Friday, 1 April 2016

And then it was April ...

Welcome to April at Pixels and Paper where we are feeling a little nostalgic this month.  We have this rather lovely photograph for you and our theme (and I doubt anyone will be surprised here) is VINTAGE style.

Yes it is time to pull out that hoarded lace, rummage through the button jar, secure those hat pins, dust off the paper roses and bring forth those hidden shabby chic tendencies ...

CRITERIA - Vintage style

Our team have some amazing layouts to show you ...

I was inspired to use some dark colors and make a vintage page. I liked this photo of my daughter from her recent Ice Show. She wears a black dress with the background a winter white scene. I layered flowered background paper on top of black paper. Then used lots of tans, the white doilies, some black string and other embellishments.

I love creating vintage pages and was inspired by the woodgrain of the floor, the flowers, and the lace shawl as well as the whole feel of the photo! The photo is of my grandparents and my grandfather's sister(on the left) around 1920.

 I've gone with an art journal page this month. "Vintage" is not a style I'm particularly comfortable or familiar with, but I am happy with how this art journal spread turned out (something else I'm learning about!). I really liked the muted colours, the lace shawl and the flowers of the inspiration picture. I've tried to replicate the texture of the picture.

I was inspired by the sign. . .the photo is actually from a birth announcement card I received after this sweet little girl was born

 I loved the inspiration photo for this month: the genteel atmosphere and soft vintage colours had me reaching for gauzes and laces. The colours I've used are soft and dusky pinks, creams and whites. The photo is a copy of one that was taken at my parent's wedding... December 31st, 1929. 

 Vintage is my favourite style, so I had great fun doing this. I am very lucky to have a lot of family photos going back generations and I do treasure them all, but this one is really special. I have used 6X6 papers they are a great way to get a paper collection for a budget price. Maybe you could check your stash and use them to join in the challenge this month. Looking forward to your entries!

I scrapped some photographs that I took in an old wares store in a local country town. I choose a spotted background like the inside of the chest in the photograph. The vintage elements are book pages, old lace, and torn papers.

Inspired by the muted Autumn tones in the photograph and the steamer truck.


Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry to the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on April 30th.

You are welcome to submit traditional paper layouts, art journals, divided page protectors, smash books, a mixed media canvas. Digital entries are welcomed and encouraged.  All entries must be new for this challenge and no back-linking please.

  You may combine with a sketch challenge only - no other combining will be accepted. 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 March.

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