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

DIY Gifts

Mermaid Pattern Bowl DIY

I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid. You know, just for a few days, to swim with the whales and discover the depths of the sea. We just watched Disney’s The Little Mermaid again last night and I was signing along merrily. My kids told me to ssssh. I ignored them.

This mermaid pattern bowl won’t magically turn me into a mermaid, but it makes me happy to look at it while I eat my cereals:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

Here’s how to make your own…

Step 1: Begin with a plain white bowl and Edding’s Porcelain Brush Pens:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

Step 2: I ended up doing this step wrong and having to start it again. You’ll see a couple of reasons why!

Draw a pattern of fish-scales by drawing connected semi-circles around the base of the bowl:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

See how the filled-in semi-circle on the left doesn’t look as smooth as the one on the right? You need to use broad sweeping strokes when colouring in with these pens, as they don’t bleed together too well if you try a more scribbled approach like I’d used on the left.

Don’t try to correct it by drawing over it again either – if the ink had already started to dry then you’ll just make scratches in it:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

It’s best to wipe off the offending section with a damp cloth, then dry with a dry piece of cloth (I used kitchen paper for both) before starting again:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

However it still wasn’t quite right, as when I went to do the next layer I realised the semi-circles would have to be huge in order to connect with the first layer in a mermaid-scales pattern. Too big – it looked more like flower petals:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

So I wiped it all off and drew the first layer again with smaller semi-circles:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

Step 3: Now draw and fill in the next layer with a new colour. The semi-circles should be offset with the first layer, so that the dips of the 2nd layer meet with the middles of the semi-circles on the first layer:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

Step 4: Repeat 3 more times with new colours each time, for three more layers:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

Step 5: Your mermaid scales are done but it needs a little ‘something’ to make it look finished:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

So draw a scalloped line around the top edge with a contrasting colour, to give it a ‘frill’ and make it look more mermaid-like!

Bake according to instructions and your bowl is finished and ready to use:

 Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

The perfect gift for someone who wants to be a mermaid.

On my belated hen-party I was allowed to give out stickers to my hens for ‘good work’ eg. if they said something funny or re-filled my wine etc. One of my friend’s said I looked like a mermaid when I was swimming so I gave her a few extra stickers!

Have you ever wanted to be a magical creature or to have super powers? I hope most people have crazy dreams like that!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

Kids Crafts

Kids Craft – Halloween Potato Print Tee Shirts

I have this last Halloween post to share with you, before all the Christmas and Winter posts begin!

Here’s how to make some Halloween Potato Print Tee Shirts with your kids (or use the same technique to make one for yourself of course!)…

Halloween Potato Print Tee Shirts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 1: Gather your supplies – a tee shirt each, some fabric paint and a plate to tip it onto, a paintbrush to stir, a black fabric pen, and some potatoes cut into Halloween shapes. We used a small circle as a spider, a larger circle / oval as a pumpkin, a tall oval with a zig-zag edge as a ghost, and two potatoes cut as bat wings to make a bigger bat:

Halloween Potato Print Tee Shirts at Jennifer Grace Creates

You will also need large pieces of card to put inside your tee shirts while you are painting – this stops the paint from seeping through to the back of your tee shirts:

Halloween Potato Print Tee Shirts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Protect your work surface if you want to, then spread some black paint onto the plate:

Halloween Potato Print Tee Shirts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Swirl the potato in the paint to make sure the design is covered in paint, then stamp it onto the tee shirts. Little ones may need help to make sure they use the right pressure when stamping:

Halloween Potato Print Tee Shirts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Wash the plate and paintbrush and repeat the stamping with the other designs, using one colour at a time. I had to mix yellow and red to make the orange for the pumpkins, which taught Cheeky Boy about mixing colours too. You won’t be able to see the ghosts on a white tee shirt, but stamp them anyway as we’re going to fix that in the next step:

Halloween Potato Print Tee Shirts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Do you see the black line at the top of the white tee shirt? That’s where Little Miss dropped her potato and it rolled across the tee shirt. They can be a bit slippery! We decided to pretend it was a spiderweb!

Step 5: Once the paint is dry (we left ours to dry overnight to make sure, but it will depend on your fabric paint), you can then add details with the black fabric pen. Make sure you draw an outline around the ghosts on the white tee shirt:

Halloween Potato Print Tee Shirts at Jennifer Grace Creates

We also added the spider’s legs, eyes and mouths on the ghosts and pumpkins, and Little Miss added a speech bubble too, which says ‘we are spooky’. We then also added a couple of white blobs of fabric paint for the spider’s eyes, which we left to dry for a couple of hours before putting a small black dot in the middle of the eye with fabric pen:

Halloween Potato Print Tee Shirts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Cheeky Boy’s drawings were not as neat, but he was really enjoying himself so I just let him get on with it! I love the lopsided eyes he did, as they do look quite scary:

Halloween Potato Print Tee Shirts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Set your fabric paint and pens according to the instructions – if you need to iron it make sure you protect it with a cloth (like a tea towel). Then test your tee shirts out, with some face painting for good measure, and a walk on top of a misty, breezy hill!

Halloween Potato Print Tee Shirts at Jennifer Grace Creates

They were shouting ‘boo’ at anyone who walked past! These tee shirts could obviously be adapted to suit themes at different times of the year – snowmen and Christmas trees in the winter, Easter Eggs in spring etc. I’m sure we’ll be making more as they have loved wearing them!

