Monday, 31 July 2017

Guest Designer | Kathy Rogers

Today we welcome Kathy Rogers as our final July guest...

I am Kathy, based in South Yorkshire and I started crafting as a child with a knitting dolly and bits of wool, over time I've 'had a go' at most things creative.  My real love is scrapbooking and papercraft projects, both evolved from my card making.  I have been scrapbooking for approx 10 years and enjoy getting together with my scrapbooking palls every month.  I have taught at scrapbooking classes at a local craft shop and also at the Scrapstars retreat in Leeds. You can find me on my blog and on pinterest.

With such a large photo you only need cardstock and some embellishments to create a layout with impact.  My background was built up using navy cardstock then red cardstock then I mounted my photo onto white cardstock to give a small border, this is something I do on most of my layouts.

With such a large photo (I used a 10" x 8" picture) this left a border down the left to add all my detail.  I found some fabulous washi tape with the New York skyline on it so this was definitely going on to this layout.

On the bottom left I wanted to add a nod to the American flag so I used a star mask and stencilled some white paint through it.  Then added some white punched out stars creating depth.  The wooden skyline ( Teresa Collins, Wanderlust) was painted in red and white stripes and the word travel painted in blue.  I arranged everything to look like the flag....well sort of.  I used my Cricut to cut the I love NY title at the top of the embellishment section.  Between the title and the embellishment cluster, I added my journalling in paper strips.

All of the decorating was arranged to overlap the edge of the photo to make sure it looked like it all belonged together.

Thanks so much for joining us Kathy!  We love your layout.
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That wraps up the month of large photo layouts - have you had a go?  You've got until midnight to link your large photo layout up on our Facebook page... we'd love to see it AND you could win a stonking prize from Bramble Fox!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Challenge 2 | Features

A huge thank you goes to everyone who has joined in with our second monthly challenge. There is plenty of time to still join in - you have until midnight!  Details here.

Here are a few layouts that caught our eye...

Kaylie Hooper - this layout might seem simple, but those flowers make this layout elegant and eye catching. 

 Steph La Bulle - the flowers, embellishment clusters, torn paper and large photo make this layout by Steph catch our eye.

Elaine King - Elaine has nailed this layout with her choice of colours, layerd papers and those fabulous flowers that finish the layout perfectly. 

Christina Howard - and finally this layout from Christina caught our eye. The bright colours and choice of embellishments compliment the photo perfectly.

We hope to see all four of these ladies - and YOU - joining in with next months challenge which is coming on the 1st August!

Your Happy Place | Sarah Jayne | Large Photo

Wow!! What a month of scrapping large photos inspiration it's been here on UK Scrap Addicts so far!

Today, I'll show you what I got up to when I scrapped a large photo for the first time ever! Yep, honestly, in my 12 years of scrapbooking I can't recall ever scrapping with a photo larger than 7" x 5". So, thank you to UKSA for helping me step out of my comfort zone with this one!

Here's the process video:

For my layout I had a few photos printed in 10" x 7" size and chose one that had lots of plain background area that I can use for embellishing. I planned to embellish right on top of the photograph.

I used some of the larger embellishments from my stash and from the August Lottie Loves Paper Kit.

All the patterned papers and lots of the embellishments are from the brand new "Carousel" collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper and I mixed it up with a few embellishments from her previous collection "Chasing Dreams".

I kept my embellishment clusters to three areas and repeated several of the elements in each of the 3 clusters.

And here's the finished layout:

When I'm not at my scrapping desk, you will find me in my office uploading lovely new stock to the Lottie Loves Paper website or on the LLP Social Media accounts (listed below) or busy packing up kits for the Lottie Loves Paper kit club. I'd love you to hop on over and say Hi if you have chance.
Find me on Instagram and Facebook

Thanks so much for joining me today and Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Sagrada Familia | Jackie Ashton | Large Photo

Hi everyone, 

As the theme for this month is use a large photo on your layout, I decided to use a photographs I had printed from my visit to Barcelona in 2016.

In my Barcelona album I've divided the different locations we visited by using a large photograph as the opening page, so that as you flip thought the album you are aware of the charging subjects.  

This page starts the section of our visit  to the amazing and fantastic Sagrada Familia - the un-finished cathedral, what an amazing building it was.  Apparently they have been working on this building for nearly 100 year.

I printed my A4 photograph at home, and did a simply layout with adding some wood veneer to two clusters on the page.

As this month is being sponsored by Bramble Fox, I also 
included a few of their wonderful prespextives on this layout.

I had kept the layout very simply, making the photograph the main focus of the page.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Guest Designer | Bramble Fox

Our final Bramble Fox post - please welcome Julie...

My name is Julie Taylor & I've been scrapbooking for around 9/10 years. I live in the West Midlands with my family & lots of fur babies. I don't have a blog but my Instagram name is @julie9699 & my Pinterest account is Julie Taylor.

For my layout 'All together original' I have used an 11x8 photo, backing it with 3 papers, from the Maggie Holmes 'chasing dreams' collection, tearing them along the one side & positioning my photo on the right hand side of a 12x12 piece of cardstock.

I added a few splatters of yellow, blue & pink mists onto the cardstock & then added lots of ephemera & chipboard, again from the chasing dreams collection, vertically down the left hand side of the photo, overlapping many bits & putting foam pads on the back of some for added dimension. 

My title is made up using stickers, a chipboard word & a Bramblefox perspextive.

Thanks for joining us, Julie!  And another huge thanks to Bramble Fox not only for sponsoring us this month but also for lending us their designers - the fantastic four!

Guest Designer | Bramble Fox

Today we have a layout from the talented Giselle from the Bramble Fox design team.

My name is Giselle Homer, I am originally from London but now I live in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, with my very patient DH, who really understands scrapbooking. Lucky me. Malmesbury is the oldest town in the UK & has an Abbey dating back to the seventh century. I have been scrapbooking for 16 years, which is when my 1st Grandson was born. And although I’ve had many other craft related hobbies, scrapbooking has remained my constant favourite!

My style is usually clean & simple but I have been known to throw a few paint splats about at times :) I now have 3 Grandsons all of whom have their own set of albums highlighting their lives from birth to the present day.  I am currently on the GoGo Getaway design team & have been on a few others in the past, including a year with American Crafts. I used to have pages published in various scrap book magazines, alongside Morag, but sadly, they all went out of business. I hope it wasn’t something I did! :D

Regarding this layout, my starting point was choosing the large photo (it was a great challenge to use a photo this big) and then I chose the background paper. I didn’t want anything too vivid or with a strong pattern, as the photo has only natural colours, so I just highlighted the layout with pops of red, yellow & blue to reflect the background pattern. The Bramble Fox Pespextive was a perfect choice for a title & I added it to a paper circle to give it more prominence.
Thanks so much Giselle!  Don't forget your time to use our 10% off code at is running out...

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