Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Guest Designer | Emily Grant

I'm delighted to share today's guest designer with you... I'm a fan!  Welcome, Emily Grant...

Hey crafters! I’m Emily, I’m 23 and I live in Doncaster. I’ve been scrapping for about 8 years now. I love to stitch and use mixed media. I’m inspired a lot by Inkie Quill, Missy Whidden and Paige Evans!  The best place to follow me is on Instagram.

I created my layout using the ‘Oasis’ collection by Crate Paper. I had to include some clustering on my layout so I immediately thought of the ephemera pack.  The picture is of my boyfriend and I on our 7-year anniversary.  We had a few days in Liverpool and it was fab. 

I chose the background paper because I’m obsessed with flamingos!  I cut a strip of Shimelle ‘Little By Little’ chevron paper to stick down one side, stuck it down and painted on gesso in the area my picture would sit.  On the right of the chevrons, I hand stitched gold thread.  I applied gold Nuvo embellishment mousse through a Prima stencil, and once dry I used the packaging technique on top with a pink gelato. 

I printed my picture at 4x4” and mounted it onto watercolour effect paper (from The Works) and then paper from the First Edition ‘Storyteller’ pad.  The pull-out tag is from the Oasis ephemera pack and I added some Oasis stickers to it, as well as some journalling.

There are three areas of clustering on my layout. The main bit is around my photo where I used some larger embellishments with gold foiling. In the top and bottom left corners, I used washi tape as a base for my embellishments.  I love a bit of sparkle so to finish off I punched tiny hearts from glitter paper.

Thanks for joining us this month Emily!  You can find more of Emily here: facebook pinterest youtube

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Remember This | Sarah Costain | Cut File

Hi Sarah here with another scrappy page for you today.
I have been playing with this months cutfile available to download free here on the blog.

For the background of my layout I used the cutfile as a stencil and sprayed through it with my Craftwell Ebrush tool and copic markers. This gives a lovely soft rainbow effect with no running or muddy colours.

My photo was taken at a local nature reserve and the Mind the Scrap August kit was perfect for it. They are a UK based scrapbook kit club you can find them here.
I layered paper from the kit along with some tissue for a softer look behind my photo and distressed the edges.
A journaling card with a swan on was the perfect embellishment from my kit. I fussy cut it out and layered it over a shaker circle I made filled with sequins from Lucy's Cards
I added my title to the top corner layered on to a tag so it had the dimension of the other two clusters and didn't become lost on the page.
I added a few sequins and gems as well as two black hearts to tie in with the black on the swan. A few splashes of gold Color Shine and my layout was complete.
You can check out the process video here.
Have a scrappy day :)

Monday, 21 August 2017

Guest Designer | Antonia Sherlock

Today we welcome Antonia as our guest designer...

Hi everyone, my name is Antonia and I am absolutely over the moon to be invited to be a guest designing for UK Scrap Addicts this month! I live in the West Midlands with my family - I am a busy mum of two with a full time job and a compulsive need to scrap, so juggling is the word that best
describes my lifestyle...  I've been scrapbooking for years, but only recently mustered the courage to put my work "out there"...

I was so excited to find out that this month the focus is on layering. I love layering, to me more is more when it comes to embellishments. The real challenge is to know when to stop... I use layering as a technique on most of my layouts, and most of the time I use patterned paper as a background. Every now and again though, when I come across super-lovely embellishments, I opt for a cardstock background, so the embellishments can be fully showcased without anything else competing for the attention. This is what I did on the layout I made for this blog post.

I worked with the Lottie Loves Paper August kit, which is thoroughly awesome. It features the new Carousel collection from Maggie Holmes. I purchased the coordinating paper kit and cardstock kit as well as the ephemera pack from the same collection. I chose the pink cardstock as it coordinates with the top I'm wearing on the photo. It's also super-girly... I did some tone-on- tone stamping for the background - it's subtle, but gives texture to the
layout. It can also be considered as the first layer in the clustering process.

On layouts like this, I tend to go for three clusters in a triangle. Two near to the photo and a smaller one, further away. As I didn't use any patterned paper for the background, I placed the third cluster right at the bottom of the page, to ground it.

I had to be careful that the two clusters near the photo don't draw the attention away from it. I went for relatively large pieces of the ephemera, but only a few, with muted colours and no crazy patterns. I took care that the two embellishment clusters were balanced: they both had a bit of pale
pink, a bit of teal, gold glitter and plenty of black and white. I'm not a bow person, but I loved how the dark pink bow popped on the page, so it went on the zebra's neck. To balance it out, I added a puffy heart, same in colour, to the other embellishment cluster.

