Scrapbook Layouts

Easter Egg Hunt Layout

Yesterday (in my post about some Painted Decorative Eggs) I mentioned that I’d made a layout inspired by all the pretty eggs I’ve seen on Pinterest, and here it is. It was a fun way to do a mixed-media page with lots of different textures!

Easter Egg Hunt Layout:

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut out lots of the details on my Cricut Explore – the eggs are cut from the woodgrain paper so that I could paint / decorate inside the holes, and I cut the bunting, journal card, bunny tag, and title with it too.

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

Here’s a layout process video to show you how I put the page together, including using the Cricut Design Space. The video also shows how I made a few mistakes and managed to cover them up! I changed my mind a lot too! The video can be viewed below, or on YouTube HERE.

 

The Cricut cuts I used were: #M54A6F (eggs), #M37922 (bunting), #M30703 (bunny tag), #MFCC29 (tag), #M369889 (line). And the font was Songbird.

Here are some detail photos of the page in case you want to look a bit longer, or aren’t able to watch the video…

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

The metallic egg was inspired by THESE ONES, the glitter eggs were inspired by THESE ONES, the chick egg was inspired by THIS ONE.

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

The watercolour eggs were inspired by THESE ONES, the polka-dot eggs were inspired by THESE ONES and the washi-tape egg was inspired by THESE ONES.

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

The kids had a great time. We’re going to someone else’s garden for an Easter egg hunt this year and they are very eggs-cited about it!

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m entering this layout into the ‘Cut It Up’ Spring – Anything But A Card Challenge.

I’m already thinking about what other shapes I can cut from a 12×12 background to then fill with a riot of mixed-media. Maybe some chevrons, hearts, or stars? What would you cut out? What techniques would you use to fill the holes?

Have a crafty day!

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including vinyls, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

Cardmaking

An Easter Bunny Shaped Card

Today I’ve another video for you (I seem to be on a video kick right now, but I’m sure I’ll calm down eventually)! This one is a tutorial on how to make an Easter bunny shaped card using the Cricut Explore. If you don’t have an Explore machine you can try to find a bunny silhouette to draw around and cut out instead!

An Easter Bunny Shaped Card Tutorial Using The Cricut Explore

I say this is for an Easter bunny card, but of course you could use it for other occasions too by changing the sentiment inside. It would make a cute welcome baby card for example!

Here’s the video showing you how to put it together:

 

 The video can also be viewed on YouTube HERE.

What do you think? I’m in love with the bunny’s bow, it makes him look so dapper:

An Easter Bunny Shaped Card Tutorial Using The Cricut Explore

Will you be sending out any cards this Easter? If yes do you make them yourself or buy them?

Don’t you want to sit and make lots of pom-poms now? No? Just me then!

Happy Monday!

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including cardstock, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

About Me

My First Weekly Vlog (Video Blog)!

Hello! Here is the start of something new… I’m trying out a vlog (a video blog)!

Jennifer Grace Creates Weekly Vlog #1

I’ve been party inspired by Jennifer Gallacher who posts ‘Diary Of A Memory Keeper’ on YouTube HERE which is like a vlog, and Amy Tangerine’s videos with Jamie Waters, both the Creative Handbook videos (first one HERE) and their new Design On Time series (first one HERE) which aren’t like vlogs at all, but they do show that they aren’t scared to be on camera!

I decided to show myself on camera more so you can all see what I look like. Be kind though, I’m certainly not used to being on camera. It took a few takes for me to stop saying ‘errrm’ a lot! Here it is…

Jennifer Grace Creates Weekly Vlog #1

This can also be viewed on YouTube HERE.

Here’s a couple of links to things I mention in the video:

The CHA-UK Creative Exchanges Event

Sarah Hurley’s Announcement of CE Speakers

The Blogtacular Website

These links can also be found beneath the video in YouTube.

What do you think? Good idea or disaster?!

I don’t think I will post on my blog every time I post a vlog on YouTube, so make sure you Subscribe to my YouTube Channel if you don’t want to miss any. I just thought I should tell you about the first one here because it’s a new thing for me!

Let me know your thoughts. Do you have any crafty people that you like to watch on YouTube? Let me know so I can follow them too!

Have a great day,

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

Happy Scatter

Guest Post – Terhi Koskinen with a Happy Scatter layout & Process Video

As I promised when I revealed the Guest Designers on Tuesday, I’m back today with the first Guest Designer’s project with items from my Happy Scatter Etsy Shop. Read on to see what she created and to see a process video!

Here’s the fabulous ‘Love This’ scrapbook layout by Terhi Koskinen:

GUEST POST - Terhi Koskinen with a 'Love This' Happy Scatter layout

Here’s what Terhi wanted to say about her page:

I decided to focus on the ‘Going In Circles’ stencil, but once I got my inspiration going I noticed I used all the things I got in my Guest Designer goody pack. The ‘Scattered Triangles‘ stencil is so very versatile, I’m sure it will be the one I’m using over and over again in the future. The same goes for the wood shapes and especially for the cork stickers, those are so thin and nice way to add interest to a scrapbook page! 
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I’m so glad I got a chance to guest here, the Happy Scatter products made me so Happy! Thank you Jennifer!
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The lovely Terhi also filmed a process video to show you how she put the page together, I especially loved watching how she used the stencils. You can watch below or see it on YouTube HERE.
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Ooh she makes me want to pull out my stencils and messy media and get playing!Here’s some close ups of her page. I like how she cut one of the Everyday Printed Cork Stickers in half to tuck them into her layers, and the stars from the Simply Life Wood Veneers set look gorgeous coloured with turquoise mist:

GUEST POST - Terhi Koskinen with a 'Love This' Happy Scatter layout

The cork sticker below is also from the same set, but Terhi altered it by drawing a border and adding a ‘best ever’ circle, to cover up the ‘365’ number printed on the star – showing how you can make them work for you on your project:

GUEST POST - Terhi Koskinen with a 'Love This' Happy Scatter layout

Loose threads, pretty paper layers, and flecks of mist all compliment the stenciling:

GUEST POST - Terhi Koskinen with a 'Love This' Happy Scatter layout

What do you think? Does Terhi’s page make you want to pull out your arty supplies?!

