Sunday, 9 November 2014

9th November - Sketch

Today it is time for another lovely sketch that Valerie as created for us. This time she took inspiration from Tessa's August Mood board layout. What a great sketch to get your inspiration going!


In the last couple of months I discovered the joy of cooking. Before that, cooking was stressing and something I avoided as much as I could. But now it's totally different, I love learning, experimenting... and enjoying the final result. So I decided to use the photo of the first dish that made me proud (yes, I am such a novice!)


My FIL passed away in July. He didn't want a grave with a tomstone, so we applied the authorities for permission to spread his ashes into the sea, Permission was obtained and in late september we spread his ashes. We live at the seaside so every time we look at the window we are reminded of him

I had so much fun making this sketch my own with a happy combination of papers and embellishments and lots and lots and lots of die-cutting.

This sketch was too much fun.  I really love everyone's take on it.  I stuck pretty close to the sketch - just added in some layers and moved my corner accent to the other side.

A picture inspired by a trip we took to the south where we bought our first plants for our garden. Pure love, pure joy. I love this selfie, even more because my husband has it on his work desk.

I loved this sketch! The big square was a good anchor for the page. I chose to use strips of patterned paper to build the square. I folded and distressed the strips a bit for dimension. In the end, I was very happy with my layout. 

Since my original layout was about my daughter, I decided to make this layout about my youngest son. I had a lot of fun reinterpreting my design with masculine papers and embellishments.

Hee Sun Kim
Earlier this year. I went on a travel to LA. Blue sky, cool breezes, brilliant sunshine...My fingers were embellished with shiny nail art. I was very excited this day.

Guest Designer- Erina
It was a fun sketch and I love it!! Instead of the small circles I made a bigger one with blue mist!! This is a clean and simple layout with my son George and I used some colourful embellishments!!My title is number ten... cause my son has 10 great reason to love summer... and his glasses are the 10th reason... He loves to wear them ...So this is my page:

The design team did a great job again with lots of ways of using the sketch, hope they have inspired you! You have until 7th December to link up your layouts to the side bar.
Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

26 October - Mixed Media

Today's challenge is a fun one....we want you to GET MESSY!  Create a mixed media inspired layout!

For those of you that may need a little help, here's the definition of Mixed media:
A technique involving the use of two or more artistic media, such as ink and pastel or painting and collage, that are combined in a single composition.

Here are the fabulous creations that the design team made:

I love playing around with mixed media and my paints, mists stamps and stencils so have a great time on the layout!

Hee Sun Kim
I'm getting on the old bicycle. AND...Now my journey has begun....

Isn't this dude the cutest?
We were out for dinner, and when we came back to our stateroom on the cruise ship (yepp, cruising in September) he just was there :-)
Details/close up photos in my blog.

I pulled in lots of messy goodies for my take from mists and inks to acrylic paint and a bit of Color Shine, not to mention a heap of stuff from October Afternoon's new Apple Cider collection.  I was thoroughly inspired by all the wonderful goodies I received in this month's Jenni Bowlin Papercrafting Kit.  It simply oozes my favorite time of year.

I pulled out a bunch of messy stuff to make my background for this layout...

 I loved this challenge! Almost all my layouts have paint on them, so it was right up my alley. I took this photo of our yard a few weeks ago and it inspired me to use some fall colors.

It was good for my crafty soul to stretch outside my comfort zone for this challenge! I used whipped spackle and a stencil, india ink and Heidi Swapp mists on watercolor paper to create my background.

Once again, the design team did an awesome job!  We hope that we've inspired you to get out your mixed media products and get messy with us.  Remember to link your projects up in the sidebar for a chance to win this month!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

September Winner and Favourites

Browsing through all the entries for September was so much fun – we just love how different everybody is solving the challenges.
Picking winners is always hard. Every creation has something special in it, and they often give us glimps of your everyday life – they are personal to each and every of you.

But it has to be done and here are the winner and runners ups:

Our winnner is......

We love Erina's take on the sketch and those great circles!

Runners up, in no particular order:


Congrats ladies!

Erina, please email us at so we can discuss the details about a GDT spot 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

12th October - Big Photo

Today we want you to create a layout that focuses on the photo. Please use a photo that is bigger than standard 4" x 6" size on your layout, how big can you go?!


For this layout the first decision was, of course, the photo. I thought "which is the first photo that comes to my mind that I really love but I haven't used in a layout yet?". And Lola's photo as a less two months old kitten came to my mind:

HeeSun Kim

A few days ago, I went to a park called "Sky Park". There is only filled with flame grass. I've got peace of mind there. And, I felt the love. I have print large photo of 12 x 12. I think it was a very good choice.


These guys are my two sons during a session with two professional photographers at a cruise earlier this fall. When I picked this photo as one of my favs, the photographers though I was crazy - was this something to keep? I knew it would be perfect for telling the story about the session and I love how this layout came out.
I do apologize for the slighty angled image - I need to practise on taking good shots of my layouts :-)

I hope that I didn't totally cheat this one.  While I'm more of a small photo scrapper, I really would've loved to do this one justice with a big photo; but with my busy schedule, I just didn't have time to sort through my thousands of photos to pick one that deserved the larger size and have it printed in time.  I did want to get this 5-3/4" x 8" birth announcement for my littlest into his book, though.  So, I went with it, using the palette from the announcement itself as inspiration and pulling in a few of my favorite patterns (i.e. gingham, polka dots, and bitty florals).