I struggled a bit with the title. Ideally, I would have liked it near the photo, but it just simply didn't work. I didn't have a specific title in mind, so I tried out various words and phrases. Everything was either too big, dwarfing the photo, or too small, being dwarfed by the clusters. So in the end I made
a decision to include the title in the third embellishment cluster. The word "happy" is from the puffy sticker sheet and it was just right in size and in colour to keep the status quo. 

I was quite happy with how the layout was turning out, but something was still missing. I didn't want to use ink splatters, in fear of making the background too busy, so I opted for sequins. I find them more manageable than ink - you have full control in where they go on the layout. I chose yellow sequins as they complement the layout and they are subtle in colour.

To finish it all, I managed to make a bit of a mess with the date stamp, but I ended up leaving it like that - messing up is part of my style, too... ;-)
Hope you like my layout. I have created a process video making it - this is my first video ever, so needless to say, it's very exciting for me. 

Thank you for this opportunity from the UKSA team, it's been a real pleasure creating this layout for you!

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Oh Yeah! | Lisa-Jane Johnson | Clustering

Oooh I do love a good cluster!  It's Lisa-Jane from Pretty My Page here with you today with my take on how I go about creating my clusters.

I like to work in groups of three with my little collections of prettiness so once I've estimated where I think I will put my photos then I can work out where my clusters will go.  For this layout I wanted to use four 3x4 photos in a rough line down the page at about a third of the way in.  This meant that ideally my clusters would be spaced in a visual triangle around the line which helps to draw the eye to the main event - the photos.

Once I've chosen my 3 points I start the layering.  I'm basically building a pile of bits and pieces so I need to think about using something flat and large first as a base.  I recently took delivery of some mixed media stock for my new website and I couldn't wait to play with some stencils and embossing paste.  I chose my yellow background paper from the Simple Stories Summer Vibes collection that I am using for this holiday album and experimented with 2 different stencils.  I thought the tiny stars would be absolutely perfect for this layout of my boy learning to spin a lasso (I always thought it was lasOO!)  The stencil that looks like water splashing will be great for all of the pool photos I still have to scrap...

I used the stencil on the 3 places areas and then added a little bit to a dark space in one of the photos just to see what it looked like.  Then I felt like I needed a border (as I frequently do at the moment) so I trimmed an inch off one side and the bottom of the yellow sheet and layered it up on white and then a dark woodgrain.  I mounted my photos on the white card that I gutted behind the yellow which helped to separate them a bit more.  Then I sprinkled on some aqua coloured mist for another layer in my little gathering.

Once the main structure of the layout was stuck down I could start to embellish - my favourite part of the process!  I use my Crate Paper muffin tray to hold all my embellishments for my current project so it's ideal to help me choose little bits and bobs for each of the three clusters.  I always put down more than I need - this is just a first sort through to start piecing things together.  I look for some flat things and some things that will add dimension and I try to use similar items and colours in each little grouping.  I really wanted to use a couple of the flair badges that I've been hoarding so I chose my other embellishments to go with those.  As you can see, I am one of the many who have discovered that flair badges can rust but I actually like the effect it has made and it doesn't seem to be coming through the back or through the plastic at the front.

I like to have the three groupings as 3 slightly different sizes if possible with the larger one towards the bottom as this helps to balance the layout but I don't really have any hard and fast rules about anything - I just go with the flow!  As you can see I haven't stuck to my first sprinkling of embellishments - I've started with the flairs and then added in some orange to echo my son's te-shirt and then worked around those, tucking things in and around and trying not to create trapped space.  Each layer gets smaller and more dimensional as I go - a bit like building a pyramid!

And here is the finished layout!  Even though some of the layers are mostly hidden, I think they are still well worth including because it adds so much interest to the groupings.  The stenciling and misting on the bottom creates a really subtle extra layer and you could use stamping or a bit of stitching here too.  Then I've used some die cuts or stickers next, some with pop dots on to add another dimension.  I've tucked in some cork cameras and added enamel dots and a couple of different sized resin stars and called it done.

Getting your clusters to look the way you want them to is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle - you start with a piece you are sure of and then try out lots of others before you are definite, even sometimes moving things that you THOUGHT you were sure of!  They are well worth the effort though as they bring so much interest and dimension to your projects.  You can have many little clusters all over your page and you can have them spread out rather than overlapping the layers, it's totally up to you to use the things you like in a way that pleases your own eyes.

