Sunday, 18 June 2017

18th June - Not to be squared

Our challenge for you today is...

Not to be squared; create a layout without using squares or rectangles.

This challenge I used lots of circles to create it. I cut a few circles that are different sizes than use Prima blue water crayon around those circles. I used the photo of my daughter in that she challenged climbing so I use this title~explore. I rounded the corners of this photo to make it not to be squared then used wood leaves, wood stars, lace ribbons and used this thick title. Hope this can inspire you and I look forward to see your creations.

Being as it's Father's Day here in the states (Happy Father's Day, dads!), I chose to scrap a photo of my hubby with our beautiful kiddos from last Father's Day and played with stamped, die-cut, stitched, and sequin circles, not to mention lots of Pinkfresh goodies from my May Citrus Twist kit. 


What a wonderful challenge to inspire creativity! I have gone pretty and floral adding hearts, butterflies and a pretty scallop frame. We do hope you will join us and I look forward to seeing your creations. Head to my blog for all details on product and cut file used.

I'm going to amend this challenge just a little and say that it's ok to leave your photos square-like. For my background, I simply reached for a triangle punch, around them around the page, and voila!

Guest Designer -Rainny
This layout was recorded my good friends and I had breakfast in a great restaurant.  
I cut the big title, use some colorful papers and elements to show the beautiful morning.

Wow what a great job everyone did! We would love to see how you take on this challenge! You have until 2nd July to enter your layout in the side bar.

And if you are celebrating it in your part of the world Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there!

Sunday, 4 June 2017

4th June- Sketch

Time for another sketch today. 
I took inspiration from Vivian's Numbers challenge layout, it was a fun, playful layout which makes the same in a sketch!
Here is what the design team did with the sketch....

I made some paper crack and used blue acrylic on it and then cut it into squares. I made another paper using tissue paper and yellow and green spray then cut them to a square and triangle. I use bead chain around these shapes make them glitter. I used this playful photo of my son because he is so cute and changes his face just like these shapes can change and look attractive.

It took me a while to visualise this sketch and Vivian's layout was just beautiful. I chose a new collection by Kaisercraft Wildflower to use and went from there. I love how this turned out even if it was a little out of my comfort zone.

Since this sketch is based off a previous layout of mine, I decided to show the sketch in a different way, using negative die cuts.  I made a pattern on SCAL4, arranged and cut all the shapes from the yellow polka-dotted paper, then separately cut the shapes using two other patterned papers. About 40 minutes of hand-stitching later, I came up with this!!!

Guest Designer -Rainny
This layout is about a date with my girlfriends, so I picked some pink elements, flowers, and butterflies to match with the photos.
Also, I took the photo of the nice dessert, which looks so delicious.

You have until 2nd July to enter this month's challenges.
Happy scrapping!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

January's Winner and Favourites

About time for January's winner and favourites!
There were lots of lovely entries but these entries stood out for me.

The winner is ... Judy W

Sunday, 21 May 2017

21st May - Colour Palette

Today's challenge is a lovely bright colour palette to inspire you.

Here are the design teams layouts....

I love the colours of this mood board. For this challenge I used a journal page. First I used paper and tapped it around the page and wrinkled it. Then I used sprays and all the colours mixed and became other colours.It's amazing and exciting. Finally I used lace ribbon, a wooden arrow, flowers and the title "beautiful" to finish it. Hope this journal page can inspires you.

I cannot even begin to express how much I love playing with color!  I was inspired to use one of the large title pages, from Pinkfresh's new Live More Collection, as the foundation for my take; and while I have to admit that the parameters of the page terrified me at first, I'm SUPER happy with the outcome. 

What a great mood board! I have gone fun and modern to match my photo. I have a used a cut file from Elle Studio. My paper collection is an older one by My Minds Eye, My Story collection. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

I had so much fun with this challenge!! The colour palette is perfect for either spring or summer pages, so I went with summer. Lots of die cut madness going on with this page about my first cruise and Port Cozumel. Lots of fun details about how this came together on my blog. Thanks for stopping by today!!

You have until 4th June to join in with May's challenges. We look forward to seeing your layouts. Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

7th May -Recipe Challenge

Good Morning! I hope you all enjoyed a bit of scrapping time yesterday for National Scrapbooking Day.

Today's challenge is...
Recipe challenge; here's a list of items to include in your layout, the more of these you can include the better!

