Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Fresh Start | Laura Jane Thomson | Journaling

Hello UK Scrap Addicts!  Hope you're all having a scrappy week and are enjoying the selection of journaling ideas for your memory keeping that our creative team have been sharing throughout the month of September. 

This month I have decided to incorporate a cut file which was issued by UK Scrap Addicts for National Scrapbooking Day 2017 alongside a beautiful stencil from Pretty My Page, to show case a photograph taken on a day where my life took a turn for the better and we had a fresh start.

This is my completed layout and I will explain the stages throughout this post:

I started with using the Fleur De Lys cut file which was a UK Scrap Addicts exclusive for National Scrapbooking Day 2017 and is available to download HERE.

I had this cut file in the centre of a sheet of white 12x12 cardstock and in each of the four corners of the white cardstock I used Wilted Violet Distress Oxides using a sponge blending tool through this beautiful Fleur De Lys stencil from Pretty My Page.

Next I layered my photograph onto a couple of pieces of patterned paper, and matted onto a piece of patterned cardstock which I had cut into a banner shape, before adhering to the page.  

Using embellishments from my stash I added floral pieces to two corners of my photograph and a flair badge to the top right cluster, to complete each of these clusters I added some gorgeous enamel dots which are also from Pretty My Page.

I decided to add hidden journaling to this layout by adding a folded piece of cardstock to the bottom left quarter of the page, the front of which is also decorated with the Fleur De Lys stencil, after stenciling the main page I flipped the stencil onto a second piece of cardstock and using a baby wipe to 'clean' the stencil achieved this faded effect.  

Lastly, I added my title "Fresh Start" using yellow Thickers to co-ordinate with my background paper. 

Using cut files in my scrapbook layouts is not something that I am overly familiar with, however I am quite happy with how his page has come together and I personally think that the colours work well together.  

Pretty My Page have recently re-launched their website with more of a focus on Mixed Media products to compliment the beautiful products Lisa has spent so long working on, so to celebrate this launch Lisa is offering our wonderful UK Scrap Addicts readers a 10% discount on purchases made through her website by using the code: UKSA10

Don't forget to check out our September 2017 challenge by visiting our blog here.

You can show your support for Pretty My Page's business by visiting their Facebook page or shopping on their website.

Thank you so much for popping into our blog and reading my post, and I hope you'll pop back soon. 

Laura xxx

Monday, 25 September 2017

Run Wild | Jess Claire | Journalling

Hi guys welcome back to the UK Scrap Addicts.  I am so happy to be here talking to you all today about journalling.  Personally I value the words almost as much as the photos and I wanted to share some of my favourite journaling tips.

You can find my process video for this page here

Firstly I keep a daily journal.  Each night I write a little about the day in my travellers notebook insert.  It only has about 10 lines per day which means I can keep up.  This makes scrapbooking past weeks so much easier because I can look back at what we did that I didn't have photos of.

When planning my journalling I try to focus on the story I want to tell.  I try to get the facts in.  If you struggle with journalling think about the WHO, WHAT, WHERE and WHEN of the photos.  Even just these few facts can tell the story.  I also try to think about how I felt.

Now onto the techniques.  For my Project Life pages I use a variety of techniques to include journalling on the page.  The main one of course being journal cards, here is where I tend to tell the main story of the overall page.

I also add writing onto or around photos and on labels for specific things to say about the photos.

I like to use tags hidden in behind photos for journallling that I don't want to be visible to everyone looking through the album but I know it's there.

Adding word and phrase stickers can also add words and sentiments to your page for a little more detail.

I hope these ideas help with your journaling.
Have fun scrapping.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Kiss, Cuddle, High Five | Niki Rowland | Journalling

Hi UK Scrap Addicts fans! Niki here with you today with my take on the September theme which is 'Journalling'.  When I scrap I rarely start with the story, I usually begin with photos or products and include a relevant story if it fits but this time given the theme is 'Journalling' I thought about which story I wanted to document before I looked for anything else.

I have put together a process video for this layout which can be viewed below:

The story I chose was one about my little boy and how he always asks for a 'kiss, cuddle, high five' whenever we part, instead of the usual 'goodbye'. It has become a daily ritual but it is not documented in my scrapbooking anywhere and it is such a lovely little thing between us that it definitely justifies a whole layout dedicated to it.

Even though I knew I would journal about the story, I wanted to make it the main focus of my layout so I began by cutting those words in a large size on my cutting machine. This way I have managed to incorporate those words as the main focus of my layout - they are also part of the journalling.

Once cut, I used my We R Memory Keepers typewriter to type the explaination of the story directly onto my die-cut background.

