Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

How To Use Digital Overlays To Make Pretty Festive Projects!

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

This morning you saw the first sponsored giveaway, with a prize of some beautiful digital overlays from the Lettera Etc Etsy shop. If you missed it you can enter the giveaway HERE {NOW CLOSED}. Now I’m back to show you how to use digital overlays to make pretty festive projects, including a video tutorial for the digital editing!

How To Use Digital Overlays To Make Pretty Festive Projects by Jennifer Grace Creates

I purchased the Christmas Word Art Volume 2 set:

Christmas Wordart Volume 2 by Lettera Etc

Aren’t they lovely?!

I recorded a video to show how I used these. I mostly used PicMonkey to edit them, as it’s a free online tool that most should be able to access (I would normally edit in Adobe Illustrator but I’m aware not many of my readers will have that), and I also used Microsoft Word for one to show that they can be used there too. Here’s the video (you can also watch it on YouTube HERE):

 

 

And here are the photos which are shown at the end of the video on case you want another look…

The items all printed out using my laser printer:

How To Use Digital Overlays To Make Pretty Festive Projects by Jennifer Grace Creates

I foiled the black ‘Joy To The World’ page using my Heidi Swapp Minc Machine and gold foil:

How To Use Digital Overlays To Make Pretty Festive Projects by Jennifer Grace Creates

I used one of the items as a tag, and I’m keeping the ‘ho ho ho’ as an embellishment to use on a layout, along with the photo which I printed using my Canon Selphy:

How To Use Digital Overlays To Make Pretty Festive Projects by Jennifer Grace Creates

I put this ‘Joy To The World’ phrase in a black frame for a quick home-decor piece:

How To Use Digital Overlays To Make Pretty Festive Projects by Jennifer Grace Creates

And I made a few simple cards using the images with overlays – adding sequins to the ‘sparkle’ card, and gems to the card with my son on (which I’m totally going to send to his teacher for Christmas!):

How To Use Digital Overlays To Make Pretty Festive Projects by Jennifer Grace Creates

What do you think? Have I inspired you to get some digital overlays to use on a project?

Be Inspired:

Use a digital overlay, stamp etc on your next project – either a digital project or a hybrid one (where you’ve printed something)

Create a flat simple card with just a sheet of patterned paper or a couple of stamps (maybe add some gems though!)

Use gold foil or something reflective and shiny

Do you use digital items much in your crafting? Let me know in the comments below!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back again tomorrow with the next project – at 2pm GMT as I’m giving myself the morning off!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Keeping It Simple – Everyday Moments Layout

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

Like my ‘Enjoy The Little Things’ Photo Binder, this everyday moments layout is about those snapshots of time that are often rushed through or unappreciated, but which all add up to make our lives special!

Keeping It Simple - Everyday Moments Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I took photos of lots of little moments during our normal days of school, nursery, and work for hubby, and then put them all into a photo collage in PicMonkey, using a ‘Jigsaw’ layout and setting the pixels to 3300 x 2100:

Keeping It Simple - Everyday Moments Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I printed the photo at 12 x 8″ – making sure to check the crop of the image – the left and right sides were cropped off slightly but it looked fine. Then I found a Simple Stories gridded piece of 12×12 paper (with a camera and some arrows on to fit our focus theme), and some Webster’s Pages ‘Dream In Colour’ stickers as I wanted to use the ‘live, laugh, love’ and ‘what a day’ stickers:

Keeping It Simple - Everyday Moments Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then it was very easy to put the page together, as the photo collage took up so much of the page there wasn’t much else I could do!

I kept it simple even further by counting the ‘Life Documented’ words on the paper as my title. I added a small chipboard ‘right now’ circle to the center of the camera though – and added an enamel shape as a ‘flash’:

Keeping It Simple - Everyday Moments Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

The journaling was prompted by one of the Amy Tangerine Creative Handbook practices that I showed you HERE – it was what I created from the blackout poem. I changed it and added to it a little but you can see the original black out poem is still there too:

Keeping It Simple - Everyday Moments Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I couldn’t just restrict the embellishments to the grid-patterned area as there was hardly any space there, so I did stick a few on top of the photo collage:

Keeping It Simple - Everyday Moments Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I just made sure not to add too many as I didn’t want to make it too busy!

Be Inspired:

Make a photo collage and use it on a project

Use words printed onto patterned paper as your title or sentiment

Add stickers or embellishments on top of a photo

Do you ever scrapbook the everyday moments? I certainly don’t do this enough. I think I should do a page like this once a year!

I’ll see you again at 7pm for another sponsored giveaway!

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

Enjoy The Little Things In Life – Photo Overlay & Binder

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

For this hour I decided to concentrate on appreciating the little things in life. This was one of the aims when I made ‘Focus’ my word for the year (original layout HERE), so this quote was a perfect one to keep reminding me what’s really important in life.

'Enjoy The Little Things' Quote as Photo Overlay in PicMonkey and Decorating A Binder

The quote reads:

‘Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you will look back and realise they were the big things’

It’s by Robert Brault (you can read about him and how this quote is often wrongly attributed to someone else HERE).

I took a photo where my kids looked cute but the background was a bit messy and uninspiring, and I turned it into something so much prettier! The ‘before’ is on the left, and the ‘after’ is on the right:

Before and After adding overlays in PicMonkey

And then I printed the photo out (just onto copy paper using my laser printer) and used it to decorate a binder:

Enjoy The Little Things Binder at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you’d like to see my process, including editing out the background of the photo and adding the overlays in PicMonkey, and how I decorated the binder, then watch this video (you can also watch it on YouTube HERE):

 

The binder is where I keep my blog planner. Now when I’m stressing out over blog issues I can shut the binder and remind myself to go and spend some quality time with the children.

Are you good at focusing on the little things in life? Had you heard of this quote before, or do you know of another that I might like?

Be Inspired:

Find a ‘focus’ related quote and use it on your next project

Make a photo border with washi tape, glitter tape, or ribbon (or all three!)

Add some text & picture overlays to a photo, digitally or physically

Bye for now, I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x