Thursday, 22 June 2017

June team training ...

Welcome to our last edition of Team Training brought to you by team member, Karen Brierley.

I am the first to admit I am a messy scrapper.  I love to spread out and use up every available bit of space on the dining room table. My family has sometimes gone for days without using that particular surface for its intended purpose...

So I thought I'd share my process for tidying up my mess, and what I do with my scraps. First, anything around 4"x8" or bigger is stored away by brand. Most of my papers are sorted by brand name.

Then, I sort my other offcuts and scraps roughly by colour group. I’m not too fussy with this but it makes scrapping by colour much easier. I store them in ziplock bags.  Those people who are familiar with my layouts may have have noticed that I scrap a lot of monochromatic layouts, or layouts with just one or two colours, often on white background.

When I start a new project I almost always start with the scraps on my desk!  If I use them up first, I don't need to tidy them away...

For this tutorial, I followed exactly that process.

1.  I sorted my scraps by colour group:


2.  I selected a pile to work with (aqua/teal tones) and shuffled them around a bit to create a background:


3.   I added a few journaling cards to the mix, and added my photograph.  At this stage I start sticking everything down.



4.   I added a touch of doodling.  I do this a lot on my layouts - it's fun, it's a personal touch, and it unifies the elements.


5.   I added some simple embellishments and some journaling... DONE.

You don't need a lot of product to create a fun scrapbook page.  I encourage you to make the most of your scraps, and have fun creating art with what you've got!

Don't forget to have your entry in for our final challenge this month. Some lovely prizes on offer - one prize by vote and another completely by random draw. Please remember we only accept combining our challenge with a sketch challenge.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Our June guest ...

Please welcome our final guest designer for Pixels and Paper, Joanna Ford with her wonderful take on our inspiration image for June. 

I used a triangle stencil with brown pine cone ink on the background. My picture choices came from the bridge and the building of bridges, it reminded me of the scouts building their gateway for jamboree.

My name is Joanna Ford and I live in The sunny state of Queensland Australia. I first found Scrapbooking on a trip to the US about 15 years ago, and I have been hooked since then. I like scraping in many different styles but my fav would be clean and simple with the photo being the focus of my page. I work as a chef in aged care home and I am also a Cub Scout Leader with the local sea scout pack, So all of this gives me lots of photos to scrapbook. I can't wait to see the pages that you came up with for the last challenge from Pixels and Paper. Don't forget to stop by my blog to see some of the close ups of my page.......


Here are a couple of my recent layouts ...




Everyone has until the end off the month to play along with our Pixels and Paper challenge. We'd love to see your entries based on this image and our use a stencil criteria.


Friday, 9 June 2017

May winners ...

Thank you for joining in with us for our May Vintage / Shabby Chic challenge.

We were working from this photograph ...



Our MAIN winner for May is #3 Dolly Bee (Mary).



Our random draw winner is #1 Jannike


Ladies, please email me @ jjjustjane@bigpond.com
 with your address and I will make sure your prize gets away to you.

Please pop back on the 15th when we introduce you to our final guest designer with Pixels and Paper.

And don't forget you have until the end off the month to play along with us with our final Stencil challenge. We'd love to see how you are inspired by our photograph for June.



Thursday, 1 June 2017

It's June and we say farewell ...

Welcome to June and our final challenge here at Pixels and Paper.

Thank you to everyone who has played along with us over the past couple of years and a special thank you to the wonderful guest designers who have shared their talent with us. My sincere gratitude to the amazing design team (past and present) who have inspired me and supported me in this creative pursuit – you ladies just rock. 


So, for this last challenge, I hope you will play along with us with this stencil based challenge – Be creative, Be bold and Enjoy!

CRITERIA - Use a stencil

And this is how our team was inspired ...

DI
This month's inspiration photo had me looking at the bright pop of colour from the umbrella. In my stencilling and embellishments, I have picked up some of these colours.

ELAINE
I chose a grid design and used the Kaisercraft Pawfect collection and used the check paper in the collection to echo the lines too.

REBECCA
coming soon

LYNNE
I did an art journal page with a quote I liked; the bridge theme inspired me, as did the single pop of vibrant colour.

PHILLIS
I was inspired by the black and the metal look.

SHAZZA
I used the negative part of some alpha letters.

KAREN
I chose a stencil that brought to mind the patterns in the bridge trusses, and used metallic silver on black to continue the theme. I scrapped some photographs of our road trip from last year, driving on the Sea Cliff Bridge.

JANE
I was inspired by both the umbrellas and their colours.

Hope you can come and join in with us for our final challenge. Please remember we only accept combining our challenge with a sketch challenge.

Please upload your entry to the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on June 30th.

We can't wait to see your wonderful stencilled pages.

Please come back on the 8th when we will announce our winners for May.



Sunday, 28 May 2017

May highlights ...

Time yet again to highlight a layout (or two) from amongst our May vintage / shabby chic entries. 

How pretty and delicate is this lovely page by Mary - that patterned paper just screams "old fashioned wallpaper" to me!


And this amazing mini album from Gocchi is simply gorgeously vintage ...


