Sunday, 23 October 2016

23rd Oct - Tic Tac Toe

Good Morning!
Today's challenge is..

Tic Tac Toe; choose any line and include those items in a layout.

Here are the design team's layouts and it's the new challenge for our new DT members...

Middle row for me: paint, thread and punches. I decided to use papers from Marion Smith's NIRVANA collection. I punches circles in some of the paper strips in the paper cluster and arranged blue thread in between the layers - you can see it sticking out on the sides. As usual, loads of white paint with added blue for the watercolour effect on the background. You can see the details and layers on my blog. I'm very curious to see which line you're going to choose.

I chose the diagonal of wood, thread, and twine for my page.  Most of what you see here came from Citrus Twist's September and October Main Kits, which included lots from Maggie Holmes' Gather Collection and some fabulous die cuts from Indigo Hills by Pinkfresh.  I absolutely adore all the blues!

First row for me, wood, wash tape and flair. I have used the new collection by Coco Vanilla Studio, Make a Wish and a beautiful cut file to add another layer of interest. I look forward to seeing your creations.

I chose the first row across; wood washi and flair. I am a sucker for woodgrain and both the background and cut files were created using wood grain paper. The bright color of the washi is an unexpected pop of color on this layout. A cute little flair button adds a cute woodsy feel.


For my layout, I chose the top row – wood, washi tape and flair.  The map paper gave me the idea of doing a layout of a few photos of my family on their Pok√©mon hunts this summer.  I wanted the page to be fun and busy.  As usual, I have colored my wood veneer.  The dotted washi tape and round flair help to reinforce a diagonal line through the photos.

I chose the diagonal line of wood, thread and twine.

I chose the bottom row with arrow, buttons and twine. I immediately reached for the Bella Blvd. - Color Chaos - for this layout to symbolize the various color belt ranks a martial artist must go thru. Plus I thought it went well with the B/W photo. I didn't want "color" everywhere though, as karate is about control and "clean lines".

I hope the design team has inspired you to have a go! You have until 6th November to join in with the this month's challenges, please link them up to the side bar, we would love to see them!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

New Design Team Members

Thank you everyone who applied to be on our design team.
We now have three new members, who I think will be a great addition to the team.
Please welcome...

Here's a bit more about them;

Hello! :)  I am Raechelle (pronounced Rachel) and I live in Conroe, TX along with my husband and youngest daughter. We have a blended family of six children, five girls and one boy. Our other five children are grown and live all over the US, with the exception of our second youngest daughter who is currently stationed in Romania. We are a proud military family! Two of our daughters are active duty Navy, our son is an Army Veteran, and our oldest daughter is a Navy Veteran. We have three sweet granddaughters, although we have only been able to meet one of them. I am a stay-at-home mom for our youngest daughter who has Crohn's disease as well as other medical conditions. Thankfully she is in remission at the time and is able to live a somewhat normal teenage life. 

I have been scrapping for about 15 years now and enjoy pushing myself to expand me creativity. I still marvel at how we can all take a sketch, some photos, paper, and embellishments and end up with unique expressions of ourselves. You can see more of my work by visiting my blog :: 

Tracy P
Hi there!  I'm Tracy and I'm from NW Indiana.  I live a blessed life with a great supportive husband and together we've raised a happy/loving blended family of four. 
I started scrapbooking in 2003, by taking a local class out of curiosity, and that's all it took!  I have been addicted ever since.  In the last few years I have been able to spend more time creating and it's now become more of a lifestyle rather than a hobby. 
As for my style, that's really hard to pinpoint since I am all over the place.  Sometimes it depends on my picture or my product or even my mood but I do tend to lean towards a more simple, clean look.  However, I'm always up for a challenge and for trying new techniques, which I feel keeps me up to date with all the new scrapbook trends and pushes me from my comfort zone.

Vivian L
Hi, I'm Vivian and I'm from Indiana, but now reside in Texas. I started scrapbooking in 1998 when it was nothing more than a few decorative cutting scissors to work with. Since then, I have spent many years developing my own unique style. I love playing with die cuts for my cards and 3-D projects. But for my layouts, I tend to stay with the clean look with lots of negative space. Scrapbooking eventually led to my second love, photography. For both of these creative styles, my favorite subject is my son with his big, blue eyes.
You can find me at
Thank you

Please come back next week to see the new members first challenge layouts. I can't wait to see what they came up with!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

9th Oct -Sketch

It's time again for another lovely Sketch - I was inspired by Yasmina's previous mood board layout for this sketch.

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

I really liked this sketch as it made me think long and hard about how I could 'play it my, mixed-media way'. I used stencilled design instead of the across-the-page banner and a string instead of the circular embellishment. I also used black stone flat-backs to mirror the scattered embellishments. It was much fun! I am looking forward to seeing your interpretation of the sketch!


I love this sketch and decided to go very soft and pretty. I look forward to seeing your take on this sketch.


It was the narrow off center band and the scattered embellishments that I really like about this sketch.

I hope this has inspired you to give this sketch a go, we would love to see your takes, please link them up to the side bar.

Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

June's Winner and Favourites

Still catching up with these, sorry. On to June's winner and our favourites, all these layouts happen to be from our sketch, I just love all the different takes from the same sketch, they are great!
Our winner is.... 
Congratulations Laura, please email me at to be our guest designer for a month.

Our favourites are...


Thanks to everyone that joined in, we loved your layouts!  We will be back on Sunday for another challenge.

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!