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

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.

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 


Hi there scrappy friends! Today the team are having a chat about pens...

Laura: I’m a stationery junkie ... I own hundreds of pens.  I’ll share a few of my favourites with you. Generally, for journaling, I want a fine tip.  I love OHTO Graphic Liners for a rich black waterproof ink.  I have them in every width but tend to use the narrowest nib 005 and the widest 10 the most.  I also have a fun novelty kiwi pen that writes beautifully.  For ink that is not black, I reach for my Pigma Micron in blue and brown or my Stabilo Fine Liners which I’ve had for more than a decade! I have a few more favourites too ... a Slick Writer from American Crafts for writing on photos, Pilot Silver and Gold Markers for a touch of metallic (also work well on photos), Faber Castell PITT pens for brush lettering and finally, Derwent’s Graphik Paint Liners.  These are my favourite for art journaling, they are slightly unpredictable and can be ‘incontinent’ which is great for splats and splodges and generally inky fun!

Emma: I’m with Laura, I LOVE stationery - always have, always will! Let’s be honest, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of writing with a good pen is there?... No?... Might just be me then - haha! For the rare occasion that I do actually journal on a page, I reach for my Uni-Ball Uni-Pin pens (a bit of a mouthful, I know!). I bought them in a pack of 5 with a range of widths from 0.1mm to 0.5mm. They’re a black, waterproof ink and they write beautifully on cardstock and on glossy photo paper - for me, they’re a good ‘all-rounder’ and I reach for the 0.1mm the most. The Holy Grail of course is The White Pen!  This is a tricky one and it depends what you’re after. I wanted an opaque, bright white pen that would write on cardstock and glossy photo paper and wouldn’t be a pain in the backside (I can say that right?) in terms of smudging. I originally bought the Sakura Gelly Roll pen because so many people had good things to say. However, I made the mistake of buying the Gelly Roll SoufflĂ© pen which writes kind of translucent, goes bright white when dry, which takes ages, and is also kind of raised when dry too. It’s OK for some things but not quite what I was looking for. It also has quite a thick point, making small writing difficult. For a white pen, I would actually recommend the Uni-ball Signo Broad white gel pen. I bought mine from Paperchase but they are widely available I believe. The Signo Broad is the best white pen I’ve found. It writes smoothly. It dries pretty quickly. I have used it on glossy paper with no problems. Although it’s called broad, the tip isn't so big that you can't write small. It’s a nice, opaque, bright white and I would thoroughly recommend!

Michelle: It’s funny that I’m answering this now as I’ve been on the look out for a white pen to write on my photos and have been having a hard time choosing, thanks to Emma I now have a Signo Broad on its way to me which I am super excited to try out! As for what I currently use on my layouts ... I’m not really fussy about brand but it does have to be a gel pen with a fine nib, my writing is awful and that stands out when I use thicker pens. My favourite brand of pens are the Coleto by Pilot and I use a 0.4mm nib for standard journaling. However lately I have fallen in love with brush lettering and although I’ve not been brave enough to try it on a layout I have been adding it to my art journal. I use calligraphy ink, gold is my favourite to use ... it’s so shiny,  and a good quality paint brush, I’m by no means an expert but it does add an interesting dimension to the page!

Lisa-Jane: Another pen hoarder here ;-)  I’m always on the look out for the perfect pen and I actually know what I want, it just doesn’t exist yet!  My favourite pen to write with is a random floral fine tip that I had in my shop last year.  I wouldn’t normally choose a thin pen because I like something more substantial to get hold of but once I used these I fell in love.  Before that I was a huge fan of the common Bic Biro for writing and I will reach for that most often for anything other than on a layout.  The pen I use most often for journaling on my layouts is a Pilot Frixion which can be erased when you make a mistake!  A pen that rubs out??!!  Yes!  Genius!  My only issue with it is that the nib isn’t fine enough for my liking, especially when you are journaling in a small space and have a lot to say.  Ideally I would have a pen that writes like the skinny floral, feels like the Biro, yet has the ability to be rubbed out - if someone could arrange that thanks (or enlighten me as to their existence!).  Colour wise for me it has to be black, I hate writing in any other colour.  I have used a white pen on a black background and I once used a friend’s grey pen on a layout but nothing feels quite right compared to black.

