Friday, 25 May 2018

Dude ! Dude! / Jackie Ashton / Monochrome

Hi Scrappers, Jackie here with my blopgost for May - and going with this months theme for monochrome - I chose to use the blue as my base.  

As you can see from my layout below, my initial idea was to use black and white and add a touch of blue to my page, but my page didn't turn out like that.

I started the page by using the packaging technique with Tim Holtz Oxide ink in Broken China over the white cardstock. I also stamped some circles and messy-stitched circles to the background paper.

I then selected a selection of blue patterned papers and cut into different sizes, an did a simple cluster of paper stacked under my photograph.

I added some additional details by die cutting some star, and a die word and arrow from the same patterned papers I'd used for my paper stack.  

I also added a small cluster to the top of the page.

Why not give our monochrome theme a go, we would love to see what you come up with, you can upload to our Facebook page here.

Thanks for stopping by, see you next month.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

It's All Black and White| Lou Thompson | Monochrome

Hello to all you scrap addicts!

I am so excited to bring you my very first project for UKSA and due to some video issues the first time, I actually have 2 projects to bring you.

The theme this month is monochrome and for my first layout, I did initially think I would choose to do shades of a bold colour like purple or pink as that is very much me, but I thought no lets actually challenge myself to use just black and white.

I am glad I did as I am really pleased with the result and it challenged me to really think about the project and be really creative with how I used items

There are 4 papers used in the layout, 1 for the main sheet and 3 matting the photo. I love the raindrop sheet as it goes so well with the theme of the photo as walks in the UK are sadly often laden with rain :)

I began by using some fabrics to create texture and added water colours on top to give some colour.

I then used 2 stamps to finish the look on the base layer. Stamping is a really great way to easily co-ordinate details on a monochrome layout.

I embossed some chipboard shapes in the same colour scheme, shades of black, white and pearl, and added these as well as stickers, thickers and Bramble Fox Perspective to finished the piece.

Here are some close up shots 

Links to items used in this piece:

Papers and stamps:

Bramble Fox Perspective:

Unfortunately the video for this layout was not successful so here I have a second project for you.

As I had decided on just black and white for the first project, I decided to introduce a bit of colour for the 2nd attempt. 

I just obtained a set of the Prima Finnabair Impasto Acrylic paints and was so excited to used them I decided to use on this layout

I wanted to keep the overall focus on the black and white as I had really liked that about my first layout, but I also introduced a touch of teal as an accent. I therefore decided to use 3 paints in pitch black, snow white and jade. 

I really wanted to go for texture in this layout so used fabrics, paints, stencil and different papers, art stones and washi to achieve this look.

There's lots of layering and texture to this project so if you have the time I would love you to visit the below link to the video to watch the process I followed.

Most of the items in this project can be found at:

Youtube Link:

Monday, 21 May 2018

Believe | Karen Moss | Monochrome

Hello, it's Karen here with my first page for UK Scrap Addicts and this month's theme is monochrome.  For this page I chose to add mint green to black and white and used a black and white photograph to emphasise the theme.

I predominantly used papers from Kaisercraft's Mint Wishes, which is a Christmas range, for this page as I had two sets of the sticker sheets and some left over pieces of paper.

I used the UK Scrap Addicts free cut file to make a stencil and added crackle texture paste to give my page dimension.

I chopped up the phrases from the sticker sheets to make a non-Christmassy phrase for my journaling and as you can see I splattered some mint green ink over my page.

My page was finished with some chipboard and stickers and the title 'Believe' with a few green gems.

I have a video of how this page came together on our YouTube channel here.

So until next time 'Happy Scrapping' and pop back soon to see what the other UKSA designers have been up to xxx

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Mini Album | Create with Cayleigh | Monochrome

Hi there fellow Scrappers! It's Cayleigh here from Create with Cayleigh with my entry for the Monochrome challenge. It's also my first time posting here and I am honoured and excited to be here!

I love making mini albums because they make great gifts and are something that can be finished relatively quickly-unlike my big albums!

I decided to go for a cream colour called Very Vanilla as my chosen colour. I wanted to scrap photos from my recent skiing trip and the vanilla colour really helped make the photos pop.

I decided to leave my album relatively plain for this video because I felt the vanilla laser-cut paper was beautiful and I didn't want to distract from it. I also wanted to ensure this was a quick & easy project. I feel this would be perfect to give as a quick Just Because gift or Thanks for a Great Day and so it needs to be simple. Obviously, you can add as much embellishments or layering as you want to your own album and if you make one, we would love to see it. Why not head over to our Facebook group and share there? Scrap Addicts on Facebook

Ready to watch the video?


I used 2 C6 and 2 Notelets sized envelopes. As you may not have those sizes to hand, you need to measure your envelope first and cut your hand down by the following sizes-

Base Layer: 1/4" smaller
Envelope Insert: 1/2" smaller

Thanks for watching!