I hope we've been inspiring you to try some clusters or to think about adding something new to your groupings, even if you are struggling to get some time to actually scrap during August (which I know can be quite a challenge for some of us!)  As always, don't forget to share your projects with us either here in the comments or on our Facebook page or our Instagram and please do use #ukscrapaddicts so we can find your projects.  There's a great prize up for grabs from this month's sponsor and we are always looking for amazing UK scrapbookers to feature on our pages too.

Now, go forth and make pretty pages!

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Hey, Hello, Hiya │Roxy Cousins │Clustering

Hello, Roxy here! Today i'm here with my layout on this months theme, clustering.

I love clustering, I have clusters of embellishments on almost every layout I create. I like to use clusters of different embellishments. For example wood veneer, ephemra, tiny word stickers and gold glittery hearts. Clusters help your eye to travel around the layout, it usually draws attention to the photo.

 I chose to use three pictures of my bunny, who is trying to help me fussy cut some flowers out. I used two different sizes for my photos, 4x4 and 2x2. This enabled me to create at least three clusters around my layout.

My photos are quite colourful, so I decided to use this months free cut file (which you can find on a few posts down). I used a colourful mambi paper and attached it to white cardstock. This allows my three vocal points to stand out.

Clusters also allow you to use a variety of collections on your layout. For example on my layout I have used items from Cute Girl by Crate Paper, Gather by Maggie Holmes and Indigo Hills by Pinkfresh Studio.

For more details on how I created my layout, please check out the process here

Seeyou nex time! Happy Crafting :) 

Friday, 18 August 2017

St Tropez Summer | Sheena Rowlands | Clustering

Hi there x Sheena here again x
The focus for us this month is to use clustering on our pages.
This was perfect for me as I love using clusters on my pages as I tend to hoard embellishments so need to get them stuck on a page.

St Tropez Summer.

For this page I've actually created a line of clustered embellishments running above & below my photo which also includes my title.

 Some of the embellishments are from the same range as the paper, Prima St Tropez but by clustering embellishments in this way also gives you a chance to use up odd bits & pieces, from old & new collections by tucking them in.

Also adding in different textures adds to the overall interest too. Here I've used stickers, wood veneer, chipboard shapes, epoxy shapes, flair...

I hope you get a chance over the summer months to getting some scrapping time for yourself x

Thursday, 17 August 2017

YOLO | Sarah Costain | Clustering

Sarah here today with my layout based on this months theme of clustering.

This time my layout was inspired by the photo I had chosen. I created a mixed media background with water and Dylusions ink to complement the image.
I added layers of tissue paper and patterned paper behind my photo and some torn washi for a messy photo cluster.
To balance the page I added a scene to the top left of my page using die cut clouds, a rainbow and other embellishments from the kit I used by Mind the Scrap based here in the UK.
I added a couple of tags to the bottom right of my photo and layered a few embellishments on top which mirrored the top cluster.
A scattering of sequins hearts and some teal sequin ribbon from my stash added a little bling along with some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in teal and gold as a finishing touch.
And here's the finished layout. 
You can check out the process video here. 
Don't forget to join in this month's challenge. 

Have a scrappy day :)

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Free Cut File for August

This month's free cut file is a corker!  This grid, which you saw in action on Pol's fantastic layout here, is brilliant for making a real statement on your page.  It was designed by our Creative Team member Niki Rowland.

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'll have another example of this die cut in use coming a little bit later in the month and we'll have another free cut file for you in September.  September??!!  Crikey, this year is marching right on by isn't it?  

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


Hi lovely Scrappers! Today the team are having a chat about fussy cutting...

Maria: Fussy cutting is awesome! I love love love it, despite not being the best at it. I love how you can get so much out of a 12x12 sheet of pattern paper by just fussy cutting the shapes out of it. Some people use huge scissors, and some others use small scissors. I am in the second group. I normally try to leave a small border around the shape that I am cutting, although it is not always possible.

Emma C: Ahh fussy cutting, labour intensive but oh-so-worth-it! Some papers just cry out to be fussy cut and one particular designer that springs to mind is ... you guessed it! ... Paige Evans. Her designs are perfect for cutting out images and layering them for something spectacular - especially the florals! Here is a prime example, created when I attended a workshop last November. Top Tip: when cutting try to move the paper around rather than the scissors, saves your hand aching a bit! Also, a good pair of small sharp scissors that cut right to the tip are a must. Happy cutting!

