Sunday, 12 February 2017

12th February - Sketch

Morning, friends!  We've got our first February challenge, for you all, this morning.  Anna has cooked up a playful sketch, based upon Vivian's take on last month's Mood Board Challenge, for you all.

Here's how the Design Team was inspired...

We would like to introduce a new member to the design team, Hannah Zheng.  I think her layouts will be a great asset to the team.  Here's her first DT layout...

I love this sketch!  To represent Valentine's this month I used a photo of my husband and I, we were celebrating our wedding anniversary so on this layout I used lots hearts to represent it.

Loved this sketch for its layers and embellishment clusters! I have used Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection which is so pretty. We do hope you will play along and we look forward to seeing all your creations!

I loved this sketch! I used a Felicity Jane kit to create this page of my daughter, Skylar and myself enjoying our first TX Summer by the pool.

Creating with a sketch is so fun and such a great starting point.  I've had these little bags laying around in my scrappy stash forever!  I felt this was a great opportunity to use them up.  

Since the sketch was based on one of my previous layouts, I found it easy to do!! I have already used "Dear Santa, Define Good" on another layout. So this time I used "Define Naughty". Goes with the photo pretty well too!!

The photo is of my two boys while they are fishing.....Daniel waits for the fish to bits.....Summer 2007.  I have used stencil and different colors with Distress Ink.
You have until Sunday, March 12, 2017, to link up your takes in the right-hand column.  We can't wait to see what you all cook up!  Have fun!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful work week!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

29th Jan - Inspired by a Song

Today's challenge is ...
Inspired by a Song. Create a layout inspired by a Song, its up to you which one, it could be the song title or the lyrics that you like and inspires you.

I chose Alison Krauss' Baby Mine and paired it with these darling photos of my littlest just sleeping during his first few months of life, as well as Citrus Twist's gorgeous January "Jameson" Scrapbook Kit.

As a mother of teenagers The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars immediately came to mind!!!!!!! I typed some of the lyrics from the song on the journal card. I wanted to create a 'cool' teenage boy layout to tie my theme together. I can't wait to see what you create.

I took a backwards approach to this challenge- nothing popped out to me aside from wanting to use the world Wild so I did a quick google search and came out with Wild & Free by Ziggy Marley. Wild & free perfectly captures the spirit of my daughter, Skylar. The JustNick cut file was a perfect addition for this page.

I love all genres of music and it's a big part of my life actually.  I'm consistently listening to music is some shape, way or form.  So I love this challenge!  The song I chose, which was tough for me, is... You Make Loving Fun, by Fleetwood Mac.  What a classic!  It's the perfect choice for my layout of my newly engaged son and his beautiful wife to be.

Hello!! For my song I chose Madonna's 'This used to be my Playground'. I have such fond memories of the playgrounds in Germany. After many days on the road and sight-seeing, we were tired and just wanted something "normal" to do. So we found a local blog that discussed the playgrounds in the area of Berlin. We found this rock-climbing gem! Seriously, we don't have this kind of thing in the U.S. It was a fabulous two hours of play!

You have until 12th February to upload your layouts from January's challenges to the side bar.
Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

15th Jan - Mood Board

Today Jinny has picked this lovely mood board to inspire you.

Here is what the design team came up with...

Poised Taupe, the gray color near right center of the graphic above, is Sherwin Williams' Color of the Year; so, I thought it would be fun to start 2017 off on trend.  Plus, this palette had me at hello and made me think of the colors of my son's old baseball team.  I couldn't resist tying in a little bit of denim, and the cut file I chose for the background was inspired by the graphic design in the bottom right corner.

This mood board is just gorgeous but instead of going with a modern theme I decided to go shabby chic. I have used a wood grain heart cut file and layered my layout with fussy cut flowers and butterflies. I look forward to your entries.

The bottom left photo is what captivated me most on this mood board. The grey, yellow, white and touch of blue along with the linear design were the inspiration for my layout. I added some texture by cutting some fringe and and popping some of the flowers with foam. 

I always seem to struggle when it comes to a colored mood board.  And I think it's because of a trapped feeling, not being able to choose whatever you'd like.  So this type of challenge is good for me.  Thank goodness I came across this collection I had stashed away "For The Record 2" by Echo Park.  The colors are perfect!