Love Cayleigh xx

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Time To Fly | Lisa-Jane Johnson | Monochrome

Hi there scrappy friends!  It's Lisa-Jane from Pretty My Page here with my layout for the monochrome challenge.  This one was quite tricky for me to begin with as I tend to use papers and collections with lots of colours on so initially I was a bit lost!  Once I got started though I was really happy with the way it was going and I went on to complete another few layouts in the same colourway - happy days!

I firstly picked out a few photos that had plenty of black and white and a bit of another colour that I could focus on.  I knew the sort of placement I wanted and I'm on a bit of a white background / painty smoosh kick at the moment so I knew I didn't need much in the way of patterned paper... so I decided to hit my scraps.

I blew the dust off the oranges / yellows box and found all sorts of awful bits and bobs that I'd saved for many years.  However I did find the perfect bit of dark orange to back my photos onto.  I also used some tissue paper for another layer.

For the background I got into a bit of a mess...  I used two colours of Dylusions Ink Sprays and tried to blend them together so I could smoosh them onto some 12x12 acetate and then onto my white cardstock.  However it all went a bit wrong so I grabbed a rando cosmetic sponge to clean it up with.  Then I wiped that off onto a piece of scrap and realised it could actually work a lot better than I had intended!  I rubbed the mop-up sponge over the background and it gave me just the right amount of colour and opacity for what I wanted.  Serendipity in art - I love it!

Once it was dry I added a few splats with the darker orange and then stamped a couple of butterflies to peak out from under the photos.  I layered up some white die cut butterflies from a cut-file in my shop, added some enamel dots and my title (Amy Tangerine Thickers, very old Halloween letter tiles) - job done.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out, especially as I wasn't sure where I was headed to begin with.   

We're loving seeing your takes on the monochrome challenge in our Facebook Group and on Instagram so please do keep sharing and use the hashtag #ukscrapaddicts so we can come and say hi.

Bye for now

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Right Now | Elaine King | Monochrome

Good morning Everyone

Thanks for joining me on my first blog post since becoming a member of the UKScrap Addicts Creative Team.

Today I am bringing you a layout using a monochrome colours. There was some discussion in the team as to how we would define Monochrome, but essentially we all agreed that using just one colour, regardless of how many tones there were, and, if you would like to, adding in a tiny amount of black in amongst the colour was the definition. I hope that helps?

So, here is my layout.

For this I decided to use one of my all time favourite collections from Kaisercraft that I originally sourced from Merly Impressions, one of the leading Kaisercraft suppliers in the UK. This collection is called  Indigo Skies and, of course, is predominantly blue! Lol

To start my layout, I used a starry stencil using texture paste that I had added a little denim coloured distress ink too. 

I then used a 3" piece of the collection paper to pace at the left hand side where I then added two further strips of paper too. I then set about fussy cutting several flowers from the patterned papers and created a cluster at the bottom left of the photo and added a tag and some strips of paper on the right.

I added several enamel dots and a twirl of blue and white bakers twine in amongst the cluster and added a couple of wood veneers that I had coloured with distress ink too. 

One of my favourite 'techniques' and one that gets overlooked a lot, is to literally take a few 'chomps' of punched edge from the sides too. Once I had done this I trimmed the paper down to 11" x 11" and backed it onto a piece of blue cardstock too. 
I do hope you will join in our challenge this month..especially as we are in the month of National Scrapbooking Day too! Go on! Have some fun and do let us know what you've been up to. 

Friday, 11 May 2018

Afternoon tea with a difference! | RamblingsofGeo | Monochrome

Hello everyone,

My name's Georgia, this is my first blog post as a Creative member for UKSA, I have a youtube channel called RamblingsofGeo which has Vlogs and scrappy related things on there. 😀

This month's focus is Monochrome, as you will have seen from the other Creative team members posts, its not necessarily black and white, and even less so with my layout, as it's very pink!

I have made a layout to show a day out at the London BB Bakery afternoon tea bus tour I went to for a friend's 30th birthday. I kept leaflets, a cake box, a leaflet/doily, all to use as part of my layout.

Full page

I used the Purple Cutesy Style Smashbook, and picked a random page near the back of the book that was cupcake themed (on the left hand page) The page I used was fairly blank, so i set about creating my layout on it as it went with the book's theming. 

I used a variety of pink embellishments from my stash, above you can see a faux suede bow from the Amy Tangerine Hustle & Heart collection and the pink coffee cup with gold inlay which was also from the same collection. 

I decided to use instax mini photos which i printed off on my Instax share SP-2 printer for my layout. They work quite well for a Smash book, and the Smashbook Mini's as it allows you plenty of room for other memorabilia like leaflets, and tickets. 

The background is made up from a cake box that we were given with our left overs, it was nice and clean which meant I was able to cut it up and stick it in to add some bright pink to the page. I then used a doily, and part of the pink napkin to give it some texture behind the cake photo. 

I hope you enjoyed my very pink Smashbook layout for the Monochrome theme this month.

Don't forget to check out my process video on the UK Scrap Addicts channel, (Click here) and keep an eye out for more Monochrome themed layouts for the rest of May!

