Sunday 22 November 2015

Team training for November ...

Welcome to our November edition of Team Training brought to you this month by team member, Anna Uhras.

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

Using your Punches and Dies in a different way by Anna Uhras

Today I'd like to challenge you to think negative :)  Sometimes that can be positive, believe it or not.
This might be old news for some of you but maybe it can be a reminder then.

Mostly when we use our punches and cutting machines the small cut pieces is all we use, eh?
And so do I, and that's beautiful , BUT today I, as I said, will challenge you to turn NEGATIVE ...

Give those lovely left over darlings a chance to sparkle instead of being thrown in the trash bin.
I use them in my layering on my layouts. 

I think it is a great way to give dimension without being too heavy if you see what I mean.

I will show you some of my layouts using the negative part of  the paper...

Here I have used both the circles and the "holes"

Here I didn't want to cover the background work too much so this piece fitted perfectly.

On this page you can find a piece of Vellum with some "holes" of stars.

I know this isn't a revolution but I think those negative pieces of papers deserve our attention.
 Sometimes they can be the feature of your entire page :)

I hope I've inspired you to think one more time before you just throw the "holes" in the bin :)

Have a scrappy day everyone!

Thanks Anna,  I certainly need to stop and think before I reach for my rubbish bin.  These negatives certainly are a huge positive.

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.

Sunday 15 November 2015

Welcome to our November guest ...

This month we welcome our guest designer Hayley Hamblin from the United States with her wonderful layout based on our image for November. 

 I was inspired by the bokeh style dots - used on the letters in Fair and the background. I chose a seasonal theme. I also loved the contrast of the bright art panel against the neutral room decor. I brought that into the layout by using the white background with the colorful papers and elements.

I am a busy mother of two boys. I am graphic designer by profession, but enjoy scrapping in any free time I manage to find. Most of my scrapbooking right now is about my boys and family life. I love including stitching, buttons, and cut outs I create with my silhouette machine. I love color and patterned paper.
I believe that scrapbooking helps me have a more positive attitude and count my blessing. Taking the time to preserve and highlight those precious moments that may have otherwise got lost in the blur of everyday life. I love being able to flip through my books with my family and remember the special time we have together.

Here are some more examples of my work ...

Thank you so much for guesting with Pixels and Paper this month Hayley - seeing your work has been an absolute pleasure.

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.

Sunday 8 November 2015

October winners ...

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

We were working from this wonderful 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 October is Debi Clark with this delightful page.  The team loved how you incorporated so many elements from the inspiration photograph onto your page.

We would like to invite Shazza Bishop to guest with us in December and will send her a small prize for her efforts.

and our random draw winner is  #9 Kat
with this very cute page.


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 our guest designer this month Hayley Hamblin.

And don't forget you have until the end off the month to play along with us with our challenge.  Just a quick reminder about combining challenges - we are happy for you to do this but ask that you only combine with two (2) additional challenges - so ours plus two (2) others please - so if you are on another DT and you use your layout for that DT submission you can then only enter ours plus one other challenge.   A full description of the Pixels and Papers rules can be found on the right side or under our Rules page at the top.

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

Sunday 1 November 2015

November rolls on by ...

Welcome to yet another month and a new challenge here on Pixels and Paper - Christmas is just around the corner and summer is knocking on our door.  As always please find inspiration for your entry from our inspiration photograph.  

So what do you see?  Are you drawn to the colours, the composition, the design?  Are you inspired to document a story about trees, the changing seasons or perhaps the furniture is your inspiration?

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 ...  

This month we welcome a new team member to our group - say Hello to the lovely Rebecca Daly from Alberta province in Canada.  Rebecca was our guest designer in January and is replacing Tone-Lill Angelskar who has had to step down due to work commitments.  We are so sorry to see you go Tone-Lill  - you have been a wonderful inspiration to us all and we wish you all good things in your creative future.

 I was inspired by the colourful art on the wall and the plain living room

I was inspired of the blocks of the lovely colors and the circles/leaves in the blocks. I even was inspired of the composition of the picture and pasted it on my LO a bit...

The tree theme jumped out at me as well as the idea of seasons, but the image I chose reflects on seasons of our lives rather than simply the change in the weather. To me spring is hope fulfilled and I think it's good to have a bit of that springtime in our hearts every single season of the year!

I really struggled with creating a page from the inspirational photo this month. My first instinct was to do something with trees and possibly Fall. I just was unable to find any photos that I liked. I kept coming back to the inspiration photo and would sit at my scrap desk contemplating what I would create. Nature is what kept popping into my head. I finally decided that I would scrap photos of nature.....our trip to Alaska I had photos from our cruise and these photos were beautiful. So used a background paper that had the various colors from the inspiration photo and then went from there.

I was inspired by the colours and the frames in this month's image. I chose the p/paper for its colours and the flower pattern to compliment my outdoor photos. Looking forward to your entries and seeing how you interpret this month's image!

When I saw the inspiration picture, I knew exactly what I wanted to create. I made a double page layout, using up lots of old stash bits and pieces.


My November piece is focused on a single tree and it's changing seasons. I've created a canvas using Gelatos for the base, which I've sealed using Micro Glaze, and then using Dylusions paints on top. I've also incorporated some of Tone-Lill's ribbon flowers into the spring tree... 


I was inspired by both the use of four panels and the colour combination found in them to create my page about my son's dedication to his swimming pursuits. 


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