Friday, 8 August 2014

July winners and our Guest Designer ...

I always love to announce our monthly winners and we certainly had some truly fantastic entries last month. 


 Our MAIN winner for July is Deb K with this amazing page.


We would love to send Carolyn J a small prize and ask her to guest with us for September.


and our random draw (courtesy of my daughter) is #12 - Donna


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


We welcome Lynne Joncas as our August Guest Designer ...

Hi! I'm Lynne and I'm so happy to have the chance  to guest design and share a page with you this month! I'm married with a grown son and daughter just getting ready to leave the nest, and lots of pets-2 dogs and 6 cats (they seem to keep following my daughter home...) I live in Ontario, Canada and have been scrapping for about 7 years,and I was thrilled to recently have a layout published in a magazine for the first time!

I loved this month's inspiration photo, and the sheep reminded me of big colourful fluffy clouds, so that's how I translated them to my page. They're cut from boxboard and covered in homemade texture paste.The photo spoke to me of the idea of living a unique and "colourful" life, which brought the title to mind.

You can find me on my blog ... Scrappy Squirrel's Nest.

Here is my take on the challenge for this month.


and here are some more pages I have done recently ...




Thanks so much for inviting me to play with you this month-I can't wait to see how that great photo inspires everyone!


You have until the end off the month to play along with us with our fun August challenge.  We'd love to see how you are inspired by our delightfully quirky coloured sheep.  Thank you for your continued support.




Friday, 1 August 2014

Welcome August, nice of you to drop by ...

Welcome to August.  Not only do we have a really different inspiration photograph for you this month, we also introduce three wonderful new members to the team -

Regina Chandler - AU

Phillis Walrath - USA

Anna Volker - AU

Welcome ladies !

Hee Sun Kim, from Korea,  will be guest designing with us in September.


I think you will like our inspiration photograph this month - something a little different!


Some really fun ways to interpret this one.  Do you like the colours?  How about a page using blue, yellow, green and red/pink with a touch of black thrown in for good measure?  What about connecting the sheep to a country scene, a visit to a farm, lamb chops on your plate!  Perhaps seeing coloured wool makes you think of  ... coloured wool - lol - do you knit, crochet, do tapestry or does someone you know follow a crafty pursuit?

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

Here is how our design team was inspired ...


REGINA
From this month's interesting image I followed the animal theme, and used the pretty colors of those unique sheep! I made my own mixed media background, lots of fun. Looking forward to seeing what you all create.

PHILLIS

The part of the photo that I was drawn to was the colors of the wool on the sheep.  I wanted to use bright pastels in my LO.  I used the paper with the circles that had the progression of colors and matched the butterflies with the same colors.

ANNA

I was inspired by the bright colours in the photograph.


I loved the inspiration this month the colours and black here is my take on the picture this month..
our beautiful children that we cherish every day ...


DI

From our inspiration picture, I have taken the colours and the quirkiness and produced a layout I had fun with.

The background was stencilled using gesso and Dylusion sprays.  I drew the sheep and clouds on white card. The clouds were painted with dabs and streaks of acrylic paint before adding the teased out cotton wool. They were then dabbed with colour. The sheep had cotton wool applied. The face was coloured with aquarelle crayons. Little knitting needles and some wool completed the sheep. (She's knitting a very special banner!)


TONE-LIL

Almost at the bottom of the pile I  still have a few more photos to make LOs for my nieces album,. This months fun picture of the coloured sheep was perfect as inspiration to make a page using this photo of her, so I used  multiple colored papers , stash and Dylutions as the sheeps had bright coloured fleece. 


JANE

When I see coloured wool of any variety I always think of my Grandmother who was forever knitting or crocheting things for her family.

Our Design Team member Alicia Somers will be taking a short break from the team while she and her family move states.  We will welcome her back later in the year.


We also have a delightful guest designer this month to inspire you,  Lynne Joncas from Canada.  Lynne's lovely layout will be up next week along with our July winner announcement so please make sure you stop back on the 8th. 

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




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.