Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Summer | Clair Matthews | Mixed Media

Hi Guys, I hope you are all well.

I'm so pleased to be back designing another layout for UKSA, this month the challenge is Mixed Media which is a great one for me as I love me a bit of mixed media!!.. 

I used these photos I took recently of my nephew Dylan, I printed them out pretty small & grouped them together, added patterned papers to the photo cluster..

..then added LOADS of mixed media to the background using a selection of distress inks & stamping..

..then finished off with simple embellishments.

as always I have a process video you can check out if you'd like to :)

Hope you enjoy this one & i'll see you next month


Saturday, 15 June 2019

Happy | Charissa Barlow (Guest Designer) | Mixed Media

We're pleased to have Charissa join us as Guest Designer this month for our theme of Mixed Media.

Over to you Charissa.....

Hey everyone, Charissa here.

The Mixed Media theme was perfect for an idea I had using the June Mind the Scrap kits. I used texture paste through a Heidi Swapp word stencil to create my background. I wasn't happy with the colour of my texture paste so allowed the paste to dry and put the stencil back into position and applied gesso through it to whiten up the words. I was much happier with this result. Once this was dry I then added some splashes of Heidi Swapp Colour Shine in gold. I love how the words pop from the back ground. 

I created a border on the left using papers from Paige Evans Horizon collection and Crate Papers All Heart collection. These papers also featured underneath my photo as layers along with some green cardstock.

I then built a cluster around my photo with the All Heart die cut ephemera. To create some dimension and lift I used foam pads under some of the pieces of ephemera and added some twine from my stash into the tag. I then coloured some Moxy stickers with some navy Heidi Swapp Colour Shine and tucked these into the clusters. It was all finished off with some sprinkling bits from Pink Paislees new Indigo and Ivy collection. And not forgetting the date stamp!!

Charissa x

Friday, 14 June 2019

Cute | Sarah Costain | Mixed Media

Sarah here today with my layout for this months theme of mixed media.

Mixed media is my favourite part of creating and it appears in all my scrapbook layouts. The most fun technique for me is creating rainbows.
I decided to do something a little different today and masked off my black background to create a silhouette. I used Impasto paints and blending them with my finger.

My layout features my kitten Neo so I used some fun Cat papers and ephemera to match from a older Mind the Scrap kit

I distressed my paper edges and added tule for extra texture. Foam between the layers gave the photo cluster some height.

Some white paint splatters over the background helped everything tie in together for a finishing touch.

You can check out how I created my layout in detail over on the UK Scrap Addicts YouTube channel here.

Thanks for joining me and have a Happy Scrappy day :)


Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Fun Times Mini book | RamblingsofGeo | Mixed Media

Hello everyone,

Today i am bringing you a mini book with mixed media pages. Its a slight cheat as i had a pre-made scrapbook in a tin which i bought from everycraftsapound.com at the Farnborough Craft Show. 

There is also a process video linked below for you :)

I'm using this minibook to document my recent trip to the Gogo getaway retreat that i went on with a few of my friends. I thought it would be a great way to document the trip! I have also used some bits from my left over kit for the mini book as another reminder of the weekend. 

I used a Heidi Swapp Colour shine in Teal for the back grounds, my technique was spraying it onto a damp piece of plastic, smooshing it around and then pressing it onto the paper. 

I then mixed up some Shimmerz Dazzlerz paste in Spun Sugar, with some Shimmerz paint in the colour Going Peach Side. Once this was mixed i pushed it through a Bramble Fox stencil  which has a mixture of little Stars, which i used on the pages, also has circles and stripes etc.

You can see that i also added sequins for some extra texture, the sequins used were from Spiegelmom scraps. I had a pack called Tweaky Teal, and a pack called Bursting Sunrays. I love how they add extra sparkle to my book.

On a few pages i used the Shimmerz texture paste that you can see below, it was so easy to mix up to make a coloured texture paste, i think i am going to be addicted to using texture paste to all my layouts now!

I hope that this mini book gives you some inspiration to use mix media on some layouts in the future!

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Living a colourful life - Mixed Media - June Challenge

Hello all and welcome to this months blog post!