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

The Last Jedi | Giselle Homer | Monochrome

Hello everyone,

Giselle here with my first Blogpost for UKSA, I'm really pleased to have been chosen to join the team and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone who visits the blog!

Following this month's monochrome theme, I have used a white base and then different tones of blue for my page. I used a cut file from the Silhouette store and placed a couple of stars on the base before spraying it with Heidi Swapp Colour Shine Ocean.

I also sprayed a spare piece of card with differing strengths of blue and used it to back fill some of the stars in the cut file. The other stars were backfilled with coordinating patterned paper.

I placed a couple of tags behind the photo, plus some enamel stars and dots to highlight it. I tucked a double circle tag behind them for the date and place.  

Finally I added the title using a Pinkfresh Studio puffy alphabet in navy blue.

I hope you're all enjoying the monochrome theme and hope you'll join in and share your layouts with us on our Facebook page.

Happy Scrapping!

Monday, 7 May 2018

Panda Shop | Amy Kattenbelt | Monochrome

Hi, I'm so excited to be bringing you my very first project for UK Scrap Addicts.

This months theme is Monochrome and after much deliberation about what colour i would like to pick i settled on creating a layout that was purely black, whites and greys. I thought this would match the photo of my eldest son with lots of panda cuddly toys that was taken on our holiday last year.

To make up for the lack of colour i knew i wanted to add plenty of layers and texture, in the hope it would create a lot of interest for the eye. Once i had printed my photo in black and white, i trimmed it to keep a white border and then added a narrow black border to make sure the photo would stand out.

I went through some of my stash and selected some black and white patterned paper. I used a striped paper from the Maggie Holmes Carousel collection as a border piece, and paper from Maggie Holmes Flourish collection with a beautiful leave design on as the background for my layout.

Because these papers were so busy, in order to make my title stand out i decided to use a layer of white cardstock on the left hand side. I added some grey watercolour paint and black ink splashes to create interest.

I then added lots of layers behind the photo, including using some patterned vellum and a doily and tag. I created a crepe paper ruffle to put under the photo too. I then added some black and white flowers which i had previously cut out from a patterned paper. I used Amy Tangerine thickers to create the title, i adore these as i think they add such a dramatic impact to the layout. I used Tim Holtz tiny alpha stickers to create a sub title as well as stamping the date the photo was taken onto a label.

I also used some acrylic paint to paint an 'awesome' wood veneer word grey, and added that above my photo.

I then added even more texture to my layout by adding some twine, fibres and ribbon, using my tiny attacher to staple them to the page. I added three small panda puffy stickers to form a triangle around the photo. Lastly i added some grey studio calico sequins in several clusters to complete the layout.

I will leave you with a link to the YouTube process video so you can see exactly how i create this page (i apologise for the bouncy camera work, i promise it improves vastly after the first minute or so of the video)

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Free Cut File - May

Hey there lovely crafters!  We hope you are all enjoying the various challenges and inspiration that National Scrapbooking Day had provided.  Please do share your creations with us in our Facebook Group and tag us on any social media so that even more people can be inspired.

So how about some more inspiration for you, this time in the shape of this month's free cut file?  

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.

Please remember that these cut files are for your own personal use only.  Selling on these files is a breach of copyright.  

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Smile | Sheena Rowlands | Monochrome

Hi there x Sheena here again.
I was pleased when I saw this months challenge was to use monochrome as I saw it as an excuse to go through all my scraps and find papers from different ranges and manufacturers to use all together.


I had lots of pink scraps so I found a photo from a recent trip to Euro Disney to go with them. I layered the scraps across the page tearing some and hand scalloping others and I shuffled them around till I was happy with the over all look and adhered them down.

To add some depth I added the title on foam pads and added some hand stitching for texture.

I finished the page with embellishments from my "pink"bag. After seeing a friend store her old die cuts & paper bits this way I found this system works well for me particularly when I break up kits or am just looking for a certain something to finish a page. I have about 8 of these zip lock bags with different coloured bits in near my work space.

I hope you get a chance to take part in this months challenge.
Till next time x

Thursday, 3 May 2018

So Sweet | Terri Morris | Monochrome

Terri here to showcase my version of a monochromatic page. This is one of my favourite layouts of all time. I never really use yellow as a focal point in my scrapbooking so I was really surprised at how much I love this page. Just shows it pays to try something out of your comfort zone.

I used a mix of Crate Paper Maggie Holmes collections and although I'm always surprised at how similar the collections are I do love that the colour palates co-ordinate so well together.

I added some yellow ink to the background using the packaging technique to add more yellow tones as I was limited to a few small embellishments. The page has a mix of cardstock stickers, enamel stickers and puffy stickers.

My little cute pussycat loves to lay outside my craft room and this was just the sweetest picture of him.

Thanks for reading today, don't forget to show us your creations by tagging us on Instagram or Facebook. Have you seen that we now have our own Facebook group to share our passion for scrapbooking.

Happy Crafting!