Sunday, 17 August 2014

17th August - Mood Board

The wonderful Tessa has created an awesome mood board for us to work with today:

Here's what this great design team created from it;

What a great mood board - especially when most of your friends are on summer holiday and you are about to go on holiday as well ;) I was obviously inspired by the photos of the sea and the beach theme and decided to scrap about my favourite beach in Greece, although I had to find a photo online since I wasn't into photography back when I went to that place!

I just love this mood board, the colors, photos, everything! For this challenge I use papers from My minds eye "ashbury heights" that match perfect the colors on the mood board. The photo is me on my summer vacations back in 2011! I can't believe how the times flies I hadn't realized how old was the photo 'til the moment I stamped the date LOL!

Don't forget our promise....

<Eres Tu>
Como una promesa eres tu
Como una maƱana de verano
Como una sonrisa eres tu
Asi eres tu


The entire mood board inspired me to make this layout: the theme, the colors and the details as the swim wear, sun deck chairs and the waves.

My youngest son just loves to swim - ocean or pool - it doesn't matter as long as he may swim.

Want to use a sun burst paper background but don't have one? DIY! It's so easy - all you need is two paers and a craft knife. I sketch up where I wanted the burst with a pencil and cut out the parts free hand. No ruler involved :-)

Obviously, I was drawn to somehow include the beach on my page this time; but being as I'm from Kansas, and the nearest real beach is like 18 hours away by car, I decided to scrap pictures of my family at the lake.  Believe it or not, us land-locked people still call the sandy plot pictured below the beach.  My Jenni Bowlin kit arrived, on my doorstep, just in time for this challenge, and eeek!  It is packed to the brim with delicious, beachy goodies, y'all!  I was especially inspired by the Webster's Pages designer papers.

I was really inspired by Tessa's mood board.  I stuck to the turquoise, red, yellow and navy color scheme and made sure my layout was about the beach.  My title work was inspired by the great stenciled sign that says "The beach is my happy place."  My favorite part of the mood board was the turquoise sequins, so I made a shaker card that incorporated my favorite turquoise sparklers.

The board inspired me one of my favorite holidays, definitely summer colors, turquoise sky and the sea, and a bright yellow sun, I love these colors and are perfect for my photo in a moment of pure fun!!!. Use Simple Stories collection, I {Heart} Summer, perfect for this challenge.

I got inspired by the beach theme but also the colors of the mood board. I used a chipboard from this month's sponsor A2Z Scraplets on my page.

The color scheme jumped out at me as soon as I saw this mood board. Red, yellow, and turquoise is one of my favorite color combinations. I decided to use this photo of my sweet boy enjoying the sunshine in our yard.

I had so much fun creating this mood board! I was inspired by one of my all-time favorite color palettes and the summer season. When I sat down to create a layout, I found a summer photo that matched the colors of the mood board. This is my little Adlyn on her first 4th of July. The yellow is a fun addition to a traditionally red, white and blue holiday.

Guest Designer - Kerry Bruce

I'm so glad the mood board was a beachy one as I am still scrapping my Ibiza holiday from last year! From the board I took on the colour yellow, waves, sequins and the beach of course!

A2Z Scraplets team member Bel Woods:
I went with the blues, yellows and aqua colours for my inspiration.

This month the winner will receive a package of chippies from this month's sponsorA2Z Scraplets.

A2Z Scraplets manufactures lasercut chipboard products in Australia for the scrapbooking world. We have an extensive range with 1000's of products to choose. You can paint them, ink them, emboss them, glitter them - the possibilities are endless! We are WHOLESALE ONLY ... Head over to our website to see our great range of products.

A2Z Scraplets can cut designs or titles to suit your needs. Whether it is a single title or a bulk order for a retreat, we can accommodate your needs.

You will find the products here >>> <<< and some inspiration here
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Please link up your layouts to the side bar. We are lucky this month as we happen to get three challenges in August so we will be back in two weeks for another challenge!

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

3rd August - Buttons

Today's challenge is all about Buttons! We want to see the creative ways you use buttons on your layouts!

Here's what the new and improved design team came up with!


