Friday, 30 June 2017

Challenge 1 | Features

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

We want to share a few layouts that caught our eye...

Antonia Sherlock - the gold polka dots, the perfect pink and mint combo, and the photos off set to the left made this layout by Antonia stand out from the bunch.

Kaylie Hooper - that awesome rainbow coloured paint explosion caught our eye in this layout from Kaylie!  And we love the detail in the bottom corner...

Maria Twizell - working on a black background is eye catching enough but Maria has also nailed the rainbow colours in her patterned paper choices.

Ruth Sim - and finally this layout from Ruth is just the perfect combination of colours, patterns and sparkly sequins.

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

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Heck Yeah!!! | Jackie Ashton | Moodboard

Hello, Jackie here with my post for this month, using one of this month's mood-boards.  The one I’m used as a lovely mixture of pink, green and gold.

And this is my layout

I used the lovely collection from Pink Paislee / Paige Taylor Evans - Oh My Heart.

I die cut the heart shaped background using my silhouette, and backed each space with a different patterned paper from the 6x6 pad.  Trying not to have two colours the same next to each other.

I trimmed the white cardstock down to measure approximately 11.5 inches, then I mounted the background onto a sheet of patterned paper, to give the layout a frame.

Then I added my photo, which is of  Paige and my two friends Sue and Barbara at the Birds of a Feather workshop in March.  I layered the photo onto several sheet of pattern paper, and added a few embellishments from the same collection around the photograph.

To incorporate the gold aspect from the mood board, I machine stitched across a few of the patterned papers and also added a stitched border around the whole layout.

I hope you like what I've done with this months moodpboard, and give it a try for yourself.

Happy scrapping, until next time.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Hogwarts | Michelle Mills (UglyBugPlans) | Moodboard

Moodboards that contain bright and bold colours? Yes please! This months theme is totally up me street and I had just the photo I wanted to use. The strong colours in the photo meant that I couldn't just pick one of them as a back ground colour so it was perfect for a multi coloured back ground.

I used bubble wrap and ink pads to create the back ground and chose to frame my photo in white, it then made sense for my title and embellishments to be white too. The title was actually a happy accident, I had planned to stamp the word "Hogwarts" onto the actual background in black (seeing as I have no white ink or embossing powder), before committing I decided to test stamp it on a piece of white card stock and I really liked the way it turned out!

Enamel dots gave a lovely texture and I used 3 of each colour seeing as there are 3 main objects in the photo and 3 flower embellishments, what then drove me to try to use all the colours when placing the row of enamel heart I will never know and I soon changed my mind and used just the red, green and blue to match the centre of the flowers!

You can view the whole process HERE!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Week 17 | Sarah Toward | Moodboard

Hi there

I'm here today sharing my Pocket Page layout based on a moodboard.  I find moodboards really inspiring, not just for the colours but for the different images and shapes they have too.

When I first saw the two moodboards for this months assignment I was instantly drawn to this one.  I just love the pinks and mints, and I really love typewriters and clouds and have no problem using these images in my scrapping.  Oh and that hint of navy in the circular splodges at the bottom, one of my favourite colours.  Seriously, what's not to love about this moodboard?

I went into my stash and had no problem finding pink and mint papers to use.  I also had some die-cuts left from the Dear Lizzy, Fine and Dandy collection and they worked perfectly.

I was so excited to use this typewriter paper again, the tone of pink is spot on too.  I had some navy polka dot washi-tape which I've used throughout the layout as well.

I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut some little clouds, and the stripy mint faux washi strips.

I'd been hanging onto this typewriter die-cut as I really liked it and wanted to save it for the right occasion.  I can't remember what it said underneath, but I used a Tim Holtz word phase sticker as I preferred this sentiment.

I liked all the shiny things on the moodboard (I'm a bit of a magpie), so I knew I wanted to include a shiny element to the layout.  I decided these stickers from Paperchase were just right as they were also the perfect colours too, and not my obvious go to shiny element, sequins.

One of the main reasons I enjoyed using this moodboard is that it has made me go back through my stash and use up papers and embellishments, and I've got plenty to go back and use up.  So if you are looking to use up some stash then have a look at some moodboards and get inspired.

