Scrapbook Layouts

DAD Layout With A Painted Background

I’ve not been scrapbooking as often lately. I think one reason for this is that I don’t have any recent photos printed, nor any new supplies to play with! So I printed this photo from last weekend on my Canon Selphy, and I had fun scrapbooking it today:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

My Dad’s 60th birthday was back in March, but due to my Grampa (his Dad) being ill in hospital we didn’t celebrate then. Now my Grampa is home and recovering so my Dad came down for a visit, and we celebrated belatedly. We cooked him this towering chocolate sponge with strawberry jam, whipped cream, and sliced strawberries, with a drizzle of chocolate sauce on top. It was yummy!

I had to search for some inspiration for this – when I’m not scrapping as much I definitely struggle more to get started! I chose THIS LAYOUT by Missy Whidden as my inspiration – I liked the big letters with a painted background. So I cut some letters to spell ‘DAD’ using my Cricut Explore, and chose my background cardstock:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used a paintbrush and some watered-down white acrylic paint to paint the background in a scribbled manner, and also added some splatters:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the white layer was dry I repeated this with red paint, though I used a sponge to apply the bulk of it rather than a brush this time:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the red was dry I inked the edges of the letters using a green brush pen, then stuck them onto the background – using repositionable tape so I could lift them up and tuck things under if I wanted to:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I adhered the photo with 3D foam tape.

Now it was time for the fun bit, adding journaling and lots of embellishments. I liked how the embellishments overlapped the letters on the inspiration page, so I made sure to do this on my page too. I also made sure to use the number ’60’ because that’s the birthday my Dad was celebrating. I didn’t want the numbers to be the big part of the page as it seemed mean to shout his age out!

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I got to this point and then felt like the page still needed something else. I knew I’d be adding enamel dots but that wouldn’t be enough. So I dug out a few wooden stamps – my favourite being one that says ‘eat cake’ and stamped them around the page before adding the dots:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I had to stamp the ‘eat cake’ one with Stayz-On ink as I tried with pigment ink first, both grey and then black, but neither of them showed up very well – here’s what the grey looked like at first:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

The ‘you’re awesome’ and ‘happy birthday’ stamps worked fine with black pigment ink though:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I really love the effect of the big letters:

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think I ended up with a fun, happy page to suit my Dad and his cheeky temperament!

DAD Layout With A Painted Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

Now I need to go and order a big pile of photos and start scrapbooking more again!

I hope you are having a great weekend,

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts, Your Craft & Soul Events

The Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop & Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

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

Whoop! It’s time for the Blog Hop! This is always a fun part of the event, when we get to see how other crafters have interpreted the theme!

If you go all the way around (there’s only 10 stops), leave a comment on each blog, then come back here to say you’ve finished the hop, then your name will go in the draw to win this refreshing prize pack  {Giveaway NOW CLOSED}:

Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop Prize at Jennifer Grace Creates

The prize includes lots of Glitz 77 and My Mind’s Eye Izzy Items, total worth over £25!

The giveaway is open internationally, and it will close on Monday the 9th of June 2014 at 10.59pm BST. The winner will be announced on Thursday the 12th of June, so check back to see if you’ve won!

Here’s my project for the hop:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Do you like the waterfall effect on the left? I had sooooo much fun making it:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Here’s how I made the waterfall…

Layer 1: I tipped some Heidi Swapp Seafoam Color Shine Mist onto a plate:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

And then used a paintbrush to dribble it at the top of a sheet of white cardstock, tipping the cardstock so it ran down the page:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Then, still holding the cardstock upright, I flicked the loaded paintbrush towards it, to make some splatters (make sure your work area is protected!):

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Layer 2: Once the Seafoam Mist was dry I repeated the above steps with Mister Huey Clay Mist:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Layer 3: When all the mist was dry, I used my sewing machine to stitch some wavy lines on top:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Layer 4: I used a swirly stamp and Studio Calico Mint Hint Ink to stamp some random swirls on top:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Layer 5: I finished it off with sequins, gems, white liquid pearls, enamel dots, and some blobs of glossy accents:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Then I raided my stash for embellishments that matched the colour of the waterfall:

Journey Together layout by Jennifer Grace

Be Inspired:

Make a waterfall / river / sea with mixed-media layers

Create a monotone project

Stitch some wavy lines

What do you think, does it all look suitably watery?!

Now it’s time to send you on to the next stop in the hop, the lovely Annie!

Here’s the full list in case you get lost on the way:

Jennifer: http://jennifergracecreates.com/

Don’t forget to leave comments all the way around, and then stop back here to let me know you are done, to be entered in the draw to win the prize!

I’ll see you again at 7pm, Jennifer x

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}