Thursday, 25 May 2017

Treasure | Jess Claire | Sketch

Hi guys,
welcome back to the UK Scrap Addicts blog, Jess here with the next instalment of our monthly topic for May which is Sketches.

You can check out my YouTube process video for this layout here

I don't use sketches very often, generally I prefer to scraplift a layout, I think its partly because I'm quite a literal person and I tend to stick quite rigidly to sketches.
I did for this one too. I chose to use Laura's sketch:

I had run out of white 12x12 card stock so I used some of this pale turquoise instead. I quite like that I had to do this, I like the colour and I think I use white a little too often.   I used a photo I took during the week I took part in Ali Edwards Week in the Life project. Its a photo of the necklace I wear every day and it was a story I wanted to tell in more detail. 

I used papers from the Cute Girl collection and I used the tag in the sketch to write my journalling on. I added enamel dots from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio - Colour Me Happy - Warm collection where there were dots on the sketch and for the back ground I used stamps instead of mixed media. I used black staz on ink and some Heidi Swapp stamps to stamp phrases over and over. I used a Heidi Swapp Gold acetate word 'Treasure' as my title.
I really enjoyed using this sketch and I love that I have created a layout that is a little different from my usual style.

That's the great thing about a sketch, it has everything planned for you so its a great starting point for a layout, no matter if you follow it like a rule book or just take one tiny idea from it.
I have loved seeing how different our layouts end up looking even from the same sketch. Make sure to check out all the other UKSA posts this month.
See you again in June :)

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Sweet | Niki Rowland | Sketch

Hey there UK Scrap Addicts! Niki here with you today working with the double page sketch by Susan. Double layouts are often a challenge for me as I love a one-photo layout and one photo gets a bit lost on a double page lol.

I choose to work with the 'Wild at Heart' collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio and fussy cut some butterflies to form the middle circle. I fussy cut flowers from one of the papers to form the strips across the bottom. I used a couple of the chipboard frames from the same collection and used wood veneer words as my title.

I have a process video for you to watch to see how it all came together:

Thanks so much for looking and watching and see you next time xx

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Guest Designer - Caroline Lovett

Today we welcome our second guest for May...

Hi my name is Caroline Lovett and I am the organizer of the Scrapstars craft retreat. I live in Leeds, in the heart of Yorkshire in the UK and I’m an avid Scrapbooker. I was first introduced to scrapbooking in 2003 when I saw a demonstration. I immediately knew it was for me as I had always been the “photographer” whether that was with my family, friends and even going back to my school days. I loved the creative aspect of scrapbooking, and to be honest it was the first craft that I had ever really tried, but also I loved the idea of recording our memories. I even went as far as to have my own shop for a while, where I had the pleasure of introducing and teaching Scrapbooking to lots of people. For the past six years I have organized the retreat to get my extra crafting fix, I love the inspiration the teachers bring with them. I am constantly scrapping and have a number of albums on the go. If I have a lot of photo’s from a “big holiday” I tend to make three or four 12x12 layouts and then slot project life sleeves in to my albums, and use these to store all of the extra photo’s that I take

I was really pleased to be asked to “guest design” for UK Scrap Addicts and when I discovered I would be following a sketch challenge that put me at ease. I find following a sketch takes all the “stress” from Scrapping, all you have to do is find some nice coordinating papers and your half way there. It’s a great way to form the basics of a layout and then you can tweak it to suit yourself. I decided to follow Laura’s sketch, and started by creating a watercolour background. I had seen this effect on a layout by Tracee Provis, and then was lucky enough to be shown how to do it by Morag Cutts at Scrapstars. Take some packaging waste or a cello bag, apply ink pad straight on to it pressing about 3 times, spritz with water and then literally place the cello bag ink side down onto your cardstock, pull away quickly, or if needed press some small areas down with the tip of your finger. I also used kitchen towel, so soak away any “strong” areas.

I’m a fan of mixed media, and am getting braver all the time, I usually think to myself, the worst that can happen is I end up throwing away a piece of card. I believe it was Susan’s who mentioned Gorgeous Grunge (15th April). If you are averse to mess or always feel that spritzing goes everywhere, I can strongly recommend this set, or any other “distress” type stamps, at least the effect is placed exactly where you want it.

The sketch shows a 4x4 photo being used so I cut three coordinating papers from Maggie Holmes - Chasing Dreams, at four and a quarter inches, I inked and layered these, and then reverted to a little fussy cutting. 

Finally I added the tag as in the sketch and various bits and pieces to embellish. It was fun to fussy cut (it’s been a while) and also I dug out some old pins. I tried out a “new to me” product, Nuvo Crystal Drops, which hold there form as they dry and look much like an enamel dot (the black ones on the layout).