You still have a couple of days in which to submit an entry and be in the running for some great prizes - we'd love to see your interpretation of our challenge this month.

Monday, 22 May 2017

May team training ...

Welcome to our latest edition of Team Training brought to you this month by myself, Jane Howden.

Each month one of our team will inspire you with a little tutorial, tip or trick to help you in your scrapbooking pursuits.

This month I just wanted to share with you a very quick and super easy way of creating lovely cards - truly this could not be easier !

Use masking tape and ink to create your card background

What you will need ...

Masking tape
Glossy white photo paper
Water based inks
Stamps and stamp block
Cardstock for card base

Tear off a strip of masking tape and ink it up .
Place your inked tape over your glossy picture paper. 
Repeat using different ink colours. 
Place a piece of scrap paper over the strips and  press down. 
Start peeling your tape strips off your photo paper.  Do this slowly to avoid tearing (holding down the photo paper while you pull masking tape helps).
Let ink dry fully. 
Use your  image stamps to complete your card and mount onto cardstock. 
You can add other embellishments if you prefer.  

Why not give this a try !

Don't forget to have your entry in for our challenge this month. Some lovely prizes on offer - one prize by vote, another completely by random draw and a guest designer spot to offer one lucky entrant. You have until 11.55 on the final day of the month to have your submission linked. Please remember we only accept combining our challenge with a sketch challenge.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Our May guest ...

Please welcome our guest designer for this month, Kylie gW with her simply stunning take on our inspiration image for May. 

I loved the softness and feeling of the inspiration photo - a love for a mother or motherly love; highlighted by the flowers and the touches of pink and yellow. And then I just went a bit mad on the 'shabby chic' theme with lace, papers, swirls and curls, stitching, and bling!!! I used a photo I don't think I've scrapped before with me in my little baby high chair but switched out the roses for one of mum's (and my) favourite flowers - the camellia, also a couple of birds for our shared love of bird watching. When it gets closer to Mother's Day I will create a card based on this page and give it to Mum.

Hi. I've been digi scrapbooking for a few years now, been around the online comp' traps and love it cause I now have total control over everything that goes on my pages. If I can imagine it, now I can create it. Plus it enables me to keep a record of what I'm doing, what I'm passionate about at this point in time, and share my love of digi and scrapbooking, as I usually make my pages look as much like a handmade page as possible, rather than go down the Photoshoped page look, which means alot of drop shadows and lots and lots of layers. I use Adobe Fireworks (formerly Macromedia Fireworks) to create my pages cause the file sizes are smaller and program works smoother than Photoshop, but that's just my personal preference. I do have formal training in digi programs from years ago that I still draw on today.

http://kyliegwseekingrainbows.blogspot.com.au/

And here are two of my favourite recent layouts ...



Everyone has until the end off the month to play along with our Pixels and Paper challenge. We'd love to see your entries based on this image and our vintage / shabby chic criteria.



Monday, 8 May 2017

April winners ...

Thank you for joining in with us for our April challenge.

We were working from this photograph ...

Our MAIN winner for April is #4 Judy W
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We would like to invite #5 Joanna Ford to guest with us in June.

Our random draw winner is #8 Sandy Ross


Prize donated by Rebecca Daly

Ladies, please email me @ jjjustjane@bigpond.com
 with your address and I will make sure your prize gets away to you.

Please pop back on the 15th when we introduce you to our guest designer for this month.

And don't forget you have until the end off the month to play along with us with our VINTAGE / SHABBY CHIC challenge. We'd love to see how you are inspired by our photograph this month !! 





Monday, 1 May 2017

Welcome May ...

This month we thought we might have a change of pace and try our hands at creating our layouts in a vintage or shabby chic style. Our image is a nod to a Mother's love since we do celebrate Mother's Day here in Australia during May but really this month it is all about the style rather than the photograph. That doesn't mean you can't be inspired by our lovely picture - you can certainly use the colours, or the theme or the use of flowers / lace / ribbon for your entry.

CRITERIA - Vintage or Shabby Chic style

And this is how our team was inspired ...

REBECCA

KAREN
Shabby chic is a style that I feel I never get quite 'right' but I have made a Mother's Day card for my Mum, with muted colours, distressed edges, doily, stitching and velvet trim.

DI
This month I've completed a vintage style layout using a photo of my family (mum, siblings, partners and self ) taken at a reunion in the late seventies. 

ELAINE
A card for my Mum.

LYNNE
I was inspired by the soft colours, old-fashioned clothing and overall vintage feel; this is a photo of my great-great grandparents.

PHILLIS
I loved this inspiration photo. I used an old photo of my grandparents. I tried to make it look vintage.

 SHAZZA

 JANE
Inspired by the pink, yellow and brown tones of the image and thinking of my Grandma.

Hope you can come and join in with our challenge this month, we need more of you playing along with us and winning some great prizes.  Please remember we only accept combining our challenge with a sketch challenge.

Please upload your entry to the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on May 31st.

We can't wait to see your pages.

Please come back on the 8th when we will announce our winners for April.