Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Free Cut File for August

This month's free cut file is a corker!  This grid, which you saw in action on Pol's fantastic layout here, is brilliant for making a real statement on your page.  It was designed by our Creative Team member Niki Rowland.

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'll have another example of this die cut in use coming a little bit later in the month and we'll have another free cut file for you in September.  September??!!  Crikey, this year is marching right on by isn't it?  

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


Hi lovely Scrappers! Today the team are having a chat about fussy cutting...

Maria: Fussy cutting is awesome! I love love love it, despite not being the best at it. I love how you can get so much out of a 12x12 sheet of pattern paper by just fussy cutting the shapes out of it. Some people use huge scissors, and some others use small scissors. I am in the second group. I normally try to leave a small border around the shape that I am cutting, although it is not always possible.

Emma C: Ahh fussy cutting, labour intensive but oh-so-worth-it! Some papers just cry out to be fussy cut and one particular designer that springs to mind is ... you guessed it! ... Paige Evans. Her designs are perfect for cutting out images and layering them for something spectacular - especially the florals! Here is a prime example, created when I attended a workshop last November. Top Tip: when cutting try to move the paper around rather than the scissors, saves your hand aching a bit! Also, a good pair of small sharp scissors that cut right to the tip are a must. Happy cutting!

Jess Claire: Fussy cutting can be kind of time consuming but I love the look of it. I am a bit of a budget scrapbooker at times and I always feel like fussy cutting gets a lot of value from the paper. My tips are to start by roughly cutting out the shape; that way it's easier to move as you cut it. Depending on the look you want, you can cut leaving a border; I like to do this if the image has a white border behind it, because it then looks a bit like a die cut you might buy. Alternatively, you can cut right up close to the image; I tend to do this more just because its less obvious if you cut something off so you don't have to be as precise. I really like to adhere fussy cut pieces with adhesive foam tape, which pops the piece up and makes it look more like a true embellishment. Finally, don't be scared to use a large fussy cut piece - it can be the focal point of the layout.

Terri-Ann: I absolutely love fussy cutting! My GoGo Getaway nickname is 'scissor ninja' because I love to cut shapes from patterned paper. I find it relaxing to sit in front of the TV with a crazy busy pattern and cut out all the images. If it's super intricate I will leave a slight border but prefer not to. I also like to get my craft knife out to cut out the inner pieces from designs such as between flower stems and leaves.

Lisa-Jane: I'm quite partial to a bit of fussy cutting - like stitching, it can be a lovely way to pass the time while chatting with friends or watching your favourite programmes, etc. Like many others, I like to cut things out of my patterned papers to use in place of die cuts or to layer up on top of each other to add some dimension. Despite having a Silhouette and quite a few sets of Thickers, I do sometimes fussy cut a title, like I've done here. We have a few sets of alphabet templates between our local groups and I used them to trace the letters onto a coordinating design for this layout, then stitched around it to add some texture.

You don't have to stop at titles or flowers though, try things like ticket stubs, etc. I've also been known to cut out images from Project Life style cards such as cameras, hearts, and frames. The layout below is quite an old one now but I wanted to show an example of another different kind of fussy cutting. I've used chipboard shapes as templates to trace onto thick card stock, cut them out, then applied Mod Podge to some old jeans to make it stiff enough to adhere the card stock shape onto and trace and cut out. They make really unique embellishments and are worth the effort I think.

Pol: Fussy cutting is one of my Favourite Things Ever! I used to hate it because I cannot cut a straight line to save my life, but it turns out that makes me ideal for fussy cutting! LOL!
I like to leave a border around whatever I'm cutting out, and I love to make little scenes for my pages. I will purposely choose papers that can be fussy cut, and I enjoy fussy cutting while I'm watching TV in the evening. I'm really rubbish at sitting doing nothing so I'm often doing several things at once! Fussy cutting is a great way to make your papers go further if you're on a budget.