I hope that you like the end result, it has been great fun creating it, I hope that you feel brave and decide to splash a little ink around. Thanks for reading, Caroline.

Thanks for joining us today Caroline!  

Monday, 22 May 2017

Mitzi | Laura Jane Thomson | Sketch

Hi everyone, it's me again... Laura Jane and today I am working with a lovely sketch by the very talented Laura Rumble. 

For the month of May, our theme was to work with a sketch - two of the lovely members of our UK Scrap Addicts Creative Team designed great sketches for us to work with and it was a difficult decision on which one to choose.  The deciding factor for me was that Laura's sketch called for a mixed media element and lots of white space which is not something I am used to doing, so I wanted to challenge myself. 

Here is Laura's sketch that I chose to work with: 

The photograph I chose to work with is of me with my very first Long Coat Chihuahua puppy back in May 1992, this has particular significance to me as in May 2017 we welcomed our new Long Coat Chihuahua puppy into our family and having dogs in my life really changed my outlook on things for the better so it's an important photograph to me.  Also working with a May challenge, I thought that a photograph taken in May twenty-five years ago was quite fitting. 

In the photograph, I am wearing a purple top so I decided that this would be my main colour for this layout which is based on a 12x12 sheet of plain white cardstock. 

For the purple aspect behind my photograph, I decided to use watercolour paints - it was a very simple technique to use and the colour gradient almost happened by accident.  In my watercolour palette, I have three shades of purple next to each other so I just swiped the brush across all three colours before brushing onto the page so see what finish it gave and I really love how it turned out.  What do you think?

I layered my photograph onto a couple of scraps of patterned paper before adding a lilacy-pink doily and adhering to my page, also adding a tag behind the photograph in keeping with the sketch. 

I added my title, which is quite simple... "Mitzi" was the name of my little puppy in the photograph and we got her in May 1992 when this photograph was taken.  I didn't think that this photograph needed a fancy titled as I just wanted to document the moment as it is a special photograph to me.

The photograph brings back lots of memories to me as well as lots of positivity and thoughts of how she changed me, so I didn't feel that this layout needed any journalling. 

Lastly, to bring in the circle elements of the sketch, I added some small metal word embellishments and silver puffy hearts. 

I really enjoyed working with this sketch and how my layout turned out, it's also great to see the layouts from out other Creative Team members who have used the same sketch but have such a different end result.  

Our creative team add new blog posts and YouTube videos daily so don't forget to check back regularly to see some fantastic layouts and exciting inspiration!!

See you all soon!

Laura Jane xx

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Fondue | Lisa-Jane Johnson | Sketch

Hello lovelies!  It’s Lisa-Jane from Pretty My Page here with you on the blog today to show how I used one of this month’s sketches.  I actually used both of the sketches and shared the double page layout during the National Scrapbooking day celebrations, which seems ages ago now sadly. 

I love using sketches so I knew I would end up using them both and I fully intend to use them more than once – there are just so many ways you can interpret them and make them your own. 
When I’m using a sketch I tend to print it out and have it in front of me while I’m scrapping or I have a tendency to get side-tracked and veer widely away from the original – of course this is absolutely fine when we are scrapping for ourselves but if you are taking part in a challenge or showing different interpretations like we are here then you do have to kind of be able to see where the original idea fits in…

For this sketch I wanted to keep very close to the original so I didn’t rotate or flip or change the dimensions etc.  Initially I started on a highly patterned background and used a dry brush to apply some white paint as a base for the corner placement.  Then I put it to one side to dry and NSD came along and it got buried and I totally forgot I had started it until I came to tidy up this week!  (Now you see why I will be using this sketch again… ahem…

On my second attempt I used the packaging technique to apply some watercolours to the bottom corner and began layering the different elements on top.  The photo is quite yellow due to the lighting in the restaurant we were in and the fact that it was almost entirely made of highly polished pine!

The collection I am using for this even does have a bit of yellow in it but I wanted to tone down the shade of the photo rather than draw attention to it (that comes in another layout where I discuss the strange d├ęcor…)  I used quite a few scraps to layer under the edges and give me some spots where I could add in a pop of yellow rather than ignore it completely.

And that was it done.  But it didn’t feel quite right to me as there seemed too much white space for my normal style.  I didn’t want to add bits to the top right as I was really trying to keep to the sketch as close as possible.  However, I am going through a rather lengthy phase of having a slight border around my pages so I decided this would be a less conspicuous option and trimmed the white cardstock down.  Then I accidentally trimmed it too much and ended up with a wider border than I intended – gah!  With last month’s sewing topic still in my mind, I decided that a simple stitched border would break up the edges and make me feel at peace with the layout once again.

