Sunday 28 November 2010

Design Team call! (Feb 2011 - Jul 2011)

It’s that time again – The Studio needs YOU! We’re searching for the new Studio design team!

This time we are looking for FOUR layout designers, FOUR card designers and FOUR papercrafters who love to write tutorials and articles.

What is required from our DT members:

Layout team:
1. Maintain a regular presence on our blog
2. Commenting on followers' blogs and encouraging those who enter our challenges
3. Creating 1 scrapbook page per fortnight for our regular Sunday challenges We may also ask you to create an occasional extra project for special events
4. Setting occasional challenges and other ad-hoc requirements, such as posting to the blog

Card team:
1. Maintain a regular presence on our blog
2. Commenting on followers' blogs and encouraging those who enter our challenges
3. Creating 1 card per fortnight for our regular Sunday challenges We may also ask you to create an occasional extra project for special events
4. Setting occasional challenges and other ad-hoc requirements, such as posting to the blog

Tutorial team:
1. Maintain a regular presence on our blog
2. Commenting on followers' blogs and encouraging those who enter our challenges
3. Creating 1 project per month for our regular ‘Wednesday Extra’ feature. This would generally be a tutorial or article. We may also ask you to create an occasional extra project for special events
4. Setting occasional challenges and other ad-hoc requirements, such as posting to the blog

Our site does not run for profit, just fun, so there is no payment (money or stash!) for your work. Products may be supplied to the DT on occasion by sponsors. Of course, you also have another string to add to your scrapbooking resume!

So, to apply email with DT call in the subject field, and include the following:

1. THREE projects which showcase your best work (image files no bigger than 1MB please) and are relevant to the team you would like to be part of. Please specify which team you are applying for. If you would like to apply for more than one team you do NOT need to send separate applications.
2. A paragraph about who you are, why you’re PASSIONATE about paper and glue, and what you could bring to our team.
3. A link to your blog and any online galleries you have
4. A list of any current or past design teams you have belonged to. Previous experience is not required – we love to see NEW talent! Your passion and enthusiasm are what’s important!

Our DT call is open to everyone, past DT members are also welcome to re-apply. International applicants are welcomed and encouraged to apply. If you have any questions regarding the call please email me at

The call is open now, and will close on 20th December 2010. Those selected will be notified shortly after that date.

The term for successful applicants will run from 1st Feb 2011 – 31st July 2011.

Good luck to all who apply!

Sunday Challenge 28th November 2010

The final weekend in November already! Goodness me. Well, let's celebrate with another great challenge shall we?

It's our Sunday sketch challenge this week! I've created a sketch for you, and the challenge along with it is to use a monochromatic colour scheme.

Sadly we have to say goodbye to our November Guest Designer, Sophie Crespy, today but what a way to go out. Look at this stunning LO. Thank you Sophie.

That last challenge was the hardest one for me!! I loved the sketch but the monochromatic part was the hardest!! and that is as much monochromatic as I can get!! My girl is pink obsessed so the color was easily chosen!! Thank you again to Amanda and the whole team for this lovely November I spent with you at the Studio!!

This challenge was quite a difficult one for me as I like using lots of different colours when I scrap so keeping it to different shades of the same colour was definitely a challenge! I chose this photo of my brother and nephew in the pool on holiday, as it had lots of blue in the photo I just went with it and ended up a bit blue mad!

I really enjoy sketches. They made my mojo flow more easily and are always a nice start for a layout. The challenge for me was the monocromatic, but i liked the result. I've had this picture of my son at 2 years...he was sad about vacation finishing. Its not a new picture but I thought it would go perfectly with the blue monocromatic challenge. Below some details of the work Ive made in the chipboard doodle: ive covered it with blue metalic paint and sprinkled emboss all over it, to create a texture.Than made some paper flowers to add an extra "something" lol. XX



Making a monochromatic page was a first for me - I've wanted to scrap this photo of my son for a long time, and so decided to go with the snowy theme and chose to use many different hues of white including a bit of sparkle for some added interest. I love the end result so guess I'll be experimenting with some more monochromatic projects in the future!

Okay, so it's not quite monochrome but I couldn't find any paper that complimented the photo so I went with orange and browns for the accents and hope you won't notice the greens and yellows in the paper ;) Love working from a sketch but did mix it up a bit. Not really sure why! Just in one of those moods I guess.