Hand sewing
Fussy cutting
A Frame

I used pink and purple watercolour to on the background paper and used a frame behind the photo. I love this photo, I feel it's cute that facial expression of my daughter so I wanted to make something cute too. I used a lot of flowers and a fox to make the layout like fairy tale. Finally I put some buttons on to finish. Hope this layout inspires you.   

I've managed to include all of the items, from the recipe list, on my page, along with lots of goodies that came in my Citrus Twist kits at one time or another, a darling Pretty Little Studio Vintage Die Cut, and a cutie-patootie pic of my baby bear. 


Here is my recipe layout and I have used all of the ingredients (one or two maybe just a pinch lol). I have used an older collection by Dear Lizzy but I think it is good to use your stash up especially when they are lovely. I added random hand stitching to certain elements, splashed paint, fussy cut some flowers, used a chipboard frame, added a button and there are pink hues in my layout. This was fun to create and a great excuse to go through your stash. I look forward to seeing your creations!


Hello there!! My recipe layout has it all but fussy cutting. I did cheat a little on the paint though. Shhh . . . don't tell anyone! I didn't actually use watercolors on this layout, the paper came like this. I don't own paints for layouts, although I do admire the effects. All the ingredients for this layout came from the Altenew Reflection kit. I did scrap lift this layout from one of Ashley Horton's past layouts. I love how it turned out!!! Thanks for stopping by today!!

I hope that has filled you with inspiration to join in with us. Please link up your layouts to the side bar by 4th June.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

December's Winner and Favouries

Our December favourites are...

Jae Hee


And our winner is...

Congratulations Marie, please email me at thestudiochallenges@ to become our guest designer for a month.

Thank you to everyone who entered.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

23rd April - Quote

Morning! Today's challenge is....

Quote; use a quote on your layout, which quote is up to you!

I used globe die cut and put it underneath the photo, it means wherever you are, we are together.  
This quote made me think about this photo. It makes me feel the need to cherish my family.

Fittingly, for the mom who has purchased over 1,300 children's books (Shhh!  Don't tell my hubby.), I couldn't pass on using Neil Gaiman's "A book is a dream that you hold in your hands," quote along with a few precious pics of my littlest reading just before bed.  I've also been inspired by Citrus Twist's April Sophie Main Kit for this number.

This quote is for my daughter and may she remember it when times are tough as they will be. What a great challenge to scrap something really meaningful. I look forward to seeing what you create!

I happened to stumble across this quote shortly after I remarried in February 2015 and, to say the least, I instantly fell in love with it.  It's perfect!  I've been waiting and wanting to put it on paper ever since.  Today I finally get to share it with the world!

Surprisingly, there aren't that many quotes out there about sisters. Oh, well. I used Pinkfresh's Indigo Hills to go with this wedding photo of my sister. What a beautiful paper pack!! The large flower is handmade from a paper collection so old I don't even remember the name. Thanks for stopping by today!

I hope you find these quotes and layouts inspiring. We would love to see which quote you pick. Please link up your layout to the side bar by 7th May. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

9th April - Sketch

Morning, friends!  We've got our first April challenge, for you all, this morning.  Anna has cooked up a sketch based upon Rachel's take on our January Inspired by a Song Challenge.
And here's how the Design Team was inspired...

I use watercolor to make some water stains on white paper and put embellishment by American Crafts and echo park paper to make stacking.Then I use the photo with my son at Che Cheng in Taiwan last year summer vacation.Final I put some sequins. Hope this can inspire you and welcome to joining us.

I rotated the sketch 90 degrees to the right and used paint swatches, as per a secondary challenge on my blog, for the large square.  I hope that I haven't totally butchered it.

I have used the lovely new collection by Photo Play Paper Rhapsody to create my layout based on the sketch. My cut files are from the Silhouette Design store. I hope this sketch inspires you to get get creating and join us this challenge.

I just love a good sketch challenge!  It's such a great starting point to create with so many possibilities.  As you can see, I mixed things up a bit but yet you can still see the sketch as inspiration.  I used a small mix of product from my stash pile for this one and I created my own tag with a little bit of paint, a sunburst stencil and some woodgrain printed paper.

