Friday, 24 March 2017

Free Cut File | Daffodils

Hello UKSA fans!  Today we have a free cut file for you...

It has been designed by our very own Emma aka Polly's Papercrafts.  Below I have two examples cut, one roughly 16cm tall on plain white and one roughly 22cm tall.  The larger one was cut on white and coloured with spray inks.

Here is a quick run through of downloading the image and turning it in to a cut in Silhouette Studio...

To use this cut file you will need to click on the black and white image to maximise it.  Right click and 'save image as' and give it a name you will remember.  Open up your Silhouette Studio and a blank page.  Drag and drop the image from where it is saved to Silhouette Studio.  Resize if desired, and trace.  If you get unwanted pieces traced right click and release the compound path.  Then select the individual pieces to delete.  Reselect the daffodil and all of its small pieces, right click and make compound path.  Now you can move it around as one piece.  Resize and place on the page where you want it to cut, set the correct settings for your cardstock and cut.

As with all cut files with delicate features the smaller you cut the trickier it will be to get off the cutting mat.  My 16cm cut was clean and easy enough to remove from the mat.

For all those of you who do not have cutting machines, it can be used as a template either for stitching or paper piecing.

If you use it (and we hope you will!) please tag #uksacutfiles when sharing so we can see your creations!

I want to say a huge thank you to all of you have supported UKSA, liked or commented on a post or sent us well wishes.  I'm not sure what I expected when I started this crazy journey, but the response and support has been wonderful!

Say Cheese! | Lisa-Jane | Multiple Photos

Hello lovelies!  I've been patiently waiting for my turn to share my first layout for UK Scrap Addicts and here we are!  I'm so pleased and honoured to be part of this amazing team promoting UK designers and craft businesses and I hope you are enjoying all the inspiration so far.

So I thought I'd start with a confession...  I can't dismiss photos.  Even when they are virtually identical.  If I take lots of pictures of an event trying to get a handful of good ones, I can never decide which ones to actually print.  So I print them all intending to sift them when I see them in the flesh.  And then I can't...  This means many of my pages need to have room for more than one photo - enter the double page spread!

I get my photos printed in bulk once a month using one of the on-line deals such as Snapfish on Living Social.  This means that prints work out to less than 2p per print including postage so I don't feel like I'm wasting money if I don't end up using the image after all.  I'm teaching myself to be really ruthless with my photos and not try and scrap every single one of them so I quickly write "spare" on the back and then give them to my little girl to scrap or send them to relatives (thanks to the lovely Shimelle Laine for that tip).     However I still end up with far too many pictures of certain events.  I choose some of the best ones to do single pages and tell the bulk of the story and then I squeeze the rest onto either double pages or side by side pages.

With many people using the D Ring scrapbook albums, the layouts don't fit together snugly when you open the pages.  This means that a true double page spread doesn't need to have the lines matching up across the whole format as they tend to be seen more separately by the eye.

While they may not be 12x24 in format, there are a few tricks to help the eyes see them as two parts of one whole.  Here I've used the same papers in similar proportions on both sides and echoed the embellishments just as you would if it was all on the same page.

On the first side I've matted the white die-cut background from my shop onto a thin black cardstock border.  On the facing page I've matted the black patterned paper onto a thin white cardstock background and added the negatives from the die-cuts.

Both pages have very similar clusters of embellishments to draw the eye across the whole 24 inch canvas - enamel dots, bottle top flairs, stickers and a smidge of washi tape.

I really loved using the new Say Cheese III collection from Simple Stories for these pictures of my children playing rugby as they match their strips wonderfully.  There's actually very little in the kits that I can't use because it is too Disney specific, I even managed to use the "Goofy" stickers for these pictures!

Don't forget to add #UKScrapaddicts to any posts on social media if any of our layouts have inspired you - we'd love to see what you've been creating too!

Until my next post, bye for now!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Crazy Cousins | Roxy | Multiple Photos

Morning scrap addicts!! I'm Roxy and welcome to my first post and video, as part of the UKSA Creative team! So Exciting! 

When I found out our theme for the month was multiple photos, my heart sank a little. I had only ever scrapped with one photo! How was I going to do this? But in fact, I found it relativitly easy! I decided to use some old photos of myself and my cousins.

