DIY Gifts

Winter Trinkets Box (A PaperHaus Project)

Hi! This is a project I originally made for the PaperHaus Winter Issue 2013 (page 56-57). It’s a place to keep all my special ‘winter only’ jewellery, like bracelets with jingly snowflakes…

Winter Trinket Box:

Winter Trinkets Box by Jennifer Grace

Step One: Start with a wooden box (4¼” square by 2¼” deep):

Winter Trinkets Box by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step Two: Use Gesso to whitewash the box (make sure you don’t paint the lid closed!):

Winter Trinkets Box by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step Three: Use an old credit card to spread modelling paste through a stencil/mask onto two corners of the top of the box. Lift off the stencil and wipe off any excess modelling paste at the box edges:

Winter Trinkets Box by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step Four: Tip glitter onto the modelling paste (straight away – don’t let it dry), and pat it lightly with a fingertip to make sure it’s stuck. Shake off the excess glitter and leave it to dry:

Winter Trinkets Box by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step Five: Repeat steps three and four around the sides of the box, wiping off the stencil between each application:

Winter Trinkets Box by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step Six: Cut six thin slivers of paper (approx ⅛” wide by 6″ tall):

Winter Trinkets Box by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step Seven: Curl the paper slivers around the handle of a paintbrush:

Winter Trinkets Box by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step Eight: Adhere them to the top of the box using hot glue or other strong adhesive. Cut the paper curls shorter if required:

Winter Trinkets Box by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step Nine: Cut two 4″ long pieces of ½” wide ribbon, fold each end in towards the middle and glue into place to make two bows:

Winter Trinkets Box by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step Ten: Adhere one bow into the centre of the paper curls, and another to the front of the lid:

Winter Trinkets Box by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step Eleven: Whitewash the inside of the box with Gesso, and line the base and the lid of the box with the same papers you used for the paper curls (adhering with a glue stick):

Winter Trinkets Box by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step Twelve: Finish the outside of the box by adhering a few chipboard elements with hot glue. Fill with your winter trinkets!

Winter Trinkets Box by Jennifer Grace

Do you have a special space to store certain jewellery? If you want to see more step-by-step photos of this project, check out the PaperHaus Magazine, it’s free!

P.S. Don’t forget my giveaway HERE!

Bye for now, Jennifer x

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I’m Moving House and I’m Happy Giveaway! (Plus a Christmas Love Layout)

Hello hello!

So I promised I’d do another giveaway soon and here it is. This is my ‘I’m moving house and I’m happy’ giveaway – because I love to try and pay my joy forward at least a little bit! We are moving house TODAY! I get a garden, wahoo! I will be excited, even though while you are reading this I will probably be carrying boxes and feeling very tired.

Here’s the prize on offer:

Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates deadline 31st January 2014

It includes an Echo Park Beautiful Life Collection Kit, a Prima Hello Pastel 6×6 Pad and Brads, and some Papermania Gold Gems. All with nice cheerful spring colours… I’m willing the weather to get better!

What do you have to do to try and win this? Just leave a comment on this post by the 31st January 2014 at 10.59pm GMT!

If you want MORE ENTRIES into the draw, then just comment on any of my other posts that go live between now and then – I have a few scheduled including one this Sunday with some news! Each post you comment on will give you an extra entry into the draw. The givewaway is open internationally, and if you aren’t easily reached via your comment then make sure you leave me a way to contact you if you win!

Hopefully my internet connection will be up and running for me to announce the winner at the start of February.

I can’t leave you without showing off a project, so this is one that featured on page 73 of the PaperHaus Magazine Winter Issue, and I can share it here now…

Christmas Love:

Christmas Love by Jennifer Grace

I mostly used the Webster’s Pages It’s Christmas collection, which I love for it’s traditional colours with a trendy vibe! I used a stamp from the line with a black ink pad and clear embossing powder at the left of the page. I used it deliberately on textured white cardstock so that it wasn’t a ‘perfect’ impression and looks a bit snowy:

Christmas Love by Jennifer Grace

I still can’t quite believe Christmas is over for another year… it’s strange to think we’ll be in a new house next Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by today, and don’t forget to comment for the giveaway! If you can share the giveaway in any way (eg Facebook, Twitter) it won’t earn you extra entries but it will make me even happier!

Bye for now, Jennifer x

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PaperHaus Winter Issue Blog Hop Celebration!

Welcome to the Winter Frolic 12 Days Of Christmas Blog Hop!

PaperHaus Winter Blog Hop


We are celebrating the release of the Winter Issue of PaperHaus Magazine, but also inspiring you each day with wonderful holiday projects, giveaways and inspiration! Our blog hop will run from December 1st to December 12th. Be sure to stop each day and leave a comment each day to win some fabulous prizes by our lovely sponsors! Don’t forget to check out the Winter Issue for additional inspiration, holiday cheer and some amazing projects from our contributing team!

PaperHaus Winter 2013 Cover

Here’s today’s hop list:

PaperHaus Magazine:

*YOU ARE HERE* Jennifer Grace: *YOU ARE HERE*

Missy Gener:

Georgia Heald:

Pink Paislee:

Check out all today’s hop members for lots of winter inspiration, but also don’t forget to check out the hops from other days too!

I’ve got a layout to show you today… read on to see more and to enter my little giveaway!

Christmas Is Coming:

Christmas Is Coming by Jennifer Grace

This photo is from a shoot I did of my kids in 2012, to send out in our Christmas cards. It was very hard to get cheeky boy to stay still, but they were having lots of fun!

I wanted to use lots of colour to echo the joy in the photo. I also punched some small scalloped circles of Christmas papers and stitched them into a line, like the bunting in the backdrop of the photo. I stuck them onto the page with 3D foam pop-dots so they stood out from the patterned paper:

Christmas Is Coming by Jennifer Grace

I used lots of different bits and pieces to represent the season, and I especially like this ‘Hello Christmas’ sticker which is from the Webster’s Pages It’s Christmas collection:

Christmas Is Coming by Jennifer Grace

Now here’s a little prize I’ll give away to one entrant:

PaperHaus Winter Frolic Prize by Jennifer Grace

It includes 3 rolls of American Crafts ribbon, a pack of paper roses, some sequins and a few embellishments!

To enter just leave a comment about my layout, for an extra entry leave a SECOND comment telling me how you follow me/my blog eg. Bloglovin, RSS (Aweber form in sidebar), Feedly, etc. No more than 2 entries per person please. Giveaway is open internationally, and closes on the 13th of December at 11.59pm GMT. Winner will be announced a couple of days later!

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to check out the PaperHaus Winter Issue, I have three projects in this one, see if you can spot them!

Now hop along to Missy Gener! Have fun and happy holidays!

Jennifer x

P.S. If you want any more winter inspiration from me, check out my TUTORIALS page, where you can see links to projects like these ones from my recent Frosty Festivities event:


Bye! x

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Harvest Celebration Layout

Hello everyone!

Have you wondered why I haven’t posted very often lately? There’s a couple of reasons – 1. My son no longer naps in the daytime. Plus he has reached a terror-of-destruction phase. I spend all day clearing up after him, and I’m so exhausted once he and his big sister have gone to bed! 2. When I have managed to craft, I’ve been preparing for my next blog event, Frosty Festivities – look out for an announcement about this and a giveaway tomorrow!

So life is hectic right now, but that’s okay. Cheeky boy starts a day or two of pre-school in January so I’m enjoying his bustle while he’s around, but also looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet once he starts!

In the meantime, I have a layout to share with you, which was in the Fall Issue of PaperHaus Magazine

Harvest Celebration:

Harvest Celebration by Jennifer Grace

The photo shows my daughter’s scarecrow hat for her Harvest Celebration at school last fall. I wanted the page to feel abundantly autumnal too, so I clustered lots of flowers, buttons, and gems in orange hues.

The cute resin owl at the top left is from Freckled Fawn, I added some black pearls to the eyes so it wasn’t so lost among the other embellishments:

Harvest Celebration by Jennifer Grace

I layered a bow (with another glittered centre) on top of a cork sticker by Little Yellow Bicycle, I like the contrasting textures:

Harvest Celebration by Jennifer Grace

I also glittered the edges of a Carta Bella journaling card to give it some oomph:

Harvest Celebration by Jennifer Grace

Now I’m looking forward to this year’s Harvest Celebration, which takes place next week. My daughter has been practising her song!

How’s autumn looking where you are? Jennifer x


PaperHaus Magazine Fall Issue Blog Hop Day 4

Welcome to the Fall Splendor Blog Hop with PaperHaus!

blog hop

We are celebrating the release of the new FALL edition of PaperHaus Magazine but also celebrating the 1 year anniversary of PaperHaus Magazine! I’m excited to be part of this amazing celebration! Click below for the magazine link:

fall cover

The Fall Splendor event is filled with inspiration from PaperHaus and the contributors, so make sure you click through every blog for inspiration. Also comment on every blog to get a chance to win an amazing daily prize!