It's no secret that I love yellow monochromatic layouts.  However, I've never made a boy-ish one, so I challenged myself to make one work for my little guy. 


I just love to work with a sketch. It makes life so much easier when you don't have to worry about where to put the parts. You can compound the ease-factor if you throw in a club kit. Then you don't have to worry about what the parts are (besides photos, of course!) Since this is the season where I notoriously over-extend myself, I was thrilled to have these options for this layout. Most of the materials here are from a club kit from a few months ago - with a couple of extra items thrown in for good measure. The layout tells the story of the day our friend came to pick up some cookies he ordered from me in his airplane. We met him at our local commuter airport. The kids got to sit in the cockpit and good fun was had by all. Oh, and it was the first time anyone ever picked up a cookie order by plane. Here's a close up:

supplies: patterned cardstock: Basic Grey, Studio Calico, Girls Paperie; letters: Making Memories; frames: K & Co.; rub ons: Basic Grey; die cuts: Girls Paperie; stamp: Studio Calico; tab punch: McGill

Don't forget to upload your LO and add a link using the Inlinkz in the sidebar to be in with a chance of winning this month's prize.

Wednesday 24 November 2010

Wednesday extra - 24th November 2010

Today we have a truly stunning home decor project to share - this beautiful canvas which has been created by Tessa.

Tessa's tutorial can be found here.  Enjoy!

Sunday 21 November 2010

Sunday Challenge: 21st November 2010

Have you started (or finished) your Christmas shopping? This week your challenge is to scrapbook about shopping! Maybe you'll scrap your shopping list, pictures of your favourite purchases or journal about how much you detest heading to the supermarket.

Make sure that you add your creations to our link in the side bar to be in with a chance of winning this month's prize and so that we can have a look :) Here are some ideas from our design team to help you along your way...


I decided to focus the page on my love of shopping for pre-loved goods! I enjoy shopping for cute and quirky items at antique shops, markets, charity shops and auctions. I love giving a new home or purpose to things that other people have previously cared for.

I used a mixture of new items like the felt AC flower and crafter's workshop template, alongside vintage goodies such as the old music papaer, pins and floral playing card. This page makes me smile :)

I love going shopping at this time of year to see all the Christmas windows full of pretty decorations and gifts and the Christmas lights. Especially when we go into Bath to shop as it's so pretty anyway and all the Christmas decorations make it extra pretty! It really makes you feel full of Christmas cheer!

Lisa:This week I decided to document a way I did my grocery shopping for years. Louis was a very difficult little boy right up until he started school. My way to combat this was through disctraction, keep him busy. So I introduced him to his own shopping lists when we went food shopping. His would have pictures on and he had to look out for these items and put them into the trolley. This really worked and made shopping much easier with him.


A page to celebrate my favourite kind of shopping - stash shopping of course *winks* It's become a new tradition to visit the big stamp and scrapbook show at Alexandra Palace so this was the theme for my LO. I made an envelope from kraft cardstock to store my show tickets and receipts.

The only holiday shopping I truly look forward to is our traditional Sisters' Shopping Trip the day after Christmas.  These photos are from last year, when we stopped at Old Navy and posed for pictures with their super cute mannequins.  The employees and other customers thought we were strange, but we had fun!
supplies: Patterned paper: Basic Grey, Making Memories; letter stickers: Making Memories; chipboard shapes, border sticker: Crate; sticker tab: October Afternoon; stamp: Studio Calico

I used to love it when I was younger (and had more disposable income) but now I detest going to the mall. Especially near the holidays. It's this time of year especially that I rely on the stacks and stacks of mail order catalogs that arrive in my mailbox daily. I know the internet will eventually do away with my 'glossy shopping center,' but for now, I love to sit down with a stack and a cup of coffee and a pad of post-it notes.

Sophie (GDT)
This challenge was a hard one for me! being a mother of two young kids and living in a very small town I don't get many occasions to shop ! so when I do , I get things that really please me ! that is what my layout is about! shopping for the sake of my soul!!

papers: basic grey and jenny bowlin studio
embellishments american crafts and pink paislee
and lots of clothes tags!!

Wednesday 17 November 2010

Wednesday extra 17th November 2010

We have a real treat for all you bunting fans out there today!  Literally!  It really is bunting that you can store treats in!  Intrigued?  Want to know more?  

