Friday 22 January 2021

Playstation Obsessed | Keighley Brennan | Recycled Element

Hey UK Scrap Addicts, Keighley here sharing my layout using recycled elements not designed with scrapbooking in mind. Occasionally I will save tags and ribbon off clothing, nice packaging, gift wrap, gift bags or cards to possibly use on a scrapbooking layout. 

I decided that this months layout was the perfect opportunity to use some of these supplies I’ve saved. 

I pulled out some tags off some of my sons clothing and some ribbon that was wrapped around some PJs. These where perfect for documenting my sons love of Playstation and I had the perfect photo to go with. 

Check out my process video here on the UK Scrap Addicts YouTube Channel to see how my layout came together. 

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Tuesday 19 January 2021

Good Friends |Jackie Ashton | Recycled Elements

Hello Crafters, Jackie here with my layout using a product that not necessary a scrapbooking product.

My original plan was to use a recycled envelope, but then I found this greeting cards, so not fully recyclable but something that wasn't intended for a scrapbooking page.  

The layouts is basic, using patterned paper as my base and a 5 inch strip of patterned paper across the middle my page.

The photographs where take on my last girlie holiday in 2017 with my lifelong friends, so I used a summer theme papers, which are nice and bright and represented our holiday in Spain.  But my journalling is about how I have valued our friendship and how lockdown as brought us closer again.

We have not been together for over 18 months, so we are eager awaiting the lockdown restrictions to lifted so that we can get together for a good catch up in person.  But till then we will have to make do with our daily WhatsApp chats and FaceTime sessions.

I used the envelope as well, so I decided to decorate it and add some mini photographs inside.  

I decorated the front of the envelope with some patterned paper, stickers and stamps.

Inside the envelope, I die cut some tags using white cardstock, and added a selection of the photographs taken on our holiday, to both sides.  And also added a little word sticker to each photograph.

Then I decided that I needed a base for my photographs, so I mounted it onto a die cut tag, and adhered to the flap of the envelope.  To keep the envelope closed I added a velour dot that are normally used in sewing.

I added my journalling to the card with a few stickers, and also added one of these velour dots to the card, so that stayed flat on the page as well.

Thank you for stopping by, don’t forget to share your layout over on our Facebook page we would love to see them.

Till Next Time

Happy scrapping


Saturday 16 January 2021

Everyday Life | Karen Moss | Recycled Elements

 Hi - Karen here with my page for this month's challenge, which is to use recycled elements on your project.  I think I have taken this to the extreme!

On this page I have used a piece of a white pizza box cut to 12 x 12 for my background, tearing some areas to reveal the brown corrugated card beneath.  I have also used tissue that Christmas presents and craft orders were wrapped in to make tissue paper flowers (details on my process video).  White card from the packaging of a new pair of shoes, cut into leaves with my BigShot and dies.  I made a shaker out of a tag, some clear packaging from a packet of enamal stars.  I filled my shaker with the 'circle waste' from a hole punch and some beads and finally my journaling card is the packaging from some flair.

I did make sure that my photo was mounted onto a piece of patterned paper so that the recycled elements didn't touch it as I knew they weren't photo friendly and used some stickers, made for scrapbooking, on the areas that my corner cluster overlapped my photo.

I stand by my claim that this is the ultimate recycled project as the only stash I have used is a 6.5 x 4.5 scrap of patterned paper and a few stickers!

If you would like to see exactly how I made the flowers, and shaker element pop over to our YouTube channel and have a look at my process video. 

Please show us your take on using a large photo on a page on our Instagram feed or our Pinterest board.

There are more pages that our talented DT have made on there too. 

Take care and stay safe


Wednesday 13 January 2021

Adventures fill your soul | Sam Ball | Recycled Elements

I love nothing better than ‘random’ things on my layouts, so when I saw this months’ theme to use recycled elements, I knew it was right up my street!

Having looked through my stash to find some recycled elements that inspired me, the most random items I could find were a 7” vinyl record and an old Mac keyboard.


I desperately wanted to use the record, but I wasn’t feeling it, so I moved on to the keyboard pieces and was fully intending to scrap a photo of a young child with an ABC theme.

I then got distracted by the fabulous Simple Stories Vintage Great Escapes collection, and decided to change the theme and elements completely as I was feeling so inspired!


I knew that I had lots of stash that would work with the ‘natural’ feel, so gathered together lots of elements including wooden buttons, hessian fabric, vintage French book paper and an old postcard, a 3D printed frame and even an actual twig, complete with moss!

Using the ‘Wild and Free’ paper from the collection as the base for the layout, it quickly came together. The left hand printed detailing was so pretty that although I toyed with cutting it out and layering it, I ended up clustering and layering on the right hand side, using the recycled elements to balance the busy left hand side.

Fresh off the tree, when I added the twig, my layout suddenly had a tiny spider crawling over it!


Even if you haven’t played along this month, why not share what the most random or recycled element you’ve ever used on a layout is? And if you have played along, don’t forget to share your layouts over on our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram!

