Sunday, 3 December 2017

3rd December - Sketch

Good morning everyone and Happy December!
Our first challenge of this Christmas month is a sketch. I created this one to hopefully inspire you to get creating.

We welcome three new members to our Design Team today Denise, Helen and Lisa-Marie.

Please welcome...


Hello , I’m Denise and I live in southern Germany with my  family. I have been a scrapbooker since I got my first camera when I was sixteen. I decorated my albums long time before I ever heard the word “scrapbooking”. Ten years ago, I was infected with all the possibilities of die cutters, papers, stamps and embellishments. Last year, I started with mixed media and up to now, I like this style: a little bit neat, a little bit messy. I am really excited, to be a part of this design team at the studio challenge blog!

Visit me on:

I was inspired by the crosses on the sketch and decided to create a layout with these funny pictures of the kids playing with the "Ambu"-man...


Please welcome... 

Hi, I'm Helen and I'm from Perth, Western Australia.  I have been scrapbooking since 2002 when I first got introduced to this wonderful hobby. I used to scrapbook clean and simple double pages, however, over time my style has morphed more into a messy mixed media single page one.  I also like to create YouTube videos as a source of inspiration, well I hope others find inspiration and don’t just laugh at my Aussie accent. In my craft room I scrapbook, make cards, create mixed media canvases, art journal and paint abstract paintings. Really, I enjoy anything that feeds my creativity. By day I am a primary school teacher and by night a single mother to teenage twin boys. 

This is Helen's take on the sketch...

And last but not by any means least, please welcome....


Hi!  I'm Lisa-Marie and I live in Durbanville - which is in the Western Cape, South Africa.  I am widowed and have a precocious, delightful, awesome 7-year-old daughter (who you will see on a lot of my layouts!)  I have been scrapping for about a decade now and it's safe to say that it has become my absolute passion (and therapy too!).  I am fortunate enough to not work, so you will find me in my little scrapping room Monday to Friday, pretty much from dusk 'til dawn.  Most of my work comprises single page layouts, but I do enjoy off the page / altered projects and mixed media canvases; and I have been known to dabble with card making, tags and art journal pages too.  I serve on four other Design Teams currently; and I am BEYOND thrilled to join The Studio as well!  My scrapping tells stories - I don't just do it for the art.  My poor daughter will have to buy a rather large house one day for all the albums, canvases and such like, I have to pass on to her!!  For the past two years, my New Years resolution has been to create more art - so far so good, onward and upward from there.  I'd love you to follow my scrapping journey over at my blog - - and my older work is over at  I also have a Facebook page -  Scrapping continues to evolve and there is SO much inspiration out there; what a privilege it would be for me, if I could get to inspire you too!

Here's Lisa-Marie's take on the sketch...

The sketch is essentially a cluster of elements that are centered towards the left and middle of page . . . so that's what I did!

We hope these lovely layouts have inspired you to join in with us, please link up your finished layouts to the side bar.
There happens to be three challenges this month so you have until the 14th January to enter so even if your December is looking a bit busy you should still have time to enter!

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

August Favourites

Here are our favourites from August, lovely layout ladies!

Thanks to everyone who joined in, we love seeing your creations!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

19th November -Own background

We have a nice easy challenge for you today! It is...

 Create your own background; anyway you like, you could use stamps, mixed media, cut files or anything you like to create a background for your layout.

This background I use blue and purple watercolor、a little white gesso and use net stamp to complete.Than use bee grid die cut and cut some stars from pinkpaslee's paper then put title to complete. Hope this can inspire you.

I've played with mists and paints, done some stencil work, and grounded everything with a leafy cut file for a subtle approach to the challenge.


Hello there! For this challenge I chose to use cut files from the Silhouette online store. These days, I seem to love working with wreaths. The hardest part was hand-cutting the card stock to fit behind the flowers and leaves. Otherwise this is a fairly simple layout that I was able to put together in no time!

We would love to see your own background layouts, please link them up to the side bar you have until 3rd December to enter this month's challenges.

We will have even more inspiration for you next time as we will have new DT members joining us, can't wait to see what they create!

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, 5 November 2017

5th November - Mirror Image

5th Mirror Image; create a layout using a mirror imagine so both sides of your layout is the same as the other.

I have to admit that I started this one out with good intentions, matching patterns sideto side.  I even tucked a tag into the bottom outside corners of both photos and chose a floral die cut perfect for the occasion, but I struggled to carry the mirror image idea through to completion.  I won't make excuses.  I'll just let you decide for yourselves.


Hello! I took a bit of creative liberties with this challenge. I didn't exactly make a mirror layout, but everything I did on one side (top/bottom, left/right) I attempted to match on the other side. Also, since this is a mixed media layout, it's almost impossible to make it "exact". I had fun playing with my new gelatos and papers from Pretty Little Studio.

You have until 3th December to enter this month's challenges, please link them up to the side bar.

Thanks to everyone who entered our design team call, I will be in touch shortly.

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

July's winner and favourites

Still trying to catch up! Here are July's winner and favourites.

Our winner is...

Congratulations Sue! Such a gorgeous layout! Please email me at to become our guest designer for a month.

Our Favourites are ...




Great layouts everyone!

Thank you to everyone who joined in, we love seeing your layouts!

