Sunday, 14 January 2018

Wild Child | Sarah (ManxyCatCrafts) | Sketch

Sarah here today with my take on this months sketch by PageMaps below.

I chose a black background for my layout and added white texture paste in place on the base paper in the sketch.

For this layout I used my December Mind the Scrap kit. I had three pictures of my little boy that worked well with the kit so chose them instead of two as the sketch shows.

I really liked the torn note paper in the sketch so decided to use that as a layer. My mermaid markers added a splash of messy colour in keeping with the theme.

Some black faux stitching on the white paper and white on the black background tied it all together.

A few splashes of orange, black and green ink and my layout was done. 
You can check out the process video here

Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, 11 January 2018

January Free Cut File

Hey there Scrap Addicts!

It's Lisa-Jane from Pretty My Page here today with your first free cut file of the year!  Woo hoo!  Cut it big as a title page in your yearly album or cut it small to scrap pictures of seeing in the New Year.  Also ideal for Project Life and small format scrapping.  

Have you recovered from the festive season yet?  Are you back to normal?  Nope, me neither...

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

We really love seeing what you've created, whether it has been directly inspired by something you've seen here or not, 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

Best wishes for 2018 and as always, happy scrapping!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Dad met Bear / Sheena Rowlands / Sketch

Hi there x Sheena here again x

For this months challenge Jackie set us a sketch to use or be inspired by from Page Maps. I find sketches to be a really useful tool to speed up my scrapbooking or help when my mojo is lacking.

I generally scrap 12x12 layouts so continued for this challenge.

Dad met Bear.

I love this photo taken at Windsor Castle when my Eldest was collecting his Queens Scout award. Bear was chatting to the crowds & I asked him to pose with my Dad who had also received an award. I only had 1 photo but that didn't stop me using this sketch, I just adapted it.

I used Crate Paper - Cool Kid range as I wanted to add some primary colours to this page to co ordinate with their neckerchiefs. I reduced the details of the sketch so it no longer touched the edges of the 12x12 background paper. I added lots of layers mixing different patterns & colours and ripped the edge of one for more interest. I just had to add this Bear from the chipboard sheet as its so cute.

I clustered embellishments in 2 places to draw you into the photo and rather than stitching then added arrows at the top and bottom. I added black splashes and blue ink through a stencil to the background patterned paper.

I still think my page looks like the sketch, kind of! Hope you get the chance to create soon x

Sunday, 7 January 2018

That's Not A Necklace | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | Sketch

Hello Scrap Addicts

It seems so long since I was last up and I’ve missed you all!

So this months challenge was to use a sketch. We have used one designed by PageMaps and I had so much fun scraping along to it.

I kept to the sketch a little and added in some flourishes of enamel dots to make it my own.

I used a lot of colourful patterned paper for this layout as I knew I was going to use white cardstock as my base. I did a lot of messy layers behind the photo (even though this wasn't in the sketch - I always like to take a sketch and make the layout my own!!)

The title was a struggle as I wanted to use the Thickers from the Shimelle Glitter Girl collection (purchased from Hey Little Magpie). However, I had run out of E's and so I mixed and matched the title using the tiny alpha stickers from the sticker book along with the larger gold glitter Thickers. I am definitely going to do this more as it will certainly help to use up some of those have used alpha sheets!!

 And here is the final layout......

I hope this brings you inspiration and why not head on over to our Facebook Page where you can find more inspiration from some of the other wonderful ladies on the team. You'll also find the sketch there so come and play along.

Until next month.....

Claire x

Thursday, 4 January 2018

25 | Terri Morris | January Sketch

Well, I can't quite believe it's 2018 and the festive season is over for another year. For January we are all using this Page Maps Sketch. We would love you to join in and tag us on Instagram or Facebook.

I combined this sketch with one of my last days of my December Daily album. I altered the sketch slightly to adapt it to the 6x8 size.

I used two photos of my nieces with Facebook filters from Christmas Day. I had already created the no.25 DIY embellishment before so this layout came together very quickly. I already had all supplies out on the desk and loved using this paper collection. When using a sketch I try hard not to over think my layouts.

I love how striking this big white perspextive from Bramble Fox looks on the page.

I added some vertical and horizontal lines and faux stitching as indicated on the sketch. 

I hope you've all had a fantastic Christmas and wish you all the best for the New Year ahead.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Christmas Journal 2017 / Jackie Ashton / Festive Scrapbooking

Hello scrappers, Jackie here, how was your Christmas Day? I do hope you have all had a wonderful time and got some fab presents.

Why not grab a cuppa and have a catch up with my blogpost.

I’m sharing a few of my 2017 Christmas Journal pages.   I decided this year to do a 12 x 6 album which is a completely different size for me, and one I found so easy to do and keep up with  The album is a We R Memory Keepers one, and is blue, which hasn’t bothered me yet, as it not the traditional Christmas colour that you can see on line.

 I started by  prepping for my album at my October crop, by making the date markers, and cutting some of the 12x12 sheets down to size.

 I decided this year to do a 12 x 6 album which is a completely different size for me, and one I found so easy to do.  The album is a We R Memory Keepers one, and is blue, which hasn’t bothered me yet, as it not the traditional Christmas colour.  As well as the 12 x 6 pages, I've also added divided pages.

My albums is a mixture of Christmas prompts and December daily events throughout December, so some days I have added extra filler pages as I wanted to include more photographs and journalling to document what we have been unto.  I've also done some filler pages, like this one 'Red Cup' that doesn't particularly have a place within the month activities but one I wanted to include in the album.

 As you will see from my pages. I’ve used a variety of patterned papers, some new, some old, some Christmas theme and some everyday theme, and I so happy with how it give a different perspective to the album so far.  I did purchase a Christmas Kit, which had a complete mix of patterned papers and embellishments and I used this and more from my stash.

I've also when needed added more than one page and included more photographs, when I wanted to document a particular event, like my 1st of the month, when my friend Julie took me to see 'STEPS' for my birthday, it ended up being 3 sides - a 12 x 6 and both sides of the divided pocket pages opposite.

Then for the 2nd I included the announcement that I had been chosen for the 'Scrap the Boys' DT team ... I'm super excited

4th - wrapping - Christmas prompt regarding wrapping paper and also additional photo of me and James visit to Starbucks.

 We had snow, and quite a lot of it, which lasted a few days, so for the 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th  - I added snow photographs to a more than one of the pages, and also added additional pages for these days which had some general December daily entries.

7th - A divided protector for this entries and I spread the one entry over the 3 pockets.

15th - visiting my lovely friend Sue, with Barbara and Julie ended up with us taking some fab selfies in various Christmas headgear.

 I’ve surprised myself by keeping up and hoping that I can complete the pages until the end of the year.  And pleased now full my albums is looking.

Thanks for stopping by, and see you next year

Happy New Year to your all

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Grateful for Normal | Lisa-Jane Johnson | Festive Scrapbooking

Merry Christmas Eve to you all! 

I hope your festive season has been wonderful so far and that you either getting lots of crafting time or lots of photos to scrap in the coming weeks.  I was all set to share my progress on my Journal Your Christmas album which I started at the end of November but I'm afraid I only got to day 3.  My December has been a little, erm, difficult.  I will be very grateful for the lull between Christmas and New Year when my girl and I can catch up on our December journals (she's on day 7 as she only likes to scrap when I do).  I've been taking photos and of course I have my trusty planner to remind me of what was happening and as long as I can get some journalling down soon I won't forget the things I want to record about this season.

Various things have happened this month that have added chaos to an already busy time.  My Dad ended up in hospital for nearly a week and had to have an emergency pacemaker fitted after collapsing at home, we had to alter dates of everything we had planned including celebrating my mother in law's 80th birthday, I was told I'd have to have my achilles operation re-done, and then I managed to break my front tooth and I've not had the time or mental energy to get it fixed.  A couple of good friends had very poorly parents too so we were constantly waiting for updates.  I just couldn't bring myself to scrap all the great stuff that was happening. 

Then, last Wednesday, 20th, I finally had a day that was oddly normal.  No Christmas activities / concerts / shows / fayres / visits from relatives / no rushing to and fro from the hospital / no waiting for updates because everyone was through the worst.  I sat in Costa (other coffee shops are available) and took a breather.  I sat with my planner and decided what I had to do and what would have to be shelved.  And I caught up with some design work.  I took a picture for Instagram and decided that I would use this photo for a normal 12x12 layout about how grateful I was to have a day of normality after all the ups and downs of the month so far.  It was like therapy!

This year I am using a Simple Stories collection from last year called Classic Christmas and I'm mixing it with a bit of Shimelle's Christmas collection from the year before as they work really well together.  I like to use one kit through my December Journal.  I take a couple of the bigger stories and events and make 12x12 pages for my normal chronological albums so that there is a bit of Christmas in those albums too.

Having that bit of normal and then scrapping about it really helped me to take a breath and then get back on the roller coaster of festivities.  It was also a perfect time to use one of the stamps from Shimelle's Christmas range - Rekindle the Magic.

Scrap booking is certainly great therapy for me and I hope you can find a few minutes for some creative therapy this season too.  I also hope that you will continue to join us in 2018 for more great projects and inspiration.  But we are not finished in 2017 yet, so from me, have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.