When I first started scrapbooking I thought buttons were a must, then I got rid of them so it was fun to use again the embellishment that it used to be my number one. I chose some old photos from an old layout that I destroy and, certainly, it had lots of buttons on it LOL. Now I think I did a lot better job than in that old layout.


I very often use buttons on my layouts: as the main part of my layouts are masculine, and masculine embilleshments can be hard to find, I find buttons very handy. I usually scatter them around to balance the design, like on the layout below:

This is my FIL, who passed away last Wednesday night. He was very special to us as he has lived with us since 1995 - my kids has grown up with him too, not their parents only. The journaling says: "The last week grandpa was alive, he chose to stay at the hospital. There he would get the nursing, and the care, he needed. Cliff visited him every day, and the day before grandpa died, grandpa asked to be taken on a stroll - a wish Cliff gladly made come true".

I just love how many colors and structures buttons come in!

I have to admit that while I love to just toss and tuck buttons round about my pages to add dimension and interest, I really wanted to do something different for this take.  So much so, that I was completely overthinking it and paralyzed to start the creative process.  In the end, I leaned a trio of photos of my beautiful girl on last year's trip to the orchard, as well as some gorgeous papers from We R Memory Keepers, and used buttons to simulate apples in my embossed tree embellishment.  You'll also find a few stamped buttons, laced with string, throughout the page.

I've had a pink/purple button assortment that I've wanted to use for awhile, but didn't quite know what I wanted to do with them.  I'm glad this challenge came along and forced me to make a decision!  I went with a very simple design for this layout and I think that really makes the buttons stand out.

A while ago I had this layout half done, finding the time and the perfect complement to finish, buttons are transforaron the must to make it harmonious with the photo of my son, just a playgroundand some buttons paper and other wood infantile forms, a hand, a car and a flower.

I used buttons both as part of the background colour splatter and as centerpieces of my flowers and I like the happy addition they make to this page.

I freely admit to having a large cache of buttons in my possession. They just seem to accumulate somehow! I used the buttons on this layout as centers for my decorative elements and also scattered a few around the page.


I couldn't bear to cut up this darling patterned paper, but embellishing such a busy pattern is difficult at best. Sewing red buttons onto the red flowers adds dimension without creating more visual busyness. Using contrasting thread is an easy, colorful detail.

Hee Sun Kim
Buttons that came pouring from the bottle....Love it!
It is a very humorous and adorable. seems like a little child.

Guest designer Kerry Bruce

I'm not one to use buttons very often so this was a real challenge for me to think of a way to add them to my page without just sticking them down. So I decided on a hand stitched circle and incorporated the buttons on the way round.

This month the winner will receive a package of chippies from this month's sponsorA2Z Scraplets.

A2Z Scraplets manufactures lasercut chipboard products in Australia for the scrapbooking world. We have an extensive range with 1000's of products to choose. You can paint them, ink them, emboss them, glitter them - the possibilities are endless! We are WHOLESALE ONLY ... Head over to our website to see our great range of products.

A2Z Scraplets can cut designs or titles to suit your needs. Whether it is a single title or a bulk order for a retreat, we can accommodate your needs.

You will find the products here and some inspiration here

Hope that's inspired you to dug through your button stash and get creating!
Please link up to the side bar when you have, as we would love to see!

Come back next Sunday for our favourites and the winner of last months challenges, will it be you?! 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

New Design team members!

Im delighted to announce the new additions to The Studio design team!
They are;

HeeSun Kim
My name is Hee Sun Kim and I'm from Korean. (MIYAKE called)

I live in Seoul, Korea with my father, mother and an older brother. My mother and brother are pastors!
It was 2009.
I found such a beautiful handmade card on the Internet while searching for collage techniques and images I could use to decorate my personal planner.
I was very much surprised to find out that there were so many people in the world making cards.
I am enjoying this craft to this day!
I am seeking a unique and vintage mixed media.
To express the feeling, I have used many materials and made various attempts.
I am continuously seeking inspiration, making an effort to share it, teaching students every day and making works.
I always enjoy finding new inspiration and sharing what I found.
Above all, I found a joy of my life through this crafts so that I am happy to share it.

Leslie Cornejo

Hello, my name is Leslie Cornejo, I'm Chilean, I have 33 years old, and I am social worker by profession, I am married and I have 1 small child named Santi.