Once my typed journalling was in place I could then move on to creating the rest of my layout. I backfilled the words and gave my die-cut background a colourful border. The papers I've used are Shimelle 'Glitter Girl' but even thought this collection is very pink, sparkly and girly, I pulled out some of the blue and green papers and created a very non-pink boy layout with them.

I embellished the layout with ephemera and other embellishments from the collection, again picking out all the blue and green coloured pieces and I finished off with a few flicks of water colour paint.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and taking a peek at my layout, happy scrapping xx

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

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Big Slide | Journalling | Sarah (ManxyCatCrafts)

Sarah here today, this month we are talking about journalling.

I like to keep my journalling hidden on my layouts usually on a tag tucked under a photo or cluster. Today's layout is no exception. I started out with black cardstock and added silver texture paste through a stencil from Pretty My Page www.prettymypage.co.uk

While the mixed media dried I created a paper cluster behind my photo to help it pop of the busy background paper. I used the Cool Kid collection by Crate Paper.

I wrote my journalling on a tag and made a hidden pocket with foam behind my photo cluster for it to sit.

I added my title following the line of the background paper towards the photo.

I added clusters of embellishments around the photo including ephemera, stickers and rubber charms.

I finished the layout with some enamel dots from Pretty My Page and some Silver Color Shine.

That was my layout finished!
You can check out my process video here. https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=uBLicj7TyTU

Be sure to check out the other girls layouts this month and have a peek at the Pretty my Page shop. UKSA10 for 10% off
Have a happy scrappy day!!

Monday, 18 September 2017

School Story | Sheena Rowlands | Journalling

Hi there x
Sheena here today, with my new page focusing on this months theme - journalling. To be honest I don't always journal on my pages mainly because I also do Project Life & feel my families stories are recorded there.
Sometimes I do journal on the back of my pages if what I want to say is personal or private but for this challenge I thought I could record an old school story just as the children are all going back to school.

I'm not a fan of my own handwriting but I do write on layouts if its date, name etc but for larger amounts of writing I prefer to use the computer or my trusty vintage typewriter. By adding my journalling this way it stops me spoiling my layouts.

I used old exercise book paper for an authentic school feel before punching the edge to give it a ripped from a journal look.

I clustered embellishments of similar colours to the papers, in 2 places to draw your eye across the page before adding some stamped ink blots.

Thanks for joining me today.
Till next time x

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Free cut file for September

This month's free cut file is a title for you, designed by the lovely Emma Callagher.

You can find instructions for downloading and using the cut file in Silhouette here. And don't worry if you don't have an electronic die-cutter, we've got some ideas for using them without one here.

As always, we'd love to see what you create with the cut file so please do link us in the comments below and if you're on social media then please don't forget to use the hashtags #ukscrapaddicts and #uksacutfiles

We are already thinking about October’s cut files – would you like to see something Autumn related? Halloween inspired? Or something geometric for any time of the year?

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 15 September 2017

A Surprise | Jess Claire | Pretty My Page

Hi guys its Jess here with a quick and easy travellers notebook layout. I was lucky enough to receive an awesome stencil from Pretty My Page its got these super cool cog patterns and I totally love it. It's the perfect size for a travelers notebook.

I used some texture paste and some acryclic paint. My tools are all very cheap, paste from Amazon and paint from lidl as I'm still dipping my toe in the world of mixed media. Lisa had also sent me some really cute enamel dots in my favourite peach and pink colours. They even sparkle. I knew I wanted to use them so I made up some similar colours for my texture paste. I don't yet have a spreader so I just used a handy gift card to spread it.

Once I had done that on the left side of the page I used the stencil as a stamp by placing it on the right hand side with the painted side down. I really like the look of both the insides and outsides of the stencil shape. I looked through my box of photos to scrap and found one of my from my childhood when I got my first mobile phone, a Nokia 31.10 and I liked the idea of pairing the cogs with a photo of some gadget. And my top has some of the red/pink/orange colours in too.

I added some DIY embellishments, those beautiful enamel dots, some black clear stamps (I love how they look on top of paint) and some hand lettering in black gel pen. To the side I added some sequins for an added bit of sparkle. Because the stencil and mixed media was such a big part of the page the rest came together really quickly.

The Pretty My Page website went live on Monday evening so you can go and check it out.
 The re-launch is with a new focus on Mixed Media to compliment the die cuts that Lisa has been working on. As a UK Scrap Addicts reader you can get 10% off your purchases with the code  UKSA10 


Hi there scrappy friends! Today the team are having a chat about pens...