Susan: I too am a fussy cutting fan. I especially like to do it at crops when I can sit and chat and keep my fingers busy at the same time - it helps to keep them out of the chocolate, too! Any papers with large images are fair game; I sometimes wonder if I cut out just for the sake of it as I seem to be sticking the pieces back into the same place as they were originally! LOL! Seriously though, if you put the pieces back with dimensional sticky dots under some of them it gives your page some nice height and texture. I always cut close to the edges of an image not being too keen on white borders. I will even cut off the border from a ready made sticker. Occasionally I will fussy cut a photo if there is too much distracting background. I don’t like the white edge you get when cutting into photographic paper; a good tip is to gently edge the cut image with a dark ink.

Gemma: I agree with the others in that I love fussy cutting! I love doing it to create extra embellishments for a page. My favourite would be a fussy cut floral, and I love to fussy cut a whole 12x12 paper leaving a small border around the shapes. By leaving a border you get some of the background colour come through, in this layout I liked how the green broke up all the pink.

I like to fussy cut my own free-hand shapes as well, like I did in the moodboard challenge layout, where I used coloured raindrops. Also in this layout you can see that, like Susan, I will even fussy cut a photo to help create the scene on my page.

Laura: My tip for fussy cutting is to keep the scissors still, only moving the paper and to experiment with different scissors. Personally I fussy cut best with my largest pair as they are more comfortable to hold.

Michelle: It looks like l might be the only one on the team who doesn't love to fussy cut. I love the end look of it but I’m just not very good at it, although I have been incorporating it into more layouts, especially in my Traveller's Notebook. I now have some super sharp scissors to make the job easier. I may even get round to using some of the many cut-apart sheets that I have collected and stashed over the years. I agree with what others have said in that it is much easier to move the paper and not the scissors.

I do hope we've inspired you to crack out your sharpest scissors and get snipping!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Happy Here & Now │Gemma Summers │Clustering

Hello, Gemma here with my layout based on our theme for this month, which is Clustering.

I love clustering because I like to use a lot of embellishments on a page as you will see from my layout this month! Having clusters of embellishments helps your eye travel round the page, and I have used them to surround my photo, with one cluster on each side. I chose to base my layout on a selfie of me at my craft desk, which I printed in black and white so I could chose any colour palette for my layout.

I started with a lined paper (I used a lot of the Pebbles 'girl squad' collection for this layout). I went with my photo central and decided to ground the clusters with some mixed media first.

I went with pinks, peaches and coral made using some distress inks and the packaging technique. I then added some splatters and crayon marks. I knew most of this would be covered up but some would still peak through for colour.

Next I could focus on my clusters.

I started by fussy cutting the speech bubbles, trees and raindrops. These elements were all from pattern paper, individually cut and arranged. I backed the speech bubbles onto craft foam to raise them and give the cluster different dimensions. I always start with the bigger elements, then move onto details like the puffy stickers, buttons and roller stamping.

I worked on both clusters at the same time, so they looked balanced and both had all the same elements in them. I stuck to coral, turquoise, black and white.
As the layout is about me, I chose stickers that match me like the backpack, headphones
and the girl puffy sticker even has my hair cut :)

The title was made from turquoise glitter words from Paige Evans, as I like the script font and the colour fits perfectly. It's a recent photo of me so really is 'here and now'. I used stamping in diagonal corners and added a doodle border round the entire page, with black pen.

Don't forget we would love to see your layouts using clustering this month
on our Facebook page and Instagram using #ukscrapaddicts

I hope you enjoyed this layout.
Is your craft desk your happy place too?

See you next month!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Happy Crazy Love | Vicci Lou | Clustering

Happy Sunday Scrap Addicts!!!

I hope that you are all well today! and that your weekend is fantabulous! I'm here with a layout for you all on our monthly theme of *drumroll please* CLUSTERING. Personally Im more of a spread it all out kinda girl, so this was another challenging month for me, that being said I have managed to make a couple of clusters and still have some bits spread out on my layout, so we are all good.

