Sunday, 29 July 2018

Keepin' It Real | Kirei Baldwin | 6'' x 6'' Paper Pad

Hi Scrap Addicts!

Kirei here with the final blog post for the month where we have shown you our take on using 6'' x 6'' Paper Pads.... I pulled out a previous Lottie Loves Paper monthly kit that featured the Fancy Pants range 'The Bright Side' as I had the 6'' x 6'' paper pad add on to use up and I love the fresh colours of pale pink, red, yellow, green and pale blue together.

I love using a 6'' x 6'' paper pad as the smaller details look great when layering behind a photo as they don't overwhelm it. And as the details on the paper are all scaled down you can use up small pieces and still see the overall effect of the pattern.

So I used three of the papers with slightly distressed edges to back the photo.

Then I added lots of the lovely matching diecuts, chipboard stickers and puffy stickers in two clusters around the photo.

To edge the layout I cut some small pieces of the same three papers and just layered them along the top and bottom edge and added a few staples.

To finish off I added journaling and a title....

Why don't you share your layouts using a 6'' x 6'' paper pad over on the UK Scrap Addicts Facebook page and join in with the chat.... we love to see what you create!

Thanks for looking, happy scrapping!

Friday, 27 July 2018

Magic | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | 6x6 Paper Pads

Hiya Friends,

This months theme was always going to be one of my favourites. I love working with 6x6 paper pads and find them so versatile. However, I know many people really struggle with using them. I'm hoping you have found lots of inspiration so far this month to get those paper pads put to good use...The ladies on the team have created some fabulous layouts this month!!

So I started with my photo and decided on a Disney one (because I love scrapping my Disney memories!!).

I used a white cardstock background as I really wanted the 6x6 papers to pop and using white will certainly help that.

I used a piece of A4 white cardstock and traced around a plate and sectioned this circle into 8. All of the sections were then cut out and were used as templates for my patterned paper from the 6x6 pad.

I arranged these circle pieces back together on my 12x12 white background and used double sided adhesive runner to glue them down. From the off cuts of the 6x6 papers, I used each of these as layers behind my photo - what a great way to use up 4 sheets of paper with very little waste!

So next came the embellishing. I went through my Disney stash and added on a whole load of stickers into 3 sections of the circle. I used a die cut word "Magic" as my title and added in pops of gold foil in the 3 embellished areas. I used a mixture of stickers, ephemera, chipboard and even used a heart paper clip that can be seen in the photo to the right.

There is something magical and tingly about scrapping Disney memories.

And here is the finished layout. I love how this turned out. I'm sure I say that every time but I really do. I hope that this has bought you some inspiration for diving into those 6x6 paper pads. They need some love and this is a great way to get them used.

If you want to watch the process video for this then you're in luck - you'll find it over on Youtube by using the following link -

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Carpe Diem / Jackie Ashton / 6x6 Pads

Hi UK Scrappers,

I don’t know about you, but I love getting 6x6 pads with the collections, I tend to use them to layer behind my photographs or to die cut, but then I do end up with either bits cut out of a sheet, or an irregular piece that I don’t know what to do with it. As this months theme is to use 6x6 pads, I decided that not to do my usual thing with them, but to make a ‘messy’ jumble of papers as a background to my photograph.

Carpe Diem ...

I used the Crate Paper - Good Vibes collection, and randomly choose several sheets of patterned paper, distressed the edges and added to my cardstock - which I had previously added some distressed ink using the packaging technique to the background and stamped a few word phases over the ink.

I mounted my photograph on to some patterned paper, and placed this over the top of the messy pile of papers.

I finished the layouts with chipboard pieces, stickers and die-cuts from the collection.   As the photographs was taken in Disney I punched some ‘mickey heads’ in patterned paper, and added three clusters to my page.  

I also added some cute ‘mickey head’ wood veneer.

For the title I used two perspextives from Bramble Fox.

How do you use your 6x6 pads? please share with us what you do, we would love to see them on our Facebook group.

Till next time ...

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Loved | Karen Moss | 6 x 6 Paper Pads

Hello, hello - Karen here with my page for this month's theme - 6in x 6in paper pads.

I have to confess I did cheat a little because I used a Kaisercraft Anthology pad which is in fact 6.5 in x 6.5 in so very slightly larger.

