Thursday, 27 July 2017

Pocket Page Layout | Michelle (UglyBugPlans) | Large Photo

Hey UK Scrap Addicts, Michelle here from UglyBugPlans with this months layout which had the theme "Large Photo".

To be totally honest I have never used such a large photo on any of my layouts before, initially I had intended to create a traditional 12x12 layout but I've been really drawn back to pocket pages lately so decided to take a risk. I am so pleased I did as it really paid off and I love the finished layout!

For a couple of week's I'd been meaning to pop to my local printers to have a photo printed off and had started to worry that I wouldn't get the chance, for some silly reason I hadn't thought of the stack of A4 photo printer sat on my desk.. once I realised that I could print it at home, from my phone I only had to decide which photo to use.

I chose a large photo of my middle daughter and then smaller pictures of my other 2 children all taken at the same birthday party that we attended a week or so ago.

The papers and journalling cards that I used are from the new Stampin' Up! catalogue and the thickers, die cuts and embellishments were from a recent shopping trip to Hobbycraft.

You can check out the process to this layout HERE!

You can find me over on my blog and YouTube where I upload 3 videos a week :) I also hand out on Instagram a lot and would love to connect with you there @uglybugplans

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Pocket Page Layout | Sarah Toward | Large Photo

Hi There

Sarah T here today sharing how I used a large photo in my Pocket Page scrapping.  I'll be honest I've never actually used a large photo in my Pocket Page layouts before this one.  I've wanted to, but my weeks are usually very photo heavy, so to take up multiple pockets with one photo wouldn't really be an option.  That is until I went back to finish some of my 2016 Pocket Page album and I came across a week where I only had photos available from two days of that week.

The photo I used needed to fill four pockets totalling an 8x8" area.  I don't have any fancy editing software, so I just used the iPhotos program on my iMac.

In iPhoto I was able to go into the print section, here I was able to choose the size of the photo paper I was going to print on, and then choose a custom size for the photo.

I printed the photo and trimmed it down, and then cut it into 4x4" squares.

Here you can see the photo cut into the four individual sections to go into the pockets.  I chose to embellish the top two sections, including that gorgeous flair from Bramble Fox.

And this is the final layout, featuring the large photo.  These five photos were the only ones I took this week, without the large photo there would have been a lot of empty pockets.

I will definitely use a large photo again in a Pocket Page layout, especially if I don't have a lot of photos available for that week as its a good way to use up pockets.

Here's a few more close ups of the spread.

I used last years Fancy Pants, Millie & June collection to create this weeks layout, along with some Kaitlin Sheaffer free printable labels and Shimelle puffy hearts from the Go Now Go collection.

Thanks for stopping by UK Scrap Addicts again today, don't forget to stop by the UKSA Facebook page where you can have a go at our challenge of using large photos in a layout and be in with a chance of winning a stash of goodies from our sponsor this month Bramble Fox.

See you all again soon.


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Take a break | Jess Claire Creates | Large Photo

Hey all, welcome back to the UK Scrap Addicts. I hope you are all doing well today. This is Jess Claire and I am here to share my take on using large photos in my scrapbooking.

Check out the process video on our YouTube channel here

I believe that 'large' is kind of subjective.  I have used what I deem to be large photos in a range of situations.  I have printed a 8x10 photo and cut it down to use in my travellers notebook, I have used 6x8 photos as a full page in mini albums for holidays and December Daily.  However this is the first time I have used a large photo in my Project Life album and I love the effect.

I knew that I wanted a photo that would span a number of pockets so I chose a photo of scenery so I wouldn't be chopping into anyone's face.  Don't look at my first Project Life pages where I did that - this is what happens when you don't plan your layouts in advance and you end up cutting 4x6 photos to fit into 3x4 pockets - it aint pretty I can tell you.