Thanks for dropping in again today, be sure to pop back soon for more moodboard inspiration.


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Project Life - Weekend | Jess Claire Creates | Moodboard

Our challenge this month is moodboards and I just fell in love with this one.  The soft pinks and greens are my favourite colours to scrap with and I just loved the glittery look.  I just wish I had a bigger sequin stash but that will have to wait as I am on a no-spend.

Check out my process video for my layout here.

I knew I wanted to use these colours on my weekly Project Life page and I am so happy with the final look.  I've actually put myself a kit together that uses a lot of the same colours and I'm getting a lot of use out of it. 

I used Project Life cards from the Neopolitan edition as well as some from Studio Calico.  I kept one photo full size and added a day word die cut from the Project Life Fresh Edition ephemera.

I like to keep one photo full size without too many embelishments.  For the other 6x4 photo I printed it with a larger border so I could cut it down.  I knew I wanted to add some layers to it. 

For the middle pockets I printed 2x2 photos and added them on to Project Life cards.  This gave more room to embellish.  I used tissue paper, enamel shapes, die cuts and labels that all fit with the colours.  The tissue paper gave a soft ethereal feel that matched what I saw in some of the images.

I had three small photos for the bottom right pocket and I had intended to put them all on one card but it felt a little cramped and in terms of the story I was telling I wanted to separate them. 

I decided instead to create a flip up pocket which gave me more space to tell both stories separately as well as include a filler phrase card that I really liked. 
I used a leftover part of a Project Life pocket page to hold the cards with the photos on and stuck it on to my main pocket page so that it flipped up. 

This is a great way to add more pockets on to your layout while keeping related stories together.  It had been a difficult day with my little boy who was not well.  In the evening I enjoyed a takeaway and a glass of wine.  These two events were linked but I didn't want them on the same page because they happened at different times of the day.  Having them in the same place on the page keeps that link.  Plus I wouldn't have had space for this great card that says 'I have not failed, I have just found ten thousand ways that don't work'.

I don't often scrap negative events so this worked well here.

On my title card I added a gorgeous flair piece from Lottie Loves Paper that says 'Weekend' and I added the date on with my rolling date stamp.

I hope you enjoyed a look at my project life process using a moodbaord, I certainly enjoyed making it :)

Don't forget that the challenge is to join in with our monthly theme and link up your layout on our Facebook page -  you could be in with a chance of winning a prize worth £50.
allthingssticky are offering a £50 voucher for the winner to spend on their website.  They stock a terrific range of adhesives - tape runners, double-sided tape, glue dots, foam pads - you name it, they have it!
Make sure to tag @UKscrapaddicts on Instagram and use the #UKscrapaddicts hashtag if you use either of our moodboards.  We love seeing you join in with our challenges. 

See you again next month
Jess :)

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Mummy Can't Sleep But Kai Can | Laura Jane Thomson | Moodboard

Hi all, Laura here again with my moodboard inspired layout for UK Scrap Addicts for the month of June.  

I had never used a moodboard before so when I saw that I would be working with this lovely rainbow moodboard I was nervous but excited.

I love rainbows and rainbow themed decor, etc but I had no idea where to start with my layout so I printed my moodboard, sat down at my desk and settled down to browse Pinterest.  What a mistake, I lost hours but came away with so many ideas!

One idea I loved was using watercolours in a 'drippy' way... I started by adding gesso and then put a small amount of liquid watercolour paint direct from the tubes onto the top of my 12x12 card stock in six different colours before using my spritzer bottle to add water before lifting the layout to allow the colour to run down the page. 

I set this aside to dry and moved onto matting and layering my photograph in the same six colours as I had used on the background.  I used a photograph of our puppy snuggling inside my dressing gown, one night where I couldn't sleep but he was sound asleep. 

Once the background had dried I used my ATG to adhere the layered photograph onto the background - I needed a strong adhesive to make sure that it stayed in place on the painted cardstock. 

For my title, I used a programme on my computer to type each word of my title in a different colour, again to co-ordinate with the photograph layers and the paint colours, before using the U-Craft MicroDots from All Things Sticky to adhere my title word banners to my layout - they are very sticky and hold to my painted background really well.  

