Cardmaking, Scrapbook Layouts

Summery Colour Combinations and Rainy Layouts!

Hello all,

Today I’m here to tell you about a couple of posts over at the SJ Crafts Blog!

First up, it’s time for the June Challenge, and this time it’s a Colour Palette:

June Challenge Colour Challenge at SJ Crafts

The colours you must use are: 
Hot Pink * Tangerine * Cream * Gold *
The “Cream” can be a neutral of your choice!! So you could use Beige, Grey, White etc.

Ooh, it’s so summery it makes me want to go lay on a baking hot beach somewhere!

I used the colours to make a birthday card…

Here Comes The Sun:

Here Comes The Sun card by Jennifer Grace

I’m trying to encourage the weather to warm up a bit! I used the Amy Tangerine’s Plus One 6×6 Pad and a Die-Cut Tag (stitched with gold embroidery thread), plus some Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine Ephemera, some Studio Calico Essentials Gold Stars, and some sequins.

Make sure you check out the other DT members projects, and enter the challenge to try and win a prize, right HERE!

I also had a couple of layouts go live on the SJ Crafts blog today, and these are all about using raindrops on your pages… the post is called Rain Rain, Stay and Play! Now, this doesn’t mean I want it to keep raining for real, as you can see from my card I really want some sunshine right now. But I’m quite happy for raindrop themed products to stick around for a while, as they are so fun to scatter around, and you don’t just have to use them on rainy pages…

Our Rainbow:

Our Rainbow layout by Jennifer Grace using Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine

Though of course you can use it for rainy pages if you want to…

Puddles Without Wellies:

Puddles Without Wellies layout by Jennifer Grace using Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine

I used the Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine collection in abundance on these pages, including lots of the Ephemera Pack, which I’m totally in love with, as it has so many pretty bits and pieces! The Puffy Stickers are super cute too!

You can see lots more photos of these layouts at the SJ Crafts blog right HERE, with more information about how I put them together too!

Thank you for reading my weather-filled post! Is it sunny or rainy where you are? Do you prefer products with sunshine or raindrops?

Have a great day!

Jennifer x

P.S. Don’t forget my free Refresh Your Craft & Soul event is fast approaching!

Disclosure: I am on the SJ Crafts Design Team, so I was sent the Hello Sunshine Products to use for the two layouts in this post, and I receive a discount off other items purchased in the store.

Scrapbook Layouts

SJ Crafts April Challenge – A Mood Board For Ideas!

Hello everyone! I don’t know what season you are experiencing wherever you are in the world, but here spring is in full swing, with flowers blooming and warmer days making me look forward to the summer!

So this Mood Board I created for the SJ Crafts April Challenge feels especially inspiring to me, though I’m sure you can get ideas from it not matter what weather you’re having…

April Challenge Mood Board:

SJ Crafts April Challenge Mood Board

You can take ideas from this however you choose, for example:

Use the colours – Yellow, Green, Peach, White, Cork/Kraft
Use the quote ‘Look How They Grow’
Make a page about flowers or plants
Use some of the elements, eg. feathers and stars on your page
Use the composition somehow (eg. two lines along the base of your project)
Or anything else you get from the mood board!
For my sample layout I mainly chose to use the colours of lime green and yellow, with some cork elements (including some American Crafts DIY Shop Cork Alphas and Arrows), but I swapped out the peach for a bolder orange because I wanted to use some Amy Tangerine Plus One items!
Treasure Hunt:

Treasure Hunt layout by Jennifer Grace

I love this combination of colours, it makes me feel happy and lively just to look at them!

The background paper with the circles on is actually from Crate Paper’s Boys Rule collection, it’s called ‘Race Track’ – I bought two sheets of this paper because I loved the front and back! I sprinkled some drops of gold mist on this side to break up the circles a bit.

The page is about a ‘treasure hunt’ walk my daughter and I went for last year – she designed the map and said we had to look for jewels!  The journaling reads:

‘I took you for an adventure one hot day, we left little brother with Rosie so we could explore properly. You drew a map for us and said we were looking for jewels and a castle. 

We hid from pretend dragons, collected jewels that were really pebbles, and the bridge by the quay was a castle. The alcoves were the king and queen’s thrones! I {heart} adventures with you!’

