Scrapbook Layouts

Build A Snowman Layout – Working with Dark Photos

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

I have another layout to share with you today. I have had these dark photos sitting in a drawer for over 5 years, but couldn’t work out how to use them because they were so black…

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think I pulled it off okay in the end! I took some photos of my process, so you can see how I figured out a way to use the photos.

First I pulled a bunch of stuff from my Christmas stash. I looked for things with a hint of black to start with – I didn’t want things that were all black because the whole page would be too dark, but I wanted a hint so the photos didn’t look too lost or contrast too much with the rest of the page. Once I’d found a few things with a bit of black I noticed my scarf was blue in the photo, so I looked for items of that hue. Then as I was rummaging I came across the My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street gold ephemera and gold glitter sticker pieces, and decided that would make the page feel more special. Kraft and wood went quite well to match the gold too.

Here’s my pile of supplies:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

I pulled out the ‘Ready, Set, Snow’ stamp set at the last minute, because I realised none of the supplies had any snowmen on them!

The first thing I did was to cut down the photos to lose some of the black and make it easier to fit them all on one page.

Next I chose which piece to use for my background. I tried it on a plain mint blue piece, but that was too boring. Then I tried it on a Pinkfresh Studio paper with mountains and houses on, but I figured I’d be covering most of the paper up so it seemed a shame to waste it, and the paper was too white – it made the snowman appear yellow! The final piece, again from Christmas On Market Street, was just right – the base colour was off-white and the black trees helped to echo the colours in the photos without being too overwhelming:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

I really wanted to use this old Crate Paper journal card on the layout, as the words fitted so well. But it would take up most of the page:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I noticed the words that were important to me – ‘Build A Snowman’ and ‘Bundle Up’ – were at the top, so I could just use those at the top of the page:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was all pretty easy from there. I planned out where the larger elements of the page were going to go:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

At this point I knew I wouldn’t bother trying to squeeze on a title – the journal card and the word ‘joy’ were enough for me!

I got them all stuck down, flat on the background:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I just needed to finish it off with my usual scattering of pretty bits and pieces, including buttons, little wood hearts, and enamel dots:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

I added one of the Happy Scatter ‘Watercolour Words’ flair badges above the big photo:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I managed to add a stamped snowman next to my journaling:

Build a Snowman Layout - Working With Dark Photos at Jennifer Grace Creates

The journaling says:

‘I am blessed with a sister as childlike as me! Of course we had to bundle up and build a snowman. The biggest I’ve ever built. We were so excited!! 09/01/2010’

Be Inspired:

Cluster everything in the middle of your page or project

Use a word sticker or alpha stickers so they overlap a photo or image

Use a black, mint, teal, and gold colour scheme

Do you have any photos sitting around in a drawer that you’re scared to use because of the colours in them?

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 see you again tomorrow!

Jennifer x

DIY Gifts, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial

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

Good morning! Today I’m sharing a tutorial for some festive snowman earrings – something to make for yourself, or as a DIY gift to give away this Christmas!

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

How cute are they? I love Christmas jewellery – you can see a special trinkets box I decorated to keep my winter jewellery in HERE, and some Christmas tree paperclip earrings I made last year HERE. I can never have enough, as I like to wear a different item of festive jewellery every day in December if I can manage it!

These little snowmen could also be adapted to use one as a charm for a bracelet or keyring, or as a pendant, if dangly earrings aren’t your thing!

To make these earrings you will need: white Fimo or other modelling clay (standard Fimo is better than kids Fimo if you have it), black and red acrylic paint, a tiny paintbrush, round-nose pliers and wire cutters (mine is a 3-in-1 tool), 2 head-pins, 2 fish-hook earrings, ALSO not pictured – 2 jump rings, a black fine sharpie or other permanent pen, and optional extras of Blue Tack, white acrylic paint, and varnish.

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 1: Pull off four balls of Fimo. I used Kids Fimo as it’s what I happened to have, but standard Fimo is better if you have it – Kids Fimo is softer so it’s easier to mould, but it also means it shows fingerprints more and is easy to knock out of shape while you are working. Two of the balls should be larger and two smaller:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Push the larger balls onto the headpins first, then the smaller balls. Shape the smaller ball so it has a pointy top:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Make a couple of teeny-tiny balls for the pom-poms on top of the hats:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Bake the Fimo according to the instructions on the pack. Mine took 30mins. Leave it to cool, then paint a red hat onto each snowman:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: When I was painting the hats I realised there was a lot of dust / tiny fibers baked in to the surface of my Fimo. I think this was because it was Kids Fimo, which does seem to be a bit stickier than standard Fimo. You can just about see them here:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Because of that I decided to paint both earrings with white acrylic paint, which worked a treat. It only took one coat to hide the dust!

Step 6: Once the white paint was dry I painted on the eyes and coal buttons with black paint, and used a fine black Sharpie to add the smiles. If you make any mistakes with the black paint you should be able to wipe it off while it’s still wet, using a baby wipe or damp paper towel. I attempted to paint the mouths several times before giving up and using the Sharpie pen!

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can also see above that I used Blue Tack to hold the earrings while I was painting them and while they dried.

Step 7: Use wire cutters to chop off the excess wire – I acutally cut mine a bit short – you need about 6 – 8mm of wire showing at the top:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Use the round nose pliers to curl this excess wire into a hoop shape:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Then you just use the pliers again to attach a jump ring and earring hook to each snowman. You can add a layer of varnish if you want to, I didn’t bother as they were just for me but I probably would if giving them away:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve just noticed one of the mouths is a bit smudged, maybe I should have added varnish after all! Ah well, I doubt anyone will notice when I’m wearing them!

Be Inspired:

Make some festive earrings or other jewellery

Add a little red hat with a white pom-pom onto a character on your next project

Put together a snowman by paper-piecing or another technique

Here’s a snowman I paper-pieced onto a card years ago, cutting his hat and scarf out of patterned papers, so that’s another idea for you if you don’t want to make jewellery:

Snowman Collage Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

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 tomorrow morning (8am GMT) with the next Frosty Festivities 2015 post!

I hope you have a great day,

Jennifer x