I hope that you’re feeling been motivated to use the sketches we’ve been playing with here and please do tag us if you post something inspired by our monthly topics – we love seeing all your layouts and you could be featured on our social media pages. 

Go forth and make pretty pages!


Friday, 19 May 2017

Smile | Roxy Cousins | Sketch

 Hey guys, Roxy here with you today! I'm showing you my take on the lovely Laura's sketch! Here over at the creative team, we had two lovely Sketches to choose from. The other was equally as lovely, which was designed by Susan. So far two page layouts don't seem to appeal to me, so I choose to go with Laura's. I took one look at the layout and knew I had to use the 'Chasing Dreams' collection by Maggie Holmes. 

Here is the sketch, that Laura designed.
Beautiful isn't it? 
Don't forget to check back each day to see what the rest of the creative team came up with! 
There are some pretty awesome layouts coming up!! :)

Looking at the sketch, it includes mixed media and lots of layers.
However, I took my own take on this. My final layout is pictured below. 
Don't forget to check out the UK Scrap Addicts Youtube Channel to see the full process of my layout! 

Instantly, I knew I had just the photo for this layout! It's a photo from my childhood, of my mum and I having a lovely cuddle and giggle. In the photo my mum is wearing a blue patterened top. 'Chasing Dreams' has a couple of perfect papers for this photo! I decided a double background with sewing would be great. 
Texture and pattern all in one!

Instead of using mixed media for my background, I decided to try and recreate the sketch with lots more layers. I feel the paper bag from Hema and the fussy cut flowers did just the trick! You don't always have to stick straight to what the sketch shows. 
Make your own mark on it. It is your layout after all!

 I hope you enjoyed my layout and process video!
Until next time.. 

Roxy :) xo

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Bonjour Paris | Sheena Rowlands | Sketch

Hi there x
Sheena here again.
This month the Creative Team were given a choice of sketches to work with for our blog posts & I chose this great sketch by Laura Rumble.
I'm a real fan of sketches particularly when you are feeling like your mojo is non existent, this happens to us all believe me, or when you don't have lots of time to sit and twiddle, a sketch can make a great starting point. 

Bonjour Paris.

For my page I turned the sketch upside down taking the photo cluster up into the right hand corner plus I made my page 9x12in which is a size I really enjoy working with.

I stuck quite closely to the sketch and added inks to my background paper using the packaging technique before layering the photo up on lots of patterned papers.
The majority of the supplies used are from the Dear Lizzy - So Lovely current range. When I saw the background paper covered in French words I had to buy a sheet or two or three so I could scrap my recent trip to Paris with friends Sam & Jackie.

As the background is so busy I followed the sketch & added a tag behind my photo recording details of our trip.
Many thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Guest Designer - Denise Holmes

Today we welcome our first guest designer for May...

My name is Denise Holmes and I am a paper-craft  addict. I live in the lovely town of Ware in Hertfordshire. I've been crafting since I was a teenager really, starting off with those old fashioned blotting paper scrapbooks then learning to crochet making those big squares that go on and on until you have a blanket. I began card making in about 2007 then expanded into scrapbooking and  haven't looked back since. I never ever get tired of scrapbooking and I love to document all the things in life and enjoy the process at the same time. I really enjoy going to retreats spending time with like minded people and have made some really lovely friends through scrapbooking. I love to fussy cut and often spend ages just snipping away. I also like to get inky on my projects sometimes. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter as @deeciedee.

For my guest design layout I knew I wanted to use the Cocoa Vanilla Wild at Heart Collection as I love the colour combinations. I based it on one of the sketches for this month.We recently went to a very special ball and the colours of our outfits were a perfect match to the papers so I was ready!
I started with plain white card as the background, coating it with gesso first to help absorb the colours I was going to use. 

A popular technique at the moment is the 'packaging ' technique. I used a distress ink pen in an old favourite of mine 'Weathered Wood'. I scribbled onto the plastic packaging from the die cuts in the collection then sprayed this with water. After this I splodged the colour onto the background. I then repeated using 'Worn Lipstick' You can do  this onto a craft sheet but would need to take the card to the sheet so using the packing sheet which is smaller makes it easier.

Once this was done I took some black mist, removed the applicator and flicked it over the layout.
My photo was mounted on to foam pads on top of some of the chipboard elements from the collection to add depth to the layout.

I'm a bit of a sucker for butterflies and hearts so I had to add a few to this layout, together with blue and pink, two of my favourite colours. I've enjoyed making this layout for my guest design spot and thanks ladies for having me !

Thanks for joining us this month Denise!