The Woodland collection by Pretty Little Studios was perfect for this mood board.  I chose a simple and clean sketch, added a few touches of stitching and voila!

We hope that has inspired you to get creating, if so please link up your layouts to the side bar, you have until 12th February to join in, for a chance to become our guest designer for a month.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

1st January 2017 - Review of the Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I hope 2017 is a good year for you all!

Welcome to our first challenge of 2017!

Today we challenge you to ...
 Review the Year - instead of looking forward to the new year ahead, I want you to look back at the year you have just had! It could be a review of the whole year, something special that happened or your favourite thing about the year, or maybe it's one you would rather forget! it's up to you!

I may not want to forget everything about 2016, but it truly was a difficult year for my family and I.  The downs far outweighed the ups; and at times, I found it nearly impossible to keep my head above water.  No one ever said life was easy, but I truly am reaching for that life preserver as we move into 2017.  That's what I've chosen to document, using lots of yummy goodies from past and present Citrus Twist kits, for today's challenge.

2016 was a year of challenges for our family but a highlight was a trip to Italy, my husband and I celebrating 15 years of marriage and his 60th birthday. A very special time for us, child free!!!

2016 brought with it the good, the bad, and the ugly. We had a lot of change, a lot of emotional hardships, and several major medical hurdles for our daughter, Ashlyn. I opted to create a layout about one of the only major medical events we had some control over, Ashlyn's spinal fusion surgery. We have been sitting on this surgery for several years, in fact she was supposed to have it in December of 2015, but minutes before she was scheduled to go back to the OR, it was cancelled. We have been carrying the weight of this for a long time and it had essentially put many things on hold as we awaited the go-ahead to attempt the surgery again. Thankfully it is behind us now, although she still has months of recovery ahead of her.
2016 was a good year for us!  I am truly blessed with a loving and growing family.  For my "Review of the Year" layout I wanted to show off my children and document an important highlight in each of their lives.  Like I said, it's been a good year and I'm hoping for the same in 2017.  Happy New Year to all!

After two years of planning and saving, we got to go on our big trip to Germany in 2016. I have many pictures that contribute to the story, but this one says it all as my husband and son are looking out over the Alps.

How was the last year for you? We hope you see you joining in with us. Please link up your finished layouts to the side bar under 'January's Challenges'.
Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, 31 December 2016

September's Winner and Favourites

I thought I would just sneek in one last post of the year!

As it's time to catch up again... here is our September winner and our favourites!

The winner is....

 I really love how the watercolours were used here for this challenge, a beautiful layout.
Congratulations Tone,  please email me!

And our favourites are...

Daisies Scraps from our Frames challenge
Hannah for our watercolour challenge


Suzanne Franin from our watercolor challenge.
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Lovely layouts everyone, thank you for joining in with us! 
See you tomorrow for our first challenge of the new year!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

18th December - Table Setting

Today is our last challenge of the year, it is another ....
Table setting; use this table setting as inspiration for your layout.
Set a pretty Christmas scene with our Winter’s Wonder Dinnerware, surrounded by natural elements. Hand-carved hardwood chargers atop water hyacinth placemats. Handblown hobnail glasses. Snow-kissed faux spruce trees alongside handcrafted sisal reindeer and napkin rings. Plus, plaid linens, right down to our embellished reindeer table runner. Winter wonderful from Pier 1.:

One of the first things I saw, in the inspiration photo, was that trio of trees in the center of the table and the little mimics on the plates.  So, when I found these photos of my littlest, helping to dress our own Christmas tree, I knew they'd be a perfect fit.  I was also drawn to the woodgrain foundation of the table itself, not to mention all the scrumptious plaid; and of course, I couldn't help but toss in a reindeer or two.  Nearly everything I used came from October Afternoon's Under the Tree Collection.

I think this would be my dream table setting for my family at Christmas! Here is my table setting inspired layout which I have added gold with my Christmas colours and of course a deer. My Christmas tree, snow flakes and deer are cut files from the Silhouette Design Store and my paper collection is by Kaisercraft. I wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and hope you will find some time to scrap and join us for this challenge.

