Saturday, 29 October 2016

October highlights ...

It's that time again when we highlight a layout (or two) which has caught our eye over past weeks.  We hope you will find time over the weekend to join in with us in our October frames challenge.

Here are a couple of entries which have caught our eye ...

Dolly Bee


You still have a couple of days in which to submit an entry and be in the running for some great prizes - we'd love to see your interpretation of our challenge this month.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Team Training for October ...

Welcome to our October edition of  Team Training brought to you this month by team member Lynne Joncas.

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

Pleated Banner by Lynne Joncas

Hello there crafty friends! Today I'm sharing with you a layout I created featuring my "grandkitty" (otherwise known as my daughter's cat Bella!) along with a simple tutorial for the pleated and punched half-rosette banner at the upper right of the page.

I started with a rectangular piece of patterned paper for each rosette; for this project the pieces were about 4.5 x 6.5 cm.

I punched along both of the long edges of each rectangle; for this project I used the Martha Stewart Swirling Lace punch.

Fold the pieces accordion-style starting at a short edge.

Fold the piece in the middle to form a fan shape and then use a hot glue gun to secure it in the center.

Arrange the banner pieces on your layout and attach them; I used the hot glue gun once again as the pleated edges are difficult to keep in place with any other adhesive. You can add twine along the top; I also added little bows just for fun.

Here are a few other rosettes using different punches; decorative scissors also work well or you can leave the rosettes plain with no punching.

I hope you're inspired to try making one of these banners on a layout or card; they're easy to create and add a cheery touch to your project as well as a bit of dimension. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

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, 16 October 2016

We welcome our October guest ...

This month we welcome Sandra Scott with her take on our inspiration image for October.

My name is Sandra Scott and I’m married to a wonderful man who supports my creative hobby.  Between us we have four adult children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

I’ve been scrapbooking for about nine years but in the past I’ve always had an interest in other crafts ranging from sewing, decoupage, OTP projects, knitting and attempts at painting.

I can’t say I have a distinct style in scrapbooking because I really like experimenting and being inspired by others, I also enjoy Project Life and Personal Planners.

I’m lucky to have been published in:
Australian Scrapbooking Memories (including showcasing for a small scrapbooking store).
Australian Scrapbook Ideas
Scrapbook Creations
Scrap 365 in the UK 

Please visit my blog -

Here are two of my recent projects ...

Thank you so much for guesting with us this month Sandra.  It has been lovely having you join us :).

Everyone has 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 frames challenge.

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.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

September winners ...

Thank you for playing along with us during September.  

We were working from this photograph for our colour challenge ...

Unfortunately we didn't receive enough entries to award all our prizes for last month but we'd like to give a small prize to Raelene C for her gorgeous page.

and also invite Cathy Lu to guest with us in November and will send her a small prize for her efforts.


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 for this month.

And don't forget you have until the end off the month to play along with us with our challenge.  You may combine with a sketch challenge only.

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

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Welcome to October ...

It's another challenge here on Pixels and Paper.  This month we have a rather shabby chic image for you to take some inspiration from.  You may like the vintage feel of this photograph and run with using lace on your page or perhaps you are drawn to the flowers and work those onto your entry in some way.  Maybe you like the colour white and add in pale pink and yellow as your accent colours. Or possibly you prefer the shapes in this image and like to use a combination of rectangles and ovals and hexagons on your page.  Whatever inspires you about our image, please share it with us.

CRITERIA - The use of frames on your entry

 I felt there was a shabby chic, vintage tone to the inspiration photo this month. I used the idea of overlapping frames, the colour white and the lace. I used a stencil and a white pearlised modelling cream for my frames. The paper I chose for the background had a lace print on it and I added to this idea by using diecut 'lace' corners. To give the effect of something with a more vintage feel to it I also added a scattering of flowers, some made from ribbon and others with quilling on them, using gold or pearlised cream paper..... hopefully looking like the roses they are supposed to be!

 I liked the idea of using more than one frame on a page, and using overlapping layers. I used vellum frames, stitched in place over the top of my photographs.

I was inspired by the oval shapes and layers of frames.

I was inspired by the lace and the vintage feel of the photo as well as by the frames.

I cut a frame in half and used both pieces on my page.  I'm blowing you all a kiss :)

I was drawn to the white of the inspiration photo. So I scrapped a winter picture. I added the big frame around my photo and some other small frames for accent

(Coming soon)

I ran with the vintage feel of the image and also picked up the buff colour of one of the roses as my main colour.  I added in lace as a background strip and with the flowers I have used.


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, 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 September.