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

Scrapbook Layouts

Triangle Pattern Layout Process Video

I’ve got a new scrapbook layout process video to share with you today! This one features a triangle pattern that was inspired by the crazy paving in the photo – paving which I ‘helped’ my Great Uncle to lay when I was four years old, and played on with my brother often in our childhood years. I snapped this photo of my two kids playing on the same paving and smiled to think of all those years gone by!

Triangle Pattern Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

I had a lot of fun mixing up the colours and styles of the paper for my triangle pattern. To see how I put the whole page together you can watch this video:

 

Here’s a few detail shots of the page too…

I added the glitter star by the title after I’d finished recording and packed away the camera – because I found the packet of stars on the floor:

Triangle Pattern Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

Inking the edges of the triangles helped them to stand out much better against the background:

Triangle Pattern Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

I like how the tree makes the page look more like a scene:

Triangle Pattern Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

Do you ever pull patterns from your photos, rather than just colours or themes? Why not give it a go?!

I hope you have a great day! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway HERE if you haven’t already!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

A Watercolour Card Video For The Sweet Stamp Shop Re-Opening!

Today I’m celebrating along with Sweet Stamp Shop, as they are having a Grand Re-Opening. They’ve been re-designing their website, packaging, etc, and they are having a month-long party to celebrate, all kicking off today! Do you want to see a watercolour card video tutorial? Read on for more…

Fans and past designers of Sweet Stamp Shop were invited to join in by making a project with an Oolong Tea stamp set (we were provided with a digi file, though it won’t be available in digi format), or we could use any current Sweet Stamp Shop stamps. All our projects should be going live at the same time today, and if you comment on the blogs in the designer showcase then you might win a $25 giftcard – one random blog has a giftcard to giveaway (you never know, it might be me)! Check out the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog for the blog hop list!

I used the Oolong Tea set but without the sentiment (because it said ‘it’s been oolong’ and I’d never heard of oolong tea before) to make this watercolour card…

A Watercolour Card Video Tutorial for Sweet Stamp Shop at Jennifer Grace Creates

Cute huh? I decided to go with a ‘magic in a cup’ kind of theme, because whatever kind of tea or coffee you like, it does feel like magic to have a sip!

Here’s the process video (you can also watch it on YouTube HERE):

 

I just love the little smiles on the cup, milk carton, and sugar cubes:

A Watercolour Card Video Tutorial for Sweet Stamp Shop at Jennifer Grace Creates

Below you can see how the doodled black pen is deliberately not perfect – eg. the lines don’t meet up at the corners of the stars – this is to keep it looking hand drawn and lively:

A Watercolour Card Video Tutorial for Sweet Stamp Shop at Jennifer Grace Creates

What are you waiting for? Go and check out the stamps, plus lots more inspiration and party fun, over at Sweet Stamp Shop:

Watercolour Card Tutorial for Sweet Stamp Shop at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can also like their Facebook Page HERE.

Don’t forget – there is a $25 Sweet Stamp Shop gift card for one comment on a random designers blog – so, comment along (and follow / like the designers if you want to). I might be the blogger with the golden $25 – you never know!

How do you colour in your stamps (if you do that kinda thing)?

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great day!

Jennifer x