Before I show you what i came up with Id just like to give a shout out to this months sponsor Thompson's Craft Supplies. They're giving everyone a fantastic 10% off all orders for the month of August, just use the code uksa10 to grab your 10% off at the checkout. Ill pop a link below.

Anyway, here is my finished layout.

I have to confess I've been hoarding that Amy Tangerine paper forever. Its one of those papers that's just too pretty to cover it up, so instead i used it as a very large photo matt and an element in its own right on my page. And damn, it feels good to have it in my scrapbook! I mounted my photo on a black and white polka dot paper, also from my stash. just to make it pop a little. that said i also outlined all the paper in a black line. My reason for this was that the photo had quite alot of black in it, and I wanted to bring some of that black into the colourful elements of my page without it being over whelming... plus, if I'm honest.. my black ink wasn't on my desk and i was farrrr tooo lazy to get up and get it to ink the edges hahaha.. shhhh don't tell anyone *cryinglaughingface* 

Okay so onto the clustering. I decided the easiest way for me to do some clustering would be to use a large shape as my base. I punched out two 2 inch circles from the same polka dot paper that I used to mat my photo and used them as my 'grounding' spots to add on other elements. I kept my clusters very simple and quite similar. Adding in a strip of the Amy Tangerine paper, that I had gutted out've the middle. Waste not, want not, right?! I of course did a doodley boarder on these elements too, just to keep everything together. I added into the mix some gold hearts, which I punched out myself. And apparently today I love wood veneer words, can you tell?! hahaha. To add some different texture into my clusters I added some enamel dots, mostly everything on this layout is paper or wood veneer, so the helped to add just a little pop of colour too. 

All in all this layout came together pretty quick and it's pretty simple. I like the way it has turned out even though I was worrying a little about actually having to cluster my embellishments, I definitely think that having a large base to work with, in my case the circles I cut out, really helps. You could use a project life card, a sticker, or a label for this idea and it would have the same effect. I also know alot of people pre-make clustered and layered embellishments which makes scrapping quicker, could be something to try especially if crafty time is limited.

I hope you have a go at this months challenge with us! Don't forget to come and showcase your work on the ukscrpaddicts facebook page, and to use the #ukscrapaddicts over on Instagram, so we can see what you get up too! 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend peeps and don't forget to check back everyday for more inspiration from the rest of the team.

Happy scrapping
Love and Bubbles
Vicci Lou 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Sea Sun Fun | Polly's Papercrafts | Clustering

Hey Scrap Addicts! 
It's Emma with you today and, unusually for me, I don't have a video for you unfortunately. My tech decided it no longer liked me and gave up. It's in for repair though so hopefully I'll be up and running soon. In the meantime, we are talking clustering at Scrap Addict Central. 

Clustering is a technique of its own, and some people find it really tricky. I'll be honest, at times, I find it tricky. Mainly because usually with embellishment clusters, it means using a lot of ephemera or stickers or enamel dots or, in short, a lot of the pretty stuff we like to hoard. Am I right? 

For my layout this month, I'm using Crate Paper's Oasis collection. I had received some things in the last Like For Ever kit (no longer running sadly...I'm still sad about that, but I digress...) and I'd also picked up some extra bits in Hobbycraft, you know, as you do!

I'm using a photo of my brothers' adorable pooch, Ace, who's totally soaked from a lovely dip in the sea. Not only is the photo 'totes adorbs' but it also had some nice empty spaces where I could begin to build my clusters.
I made use of both the chipboard sticker sheet and the cardstock stickers, by first removing the stickiness on the back with talcum powder so I could move the pieces around like ephemera until I was happy with the placement. 

Toward the top of the photo is the heaviest cluster. Making use of smaller occurs if ephemera pieces and tucking them behind the photo to create layers. A couple of tags and the larger chipboard camera piece made the cluster look a bit more balanced. Later I added the flair and messy thread, to offset the heavy, blackness from the 'swim' piece in the other cluster.

