My Favourite Way To Cleanse – Refresh Layout

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

In my word of the year page (HERE) I mentioned that I wanted to spend more time in the sea. Going for a swim in the sea is my favourite way to cleanse, and the cold English sea doesn’t put me off at all – I just run in quick before I can change my mind!

Here’s a layout all about it…


Refresh Layout by Jennifer Grace

It shows my sister, me, and my mum in the sea last year!

To make a splash-filled background I used my Happy Scatter Raindrops Stencil, but I turned it around so the water drops were bouncing upwards (I stuck the stencil down with low-tack masking tape so it wouldn’t move about):

Refresh Layout by Jennifer Grace

Then I mixed some modelling paste with some aqua acrylic paint:

Refresh Layout by Jennifer Grace

And spread the mixture through the stencil using an old library card:

Refresh Layout by Jennifer Grace

While it was still wet I lifted off the stencil (and cleaned it quickly) then shook some blue glitter over the top for a bit of subtle shimmer:

Refresh Layout by Jennifer Grace

And left it to dry before shaking off the excess.

I also added extra detail to a glass nugget, by putting some Glossy Accents on the back and tipping on some chunky glitter:

Refresh Layout by Jennifer Grace

After it was dry I could turn it over, so it looks like the shimmering sea when you look down into it:

Refresh Layout by Jennifer Grace

I also used the Refresh Free Cut File for my title:

Refresh Layout by Jennifer Grace

I used an Elle’s Studio tag to list the reasons I love to swim in the sea:

Refresh Layout by Jennifer Grace

And I used one of my Seaside Smiles Wood Veneers, a whale, to make the page feel extra happy:

Refresh Layout by Jennifer Grace

Just look at his cute little smile!

Be Inspired:

Use a stencil to make a different shape / pattern than what it was intended for

Add glitter to something transparent

List the reasons for one of your favourite things to do

Do you ever swim in the sea?

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}

I’ll see you again soon for the FINAL post of the event!

Jennifer x

  • wow you are brave going in the cold sea in cold England! I am impressed! Love the blue monotone feel to this page and your raindrops work so well as splashes.

    June 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm
  • Sarah

    The stencilled splashes of water look great and I love the “blinged” glass nugget! I love the sea too, but rarely get further than paddling up to my knees!

    June 8, 2014 at 10:06 pm
  • Frances

    Love all the bits and pieces you add – simply love the smile on the whale’s face and the glass nugget. So pretty and very refreshing!

    June 8, 2014 at 10:09 pm
  • barbara macaskill

    I have never swam in the sea! Maybe someday I will but so far it has been a no go!
    Love your layout and your photo is cute! Looks like you all were having a great time! TFS!

    June 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm
  • Karen Schroeder

    I love how you made the glittered glass nugget!

    June 8, 2014 at 10:26 pm
  • gorgeous!! I live near the Pacific Ocean and can’t get enough of the beach.

    June 8, 2014 at 10:40 pm
  • Jen

    I love what you did with the glass bead! I love the ocean but I definitely don’t go in like I did when I was younger. I think I’ve learned to respect rip-tides more and I’m generally hauling around my 6yr old so I’m not taking him out too far.

    June 8, 2014 at 10:57 pm
  • So many clever ideas here x

    June 8, 2014 at 11:02 pm
  • What a wonderful photograph!!!! Beautifully scrapped!
    Love your LO – love THAT stencil!
    I live near the sea, I’m very blessed to see it from my house, and being two streets away from it. I totally get what you are saying – our water isn’t always that warm either – but its refreshing 🙂

    June 9, 2014 at 1:55 am
  • I envy you your access to the sea. The splash was really an inspired touch 🙂

    June 9, 2014 at 2:39 am
  • It’s been a while since I’ve been to the beach, but when I lived closer I enjoyed braving the waves in the Gulf on the Texas coast.

    June 9, 2014 at 3:26 am
  • Fantastic layout! I love the stencilled water drops!

    June 9, 2014 at 4:02 am
  • Super cute layout and another fun technique 🙂

    June 9, 2014 at 5:07 am
  • Heather Pham

    I’m in love with this layout, especially the little whale, the stenciled rain drops, and the marble that you made into sea glass.

    June 9, 2014 at 5:56 am
  • gemma steele

    Oh I love that glass pebble!! Sure I have some of those somewhere……

    June 9, 2014 at 10:46 am
  • I love being in the sea in a warm, foreign land however DD has a bit of a phobia and always thinks something is going to grab her by the ankles!!!
    Love your journalling on this layout 🙂

    June 9, 2014 at 11:30 am
  • Janet

    I love that technique and your layout is beautiful!!!! I will be trying this with some of my beach pics!

    June 9, 2014 at 11:34 am
  • Love the whale veneer

    June 9, 2014 at 11:37 am
  • Annie

    Lovely page, with beautiful details – great idea to turn the raindrops into splashes!

    June 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm
  • Love the LO….but you’re braver than me….it’s a long time since I’ve been in the English sea.

    June 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm
  • What a great layout! I do swim in the sea, but mostly abroad! The last time I swam in England must be about 10 years ago – I just find it too cold!

    June 9, 2014 at 6:02 pm
  • LOVE what you did with that pebble – very shimmery.

    June 9, 2014 at 6:46 pm
  • Oh Jennifer…I love the sea. I always go in..always!! What a great page x x

    June 9, 2014 at 6:47 pm
  • I love the sea. Your page makes me want to head to the beach Chunky glitter is new to me…I’ll have chase it up.

    June 9, 2014 at 7:48 pm
  • Lindsay

    I love what you did to the glass element. That chunky glitter is gorgeous. I wish I lived closer to the sea. There’s something spiritual about it in my opinion. Probably because I so seldom get to go. I love the photo of you and your fam. Its such a cute arrangement.

    June 9, 2014 at 10:11 pm
  • Fantastic layout! Love the textured detail!

    June 14, 2014 at 5:13 pm
  • S

    What a fresh lovely page. You took such care with the extra touches yet made the layout look effortless. That’s inspiring.

    June 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm
  • Love that glass pebble, truly gorgeous.

    June 19, 2014 at 8:13 pm

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