Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Free Cut File - July

Hey there lovely crafters, 

It's time for another free cut file and this month we've created something that's easy to re-create even without a digital die-cutter so that everyone can be inspired by them.  We wanted something that was easy to use with 6x6 papers to fit in with our theme for the month but of course you can fill the shapes in any way you like - sequins, wood veneers, puffy stickers, washi tapes or even a photo or two!  

In order to make things easier, for you all, we are in the process of creating better ways to access the images to use in your digital die-cutters.  This month we are trialing the ability to download the .sil files for those who use Silhouette software and next month we hope to be able to offer the SVG in download too.  In the meantime you can of course use the file from this image using the instructions here.  The .sil file can be found here so please do let us know that it works ok!

We'd love to see them in action so please do share your creations with us in our Facebook Group and tag us on any social media so that lots more people can be inspired.

As always, these cut files are for your own personal use only.  Selling the files either digitally or in die cut form is a breach of copyright and makes us sad.  

Please do check back in a couple of days so you can see what Lisa-Jane created using this cut file with her 6x6 papers.

Bye for now

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Cool Kid | Sarah Costain | 6x6 paper pads

Sarah here today with my take on this months challenge.

I have lots of 6x6 pads in my stash from my card making days. I chose to use the Cool Kid collection by Crate Paper as it is so perfect for my numerous pictures of my little boy.

I started my layout by creating a mixed media background using inks and water. I let the ink run through the water to create fun splashes in colours matching the papers.

When my background was dry I added pages from my 6x6 pad across the bottom of the layout. I trimmed of the excess and secured it with some messy machine stitching.

The off cuts from the papers were perfect to create lots of layers behind my photo. I added some vellum and popped it all up on foam for added dimension. 

I used a journaling spot from the sticker sheet and added a silver clip and embellishments in the bottom corner which helped balance the overall look of the page.

You can check out the process video here.

Thanks for joining me have a scrappy day :)


Friday, 13 July 2018

Superstar | Elaine King | 6" Paper Pad

Good morning all. 

My turn up on the blog today showing you my way to use up 6" paper pads. These can be very versatile to use for scrapbooking as they are, of course, already perfectly co-ordinated and even have nice little pop out ephemera all ready to use. 

To start with I found a photo I was keen to scrap, (my Mum and I back in March at her birthday celebration.) She was, conveniently, wearing a black sequin top and I too had a jumper with a silver star all in sequins too. How handy was that? 

Anyway, I went through my, not inconsiderable, collection of pads and found this one from Heidi Swapp which had pale blue, black and dotty papers that I knew would work with my photo. I found this pad at TK Maxx when they used to stock a decent range of craft supplies. 

I then matted my photo onto some black card that I got from Crafts4Eternity. Michele who runs the group stocks very good card stock that is brilliant for mixed media too. 

Once I had done this I took several sheets of the pad and cut them into 3/4" strips which I then cut further into 2" blocks ready for the herringbone piecing. I then inked all of the edges for definition. This was my practice run

To start I tried all of the pieces on the background card to make sure I had tried all the combinations to form my herringbone pattern. When I was happy I then took to sticking them all down. 

TIP: Use wet glue at this stage as it gives you more 'wriggle room' than DST or tape runners. 

Here it is.. almost straight! lol 

When they were all stuck down and dried I trimmed the overhang off the black card stock from C4E too. I then mounted the photo. 

To finish I added some die cut stars and sequin stars to embellish finishing off with some silver alphas for the title. 

I do hope the team are inspiring you this month to start using up those long hoarded paper pads. I know they are me! 

Thanks for stopping by, do remember to let us know you've visited. 

'til later

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Waste Not.... | 6x6 Paper | RamblingsofGeo

Waste Not...

Something different from me this month, a pink happy 12 x 12 layout as its my Birthday today! - woooo 

I am very conscious of the amount of waste that we get from scrapbooking, and you will always find me grabbing things out the table bins at crops, yep, i said it, im a scrappy bin diver, and proud! 

One mans junk, is another mans treasure!

For this layout, i used the branding strips in my 6x6 paper pads to layer up behind my photo to make a nice colourful background. 

I have tried to completely finish a Pink Paislee 6x6 pad, the Fancy Free one. I have 11.5 pages left, and no unused branding strips. Wooo

It feel so good to use things up!

Please also check out the process video of this layout, if you give it a go please leave a comment and share on our facebook group.

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Monday, 9 July 2018

Good Times | Giselle Homer | 6 x 6 paper

Hi again everyone,

Today I'm sharing my version of a layout designed using 6" x 6" patterned paper. If you're like me, you'll have lots of these in your stash, so hopefully this month's theme will encourage you to use them!

Using Cocoa Vanilla's collection 'Boys Rule', I started by placing the 6" square in the centre of my background cardstock but it looked a bit small so I added the green border. I had this fun montage of selfies taken by my Grandson which I backed with two different papers and I added a clear sticker to it as well. I placed this over the square slightly beneath the lower edge. As the page still looked a bit empty I cut a frame measuring 0.5" wide and placed it over the background. I found some wild flower cut files in my Silhouette library, design number 79681, by Nic Squirrel - who's my favourite British cut file designer - to add to the right of the photo.

