Thursday, 29 August 2019

Chillin | Essie Jane | Sketch

Hi - I'm here bringing our month of layouts inspired by Laura's fabulous sketch to a close.

I've flipped the sketch and added some torn paper down the edge before adding loads of yummy ephemera, stickers and chipboard shapes from the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection. 

I've raised some of the pieces on foam pads to add dimension and also added sprinklings of Nuvo drops too. 

 I hope you have found inspiration this month and Claire will be with you in a couple of days with a new theme. 

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

If I Could | Kirei Baldwin | Sketch

Hi UK Scrap Addicts!

Kirei here again with my take on the challenge this month which was to use a sketch designed by the lovely Laura Rumble!

I love a sketch as they are a great way to kick start a layout particularly if you have lost your mojo! I often flip a sketch but this time I stuck with the original design.

I had a fab cut file called 'Spring Floral' from Cut to You that followed the curve of stars in the sketch so decided to use that as the main element of my layout.

Firstly I backed the cut file with a mix of patterned papers from the Dear Lizzy 'It's All Good' collection and then attached it with foam pads to the left side of the spotty coordinating paper. Then I layered up a square photo with more of the patterned papers.

I added a cluster of the matching embellishments to the bottom left and right of the photo and finished off by adding a title using a mix of different alphas.

Do go and check out all the fab layouts on the blog from the rest of the Creative Team this month to see their take on the sketch.. hopefully you've been inspired to use it! And don't forget to share your layout using the sketch over on the UK Scrap Addicts Facebook page. See you next month for another challenge...

Happy scrapping!

Sunday, 25 August 2019

4th July | Jackie Ashton | Sketch

Hi Scrappers, Jackie here with my take on the sketch the team is using this month.  I love working with a sketch, whether it is to follow the layout exactly or to have one as a starting point, I think a sketch is so versatile and can be easily adapted to whatever size of layout you want to scrap.

I decided to do a 9x12 layouts for this month, and used a few of the photographs from 4th July celebrations in New York.

4th July Fireworks

I wanted to keep to the sketch as best I could, so kept everything to the left hand side of the page.  

I started by stamping some firework style designs onto the background in blue and overlapped with a few red star, adding a few splatters of blue ink over it all.

Then I die-cut stars in different sizes, which I added down the page, and added some 3D foam to a few to give them added dimension.

I backed the acrylic word onto some striped paper, and added 3D form to raise it above the two photographs.

I finished the layouts with some puffy alphabets and stars.

I have really enjoyed working with this sketch and changing the design to a 9x12 and not my normal 12x12 format.

Don’t forget to share your layouts using this sketch over on our Facebook group (here), we would love to see them.

Till next time 

Happy Scrapping

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Penny | Keighley Brennan | Sketch

Hey UKSA, Keighley here today sharing my layout for our Sketch this month. 
I decided to change it up a little instead of using stars I have layered up some butterflies in different pattered papers. The papers I used for the butterflies are from the 6x8 paper pad that we received in the August Bujo Kit from Mind The Scrap. 

I fussy cut some butterflies from another paper in the 6x8 paper pad to add extra embellishments to my layout and tucked them in amongst the layered butterflies. 

You can watch my layout process here on the UKSA YouTube Channel.

Please take a look at the UKSA Facebook group where there’s lots inspiration from the team aswell as the group members, as always the album is full of stunning scrappy loveliness.
Thank you for stopping by 

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Smile | Sam Ball | Sketch

I always find a sketch a great starting point for inspiration, especially if your mojo is a bit lacking… Sometimes, I’ll even do a quick pencil sketch of a layout that I really like, so that I don’t get too fixated on not having the same product as the layout uses!

I’ll sometimes rotate the sketch to suit the orientation of my photo and quite often the result ends up only remotely looking like the sketch!

Initially when I first saw the sketch I must admit to thinking yikes, stars – that’s so not me! Once I had doodled my own version of the sketch, literally re-drawing the geometric lines and curved shapes within the layout, the sketch was immediately more me!

Now when I compare the sketch and my layout, I think it fundamentally does look like the fab Laura Rumble sketch, albeit that the theme doesn’t incorporate stars.

I find fussy cutting such a therapeutic task and these papers were just crying to be cut into and layered. Mixing large blooms, floral elements and leaf fronds enabled me to easily create the soft curvature on the left of the layout, whilst achieving a near central geometric vertical panel using a series of the same photo.

The mixed media effect background is pre-done so like a sketch it’s a great way of not being faced with a daunting piece of white cardstock.

After adding a few white paint splatters across the background, I either glued or used foam pads to attach the floral elements and butterflies.

I’ve loved using a sketch this month, and with the option to rotate it too, I’m sure it’ll get you in the creative zone too.

So if you’re feeling inspired by this sketch, why not share your layout with us over on our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram?

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Live Life in Full Bloom | Karen Moss | Sketch

Hello, hello, Karen here with my August page using the lovely sketch designed by Laura Rumble.

