Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Best of Times | Lisa-Jane Johnson | Large Photo

Hello lovelies!  It’s Lisa-Jane from Pretty My Page here with you on the blog today to share my layout with a LARGE photo.  I really like using large photos on layouts because it cuts down the decision making process somewhat - there are only so many places you can put a large photo!  However, as I tend to get my photos printed in batches at a standard size, I don't get many larger than 6x4.  The only ones I tend to have other than school photos, are the ones you get as souvenirs when you go somewhere like a theme park or on certain holiday events etc.  I knew we had some large photos from our Mexico holiday where we swam with dolphins and I thought they'd be perfect for this challenge.  


Sorry, what's that?  You can't see any dolphins in this picture?  No, neither can I.  I couldn't find my precious pictures anywhere so I've added that job to my "To Do" list as I definitely want to scrap them.  But I did come across this photo of my dear Dad and my late-almost-step-mum and I thought it would be a great chance to scrap about a very relevant event.  It is my favourite photo of the two of them on a cruise somewhere at some point (I can't recall the details) and it is also one of my Dad's favourite photos of the two of them.  I happened to have it in my possession when she died very suddenly just before my Dad's birthday so I decided to get a large canvas done of it for his lounge. 


When I went to collect it, I realised that actually they did these canvasses much larger than I had estimated and it was so big that it wouldn't fit in my big car!  I tore back the paper a little bit to check the quality of the print and there she was, a life sized image of my dead almost-step-mum, peering back at me through the brown paper!  It was incredible spooky!  There was no way that this huge portrait was going to be suitable for your standard 3 bedroom home, especially when she hadn't even been buried and the shock and confusion of her untimely demise was till incredibly raw.  Not appropriate at all.  A few months later I reordered a more appropriately sized version which has pride of place in my Dad's home but it still makes me smile every time I see it when I think of the shock I got that day.




I haven't done the journalling on the layout yet but I wanted the design to reflect the picture rather than the story that I was telling about it.  I wasn't on the cruise so that part of the story isn't relevant to me but I wanted to use more grown up products to suit the style of the photo and felt that this Basic Grey Tea Garden fitted the bill quite well.  I fussy cut some of the flowers from the flip side of the pink spotty paper and I used off cuts and yellow enamel dots from my shop to add a pop of colour and bring out the yellow in the flowers on the photo.



I even managed to gut the title from the back of one of the other papers and it fitted perfectly because they really did have a lovely time together and I had wanted to reflect that in the canvas for his present.  

Have you got any oversized souvenir pictures or a favourite print that needs some special treatment?  We'd love to see!  As always, please don't forget to use the hashtag #UKScrapaddicts when sharing your work on Instagram and don't forget to show us on the Facebook page too.  

Now, go forth and make pretty pages!

xx

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

You Are My Fave | Roxy Cousins | Large Photo


Hey lovelies, Roxy here! Today i'm going to show you my first ever layout with a large photo! Do you create large photo layouts often? I'd love to know, I think I might be hooked.. 



When I thought of large photos, I thought of my bunny. I knew I had this photo of her looking so bunderful and happy! 



The hearts were inspired by a lovely instagrammer called @beavalint, although she isn't from the UK, her layouts are very inspirational. The hearts are from a Paper Issues file. 







I've used goodies by Maggie Holmes and Pinkfresh Studios. I wanted to use simple embellishments, so that the photo took pride of place. 






If you'd like to see my process, here is the video: https://youtu.be/baZtI07X8Ro
 

Thank you for stopping by, see you next time!! 





Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Beach Boys | Sheena Rowlands | Large Photo

Hi there Scrap Addicts x

This months theme of large photos had me looking back through my scrapbook albums. I realised over the years I've been scrapping with smaller & smaller photos. So maybe its time to challenge myself to go bigger with my photos.

The photo I've used for this page is an old one which I'd wanted to scrap but never got around to. I printed it A4 size which is as big as I can print at home.

Beach Boys.

I've used the Prima St Tropez range mainly to scrap with as the colours & beachy ephemera fit perfectly with my pic.
I've grouped my embellishments in 2 areas and overlapped the photo but tried to keep the feel that they were the only ones on the beach which was true as it was dry day in March when it was taken.
I added 3 inked wood veneer boys under my title and  then adhered random dew drops to add watery splashes.
Please show us your large photo layouts & share them with us on our Facebook page.
Happy Scrapping.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Like a Boss - Sarah Costain - Large Photo

Hi Sarah here today with a large photo layout.