Sarah T: My go-to pens for journaling on my pocket page spreads are definitely my Uni-Pin Fine liners. I use the 0.1 - 0.5 tips as they're super smooth for writing with, I even use them for doodling. I also use the Stabilo coloured pens if I want to journal or doddle in a different colour.

Gemma: So I may not have the pen knowledge of the other Scrap Addicts, but I love to use pens on layouts. I like to outline, add doodle borders and faux stitching in different colours on pages. My favourite pens in my collection are the American Crafts precision pens, Uniball Eye Micro, and for coloured pens I have the Staedtler Triplus fineliners. They all sit in a pen stand on my desk, within arm’s reach.

So there you have it fellow scrappers - the Pen Queens have spoken! 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Hello Adventure | Gemma Summers | Journalling

Hello Scrap Addicts!

Gemma here with my layout using our theme for this month ... Journalling.

Journalling is something I have recently been adding to my layouts and I can now see its importance to me, in it helping to record my memories and story. I chose to base this layout on my love for walking and a new hobby, geocaching. 

I started by creating a mixed media background. The inspiration for this came from a rainbow stencil and enamel dots I used from 'Pretty My Page' our sponsor this month!

As I love rainbow colour the rainbow stencil was perfect. I used texture paste through the stencil, then added watercolour paint over the top, blending the colours together. I then sprayed extra water to help the paint run down the page. With my photo being black and white I went for a colourful background and I like the stencil's texture.

Once I had added my photo, the layout came together quite quickly.
All the embellishments I have used came from my 'Mind the Scrap' September subscription scrapbook kit. This included my title of the large 'Heidi Swapp' wood veneer 'Adventure'.

I created 3 clusters which were coloured according to the mixed media behind it, for a tone on tone look. One in pink, blue and yellow, which worked perfectly with the enamel dots. Each cluster also has a star in that colour too.

I always like to do my journalling last and I hand write it.  I added this onto a speech bubble die cut. To continue the colour on colour, I wrote this in pink pen to help it blend in. I like the personal touch the handwriting adds and the coloured pen makes it not too bold.

Don't forget we would love to see your layouts using journalling this month
on Instagram using #ukscrapaddicts

I hope you enjoyed this layout!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Always | Polly's Papercrafts | Journalling

Hey Scrap Addicts, 

It's Emma here with you again, and my sincerest apologies as still no video from me (blame PC World! The less said about them, the better!). 

As you know, we're talking journalling this month. Honestly, I suck at journalling. I can't seem to get past the basics of where, who, when and, if you're lucky, why. Maybe that's enough for most people but I do feel like I'd like to be able to dig a little deeper. I just really struggle. Anyone else with me? 

The layouts I really struggle to journal on are the ones about me. The ones where the 'who' aspect is totally redundant. Do I write on every layout, "This is me...obviously!" 

So my tip for this month is: where journalling feels like a struggle and you can't find the words, use a quote. Use someone else's words to perfectly convey your meaning. 

In this layout, a photo of me at Harry Potter Studios, I used the quote from J.K.Rowling that is up on the screen as you walk out. For me, it perfectly sums up the reason I go back and read the books so often. (Every year, in case you're wondering!) 

My base is white cardstock at 8.5"X11". I cropped my photo (originally 4x6) into a square and fussy cut some of the squares from a Pink Paislee Moonstruck paper. I always think of the Moonstruck collection for Harry Potter pages. Must be the colours.
For a bit of background interest I used a chevron stencil from Pretty My Page, our sponsor this month, with some grey Kelly Purkey ink. I just used the Tim Holtz mini distress tool to lightly blend through the stencil.

With my photo off to the left hand side, it gave space for me to position the design squares on the right. Some of which I popped up on some foam, just to add a little something-something.

The florals used were fussy cut from another Moonstruck paper and I think they frame the space below the photo perfectly, giving an excellent space to write my quote.
Full disclosure: I cannot write in a straight line to save my life - so I lightly pencilled in some lines and erased them afterwards.