If you’re hopping along you should have reached me via Lizzie at Oh Snap Lizzie, and I’ll send you onwards at the end of this post. If you are new to the hop please check out the start of the hop at the PaperHaus Magazine blog, where there’s also details of today’s prize sponsored by 7 Dots Studio. Check out the other hops days too, for more awesome prizes, this is day four and there are many other giveaways to enter, with hops every day from the 1st to the 15th of September! You have until the 15th of September to enter them all!

Today I want to show this Thankful card. I know thanksgiving is approaching in the US, and though we don’t celebrate it here in the UK, I usually find myself being extra thankful in the fall. Autumn is my favourite season – I like the cooler days which mean I snuggle down with my family more. I’m also thankful for being part of the PaperHaus magazine, it makes me proud to have projects alongside so many talented people. Finally I’m thankful because I won this Jillibean Soup Cold Avocado Soup collection during CHA reveals on their blog!

We Are Better card by Jennifer Grace

Do like the glittery bow? It’s super easy to add a little bling to your bows! I shared this tip during my Projects that WOW! class and I’ve been using it lots since so I thought I’d show it off here too:

Step 1: Make, or find, a bow with a flat centre section. Mine came off a box of chocolates!


Step 2: Apply a thick layer of Mod-Podge to the centre of the bow:


Step 3: Tip on a hearty amount of glitter, I used American Crafts WOW ‘Peacock’ Chunky Glitter:


Step 4: When the Mod Podge has dried, shake off the excess glitter and add the bow to your project! It adds a lovely shimmer:


Now you’ve seen my project, leave me a comment to let me know what you think, and then hop onwards to the 7 Dots Studio Blog!

And don’t forget to check out the Fall Issue of the PaperHaus Magazine if you haven’t already – I have 3 projects in this issue, see if you can spot them!

See you soon, Jennifer x


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

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Glitz Uncharted Waters – PaperHaus Projects

The weather has been glorious here for the last week or so, and we’ve been spending lots of time at the beach, so it seems appropriate for me to show you some beach themed projects today.

The layout and home décor piece below were both featured in the PaperHaus Magazine Summer Issue, and I’m allowed to show them to you here now – but don’t forget to check out the magazine for lots more inspiration! Both these projects use the Glitz Designs Uncharted Waters collection which I’ve adored using – I’m sad it’s nearly all gone!

Little Sandman:

Little Sandman by Jennifer Grace

I think this is one of my most favourite layouts ever. I love this photo of my son sitting in the wet sand, having the time of his life! I was inspired by the ‘Scallop’ paper, I cut along the scallops and then layered up a few rows of them, pop-dotting them along the top edge, to look like waves lapping the shore. I repeated the effect up the page, pop-dotting other elements just at the top edge, so the whole layout has a gentle flow:

Little Sandman by Jennifer Grace

I used a Glitz Woodgrain Roller Doodle to create a pattern on the background to represent driftwood, and I splattered some shimmery mist dots, giant rhinestones, and gems, to reflect the sun on the water:

Little Sandman by Jennifer Grace

I used washi tape for a colourful border at the bottom of the page, and I had to add this gorgeous whale swimming through the waves:

Little Sandman by Jennifer Grace

 ‘Life is Better’ Driftwood Decor:

Driftwood Decor by Jennifer Grace

I love to visit the beach, and bring a little home with me each time, whether it’s shells, driftwood, or sand in my shoes! I made this piece of home decor to show how near the seaside we live, and to make me smile this summer!

Step by Step: 1. Clean a 5×7 piece of glass, adhere a paper layer onto it using glossy Mod Podge underneath and Sparkle Mod Podge on top. 2. Carefully gouge a hole in a sturdy piece of driftwood, for the base of the glass to slot into. Glue it in with Glossy Accents.

Driftwood Decor by Jennifer Grace

3. Add a piece of a paper doily to the top of the décor using Glossy Mod Podge. Then use a hot glue gun to adhere shells, beads, a Glitz Giant Rhinestone, and other embellishments to the paper layer and the driftwood.

Driftwood Decor by Jennifer Grace

4. Display somewhere!  We have it on our mantelpiece for the summer.

What do you think? Do you love the beach? Are you wishing you had your toes in the sand right now?

I think I’ll have to take another trip to the beach very soon!

Talking of PaperHaus, I’ve just realised I never announced a winner from the PaperHaus Summer Issue Blog Hop. Sorry – I don’t know how that slipped past me! The winner of the Epiphany Crafts Tool is:

Vicki Parker!

Thanks to everyone who entered! Vicki you need to drop me an email at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk so I can mail your prize to you.

Bye for now, x