I chose a 12x8 size and trimmed away the background of my photo.
The ice cream towers were created using a cutfile and coloured using Dylusions ink spray which I watered down to create pastel shades.
I added the same colours to my background and popped the photo and ice cream layers up on foam.
My title was made using a cutfile and then embossed with glitter gold powder. I created a cherry for the top of my tower using alcohol ink markers, Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.
The layout was finished off with some iridescent glitter, a flair badge by Bramble Fox and some gold stars and sequins.

You can check out the process video here.
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=XFGy5vNnXqE

Thanks for stopping by today,
Have a happy scrappy week :)


Sunday, 16 July 2017

July's Free Cut File


We have a freebie set of border cut files for you this month.


How often do you use borders on your layouts?  I confess, not often enough...

You can read more about using cut files without a cutting machine here, and find instructions for downloading and using a cut file with Silhouette Studio here.

Guest Designer | Bramble Fox

If you were losing sleep wondering if it's possible for one of the UKSA team to guest blog on the UKSA blog you'll be happy to know it IS possible.  We welcome our Jackie, who is also on the Bramble Fox design team.

Hi, I’m Jackie, I live in Birmingham, I’ve been scrapping since 2008, you can find some of my layouts on my instragram pages - @jackiescraps, and also on the Hey Little Magpie blog as well as here at UK Scrap Addicts.  I’m also a partner in Birds of a Feather UK, which organise workshops and retreats in the West Midlands.
This is one of my current layouts for the CT for Bramble Fox.

For this layout I’ve used a 8 x 5 landscape layout, on a 9 x 12 page as this page will be added to my Paris Travel Album.
I’ve used the lovely perspextive ‘today’ and two of the flair badges.

I’ve kept the layout very simple, as I wanted the photographs to be the main focus of the page. This page will be on the reverse of the title page and will accompany a pocket page with some more photograph and journalling.

Bramble Fox have generously given YOU a code for 10% this month!




Saturday, 15 July 2017

INK PADS AND STAMPS

Hi lovely Scrappers! Today the team are having a chat about ink pads and stamps...

Claire: I love stamps! I just do not use them enough, I collect and hoard them. I have done a few layouts that have been focused on stamping and I love the end results. However, I think the reason that I don’t stamp more is the fear of messing it up. Stamping is definitely a technique to master. I also own 15 (yes 15) roller phrase stamps and I use these frequently to add finishing touches to my layouts. I generally just stamp these in black Versafine ink and often do a “ghost” stamp where I stamp multiple times without re-inking to get the ombre stamped effect (I feel I’ve just made that term up - ha ha). I think the general consensus for most scrapbookers is that they own stamps and do not use them enough. So, my commitment from here on in is to use my stamps more!

Gemma: I only have a small selection of stamps, which I really need to use more. My favourites are my two rolling stamps, the Shimelle date stamp and a Dear Lizzy phrase stamp. I like to use these as a final touch to a layout, stamping a few lines near a cluster of embellishments. My favourite ink pad is StazOn which I have in black.
If I want to get messy for a mixed media look, I have some of the large Tim Holtz Distress ink pads. I use these with the packaging technique. To do this I stamp the pad straight onto some plastic packaging, then I spray some water on top, which makes the ink react. The ink applied onto cardstock creates a pretty watery effect for a background.




Lisa-Jane: Using ink pads and stamps either alone or together, can really expand your crafting stash in a cost effective way. You can make your own patterned papers to use as backgrounds or extra layers if you don't have the exact piece that you feel you need or you can add little pops of interest and detail with the smallest of stamps, and anything in between. I do use stamps on my layouts now and then and I really need to use them more as I love the extra layers that they can create. I'm a huge fan of Tim Holtz Distress inks and the new Distress Oxides and I definitely wouldn't be without my Vintage Photo ink pad and blending tools for inking the edges of most of my papers etc on a layout. I used to think they were all about the grunge and eleventy billion shades of brown but as you can see from this layout they can also be nice and bright too. This page is from a holiday album where I used a particular collection right the way through. I was getting short on full pages and I had an idea to make a matching background sheet and I was so happy with how it turned out. I used thin washi tape to make a geometric pattern over some white cardstock and then used the blending tool and two bright colours of Distress Ink over the top. I pulled off the washi tape and hey presto, a full, matching, background sheet for the price of a plain sheet of cardstock! The inks and stamps might be an investment to begin with but as long as you choose generic styles or colours you scrap with a lot then you will definitely get your money's worth.



