Sunday, 22 March 2015

Team Training for March ...

Welcome to our third edition of Team Training brought to you this month by our lovely team member Regina Chandler.

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


EMBELLISHMENTS TUTORIAL by Regina Chandler

These are a great way to use your scraps and make embellishments to match your pages.


 Punch out 2 X 2in. circles from double sided co-ordinating paper. One side you won’t see as that will be at the bottom.

     


2.       Ink edges.

3.       Fold down the top of the circle on all 4 sides.



4.       Place one inside the other.

   Turn to form a triangle, and attach to page.


5. Add a button or small embellishment for the centre. Can also be used for a title.

6.       Here’s a layout I prepared earlier! With a close-up of the embellishments.

 

As you can see they work well with vintage, but made with bright colours they look great on modern pages, especially children's layouts. You can also use them as squares.


I do hope you try these, and make good use of your scraps!


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 with RAK to offer one lucky entrant.  You have until 11.55 on the final day of the month to have your submission linked.






Sunday, 15 March 2015

A March guest dropping by ...

Welcome to our March guest designer, Kerry Bruce with her delightful interpretation of our inspiration image this month ....


 I was inspired by those beautiful red sparkly shoes that were the first thing about the photo that caught my eye! Plus the suitcase full of clothes inspired me to use the photo of my daughter and our cats snuggled under piles of pillows and blankets!


I live with my family in a little village in England, my three girls are usually the object of my scrapping obsession although the cats do get a regular look in!

I also run a scrapbook club locally and organise weekend crops on a regular basis much to my hubby's chagrin! I love meeting up with my crafty buddies, sharing tips and equipment, generally chatting while we scrap. Designing for a British craft magazine is the biggest boost to my mojo, which at times feels like it's moved to sunnier climes!





Thank you for joining us this month Kerry and sharing your work with us. 

You have until the end off the month to play along with our Pixels and Paper challenge.  We'd love to see how you are inspired by our photograph.  Thank you for your continued support.

Next week we have something special to share with you from a member of our design team.  Please call past on the 22nd for some Team Training.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

February winners ...

More fabulous layouts and cards in our gallery for last month.  I think a lot of us had Paris on our minds.  Thank you everybody for playing along with us. 

We were working from this photograph ...





While two of our monthly prizes are selected by creative team vote, one of our monthly prizes is completely done via random draw so anyone, regardless of style or years of experience can be a winner here on Pixels and Paper - you just need to have an entry in :)

Our MAIN winner for February is Dolly Bee's Snippets of Life with this stunning page.


We would like to ask Merry to guest with us for April and send her a small prize for her efforts.


and our random draw is #5 - Deb McCleary



Ladies, please email me 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 Kerry Bruce, our guest designer this month with her take on our challenge image.

And don't forget you have until the end off the month to play along with us with our monthly challenge.  Details can be found on the left sidebar. We'd love to see how you are inspired by our photograph this month. 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Welcome to March ...

I think you will all love the inspiration photograph this month :) - so very many possibilities with this one!



The obvious thing about this delightful image is the colour red, you could just run with that this month or combine it with the secondary colours of brown, yellow and white/cream.

Then we have shoes .... red sparkly shoes to be exact.  Do you immediately think of Dorothy and The Wizard of OZ like I do?  Perhaps these remind you of shoes you once owned in your youth or even own to this very day.  Maybe they remind you of a lovely story involving shoes you might like to tell.

We have a suitcase which may well prompt you to do a travel page about wonderful journeys you have made or dream you could make.  Maybe these remind you of vintage suitcases you see portrayed in old family photographs, perhaps the clothes inside remind you of tales yet to tell involving various items of apparel.

This is how our team was inspired ...


For this months inspiration I have done a journal page inspired bu the image itself and the colours used.  The background is done with a tissue paper technique and using inks etc.
Hope you join in this great challenge this month with us at Pixels and Paper ..


Another great challenge this month. I knew what photo to use as soon as I saw it.To add a little red and sparkle I cut slots in my paper and attached the sequined material underneath. Hope you can join us in this fun challenge!

Well, my original plan for the March inspiration picture was to create something red... but my creative wanderings led me down a totally different path! I took inspiration from the gorgeous shoes, and added some sparkle too.

DI
This month's challenge spoke to me of  " The Wizard of Oz" with the red shoes reminding me of the ones the character Dorothy wore. Then I had a change of mind as I had recently come across a delightful book by Juliet O'Conor, which was a compilation of some of Australia's illustrated children's books.  In this, was an illustration from the book 'Pamela finds the Rainbow Castle' written and illustrated  by Babs McDonald in 1947.... and Pamela was wearing.... red shoes!


I've copied the illustration and put this onto a sprayed, rainbow-coloured background. Some flowers, made from sprayed and crumpled tissue paper,and glitter flourishes were added. These reflect the crumpled contents of the box and the glittery red shoes. 

TONE-LILL
Looking at the  inspiration picture of this gorgeous suit case or treasure chest, I was inspired by the colours and thinking of some photos of the kids I took of them in the Christmas holiday,  visiting a Smoothie parlour inspired by the American Soda Pop parlours in the '60-70s. The kids was sitting in the "egg shaped" booths spinning around having fun, so I treasured these memories by taking photos to be used on a scrapbooking page :)

 I loved the red and the fancy shoes. that led me to the photo of my daughter with her high heels on for the Fall dance. I used lots of red and pink on my page.