Here is Val's tutorial .......

I first made these boxes when experimenting with a scoring board. They are extremely easy to make and very versatile. When I turned them upside down, I realized they looked pennant shaped. Each compartment can easily be filled with small gifts and treats. The boxes can be made in a variety of sizes and can be used like this, as individual gift boxes, party or wedding favor boxes, tree ornaments or if you feel like making 25 of them, a pretty cool advent calendar! Here's a side view to show the shape of the boxes:

here are the boxes as individual ornaments:

I used winter holiday papers for mine, but these could easily be adapted to any holiday or occasion with a change of paper and embellishments.

A tutorial for these easy-to-make boxes can be found here.

Sunday 14 November 2010

Sunday Challenge!

It's Sunday again already, and time for a new challenge and fab round of inspiration from the DT!

This week,we want you to think about how lucky you are! Do you consider yourself 'lucky'? What is your idea of luck? Create a project about YOU and what being lucky means in your eyes.

Here are the DT projects to get you going :)

I don't know if I'm lucky or not but I've been blessed with lots of good things in my life and that's lucky enough for me!


Having these two girls in my life makes me the luckiest girl in the world. My sister and my daughter. What would I do without them??

I'm not a lucky person when it comes to winning prizes, or lotteries. I don't gamble because I always loose. I think this is karma's way of balancing the fact that I am extremely lucky when it comes to my family: I am blessed with a great husband and 2 very happy and healthy children. I this respect - I've got all the luck in the world - and that is just fine with me!

supplies: Patterned paper: American Crafts, MME; stickers: Making Memories; butterflies: Studio Calico; letters: Jillbean Soup; tape: Tim Holtz; border stickers: Crate


I made a page about the fact that I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have been given a great start to life.  I have many happy memories about my childhood and I think those early formative experiences have helped shaped me into the person I am today.


When things aren't going our way, it's sometimes easy to forget all the things in our lives that we are very lucky to have. Inspired by Tessa's 'Attitude of Gratitude' challenge I made this layout focusing on reminding myself to be thankful for all the little things in my life that I'm incredibly lucky to have. For example, this time last year, I worked full time and did not have the luxury of wearing my slippers all day on a Thursday :) Now, I do!

As Tessa inspired my layout I used flowers from Precocious Paper as embellishments. I also couldn't resist trying out the new Bingo Number stamps from Scrap Rat. I used distress ink and some clear embossing powder with my stamps to get a grungy look to suit the rest of my layout. Paper scraps, lots of staples and glimmer mist finish off my page.


This is an easy story to write for me - I feel quite fortunate that I have the children that I wished for..They are a blessing to me. :)


My journaling discusses how lucky I think I am for having such great boys.  I was so proud of the successes their teachers described to me at Parent Teacher Conferences this past week that I nearly cried with happiness during the meetings.  We celebrated their good grades with dinner at In-n-Out Burger (a family favorite!).  And before all of you Studio participants start to think I'm a fast food junkie (remember my fast food tacos from the Guilty Pleasures challenge?), please know that this was a special treat.

material used: Studio Calico cardstock, Prima paper, Arte.1 felt,
Maya road lace, buttons, thickers American Krafts.
Acrilic Paint: True Colors (Brazilian brand)
It was hard not to be a bit tacky on this one...when I think about luck the first thing that comes to my mind is Pedro, my son. I have been through so many things before i had took me over 10 years, an abortion and an ectopic pregnancy to discover i had endometriosis.
So being a mother is my major achievement in life and a bit of lucky too, Id say.
This is probably my favourite layout from the last ones created.
I've had a lot of fun with this Prima paper from an older collection. I have used watercolor pencils to color it and then carefully cut it out and created layers using it.
Here a close up...

XX to you all!

And our November guest, Sophie

When I reflected on luck, the title was easily found as I believe that luck is just a question of perspective ! I like to think that luck as well as happiness depend on the way one looks at ones life! other people may think my life is ordinary but I believe I am the luckiest girl on earth!
My layout is bright and simple, I used too pictures of my kiddos I made in a particulaory happy day! and i used a journaling card to hide my journaling on which I added this big butterfly. Most items come from the Magpie club september kit, and all papers are American craft Dear Lizzy enchanted !