Wood veneer finished the little pieces of embellishement and I almost forgot the title, so I picked the word 'always' out of the quote (which HP fans everywhere will know the significance of too) and used the Moonstruck Thickers to spell it out under the photo. Job done.

I'm really happy with how this one came together. Remember; if you can't find the words to journal, use someone else's (just make sure you credit them somewhere!) 

Until next time... 

Monday, 11 September 2017

Pretty My Page | September Sponsor

We’re so pleased to be sponsoring UK Scrap Addicts throughout September to help celebrate the launch of our brand new website and extended range of goodies to help you prettify whatever pages you like to work on!

We specialise in die-cuts, both in digital format AND in pre-cut designs so you never have to worry about missing out on those wonderful cut-files because you don’t have the right equipment.  We release new designs every month and you can of course have your own requirements cut too.

We also offer all our files as stitching templates with pre-pierced holes so that you can make totally unique scrapbook pages.

September sees the launch of our flourishing range of mixed media products with a wide selection of stencils as well as ink sprays, pastes, tools, adhesives and finishing mediums.  We also stock a wide range of washi tapes, planner charms, planner bands and lots of other cute stationery.  Our aim is for everyone, even those who were removed from art classes as a child (it wasn’t me, it was a friend…) to be able to express themselves on paper, be it with scrapbooking, art journaling, planning, card making, whatever sort of page is your jam!  My art is my therapy and if I can help other people express themselves with a little bit of art too then that makes me really happy.  

Our new website is and you can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Be sure to pop along and say hi and if you fancy doing some shopping you can use the code UKSA10 for 10% off during our launch month.  We hope to see you soon!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

It will be OK sweetpea | Laura Rumble | Journalling

Hi there, Laura here with my journalling layout.  First though I have some news to share.

I took on the task of setting up UK Scrap Addicts in February/March of this year.  It has come a long way since then but I don't have the energy to continue the work.  The team I have collated are looking to carry on without me.  I want to say a huge thank you to each of them, and the girls who have been a part of the team over the last 6 months how ever briefly, and wish them all the best.  My priority now is my health but hopefully you'll still see me around on facebook and instagram.  It will be ok sweetpea!

I'm not the biggest fan of journalling.  I think it stems from not being very good at English at school and has just hung around and become a thing.  I worry about what people will think when they read what I write.  So I side stepped this months topic and made my journalling unreadable!

I wrote over the top of my words several times.  I got what was inside out and worked it through and I don't have to worry about being marked or judged and I created a really cool background to work on top of!

To add a little raised texture on top of the writing block I used a stencil from this month's sponsor Pretty My Page along with some texture paste.

I added a wood word, a few little wood flowers and some puffy stickers from an old Felicity Jane kit designed by Suse Fish.

You can enjoy the video here:

Thanks for looking,

Friday, 8 September 2017

Guest Designer | Elaine King

We have the Mum of a hero guesting for us today!  Welcome Elaine and her touching layout...

Hi I'm Elaine and I'm a Scrapaholic! I live in a tiny hamlet called Chiddingstone Hoath in Kent, (somewhere between Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells) and I have been scrapping for about 8 years now and I can honestly say it's almost taken over my life! Lol. Fortunately my long suffering husband indulges my hobby and has recently allowed me to commandeer our entire dining room for my craft room! These days I scrap a lot of my little Granddaughter (aged 2 & 1/2) and of course, my husband, two sons and my daughter in law. 

Both my husband and my youngest son are firefighters in the London Fire Brigade and I have journaled about my youngest son in this layout. He (front centre in the photo) recently attended the Grenfell Tower disaster and my journaling reflects the emotions I felt at this time. Journaling is not something that comes easy to me as I don't really like my handwriting but when I do journal it has to be heartfelt, as in this case. I think it is important to use your own handwriting for future generations so I prefer not to print from a computer for this. 

To create the page I used Kaisercrafts Shine Bright collection and I used a Stampin Up punch to create the small patterned hexagons aswell as a diamond Press stitched hexagon die for the black backgrounds for each of them. 

