Thursday, 22 June 2017

Rainbow Hair | Niki Rowland | Moodboard

I love to work with Moodboards, there's so many things you can take inspiration from on them: shapes, colours, patterns as well as the things on the moodboards too of course. So for this fabulous rainbow moodboard we've got:
hearts, rainbows, clouds and rain, the colours, the word 'Hello', feathers, circles and pie-charts zebras (and therefore all zoo animals are fair game), lightbulbs and cork. So loads of directions to go in.

I choose to go for rainbows, clouds, hearts and the colours. I've used a very bright paper from Paige's Oh My Heart collection as my background frame and used white card for my main background. I back filled a free cut file by Paper Issues with more Oh My Heart collection and fussy cut lots of hearts to be falling out of the clouds. The very cute rainbow embellishment is by Freckled Fawn.

I had great fun making this layout and there's a process video too.

Happy scrapping and thanks for stopping by
Niki xx 

Find me on Hey Little Magpie, GoGo Getaway, Silhouette UK, Stick it Down,  UK Scrap Addicts, and Freckled Fawn. Also on my own blog: Being Scrappy and on Instagram as @nikiclaire

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Love Me Tender | Lisa-Jane Johnson | Moodboard

Hello lovelies!  It’s Lisa-Jane from Pretty My Page here with you on the blog today with my interpretation of one of this month's amazing mood boards.  Up until the challenges for National Scrapbooking Day I hadn't used a mood board to create a layout but now I've really got the bug and I absolutely love them!  When I saw the two that we had to choose from I automatically went for the one with the bright colours as I tend to scrap about my young children a lot.  Then I decided that the pink and mint one would work really well with the romantic papers I was using at the time and opted for this one instead.  Of course when I put my papers next to the mood board, it didn't work at all and I had to go back to square one.  

My starting point with any mood board is "what first strikes me?" and this one felt very much like a celebration - tinsel, bling, fringing, everything was saying party.  I was really excited about the fringing particularly as I had just taken delivery of some fringing scissors and I was desperate to try them out!  Then I went to my papers to see what sorts of things I could work with in terms of the colours and I found a Crate Paper - Paper Heart pad that I hadn't broken into at all and it fitted perfectly with the bluey mint and the pinky tones.  Next I went to my photo drawer and flicked through until I found something that would fit with the colours and still give me a sort of party feel.  

I came across some photos of my husband and I at the 70th birthday party for Fiona, Lady Montagu which had an Elvis theme (complete with guest impersonator and spectacular cake) and thought who better than Elvis to appear in a layout with fringing and bling!  Our own costumes were from Elvis's army days so went well with the caramel and gold that appeared in the moodboard.  

I decided on a crazy spur of the moment, that all my layouts for this event would feature lyrics from Elvis songs.  I had a big "Love" wood veneer so chose Love Me Tender which meant that I could get away with making a fringed heart!  I used the negative of a cut file from my shop and chose papers that would work well for thinner strips but that would still stand out on the pale pink background paper.  I cut the strips to size, folded the top edge over to give me a line to cut up to, and then adhered them on the heart beginning at the bottom.  Everything was going well until the shape started to get narrower towards the top of the heart because it was the joined area that sometimes needed trimming so there was nothing holding the fringe on.  After a little bit of bad language and walking away to get a cup of tea, I made it work.  

I mounted my photo on another piece from the same pad but I wanted something sheer behind it to reflect the wispy feel of the mood board.  I went back through my papers and found another pad I hadn't touched (can anyone ever have too much paper?  I think not...) and it was pad of sparkly pink and gold printed vellum!  This was definitely serendipity and I was so happy with how it all came together.  I may have even done a little happy dance :-)  I finished off with some pearly flowers, gold thread and gold buttons, added my title and called it done!

So the start of the month saw us sharing lots of rainbow inspired layouts and now we've had a run of the pastels / sparkly feeling ones.  Which "mood" has inspired you most?  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.  This month there is the very special £50 prize from our sponsor All Things Sticky so that's definitely worth getting inspired for!

Now, go forth and make pretty pages!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Sweet Girl | Roxy C (scrapbunny94 | Moodboard

Hey all, Roxy here again! xo 
I'm so excited to show you my layout!
I have never used a moodboard before and I got the chance to create the lovely pastel, sparkly one! It makes me so happy to see all the team's layouts! 
I hope you'll take inspiration too! 

Here is the process video for my layout

Don't forget to carry on reading to see the up close and personal pictures! Those sequins are so sparkly! 