Link up your entries in the sidebar for a chance to win this month's prize of 2 12x12 templates from the Crafter's Workshop!!

Saturday 13 November 2010

Oct Winner and Studio Pick!

Hey, hey! It's time to announce the winner of the Scrap Rat vintage prize pack for October!

Which makes the winner Donna T!! Congrats, Donna! Email me at to claim your prize :)

I also thought it was time we had a studio pick!

I chose this LO by Irini for it's vibrant colours and great use of white space. The fact that it was covered in mist had nothing to do with it, honest :)

See you tomorrow with a new challenge!

Wednesday 10 November 2010

Wednesday extra 10/10/2010

Today's extra project is this funky and very cute little photo frame designed by Lisa. 

If you'd like to make one of these frames you can find Lisa's tutorial and instructions here.  Enjoy!

Sunday 7 November 2010

Sunday challenge

Welcome to the first challenge of November.

This week your challenge is to create a page about friendship. Interpret this however you like, but there's a twist - you can't use any patterned paper on your layout!

Amanda: I decided to focus my layout on the friendship between my son and my brother. Lewis idolises 'Uncie Steven' and they have their own special relationship. Each year, my brother buys Lewis a new Liverpool football shirt for his birthday, with the number which corresponds to his age on the back. And each year Uncle Steven threatens not to buy it as he supports a different team :) This year Lewis was super excited to receive the number 8 shirt, which is Steven Gerrard's number - his fave player. His football shirt is always the 'most talked about' present :)


No patterned paper here, I used patterned material instead! I had these lovely photos of my nephew and his best friend that I just had to scrap, they are adorable together! I cut some butterflies out of cardstock and then drew a swirly pattern on them with a white pen to brighten them up a bit!

material used: basil cardstock; papers: crate paper, cosmo cricket and
sassafras; vintage magazine scrap; michael's felt; bubble plastic and
True Colors white acrilic painting (Brazilian brand).

Frienship is a great theme to scrapbook about. This suited well a picture i have from our October crop, with Cinthia, one of my best friends. we call each other sys or "mana" (a Brazilian nickname for sister). We know each other not for a long time but the connection was there - lol. Our life's story is very similar and we both have 4 yo boys called Pedro - isnt it fun?
As we joke that we are like the sex and the city group (including another friend of ours), ive made the layout title joking with this (the title is scrap in the city).

Here 2 close ups, showing the layers created with these cute papers.

There's a lot of Cosmo Cricket (i love this collection!).

Hope you all like it!

Lisa: Nic:

This challenge reminded me of just how much you can do with that staple of scrapbooking - cardstock! I altered the cardstock using a few stamps and inks. Added a transparency, some stickers and alphas for my title. I ended up with a page I love and there is not a whisper of patterned paper in sight!

Yesterday we took our boys to Legoland for the fireworks. They've only spent about an hour together before now so this was a bit of a test run for us to see how well they got on. We were pleasantly surprised. We had no tears, no tantrums and no fights (other than friendly ones when they were bought flashing swords!). They played beautifully together in fact so here's hoping that they are best friends in the making. I used stickers and mist to add interest to the cardstock, and a chipboard monkey too :)


I've used some rub-ons, tape, chipboard and those delish Jenni Bowlin butterflies to complete this NO PATTERNED PAPER layout! :) I love how the colors contrast against each other and the layout has a 'pop' factor. No patterned paper? No problem :).


For my project I focused on the friendship between my daughter and son. In the absence of patterned paper (my all time favorite scrapbooking supply) I added interest to the background with splattered navy mist then used punched medallion shapes in the same color as the cardstock. Some patterned washi tape and a chevron border stamp add a little bit of color.

materials: cardstock: Bazzill; stamp, spray ink: Studio Calico; punch: Martha Stewart; frame: K & Co; journal spot: Basic Grey; tape (blue grid) Pink Paislee; red ink: Ranger/Jenni Bowlin
And introducing our Guest Designer this month, Sophie Crespy:

This was a hard one for me as I am so addicted to patterned paper! So I created a butterfly pattern of the same tone and used a big butterfly rub on.

You can see more of Sophie's amazing work on her blog, here!

We're looking forward to seeing how you get along this week. You have until 4th December to add it to the sidebar :) Thank you x