Saturday 9 January 2021

Everyday Explorer | Sheena Rowlands | Recycled Elements

 Hi there UK Scrap Addicts, Sheena here again x

Our first challenge for you in 2021 is to recycle something and use it on your layout.

As well as scrapbooking I also do Project Life so for this I tend to hoard bits of ephemera like labels, business cards & tickets so I can incorporate them at a later date.

Everyday Explorer.

During a trip to Bristol at the end of the summer we used free maps provided by the hotel to navigate our way around this lovely city. At the end of the trip I picked up an extra couple 'just in case' I needed them. I managed to keep them relatively flat since then.

Using my silhouette I cut the word Bristol from the map paper but as it was so thin I cut an offset in black cardstock so I could adhere them together to make it stronger.

We had such a lovely trip I couldn't choose just one photo so I print 5 of my favourites. As this was a travel type page I headed to my Vicki Boutin Lets Wander stash looking for papers and embellishments in neutrals and blues.

I created a couple of embellishment clusters around my photos plus another at the bottom of the page adding a little machine sewing to secure the date label.

I have a process video of this layout on youtube if you would like to see how it came together.

We would love for you to play along with us this months' theme. If you do please share with us over on our Facebook group or tag us on Instagram.

Till next time x

Sunday 3 January 2021

Goodbye 2020 | Zoe Hailey | Recycled Elements

Welcome to 2021 and my blogpost using up some of the many left-over Christmas elements from recent festivities. 

For this months theme I have used Christmas gift tags as the basis for my page creating a layout on black cardstock. I really wanted to maintain the texture of the ribbon so I have tried not to flatten the gift tags too much. I re-used tissue paper from gifts too, to create layers behind my bramble fox title and photo. 

I may have gone a little star crazy, using the whole pack of Bramble Fox perspectives as well as the tiny silver star table confetti that we had at our New Years Eve Pyjama party! 

I love the fact this layout documenting our very different New Years Eve has physical elements from that day and recent days on the page. 

I added some additional splatters of silver using the Winsor & Newton drawing ink, which is absolutely gorgeous to include in scrapbooking pages. 

Don’t forget to share your layouts over on our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram if you’ve joined in this month? It’s a great way to recycle elements and use them on your pages!

See you soon

Zoe x


Friday 1 January 2021

Love This Home (Mini Album) | Claire Murphy | Re-used/Repurposed item

Hey everyone - Happy New Year!!!

I am first up today with my take on our new theme this month which is to use another item not originally intended for scrapbooking. 

This could be items that would ordinarily end up in the recycling or something from around your home. There are no rules so please feel free to get as inventive as you like if you fancy joining in with this months theme. 

I decided to make a mini album. Mini albums can be very time consuming but not when you use envelopes as the basis of your pages!! I have a tonne of envelopes hanging around and thought it would be great to repurpose these into something I could use to memory keep. These are also great to make as gifts for friends and family and come together in no time at all. 

So let's take a look at how these are made......

You need to first start with 2 envelopes. You can go with white like I have or change it up and include some funky colours too. 

You need to adhere the back of the flap of one of the envelopes inside the other like I show here in the photo. 

Think of this as your outer covers and we are going to work inside of this from now on. 

So, to add more "pages" into your mini album you will guessed it, some more envelopes.

Next you will need to repeat the same process as before with adhering the back of the flap of the next envelope into the same place as before. You want to do this to the front and back envelopes to build it up evenly. 

Be sure not to add too many envelopes as they will start to become disaligned from each other and the album will be too bulky. I would recommend 4-5 envelopes to create this album and bear in mind that you can add flaps and pockets and tip-ins inside the album too so you'll have plenty of space for photos and journaling. 

So here are some photos of how my mini album came together. 

I used the beautiful Unforgettable collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio to create my mini album and this is a great way of using up the final bits and piece from a collection!! Here I made a little tag pocket by adhering 3 sides of the paper to the envelope to create the pocket and then added a couple of tags with a little bit of tulle added in at the top. 

Now, I love cut apart sheets and they are the best for mini albums too! Here I have fussy cut around the little wreath card and added it to the front of the pocket with some foam adhesive and this has given me a great little journaling spot. 

I love to make little interactive elements for my mini albums so here I have made a band that goes across the page. I have stitched this in place using my sewing machine but you could always just use some adhesive to stick the edges down. 

Then I have tucked a couple of the journaling cards from the cut apart sheet and added a fussy cut butterfly and a sticker for embellishment.

And here is my album in full. I wrapped a piece of patterned paper around the front and back (as one piece) to help strengthen it all and used some foam stickers for my title! 

One thing I should mention, if you ar3e going to add a ribbon tie then be sure to add this underneath the covers before you stick it all down and then that way it'll be hidden underneath the paper. 

I hope you've enjoyed taking a look at this super quick and easy mini album idea. 

See you next time!!

Claire xx