The second grouping is lighter in terms of the number of pieces, mainly because they are larger. The 'Sea Sun Fun' Polaroid sticker becomes my title and I added the chipboard 'Swim' because, let's face it cute as he may be, the pooch looks something akin to a drowned rat (a happy one though!)  - haha! To finish the glittery frame just groups it's all together, making it slightly more cohesive, rather than a 'just-been-plonked-here' look.

At the bottom of the page, I wanted a small little 'something' that would really drawn your eye down over the last part of the page and would actually end up framing the journaling strips. I kept it simple with just the chipboard caravan (they had gone camping when this photo was taken) and a 'Let's Get Away' word sticker. It's simple but effective and brings the page to an end. 

Things to consider: 
✏️ Consider all types of embellishment when building your clusters i.e. Chipboard, cardstock die cuts, stickers, flair, puffy stickers...the list goes on. 

✏️ Visually, they tend to work better in 3's. They don't all have to be big focal points but the eye tends to rest in 3 places on a page. 

✏️ Don't be afraid of using your stuff - that's why you bought it right? 

Happy clustering lovelies, until next time (hopefully with a video!) 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Light It Up | Pol Prince | Clustering

Hello lovelies! Pol here today with a new layout featuring our new monthly theme - clustering. 

Personally I LOVE clustering on my layouts. Usually you'll find that my pages have three clear clusters on them, but I like to challenge myself, so on this new layout I've spread them out a bit more, although you can still see the three main clusters.

I've used our FREE cut file for August, designed by the talented Nikki Rowland. The cut file gave me the idea of three photos and clusters located with the words 'hello', 'hiya', and 'hey'.

To start with I used this gorgeous watercolour ombre paper from Fancy Pants Hello Sunshine collection, and I cut the file out of black cardstock to really make it 'pop' from the background. My embellishments are all from the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection, which I cannot get enough of at the moment! The colours are amazing! I used ephemera, regular stickers, chipboard stickers, and I fussy cut some elements out of the cut-apart sheets. The flair buttons are from Cutz2Luv.

I love these funny photos of me and my niece and nephew playing with the drag queen filter on Snapchat! The colours were perfect for the background paper and embellishments too. I used three frames from the Summer Lights ephemera pack, popped them over my photos, and adhered them next to, above, and below the words on  the cut file. I then chose the embellishments I wanted for a cluster next to each photo by playing around with them a bit and seeing what looked best where.
I then had three clear clusters but there were still more things I wanted to add, so I decided to go for a rough 'circle' of embellishments around the page.

I had originally planned to putting my title, the 'Light It Up' die cut piece, in the centre of my page. However, it didn't look right to me so I ended up putting it in the 'circle' to balance out the other larger elements. I tend to repeat shapes a lot on a page, as you can see, the circles and hearts are repeated, along with little stars to make the circle 'flow'. The flairs from Cutz2Luv were a perfect match, and I have to say, my nephew makes a very handsome drag queen!

I had as much fun making this layout as we did taking the photos! Please do join in this months challenge on clustering, and link your new layouts up on our Facebook page. There's a great prize from our sponsors this month - Thompson's Craft Supplies. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Sweetheart | Laura Rumble | Clustering

Hi Folks!  Laura here today with my clustering layout.  I'll admit that this is my least favourite topic so far!  I pulled out my current favourite papers from Kaisercraft to ease myself into this challenge... you can pick up this collection from this month's sponsor.

I fussy cut a few flowers from patterned paper and used these as the base of my cluster.  I then threw in some lace, sequins, enamel dots and leaf die cuts.

To me the definition of a cluster is a few different materials/shapes/colours very close to/layered on top of each other.

I popped up my large heart background on some foam squares.  I love that this leaves interesting shadows on the patterned paper behind.

When I was finishing off with some splatters I only covered the important part of the photo and let my mist droplets fall on to the background.  What do you think of this effect?  I'm still on the fence about the geren drops on the photo!

Here is the video:

Thanks for looking