I made a 12x12 layout, using 3 2.5x4inch photos. The fact that the photos were small made it easier for me to scrap. I decided that the 'Bloom' collection by Maggie Holmes would be perfect to go with the colours in my photos.

I knew that I didn't have much ephemra left for this collection, so decided to mostly use stickers. I love the dimension that the puffy stickers add. 

I decided that my layout needed some splatters to pull it all together. I chose to use Heidi Swapp colour shine in 'blush'. The perfect colour for the background.

Don't forget to check out the process video over on our Youtube channel!!  

Thanks for reading! Don't forget to check back soon!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Crazy Hair | Sheena Rowlands | Multiple photos

Hi there x  I'm Sheena & I'm thrilled to be sharing with you today my first post on the UK Scrap Addicts blog featuring multiple photographs.

Honestly when I scrapbook I tend to use 1 or 2 photos on a page, max. So to use multiple photos I chose to print them smaller as not to overpower the layout, using the 4 up option on my Canon Selphy printer. I chose photos which together tell a story I thought was worth recording  These 4 photos were all adhered to white cardstock to give them a photo strip appearance.

Why do I even Bother!!

When I create, my first focus is usually the photographs then I'm guided by the colours as to what ranges and papers I choose. I've used mainly Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes papers across her ranges in this design.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to design and cut my title out of the cardstock. Then I gave my white cardstock a mini mixed media treatment with a little texture paste and light pink watercolour paint first, before finding patterned papers to layer behind my title and photograph.

I created 2 main clusters of embellishments either end of the photo strip adding curved and circular elements  to add to the feeling of the wind blowing my hair. I also added sewing thread to these groups to echo the messy hair feel.

My title was completed with letter stickers & a stamped word before adding a little journalling to finish the page off.
Many thanks for stopping by.
Sheena x

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Park life | Vicci Lou | Multiple photos

Hey hey hey fellow scrappers. Hope that you are all well today! I'm super duper excited to show you my layout on this months theme "multiple photo layouts". Over here on the UKSA blog me and my fellow creative team members have been working uber hard on designing and making layouts with multiple photos to share with you all in the hope that you will enjoy our thoughts and processes but most importantly that you will get some useful tips and inspiration to make your own layouts with multiple photos! I hope to see you all play along! Don't forget to share your projects with us on Instagram #ukscrapaddicts

Anyway, I love using more than one photo in a layout especially when I've had a day out where I've been very photo happy (let's face it we all have them haha) or when I've been to a big life event such as a holiday. For this layout, I decided to scrap a day in the park over the half term with my son and his cousin. 

To get my multiple photos in different sizes, which is how I prefer to do it, I simply used the collage app by Instagram selected my photos and the format and printed them out. 

Here is my final layout.

I used a mixture of Alex by Bella Boulevard and Cool Kid by Crate Paper. I quickly decided that I would like to have a film strip as an element to put some of my photos on. That's where I had to get inventive, I mounted my photos on to white card stock and cut a small border. I then stuck them onto some black paper and trimmed it to the size I wanted my film strip to be. Now, of course, film strips have holes in them running all the way down both sides so for that I took my single hole punch and punched out the circles all along both edges. It took me some time but I'm really happy with the result and it was a great way to get the bulk of my photos in one place and make them into their own element.

Next, I decided that I would need to incorporate some more black onto the layout so I opted to mat the larger 2 photos onto black cardstock to bring it all together. My latest obsession is large photo mats. Mostly because I really struggle covering up the pretty pattern papers (I'm sure I'm not the only one haha). Once I had all my photos in place I choose my title and adhered that down with some extra PVA style sticky glue just to make sure they stay stuck to my page for years to come.

Next, it was time for the really fun part, embellishing! I've done my embellishments in a diagonal because I have to scrap around my large photo cluster but the large piece that says "wild child" was just too big to be next to my photos. However, I then needed to balance that with an embellishment cluster at the bottom of the age so that it felt balanced and cohesive. In order to make all my embellishments feel connected, I used similar things for all 3 areas. And I used the paper that is like a banner behind my photo as a chevron pattern for both the top and bottom cluster simply by following the pattern already provided and cutting it up. I added a star and a circle to the top and bottom of my page allowing the circles to run off the edge slightly in order to make it feel a bit more framed. Finally, I finished it off with a couple of asterisks stamped in black (Another recent obsession of mine, haha).

