Sunday, 16 February 2014

16th Feb - No Photo

Todays challenge is a tough one! It is create a layout with no photo!
 There are some special moments that you dont manage to get photos of that still need recording so now is you chance to document them! Or maybe there's just something that doesn't need photos but you need to get down on paper. (You can use a ticket or something from the event though, as long as its not a photo!)

The design team did a great job, comes what they can up with;

I never have done a layout without photo before and first I had no idea of what to do. Looking for inspiration at pinterest and two peas I noticed that most of the LO without photo were list and as a list lover I decided to make one too!
My list is a "To do" for 2014, so I expect taht when I read this by the end of the year I can check them all!

What is on my list? 1.Move into a new house 2.Get a new Sailor Moon tattoo 3.Getting marry 4.Adopt a new cat 5.Star studying japanese 6.Buy a BJD doll 7. Get a new computer 8. Cook Sushi 9.To keep up with my project life. 


I don't do December Daily or project life or anything that comits me to following up by a daily bases - I have enough self insight to know I never can fulfill such projects *lol*

But on occations I document a week from Monday to Sunday, just to challenge myself. Usually it goes some photos with it, but this time time I took no photos, just wrote:

When I started documenting this week in January, it was supposed to be another "boring" week, containing the usual everyday life happenings. But it didn't turn out that way: my mum had a bad accident (she fell off the garage roof while shuffling snow and smashed her ankel), we have had some issues with Social Security which finally was solved, my FIL needed to see a lawyer after a car accident two years ago etc etc That's what all the journaling is about.

I have never done a layout without a photo before, but as soon as I saw this challenge, I knew that I wanted to use it to scrap my hubby's business cards from his job that would have supported our move to South Dakota.  He was there for ten weeks, and it was our plan to join him as soon as our house sold.  Unfortunately, our baby's pending arrival and the lack of interest on our house forced him to move back home.  Because my kiddos and I weren't there with him, I don't have any photos of the whole ordeal, but I had so much I wanted to journal of this difficult time in our lives.  So, the business cards seemed to say it all.

This was a really hard challenge for me!!  In the end, I decided to scrap my plane ticket to Hawaii.  My husband makes fun of me for being a bit of a pack rat and keeping ephemera from all different things, but in this case, I'm glad I did!


I don't often scrap without photos, and since valentine's day has just past I went with pinks and a heart themes and had a think about all the blessings and things that I love in life.

I was tearing my hair to come up with a page idea not including a photo until one day my sweet daughter came home with the cutest heart she made at daycare. I desided to make the page about just that.

Guest designer - Jenny
To make a piece without photo is fun but at first I had to do some thinking...again...LOL  ;) This time I chose to make a LO about one of my dreams...the biggest in fact! I want to go to New York, maybe this LO will take me closer to fulfilling my dream. I’ve made the "flag" myself out of cardstock, used some distress inks on the edges and over a stencil. A cut arrow leads the way to the map along with the piece of string.

Thanks to Jenny for designing with us this month, its been lovely to have you Jenny!

Our sponsor this month is AbsoluteSCRAP

Don't forget you could win a £12.50 voucher to use in their shop. 
You have until 2nd March to enter both of this months challenges,

Hope that's inspired you to get creative!

Sunday, 9 February 2014

January's Winner and favourites

Thanks to everyone for joined in with January's challenges, we had some great entries as always! Here are a couple of our favourite entries and our winner!

And the winner is ......

Congratulations Julie, we love this great review page, please email me, Anna at: thestudiochallenges with your address and I'll sort out your prize of the Basic Grey Hipster kit from Wear Crafts.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

2nd Feb - Colour Challenge

Create a layout about love but using these colours that Stephanie picked for us.

Here's what the design team came up with;

I love these colours and as soon as I saw them I had to scrap photos of my little painted Gromit figure as it has the same colours in it which is why I love it so much!


I really enjoy doing this challenge and not using the tipical love colors! I decided to use a photo fun and happy just as the colors we have to use and I really love the final result!!


Which couple is the world's most famous? Is it David and Victoria Beckham? or may be it is this couple?

Years ago we were given bath foam in Mickey and Minnie containers. The bath foam is gone long time ago, but I have never had the heart to toss the containers - they are on a shelf in our bath room for decoration purpose only. And they will always be together!

A close up of the embellies (product list on my blog):

I cannot tell you how much I love color challenges, and this one was ever so fun to work with!  I usually steer clear of any shade of purple at all costs, but my latest Jenni Bowlin papercrafting kit arrived housing lots of goodies in this shade.  So, I went right to work.  We haven't gotten as many pics of our anxiously anticipated little one this pregnancy, and my doctor says that, unless she suspects something is wrong, there won't be any more.  Obviously, we don't want anything to be wrong, even though we'd love another peek of our growing bundle with just a few weeks to go.  So, we'll just treasure the first nine-week-old photos this page boasts even more.

This was a very fun color combo to work with.  I was comfortable with three of the colors, but the orchid was a bit of a stretch for is a gorgeous color, though, and I can understand why radiant orchid is the Pantone color of the year!!


I love the colour palette and it was a great excuse to use up lots of pink which tends to hang around in my paper collections!  I went for lots of banners to document my Grandma's birthday party.

This was a fun challenge ♥ I really like the colors and the only thing I added was some gold and black and white of course. I hope you don't mind.

On this page I used FabScraps new collection Retro Twist. Love the pop-up butterfly shapes and darling bird chippies. 

As soon as I heard "a layout about love" I knew I had to scrap the love of my life - my husband! I've scrapbooked most of our wedding photos already, but this quirky photo hadn't found a home on a layout yet so I pulled it out and decided to work with it. 

I used a combination of products from Dear Lizzy, Basic Grey, Glitz Designs, Heidi Swapp and Crate Paper. I really love how this page turned out - whimsical and playful, just like our wedding! 

Guest designer - Jenny
 My first creation as guest designer was quite tricky when pink is a color I don’t use a lot with three sons and a husband in the house. LOL. But a challenge is a challenge and sooo much fun :) Modeling paste, distress paint and masking tape served as background for the LO. My sewing machine added some black thread for contrast in the shape of hearts and frame for the page. Other decorations are paper, washi tape, buttons, staplers, flowers and so on.

Our sponsor this month is AbsoluteSCRAP

My name is Debbie and I have been a scrapbooker personally for about 10 years, and when my youngest daughter started full time school, it seemed a perfect opportunity to use my love of paper and make it into a business.
AbsoluteSCRAP is an online only business, based in the West Midlands, UK and was started in May 2013, we have many top crafting brands available, and a wide selection of scrapbooking paper designs. We do cater for other types of craft such as card making and altered art, but our main focus is towards scrapbook supplies. 
The name was created firstly as a joke for my Husband, who for years when referring to my hobby,  missed out the ‘S’ in ‘Scrap’  (he, like so many others, just doesn't get it!)
But a few sniggers, raised eyebrows and double takes later, I found that most people saw the funny side at it just stuck. Some people still have to glance twice, just to make sure their eyes didn't really see what they thought they’d seen! Our Facebook page is here.

Debbie has kindly offered a £12.50 voucher to the winner of this months challenges to spend in her shop so get creating for a chance to win!