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