Sunday, 6 July 2014

June winners and a DT CALL reminder ...

Just a reminder Pixels and Paper are having a DT call this month for several new members to join our design team.  Please find all the relevant details HERE.  Anyone is welcome to apply (paper or digital scrappers) and you don't have to have experience on a DT.  We would love to hear from you - just complete our challenge this month and email me a short bio and link to your blog at jjjustjane@bigpond.com.  Applications close 20th July.


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It is time to announce our June winners.  We had some amazing work submitted last month - thank you so much for your continued support.


Our main winner for June is MIPO with this sensational card - we all totally loved it.


We would love to send Lynne Joncas a small prize and ask her to guest with us for August.


and our random draw (courtesy of my son) is #7 - Wendy O'Keefe.


Please email me at jjjustjane@bigpond.com with your addresses ladies and I will make sure your prizes get away to you.


You have until the end off the month to play along with us with our July challenge.  We'd love to see your work and this is such a bright and fun image to work with.  Thank you for your support.



Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Welcome to our July challenge and a DT call ...

Welcome to July.  Thank you everyone for the wonderful response we received last month.  We had some amazing entries!  We truly appreciate your support.

Apart from our normal challenge this month we are also putting out a DT call for several new members to join our design team.  Please find all the relevant details HERE.  Applications close 20th July.


And now onto our July challenge ....


This month we are working with this terrific image - does this take you back to the fun fairs of your youth?  Do you remember riding on the carousel or taking your children on the merry-go- round?  Does this remind you of those fun times on the dodgem cars or of eating fairy floss (cotton candy) until you we so sick you couldn't eat another bite!  Perhaps you think of going to the circus or visiting the rides at shopping centres or at vacation spots.  Maybe you just like the colours - I see lots of red, yellow, blue and white, there's stars and flags and puffy white clouds.

Whatever the inspiration, we would love to see your work.  Please don't forget to tell us what it was that caught your eye.



The colours this month inspired me to scrap the bright photos of our son painting.  I loved this challenge - bright colours are great fun to work with -  hope you join us this month :)



I had to go back to the picture of the very first time my son enjoyed the merry -go-round while we were travelling in CA when I saw this carnival inspiration photo. For two years we had been promising him that he would love it, but he was such a careful little guy he would refuse to ride on anything but the seat. My journaling style was drawn from one of my favorite scrapbook artists in America, Julie Fey-Fan Balzer. I just couldn't leave out my little man's favorite treat, so I had fun adding the cotton candy border!


 

The inspiration photo made me think of when DD Tirill and I had a day in London and had time to visit London Eye. . I fussycut  a photo of her on the Westminster bridge with the "Eye" in the background, and created my own scene around the photo using all sorts of mixed media to recreate the scenery. One of the metal charms on my page is prom the penny machine with an image of London Eye.



This image made me immediately think of all the fun fairs and circus troops we have visit the area where I live.  They set up on an oval near the waterfront and as I go past this area at least four times each week day they become a familiar and comforting sight for the time they are visiting us.  The Great Moscow Circus was very special as rather than the traditional "big top" they had a series of turreted tents, I guess to replicate the domes of St Peter's Basilica in The Red Square in Moscow.  None the less it was an impressive sight.


For this month's challenge my inspiration came from the circle and cogs associated with the ferris wheel. I also used some of the colours from the picture. I've used a large cog chipboard piece, covered with embossed aluminium flashing. I've also added diecut cogs made from layers of crumpled foil. The photos are all sky shots taken from my front garden..... 12, to represent aspects of time.

We also welcome our Guest Designer this month - ANNA VOLKER.



Hi, I'm Anna and I've been scrapping for about 6 years.  I have three gorgeous boys and live in Brisbane,

I prefer 12 x 12 layouts and love the colour pink which I don't get to use too often but still sneak in every now and then lol. I'm on the DT for Black with 2 which is another awesome challenge site. I love joining in a variety of challenges . Scrapping has quickly become a major part of my day and rarely a day goes past where I don't have some creative play. 







I was very inspired by the bright colours this month. I love to scrap bright colours. Thanks Jane for letting me be your guest designer this month I really enjoyed it .

Thank you for joining us this month Anna!



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

You are welcome to submit traditional paper layouts, art journals, divided page protectors, smash books (etc etc).  Digital entries are welcomed and encouraged.  All entries must be new for this challenge and no back-linking is allowed.  I am happy for you to combine with other challenges (maximum of 3) but the essence of the Pixels and Paper inspiration must be clear in your work. Combining with a sketch or colour challenge would be preferred.  International submissions are welcome.

Please come back later next week when we will announce the winners for June.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

May winners ...

It is time to announce our May winners and we certainly had some lovely pages from which to choose. Thank you ladies for supporting our humble site - it means a great deal to have such fantastic work submitted.