I decided that I wanted to use a photo from a childhood holiday, so the sequins could stand out and match the glistening water in the background of the photo. Also so I could use all those beautiful flowers!! 

I decided to start of creating a pastel background to match the sequins and flowers. Derwent artbars came in handy for this. They are like watercolours, but so much easier to use. All you need is the artbars, water and your fingers! Just scribble on to your page, spray with water and blend, blend, blend! 

I backed my photo with pastel papers from the Oh My Heart 6x6 paper pad. Then went crazy with the ephemra from the same collection. I'd be so happy if they just came out with a pack of flower die cuts! One can dream...

Lastly I went crazy adding dots of glossy accents and sticking a variety of sequins on. You can never add enough sparkle!!

Thanks for reading! I hope you'll give the moodboard a whirl!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Love love love | Sheena Rowlands | Moodboard

Hi there x Sheena here again x

This month here on the UK Scrap Addicts Blog we are all creating using a mood board as our inspiration. I struggled to choose a favourite as they were both inspiring but I eventually settled on this one.

Mood boards are not one of my usual sources of inspiration so I was interested to see where this took me. The colours here draw me in first, then the circles and all the sparkles. I started looking through my stash for papers in similar colours to kick start my page.

Love love love.

I added a circular die cut over my choice of background paper and hand sewed around some to add texture.

I concentrated on finding and clustering embellishments that also matched the mood board colour scheme and found a number of cute animals which just had to be used with the Snap Chat photo of my Daughter.

 To continue the circles & sparkle I added a smattering of sequins around my 3 clusters.

I'm rather pleased with the result. If like me you have not used a mood board as inspiration, give it a go & please share with us on FB your finished layouts.

Till next time x

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Guest Designer - Elsie Robinson

Hi UK Scrap Addicts! I’m Elsie and I’m so happy to be a Guest Designer this month! I’m 24 and live near Brighton. I’ve been scrapping for about a year and half now and don’t think I’ll ever stop (I’m properly addicted!).

I love working with moodboards, and I especially loved the pink, mint and gold one because of all the sparkle on it. I hardly ever make a layout without sequins on it, so this moodboard was right up my street!

My starting point for this layout was this fairy wand  cut file I created in Silhouette Studio, I thought this would be a perfect way to incorporate lots of sparkle onto the page by backing it with some glittered cardstock.

 I loved the pink and mint green colour combination in  the moodboard, so I chose papers and embellishments from the Crate Paper Cute Girl collection that followed that colour scheme. The 6x12” sticker sheet even had a fairy wand on it, so it was definitely meant to be.

I also love stitching on my pages, so I had to include that in the layout. I stitched around the fairy wand to define it a little more and did the same with the clouds.

I cut my title from plain white cardstock. I love this white-on-white technique because it looks super clean and fresh and doesn’t compete with the colourful embellishment clusters on the rest of the page.

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Thanks for having me UKSA! There’s a process video below to see how this layout came together - enjoy!

Elsie x

Friday, 16 June 2017

Upon A Star | Sarah Costain | Moodboard

Hi Sarah here with my first post and video for UKSA, I'm so excited to be joining the team!

I took inspiration from this moodboard for my layout and you can view the process video here.

I cut the star from white cardstock and backed it with acetate and added vellum layers behind my photo for a softer look.

I used double sided tape to create the seam binding ribbon ruffles, then added gold thread in messy lines and decorated them with more sequins.

Finally, I used some wet glue brushed between the star points, I sprinkled gold sequins and white and gold glitter on top to add a little extra bling. A few more tiny gold sequins and that was it.

I hope you like it and give this moodboard a whirl :)

Thursday, 15 June 2017


Hello scraptastic friends! Today the team are having a chat about solid media...

Jess: I started out scrapbooking using Project Life and my loyalties still lie with pocket pages. I liked the simplicity of slipping in cards and photos and not having to do anything too artsy. I've always believed I am no good at art but I am learning lots as I go. Saying that, I refuse to use chalk, that stuff goes through me, especially when used on paper. I am actually tense just writing that. Does anyone else feel that way about certain textures? Anyway my chalk hating aside I do sometimes use solid mediums to add colour. I have used wax crayons but mostly I like pencils. There's just something kind of comforting about colouring in with coloured pencils. So much so that I own about 3 different packs of Crayola pencils even though they rarely get used. My favourite way to use them is to stamp images on to white card using black ink and then colour in with pencils or crayons. I can then cut the shapes out to use as die cuts. I've done this a few times, especially with floral stamps. I love it when creativity can be money saving.