Laura: I’m a stationery junkie ... I own hundreds of pens.  I’ll share a few of my favourites with you. Generally, for journaling, I want a fine tip.  I love OHTO Graphic Liners for a rich black waterproof ink.  I have them in every width but tend to use the narrowest nib 005 and the widest 10 the most.  I also have a fun novelty kiwi pen that writes beautifully.  For ink that is not black, I reach for my Pigma Micron in blue and brown or my Stabilo Fine Liners which I’ve had for more than a decade! I have a few more favourites too ... a Slick Writer from American Crafts for writing on photos, Pilot Silver and Gold Markers for a touch of metallic (also work well on photos), Faber Castell PITT pens for brush lettering and finally, Derwent’s Graphik Paint Liners.  These are my favourite for art journaling, they are slightly unpredictable and can be ‘incontinent’ which is great for splats and splodges and generally inky fun!

Emma: I’m with Laura, I LOVE stationery - always have, always will! Let’s be honest, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of writing with a good pen is there?... No?... Might just be me then - haha! For the rare occasion that I do actually journal on a page, I reach for my Uni-Ball Uni-Pin pens (a bit of a mouthful, I know!). I bought them in a pack of 5 with a range of widths from 0.1mm to 0.5mm. They’re a black, waterproof ink and they write beautifully on cardstock and on glossy photo paper - for me, they’re a good ‘all-rounder’ and I reach for the 0.1mm the most. The Holy Grail of course is The White Pen!  This is a tricky one and it depends what you’re after. I wanted an opaque, bright white pen that would write on cardstock and glossy photo paper and wouldn’t be a pain in the backside (I can say that right?) in terms of smudging. I originally bought the Sakura Gelly Roll pen because so many people had good things to say. However, I made the mistake of buying the Gelly Roll SoufflĂ© pen which writes kind of translucent, goes bright white when dry, which takes ages, and is also kind of raised when dry too. It’s OK for some things but not quite what I was looking for. It also has quite a thick point, making small writing difficult. For a white pen, I would actually recommend the Uni-ball Signo Broad white gel pen. I bought mine from Paperchase but they are widely available I believe. The Signo Broad is the best white pen I’ve found. It writes smoothly. It dries pretty quickly. I have used it on glossy paper with no problems. Although it’s called broad, the tip isn't so big that you can't write small. It’s a nice, opaque, bright white and I would thoroughly recommend!

Michelle: It’s funny that I’m answering this now as I’ve been on the look out for a white pen to write on my photos and have been having a hard time choosing, thanks to Emma I now have a Signo Broad on its way to me which I am super excited to try out! As for what I currently use on my layouts ... I’m not really fussy about brand but it does have to be a gel pen with a fine nib, my writing is awful and that stands out when I use thicker pens. My favourite brand of pens are the Coleto by Pilot and I use a 0.4mm nib for standard journaling. However lately I have fallen in love with brush lettering and although I’ve not been brave enough to try it on a layout I have been adding it to my art journal. I use calligraphy ink, gold is my favourite to use ... it’s so shiny,  and a good quality paint brush, I’m by no means an expert but it does add an interesting dimension to the page!

Lisa-Jane: Another pen hoarder here ;-)  I’m always on the look out for the perfect pen and I actually know what I want, it just doesn’t exist yet!  My favourite pen to write with is a random floral fine tip that I had in my shop last year.  I wouldn’t normally choose a thin pen because I like something more substantial to get hold of but once I used these I fell in love.  Before that I was a huge fan of the common Bic Biro for writing and I will reach for that most often for anything other than on a layout.  The pen I use most often for journaling on my layouts is a Pilot Frixion which can be erased when you make a mistake!  A pen that rubs out??!!  Yes!  Genius!  My only issue with it is that the nib isn’t fine enough for my liking, especially when you are journaling in a small space and have a lot to say.  Ideally I would have a pen that writes like the skinny floral, feels like the Biro, yet has the ability to be rubbed out - if someone could arrange that thanks (or enlighten me as to their existence!).  Colour wise for me it has to be black, I hate writing in any other colour.  I have used a white pen on a black background and I once used a friend’s grey pen on a layout but nothing feels quite right compared to black.

Sarah T: My go-to pens for journaling on my pocket page spreads are definitely my Uni-Pin Fine liners. I use the 0.1 - 0.5 tips as they're super smooth for writing with, I even use them for doodling. I also use the Stabilo coloured pens if I want to journal or doddle in a different colour.

Gemma: So I may not have the pen knowledge of the other Scrap Addicts, but I love to use pens on layouts. I like to outline, add doodle borders and faux stitching in different colours on pages. My favourite pens in my collection are the American Crafts precision pens, Uniball Eye Micro, and for coloured pens I have the Staedtler Triplus fineliners. They all sit in a pen stand on my desk, within arm’s reach.

So there you have it fellow scrappers - the Pen Queens have spoken! 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Hello Adventure | Gemma Summers | Journalling

Hello Scrap Addicts!

Gemma here with my layout using our theme for this month ... Journalling.