Jess Claire: Fussy cutting can be kind of time consuming but I love the look of it. I am a bit of a budget scrapbooker at times and I always feel like fussy cutting gets a lot of value from the paper. My tips are to start by roughly cutting out the shape; that way it's easier to move as you cut it. Depending on the look you want, you can cut leaving a border; I like to do this if the image has a white border behind it, because it then looks a bit like a die cut you might buy. Alternatively, you can cut right up close to the image; I tend to do this more just because its less obvious if you cut something off so you don't have to be as precise. I really like to adhere fussy cut pieces with adhesive foam tape, which pops the piece up and makes it look more like a true embellishment. Finally, don't be scared to use a large fussy cut piece - it can be the focal point of the layout.

Terri-Ann: I absolutely love fussy cutting! My GoGo Getaway nickname is 'scissor ninja' because I love to cut shapes from patterned paper. I find it relaxing to sit in front of the TV with a crazy busy pattern and cut out all the images. If it's super intricate I will leave a slight border but prefer not to. I also like to get my craft knife out to cut out the inner pieces from designs such as between flower stems and leaves.

Lisa-Jane: I'm quite partial to a bit of fussy cutting - like stitching, it can be a lovely way to pass the time while chatting with friends or watching your favourite programmes, etc. Like many others, I like to cut things out of my patterned papers to use in place of die cuts or to layer up on top of each other to add some dimension. Despite having a Silhouette and quite a few sets of Thickers, I do sometimes fussy cut a title, like I've done here. We have a few sets of alphabet templates between our local groups and I used them to trace the letters onto a coordinating design for this layout, then stitched around it to add some texture.

You don't have to stop at titles or flowers though, try things like ticket stubs, etc. I've also been known to cut out images from Project Life style cards such as cameras, hearts, and frames. The layout below is quite an old one now but I wanted to show an example of another different kind of fussy cutting. I've used chipboard shapes as templates to trace onto thick card stock, cut them out, then applied Mod Podge to some old jeans to make it stiff enough to adhere the card stock shape onto and trace and cut out. They make really unique embellishments and are worth the effort I think.

Pol: Fussy cutting is one of my Favourite Things Ever! I used to hate it because I cannot cut a straight line to save my life, but it turns out that makes me ideal for fussy cutting! LOL!
I like to leave a border around whatever I'm cutting out, and I love to make little scenes for my pages. I will purposely choose papers that can be fussy cut, and I enjoy fussy cutting while I'm watching TV in the evening. I'm really rubbish at sitting doing nothing so I'm often doing several things at once! Fussy cutting is a great way to make your papers go further if you're on a budget.

Susan: I too am a fussy cutting fan. I especially like to do it at crops when I can sit and chat and keep my fingers busy at the same time - it helps to keep them out of the chocolate, too! Any papers with large images are fair game; I sometimes wonder if I cut out just for the sake of it as I seem to be sticking the pieces back into the same place as they were originally! LOL! Seriously though, if you put the pieces back with dimensional sticky dots under some of them it gives your page some nice height and texture. I always cut close to the edges of an image not being too keen on white borders. I will even cut off the border from a ready made sticker. Occasionally I will fussy cut a photo if there is too much distracting background. I don’t like the white edge you get when cutting into photographic paper; a good tip is to gently edge the cut image with a dark ink.

Gemma: I agree with the others in that I love fussy cutting! I love doing it to create extra embellishments for a page. My favourite would be a fussy cut floral, and I love to fussy cut a whole 12x12 paper leaving a small border around the shapes. By leaving a border you get some of the background colour come through, in this layout I liked how the green broke up all the pink.

I like to fussy cut my own free-hand shapes as well, like I did in the moodboard challenge layout, where I used coloured raindrops. Also in this layout you can see that, like Susan, I will even fussy cut a photo to help create the scene on my page.

Laura: My tip for fussy cutting is to keep the scissors still, only moving the paper and to experiment with different scissors. Personally I fussy cut best with my largest pair as they are more comfortable to hold.

Michelle: It looks like l might be the only one on the team who doesn't love to fussy cut. I love the end look of it but I’m just not very good at it, although I have been incorporating it into more layouts, especially in my Traveller's Notebook. I now have some super sharp scissors to make the job easier. I may even get round to using some of the many cut-apart sheets that I have collected and stashed over the years. I agree with what others have said in that it is much easier to move the paper and not the scissors.

I do hope we've inspired you to crack out your sharpest scissors and get snipping!