So this months challenge is "Mixed Media" I've gone easy with the mixed media as this is a real challenge for some so I was cautious and I've (hopefully) shown that a little texture paste can add depth to your page and to use mixed media you do not need to add a colour explosion!

I started by trimming my white card stock down to an 11 inch square and then with a stencil that has chevrons, dots and stripes on it I laid it on my page and with a plastic palette knife scraped white Ranger opaque paste all over the stencil.  I done this twice leaving about 3/4 of my page covered in paste.  I set it aside and washed my stencil and palette knife immediately as it can be quite tricky to get off if you leave it on for too long.

I gutted a piece of circle card leaving a one inch boarder and sticking my now textured card on to it.  I cut a large banner out of some grey chevron paper and places that off centre towards the left of the page.

I mounted my photos into some cardboard photo mounts that I had bought an age ago from Typo and where there wasn't photos I used grey and pick card to infill the gaps.  Once this was completed I staggered them across the banner on foam risers.  I found a lovely perspective from Bramble Fox which I backed in the border paper and popped that in the bottom right hand corner.

I used some thickers to create part of the title and a chipboard accent from Pink Paislee for the other part.  I used some more chipboard accents from the fancy free collection from Pink Paislee to complete my page.

Thank you so much for reading....until next month :o) happy scrapping...

Steph xoxo

Friday, 7 June 2019

Explore Bruges | Amy Kattenbelt | Mixed Media

Hello UKSA Friends, Amy here with a mixed media style layout to fit Junes theme. I've used watercolour paints in all the colours of the rainbow to create this eye catching 12x12 page.

If you want to see this layout being created I have a short process video on out YouTube channel here.

I've added texture by using white machine stitching. I kept switching the stitch style from straight to zigzag to add extra interest.

I used various grunge style background stamps to add details and break up the rainbow stripe of colour. This is such an easy way to add intricate, interesting areas on your layout.
 I've used 3 small black and white square photos, which easily form a visual triangle on your layout. Using B&W means the colours of the photos don't fight with the rainbow colours, in fact it forms a lovely contrast.
 My title was created using a glossy puffy word sticker 'explore' and small foam thickers. I kept the rainbow theme going by making the word 'bruges' rainbow coloured too.
This layout is actually really easy to create. I really hope its inspired you to give a painty rainbow layout a try....have to admit they are one of my fav kinds right now so I look forward to seeing your creations!

Thanks for reading and I'll be back soon with another layout for you next month.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

#26 years | Sheena Rowlands | Mixed Media

Hi there UK Scrap Addicts x  Sheena here again.

Our challenge this month is Mixed Media.  In case mixed media is not something you are familiar with here is a definition ...
Mixed media is a termed to describe artworks composed from a combination of different media or materials.

This got me thinking that I wanted to create something a little different for this challenge .

#26 Years.

I wanted too make my own college paper.
To start off I gathered lots of patterned papers from Love themed ranges in shades of pinks, reds and blues. I tore them into small pieces and glued them on to a piece of cardstock in a random way.This is very therapeutic and a great way to use up scraps. I added pieces of doily and after letting it dry I added machine sewing to add texture.

From this college paper I then cut a series of hearts to use on my layout. I have plenty left over & I'm already thinking of how I can use it on another layout. I then added a circle of watercolour paint on my background cardstock, added a few splatters and then machine sewed on top of this once it was dry.

I used a sketch by as the basis for this page by Ashley Horton. I finished my page with a Thickers title, stamped sentiments and a few heart embellishments.

I hope you feel inspired to try some Mixed Media on your next layout.
Please share it with us on our UK Scrap Addicts Facebook group.

Till next time x

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Loving Every Second/ Di Willcox/ Mixed Media

Good morning! It's Di here with my mixed media layout for the month of June.

Mixed media is a bit of a 'Marmite' moment for some people and I fall in to the love it category, although I do love a bit of a clean background too. I've got so many different mediums for creating mixed media backgrounds so my first decision was which materials to use...

