Wednesday, 22 March 2017

March team training ...

Welcome to our latest edition of Team Training brought to you this month by Phillis Walrath.

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

Color and texture backgrounds by Phillis Walrath

Today I am sharing a way to make your background have color and texture. 

I started with a pizza sized box, a piece of bubble wrap, and a spray ink.
 
I put the bubble wrap inside the box and sprayed it with the ink.
Then I put my paper on top of the bubble wrap and pushed down to let the ink "stamp" on my paper.
This is what it looked like.
I moved the paper and then "stamped it" again on the bubble wrap.
 
Once the ink was dry I added washi tape strips near the side of each edge.
Then your back ground is done.

Once I added my photo, embellishments, string, and journaling my final Page looks like this:
 
If you don't have any bubble wrap you probably have some other textured material that you can use to spray the ink on.  I am sure wrinkled up foil is will work.  I always put my paper into some kind of box before I spray it.  This helps to keep the ink from spraying all over my scrap room.

I hope you will have some fun with spray ink and bubble wrap soon!

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.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Our March guest ...

Please welcome our guest designer for this month, Taru Jehkotar from Finland with her delightful take on our inspiration image for March.



Hi everyone! My name is Taru! I´m so excited to be part of the Pixels and Papers Challenge on this month!  I live in Rauma, Finland with my sons Sami and Niko. I´m retired about 12 years now. I love cats. I have four sweet cats and they feature on my scrapbook pages often.  I saw how my friend made cards in spring 2007.  Inspired by her I began make my own cards with 3D images. But then I found stamps and it was big love right away! Then I found scrapbooking, mixed media and art journal. I love to take photos – I was always take a lot of photo of my life.  I love little bit crazy, funny and silly photos!

On my works I really love bold colors, shapes, layers, stamps, stencils and dimension. I love to use different mediums, but I also love to make “clean and simple”! Just like what mood I have when I crafting. 

You can found me on social media…..
Instram          https://www.instagram.com/jehkotar/
Pinterest          https://fi.pinterest.com/jehkotar/

I wish creative time for you!

Hugs, Taru
http://jehkotar.blogspot.fi



Thank you so much for guesting with us this month Taru, we have loved having you join us. 

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 FLOWERS criteria.


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

February winners ...

Thank you for joining in with us During February - we loved your heart entries ... 

We were working from this photograph ...


Our MAIN winner for February is #13 Kylie who as a digital scrapper is offered the choice of the physical prize or a gift voucher to a digital store.



We would like to invite #12 Wendy to guest with us in April.



and our random draw winner is #11 Leanne


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 FLOWERS challenge. We'd love to see how you are inspired by our photograph this month !! 

Criteria is FLOWERS


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Hello sweet March ...

Welcome to our first month of Autumn down under and I hope some glorious weather awaits us - I always love our mid seasons, they are my favourite months of the year.

This month our challenge is a pretty one - please use this delightful image as your inspiration point and add the criteria of FLOWERS to your submission and please don't forget to tell us what inspired you.
Criteria is FLOWERS

And this is how our team was inspired ...

PHILLIS
I just loved these flowers from the inspiration photo. I found a photo of the flowers that my mother in law had at her house. She took the photo and it was with some other photos that she had given to me. What a memory this will be for my kids.

LYNNE
I was inspired by the teacup to use the Botanical Tea papers and make a birthday card for my tea-loving aunt. She also loves to garden, so the flowers were a perfect addition.

KAREN
I scrapped another page for my Rockhampton album, featuring a garden photograph. I kept the page very simple, and embellished with flowers of different sizes, shapes and styles.

ELAINE
I used a photo from eons ago for my friends 80th birthday album .. she was so emotional when we gave it to her.

REBECCA
 I was inspired by the flowers and the colours. I had this picture of my son smelling the roses from a couple of summers ago and the purple and fushia flowers were an almost perfect match to the flowers in the photo.

SHAZZA
 I used lots of flowers. Roses are trailing from the trellis and looks like a cottage garden. 