Our main winner for May is Mary Bennetts with the truly delight page.



We would love to send Anna Volker a small prize and ask her to guest with us for July.


Our random draw winner (courtesy of my dh picking number 1) is Scrapinnat.

Paper and Pixels May Challenge



Please email me at jjjustjane@bigpond.com with your addresses ladies and I will make sure your prizes get away to you.


You have until the end off the month to play along with us with our June challenge.  We'd love to see what you make of our photograph this month.  Thank you for your support.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Welcome to June ...

And then it was another month ... welcome to winter for us down under and summer for you up north.

This month to get you in the mood for those cold, misty and sometimes wet starts to the day we have this amazing photograph.


  What inspires from this scene, a lonely bench in the middle of a park, the winter shape and look of the trees, the umbrella, a solo figure in the rain, the misty landscape?  Or perhaps you see beyond the main image to someone enjoying a little solitude in a busy day,  a recalled memory of a walk in the rain, a love (or hate) of being rugged up in winter clothing?  Maybe you see the colours of red, black, white and grey - (although you certainly don't have to use this colour combination!) 

Whatever the inspiration, we would love to see your finished creation.


Here is how the Pixels and Paper team was inspired ...


I loved the colours this month, the picture was a really great inspiration for me.
I used lots of die cuts and embellishments to capture the moment of our special day at the park with our boy.



The fantastic "Rainy day" inspiration picture with bright red, black and white made me think of  a holiday in Cornwall in June 2012. It was raining everyday the whole week but Tirill still wanted to go surfing... and with her wet suit on it is a colour match to the challenge picture :)


DI
 

What I noticed first was the brilliant post-box red of the park bench, then the subtle tones of colours appearing through the misty rain. A solitary figure .... thinking? waiting? enjoying the peace and quiet?
I chose to use a photograph taken at Caloundra, Qld,  one early morning quite recently. It had been raining and while my son and I were taking photos from the waterfront, light drizzle again came down. As we tried to find a bit of shelter we noticed the double rainbow, so of course photos had to be taken.
I've repeated the rainbow effect in the drips and title.


ALICIA


I think my interpretation of this month's inspiration photo was as literal as possible without having an actual picture of my son in rain. I know I am missing the umbrella and trees, but at this time in our life we lived in the desert so the closest thing my son got to playing in the rain was playing in the splash pads, which we visited on a weekly basis. I used a lot of little techniques to make this page my own. I used traditional and non-traditional prints in my paper layering to add a touch of fun to the page. I doodled in the title mat to bring some black to the already red and white paper, then outlined the red stickers with a thick black marker to help it stand out. My favorite technique was highlighting the water sprays with white glitter. For more detailed info and close up pics you can visit my blog. I don't have any cute photos of my son on a rainy day, but as you can see the inspiration photo can take you in different directions, that's the beauty of this contest. I look forward to seeing what everyone creates for this month's challenge. 


JANE


I was drawn to the misty look of this photograph.  Our winter mornings often look like this where I live and I then remembered a day last year when my husband rang me from work to tell me about the amazing fog they were experiencing in the CBD.  He told me that from out of the windows of the 21st floor of his work building he could see absolutely nothing and that he had ventured up to the top floor to view the office tower islands peeping out of the fog sea.


We also welcome a guest designer this month, Regina Chandler.


Hi,  I’m Regina and I live in Brissie with my wonderful husband and 2 puppies, who are the real bosses of the house! We have 5 fabulous granddaughters, including a set of triplets, so I’m never short of subjects! I’m  a keen photographer and the girls love our ‘photo shoot’ days!

I love layers, textures and attention to detail. I believe a good layout must always start with a great photo.  I enjoy  encouraging others and sharing my ideas.  I have had several projects published in magazines. Luckily most days I get to create, it’s part of my life now as I’ve been scrapping for 10 years.

Here is my page for this challenge ...


To me this month’s inspirational photo shouts retro with its fab nostalgic image, colour blocking, and colour combination of black, red and white.  So that’s where I took my inspiration from. I  made my own ‘chalkboard’ background and used the checks and hexagons pattern from that time, and added a photo of ‘moi’!


I enjoyed creating this one. Looking forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with. Come on and join in the fun with us this month!


Thank you for joining in with us this month Regina.  Lovely to have you aboard.

and now it is YOUR turn ...


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

You are welcome to submit traditional paper layouts, art journals, divided page protectors, smash books (etc etc).  Digital entries are welcomed and encouraged.  All entries must be new for this challenge and no back-linking is allowed.  I am happy for you to combine with other challenges (maximum of 3) but the essence of the Pixels and Paper inspiration must be clear in your work. Combining with a sketch or colour challenge would be preferred.  International submissions are always welcome.

