Tuesday 16 December 2014

Still plenty of time ...

Still have lots of time to join in with our December challenge.  This photograph is gorgeous.

You don't have to do wintry snow scenes, or the northern lights.  You don't have to do Christmas. Just interpret this any way you like.  Use the colours of pink, blue, green and white or just use one of them.  Use the trees or the twinkling lights in the background.  Anything goes really - just tell us what inspired you when you enter.

We'd love to see your creations.

Monday 8 December 2014

November winners and our December GDT ...

Thank you for joining Pixels and Paper and Child's Play for our joint challenge last month. It was fu to see the different interpretation from both teams along with some terrific entries.

We were working from this photograph and this set of criteria ...

use something that is older than a year
3 patterned papers

Our MAIN winner for October is  Giorgia Rossini with her fun and quirky page.

We would like to send Rebecca Daly a small RAK and ask her to guest with us for January.

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

This month we welcome Renee Johnson as our guest designer with her take on our challenge image.

My name is Renee Johnson, and I live in the outer suburbs of Sydney, Australia. By day I coach gymnastics and look after my three adorable children, whilst my nights are mostly for scrapbooking. Whilst I have always been into journalling and trying to record those precious moments and hilarious comments the kids come out with, I fell in love with scrapbooking whilst trying to find a gift for the family member who has absolutely everything. When I saw how much better the photos looked rather than drably sitting I my album I became very hooked, and am still on a crazy mission to get through those albums and piles (and piles and piles) of photos.

I was inspired by this photo to dust off my very well used Stardust stack (by DCWV) and pull out a background which was almost the replica of the photo. I have hoarded this paper for years, not having any clue what to do with it but decided to force something to happen! After a play around I decided to stick with the yellows and greens from the background and finished it off with some offcuts and a whole lot of green from Graphic 45s Wizard of Oz collection. I really love when a challenge pushes me out of my comfort zone, and to use hoarded items Im not sure what to do with....

Please drop by my blog if you get the chance.

Thank you so much for joining in with us this month Renee.

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

Monday 1 December 2014

And then somehow it was December ...

Welcome to December.  I am sure you must be asking yourself the same question I am - where the heck has this year has gone - wasn't it only January yesterday?

This month I thought I would do something just a little different as I am sure we will be bombarded with Christmas theme challenges across the web.  One member of our design team lives in the north of Norway and when I was searching for photographs to use this month I came across this one and just knew I had to use it as a tribute to those who get to see the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) this time of year.

So use the snow theme, or the gorgeous colours in the image or perhaps find inspiration in the patterns and swirls of the sky.  You might be inspired by the pine trees or the stars in the night sky.

Just look at the very different takes from our design team - all inspired from this one photograph.

This months inspiration picture showing the Northern lights, made me think of this Pion Design paper called "winter in Swedish Lapland" from last year. I final managed to get one my self and used it together with a winter photo of my niece with similar sky colours, taken a late winter afternoon, years back when she was a little girl.

This is your chance to scrap some winter photos, come and join in and have some fun  :)

This month the beautiful colours inspired me,I did some texture paste background on to canvas paper and some spraying .hope you come along and join in this month great colours.

Beautiful inspiration image this month courtesy of Mother Nature!  So I followed the nature theme and showcased another joy of nature-snow. This is Dove Lake in Cradle Mt Tasmania in winter. I'm looking forward to seeing all your entries this month.

I was inspired by the magical feel and the swirls of the northern lights.

I was inspired by the green in the sky.

I had no snow photos to scrap so I concentrated on the sky. I used mists on my background paper to give it the colorful shimmering look. I used the photo of our family about to go up in a ferris wheel this summer. Then I added some colorful paper and the hot hair balloon. I used the string to give the page texture.

From December's inspiration I took the clean, crisp colours from  the blues and whites. The photos were taken from the top of Mt Wellington in Tasmania after a light snowfall and a very heavy coat of frost and ice. This made all of the flowers on the plants look like crystals.

I was very fortunate to see the Northern Lights shimmering in the sky over Edmonton many years ago.  It was a dazzling spectacle and at the time I likened it to seeing a rainbow at night.  The image has stayed with me all these years.

We also bid farewell to one of our team this month, Anna Volker.  It has been lovely having you part of Pixels and Paper - we wish you all the best and please do pop back and see us when you have a spare minute.  

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry to the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on December 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 tell us how you were inspired. International submissions are welcome.

Please come back on the 8th when we will announce the winners for November and welcome our guest designer for the month.