Thursday, 23 November 2017

Little Star | Lisa-Jane Johnson | Black and White Photos

Hi there, It’s Lisa-Jane from Pretty My Page with you today sharing my layout using a black and white photograph.


When I started this challenge I pulled out a variety of black and white photos that I could potentially use because I couldn’t decide!  I really like how photos look in black and white and just by changing to this monochrome colourway, it can hide a multitude of sins too so it’s a win win!

Eventually I settled on this photo of my friend’s little boy at her wedding, purely because I still had these Simple Stories papers on my desk that matched their wedding colour scheme.  In real life, the carpet he was laying on was a deep maroon red which would have really interfered with the delicate teals and greys in the wedding colours.  Using a black and white photo here keeps the emphasis on the little boy and means I can continue to use the coordinating wedding colours without the coloured carpet taking over. 

I’ve seen the slightly off set corner configuration on Pinterest a couple of times and I thought it would work well with these papers as it keeps most of the dark blue galaxy paper away from the dark tones in the photo.  I layered up the photo with other papers in the same collection but I wanted to add another delicate layer so I matted the first layer onto tissue paper which always reminds me of wedding dresses so it was perfect for this layout. 

The galaxy paper also gave me the idea for the title – Little Star, as he really was incredibly well behaved even though he was just a toddler at the time.   He was also born upside down, quite early, in a car park although you’d never know it to look at him here (or now that he is a fine strapping lad in secondary school!)  I had also been working on my Christmas Journal (more of that next month) so I had some little wood veneers and star shaped sequins on my table so I popped a few of those on to add texture and dimension. 


It all came together really quickly and I love how it turned out but it would have been a tricky photo to scrap if I hadn’t printed it in black and white. 


We’d love to see your layouts using black and white photos, or any of the themes we’ve shared with you over the year so please don’t forget to tag us with #UKScrapaddicts so we can find you and give you a like and maybe share on our page too.

Only one month of the year left!  Can you believe it?

Now it’s time for you to go on and make pretty pages.



Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Boys will be Boys | Niki Rowland | Black & White Photos



Hi there UK Scrappers! Niki here with you today with a layout and process video. Our theme this month is to use black and white photos.

I often don't use black and white photos becuase I think they lose detail when the colour is gone. I tend to only use them if I have close up portrait shots of faces, rather than pictures of everyday life. I think that black and white can change the mood and tone of a photo, quite dramatically. This is all great, but only on the right sort of photos, so I lean away from converting my photos. BUT I embraced this month's theme of course and didn't have any moody portrait shots available so choose three photos of my little boy, doing boy type things, playing on a play area. The photos look great in black and white and I now officially challenge myself to print more black and white photos!


I started off with my title which I cut on the Silhouette. This cut file is available in the Silhouette Design Store. I stuck it in place and then built the rest of my layout around the title. I arranged my three photos on the right side of the page and then started embellishing.

You can see my process video of this layout below.


 I used the Shimelle Little by Little collection coupled with embelishments from Wish you Were Here by Pretty Little Studio. I added lots of different types of embellishments to my layout so that it had dimension and textures.


I hope you have enjoyed my layout and video - see you next month!
Happy scrapping xx

Find me on my own blog: Being Scrappy and on Instagram as @nikiclaire


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Beautiful | Black and White Photo | Sarah (ManxyCatCrafts)

Sarah here today with a layout using a black and white photo.

I love to use black and white photos on layouts as it give a much wider choice of colours to combine it with.
For this layout I decided to work on a black background so the rainbow colours would pop of the page.
I layered some patterned papers behind my photo in rainbow pastel shades to help the photo stand out against the busy background.


I created heart shapes with sequins and clustered them around the photo and up the page. 


The background was created using Heidi Swapp Color Shine in lots of different colours and I added matching glitter hearts in and around the sequined ones.


The finishing touch was a white foam word Thicker and some white hearts to pull it all together.


You can check out the process video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvrAIp9DmCc&feature=youtu.be

Be sure to have a look at what the other team members have created this month!
Have a Scrappy Day :)











Friday, 10 November 2017

Dream | Black & White photo | Sheena Rowlands

Hi there x Sheena here again.

I was so pleased when I saw this months challenge. I really like black & white photos when scrapping as they give you lots of scope to use any colours or paper ranges you fancy rather than being guided by the photo.

Dream.

Using a black & white photo of my Daughter I decided to use a range of paper I'd not used before by Pretty Little Studio - Dream Big. I liked the pink/blue/yellow colour combo. 


This paper range doesn't have any 12x12 papers in it so using inks and the packaging technique I decorated the background white cardstock to co ordinate with the paper range. I love how it turned out but it buckled a little making it very hard to photograph!!


To allow the photo to shine I limited my embellishments to three clusters including a perspective from Bramble Fox, foam thinkers, vintage metal flowers, paper clip and epoxy stickers.


Hope you join us in this challenge.

Till next time x




Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Make A Wish | Black and White Photo | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire)

Hello my friends!!!

I'm back with my layout using only a black and white photo.

Black and white photos are a great way to use busy patterned papers without fear of the colours clashing. Its also a great way to use a photo that might be poor quality as the black and white contrast really helps to hide the quality issues. 


I found inspiration for this layout from a sketch I found that had pinwheels. I knew I had a pinwheel die and so I decided to try this sketch with my layout. It helped that I was using a black and white photo as I was also going to introduce lots of patterned papers.

I attached the pinwheels using brads - yes thats right, I used brads!!



Next I went embellishment crazy by cutting up the cut apart sheet from the Shimelle Starshine collection. I used patterned paper for the pinwheel embellishments. I also used some ephemera and chipboard from the collection. I concentrated my placement down the right hand side of the photo and used the chipboard piece which says "Make a Wish" to act as my title. 

And my finished layout is here...... Give it a go and get those black and white photos scrapped!!

And the process video is here too - https://youtu.be/T0ZsJANuGbs

See you all soon!!



Saturday, 4 November 2017

Cat Nap | Terri Morris | Black & White Photos

Terri here with the first post of the month with our new theme of Black & White photos. I chose to use a photo of me and my lovely little cutie cat Oscar.


I used a paw print cut file and backed it with a patterned piece of paper. I added a few layers behind my photos using patterned paper, ephemera and washi tape. I used a mix of manufacturers and collections.




Tag us on Instagram or Facebook and show us your layouts using Black & White photos. 

Happy Crafting

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Free Cut File for November

Happy November to you all!  Halloween is over so we can officially start looking forward to Christmas!  I think Mother Nature has just sat up and thought "Oh yes, I knew I'd forgotten something, it's supposed to be cold now!" and just cranked up the chilly feeling somewhat.  With that in mind, our free cut file this month is a frosty feeling title for you with some little snowflake highlights.  


You can find instructions for downloading and using the cut file in Silhouette here.  Any problems, please give us a shout.  And don't worry if you don't have an electronic die-cutter, we've got some ideas for using them without one here.

As always, we'd love to see what you create with the cut file so please do link us in the comments below and if you're on social media then please don't forget to use the hashtags #ukscrapaddicts and #uksacutfiles

Right, I'm off to find my hat, gloves and scarf!  Who's with me?
 

Thanks for stopping by!