Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Studio Design Team Call 2015

Hello and welcome to The Studio Challenges design team call for 2015!
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 looking for at least 3 new members.

If you are one of the lucky chosen few you would be responsible for:
  • At least a six month term starting from March
  • 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 and why you think you would be a good edition to the team to me Anna at: thestudiochallenges@gmail.com by midnight GMT Saturday 14th February 2015 

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!

I can't wait to see your amazing entries! Good Luck!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

18th January - Clear up

Today is a simple challenge, as its the new year we want you to do a bit of clearing up! Whats sat on your desk? Are there photos, papers or bits and pieces that have been sat there for ages waiting to be scrapped but you never seem to get around to using them? Now is your chance to use them and clear your desk!

I've had this photo of one of my nephews printed out for ages and hadn't done anything with it, until now! My nephew doesn't stuck his thumb like most other children, but his two middle fingers! I'm glad I've scrapped it as its a great story to go into my nephews scrapbook.

HeeSun Kim:

Did you get ditched or something?Broken hearts will heal naturally with the passing of time. I erased you that lodged deep in my heart. I had to clean my heart.
Gone, flitted away
Taken the stars from the night and the sun.
From the day!
Gone, and a cloud in my heart. 
- Alfred Tennyson -


I have had this photo of my oldest son (15) on my desk since July (!). It's taken on a boat trip/mini cruise, when he and his brother fought & were bored almost all the time (the is a story about WHY, but I'll leave that for another time). They finally desiced they could buy themselves a set of lego each to kill time and keep peace - luckily you're never too old for lego :-)

This challenge was a bit of a toughie for me, because I'm always clearing my desk.  I have had my final December Jenni Bowlin Papercrafting Kit, which was filled with lots of pretty papers from Elle's studio, sitting on my desk for a few weeks, though.  So, that is where I found inspiration for today's page.  I also used up a few seasonal goodies that have been lingering around my workspace since last Christmas in combination with some things that just arrived.

I have had a pretty Cocoa Daisy kit sitting on my desk for awhile now.  I think that everything in the kit is so pretty, but it's just not in keeping with my normal style, so I hadn't used it...until this challenge.  With the help of this layout as a starting point, I was able to create this...a layout that's not totally my style, but one that I definitely love.

I have been staring at this orange chevron paper for months. I love the paper, but just couldn't decide what colors to put with that orange. I decided to add some pale blue and a bit of green. I think I may need to force myself to do a challenge like this more often!

I have had the January Scrapbook Circle kit on my desk for weeks, just waiting to be enjoyed. I finally pulled it out, along with a photo that I had printed months and months ago of my little girl. To go even further with the challenge, I included some tissue paper (the gold and white stripe) that was on my desk because I am currently making tissue paper tassels for her first birthday party. I think I need this challenge at least quarterly!

You have until 1st February to join in with January's challenges, we would love to see what you have laying on your desk waiting to be scrapped!

If you would like to be a part of this great team of designers, don't miss our new Design Team Call coming up in the next few days!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Novembers Favourites and Winner!

Sorry for the delay in picking winners, I don't know where the time goes! Here are our favourites and a winner from November, will it be you?! Thanks to everyone who entered we loved your entries!

Firstly a couple of our favourite layouts that stood out for us, great work ladies!

....And the winner is....

Athanasia which this fun and detailed layout!

Athanasia, Congratulations! We wondered it you would like to our guest designer for a month? Please email me at thestudiochallenges@gmail.com to arrange it.

See you Sunday for our next challenge!
Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

4th Jan - Review of the Year

Good morning, everyone!  We hope that you and your family had a safe and happy New Year's Eve/New Year's Day.

Today's challenge is all about reflections.  We want you to create a project that focuses on 2014. Instead of looking forward we want you to look back at the year that has gone: what was the best thing that happened, what did you learn in the year or maybe you would like to review it month by month. It's up to you!  
Here are the projects that our designers created:

HeeSun Kim:

I bought the camera in May 2012. I thought it would use the bundle lens until the operation is to get used to the hand. April 2014. I purchased two types of lens.
After purchasing a lens. My work has been upgraded.


2014 has been a very challenging year for my family: there has been injuries, sickness, death, financial insecurity blah blah blah, but it ended very good. When we were in the middle of it, it was rough, but now we have peace and are looking forward for a fabolous 2015!

My hubby gave me a cutting machine, a Cameo, for Christmas - it has been on my wish list for two years ++, and I ccouldn't resist playing with it for this challenge.

I love the freedom Anna has given us with this challenge, especially because, while many wonderful things have happened in my life in 2014, there have been a number of challenges that have really gotten me down going into 2015.  Ultimately, the best part of 2014, hands-down, was the birth of my third cutie pie.  He entered the world a month early and had a number of struggles right off the bat, but he pushed through, is now thriving, and has already been such a blessing to us all in so many ways.  My hubby gave me a six-month, Noel Mignon subscription for Christmas, so most of what you see below came directly from my first box.  Yay!  Happy 2015, friends!