Sue: I’m not really one for experimenting with media in my scrapping but I have always had a weakness for pens. I own way more than I will ever need! I use them on my pages for journaling, doodling, frames. My handwriting is large and bold so I almost always write with a Berol fine nib Italic pen - they are available in Ryman’s or, if you go through them as often as I do, buy in bulk from Cult Pens (a VERY DANGEROUS website for pen addicts!) My number one favourite for journaling on dark cardstock is the white pen made by Signo - the broad Uni-ball - try one from Paperchase then hop over to Amazon and buy in bulk from omghowcheap  or Cult Pens have them, too. Oh and a final tip - never leave your Sharpies in reach of a toddler!!

Emma C: Oooh OK, solid media is a bit of a tricky one and, honestly, it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. The one that I use most often is texture paste, which is also often called modelling paste or holding paste depending on the manufacturer. A lot of scrapbookers use the Ranger Texture Paste and have great things to say about it, it’s thick and holds its shape well. I currently have some Pebeo Modelling Paste which is great but a little runnier than I would like sometimes. Texture paste is great for putting through stencils and giving a subtle pattern or element of interest to the background of your page. If you want to have a play with mixed media, texture paste is a fun one to try! Another solid medium commonly used is Faber Castell Gelatos, a kind of soft pigment stick that is creamy and smooth and reacts with water. They can be purchased online or Hobbycraft carry some too. I must say, I have only played with Gelatos once, at a retreat where I borrowed a friends, and I think they must take a bit of practice to achieve your desired effect. They tend to work better on a surface that has been primed, or Gessoed, and when applied direct to paper I found they take bit of work to get them to blend. However, many crafters really like Gelatos and love the effects they can create - check out Missy Whidden on YouTube as she has many videos using them to great effect!

Lisa-Jane: I'm experimenting a lot more with mixed media of various sorts but as usual I'm pretty late to the party. When masks etc came out a few years ago I bought a nice selection that could double as embossing folders in the Cuttlebug and I purchased a small pot of expensive texture paste. I'm always keen to try cheaper alternatives and I came across several blogs and YouTube videos showing DIY versions by mixing pva glue, acrylic paint and talcum powder. I tried it out myself and was pleasantly surprised! Much much cheaper, keeps for ages and you can make it as thick or as runny as you want depending on your needs. You can see how I've used it here through a Happy Scatter stencil to start building up a background. The great thing about the home made version is that you can add coloured acrylic paint to give you different shades of paste without making it too runny. My children have really gotten on board with getting different effects in pastes and paints and I'll often go into my studio to find a random bottle top or toy car tyre on my desk!

Roxy: Ah solid media. One of my favourites. Since I was little I have had a love for pencils, pens, paint pens. Basically anything in a stick form that I could create with. It took me a while to put two and two together and realise I could actually use all my arty products in my scrapbook layouts! I haven't looked back since. To this day my favourite solid media are Gelatos and texture paste. I find Gelatos the easiest to work with, just draw on some scribbles and blend out with my finger or a little water and voila, it looks pretty! I also have various other solid media such as Derwent Artbars and Derwent Inktense blocks, however, I mostly don't use these in stick form. If like me you find them a little overwhelming, I found the best way is to use them like watercolour paints! They blend well and are very pigmented. They create wonderful backgrounds or project life cards.

Pol: I really don't get on with Gelatos. It's probably lack of use but I just don't seem to know what to do with them! I used to use a lot of chalks in my early scrapping but I haven't used them for years now. I do like texture pastes used sparingly, they really give interest to a plain background. My favourite solid media though is my Pilot V5 black pen! I use it on nearly every single layout for journaling or adding hand drawn borders. It's also wonderful for creating zentangle backgrounds. However, I have also been known to steal my youngest son's crayons to use on a layout!

Laura: When I think of solid media I think of my lack of success with oil pastels (one big muddy mess) chalks (coloured dust everywhere including up my nose) and Gelatos (I just can't get the hang of them!) Then my eyes start twinkling as I think about my Inktense pencils. I love them. I even have a custom made roll so I can take the whole set away on holidays with me. Here is why I love them: their versatility is second to none.
I use them as regular colouring pencils in colouring books and fussy cut out the designs. They blend nicely as dry pencils. Then you can use them as watercolour pencils, the only difference being that they are permanent when dry. With lots of water you can get that soft watercolour effect but use them stronger for amazing intense colours. I also use them as I would inks/mists. Pop a little water on some packaging and scribble the pencil in. You then have colour that can be smoothed on to the page or picked up with a brush and flicked.
I have them all and the colour range is great, every colour is catered for BUT should you need another shade they mix beautifully.  Have I convinced you?!