So I chose my art crayons and a Vicki Boutin stencil. 
I started of by scribbling a crayon onto some packaging and spritzing it with water before dabbing it onto my white cardstock. Once I was happy with the coverage and colour blends I used a dauber sponge and applied the dry crayon colours through the stencil. To help it blend I dab my sponge onto a wet wipe between applications just to add a little bit of dampness, without getting it too wet, otherwise it could cause the card to peal/ rip. Lastly, I added a few splashes with a watercolour brush.

Once the background was dry I matted my photo and added some paper layers from the Amy Tangerine 'Stay Sweet' paper pad and used floral embellishments and hearts from Paige Taylor Evans/ Pink Paislee's 'Horizon' collection. I also doodled a border around the edge of the page to bring it all together.
And here is the finished page....

There is also a process video, here, if you would like to see how this page came together.

Don't forget to share your mixed media layouts with us on Facebook and tag @ukscrapaddicts on Instagram!

Di x

Monday, 3 June 2019

SHINE OKAY | Zoe Hailey | Mixed Media

Hi everyone and welcome to my June blog for UKSA's mixed media theme.

Not sure about you, but I never really know what I am going to make when I sit down to produce a mixed media layout and this month I made a few because in my experience, they don't all go to plan!

At the moment I am really loving scrapping with 2x2 photos and although these are far from the best quality pictures, I love how this layout turned out.

I have worked with Amy Tangerine's Shine On collection for the very first time, it just seemed to be perfect for a layout about a walk in the woods with the children.

I created my background using two (of my very under utilised stencils), shimmery goodness and Heidi Swapp's metallic texture paste (which I love because it dries so quickly and I'm too impatient and normally end up smudging my layout!)

I have created some clusters off my page using die cuts, thickers chipboard as well as some wood veneer that I picked up recently. I have also used some of what I call liquid gold as I am getting very near to the end of Heidi Swapp gold colour shine (sob sob!)

Hope you enjoy getting messy with our mixed media theme this month and look forward to seeing what you create.


Saturday, 1 June 2019

Major Heart Eyes | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | Mixed Media

I have a love hate relationship with Mixed Media. I love how it looks but hate how messy I get! So this months theme of Mixed Media really put my outside my comfort zone....

For someone that has all the supplies to create some wonderful Mixed Media layouts, I really shy away from it but I wanted to try and create a page that used Mixed Media techniques but took very little time to do.

So I grabbed a Distress Oxide ink in Worn Lipstick and dragged the ink pad from the outer part of the white cardstock to about half way across the page.

I added 2 of these strips, 1 from left to right at the top and another from right to left at the bottom of the page.

These were going to be for my photos to ground to and also provided me a place to put my title.

I matted my photos onto white card and layered them in a wonky fashion over each other on the bottom strip.

I chose to print my photos in black and white for this layout as there were so many colours in the picture that using black and white really helps to tone down the whole layout and stops the colours from clashing against papers or embellishments used.

I used no patterned paper on this layout at all as I wanted the mixed media to do all of the hard work.

I also used numerous different collections for the embellishments and the butterflies gave the layout some depth, the glittered hearts gave it some texture and the yellow stars helped me to move the yellow from the butterfly around the page.

And here is the final layout. I finished with a flurry of black ink splatters and was happy with the end result.

So if you're not one for mixed media - this is definitely an easy one for you to give a go.

See you next time!!

Claire xx

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Message in a Bottle

So I'm with Claire on fussy cutting and love it and when I came across a sheet of paper from the Jen Hadfield Chasing Adventures with cute bottles all over it I knew exactly what I wanted to do ! 
I used strips of torn papers across the bottom two thirds of the white background cardstock and tucked the photos, fussy cut bottles and other ephemera in the layers.
I also fussy cut 'Time to Explore' from a cut apart sheet and added it to a darker paper and cut around it again to create a border. 
The photos are from a never to be repeated boat trip in Spain (never to be repeated as I have never felt sooooo ill !!) But the photos are lovely and I thought were just perfect for a sea inspired layout with quirky floating fussy cut bottles. 

I hope you have been inspired by this month's 'fussy cutting' theme... Please don't forget to share your layouts over on the UK Scrap Addicts Facebook page as we love to see them!

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!