All in all, I'm pretty in love with this layout. I really enjoy making the most of the supplies I have in hand and getting creative with the pattern paper to create little bits of embellishments using my punches. I think it's a great way to stretch your supplies but also a thrifty way to work as you don't have to buy all of the embellishments in a set!

Thank you very much for reading and don't forget to check back every day for more inspiration, hints and tips and even the odd discussion on a variety of different topics!

Much love, until next time!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Sights Of Winchester | Sarah (Lottie Loves Paper) | Multiple Photos

Hello everyone!
It's Sarah here today with my first blog post for UK Scrap Addicts and there's a process video over on YouTube as well. I hope you are enjoying the posts and videos from the UKSA Creative Team.

As I am sure you know by now, our theme this month is "Multiple Photos" so I got busy printing off some photos on my Canon Selphy. I had loads of photos taken on a weekend away in Winchester so a layout with multiple photos was perfect for getting some of them into my album.

I used the new Simple Stories collection, "Say Cheese 3" and picked out a 12 x 12 paper with an arrows design, from an older Simple Stories collection to use for my background.

Using a few papers from the 6" x 8" Say Cheese 3 paper pad I layered up patterned papers to create a mat for my four photos to lay on and added some of the gorgeous camera washi tape to "anchor" the photos. The two middle photos are raised up on foam to give added dimension to my layout.

When I'm scrapping with more than two photos I often slightly overlap the edges as I find it easier on the eye - it's almost as if we see multiple photos as one large photo rather than separate photos.

I kept my embellishments quite simple as the papers are busy patterns, just adding some clear stickers to each of the photos and using a few stickers and buttons to create three areas of embellishment.

The day I made this layout I had just purchased a really cute, little camera die, so I quickly put it to use, and added it to one of the embellishment clusters.

You can see how the whole layout came together in a process video over on YouTube

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Guest Designer - Niki Rowland

A warm welcome to our final guest designer for March - Niki...

Hey there UK Scrap Addicts, my name is Niki Rowland and I am 34 and I live with my husband and my two little monsters, Sophie aged 5 and Max aged 3. I've been scrapbooking since 2006 and now I scrapbook almost every day, teach scrapbooking locally as well as co-run GoGo Getaway, a scrapbooking retreat company.  I also design for Hey Little Magpie and Silhouette UK.  I love to drink coffee and eat shortbread biscuits and like nothing better than scrappy time away with friends.  You can find me on my blog, Being Scrappy, and on Instagram as @nikiclaire.

Thank you so much to UK Scrap Addicts for having me guest design for you this month. I'm really excited about UK Scrap Addicts as I feel that UK designers can get overlooked so I'm delighted there is now a home for all those talented UK designers now.

I was pushed out of my comfort zone a little with the theme this month - multiple photos. I usually scrap just one photo or at a push, two.  I decided to push myself and go for four photos on the one layout...

To make this layout I used a sheet of acetate which I cut and backed to work with my photos.  The challenge this month over on For the Love of Pretty Paper is to use acetate in a creative way so this is how this layout began.  I've used a collection from last year by My Minds Eye - On Trend 2, which is full of bright colours and fun icons, but for some reason, I hadn't got around to using it.  I'm really pleased with how my layout turned out, so thanks to UK Scrap Addicts and to For the Love of Pretty Paper for the inspiration.

I have a second layout to share - this one I have already shared on the Hey Little Magpie Chat & Inspiration group for the latest challenge, which was to include two interactive elements on a layout, so you may have already seen it, but as it fits very nicely with the multiple photos theme I thought I'd share it here too.  The viewmaster actually turns (check out the two images, you can see the photos are different) and the arrow spins.  In total I have 10 photos of my girl, so a serious amount of photos over my usual one or two lol.

Thanks so much for having me as the guest designer on UK Scrap Addicts this month, hopefully, I'll be back with you soon.

Happy scrapping,

Niki xx

Thanks, Niki!
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