Monday, 21 January 2019

Beautiful Ordinary Life | Karen Moss | No Cardstock



Hello, hello - Karen here with my page for the No Cardstock challenge. 

Almost all of my pages involve white cardstock in some form or another and so the thought of making one without my beloved white card was quite a challenge. 

Fortunately, I had some papers from the Indigo Hills 2 range by Pink Paislee and these papers are very sturdy so I thought I would use these.



I fussy cut the wreath and the sprigs of flowers and then also cut some bunches of flowers from the revers of the paper with the sprigs on.

I cut away part of the wreath and added the sprigs of flowers above and the cut out bunches of flowers at the bottom. 


After adding my photo, all that remained was to add some die cuts from the same range.


I have a YouTube video here of how quickly this page came together.

Karen x

Saturday, 19 January 2019

January Free Cut file

Good morning crafty ones!

It's time for another free cut file!  When Lisa-Jane from Pretty My Page designed this file for us, it was a really chilly day and she thought that we'd be having plenty of icy white mornings right about now.  Actually though, I think I've only scraped my own car once this year and we even found a bee outside our front door!  Maybe we should put a question mark after "frosty"?  Or perhaps add a "not" in front of the cold"??!  That is of course unless you do live somewhere that has been having proper winter weather.  Leave us a comment and tell us if it's normal weather where you are.  

We'd really really love to see what you create with our cut files so please do share them with us! 



We are now able to supply both the Silhouette file and the SVG file so that all makes of digital die-cutters should easily be able to use our designs.  You can of course use the file from this image using the instructions here.  Please do let us know if you have any issues using the files.

The SVG is here.

The Silhouette file is here.


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.  

Bye for now
x

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Rose Lemonade Cake | Lisa-Jane Johnson | No Cardstock

Hey there scrappers!  It's Lisa-Jane from Pretty My Page here with you today sharing my project for the "No Cardstock" challenge. 


I have to confess that I created this layout way back in June / July but it fitted the brief perfectly.  At the time I was very limited with my supplies because I was just out of hospital after surgery on my Achilles and I couldn't access my craft room.  In a drug induced haze, I went a bit mad in the summer sales so I had two pizza boxes of supplies but no plain cardstock at all! 


One of the collections I bought from Lottie Loves Paper was my first foray into Pink Fresh Studios with their Be You range.  I fell in love with the corals and pinks, especially in the bottom paper that I used here so I wanted to use a fairly big piece of that one to get the full benefit.  I loved the dark blue paper too but it's very strong so you don't need much and I thought they worked really well together.  I then added a couple of strips of contrasting papers across the join and a strip of plain coral washi.  


The photo was quite dark so I printed it with a white border but I really wanted to use some of the tissue paper from the parcels for added texture and interest.  This meant I needed another piece between the two layers to contrast with the white.  


Lastly I added a journalling spot, some stickers and puffy stickers from various Pink Fresh ranges and some of the lush matte finish enamel dots from the Pretty My Page shop.  

It's not totally unusual for me not use any cardstock but I do prefer the more subtle papers (I drift towards B sides) so they can act a bit like plain cardstock for me sometimes too.  

Are you a no-cardstock fan?  Or do you have to have lots of area without pattern?  Either way, we'd love to see!

With love and colour


Sunday, 13 January 2019

1st Christmas | Elaine King | No Cardstock

Hello everyone

Today I am bringing you a layout made using out monthly prompt of ‘No Cardstock’. At first glance this did seem as though it would be, well, challenging! Lol . However, once you set your mind to it you realise there are lots of papers out there that are ‘neutrals' within a collection so this what I chose to use for my background papers.



The main, pale grey, background piece used here is an ancient piece of paper from my stash and the green heart I used was from a kit I bought from Mind The Scrap last summer.

The rest of the papers are from of one of my favourite collections from Kaisercraft called Mint Wishes. I originally had this collection sent to me when I was on the Design Team for Merly Impressions and it soon became one of my favourite ever collections. There are still some remnants of the kit available from them and some on Charmed Cards and Crafts I believe.

To start with I drew a large freehand heart on the green paper and cut it out using good old fashioned scissors, (you don’t always need fancy tools). Then once I was happy with the positioning I started cutting lots of little banners of varying lengths to create the left hand side of the heart. I always find that using wet glue is preferable in these situations to give you a degree of move-ability when you are figuring out where to place your pieces.