I also matted each piece of patterned paper on black cardstock as well as the photo and added three black gem brads, a couple of wood veneers and a cork hexagon too. To finish I added the title using black and gold Thickers and a smaller sub-title in black beneath the photo. The little 'Hazardous'  Flair badge was a real find from a friend!

Thank you so much Elaine.  You can find more of Elaine's work here: blog and Instagram

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Sweet Child of Mine | Pol Prince | Journalling

Hi scrappy friends! Pol here today with a new layout I created with this months theme in mind - journaling. 
I'm a bit hit and miss with journaling usually, I tend to add it after I've taken photos of my page since most of my pages are for design team work and will be viewed by a larger audience. Journaling is usually an afterthought for me, because I scrap more for the process and the art. I would like to try and include more journaling on my pages as a record for my children. With this in mind I've created a layout that not only tells a story, but even the photo itself is 'journaling'.

This page documents the sweet and funny messages my 17 year old son and 14 yr old daughter wrote in their Father's Day card to their step dad. We absolutely fell about laughing when we read it!

This month we were given some stencils to try from Lisa-Jane Johnson, who owns the Pretty My Page shop on Facebook, with an exciting new website coming very soon. 

My border paper is Websters Pages - an older collection that I brought up to date with the addition of some mixed media and colourful flair. 
To start with, after I had matted my white card to the border paper, I used the packaging technique to lightly add some light green Distress Ink to the top of my page. I gently sponged a darker shade of Distress Ink through one of the stencils a few times, then applied white texture paste through one of the stencils, gradually building up my base layers.

I matted my photo onto the same paper as my border, and punched out the ripped tap effect at the top. I then used foam tape to adhere my photo and mat over the inky area at the top of my page. 
I used pink and blue Distress Inks to gently sponge through two different stencils onto white cardstock, and cut them out to use as ephemera around my photo. I added enamel dots to the centres, which were also from Lisa-Jane's Pretty My Page shop.

I used three main clusters around my photo area which I defined using white thread. I added Cocoa Vanilla and Elle's Studio woodgrain shapes, fussy cut butterflies from the Kaisercraft Wildflower collection, Heidi Swapp word stickers, and flair from Cutz2luv.

I used blue Bella Blvd puffy heart stickers around my page, peeking out from behind layers. 
I absolutely love the black Pinkfresh alphas that I used for my title, in fact I love them so much I bought four packets! They last ages too because they come with lots of vowels.
I'm a massive fan of using song lyrics for my page titles, so you'll often come across a song title on my layouts!

Finally, last but not least, I wrote my journaling under my title, and splatted black ink around the page to tie it all together. 

Please do have a go at this months challenge featuring journaling, it's a great way to tell a story you've been meaning to write down, or even create a page without photos. Thanks for reading, see you all soon!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

My Lucky Number | Susan | Journalling

I have to confess to being a little worried when I saw that this month’s UK Scrap Addicts’ topic was to be ‘journalling.’ You see, I don’t really ‘journal’ … well not in the traditional sense of telling the story. I usually add names, dates and possibly the location if it’s not obvious from the photo. For me, scrapbooking is about creativity, a release for the frustrated artist in me who can’t paint or draw. So, stuck for ideas, I had a browse through my albums in search of inspiration and realised I do indeed ‘journal’ on occasions, but I do it big and bold and as a feature of the artistic process, like this …My lucky number
journallingI have a stack of small alphabet dies for this very purpose – there’d never be enough Es, or in this case ones, in a set of sticker alphas! I used American Crafts’ Thickers Alignment Guides. easily obtainable from UK craft suppliers, to get the curved lines parallel.
To make the blue dots on my background cardstock I used a stencil from this month’s sponsor, Pretty my Page. I used a finger dabber and an ink pad and  I’m really quite pleased with the result. The centres of the flowers, by the way, are done with Nuvo Drops, my new favourite thing!

The final addition to my page was the stitching. I like using circles in this way to bring the various elements of the page together.

Thank so much for calling in to UK Scrap Addicts. Drop by tomorrow for more journalling ideas.