For my page I only used what came in the paper pad (it has die cut borders and shapes as well as sheets of paper) and some cardstock.

I fussy cut some butterflies and flowers from the papers to use as embellishments, along with the die cut tags and borders.

I used my Silhouette software to design the triangle heart and title and then cut them both from adhesive backed cardstock.

As I wanted fringed borders at the bottom of my page and I don't own fringing scissors I also cut these with my Silhouette.

If you would like to see how I made my page - I have a video here.

We hope to see you back soon and keep an eye on our YouTube channel as there are new process videos going up all the time.

Until next time - Happy Scrapping xxx

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Adventure | Lisa-Jane Johnson | 6x6 Paper Pads

Hey there lovely scrappers!  It's Lisa-Jane from Pretty My Page here today with my layout using a small paper pad.  I say small paper pad because some brands have started making their pads in 6x8 inch instead of 6x6, such as Cocoa Vanilla Studios that I used here.   

For this project I was inspired by a layout that I did as part of a class at a recent Gogo Getaway retreat that was taught by Kirei, who also happens to be on the UKSA DT.  I never thought I I would enjoy iris folding because I thought it was a technique for card makers and I assumed it was something to do with iris flowers.  Actually though it refers to the iris lens of the shutter of camera and when you look at the patterns that it makes you can see why.  In Kirei's class we made stars but I wanted something simpler that would suit a masculine page so I went with the triangles and created this month's cut file with this in mind.  

I wasn't confident about making my own template so I searched about on the internet and found a lovely lady called Judy from Handcrafted Greetings who creates all sorts of iris fold patterns that are free to download.  She very kindly gave me permission to use her triangle template for this project.  I resized it to fit the triangles on the cut file and then printed it off and cut around them leaving a alight border.

For triangles you need to choose 3 colours for your paper strips and the awesome thing about this technique is that yu only need quite small pieces so it's a great way to use scraps.  You just need to make sure that your scraps / pieces are big enough to cover each of the sections on the template. 

Once you've got your cut out triangles and your strips and your cut file, you are ready to go!  You need to stick the template on the front of your layout (using very low tack washi) but face down so that when you turn your layout over to the back you can see the template through the hole.  I found it helpful to hold my cardstock up to the light so I could line up the triangles properly.  Then you lay your first strip on number one and stick it down on the back of your cardstock.  Then you change to the second colour to lay on number 2, and so on.

Eventually you will get to the middle and it will look something like this!  You can then choose a coordinating scrap to cover the middle hole and you are ready to do your first reveal!  I've used some un-loved washi to stick my pieces down with but you can use whatever works for you.  I found that wet glue seeped a bit and using the washi meant I could go to down with it and stick all the edges down so that they didn't flap up and get caught.

When you are done, turn the cardstock back over to the front and gently remove the template to reveal your twisty iris pattern!  I've seen some lovely ombre effects and rainbows and you can ink the edges or scuff them up for more definition and the templates are endless.  Sure it might take a bit of time and concentration but I think the effects are worth it.

So with the main part of my layout done, I trimmed the edges and placed it on a piece of contrasting cardstock from the Boys Rule range.   Then I mounted my photo on a couple of other pieces from the 6x8 pad (which I couldn't do with a standard photo on a 6x6 pad so I LOVE this additional 2 inches) and added a few bits from the sticker sheet, ephemera packs and chipboard pack.

 Finally I added some of the new matt finish enamel dots from my shop and called it done!

It's a really unusual placement for me but I love how the triangles echo the mountains in the die-cut piece at the bottom and that even thought it is all spread out, which isn't like me at all, it still stays cohesive.  I definitely think I will be using this technique again soon. 

If you've created anything with iris folding, or perhaps used our cut files or been inspired by our 6x6 series then please do tag us and share in our group. 

Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Mini Album | Create with Cayleigh | 6x6 paper pads

I'm excited about today's video! I'm a little obsessed with mini album's, especially those that are quick & easy to make-like todays'. I reckon all done, it's about an hour in, plus time to pick photos, paper and embellishments!

Spine: 6"x10" X 2 score at 1,2,3,4     2"x6" score at 1"

Pages: 6"x12" and score at 6" X 4

6"x6" paper pad for decoration

Hope you enjoy the video tutorial! Would love to see your version. 

See you next month! 
Love Cayleigh <3

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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