The title is from Bramble Fox who make lovely perspex word and phrases like this one.

I added more embellishments, word stickers and a flair from the 'Boys Rule' collection on either side of the photo and at the top left. A few enamel dots finished it off nicely!

I look forward to seeing your layouts on UKSA's Facebook page and hope this has inspired you to dig out all those 6" x 6" paper pads.

Till next month, happy scrapping!

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Furzton Lake | Amy Kattenbelt | 6x6 Papers

Hello, Amy here today bringing you my take on using 6x6 paper pads. I love 6x6 paper pads they are such a great way to get a lot of variety of papers (often the whole collection) and the smaller patterns are very versatile. I wanted to show this by trying to use the 6x6 paper pad in a few ways...

I cut 1 inch strips to create the background, selecting my papers to include lots of variety or patterns and colours. I cut my 6x4 photo along to shorten it slightly to be about 5.5x4 and this allowed me to also use the paper from the 6x6 pad as background layers behind the photo.
Once the background pieces and photo was stuck down to my white 12x12 cardstock i set about making some embellishments. I used a X-Cut butterfly and stamp set on the of the papers to create butterflies which i adhered using both wet glue and foam pads to give them some dimension.

I then used a little black ink and a date stamp to splatter around the butterflies.

I also used paper from the 6x6 pad to make my own 'thickers' style alphabet. Using my cuttlebug and fun foam i cut my title, then cut it again in a patterned paper and glued them on top of each other.

This strip pattern is a favourite of mine, i must have done something similar at least 4 times previously. There are lots of variations you can make, for example the thickenss of the stripes, or how you edge them, or you can off set them so they arent all in a neat row. Using a different paper pad creates very different looks. If i am on a budget but love a new collection I will often just buy the 6x6 paper pad and the die cut pack, its suprising how many ways there are to make layouts using just these supplies. Anyway, ill leave you with a link to the you tube video for this layout, have fun playing with 6x6 paper and be sure to share your creations over on our facebook group!


Thursday, 5 July 2018

You / Sheena Rowlands / 6x6 pads

Hi there Scrap Addicts x Sheena here again .

This month we have been challenged to use 6x6 paper pads to create with. When I looked in my stash I realised I do tend to buy a 6x6 paper pad if there is one available in a range of paper. So I got a few out on my desk ready to play.


I started by picking 6x6 papers that I liked together from 4 different Paige Taylor Evans paper ranges for Pink Paislee. The great thing about 6x6 papers is that with the pattern shrunk to this size I find it much easier to use the larger, brighter patterns.

I cut the papers I wanted into 4 inch squares and arranged them onto white cardstock, when I was happy with their placement I machine stitched them down giving them a quilted effect. 
I've used 10 different patterned papers to create this background!!

I matted my photo onto white card to help it pop from the busy background, then added a small area of embellishment around the photo using die cuts and journalling cards from the same ranges.

Have a root in your stash, do you have 6x6 paper pads just waiting to be used?
If so, give our challenge a go x

Till next time x

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

My Happy Place | Terri Morris | 6x6 Paper

Hi, Terri here with my take on the 6x6 paper pad theme this month. I've used the Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Bohemian Dreams' collection. I love the colour scheme of this collection, its unusual to get so much purple in a collection but I love this shade. 

I used four 6x6 sheets to create my own patterned background. I added some gesso to the central area followed by smooshing mists with the packaging technique to blend the four pieces to look like one sheet.

The blocks of patterned paper, floral piece, butterfly and some of the sentiments are from the cut apart sheets in the paper pad. I inked the edges in black ink and then layered them up, some flat and some popped up on 3D foam.

I love this photo taken in the toilets at GoGo Getaway at Theobalds Park, Hertfordshire. It has such a great background for selfies. I've used the Thickers word phrases that we received at the GoGo Getaway in March.

Don't forget to join our Facebook Group, share your layouts and tag us on Instagram.

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Forest of Dean / Lou Thompson / 6x6 Pads

Hello everyone and welcome to a new challenge from UK Scrap Addicts. This month is all about using our 6x6 papers. 

This challenge presented a great way to use up some of my left over 6x6 pages. I pulled out what I had and noticed I had a lot of metallics and 
autumnal colours so I decided upon an autum theme. It was then that I remembered this beautiful paper I had been hoarding from Bo Bunny 
with a wonderful tree on it. I also remembered that I had a photo of my partner on a trip we made in a wax coat thats' colour suited this paper
so well.

I began my layout with some simple ink spray using the gorgeous Shimmerz spray and by stenciling some Oxide inks on top. From there it was lots of stripes, squares and punched tags from the 6x6 pads and some ephemera layered up with lots of embellisments, chipbaords and stickers.

Here are some close up  shots for you. To watch the process video visit:

Lots of old stash was used, but newer items are available from: