Tuesday, 3 July 2012

UKScrappers Blog Hop July 2012

Hi, welcome to the ATDML stop on the UKScrappers blog hop. Many of you will have come here from A Sprinkle of Imagination where I am sure you found more than a sprinkling of inspiration!

To be included in the prize draw over at UKScrappers please leave a comment at the end of this post and ensure that you visit all the blogs in the circle, then post on the UKScrappers Thread.

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Our project for you today is a layout using what I consider an instant classic range - Simple Stories Yearography. I have so many products from this range in my personal stash and still I worry when I use them that I will run out and "need" the things I use again!

For this layout I had a set of three photos taken one after the other of Olivia in one of the local parks trying to get across a wobbly balance beam. I like the way you can tell a story or convey a moment using a series of photos and although I love single photo layouts I find that increasingly I like to get a few photos on the page.

Looking at the photos it is obvious that there is movement going on in the pictures and I wanted a more dynamic look to my page so decided to use diagonal lines to make it a little different to my usual style. This also worked well as the park in the photo is on a hill so placing all three photos side by side would give an awkward stepping effect on the fence and horizon. Instead I lined them up so the fence was continuous as shown below, adhered them to an offcut of cardstock and trimmed where the red lines indicate.


My background comprises a sheet of Kraft cardstock, a 6x12 piece of patterned paper above the photo strip and a 2x12 strip below the photo strip with a calendar piece cut from another piece.

I love the fact that on many of the Simple Stories designs include layered elements already on the paper making it quick and simple to make a layout with lots to look at. 


The final step was to use the co-ordinating stickers to embellish the page. I really enjoyed working with these stickers and was very happy with how it turned out. Something I particularly like to do is use embellishments to blur the line between the photos and the background. By placing the tree stickers in the park it firmly links the photo to the papers around it taking away that hard edge and merging the two a little.

I hope you enjoyed this project, please keep reading for details of a special offer and for the next stop on the blog hop!
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BLOG HOP ADDITIONAL PRIZE DRAW:
In addition to the main draw on UKScrappers we will make an additional draw of all those who comment on this post and send a small bonus prize so you have 2 chances to win!
Check back on Wednesday evening to see if you won!
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I hope you enjoyed this stop on the blog hop. To continue on the UKScrappers blog hop your next stop is Art From the Heart.

119 comments:

  1. I like the idea of using embellishments to blend the photos and background together.- UKS Freedom

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  2. I don`t have any stickers but the way you have used them has given me a few new ideas. Thanks
    UKS ambermouse

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  3. I just love Simple Stories papers and still have a couple or so of the collections to try. I treally like how you chopped the pics at an angle like that too.
    UKS anita m

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  4. I love the way you have placed and cut the photos - great page!

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  5. gorgeous layout! UKS alison-lee

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  6. Not normally one for cut out photos but the LOl looks good - UKS Cottonscraps

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  7. beautiful Lo , i like why the photo has been cut uks lemonblossom

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  8. Love.it. I do love.the.simple.stories.range. uks.name.suzycad

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  9. I have some of these PPS! Love how you've used the tree Cathy0536

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  10. Love those papers and the way you have used the 3 photos - might have to give it a go. Jo.Bee x

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  11. Really conveys movement well and a fab layout deign for those photos. UKS scrap3d

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  12. Wow - you cut into Simple Stories! Cute layout. Weehaggis

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  13. Mel it's a super page, I love all the diffent elements and it's packed with things to look at :) I am still stroking my simple stories papers....but thank you for inspiring me to actually cut into them :D on the basis I can buy more.

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  14. A gorgeous page - I love the way you've joined the three photos. pmk

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  15. Love the way you put the photos together and also the date block is fab. Must look out for some of those. Tigerlady

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  16. Love the way the pics blended into the background
    Cherry390

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  17. It's a lovely page.UKS fatmonica

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  18. love the idea with multipul photos - great layout Karen barker

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  19. such a cute idea, love the tree and the way you've embellished it all. AliTS on UKS

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  20. Love this it is really vibrant and interesting
    Rachel C

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  21. What a fun page Mel and I absolutely love how you used the photos on the diagonal - great tip on aligning the fence too. fruitysuet.

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  22. Adorable page and so fun thank you for sharing from Boland :) x

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  23. brilliant layout, love what you have done with the photos Helen_a78

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  24. Such a clever layout, you can hardly see where the photos end and the papers begin! My name is A_M_Y on UKS.

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  25. That's really clever and a good way of dealing with mulit photo LOs. Thanks for sharing! Mole - UKS

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  26. Really lovely layout- love the circles. Kim on UKS

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  27. I love this LO, it's so bright and fun. I love how you've angled the photos together.

    UKS Alipeeps

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  28. I'm another Simple Stories fan and I have seen some awful LOs with cut out pics .... but it looks great on your LO ! I would probably give it a go :) Kitty Crafts (UKS)

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  29. i love how you put the three photos together! UKS lintsi

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  30. Loving the hop. Well I would with a UKS name of hopberni

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  31. Love this whole idea, and love the layout too Mel.

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  32. Fab way to use 3 pics - would never have thought of that. Great LO :)

    (UKS - chrisrydal)

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  33. Great LO .. love the way you have "sunk" the pictures into it by layering the embellies over the edges. Thanks. UKS new2this

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  34. I love how you have cropped the photos, a really great layout.

    Jo aka Wonky

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  35. Love how the photo blends in with the back ground, shall most certainly be trying this technique out.
    UKS Sylphraven

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  36. Beautiful Layout, I'm inspired to go and cut some photos, thank you for the discount as well, might have to do some shopping later!

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  37. Love this. I've got some of these papers and photos I can use. Thanks for the ideas.

    Chris
    DippyD on UKS

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  38. Great layout - might have to invest in some of those papers!
    Trish (Chick)

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  39. A great page, like the use of the tree on the photo
    Scrappy~Sarah

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  40. Great LO! love the way you've presented the photos. UKS TinkerHamilton

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  41. I like the way you've lined up the fence and followed its angle.
    UKS Antonia (clever, huh!)

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  42. Great explanation as to the cropping of your photos, Mel and a lovely fun layout! Super use of the tree in the park ....
    UKS Alibri

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  43. Thanks for the tip of getting the photos to line up nicely.
    Beadmadx

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  44. I've not heard of this range before and found your LO very interesting, especially how you lined up the fence.
    Maggie B @ UKS

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  45. Very rich LO. Loved it
    anne88 on UKS

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  46. love the way you lined the photo's up with the fence great idea thankyou :) uks lizzylou

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    1. I've got some Simple Stories Documented on the way - this makes me even more impatient to start playing. Great layout! UKS flutterby69

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  47. Beautiful layout! My UK name is egratsia ...

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  48. I like the way the photos have been done and love simple stories papers
    UKS lelly

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  49. Lovely page - the bright colours are fab - Jibba Jabba UKS

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  50. Fabulous layout, they are 1 of my favourite papers too! Mrs Cheshire

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  51. Gorgeous LO Mel. I really must try those papers.

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  52. Like the layout and the idea of the "movement" in the photos, Mel! Interesting paper range, really have to look into this!

    UKS - Kat

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  53. Love how you placed the photos on the lo. love the papers too - sue1952

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  54. Fab LO - the background and photos are perfect together - scraprookie

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  55. Fab LO, love how you placed the photos
    UKS - Scrappyyo

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  56. Hiya girlies- that's a very cool LO!!! UKS Katie

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  57. What a very clever way to use the photo's why did i never think to do this!!!!!!

    UKS jaykay

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  58. How clever is that!?
    Thank you.
    MiniOwner x

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  59. Wow that is cool idea with the photos, fabulous LO!

    UKS NAME Summer Sunflower

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  60. Oh that's brilliant I love it!!!! And I love Simple Stories. Fab! :D Sian x UKS Name Violaceous

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  61. Love Simple Stories! Great LO.

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  62. This is a fab fun layout , love the photos layout.
    bubble460

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  63. I love what you've done with the photos on this page, so effective. I don't have any of that collection but I do keep looking at it! :d
    Nerlly

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  64. I just love this LO. The simple stories collections are so easy to use. UKS sixofone

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  65. Lovely Lo, I love simple stories stuff. Jencrafts.

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  66. This is such a clever idea. TFS Rosiemac

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  67. Love the trees on the photo - thx for sharing

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  68. A fun page, love it.

    Susibee

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  69. That is a FAB layout and love what you have done with the photos - love all the cirlces too :) UKS: Lousette

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  70. Really clever layout - love how you created th background!

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  71. Super layout and love how you lined up the three photos and then cut on the diagonal.

    Karen x

    UKS name - Badgerleader

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  72. the photos look so different when used on the lush LO you made, furrypig

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  73. Love the slope angle of the photos, I'll be doing that on a LO soon I think. Thanks for the idea :o)

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  74. Looks very effective. Craftdee

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  75. Thanks Mel just love how you have done those photos and like you have lots of those papers still to use and frightened of using them all up UK name retired nana

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  76. Very clever use of photos!UKS Laura Godfrey

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  77. Oh how lovely!! Thank you so much
    UKS Lynne

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  78. Lovely LO and great way to use the photos. UKS Bush Girl

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  79. Love your photo treatment!

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  80. I really like the way you caut the sky off your pics and added those tree stickers! Loving the blog hop already! UKS Flossyjamba x

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  82. I love what you've done with the three photos - very clever!
    Jemma aka Jimjams x

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  84. Whoops! What I should have said was:

    Your style is stunning as usual Mel. Love it! (PS UKS name is Pepper)

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  85. A very clever LO, love how you cut into the photo, something to add to my 'try this list'...

    UKS GOSIE

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  86. Lovely LO will have to try this.

    Lou@CCW

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  87. Love the idea of trimming the photos to fit, it looks fab! Yorkshirelass :D

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  88. Great use of the 3 photos - nice effect :)
    PinkSparklyScrapper

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  89. Very clever layout Mel. I love the photos and how they add movement to the layout. TFS. UKS ArtAngel

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  90. I love how the photographs are in order like a flick motion book - just fantastic! Thank you Mel xx UKS pinkladymel

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  91. Love the way you have cut the photo with diagonal edges top and bottom, and the cut-outs really 'balance' the pictures too! UKS Weaselwise

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  92. I really like this layout! Looks great with the diagonally cut photos :)
    Thanks for sharing
    UKS: acraftybookworm

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  93. Very well put together.UKS philthetog.

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  94. I really like this. Clever use of photos. Uks peve1

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  95. That's an absolutely fab layout! (ScrapHappyNiki)

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  96. Lovely layout, everything goes together so well
    UKS Tigs

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  97. I love the placement of the tree stickers, as well as the angle of the photo you really get the sense of it being on a hill! Fab layout UKS RachyK

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  98. This is definitely a layout I will be doing
    UKS Susiefish

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  99. Gorgeous - thanks for taking the time to put together such a great project - very clever
    UKS Minty Magic

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  100. A great layout, I have so many pictures of my children like that and Simple Stories is a fab range. UKS sharon1973

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  101. Great layout! I like to take pictures of my children like this when they are playing or doing something interesting... those stickers are so cute!
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    UKS: kimmie_35

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  102. What a fab layout. Think I feel a scraplift coming on.
    Thanks
    Fran
    UKS Hedgie

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  103. Brilliant layout, Thanks for the inspiration.
    UKS - Nickir

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  104. Great photos you can really sense the movement, thanks for sharing x
    UKS- Jessbaby

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  105. Ooh I've got that range, love how you've used it. Thanks for the inspiration! UKS: Cruzysuzie

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  106. Great phot, great layout.

    UKS Dee100

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  107. I love how the slope on the photos adds the movement in the LO.

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  108. what a clever idea to use the stickers to merge the photos and the background - fab page!

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  109. Oh dear forgot to leave my name again on my first comment - definitely short of a couple of marbles today! UKS:annieclaxton

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  110. what a fun page!
    UKS name stitching lady

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  111. I love this LO and will use it as inspiration for scrapping some holiday photos :)

    UKS topsy

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  112. oh wow! how cool is your LO! UKS Lisa M. Zepponi

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  113. Great page, I love the cut out photo, it looks so fun! UKS: jennifergrace

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  114. Lovely use of items, will have to have a go of this:)
    UKS name lojo7868

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  115. Great LO and love the movement!
    Ally
    UKS AllycatD

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  116. This is a great page, thank you so much for sharing your ideas. xxx Claveh

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