Sunday 25 September 2016

25th Sept- Watercolours

Today's challenge is....
Watercolours- we want you to use watercolours on your layouts; we would love to see you get the paints out but if you can't do that you can use watercolour papers instead.

Watercolours - one of the vital products I use in my layouts. I was so happy to see them as the main theme for the September challenge. For this page, I used more paint than usually: white, dirty pink and bright pink; I mixed and layered and sprinkled. So much fun!!! If you'd like to see the whole process, I have a video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

My hubby surprised me with a set of Kuretake's Gansai Tambi Watercolors last fall, and I haven't been able to put them down since.  I love them so!  The soft colors, that I used for my background wash here, show up much better in real life.  I also added them to those bitty stamped flowers for a little more interest with the perfect color match.  I had so many beautiful pics of this special day for my daughter, that I couldn't possibly even get them into a two-pager.  My pocket pages came to the rescue for the overflow.

The use of water colour paints or water colour effects are right on trend in scrapbooking right now and I love the amazing array of different effects you can create. I look forward to seeing your 'water colour' layouts.


I thought a soft watercolor background would be a splendid canvas on which to show a photo of the first colors of fall.  I kept most of my elements pale and neutral, except for a couple of punches of pink. 

I hope that's inspired you to get your paints out! If you do use watercolours we would love to see your layouts, please link them up in the side bar.
Happy Scrapping!

Friday 16 September 2016

May's Winner and Favourites

Sorry, I've fallen behind again with picking winners, I must catch up. Here are May's challenge winner and our favourites.

The winner is.... 

Hannah with this gorgeous layout, love all the detail.
Congratulations Hannah, please email me Anna at: thestudiochallenges. to become our guest designer for a month.
Our favourites are....
Marie-Christine, I really love this bright background!

Erina, another lovely background!
Emma, I love these little paintbrushes!

Thanks to everyone how joined in, we loved looking at your entries.
Don't forget our new design team call that is HERE, we would love to see everyone apply!

Sunday 11 September 2016

11th September - Frames

Today's challenge is...
Frames - use a frame or frames on your layout; it could be framing your photo, your page or using lots of frames, whatever you like.

I had such fun mixing a combination of chipboard, acetate, and printed frames, mostly Polaroids, here!  Every one of them came from a past Citrus Twist kit.  I just love to use up fabulous goodies that may never have found a home otherwise without such a great challenge.

I love frames especially when I have used a patterned paper or 'busy' cut file as it adds definition and ensures your photo remain the focus of your layout. I look forward to seeing what you all create.


Small frames need small pictures of small people, I think.  Look at this layout and let me know if you agree.

You have until 9th October to join in with this month's challenges.

I hopefully you have all seen our design team call on our previous post, if not please take a look; I would love to see your entries!

Happy Scrapping!

Saturday 3 September 2016

The Studio Design Team Call 2016

Hello and welcome to The Studio Challenges design team call for the second part of 2016!
We are looking for some lovely, friendly and super talented scrapbookers to be part of an amazing team, to create layouts to inspire others. We are a scrapbook challenge blog where we create fun and different challenges and sketches to inspire every two weeks. We are looking for at least 3 new members, maybe more.

If you are one of the lucky chosen few you would be responsible for:
  • At least a six month term starting from October
  • You would need to make a layout every two weeks, which is usually 2 a month. 
  • Commenting on participants blogs and help with picking our favourite entries.
  • To take good photos of your layouts to show them off!
  • To blog about the challenge and promote our blog and any sponsors on your personal blog and on social media.
  • To be a friendly and active part of the team which works well together to create ideas and to help to keep The Studio Challenges running well.
  • It would also be helpful if you were on Facebook but not essential.

This is an international call, anyone can enter, doesn't matter where you live as long as you can speak/ write English.

All you have to do is email me your favourite layout that best demonstrates your style, a link to your blog and a bit about yourself, the current design team's your on and why you think you would be a good edition to the team to me Anna at: by midnight GMT Saturday 24th September 2016 and please put 'DT Call' in the subject box.

Sound good to you? We would love to hear from you, all styles are welcome as we are looking for a rounded team, with something for everyone! If you have entered before don't be put off, you are welcome to enter again.

I can't wait to see your amazing entries! Good Luck!