I also took inspration from the mood board by sticking a couple of elements (cut from the Plus One 6×6 Pad) down with washi tape, and by using star embellishments, particularly some gold and woodgrain stars from the Studio Calico Essentials range:

Treasure Hunt layout by Jennifer Grace

I added a couple of feathers like those on the mood board, though I coloured a white feather with Heidi Swapp’s Coral Color Shine Spritz first, then stitched them onto the layout:

Treasure Hunt layout by Jennifer Grace

Finally some Plus One Puffy Stickers and Accent Stickers, plus some Studio Calico Woodgrain and Gold Enamel Dots, are sprinkled around the page for my usual touch of scattering!

What do you think about the way I used the mood board? What inspiration can you take from it? Check out the Challenge Post at SJ Crafts to see what ideas the other Design Team members found on the mood board and the samples they made! Plus you can enter your own project to have a chance to win a small spring prize!

Have a great day!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

SJ Crafts March Challenge – Photo Inspiration

Hello hello. How is everyone?

Today I’m sharing the March Inspiration Challenge at SJ Crafts which has just gone live!

This month you can use this photo collage for inspiration in any way you choose:

SJ Crafts March Challenge

Here’s the layout I made as a sample…

@ The Cold Shore:

@ The Cold Shore by Jennifer Grace

I was inspired to seek out a photo from a cold day at the beach, and this was the coldest I have ever been at the shore!

My journaling is actually written on a bit of packaging, which is partly hidden – here’s the whole thing:

@ The Cold Shore by Jennifer Grace

If you can’t make it out, the journaling says:

‘You asked to go to the beach one day, but instead we promised to go on another. Even though it turned out to be cold we went then. We didn’t want to break our promise. And it didn’t look too bad when we left Wareham. However when we got to Studland beach the dark grey clouds were rolling in and the wind was blowing hard – whipping the beach flags. It was absolutely freezing! We played there for about half an hour, while our noses started running and a certain Mr got wet and had to be wrapped in a towel on the way home. I think we must have been mad, but at least we didn’t break our promise!’

I was also inspired to use muted colours – with darker colours at the bottom of the page going to lighter ‘sky’ at the top. The ‘b’ side of this piece of paper from Crate Paper’s The Pier collection was perfect for the subdued but atmospheric feel of the photo:

@ The Cold Shore by Jennifer Grace

A few of my other supplies were some The Pier stickers, some Prima canvas alphas, Jenni Bowlin’s Tiny Trims rub-ons, and some Simple Stories Daily Grind chipboard stickers, like the ‘Hello Weekend’ sticker below:

@ The Cold Shore by Jennifer Grace

All finished off with a good scattering of gems of course!

Will you join in the challenge this month? There will be a prize for one winner (donated by Annie) and a few of the favourite entries will be featured on the SJ Crafts blog soon afterwards. Don’t forget to check out the challenge details, and see the sample layouts by the rest of the team, right HERE!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

I Believe We Can Make Magic!

Hello!  How is everyone? I am happy because my internet is working again after the house move… how I’ve missed you blog land!

In the meantime a layout of mine went live HERE at the SJ Crafts blog! It’s this layout:

I Believe We Can Make Magic:

I Believe We Can Make Magic by Jennifer Grace

It’s about how magic is real because we make it ourselves… and I made a little magic with the crafting too, by using some Jenni Bowlin Doilies and Tiny Trims Rub Ons to alter some Chipboard Stickers, and changing the colour of the Prima White Canvas Alphas!

Colouring Letters

Go check out the post HERE to see more details. Also, two new Design Team members were announced HERE, please welcome them to the SJ Crafts team!

Don’t forget about my giveaway HERE too!

Thanks for stoppping by, Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

SJ Crafts Challenge #11

It’s time for a new challenge over at SJ Crafts, and this time the theme is Christmas! There’s an added challenge to ‘Mix Up The Alphas’. Here’s my sample page:

Christmas Photo Shoot:

Christmas Photo Shoot Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

This layout features a photo from 2008, of a photo shoot I did with my daughter. I put the picture on all our Christmas cards that year. I managed to get her to smile by focusing the shot, and then peeping over the top of the camera to say peek-a-boo, or to blow raspberries!

My supplies included the My Mind’s Eye All is Bright 6×6 Pad, and stickers, buttons, rhinestones, and decorative tape from the same collection (with a few other bits and pieces thrown in):

I added the gold ribbon with a hot glue gun, I love the shimmer it gives to the project!