I finished the layout with a flair badge and a few tiny word stickers above and below my photograph.

So there you have my completed layout.  I really enjoyed making this scrapbook page and can't wait to work with other moodboards in my crafting - they are such a great idea and we would love to see your creations if you decide to use this moodboard too!

Don't forget to keep checking back as we have new videos and blog posts most days full of great inspiration from lots of lovely UK based ladies. 

Laura xxx

Friday, 23 June 2017

Guest Designer - Jen Hart

I'm delighted to share todays guest designer is Jen Hart... 
Thank you so much UK Scrap Addicts for the opportunity to be a guest designer this month 😊 I love your ethos of showcasing UK Scrapbooking

My name is Jen Hart, I live, work and scrap in and about, very gratefully and happily, beautiful North Devon. I am a single mum of three amazing peeps: Lauren 19 at University in London, Louis 16 working as an Apprentice Painter and Decorator and Alex navigating Year 7. They simultaneously fill me with love, fascination, utter surprise, sheer terror and did I mention love 💖 
I have an amazing friendship group that I met through UKS and have become my very best friends and we try and meet up at least once a year to retreat together, we chat every day, they have taught me nearly everything, I love them and they inspire me no end 💖
At work I lead a brilliant team in a Tesco Express store and they simultaneously fill me with love, fascination, surprise, terror etc 😀 I am very fond of them all 💗
I love to scrapbook, i'm a newbie stitcher, i'm a proud weightwatcher, i'm a newbie gardener, i'm a keen diy'er, I love to walk (I am currently walking the Somerset and North Devon parts of the South West Coast Path). My Cup Is Full. 

I loved both the mood boards that are being showcased this month but this one is my favourite as it is full of my favourite colours and sparkly stuff.

I used a sketch from Creative Scrappers to start me off (no 305) and decided to swap out the stars for flowers and see where that took me. I love sewing on my layouts so I decided to do that first for the first layer of texture, I've put some of the photos and a couple bits of video of the steps together on a video to watch here: it's my first video like this, I've learned loads and would like to get good at it.

I used Kaisercraft Wildflowers paper collection from Merly Impressions in the UK, some Ali Edwards Craft The Story stamps, a Cathy Zielske Fit stamp and Cardstock, Nuvo Drops and general supplies from Hey Little Magpie. I also used Lucy's patterns from Attic 24 to crochet the leaves and hydrangea petals.

I also often make a companion project life page and sometimes a journaling 6x12 page to pop in between. The big hike that I did warranted a few more details for my album so I did...

I added in a QR code to link to some video footage as all my family love coming across those in the albums😊

Some of the journaling, I will have more I think.
And the reverse of that page; I generally add in another photo or two and use up some embellies and fave paper.

Thanks very much for looking at my scrapbooking 😊

If you haven't already had enough, the video of my walk along the coast path is here:

Thanks for sharing with us Jen.  To see more of Jen's workvisit her here: Blog Instagram Pinterest YouTube

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Rainbow Hair | Niki Rowland | Moodboard

I love to work with Moodboards, there's so many things you can take inspiration from on them: shapes, colours, patterns as well as the things on the moodboards too of course. So for this fabulous rainbow moodboard we've got:
hearts, rainbows, clouds and rain, the colours, the word 'Hello', feathers, circles and pie-charts zebras (and therefore all zoo animals are fair game), lightbulbs and cork. So loads of directions to go in.

I choose to go for rainbows, clouds, hearts and the colours. I've used a very bright paper from Paige's Oh My Heart collection as my background frame and used white card for my main background. I back filled a free cut file by Paper Issues with more Oh My Heart collection and fussy cut lots of hearts to be falling out of the clouds. The very cute rainbow embellishment is by Freckled Fawn.

I had great fun making this layout and there's a process video too.

Happy scrapping and thanks for stopping by
Niki xx 

Find me on Hey Little Magpie, GoGo Getaway, Silhouette UK, Stick it Down,  UK Scrap Addicts, and Freckled Fawn. Also on my own blog: Being Scrappy and on Instagram as @nikiclaire