I had a really hard time with this challenge.  I will admit that large photos make me uncomfortable.  I've had this family photo laying around for a while.  I am not too happy with the end result - I guess that means I just need to keep practicing!  :-)


Long ago as a project had scrapear This photo is not wanted me to another job decorating my house, until finally win out and can translate a simple and details idea. A worn photograph with the time it deserves be collected and treasured.

This was sooooo hard for me! I am accustomed to using smaller photos for some reason. I'm glad I stuck with it, though. I am tickled pink with the end result. This photo of my little boy deserved to be big anyway. :)  

I loved this challenge! I had my photo printed as an 11x14, then I trimmed it down to 11x12 and filled the additional space with tags and die-cuts. Can you believe this started as an iPhone photo?

The design team did a great job again! So now its your turn, what an you do with a big photo? You have until 9th November to enter.
Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Special Feature

Just had to pop in and show you this gorgeous layout that Kerry Bruce made. It was Kerry's original layout that she created for our Button challenge as our guest designer that our September sketch was taken from. Here's the original:
And this is the layout Kerry made from the sketch.
Its amazing to see how different she has made her second layout, what a great job she did!
Many thanks to Kerry!

You still have until 12th October to enter Septembers challenges so get creating, we would love to see!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

28th Sept - Scraplifts

Good morning!  Our challenge today is definitely a fun one.  We want you scraplift a member of our design team from this post. All the design team ladies picked another designer to scraplift for this challenge so you will be scraplifting our scraplifts!  Here are their inspiration layouts and their scraplifted versions:


As soon as I saw HeeSun Kim's layout for last month's tic-tac-toe challenge, I had a "I wish I had thought of that" moment. Like HeeSun Kim, I have plenty of washi tape that I really like but I barely use. I loved the way she had used the washi tape and her super-cute and beautiful layout:

So it wasn't hard for me to choose a layout to scraplift! Since the theme of the layout is my nephew's love for doodling with his markers, I went for a rainbow layout and the result kind of reminds me of his markers. I painted the wooden stars with acrylic paint and added glossy accent to make them pop more:

It was hard to pick one as I love what the design team create! In the end I had to go with Cari's Selfie challenge layout as I really loved it and its her last challenge with us!
I went with stars instead of triangles as they are my favourite shape and fitted the photo of my two little nephews. I keep the main things the same but also made it my own too.
 Thanks so much to Cari for giving us so much inspiration!

In this one I choose the same that Anastasia, the HeeSun Kim's layout for last month's tic-tac-toe challenge. I love how she use that washi and how she did a lot with less.
So the first thing I did was to rotate her layout. I didn't use washi because I don't have many and by now I think I don't like any of them LOL. So I used papaer from Chikaniddy and a photo of my cat Wawito when he was a baby.

This is my last challenge here at The Studio Challenge and I want to say thanks for all the fun moments we share here and I hope I can come back soon!

HeeSun Kim:

17th August - Mood Board. When I saw Anastasia'S LO. It was a mood is refreshing and a thanks to the big size  photo. Blue sky, blue sea...I wanted to fly up to the sky.

What about that! Look at it! His jumping is fantastic! 


I loved the design on Leslie's layout for the August 17th Mood Board Challenge:

I chose to keep two main elements: the large title, which I substituted with my journaling, and the photo framed by a large layer cluster, I kept pretty close with some of the embellies, too - the camera, the title on the left hand on the photo etc etc. My layout is featuring my DS11, having a fish spa in Crete this summer:

As soon as I saw this challenge, I knew that Anastasia's take on our August Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge was exactly where I'd find my inspiration.
I adore her stunning, multi-photo design and trendy, big triangle and used them to create this girly page of my middle kiddo braving the cool, January temps to give Grandma's cat some lovin'.  Many of the goodies you'll find below came from my September Jenni Bowlin Papercrafting Kit, which includes lots of papers from Crate Paper's Notes & Things Collection.
I am a big fan of Tessa Buys' work and when I saw her layout for last month's tic-tac-toe challenge, I knew I had to scraplift it!  Here is her original layout:
And here is my scraplift of it.  I kept a lot of the elements the same (why mess with a good thing?).  I added in the thick strip of patterned paper across the top for two reasons: to bring in a bit of color...and because I just really love this paper and needed an excuse to use it!


The choice this time was difficult, I had several layout in mind until Kat chose thewonderful things she does, this is:

The project I chose to do the scraplift is my partner Kat is very clever to use aminimum of paper and washi tape transform the principal elementalso ever did in myblog with a layout. The work of today is the challenge of tic-tac-toc, hopefully inspire them to participate in this fun challenge.

I really loved Anastasia's layout from the tic-tac-toe challenge. The big triangle just popped out at me.
I changed it up a little bit. My triangle is more geometric, which is just my style lately. I used this sweet photo from when my baby was not too far removed from being a baby. Now he's a big giant kid I barely recognize!
I loved Leslie's tac tac toe layout because of the diagonal design and multiple patterned papers. The arrows that Leslie embellished with actually inspired the theme of my page. Thanks for a great layout to scraplift Leslie!

The ladies could have picked anyone of the design team layouts so it interesting to see what they picked and some are the same too!

We would love to see which of our scraplifts you chose to lift please link them up to the sidebar and please make sure you mention in your post the design team member you lifted.
You have until October 12th to enter!