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

Home Decor Craft Projects

How To Make A Printable In PicMonkey

Have you ever made a printable in PicMonkey? Today I have a video to show you how to do it, I promise it’s easy!

Disclosure: This post contains PicMonkey affiliate links, if you click them and make a purchase it won’t cost you any more, but I will earn a small percentage of the sale.

Hoppy Easter! How To Make A Printable In PicMonkey - Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

Some of the overlays I used in PicMonkey require a Royale membership, which costs just $33 a year. I’ve been using PicMonkey Royale for over 2 years and I think it’s totally worth the cost for the extra features! If you’d like to upgrade to PicMonkey Royale please consider using my affiliate link here: PicMonkey photo editor: this is your photo on awesome juice.

Here’s a video showing my PicMonkey process (you can also watch this on YouTube HERE):

 

It was really fun and quick to make – I think I’ll be making one for every season! Do you make printable decorations to suit any celebrations?

Have you been doing any Easter crafting? I’ll be back with some more Easter crafting this week. I’ve never made so many Easter crafts before but I’ve been caught by the cute bunnies and pretty eggs in my Pinterest feed!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In Picmonkey

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate links for PicMonkey. This means if you click on the link and end up paying for their ‘Royale’ membership, then I will receive a percentage of your purchase, but it won’t cost you any more. You don’t need to sign up for ‘Royale’ though – you can use it for free, ‘Royale’ just gives you more choices!

Now I’ve got a tutorial to show you how to turn your photos frosty:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how this photo started out:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can tell that it was a cold day, because my mum and my kids are all bundled up in coats and hats. But I wanted it to feel much more magical and wintry, the photo just didn’t feel special enough to use it on a winter scrapbook page – until I turned it frosty! Here’s how…

Step 1: Open up PicMonkey in your browser, choose ‘edit’ and locate the photo you want to use. Then click on the bottom icon in the left hand panel, at the moment the icon is a pumpkin but this will change depending on the season. When you click it lots of seasonal options will appear:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Choose the ‘Winterland’ option, which will bring up lots of cold weather related choices. Click to apply a ‘Chill’ effect, and adjust it how you want, I dragged the fade to 42%:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Next choose ‘Winterscapes’. These will appear at the bottom of your photo – I picked the one with little trees on hills:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Choose ‘Frost’, which makes the edges of your photo go white, and adjust it as you wish. I changed the size to 40%, and the intensity to 65%:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Now cover up any unsightly objects in your photo – I wanted the traffic light to disappear! I changed the seasonal option to ‘Santaland’, and picked an ornament overlay. You can drag the corner toggles to change the size, and you can change the colour in the overlay panel:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Add extra detail to your overlay if you wish – I added a snowflake from the ‘Winterland’ – ‘Flakery’ overlays:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Add some detail to the top corners with the ‘Garniture’ option. You can right-click on the overlay to bring up more options, I used that to ‘duplicate overlay’ so I could have one the same colour in the other top corner:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Add text. I chose the ‘Great Vibes’ font from the ‘Santaland’ – ‘Santa Script’ panel, and used it to write ‘It’s Cold Outside’:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Check if you want to add anything else. I went to the normal overlays panel by clicking on the butterfly icon in the left-hand menu. Then I added a couple of ‘Spirographs’:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Save your photo!

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think it’s suitably wintry now, don’t you?

Be Inspired:

Cover up something you don’t like with an ornament

Add a winterscape to a border

Put a phrase on top of a photo

Do you use PicMonkey? I use it all the time, but mostly for my blog photo collages. It’s fun to play with it more as an artistic tool sometimes!

Back shortly with the final giveaway of the event!

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey

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

Yesterday I shared a layout (on the Challenge to Use Teal, Orange and White) which used a photo with overlays from the Rhonna Designs App. It’s a really fun app to use if you have a smart phone! But if you don’t have a smart phone you can still add overlays to your photos, my favourite other way to do this is in Picmonkey.

I’ve talked about Picmonkey on here before, I’m not affiliated with them in any way, I just love to use it! I do subscribe to the paid service, which gives me more options for things I can do, but for this tutorial I used only free elements of the site.

Here’s a photo I’ve refreshed in Picmonkey:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Here’s how the photo started:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

When you go to the Picmonkey site this is the landing screen. You have the option to ‘Edit’, ‘Touch Up’, ‘Design’ or ‘Collage’ – for today we want ‘Edit’. Click there and it will ask you to upload your photo.

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Once your photo is uploaded the screen will be something like this:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

I wanted to crop my photo first, so I clicked on ‘Crop’ in the left sidebar, and chose ‘Square’ from the drop down box. I could then drag and adjust the box on my photo so it cropped how I wanted, when ready you can click ‘Apply’:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Now click on the Butterfly icon in the left hand menu to take you to the overlays. There’s quite a selection!

I started with ‘Corners’ and chose this corner:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

See the ‘Overlay’ small panel that has appeared? It means you can recolour, flip, fade, or delete your overlay! You can also adjust the size, and rotate it, using the handles on the image itself:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Now I added a flourish and changed it to grey:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

You can place the overlays so some of it hangs off the edge of the photo. I dragged this flourish so you could only see half of it:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Keep adding overlays until you are happy! I added some from ‘Sparkle Stars’, ‘Nautical’, ‘Spirographs’, and ‘Garnishes’, recolouring, adjusting, and fading them until I was happy with it:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Then you can add text by clicking on the ‘Tt’ symbol from the left-hand menu. Choose the text you like then click ‘Add Text’, a box will appear for you to type in. I chose the font ‘Ecruyerdax’, and adjusted the colour and size of the text just like I did with the overlays:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Then you just click ‘Save’ to download it to your computer:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Cool huh?

Here’s another one I did in the Rhonna Designs App on my phone:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

I love taking landscape shots but don’t always scrapbook them or use them any other way. Adding overlays is a fab way to turn them into something special – to scrapbook a quote or emotion, or to frame, or you could even just use them as a desktop background.

Be Inspired:

Add an overlay to a photo, either in a program like Picmonkey or by adding transparencies on top

Add a flourish or twirly corner to a project

Go out and take a landscape photo to inspire you

Do you have any landscape photos that need a little extra something to make them special?

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}

Back soon!

Jennifer x