Journalling is something I have recently been adding to my layouts and I can now see its importance to me, in it helping to record my memories and story. I chose to base this layout on my love for walking and a new hobby, geocaching. 

I started by creating a mixed media background. The inspiration for this came from a rainbow stencil and enamel dots I used from 'Pretty My Page' our sponsor this month!

As I love rainbow colour the rainbow stencil was perfect. I used texture paste through the stencil, then added watercolour paint over the top, blending the colours together. I then sprayed extra water to help the paint run down the page. With my photo being black and white I went for a colourful background and I like the stencil's texture.

Once I had added my photo, the layout came together quite quickly.
All the embellishments I have used came from my 'Mind the Scrap' September subscription scrapbook kit. This included my title of the large 'Heidi Swapp' wood veneer 'Adventure'.

I created 3 clusters which were coloured according to the mixed media behind it, for a tone on tone look. One in pink, blue and yellow, which worked perfectly with the enamel dots. Each cluster also has a star in that colour too.

I always like to do my journalling last and I hand write it.  I added this onto a speech bubble die cut. To continue the colour on colour, I wrote this in pink pen to help it blend in. I like the personal touch the handwriting adds and the coloured pen makes it not too bold.

Don't forget we would love to see your layouts using journalling this month
on Instagram using #ukscrapaddicts

I hope you enjoyed this layout!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Always | Polly's Papercrafts | Journalling

Hey Scrap Addicts, 

It's Emma here with you again, and my sincerest apologies as still no video from me (blame PC World! The less said about them, the better!). 

As you know, we're talking journalling this month. Honestly, I suck at journalling. I can't seem to get past the basics of where, who, when and, if you're lucky, why. Maybe that's enough for most people but I do feel like I'd like to be able to dig a little deeper. I just really struggle. Anyone else with me? 

The layouts I really struggle to journal on are the ones about me. The ones where the 'who' aspect is totally redundant. Do I write on every layout, "This is me...obviously!" 

So my tip for this month is: where journalling feels like a struggle and you can't find the words, use a quote. Use someone else's words to perfectly convey your meaning. 

In this layout, a photo of me at Harry Potter Studios, I used the quote from J.K.Rowling that is up on the screen as you walk out. For me, it perfectly sums up the reason I go back and read the books so often. (Every year, in case you're wondering!) 

My base is white cardstock at 8.5"X11". I cropped my photo (originally 4x6) into a square and fussy cut some of the squares from a Pink Paislee Moonstruck paper. I always think of the Moonstruck collection for Harry Potter pages. Must be the colours.
For a bit of background interest I used a chevron stencil from Pretty My Page, our sponsor this month, with some grey Kelly Purkey ink. I just used the Tim Holtz mini distress tool to lightly blend through the stencil.

With my photo off to the left hand side, it gave space for me to position the design squares on the right. Some of which I popped up on some foam, just to add a little something-something.

The florals used were fussy cut from another Moonstruck paper and I think they frame the space below the photo perfectly, giving an excellent space to write my quote.
Full disclosure: I cannot write in a straight line to save my life - so I lightly pencilled in some lines and erased them afterwards.

Wood veneer finished the little pieces of embellishement and I almost forgot the title, so I picked the word 'always' out of the quote (which HP fans everywhere will know the significance of too) and used the Moonstruck Thickers to spell it out under the photo. Job done.

I'm really happy with how this one came together. Remember; if you can't find the words to journal, use someone else's (just make sure you credit them somewhere!) 

Until next time... 

Monday, 11 September 2017

Pretty My Page | September Sponsor

We’re so pleased to be sponsoring UK Scrap Addicts throughout September to help celebrate the launch of our brand new website and extended range of goodies to help you prettify whatever pages you like to work on!

We specialise in die-cuts, both in digital format AND in pre-cut designs so you never have to worry about missing out on those wonderful cut-files because you don’t have the right equipment.  We release new designs every month and you can of course have your own requirements cut too.

We also offer all our files as stitching templates with pre-pierced holes so that you can make totally unique scrapbook pages.

September sees the launch of our flourishing range of mixed media products with a wide selection of stencils as well as ink sprays, pastes, tools, adhesives and finishing mediums.  We also stock a wide range of washi tapes, planner charms, planner bands and lots of other cute stationery.  Our aim is for everyone, even those who were removed from art classes as a child (it wasn’t me, it was a friend…) to be able to express themselves on paper, be it with scrapbooking, art journaling, planning, card making, whatever sort of page is your jam!  My art is my therapy and if I can help other people express themselves with a little bit of art too then that makes me really happy.  

Our new website is prettymypage.co.uk and you can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Be sure to pop along and say hi and if you fancy doing some shopping you can use the code UKSA10 for 10% off during our launch month.  We hope to see you soon!