Thursday, 22 October 2015

Team Training for October ...

Welcome to our October edition of Team Training brought to you this month by team member, Tone-Lill Angelskar. 

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

Lace Flowers by Tone-Lill Angelskar

Hello everyone, today I want to show you how to make flowers of trims of laces. By stitching in different places you get different looks.

On the first lace I stitched at the bottom with narrow stitches.

and then I pulled tight together... 

...before securing the thread and I finished the flower off with a button.

On the second lace I threaded it in the middle ...

.... and when pulling it together it looks like a carnation flower or pom pom if you like. Flowers like these can be used hanging loose on tags or on OTP (off the page creations) just as much as on regular pages. 

The third lace I stitched through the holes about a quarter from the edge... 

... so when pulling it together you get a small Rosetta on top of the flower.

This one was finished of with a tiny "blingy" gem.

And here they are,  three different flowers made up very quickly just by using trims of laces.

I used all the flowers on small vintage tags.

I hope this will help you to make your own flowers and it is a fab way to up-cycle short unwanted cuts of laces. 

Wish you all a Happy Scrappy Week :)

These are just gorgeous Tone-Lill - thanks for sharing with us all.

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.

We'd love to see some more entries this month.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Welcome to our October Guest ...

This month we welcome Irit Shalom as our guest designer with her wonderful layout based on her interpretation of our image for October. 

This is my layout made with the Big Ben clock inspiration. I was inspired by the clock to make a layout about time. This is my living room vintage style clock photo I used for this page and I made it in a Mixed Media look with Canvas Corps products, mists, Tando and Stencil Girl stencils, gel medium and inks. I made the title as "All you need is time" and this is really what we all need to live our life in the best possible way.

My name is Irit and I am an Israeli designer and scrapbooker. In my real life I am a working dentist, a wife of a retired high police officer, Mom of 4 grown- up kids and a grandma of an adorable 4 year old boy and 2 year old girl. I am an addicted crafter since I can remember, but for the last 5 years I have moved to paper crafting and found my real crafty love. I am most versatile in both styles and kind of projects and it moves from scrapbooking and cardmaking to Mixed Media and altered art, OOP projects and even jewelry making. Right now I design for 15 American, British, Norwegian and Australian companies. In the past I designed for like 20 more manufacturers and shops all over the world. I am a staff member for web magazine and Create web magazines. My work was print and web published dozens of times in Israel, USA and UK magazines in the last 4 years.  I hope to inspire my readers with my versatile crafty style and invite you to visit my blog.

Here are some more examples of my work ...

Thank you so much for guesting with Pixels and Paper this month Irit - so pleased you could join in with us.

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.


Thursday, 8 October 2015

Our September winners ...

Thank you to everyone who played along with us for our September challenge.  

We were working from this gorgeous 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 September is Monia Fiocchi with this beautiful page.  The team loved how you captured the colours in the photograph with your vibrant patterned paper.

We would like to invite Hayley Hamblin to guest with us in November and will send her a small prize for her efforts.

and our random draw winner is Renee Johnson with this totally delightful double 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 Irit Shalom.

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. 

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.