Please come back later in the week when we will announce our winners for May and our next guest designer.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Some happy email ...

We have two lovely email entries thus far this month.

One from Jacqui McCully called Country Living.  


and the other from Regina Chandler.


Hi Jane and the girls, This month’s inspirational image says weekends, village fairs, romance and weddings to me, so I created a shabby/romantic style layout with a bit of whimsy.
I had a lot of fun with this one, thanks for the challenge!

Beautiful work ladies - thank you for playing along with us this month.  

Monday, 5 May 2014

April winners ...

We had some simply gorgeous submissions last month - they were all fantastic and we were really happy our job was made so difficult to decide on a winner. In fact we had so much trouble we have decided to introduce another prize - that of a small RAK and an offer to guest design with us next month.  Of course we still have a random draw so everyone has equal chance of being a winner.

So our main prize goes to Anna Volker with this lovely page.

Email entry


We would love to invite Regina Chandler to guest with us for June.



and our random draw (courtesy of my daughter drawing #4) is Sweetscraps.


Please email me at jjjustjane@bigpond.com with your addresses ladies and I will make sure your prizes get away to you.


You have until the end off the month to play along with us with our May challenge.  We'd love to see your work and this is such a lovely image to work with.  Thank you for your support.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Welcome to May ...

Welcome to May.  Firstly I want to thank everyone for the wonderful entries we received last month - we so appreciate your support.

This month we have a delightful photograph I think you will all enjoy - a little mystery, a little whimsy, a lot of light and air and pretty ladies.



What inspires you from this picture?  Is it the white dresses reminding you of weddings or debutant's?  Perhaps its the field and grass recalling days of family picnics and outdoor fun.  Maybe the maypole itself brings back memories of dances and school or threading daisies on a chain.  It might even be the goat! Whatever the inspiration, we would love to see your work and please don't forget to let us know what it was that prompted the creative process for you.


HEIDI
I loved the maypole inspiration this month,I used lots of ribbon which I curled myself using a metal rod and heat set it.  Lots of mediums and die cuts and bright colours.



JANE
I loved the muted colours in this photograph and the light and airy feel it evokes.  It also brought back memories of summer days playing hide and seek in the park and  lovely family picnics beneath shady trees.



TONE-LILL
The inspiration picture this month gives such fantastic feeling of spring living north of equator in Norway. The dancing ladies inspired me to use this photo of my niece wearing her Shirley Temple dress on her Birthday, with spring coloured papers and flowers.


DI
This month's challenge at P & P  has gone in a totally different direction to that I envisaged when I first saw the inspiration photo. The dancers in their white dresses were striking and brought back memories of childhood, where the whole of the Infants  School had to learn Maypole dances to be performed at the local showground.  I remember the white dresses and satin sashes. These were to be in  the same colour as the ribbons we had to hold for the dance. I don't remember the steps or the music we had to dance to... all I can remember  is making sure that the pattern we were weaving with the ribbons was coming out right!

This is where my inspiration this month has come from... flowing movement, ribbons and flowers. This month I bring you Rhoslyn, the May Day Queen. Rhoslyn started off as a small wooden stamp. She was then photographed, enlarged and printed, before having plaited ribbons and flowers added.
Rhoslyn is on an A3 sized watercolour paper background which has been smooched with Distress Inks. Handmade flowers,  stamping  and an old English Maypole verse ( yes I did write it out and anyone knowing how I normally write would be disbelieving!!)  have completed the piece.


ALICIA
I loved this months photo. The grace and beauty of the women dancing around the maypole in the meadow is so beautiful. But I don't have any graceful pictures in a meadow like that to use, I guess that's why we call it an inspiration photo. I did however have the funniest experience with my mom and son the first time we introduced him to grass. As you can see from the picture he was disgusted with the feel of it, my mom even had to pull his legs down to try to get him to adjust to it- but he wasn't having any of it! Long ago I found this page filled with grass blades and bought it vowing it would be for this picture. I brought out the grass blades with glitter, and created the die cut grass piece to mimic the meadow grass from the inspiration photo. I always add in a hand written touch on every layout, and so created my title with stickles and accented it with the adorable little frogs I had just bought. Thank you for joining us this month, we look forward to seeing what you will create!


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

You are welcome to submit traditional paper layouts, art journals, divided page protectors, smash books (etc etc).  Digital entries are welcomed and encouraged.  All entries must be new for this challenge and no back-linking is allowed.  I am happy for you to combine with other challenges (maximum of 3) but the essence of the Pixels and Paper inspiration must be clear in your work. Combining with a sketch or colour challenge would be preferred.  International submissions are welcome.

Please come back later next week when we will announce the winners for April.