Thursday 1 October 2015

And October comes knocking ...

Welcome to another month and a new challenge here on Pixels and Paper.  As always please find inspiration for your page from our inspiration photograph.  

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower although the tower is now officially known as the Elizabeth Tower (formerly the Clock Tower). The tower holds the second largest four-faced chiming clock in the world. The tower was completed in 1858 and had its 150th anniversary on 31 May, 2009.

This month may be all about clocks or time for you - in the telling of a story or the use of embellishments and images. Perhaps this photograph conjures up memories of  travel to London or other parts of the UK or maybe you just love the bold use of gold and wish to replicate that on your own page.  

Whatever your inspiration we would love to see your take on this photograph - please share your work with us this month.

Our team has some really wonderful and varied takes on the inspiration this month ...  

Di Hasthorpe is taking a short break from our team due to some personal health issues.  We all wish her a full and speedy recovery and hope she is back amongst us very soon.  I would like to welcome Deb McCleary who guested with us back in June to the team and know you will be totally delighted with her lovely work.  

 My maternal grandmother was English, and as such was considered an 'alien' during the War Years in Australia - she was required to carry her Identity Card with her in public. The gold of Big Ben is represented throughout the layout. 

I was inspired of the big clock face and time. It is my hubby and me at the time we were new married and the second photo is last year, 20 years later... time flies!!

 I just love clocks and am fascinated with the whole concept of "time"....this photo of my great-great grandparents and some of their children was taken around 1900 and made me think about how different our lives must be than theirs but how some things like love are timeless.


Big Ben can only mean London to me...
Using photos from one of our day trips to London when we had a turn on the London Eye... and of course it was London weather too ;)

Sadly, I've never been to London... so I thought I would scrap a photograph of Brisbane City Hall and its beautiful clock tower. I also included some gold tones which I can see in Big Ben, and a clock embellishment, of course!

As soon as I saw the Big Ben image I knew what photo to use. This is my Great Uncle and a Sailor Friend in London during WWII. I used Co-ordinations cardstock and sanded it back to highlight the clocks. Also cut some of the clocks out for embellishments. Added some stamping to the paper and some washi tape. Looking forward to seeing all your entries.


I loved this big clock in the inspirational photo. I looked all over for some photos of time or of boys and couldn't find what I was looking for. So I chose this photo taken just before my kids left for their school trip to Europe.


I was inspired by time to create a time line.  I have used clock faces in my background stencilling as well as using time in my title.  I have used a lovely quote about time for my page and  incorporated the basic colour tone from the inspiration photograph to complete my layout.


Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry to the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on October 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 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 our winners for September.


  1. Thanks for the warm welcome Jane and other wonderful ladies of the DT! Sending thoughts to Di.
    Great work by the team on their layouts - each so varied and yet the inspiration picture is evident in all of them.

  2. I always enjoy seeing how each of us interprets the challenge. Lovely work ladies!