LYNNE
I was inspired by the red shoes, which got me thinking of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and this wonderful quote from the movie about how Dorothy had the power to make her own wish come true all along; I like to think we ALL have that power!

JANE
Don't think it is a secret what inspired me from this image :)  I have used many of the colours found in the photograph.



NOW IT IS YOUR TURN ...


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

You are welcome to submit traditional paper layouts, art journals, divided page protectors, smash books (etc). Digital entries are welcomed and encouraged.  All entries must be new for this challenge and no back-linking please.

  I am happy for you to combine with two other challenges but the essence of the Pixels and Paper inspiration must be clear in your work. Combining with a sketch and technique/product challenge would be preferred. Please include our inspirational picture as well as provide a link back to Pixels and Paper on your blog post and don't forget to tell us how you were inspired. International submissions are welcome.

This year we will have two main prize packs - one will be selected by Creative Team vote and the other purely by random draw - so anyone could be a winner, no matter your style or your level of experience.  All these prizes will be available to anyone, no matter your country of residence.  We will also offer one entrant a chance to guest with us for the following month and they will also receive a small prize.

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

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Team Training for February ...

Welcome to our second edition of Team Training brought to you this month by our wonderful team member Tone-Lill Angelskar.

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



February Tutorial by Tone-Lill

Hi there, today I want to show you how to use a stencil to create with paper. This technique can be used on cards as well as on layouts and tags.


I have used a 6x6 patterned paper with a chevron stencil


On the backside of the patterned paper, I traced  the lines only from the first row of chevrons from the stencil, and as you can see by the top one, you have to make sure that all the lines are long enough to reach into a horizontal line, so it is even when it will be folded to the front. 
 
When you have drawn all the lines, cut along all the lines, and remember the importance of keeping the lines on every chevron horizontal ... then you can start folding them out towards the front

 The top chevron will look a bit too long and will slightly end up on the outside of the top. This chevron you need to cut off. Now you can start to place all the folded chevrons under the chevron above. The one you cut off, you place under the bottom one pointing down and glue it on, along the bottom line  (like you can see on the picture below) 

Now you can stick this 6x6 to the card stock, or do as I did, add another piece of cardstock with a different colour, just behind the chevrons, to create a window like effect. 
This is what it looks like with the lighter blue colour under the folding technique, when glued on  to the dark blue cardstock. 

...and here is the finished card with a close up on the picture below


You don't have to use a stencil to create your chevrons, and you can make them as small or big as you like and of course on any paper project, but it always looks nicer when one side of the paper has a single colour and one side has some kind of pattern on it.

 I hope this inspires you to give it 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 with RAK to offer one lucky entrant.  You have until 11.55 on final day of the month to have your submission linked.



Sunday, 15 February 2015

Please welcome our February guest designer ...

This month we welcome Sherri Priest as our guest designer with her take on our challenge image.



I used K&Company Postcard printed flat paper
Took a page from a telephone book, punched out a shape, misted it and made my flower. 


Sherri Priest from Whitehouse, Texas (East Texas) who celebrates her 35th wedding anniversary this year to hubby Gary.  I have two grown sons who are both Eagle Scouts and now I have a sweet daughter in law, two precious grandchildren, Gracie who is 4 1/2 and Zachary who is almost a year. 

I started scrapping about 13 years ago.  I made my first scrapbook for my nephew when he was graduating from high school as a gift.  My second album was for my god daughter who graduated the same year as a gift.  From there I went crazy.  I remember having one tote that was not even full of scrap supplies and now I have a room full!  How do we get so much stuff.  I love making gift albums and have made many over the years for graduation, wedding and Christmas presents.  It is especially meaningful to give one to someone who has all their photos in a drawer somewhere, all scattered; to be able to pull their life photos all together into something they can view and enjoy and share. 

I sometimes wonder what will happen to all my albums - if they will just go in a landfill somewhere at sometime but in the meantime, I still enjoy the creative process and making them.  And hopefully, in my old age, I will be able to pull them out to help me remember things that I had forgotten which will bring a smile to my face. 

http://sherripriest.blogspot.com.au/

Some more work by Sherri ...



Thank you for joining us this month Sherri and sharing your work. 

You have until the end off the month to play along with us with our February challenge.  We'd love to see how you are inspired by our photograph this month.  Thank you for your continued support.

Next week we have something new to share with you, something special from a member of our design team.  Please call past on the 22nd for some Team Training.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

January winners ...

Wow !! didn't we have some beautiful, bright and happy pages and cards submited last month - these were all gorgeous ladies - thank you. 

We were working from this photograph ...




While two of our monthly prizes are chozen by creative team vote, one of our monthly prizes is completely done via random draw so anyone, regardless of style or years of experience can be a winner here on Pixels and Paper - you just need to have an entry in :)

Our MAIN winner for January is Sue Smith with this amazing page.
We would like to ask Kerry to guest with us for March and send her a small prize for her efforts.

and our random draw is #10 - Sharon B

Ladies, please email me 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 Sherri Priest, our guest designer this month with her take on our challenge image.

And don't forget you have until the end off the month to play along with us with our monthly challenge.  Details can be found on the left sidebar. We'd love to see how you are inspired by our photograph this month.