Well I think we are all ready for Halloween. I will see you again soon to kick off the Christmas & Winter crafting!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

A Watercolour Geometric Pattern (18th Birthday Card)!

September is birthday alley for our relations. We have 7 within a couple of weeks of each other!

Yesterday was our foster-sister’s 18th Birthday, so I made her a fun, bright card to celebrate!

A Watercolour Geometric Pattern (18th B'day Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

This card was inspired by Virginia’s View Challenge #18:

Virginia's View Challenge #18

I thought the geometric patterns would be cool for a teenager card, and I loved the colours too!

I decided to create a watercolour geometric pattern. To make the shapes I drew on a piece of card with a pencil and a ruler. NB: I used a piece of card not designed for watercolours. This was okay except in a couple of shapes where I tried to add more colour to make them darker, but the paper couldn’t handle the extra water, and it started to break on the surface. I would use watercolour paper next time.

I began by just drawing lines randomly in different directions, then as the paper became more full I thought more carefully about where the lines would go:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When I was happy with the pattern I started filling in the shapes with colour! Yellow first:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When you start adding more colours you need to check if the paint is dry where any colours will touch. Don’t paint teal next to yellow if the yellow isn’t dry yet or the colours will mix together! I painted teal and light pink next:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then purple:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Finally I filled in the gaps with some grey (light and dark) and some hot pink. Plus I used a couple of the previous colours again too:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the painting was all done I left it to dry thoroughly, then went over the lines of the pattern again with a ruler, using a black Promarker pen. This covered up the messy edges where the different colours met, and helped them all to ‘pop’:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

At this point I scanned the image into my computer – in case I mucked up any of the following stages or in case I want to use it again one day!

Next I cut the number ’18’ from some more white card using my Cricut Explore. I cut this and the pattern to approx 8″ square, then I stuck the number piece on top of the geometric pattern using foam tape and dots to give it some depth. I matted this onto hot pink card too:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wanted a few finishing touches. The birds in the Virginia’s View Challenge image had patterns within their geometric shapes, so I used this idea. I doodled some zigzags, dots, and lines using a gold and white gel pens. Then I added some gems, pearls, and enamel dots to a few other shapes. It gives it that extra bit of oomph:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stuck this to a card blank I’d made from an A3 piece of white card.

She said she liked her card – she had a couple of duplicate cards from other people and this is one of the reasons I love making cards – you know the one you are giving is unique!

I had a lot of fun making this pattern. I’m planning to try it out again with some different colour combinations and using watercolour paper. If you have a go at it please let me know!

Jennifer x

DIY Gifts

Personalised Pie Chart Cork Coasters

Today I’m sharing a quick and fun make for your home or as a DIY gift – personalised pie chart cork coasters!

Personalised Pie Chart Cork Coasters at Jennifer Grace Creates

These were so easy to make!

Step 1: Start with some round cork coasters – mine were £1 for a pack of 4 from Ikea. Measure the middle point of each one, marking the center with a pencil dot:

Personalised Pie Chart Cork Coasters at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Use washi tape to create your first piece of ‘pie’ – I did mine all a little different from each other:

Personalised Pie Chart Cork Coasters at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Paint the piece of ‘pie’ with your first colour (I used Martha Stewart ‘Mint’ Satin Craft Paint). Paint two coats of paint for each colour:

Personalised Pie Chart Cork Coasters at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Once the first colour has dried peel off the washi tape and reposition it so one piece is on top of one edge of your first colour, and the other piece is marking where your next piece of ‘pie’ will end. Paint the next colour (I used MS ‘Pink Carnation’ paint):

Personalised Pie Chart Cork Coasters at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Repeat with your last colour (I mixed up a few colours so that I had a nice creamy hue):

Personalised Pie Chart Cork Coasters at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Patch up any untidy areas – for example there’s a gap between the pink and green colour on the bottom left coaster in the photo above, which I just painted in using the green paint and a tiny paintbrush.

Then use small alpha stamps and some Staz-On ink to stamp some words onto your pie chart. This is where you can personalise the coasters by using the right words, and the right amount of pie for those words, to suit the person who will be using the coaster. Mine has ‘blog’ for the biggest piece, while my kids have ‘play’ and my husband has ‘work’:

Personalised Pie Chart Cork Coasters at Jennifer Grace Creates

I have written ‘school’ on my son’s one though he doesn’t start until September, but I didn’t want to write ‘nursery’ as it would be out of date in a few months!

Step 7: Spray the coasters with a varnish to protect them from drips and spills (I used Liquitex Satin Varnish). You could also use a brush-on varnish but beware you might end up with brush marks in it!

I bought a second pack of the cork coasters to experiment with too. Here’s what I ended up with on those ones:

Experimenting With Ikea Cork Coasters at Jennifer Grace Creates

Top Left: Arrows painted through the Happy Scatter Which Way Arrows Stencil, then outlined with black pen

Top Right: Glitter on Mod Podge – I did the blue side first, then the orange, leaving it to dry thoroughly in between

Bottom Left: Using texture paste through a Happy Scatter Going In Circles Stencil

Bottom Right: Using VersaMark ink and gold glitter embossing powder to stamp bunting and stars, inking over it with a Memento black chalk ink, then using a baby wipe to clean the black off the gold

I definitely like the pie charts best but all these other ones could be fun too – I want to try the heat embossing one out with some different colours so I guess I will go back to Ikea soon!

Who would you make a pie chart coaster for? What would it have written on the biggest piece of ‘pie’?

Have a great day,

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

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!