Do you think you can enter this challenge? You can do any papercraft entry, eg. scrapbook layouts, cards, or gifts! One winner will receive a mystery Christmas themed prize! You need to enter by the 19th of December at 1pm GMT. For more details, and to see the other fabulous Design Team examples, see the challenge post here.

See you tomorrow for some Frosty Festivities! x

Scrapbook Layouts

SJ Crafts Challenge #3

It’s time for a new challenge at the SJ Crafts blog… this month’s theme is 1,2,3. Your project can be anything from a 1,2,3 list on a layout, to a first, second or third years child’s birthday card. Whatever these numbers say to you! You can also use three of something (eg. brads) on your project. See the challenge post here for more ideas and all the rules – you could be in with a chance to win some Echo Park ‘This and That’ Chipboard if you enter the challenge by the 18th April!

I decided to do a layout about my daughter’s love of counting, she really likes learning numbers, which I don’t think she inherited from me!

I wanted the 1,2,3 to be a real feature of my layout, so I created a large cut-out of the numbers, to look a bit like it had been cut on a Silhouette die-cutting machine. I’ve been loving the look of these cut titles but can’t afford the machine right now, so though this way of doing it is more time consuming, and less neat, it works for me right now!

The 1,2,3 template was made in Microsoft Publisher. I just made 3 seperate text boxes, typed a number into each (using Baskerville Old Face type, size 350), and moved them about until the numbers overlapped. I then printed it out and checked it was about the right size to fit onto a 12×12 layout:

I cut the numbers out and used pencil to draw around them onto the back of my patterned paper – making sure to flip the template so it would come out the right way around:

Then I cut it out with a craft knife, and mounted it onto my layout with 3D foam dots. It’s nice and eye catching having such a large cut-out title! If you want to use my 1,2,3 template to make something for this challenge (or for anything else), then I’ve saved it as a word document for you to download here.

For more information on the products I used and to see other DT members take on this theme, don’t forget to check out the challenge post here.

I’ll be back tomorrow to show you something exciting! (Well, exciting for me!)

Ta ta for now, x

DIY Gifts

MME Miss Caroline Trinket Box

Hello hello!

Just a quick one, as I have an awful lot of housework to do this evening. I hate housework. I guess I don’t know anyone who does like it, except maybe my Mother In Law – she has no fingerprints left on her right hand because she’s used bleach so much over her lifetime. They almost wouldn’t let her into the USA when they randomly checked her for fingerprints!

I just wanted to pop by and show you my latest project which went live today on the SJ Crafts blog. It’s a trinket box altered using MME Miss Caroline supplies, and would be a perfect Mother’s Day Gift – I may even give this one to my fingerprintless MIL:

My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Trinket Box at Jennifer Grace Creates

I love the Miss Caroline ‘Day Worn’ paper with the wood grain and doilies effect, and wanted to use it to make something special. I began by painting the inside rims of the box, as I knew I wouldn’t want to cover these with paper:

My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Trinket Box at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once that was dry, I measured the box lid and sides, cut the ‘Day Worn’ paper to match (also cutting notches into the back pieces for the hinges), and adhering them on with matt Mod-Podge. I put a layer of Mod-Podge onto both the box and the back of the paper, so that there was a nice layer to make sure the glue went into any cracks on the box surface. You can use watered down PVA glue instead of Mod-Podge, but be aware that PVA may yellow over time.

Once this first layer was dry, I then painted another coat of Mod-Podge over the whole box – working it into any joins to make sure they were sealed, and to give protection to the paper. I repeated this process to line the box with the ‘Day Butterflies’ paper, which is a nice surprise when you open the box:

My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Trinket Box at Jennifer Grace Creates

To decorate the lid, I used Mod-Podge again to attach some lace, and then stamped the line of flowers from the Miss Caorline stamps, using Staz-On ink. I used some mini alpha stickers on a MME label sticker to spell the word ‘trinkets’, and adhered this to the box using foam tape. I cut a flower from a scrap of ‘living blooms’ paper and placed a brad in the centre, then glued this on with a hot glue gun.

I also used wire cutters to cut the backs off a couple more brads from the set, and adhered these with hot glue too. Finally I used thick foam dots to attach the butterfly which comes with the Miss Caroline brads, and also stuck on a couple of yellow pearls:

My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Trinket Box at Jennifer Grace Creates

Now the box is all ready to store some lovely items!

Pop over to the SJ Crafts Blog Here to see the original post!

Thanks for looking,

Jennifer x