All my life I've been curious in crafts, have gone through different techniques but had not found any that I liked so much, until in 2012 discovered the scrapbook and fascinated me.

Each design has special features that delight and inspire me for projects. Today my family is involved in this hobby accompanying me in time and space that makes me happy.
I think even novice in the scrap, but every day I try to find my style and perfection and my tastes, tratanto to make a line that fits me and I projected my taste, rather simple and clean.

My blog :

Sindi Jeffers

My name is Sindi Jeffers. I am from the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee. I live in the middle of nowhere with my husband, little boy (who is suddenly not so little), 12 chickens (which we have to chase around the yard on a regular basis), and two very spoiled basset hounds (who are the cutest little things on four legs). I have been scrapbooking since 2002, when I was pregnant with my son. I wandered into a little scrapbooking store and was instantly hooked. My style is very eclectic and changes with my mood, but my pages almost always include paint or mist. I also love to crochet and spend a lot of time reading. When I'm not scrapping, I am a second grade teacher.  

My blog:

And I'm also really pleased to welcome back Tessa who is returning to The Studio!

Tessa Buys

I call northern California home, where three rambunctious boys and a brand new baby girl call me mom and my dear husband calls me "Tess". I joined The Studio community in 2009 and became a part of the design team shortly after that. I am excited to be back after taking a break to bring little Adlyn into the world. You'll find white space, layers, die-cut handwritten titles, a bit of mist and floral details on just about every layout I create, although I like to play and experiment from time to time, too. When I'm not playing with paper, I am teaching and choreographing dance at a local performing arts school.


Hope you all give them a warm welcome! If you would like to see the whole design teams profiles they are in the tab on the top of the page so you can view them at anytime.

I'm very excited about the next weeks challenge with the new design team, I know it going to be great!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Stuck?! Challenge Layouts

If you came here to see today's challenge, it was a few days early this week as we have partnered up with Stuck?! sketches. See post below for details!
Today I thought we would show off the lovely layouts the ladies over at Stuck?! Sketches made!
Here they are, enjoy!

Lovely layouts, thanks for letting us share them ladies!

Thanks to everyone who entered our design team call, it is now closed and I will contact you shortly.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

15th July - sketch & colour

 Today we have a special challenge as you notice we've moved our challenge ahead by a few days to join up with Stuck?! Sketches! 

We have a lovely summery colour palette for you and they have kindly given us a great sketch to create with.

Join in with both the sketch and colour pallette and you can link up to both our blogs to be in with a chance of winner both prizes! 


Last year I got my Diploma for Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and never got to scrap this photos, but when I saw this colorful color combo and the 3 photos sketch I knew It was the time for use it. Really like because I fell the photos match de palette.

Last summer DS11 got his own boat, a small RIB. We live at the sea side and he has spent hours on his boat. But the RIB wasn't perfect for him - he wanted a boat with more room for friends and a boat more convenient for activities like fishing, so he sold the RIB this spring and got hands on a 10 foot dinghy. The dinghy looked as new, even if it was second hand. All boats, small or large, need polish before going in the water:

II flipped the sketch, and stayed as close to the colour palette as possible :-)

I just love this partnership, as I'm blessed enough to be a member of the talented team over at Stuck?! Sketches, too!  I found the bright palette uber challenging, but I think I pulled it off with lots of beautiful papers from Jenni Bowlin and October Afternoon and photos that fit it perfectly.  And my new coffee stain stamps looked just like the popped bubbles my daughter blew onto her page to boot!


I loooove the sketch and the color palett suits me perfectly. This is my page:

I made the background using lots of gesso, masks, stamps and mists.

I decorated with butterflies, flowers and pearls.

I used some A2Z Scraplet chipboards; a Butterfly Scribble Frame and a Beautiful-word which I painted with gesso, then with distress ink and finally I outlined with a black pen. 

Guest designeYvonne Yamm

The background was created with The Crafter's Workshop stencil and Dylusions Ink sprays.

This month we are sponsored by Washi Tapes, you could win £15 worth of washing tape, how good is that?!

Make sure you hop over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog to see what they created!

Don't forget you still have until 19th July to enter our DESIGN TEAM CALL I would love to see you enter! Click on the link for details!