Monday 22 June 2015

June team training ...

Welcome to our June edition of Team Training brought to you this month by wonderful team member 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. 

Working with Gesso by Phillis Walrath

Sometimes I want to add something to my background paper to make it stand out or to give it some depth.  Today I am going to show you some easy ways to  add some depth to you background paper.  

I have been using Gesso on my pages.  Gesso is  a white paint binder that you can use as is or add color to it.  You can add it thick or thin to your page.  I often use it with a stencil as seen below.  I put my chevron stencil on my paper and then just apply the Gesso, with a paintbrush,  on top of the stencil.  here I used white Gesso on my white paper.  It adds depth to my layout.
If you don't have a stencil you can make your own or use ordinary materials you have around the house.   I usually put the Gesso on in random places with.   For the layout I worked on recently I used a toilet paper tube, an old prescription bottle and a straw.
I poured some Gesso onto some plastic that I had left from a paper pack.  I dipped the tube in the Gesso and then randomly added circles to my purple paper. 
I then used the open end of the bottle and finally the straw.  Use the biggest object to the smallest object.
 Once these dried I added some pink paint to more Gesso and mixed it with my straw.
I used a stencil and with my paint brush I painted with a stencil.   It has  neat effect if you put the stencil in different places on your page and sometimes overlap onto some scrap paper as you will see below.  You do not need to cover the whole stencil and as you may have different thicknesses of Gesso on your page.
If your stencil moves a little that is also ok.  you will have a blurry effect, which you will also see on my page.  You can also just brush the Gesso onto your page.

Here is my finished page!  If you don't have Gesso just go ahead and use your paint.  Get messy and have a some fun!

Wonderful techniques Phillis - can't wait to give this 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 the final day of the month to have your submission linked.

Monday 15 June 2015

Hello to our June Guest ...

This month we welcome Deb McCleary as our guest designer with her wonderful layout based on her interpretation of our image this month  ...

- can you guess what inspired her?  ....

I took inspiration from the wonderful, rainbow-coloured hot air balloons in this gorgeous photo.  I wanted to scrap a marvellous photo a friend took of a rainbow that seemed to have it's end right on the roof of my house.  Despite much digging, I am yet to find any pots of gold...

My name is Deb, I turn 41 at the end of this month, and I'm from Melbourne. I've been married to a wonderful man for nearly 15 years, and together we have two pretty awesome children (Master 12 and Miss 10), as well as a pair of norty-torty sister kittens who are nearly 3 years old.

I've tried all sorts of papercrafting: I started out scrapbooking 10 years ago and then I discovered stamps and card making a few years back. So now, I am primarily a card maker and stamper, with a very clean style. However, in entering these wonderful blog challenges, I am starting to get back into my scrapbooking a lot more again, and I'm enjoying experimenting with mixed media. I love attending classes to learn more and more mixed media techniques, and I've discovered that I love getting messy!

Most of the cards I make are donated to assorted charity organisations such as Combat Cards, the Caring Hearts Card Drive, Westmead Children's Hospital in NSW, as well as to the fundraising team at my children's school.

I would love it if you would check out my blog and say g'day!
Here are some more examples of my work ...


Thank you so much for joining us this month Deb and being part of the team during June. 

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.

Monday 8 June 2015

Marvelous May winners ...

Thank you to those who played along with us for our May challenge.

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 May is Helene Bogren with this truly gorgeous layout.  

We would like to ask Debi Clark to guest with us for July and will send her a small prize for her efforts.

and our random draw winner is #5  Anna U

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 Deb McCleary, 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 challenge.  Details can be found on the left sidebar. We'd love to see how you are inspired by our photograph this month. 

Monday 1 June 2015

Welcome to June ...

This month we are going outdoors to the wide open spaces with this delightful photograph.  

There are many things here to inspire you.  The colours of the balloons, the balloons themselves or the feeling of space and light and freedom they may evoke.  The sense of country or of farming, wind, clouds and flat grassy plains, trees and grass, early morning and the stillness of those first few hours of the day.  Whatever the inspiration we would love to see your work in our gallery this month.

Our team have some very different yet individually inspiring work to show you ...

My June project is an art journal page and I was inspired by the balloons, their colours, and the feeling of freedom they gave me-to be yourself and FLY!!

I've used the inspiration photo quite literally this time, and have interpreted it using paper and stamps, to do a a layout without photos.  I've used Iris Folding and Venetian Folding to make two of the balloons. The other one has been made with strips of paper glued to a cardboard template. This has been over stamped to create the impression of rising up behind trees.  I've also used a number of the colours that are present in the photo inspiration.

My photo of the party balloons worked perfectly with the inspiration this month and all the lovely bright colours.  I made the hot air balloon by printing out one then colouring with my pens.
Hope you can join us this month - can't wait to see what you come up with.

 My best friend has birthday in June so I decided to make a card for her. It was the air balloons that inspired me from the inspiration picture and I up cycled an old coffee paper filter, decorating both sides and using the filter bag to keep the tags.

We would love to see your paper creations and we accept all kinds in our challenge, Digital pages are most welcome as our challenge are for those of you who like to create with pixels as well as paper :)

 I was instantly drawn to both the colours in this photo and the hot air balloons.  Initially I planned on doing a rural Australia scene but changed my mind when looking through my photo packs deciding to showcase these images of my dd and her bf on the Sydney Tower Skywalk.  This seems to capture the essence of freedom and living life to the full.

 The image really screamed Aussie outback to me, so I was inspired to scrap a page from our trip through the red centre on the Ghan late last year. Use lots of texture on this page, chipboard barbwire and balloon, hessian and corrugated cardboard to support my theme. Looking forward to seeing how you all interpret this month's image.

I was instantly drawn to the rainbow colors and the hot air balloon. I used mist to create a rainbow from top to bottom on my paper. I wanted to use a photo that had lots of color and so chose our family photo from last Fall. I've had this hot air balloon and wanted to add that. SO I then added the white gesso to give texture and to add the "In the clouds" feel to the page.

I was inspired by the windmill - such an iconic sight all around Australia. I have LOTS of photographs of windmills and scenery which I took on our recent trip to outback Queensland, so it was just a matter of choosing which one to scrap!


Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry to 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). 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 May.