I went Project Life style with this challenge.  I used some fun cut-apart paper from Bella Blvd and created a wrap-up spread for my 2014 Project Life album - love the end result.  It's simple, but it does a great job summing up the year & I may have to make this a new PL tradition!  This spread probably looks a little weird because the months aren't quite in order, but the left side is actually the front of a pocket page and the right side is the back...

I looked back over the year and one photo kept jumping out at me. We had a very snowy winter here last year. On this day in particular, my son had the time of his life. This photo of him and his furry buddy is my favorite of the year. His happiness is my happiness. :)

I didn't take a very serious approach to this prompt! I was just getting my hair done a week or so ago and my stylist and I realized that throughout 2014, I had tried basically the whole spectrum of hair colors - from almost black to blond to red to brunette. I thought my colorful pixies would be fun to document for this challenge.

We hope you can play along with us!  Please link your projects up in the side bar.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

21st December - Christmas, Non traditional Colours

As its so close to Christmas we want you to create Christmas layouts, easy right?! But there is a little twist, we want you to use non traditional colours for your layouts! Which colours will you pick?

Christmas is off - Mercedes killed Santa.

Such a sad story needed depressive colors *lol*
Ouch - I just discovered a typo in the title - and I don't have time to make it up! Can you find it?

Hee Sun Kim : Colorful dream....Beautifully decorate my house, It has been a joy came to me.

I borrowed ScrapMuch?'s December Colour Palette for my page, which definitely steers away from the traditional red and green Christmas colors.  I have also highlighted non-traditional Christmas pics.  I won't bore you with the story, as I've already done so in the journaling and on my blog, but I will tell you that I had lots of fun with circular elements and stamping and am so happy to have captured this moment for my albums.

I got my inspiration from the current issue of HGTV magazine:

The black, white, turquoise and red looked so pretty to me, so I just had to use it on my Christmas layout.  I added in pops of silver, too! :)

I have a terrible time with traditional Christmas colors, so I was happy about this challenge.  I printed the photo in black and white so that the red and green in my son's outfit wouldn't show.  I decided to go with yellow, gray and a bit of blue in my background and I think it worked quite well.

 I love to add black to my Christmas color palettes, and instead of green I went with a minty aqua blue.

You have until 4th January 2015 to get your layouts in so if your quick you could even create a layout about this Christmas coming!

We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a happy new year, have a wonderful time!

Thanks to everyone who has entered this year, we have had so many great entries! We hope you see you all come back next year too!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

October Winner and Favourites

Sorry I am so late in posting winners and favourites, don't know where the time goes! We had many lovely entries in October it was so hard to pick!

The winner is ....
Amy with this lovely mixed media layout.

And our favourite entries are.... 

Thanks to everyone for joining in, we had a great time looking at your entries!

See you on Sunday for the last challenge of the year!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

7th Dec - Childhood Memories

The Challenge today is: Childhood Memories, now is the time to go digging and find a lovely childhood photo with a story behind it. You could even recreate the photo, then and now!

HeeSun Kim:
I was very hurt from when I was born. The doctor said I would die before 5 years of age. I was hospitalized for five years. Therefore, I don't have a picture of my childhood. My parents stayed at my side from morning until night, always came to the hospital. Grandma bought my older brother up. I can't remember, This day was warm & nice, I went to a picnic with my older brother.

My mum, and later I, put our photos in albums and wrote some notes/the story behind the photos along with the photos. This is why I know this photo of my brother, my dad and I, was taken in 1976 on a canoe trip close to the Swedish border. The snap shoot photos are often of poor quality, but still good enough to tell about the 1976 camping fashion :-)

I have only a small handful of childhood photos of myself at my disposal, and believe it or not, they've already found their way into an album.  So, I thought it might be fun to tell a story from my childhood on a page with pics of my own cuties.  It's all about a childhood tradition that I'm thrilled to share with my own kiddos today.  I've had that Echo Park bokeh paper for months.  Every time I picked it up I saw Christmas and am so excited to finally have gotten to use it.

For this challenge, I found a photo of myself and my 2 best friends from high school.  We still remain close to this day.  So I scrapped the photo of us from 10 years ago and then a photo of us from this past October.  This challenge was so much fun - mainly because I got to dig through a whole bunch of old, great photos!!

I ran across this photo of myself at around age 6 or so. I think I remember that I fell asleep this night waiting for Christmas to finally arrive. I always was an impatient one! :) 

I recently found this photo of myself at about 3 or 4 years old. I don't know anything about the story behind this particular photo, but I thought it was a good representation of a collection of early memories - twirling in pretty dresses. I remember several different dresses I had - some with matching purses - and I think this childhood love of cute dresses is the reason I love vintage dresses for my baby girl today.

Please link up your childhood memories layouts to the side up, we would love to see them!