Once I was happy I mounted the photo on more neutral papers from the collection and raised it on foam pads for dimension. I then fussy cut the flowers and arranged them to form clusters. I then added more embellishments and I was done. I confess this was inspired by a layout I saw on Pinterest  but I do hope this has given you more ideas to create a layout using no cardstock and how to use up those neutrals you find in most collections.








One of my friends commented that maybe the layouts may be too flimsy but that has not been my experience at all. The weight of the paper these days is generally very good and with the layering it gives it stability. Once it is in the page protector it will be fine.. trust me! 


anyway.. I do hope you have enjoyed your visit. do remember to come back too though! 



Monday, 7 January 2019

Family | Amy Kattenbelt | No Cardstock

Over on the UK Scrap Addicts this month, you might have seen we have been challenges to create a layout without using any cardstock. Now, this was quite a challenge for me, as recently i have been enjoying using white cardstock to create mixed media backgrounds. Let me share a few ideas I had about this challenge....

So I decided on picking a patterned paper to use as my background in replacement of a mixed media/cardstock combination. By picking this ledger style paper, that has a lot of detail and faux stamping on, i really feel that it made what was a very quick and simple layout look effective and interesting. This would also work well if you are yet to dabble in the world of mixed media (I totally understand its not for everyone, in fact I used to say it definitely wasn't for me at all until last year!...so do think about giving it a try...but i digress...). I also used a large photo to help cover up more of the page to make this challenge less daunting....and if you look at my paper choices carefully you will see that several of the papers have a very subtle pattern (watercolour wash effect) which helps stop the page being overly busy.

Other methods i had thought of using was that i could pick a very neutral plain (maybe a small repeating pattern) background and simply treat it as if it were white cardstock...maybe adding some white gesso to the centre and then working from there.

Or I thought i could create my own pattern using patterned paper if that makes sense. Using stripes of paper to create layers, or using 4 papers (maybe in 6 inch squares or 4 triangles) to create a complete 12x12 background.

Or i considered using two or three patterned papers layered horizontally. I do this a lot...i like to have 4 inches of paper at the top, then a 1 inch strip of a contrasting paper followed by 7 inches at the bottom of yet another paper.

I've done all of these ideas in the past. Please do pop over to our Facebook group and share your No Cardstock layouts with us, I would love to see your ideas.

And finally, I will leave you with my completed layout and close ups. Do also check out the process video, its only a few minutes long and you can see for yourself just how easy this type of page comes together.






Saturday, 5 January 2019

Girl Squad | Sheena Rowlands | No Cardstock

Hi there Scrap Addicts x Sheena here again.

This month we have been set a no cardstock challenge. I can image this could be quite hard for some who always use cardstock as their background but I often pick a pale lightly patterned paper to use as backgrounds.
So to challenge myself even more I decided to use a bright busy patterned paper as my starting point for this challenge.

#Awesome Girl Squad


I chose to use mainly papers from Pebbles - Girl Squad range and this was the brightest that I still had as a 12x12 sheet. After some thought I added white gesso with a dry brush in a vertical strip covering some of the flowers. When the gesso was dry I added some pink shimmer texture paste over this through a stencil.


I layered lots of other papers from the Girl Squad range underneath the photo then hunted through the embellishments I had left to create a couple of clusters around my photo.


To finish I added a title from the thinkers from this range, a Hey Little Magpie flair with gold thread beneath it and a couple of Perspectives. Then a few splashes of pink paint and a few punched flowers dotted around.


Im really pleased with how this bright & fun layout turned out. Why not take our No Cardstock challenge and share your creations over on our FB group.

Till next time x





Thursday, 3 January 2019

Beauty | Terri Morris | No Cardstock

Happy New Year from all at UK Scrap Addicts!

I hope you've all had a fantastic festive period and are now settling in to 2019. As we head in to a new year I'm looking back at some of the amazing trips I've had over the last few years and trying to get the memories in to my albums.


This month's theme her at UK Scrap Addicts is to create a layout using NO CARDSTOCK. Now this can be hard in the current trend of white cardstock backgrounds, so go on give it a go.


So I have a confession to make.... This layout has been sat part done on my desk for quite a while. Then the other day it just sprang to life in my mind and it came together super quickly,


I used lots of scraps of patterned paper to create layers behind my photo and across the whole layout. Tucking some pieces of embellishment behind the layers and the large flowers on top with 3D foam.


To create extra texture on the layout I added some hand stitching. 

Thanks for joining us here in the New Year. We hope that you'll join us over on the Facebook Group and Instagram to share your creations.

Happy Crafting!