DI
This month I have used some of the colours from the inspiration photo as well as heaps of flowers.
The background paper is one made in a class at Time to Create and involved spraying, adding punched flower and, stamping with traditional stamps as well as using natural materials such as leaves and twigs. I've also used the die cut flowers from last month's team training and one of my alcohol-inked CD's as a base for the photo.

JANE
I really liked the old world feel of this image and the cluster of different flowers contained within the cup which I have tried to replicate on my page.

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 March 31st.

We can't wait to see your pages.

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


Sunday, 26 February 2017

February highlights ...

Time again to highlight a layout (or two) from amongst our February entries and aren't they are all fantastic! We hope you will find time to join in with us in our heart challenge.

Here are a couple of entries which have caught our eye ...


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Judy W

Gocchi

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.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Team Training for February ...

Welcome to our latest edition of Team Training brought to you this month by Di Hasthorpe.

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


Using alcohol inks and modelling cream by Di Hasthorpe

I'm sure most of you have used alcohol inks at some stage, probably on acetate, foil or glossy paper. Lately, I've been experimenting on other surfaces:- altering cardstock, upcycling CDs, 'oops' photos and cake boards.
Often I have the need to change cardstock because I either have several pieces of it, or I no longer like it (the 'why did I buy it' syndrome!).
  Alcohol inks don't react well with non-glossy surfaces, so to add them to cardstock successfully you need to use another product. In this case I've used a modelling cream applied through a stencil.

Gesso or texture paste also work but will give a different look. 
Once the modelling cream dries, alcohol inks can be smooshed over the stencilled surface. It gives a jewel-like effect. I also lightly sprayed over the whole piece of cardstock with ink sprays. I used Lindy Stampgang Sprays for this.
Don't throw away those 'oops' photos. Being glossy makes them perfect to use for the alcohol ink treatment.

The photos can also be stencilled with modelling cream as a first step before adding alcohol inks. As this is a glossy surface, the inks will colour up the whole photo.




When you have prepared your photos they can be used for card backgrounds or embellishments for whatever purpose you desire.
Once diecut, the embellishments can also be put through an embossing folder and further decorated. On this Christmas card, I've used a glitter glue (Kindy Glitz) to highlight raised sections of the baubles. 
Old CDs or DVDs can have a new lease of life. They take alcohol inks really well and look great. 

These I've used for cards, decorating them with embellishments and beads. They do need a strong glue to adhere them to the card surface. 

Recently I discovered that modelling cream can also be stencilled onto CDs. These look effective just as is ...
 but the addition of alcohol inks give that extra interest.
This photo shows the not - quite completed CD. Again these could be used for cards or layouts, but I'm planning to use mine for mobiles..... a work in progress!
The last items I've experimented with recently are cakeboards. As these are covered with a metallic card, they are also perfect for accepting alcohol inks. This one, turned into a motivational wall plaque, has had the ink and some of the thinner dropped onto the surface and allowed to pool and dry as it fell. 

I hope that some of these ideas spark your interest and you have fun experimenting with alcohol inks and / or modelling cream.

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.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

A February guest ...

Please welcome our guest designer for this month, Donna Broussard from the US with her wonderful take on our inspiration image for February.





Hello!

My name is Donna Broussard and I am from Louisiana.  I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 41 years. We have one son and he has blessed us with 3 grandsons. These boys are the focus of most of my scrapbooking pages. I have been scrapbooking for 11 years and I am very passionate about it.   Some of my favorite things to do are attend crops, do challenges, make mini albums,  and making various paper crafts. Doing various challenges has forced me to think out of the box and to try techniques and products that I would never do on my own. 

Please stop by my blog (http://retiree3.blogspot.com/ ) and see more of my work. I would like to thank Pixels and Paper for featuring me this month.


Here are some more lovely pages designed by Donna.





Thank you so much for guesting with us Donna. So pleased you could join us this month. 


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 HEARTS criteria.