Here’s a reminder of where to find all Terhi’s other fantastic projects…

Terhi Koskinen:

Happy Scatter Guest Designer Terhi Koskinen

You can find my creations from my My Blog, tutorials from my Youtube Channel, and lots of “behind the scenes” pics from my Instagram. I’m also on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter!

Thank you so much Terhi, you did a wonderful job and I can’t wait to see what the other Guest Designers create over the next couple of months!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Giftwrapping

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Unboxing and First Use!

My Heidi Swapp Minc Machine arrived, hooray! If you don’t know about this machine, it’s basically a foil applicator so you can make things shiny! I ordered mine from Create & Craft TV here in the UK, but they’ve sold out for now. I know several other places have it on order though, including Hey Little Magpie.

Frustratingly the Minc 6×6 pad and tags that I ordered at the same time have not been delivered yet, but I’m lucky that I have a laser printer, so I can use that, plus the tags that came with the machine, to play with while I’m waiting!

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Foil Applicator Unboxing and First Use

As it’s such a new scrapbooking / papercrafting product I recorded a video of the unboxing and first use of the machine:

 

(You can also watch the video on YouTube HERE)

I have not sped up this video (like I sometimes do on my videos) because I want you to see how fast you can take this out of the box and put it to use! I did record the sound later as a voice-over though – the mic on my camera is not great and there’s generally a lot of noise in this house during the day.

Here’s a couple of tips for things I’ve learnt so far. These are the main points of the video but I’m putting them here too in case I talk too fast on the video.

Minc Machine First Use Tips:

1. The machine gives off an odour the first couple of times you use it, like when you’ve just cleaned the oven and the next time you use it it needs to burn off the smell. This odour disappears after a few uses (I’ve used it more times since the video).

2. Be careful when taking the foil sample that comes with the machine out of the plastic packet, I got the foil stuck to the sticky strip on the bag and wrecked some of it! Cut off the sticky tab first!

3. Have some really sharp scissors to hand, you can’t cut the foil with blunt scissors.

4. The rollers are much further into the machine than I thought they would be!

5. The static properties of the carrier sheet can grab the foil and make it move around when you are putting the foil and tag/item inside it. Double check the foil is covering the whole printed part of the item before you put it into the machine!

Also, the power cable is not very long – about 40″. I’m going to need another extension lead if I want to use this in the middle of my table, which is a bit annoying, but not a deal-breaker for me.

That’s the main points for now, I’ll be doing more videos with the Minc so make sure you subscribe to my YouTube Channel  so you don’t miss them! If you have any questions about the machine let me know and I’ll try to cover it in a future video.

Here’s the two tags:

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Tags

They aren’t perfect but I’m getting a lot better the more I practice!

What do you think, would you like one of these machines? What foil colour would you choose to use first?

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

New Products at Happy Scatter!

Remember how I didn’t have internet access for months? Well I wasn’t totally idle, as I spent some time designing lots of new items for my Etsy Shop Happy Scatter!

I’ve got 5 new stencils, 5 new wood veneer shape sets, 2 new die cut cards, and 2 sets of die cut shapes (leaves and snowflakes). Read on to find out more, and to find out where you can go for a Happy Scatter giveaway today!

Here’s the stencils. I created some general background stencils and a couple of themed stencils. You can use them as the whole design or just choose individual bits of the pattern to include on your project:

September 2014 New Stencils at Happy Scatter

From top left to bottom right they are the: Deck The Halls Paperchains Stencil, Which Way Arrows Stencil, Lots Of Apples Stencil, Stars Of Wonder Stencil, and Going In Circles Stencil. (Please note the above are computer images of the stencils, see the listings for actual product photos).

Below is a photo of the new wood veneer shape sets, I had so much fun designing all these and thinking how I’d use them on my pages:

September 2014 New Wood Veneer Shapes at Happy Scatter

They are the: Simply Life Wood Shapes, This Way Travel Wood Shapes, Season Of Change Wood Shapes, Wonderland Winter Wood Shapes, and Wreaths and Baubles Wood Shapes. I did have to put the price up on these a teeny bit, by 20p each set, simply because the production cost for getting them laser cut went up a bit!

And last but not least, the Die Cut Card Shapes. I created a couple of 3×4 card sets like last time, but I also made some leaves and snowflakes sets – the largest snowflake and leaf shapes are nearly 6″ tall so they are a lot bigger than they look here:

September 2014 New Die Cut Card Shapes at Happy Scatter

You can find them here: Lots Of Leaves Cardstock Die Cuts, Lots Of Snowflakes Cardstock Die Cuts, Let’s Gather Autumn / Fall 3×4 Cards, and Makes Me Merry Winter / Christmas 3×4 Cards.

If you’d like to see me showing off these a little more, you can check out this video of the new items:

 

And if you’d like the chance to win a selection pack of the new products, you should head over to the Scrap 365 Blog, where they are giving away this bundle:

Happy Scatter Giveaway at the Scrap365 Blog

But you’ll need to head over there before Friday (the 26th) to check it out and enter to win! While you are there you’ll also see some fantastic examples from Ali Parris showing off some of the previous Happy Scatter items!

What do you think, is there anything that catches your eye? If you have any questions or suggestions for new products please let me know!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x