates

I threw on lots of American Crafts ‘Wow’ Lemon Glitter:

Glittering Wood Veneers at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I left it to dry for a couple of hours (it takes a while because of the thickness of the Mod-Podge). Once it was dry I shook off the excess glitter:

Glittering Wood Veneers at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I finished the card off with a stamped greeting (from Avery Elle ‘Cake & Candles’), a cloud and a flower from the Spring Paper Pieces set, some glitter ribbon, enamel dots, a rhinestone star, and a fabric brad with a bird on:

See A Rainbow Stencil Spring Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

It’s a colourful and cheerful way to send a greeting in spring!

Have you ever entered the Mixed Media Card Challenge? Why not give it a try – you don’t have to use tons of arty supplies as embellishments and textures count too. See their list of ideas for mixed-media things to include HERE.

I hope you see a real life rainbow today,

Jennifer x

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