Saturday, 8 November 2014

Some October winners and we welcome our November guest designer ...

Again some delightful layouts for October and selecting a winner was extremely difficult.  Thank you for joining us on Pixels and Paper and supporting our little challenge blog.

We were working from this photograph ...

Our MAIN winner for October is Donna Broussard with this lovely page.


We would like to send Renee Johnson a small RAK and ask her to guest with us for December.

and our random draw is #11 (email entry) - Jacqui McCully

Email entry

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

This month we welcome Shazza Bishop as our guest designer with her take on our challenge image.

And here is her page ....

I took my inspiration from the old toys, so I dusted off Gerry Gee, Panda and Sister Belle and had a photo taken together :)

gold somewhere = arrows
3 patterned papers = strips
something you have had in your stash for more than a year  = red chipboard scalloped button
animal somehow = panda

bling = green sequins

Hi Shazza from Australia here. I have had a passion for crafting since I was a little girl. Papercrafts have always been my favorite.  I started card making and slowly progressed to scrapbooking. I find scrapbooking very therapeutic, its a great way to chill from the day to day grind of our busy lives. I want to leave my children with their own albums so they can have a lasting record of their and my life over time. I love finding old family photos from days gone by, these help in documenting my family history.  My latest passion is mixed media and I try to combine it on my background layouts. I love joining in challenges as they make think outside the square, and a lot of my pages have a quirkiness or whimsy feel to them. Thanks Jane and team for allowing me to Guest Design for Pixels and Paper this month. I loved the photo and added criteria and I hope I have done it justice. :)

You can find my blog at Shazza's Craft Connection =

You have until the end off the month to play along with us with our November challenge.  We'd love to see how you are inspired by our teddies and toys and the criteria from our combined challenge with Child's Play.  Thank you for your continued support.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Hello November ...

Welcome to another month on Pixels and Paper.

This month we are doing something a little different and  holding a joint challenge with Child's Play Challenges.

We have provided the photograph to inspire you ...

and Child's Play Challenges have provided some criteria in the form of a recipe:

use something that is older than a year
3 patterned papers

 We would like you to use this photo AND incorporate these items onto your layouts.

The beauty of this is you can do one layout and then submit it to both challenge blogs and be in the running for monthly prizes on both sites.

So what inspires you from our photograph?  Is it the teddy bears or the Christmas theme on the bear in the box?  Are you drawn to the car and the truck or perhaps you just like one or some of the colours used.  Whatever the inspiration we would love to see your pages.

Our team has some fantastic layouts to show you ...

I think the first thing I thought of looking at the inspiration picture was children playing, and since we have a joined challenge this month with Child's Play Challenges , I chose a photo of my daughter and friend playing with the guinea pigs, as "animal" is one of the criteria selected by Child's Play. I also used paper with chickens.

Gold; paper used with hexagon diecut and brads.
3 different pattern paper: Background paper, bottom border and paper under photo.
1 year or older : Everything except brads, half pearls and string.
Bling: half pearls, brads

The challenge this month was great I loved the vintage colours.
This my grandma at 3 years old she was very special to me as a child.
I added pearls as the bling a gold flourish,and 3 patterned papers and the teddy bears as the animal, the thing that is a one year or older is the flowers on the page, this is part of Novembers challenge. 
Cant wait to see the entries this month hope you can join us ....

This month gave me a great opportunity to scrap my hubby aged 4 waiting in line to see Santa. They all are eating sweets. Child's Play criteria 3 p.papers, old photo, gold trim on Santa's suit ,red stickles on the holly berries for the bling and the animal is the bird.

The vintage colours, stuffed animals and green truck inspired me. The flourishes are antique gold although they look silver in the photo, and there is sparkly bling mixed into the flourishes as well. The flourishes and the "buds" title transparency are old from my stash, and there are several animals , as well as 3 patterned papers (one was used for fussy-cutting)

I used the truck as my inspiration. I really wanted to do something with the Christmas theme. It just wasn't working for me. So I thought about my son being a Fire Fighter and o I used the photos of him with his certificate from Fire fighter I Class. Well there is green for the truck on my page and the journaling about his class. I used gold circle, 3 patterned papers (1 has journaling on it), the black circle transparency is over 1 year old,I used a journal card with the birds on it for my animal, and bling.


 I took the lace, teddies and blue from the inspiration photo. The little dog is one of Julie's (Time To Create) gorgeous little divas. For my 1 year old (older) I've used some papers as well as a prima resin flower ( which also covers bling and gold). I've also made an iris folded teddy as an embellishment.

Anna has done a special page for a friend special person who's baby was born sleeping.
I took inspiration from the teddy documenting my son's love of all things bear related as a little boy.  The gold is in the brads I have used as well as in the colours of the three patterned papers, black rhinestones are my bling and everything here is older than one year.

and now it is your turn ....

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

Don't forget to also submit your page over on Child's Play Challenges

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.

You may combine our challenge with a sketch and a product/technique challenge (so two additional challenges).  

  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 by it. International submissions are welcome.

The team from Child's Play Challenges will post their pages through our Mr Linky so you can see their lovely pages but will not be eligible for any prizes. 

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