I decided to give the sketch a quarter turn and use a piece of patterned paper to replace the two photos, I then added a 5 x 7 photo and flowers in a swag at the bottom of my page and horizontally either side of my photo.  

My page turned out differently to how I had envisioned as I had made a water colour painted title but then decided not to use it!

This was the result - more details, including the abandoned water colour title,  can be found in my process video here. 

Karen x

Instagram - karenmoss100

Monday, 19 August 2019

Our Happy Place | Karen Leahy (Guest Designer) | Sketch

We're pleased that Karen Leahy could join us as one of our two guest designers this month. We love what she has created with the sketch designed by Laura Rumble from @BeadsButtonsandBirds.

Over to you Karen...

I was inspired by the sketch to use a mess of hearts to show how much we love the happiest place on Earth, Disney!!!  I used several different techniques to make the hearts. Some I punched out, others were die cuts and I even used a heart stencil. I used three different colours of red, yellow and blue which are great traditional Disney colours.

I actually made the heart stencil with my Silhouette and with this I used 3 different colours of Tim Holtz Distress ink in Fired Brick, Salty Ocean and Mustard Seed.

This layout was great to use up scraps of patterned paper and card to be able to punch out the hearts!!

To embellish, I used a mixture of digitally printed embellishments and also used some chipboard from Echo Park.

The castle pictures are a mandatory part of every Disney trip and they epitomise the magic of the place!

Friday, 16 August 2019

Hello | Laura Rumble (Guest Designer) | Sketch

Hello! Laura Rumble here, Guest Designing for my old friend UKScrapAddicts.

I was honoured to be asked to draw up a sketch for this month. I've also created a layout using the sketch (Click here to watch my process video)

It is for an album for a friend so it is left blank for her to add journalling, names, places and dates - all the bits that the taker of the photo knows best - plus her kiddies will then have their Mum's handwriting on their layouts. I've stuck pretty close to the original sketch for my layout but I want to talk a little bit about changing up a sketch in this post.

The first and perhaps most obvious way it to rotate the sketch 90 degrees. Most sketches will also look different when rotated 180 and 270 degrees unless they are a really symmetrical design. Another option is to flip the sketch, or mirror it. As it happens, this sketch flipped looks the same as the sketch rotated 180 degrees. Then there are options to change the shapes. Where you see a star you may add a heart, or a circle, or whatever takes your fancy.

Changing up photos is also an option. If the sketch calls for two small photos buy you prefer using 6x4's, just switch them out. It may mean relocating the title, or scaling up the whole design but this is fine. 

You can also completely change the feel of a sketch by adding your own colour scheme. My sketches tend to be grey tones so you don't feel restricted by which colours to use. All shares of one colour versus rainbow versus ombre versus black and will have an impact on how you're layout looks

My final suggestion is just to focus on one or two of the elements in the sketch and let your imagination run free with the rest of the page. For example with this sketch you could focus  on the crescent of shapes (remember they don't have to be stars) and freestyle your photos and title placement. 

 A huge thanks to UKSA for having me back as a guest.

If you'd like to see more of my designs and sketches then you can follow me on the below links too!


Sunday, 11 August 2019

Wisley | RamblingsofGeo | Sketch

Hello everyone,

Today is my turn for the month with my take on Laura's Sketch.

I decided to use my Smash book to document my Recent rip to Wisley Gardens.

I followed the sketch by using the Wisley Gardens leaflets to create the starts around the side of the photos.

I used quite simple tools for this too -

The above tools are -

Small star punch from Hobby craft
Sizzix Star Dies
Crafters Companion Diamond press Die cutter (bought from the Range)
Cutesy Smash Book - bought from Amazon

I layered up the different sized stars cut from the Wisley garden Map, to create a flower style, and then stuck them with a tacky glue which will dry clear.

You can see the process of this layout on the UK Scrap Addicts youtube channel Linked Below -

Friday, 9 August 2019

I thank my lucky stars | Stephanie Squires | Sketch

Hello Scrapbookers,

Welcome to this moths blog post!  So we were given a sketch by the very talented Laura Rumble and here is my take on it...

I found this great star paper that would work perfectly for my layout and some typed paper.  I cut a strip of the text paper 12 x 5 inches and stuck it on the back of the star paper.
I folded over the star paper to reveal the heart speech bubbles and the typed text and added a few staples from my tiny attacher to the top and the bottom to secure it in place.

I added I piece of black card stock to the left hand side of the layout and added my square black and white 4 x 4  photo to the middle of the strip.  I backed two mini frames with some coordinating paper and stuck them above and below my photo.  

 Onto the mini frames I added a chipboard accent and to the bottom I added a foam heart and a transparent quote and some closed eyes,  

I then added my title and some more transparent stickers.  

I kept on piling on the transparent stickers, some foam stickers and lots of lovely sequins to complete this months layout.

Thank you for reading....

Until next month...happy scrapping

Steph xoxo