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!

Sunday, 28 August 2016

28th August- Mood Board

For today's challenge we have a lovely Mood board to inspire you, it was created by DT Member Rachel.

Most of my creations have been rather masculine and dark recently so seeing this bright pastel mood board was just perfect for me. I whipped out my pink mists and colourful flowers and let the creative juices flow. If you'd like to see how I arrived at the result, I have a video on my blog. Really looking forward to seeing your work.

This has got to be one of my all-time favorite palettes!  So, obviously, it inspired much of my take, but I also had to tie in a vase of blooms and some woodgrain elements against a scrumptious field of white.  Nearly everything you see here came from a Citrus Twist kit at one time or another; and a lot of watercolor work, in addition to the background, gave life to Avery Elle's Peonies stamp set.

I loved this mood board and how my layout turned out. I did had a few pops of yellow to my layout also.

I just love this colour combo and I hope you will too!

I thought kraft made a nice backdrop for lots of pink and a little teal. Do you agree?

A lovely moodboard for this challenge! So I decided to use a lovely photo from my two kids. 

Guest designer - Cathy Lu

You have until 11th September to join in with this months challenges, we would love to see what you come up with from our sketch or this lovely mood board, please link them up to the side bar.

Watch up for a new design team call coming up in the week!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

14th August - Sketch

It's time for another sketch today! I created this sketch from one of DT Member Lydia's challenge layouts.
Hope you like it!

I really enjoyed this challenge as I don't usually mix/combine papers for my background. It was pretty hard to find two coordinating designs but once I managed that task, the rest just kind of happened. I used mainly creams and whites to brighten up the retro browns of that papers and splashes of peach pink for added colour. How are you going to tackle this month's sketch?

I have to admit that I really struggled with those corners.  I kept wanting to turn a grid of photos at an angle to line up with them but felt like that was taking it a little too far away from the basis of the sketch.  Connecting them made me so happy.  I used lots of goodies that came from a variety of different Citrus Twist Kits at one time or another, as well as a playful, new-to-me, stamp set from Reverse Confetti. 

I have to say I did struggle with this sketch, but that's what a challenge is isn't? But I am quite happy with how it turned out in the end. I can't wait to see everyone's layouts for this months challenge.

What a great sketch. I went totally girly and floral adding a cut file to add extra texture to my layout. I can't wait to see what yo all create.

Seungeun Lee
Combination of warm coffee and sweet macaroons~ THE BEST!!Are beautiful multi-colored macaroons.LOVE!LOVE!


To make my layout, I flipped the sketch upside down and instead of a single photo, I blocked two pictures.  The most fun part of making this layout for me was stacking epoxy stickers one on top of another - giving lots of depth to the page.  Oh, and using those snails was fun too!


When i saw the sketch, i did'nt know how to and what to do.  My mojo went away these days... but this morning I choose my photo and then.... I got this layout! Sometimes all you need is a photo! haha

Guest Designer - Cathy Lu

Hope that's inspired you to have a go! Please link up your layouts to the side bar.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

31st July - Multiple Photos

Hello again, here for the 3rd challenge this month! Today's challenge is...
Multiple Photos; we want to see more photos on your layouts. Two, more than two or as many photos as you can fit on!

Here are the design team's layouts...

I like using multiple photos on my layouts as I think they help tell the story and also good if you have too many lovely photos to choose from! This layout was one of those times where I liked all these photos of my nephew so used them all!

Since I never use multiple photos in my layouts, this challenge was quite an interesting one. I decided to use the same photo multiple times and create a cascading effect by printing it in different sizes. To add to the challenge, I went for the masculine style rather than my usual, quite a feminine one - guess that's what happens when you have a photo of two skateboarding lads... Well, I am looking forward to  seeing your multi-photo pages.

I kinda love multiple photo layouts!  There's just something about how two or three or even five pictures can tell so much more of a story than one.  I had such fun watercoloring a rainbow of bubbles to coordinate with all the bold, bright, happy colors in Paige Evans' Fancy Free Collection for my take.

I love the opportunity to scrap my children in one layout and here is my take on a multi photo layout. I have used a digital cut file from Silhouette to create my circle frames. I can't wait to see all your creations x

Seungeun Lee 
Sprinkle spray inks on paper. It air-dried then I cut two sizes of butterfly dies. I fixed bards to the middle of the overlapping butterflies.
I remember the happy look of girls who like getting heart-shaped balloons.Such lovely little girls~!

I printed my photos in a collage using Picasa and then cut them apart and placed them in a downward flow with the break in the middle that tied into the subtitle of my layout.  Multiple photos certainly make it easy to reinforce the point of the story.

I hope they have inspired you.
You have until 14th August to join in with any of the three challenges from this month. Please link them up to the side bar.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 17 July 2016

17th July - Summer

Good Morning! Today's challenge is...

Summer; we want to see your summery layouts. A nice and easy one for you today!

Here is what the design team came up with....
When I think of Summer I think of holidays by the sea, this was taken in Croatia last year, beautiful clear sea, I used ink to make the background to look like the water.


For me summer brings colours and fun to mind. That's why I decided to make avery colourful and sunny (can you see the sprinkles of yellow?) page. I am very curious to see you take on the theme.

Nothing says summer, to me, more than a little free time, sunshine, and pool play.


It sure was fun getting out the summer colours and scrapping a summer related layout since it is currently winter here. Love the sun burst type effect I did with the paper from Crate Paper's 'Pool Side' collection. I found this layout is different for me but I love it. 

It is winter here in Australia and summer seems a distant memory. This is a beautiful beach in Perth and here is my take on a summer themed layout. I look forward to seeing all your creations.

Summer in July can only mean fireworks, right?  I drew a parallel between the subject of my photographs - fireworks, and the elements of my patterned paper - fireflies, to make a layout that is doubly summery.  Don't you agree?


I used summer colors... blue (for the beach or the swimming pool), the yellow for the sun! It is a pic of my son last january because right now it's winter for us ;)

Guest Designer Kriszti

​Summer = holiday, ice cream, sunshine
I did the background with a snow cone
I started my page for sewing. I sewed the ice cream cone and glued 3D flowers. I cut the flowers with my cameo .
I splashed ecoline paint  on the paper.

I hope that's inspired you!There happens to be three challenges this month so you have until 14th August to join in with July's challenges. Please link up your layouts to the side bar, we look forward to seeing them!