Saturday, 22 July 2017

Bliss | Laura Jane Thomson | Large Photo

Today I have a layout to share with you for the UK Scrap Addicts July challenge, which is to use a large photograph on our layout. 

The photograph which I chose to use was taken from Caol, Fort William looking across Loch Linnhe - I love how the black and white image shows an air of mystery to the scenery. 

I decided to use shades of blue for this layout along with some left overs from the Domestic Bliss collection.

I chose to keep this layout relatively simple to allow the photograph to be the main focal point as I just love this area.

I typed my journaling on the computer and added this to the bottom left corner of the layout so as not to detract from the main photograph. 

So here we have my completed layout... a very simple design but I love how it has turned out.

Don't forget to keep checking back as we have new videos and blog posts most days full of great inspiration from lots of lovely UK based ladies. 

Laura xxx

Friday, 21 July 2017

Guest Designer | Bramble Fox

Along with their sponsorship Bramble Fox are also lending us their designers this month!!
I'm Christine Beuzit, I'm 48 and I live in France, Britanny.  I've got 2 kids, a cat, Sardine and a hen, Plumette.  I've been scrapping for 10 years now, and if I had to describe my style, I would say clean and simple with a touch of inks and stamps. Here are my social media links: Facebook Instagram Blog

First, I chose a picture of my kids which I particularly like and which I knew would fit the challenge of using a bigger picture than usual.
Then I worked on my background. I used some Stabilo Pen 68 added with water to make stains in colours which matched my picture. So I chose some blueish and greenish colors to match with the sea. I also used some texture paste and stamps in a diagonal, and colourful paper in the other diagonal before sticking my picture on its background.
Around the picture: I then added tags, stickers, stamps, sequins, various embellishments coordinated to the different colours already mentioned all around my picture.
To finish,I decided to add some embellishments ON the picture itself since it is a big picture. I chose a tag, some stickers and the "Hello Life" Bramblefox perspextive. I also added two Bramblefox flairs on the colourful stripes of paper.
I think working with diagonals and adding touches of colours make the page more dynamic.

Thanks Christine and Bramble Fox!  Don't forget to give @bramblefox a follow!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Best of Times | Lisa-Jane Johnson | Large Photo

Hello lovelies!  It’s Lisa-Jane from Pretty My Page here with you on the blog today to share my layout with a LARGE photo.  I really like using large photos on layouts because it cuts down the decision making process somewhat - there are only so many places you can put a large photo!  However, as I tend to get my photos printed in batches at a standard size, I don't get many larger than 6x4.  The only ones I tend to have other than school photos, are the ones you get as souvenirs when you go somewhere like a theme park or on certain holiday events etc.  I knew we had some large photos from our Mexico holiday where we swam with dolphins and I thought they'd be perfect for this challenge.  

Sorry, what's that?  You can't see any dolphins in this picture?  No, neither can I.  I couldn't find my precious pictures anywhere so I've added that job to my "To Do" list as I definitely want to scrap them.  But I did come across this photo of my dear Dad and my late-almost-step-mum and I thought it would be a great chance to scrap about a very relevant event.  It is my favourite photo of the two of them on a cruise somewhere at some point (I can't recall the details) and it is also one of my Dad's favourite photos of the two of them.  I happened to have it in my possession when she died very suddenly just before my Dad's birthday so I decided to get a large canvas done of it for his lounge. 

When I went to collect it, I realised that actually they did these canvasses much larger than I had estimated and it was so big that it wouldn't fit in my big car!  I tore back the paper a little bit to check the quality of the print and there she was, a life sized image of my dead almost-step-mum, peering back at me through the brown paper!  It was incredible spooky!  There was no way that this huge portrait was going to be suitable for your standard 3 bedroom home, especially when she hadn't even been buried and the shock and confusion of her untimely demise was till incredibly raw.  Not appropriate at all.  A few months later I reordered a more appropriately sized version which has pride of place in my Dad's home but it still makes me smile every time I see it when I think of the shock I got that day.

I haven't done the journalling on the layout yet but I wanted the design to reflect the picture rather than the story that I was telling about it.  I wasn't on the cruise so that part of the story isn't relevant to me but I wanted to use more grown up products to suit the style of the photo and felt that this Basic Grey Tea Garden fitted the bill quite well.  I fussy cut some of the flowers from the flip side of the pink spotty paper and I used off cuts and yellow enamel dots from my shop to add a pop of colour and bring out the yellow in the flowers on the photo.

I even managed to gut the title from the back of one of the other papers and it fitted perfectly because they really did have a lovely time together and I had wanted to reflect that in the canvas for his present.  

Have you got any oversized souvenir pictures or a favourite print that needs some special treatment?  We'd love to see!  As always, please don't forget to use the hashtag #UKScrapaddicts when sharing your work on Instagram and don't forget to show us on the Facebook page too.  

Now, go forth and make pretty pages!


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

You Are My Fave | Roxy Cousins | Large Photo

Hey lovelies, Roxy here! Today i'm going to show you my first ever layout with a large photo! Do you create large photo layouts often? I'd love to know, I think I might be hooked.. 

When I thought of large photos, I thought of my bunny. I knew I had this photo of her looking so bunderful and happy! 

The hearts were inspired by a lovely instagrammer called @beavalint, although she isn't from the UK, her layouts are very inspirational. The hearts are from a Paper Issues file. 

I've used goodies by Maggie Holmes and Pinkfresh Studios. I wanted to use simple embellishments, so that the photo took pride of place. 

If you'd like to see my process, here is the video:

Thank you for stopping by, see you next time!! 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Beach Boys | Sheena Rowlands | Large Photo

Hi there Scrap Addicts x

This months theme of large photos had me looking back through my scrapbook albums. I realised over the years I've been scrapping with smaller & smaller photos. So maybe its time to challenge myself to go bigger with my photos.

The photo I've used for this page is an old one which I'd wanted to scrap but never got around to. I printed it A4 size which is as big as I can print at home.

Beach Boys.

I've used the Prima St Tropez range mainly to scrap with as the colours & beachy ephemera fit perfectly with my pic.
I've grouped my embellishments in 2 areas and overlapped the photo but tried to keep the feel that they were the only ones on the beach which was true as it was dry day in March when it was taken.
I added 3 inked wood veneer boys under my title and  then adhered random dew drops to add watery splashes.
Please show us your large photo layouts & share them with us on our Facebook page.
Happy Scrapping.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Like a Boss - Sarah Costain - Large Photo

Hi Sarah here today with a large photo layout.

I chose a 12x8 size and trimmed away the background of my photo.
The ice cream towers were created using a cutfile and coloured using Dylusions ink spray which I watered down to create pastel shades.
I added the same colours to my background and popped the photo and ice cream layers up on foam.
My title was made using a cutfile and then embossed with glitter gold powder. I created a cherry for the top of my tower using alcohol ink markers, Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.
The layout was finished off with some iridescent glitter, a flair badge by Bramble Fox and some gold stars and sequins.

You can check out the process video here.

Thanks for stopping by today,
Have a happy scrappy week :)

Sunday, 16 July 2017

July's Free Cut File

We have a freebie set of border cut files for you this month.

How often do you use borders on your layouts?  I confess, not often enough...

You can read more about using cut files without a cutting machine here, and find instructions for downloading and using a cut file with Silhouette Studio here.