Guest Designer - Beatriz
Hello dear friends of The Studio Challenges, my name is Beatriz and it is an honor to be here as guest DT. I want to thank Anna and all her fabulous team for winning the challenge and being here with you today. I hope you like my work and inspire you.
I've done a vintage LO with 13 @rts papers from the "Aria Story" collection, as well as stencils and microbeads, I've also used Premium flowers and stamps, Lindy's sprays and Accent Scrapbooking sheet.
Many thanks to all and hope to see your beautiful works !!
A hug!!

You have until Sunday, May 7, 2017, to link up your takes, in the right-hand column, under "April Challenge Entries".  We can't wait to see what you all create!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed April!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

November's Winner and Favourites

And the winner is ...
Rainny With a lovely layout which unfortunately I can't share on here, please click on the link to see it!
Congratulations Rainny please email me at to become our guest designer for a month.

Our favourites are...

Michelle M


Thank you to everyone who entered.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

26th March - Numbers

Today's challenge is...

 Numbers; As its my Birthday next week, it has got me thinking about numbers! I want to see numbers on your layouts whether it is in your title or in your journalling or anywhere, I want to see lots of numbers. This is also a good challenge for using up the numbers left over on your alpha sheets and Thickers too, great!

I used the number stencil and thick stickers to express the number of times the children swing. Once, twice, triple......It's  just like flying and it is a happy moment. And to finish I decorated it with a couple of wings and butterflies. Hope you like it!

I used my March "Oliver" Citrus Twist Kit for my take, and a Citrus Twist sketch inspired me to use numbers to record some of the details of a past family vacation.

This month it is my daughters 18th (how did that happen!) so my layout is all about her. I have used a floral number cut file and backed the larger roses with a co ordinating colour to break up the white on white. I went very pretty and girly for my number layout. I can't wait to see what you create!

I started with a giant "2" in celebration of my granddaughters second birthday that I cut and then backed it with numbered patterned paper. To keep up with the theme of two, I used two photos, two pennants two, flair, two enamal dots by each of two flowers, as well as the number 2 on a photo.

The hoarder in me has kept this numbers die cut piece for years and with this challenge I found it the perfect opportunity to use it!  And I was determined to make it work.  Since it's a birthday celebration you have to add sparkle, right? So I highlighted all the 8's with orange stickles to really make them pop.  Happy 8th birthday to my daughter!   

Many of us used this opportunity to scrap about birthdays!!! I was no different. I loved reaching for Pink Fresh Studio's Dream On collection. Instead of scrapping about the rougher side of a boy, I thought I'd go with the softer side. I used "7's" across the layout for his seventh birthday.

Hope you enjoy this challenge, we would love to see your layouts with numbers on. Please link them up to the side bar by 9th April.

And Happy Mother's​ day to all the UK mother's out there, enjoy your day!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

12th March - Half

Today's challenge is
Patterned Paper Half; Today we want you to use patterned paper on half your layout, the rest is up to you!


I wanted to keep this moment with my flowers so I took this photo. For this layout I used half flower paper but I cut the half paper in half then put them above and under the LOVE die cut. I used watercolor to make the LOVE word show clearly then I Zantangle it. It's so fun and liberate life pressure. Now I welcome you to play along with us! 

I used some old and new, Citrus Twist goodies and two patterned paper halves to bring this one, of my daughter and her pet bunny, to life. 

I love the contrast of patterned paper against white! I have added a large floral cut file (Silhouette Design store) so it flows. I have used Oh My Heart collection by Pink Paislee (Paige Taylor Evans). I look forward to seeing what you all create!

I immediately had the idea to create some texture and create a lot of contrast by creating the bottom section of my layout with some fun fringe strips. While I love the look of white space, I struggle with it, so this helped me to fill up my page with color and "stuff". 

I really love the look of a half patterned paper layout.  The flow is so balanced and I'm all about that when it comes to scrapbooking and in life too.  It's a design that never goes out of style and the possibilities are endless!

I took a little creative liberty with the challenge for this layout. The GeoGlobe is 8x8 filled with patterned paper. I reached for some older BoBunny lines . . . MammaRazzi2 and Et. Cetera. Every parent should have a photo of their child playing in mud puddles!!! This photo of my son's bruised legs and white socks is one of my favorite photos of his childhood.

You have until 9th April to enter both the challenges in March. Please link them up to the side bar. We would love to see your layouts with a patterned paper half on!
Happy Scrapping!