The wood grain, burlap, and plaid grabbed my attention on this beautiful place setting. I cut some fringe to add some texture and to replicate the tree branches. The goblets inspired the dots. Some burlap stars and gold spray must added the finishing touches to my layout.

The sweetness and slightly rustic and whimsical look of this tablesetting are reflected in my paper choices - a sweet print and a woodgrain, along with a small stripe instead of the plaid.  I picked up the sparkle with some glittery enamel dots.

I found this table setting to be just stunning!  All kinds of things were screaming at me when I looked at it.  The colors, the plaid, the pops of gold, the pine trees, the deer...oh my!  With the help of the Cozy Christmas collection by My Minds Eye I was able to incorporated all things mentioned above into my layout.

The color scheme is what got most of my attention from the photo. I used mostly Teresa Collins' "Tinsel & Company" for this layout. Of course, I added hand-stitching for extra whimsical effect.

Guest Designer - Laura
I am so happy to be back a second time this month!  How awesome is the inspiration photo? I seriously would love to eat at this Christmas table, I love everything about it!  The texture of the burlap, the crystal, lots of layers, the sweet deer and twiggy Christmas tree are all referenced in my layout.  As well as a “placemat” to hold all of my elements in my focal area! Thanks so much to Anna and the team for having me this month!

I hope you enjoyed all that inspiration, if you do join in, please do link up your layouts to the side bar.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has joined in with us this year we have loved seeing your layouts and to wish you all a very Happy Christmas, have a wonderful time.

We will be back on the first day 2017 for another challenge!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

4th Dec- Sketch

It's that time again for another...
Sketch - Made by Anna- Inspired by Raechelle's first DT layout. A nice simple one this time!

Here are the design team's take on the sketch...

I love the big circle from the sketch as there's so much you can do with it, I went with a painted circle of lots of christmas shapes to go with the photos of my niece's first Christmas. Sorry to the poor photo it's hard to take metallic and glittery papers!

There's not much to say about a sketch, but I did want to mention that I flipped it to showcase these pics of my sweet, little niece, with her mom and dad, better and used Creative Scrappers' Basic Hearts cut file and lots of Citrus Twist kit club goodies.  That darling deer, as well as the pink butterfly, came from Pretty Little Studio.

What a stunning sketch. I have kept true to the sketch but added a beautiful floral cut file to be the feature of my layout. I look forward to seeing all your creations x

I enjoyed creating the original layout that this sketch was based upon, but wanted to do something different this time. I created my base by fussy cutting the circular shapes from the patterned paper and added die cuts and additional fussy cut pieces to finish it off. 

When I saw this sketch, a piece of gold patterned paper immediately came to mind.  I used it to highlight a lovely scenic view, and tucked another small photo in the bottom right corner to help reinforce the idea of scale on the page.

I just love playing with circles so it was love at first sight for me when I seen our sketch challenge.  I did mix things up a little but that's what I love about sketches, they are such a great starting point.

This is a classic sketch that can be molded in many ways. I'm still wanting to make Fall layouts so I reached for Doodlebug Designs "Flea Market" line. The leaf circle is a die cut from the Silhouette store. I added random stitching to the the circle and other spots in the layout for effect. Thanks for looking!

Guest Designer - Laura
I am so thrilled to be guesting here at The Studio Challenges, this month! I loved this sketch as was super excited to play with it, it is right up my alley with the suggestion of 2 smaller photos, the large circular element and subtle layers!  I really wanted to play with the “Mistletoe Kisses” collection by Simple Stories for this layout and document a little bit about our Elf on the Shelf – because seriously those elf embellishments are irresistible!  I decided that it would be fun to adapt the circular element from the sketch to a Christmas ornament and created a string art style cut file for my page.  I ended up having to relocate my title because of the size of it, but added a sticker to act as a subtitle in the original suggested spot. I had fun with embellishments and wrapped up my layout by incorporating some journaling into my take on the sketch. 
I just love all the different designs that came from this one sketch, the design team did a great job! We would love to see your takes on it, please link up your layouts to the side bar.