Sarah T: I love the idea of stamping, especially on Pocket Page layouts. I really like; stamping on photos, repeat stamping, creating stamped embellishments, and a good old date stamps. I did some repeat stamping recently as a title card and really loved it. I used an alpha stamp and black StazOn ink. I'm actually really pleased we've covered this topic because stamping is something I'm always keen to do more of and I've picked up loads of tips from the rest of the ladies. I hope you have too.



Vicci Lou: Stamps are by far my fave thing to use ever! I think every new scrapbooker should invest in a couple of cool sets. They're so versatile; mix that in with some scraps and different coloured inks and you can make lots of embellishments, which is great if you're on a small budget. Stamps are great for adding texture and interest to backgrounds and also for adding those little final touches to layouts instead of say enamel dots or sequins. Yes, they are a flat element on the page but if you use the right contrasting colours you can really make them pop!

Kirsteen: I'm more of a collect and hoard kind of stamper. I love the idea of stamping, being able to reuse an image I really love but the reality is my stamp collection lives in a pretty box that I swoon over every now and then.



Susan: Hmm stamping? Not my favourite technique. I am not good at getting an even pressure and so end up with extra ink, or not enough ink, on the finished image. I recently invested in a We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Tool which should help but I haven’t opened it so can’t report back yet (I bought mine from UK company, Cre8tive Online). I have found that ‘you get what you pay for’ both with stamps and with inks and also that it is worth experimenting to get the right ink for the job. I use a lot of inking on the edges of cut papers on my scrapbook pages; it gives a more finished look, I think. Some inks are just too ‘inky’ for that but Tim Holtz Distress Inks do the job perfectly. However, they are hopeless for stamping a crisp, clear image and, to be fair, they were never intended for that purpose. Cheaper stamps and especially some of the freebies on magazine covers, seem to splay out a little and smudge the image; I am happy to pay a bit extra and buy a really good stamp; those from Stampin’ Up, for example, are excellent. And a wee tip - did you know the little round blending foam pads fit perfectly in the bottom of the mini Distress Inks? So you can store each one with its own colour.



Maria: Confession time! I only have a handful of ink pads. Until recently, my idea of stamping on a layout consisted of adding the date with a date stamp! (and I do this on my layouts 90% of the time). However, I have ventured into making a feature of stamping on my layouts in the last few months. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I go big! I like stamping directly onto the background, and if the cardstock is textured you have to make sure that you are impressing your stamp correctly, otherwise it may not look sharp. And beware the stampers nemesis: dropping your stamp on your layout by mistake! I must confess that it has happened to me more than once! My favourite ink is Versafine; I use it for stamping my date and for other bits and pieces. For colour inks I have a couple of colours of Distress Inks and a couple of colours of Stampin’ Up pads. I am currently saving a bit to invest on some more pads!




Emma C: OK, one thing to remember is not all ink pads are created equally and the one you choose is totally dependent on what you want to do with the image. First of all there are different formulations of ink. Pigment ink, dye ink, hybrid ink, embossing ink, waterproof ink ... I know, it's a minefield! I would recommend checking out Jennifer Maguire’s YT channel as she has great videos explaining the differences between the lot. From a personal point, I love Tim Holtz Distress Inks for water colouring and blending. I use Ranger Archival Jet Black a fair bit because it gives a fab crisp image. I've also recently started using Clearly Kelly Hybrid ink by Hero Arts, which look blotchy to begin with but smooth out when they dry.
In terms of stamps, I prefer to use clear stamps, usually the ones made from photo polymer are of a higher standard and give a better image when stamped. Clear stamps also let you see where you're stamping as you can see through them - bonus.
*psst* Don't worry if you're like me and never clean off your stamps, it doesn't hurt them!

Jess: So I swore I was never going to be a stamper. I tried it a few times with a variety of bad results. I even sold all my studio calico stamp sets online. Then a pen pal sent me a pad of StazOn black ink. This is now the only ink I use. I have a Project Life roller date stamp and a Heidi Swapp stamp set and that's all I use. The StazOn ink is great and as Emma said, its OK to not clean them, especially if you only use one colour. One technique I do like to do is to repeat the stamp until the ink on it has run out, to give kind of a shadow effect. Its a nice quick and easy way to get an interesting feature on a page.




Michelle: I absolutely love to stamp, it's my favourite thing to do! I don't own a massive variety of stamps but the ones I do have are excellent quality and can be used in a range of techniques. I'm not particularly an arty person so the stamps that make up a scene or the stamps that have two parts (dual stamp) are my favourite, when you combine them with good quality ink pads you can use them again and again without your layouts ever looking the same.


Some great hints and tips there from the team, I know I learnt some new ideas too!