I especially love working with outdoor photos because the lighting is so nice and the colours are so clear.  And I am starting to think I'm not as much of an 'indoor person' as I always thought I was.  I actually feel uplifted and refreshed by being outside.  Anyway, enough of my ramblings.  Here is my layout

I printed my photo onto A4 photo paper, I chose not to fit it to the page.  My camera takes 16:9 photos so they're longer than they are wide, I didn't want to lose the top and bottom of my photo and I only needed it to be 6in across anyway so having it narrower on the page suited me fine.  Then I cut it down to fit in the left hand pockets I wanted it in.  Because this photo took up that whole side and I wanted to add cards and I had quite a few photos I decided to add an insert.  These photos were all from one day and they didn't need to span 2 full pages so one Design A and a half a Design A was enough.  Plus I had some photos that I wanted for the back of that insert too which worked well.

I used papers from the Pink Paislee, Paige Evans, Fancy Free 6x6 paper pad to create my cards.  I kept one floral card blank, and added some Maggie Holmes - Chasing Dreams stickers and a label to the other floral.  For the middle card I added a small section of grid paper cut from a project life card.  I also added a label from Studio Calico with more Maggie Holmes stickers and some of the pieces I had punched from one of the Fancy Free papers.  I really love how these cards turned out and how the soft pinks contrasted with the bright green in the photos.  From a design point of view I know it can be good to match the cards to colours in the photos but my photos had SO MUCH green, I kind of wanted to keep the green on my cards to a minimum and have a contrasting look.

I did some stamping using black Staz On ink and stamps from Kelly Purkey - Spring Break and Ali Edwards - Click.  I often get a faded look when stamping on to photos I have printed at home, possibly to do with the quality of my photo paper or printer ink.  I'm embracing it though, I kind of like the way it looks.

I added minimal embellishments to the photos, Maggie Holmes stickers and Fancy Free chipboard but I mostly wanted the large photo and the DIY cards to take centre stage.

Thanks for checking out my layout.  Don't forget to watch the process video on YouTube.  Also share with us your Large photo layouts, I love seeing the different ways you guys take on our challenges.  Share them in our facebook group  you could be in with a chance of winning a prize.  And remember to tage #UKScrapAddicts if you share them on Instagram :)

Until next month
Jess :)

Monday, 24 July 2017

There is Sunshine in my Heart | Niki Rowland | Large Photo

Hi everyone, Niki here with you today with my take on the large photo theme this month. This pushes me way out of my comfort zone as I love to use little photos. But I have embraced the theme and gone for a 6x8" photo and have coupled it with a large title too.

I've used Papers and stickers by Echo Park called Summer Dreams. The title is from the Silhouette Design Store. I applied some ink in the area that the title would sit on so that my white title showed up. I did this using the packaging technique. I also added flicks in the same colour by mixing my ink with some water and flicking it on using a paintbrush.

I've put together a process video for you to watch. The layout came together really quickly - mainly becuase the photo and the title were both so big that there wasn't much room for anything else!

I hope you enjoyed the video and also are inspired to use large photos - the design team have certainly made some beautiful layouts with big photos.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I'll be back next month
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

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Guest Designer | Emma Clark

 Today we welcome Emma Clark as our guest...

Good morning crafters, my name is Emma.  I live in Bristol with my 4 children, my hubby and our crazy dog Ted.  I've been scrapbooking for about 14 years and I'm still not bored.  I run a scrapbook kit club called Mind the Scrap and that has been going for almost 2 years now, I love my job!  Website Instagram Facebook Group

When Laura asked me to be guest designer for this month, I had just got back from my holiday... the BIG PHOTO theme was perfect as I had brought one back with me that had been taken by Centre Parcs in their pool of myself and my family... I knew it would work perfectly with the Mind The Scrap July kit so I got to work.

I loved the watery effect of the papers from this month but not as a whole sheet, so I made them into strips and curved the edges to make them more 3d. Then I layered up my photo alongside embellishments from the kit to create a frame around it. 

The iridescent thickers worked perfectly with the water pool photo bringing more focus to the picture. 

I finished with some puffy heart stickers and the star pieces from the alphabet sheet, I'm pleased that I found a use for the mermaid sticker as its beautiful and they are one of my daughters favourite!

Thanks for joining us Emma.  Be sure to check out Mind The Scrap for more of Emma's work!

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.