A little reminder that our design team call is still on we are looking for quite a few scrappers so please do enter, I look forward to seeing your entry.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

22nd October -Sketch

Sorry for the delay, we have had a storm and I have no internet so I'm currently borrowing some!

It's sketch time again here at the Studio. For today's sketch I was inspired be Hannah's Tic Tac toe layout.

Here are 


I love how easy this sketch . . . at least for me. I've been making "complicated" layouts lately and this one came together so fast!!!  Hysterically, I have three different titles going on because this photo is the center of so many events. It's my son's birthday, he has the best smile and it's Fall.  I am forever grateful for my little man.

Guest Designer -Marie
Here is my layout for this month’s sketch challenge. I’ve recently lost a lot of weight, nearly 5 stone! To celebrate the ‘new’ me, I decided to do this layout. My photo matched the Prima Rose Quartz collection perfectly. You will notice that I altered the sketch slightly by placing my paper diagonally rather than horizontal. I loved all the layering and clustering on this one. I used die cut flowers, and stamped and embossed one of my favourite flower stamps onto vellum, then cut them out. I splattered rose gold paint over the background and added black lace under the photo along with some inked doilies. I cut out lots of feathers from one of the papers, snipped them along the edges and ‘fluffed’ them up to make them appear more realistic. I dipped the Prima flowers into the rose gold paint so that they blended well with the background. I’m really pleased how this page came together. I love the new me and I love this page!

Thanks to Marie for this month, it's been a pleasure having you.

Don't forget our design team call is now on, you have until 4th to enter it, we would love to see you enter.

You have until 5th November to enter this month challenges, please link them up to the side bar.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Studio Design Team 2017 - 2018

Hello and welcome to The Studio Challenges design team call for 2017 to 2018!
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 UK based scrapbook challenge blog where we create fun and different challenges and sketches to inspire. We are looking for at least 3 new members maybe more.

If you are one of the chosen few you would be responsible for:
  • A six month term starting from December or you are welcome to stay for longer!
  • 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 challenges and promote this blog 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 4th November and please put 'DT Call' in the subject box.

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 a DT call here before please don't be put off entering again!
I can't wait to see your amazing entries! Good Luck!

June's Favourites

Thank to everyone who joined in with June's challenges, these layouts all happen to be from our 'not to be squared challenge'.

Our June's favourites are ....

Sunday, 8 October 2017

8th October - Colour Pallette

We have a lovely, warm colour pallette to inspire you today ...

Imagine from Colour Pallettes

This colour challenge inspires me to combine it with fall. I stamped and cut a few leaves to decorate. I used the photo from when we visited a farm with my family last week. We fed goats with grass, it was fun. It was really a wonderful day.

The color scheme "gave" me a wonderful excuse to break out some fall patterned papers that I purchased last year. I have been reaching with my creative outlet these days in making large die cut backgrounds. I just love how this looks. Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Guest Designer - Marie Willetts

I used inks and some bubble wrap as a stamp to create the background. Underneath the photo, I layered book paper, die-cut doilies, fabric leaves and some tangled thread. I also tore strips of corrugated card, dampened them, sprinkled chocolate embossing powder over and heat set. This made them look like tree trunks! I used the same embossing powder on the branch and added more leaves. The resin owl has been inked to blend in with the colour theme. Finally, I added broken tooth picks in a criss-cross shape to emphasise the ‘natural’ feel of the page.

I hope you enjoy using these colours in your layout, we would love to see how you get on so please link them up to the side bar when you are finished. 

Watch out for a Design Team call coming soon!

I hope you manage to fit in some scrappy time this week, enjoy!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

May's Favourites

Time for more favourites and a winner!
With this beautiful layout May's winner is ...

And our favourites are ...


Thanks to everyone for joining in with us.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

April favourites

Thank you to everyone who joined in with April's challenges, we loved looking at your entries.
April's favourite layouts are ...

Sunday, 24 September 2017

24th September - "S" Challenge

Morning, friends!  We've got our final, September challenge for you all today.  We are asking you to include as many items as you can that begin with the letter s on your pages this go around.  Here's how the Design Team was inspired.

I use the following:
Sea Blue 

I use mixed media to create this layout. I want to use shell to create a work this summer, but I still have no idea to do.Because this challenge, I start to do this work. I use a lot of shell than coloring with blue. grean and glod spray and use beads and drill to embellish.I pick a photo of my daughter in the sea.Than put the title and wood stars to finish. Hope this layout can inspire you.

I dove into my September Twin Falls Citrus Twist kit for this challenge and included the following twelve things that begin with the letter s: sequins, stitching, stamping, Silhouette, splatters, staples, stars, fabric swatch, sun, sky blue, September, and string.

I have used the following:
Sea Shells
Salmon Pink
Sky Blue
Sea Horse

It is my last DT layout for The Studio Challenges as I am stepping down after 18 months.
It has been a wonderful experience and I have enjoyed my time on this team.
I hope I have inspired you in some way!

My list of "S" goes as follows: school themed layout, striped paper, scalloped circle, stars and school supplies patterned paper. The tag under the photo has writing on it in real life, but blurred out for privacy. More details on my blog.

Now, it's your turn; and we can't wait to see what you all cook up!  You have until Sunday, October 8, 2017, to link up your takes, on this "S" Challenge and/or our previous, September Book Cover Challenge, in the right-hand column.  We also want to send out a HUGE thank you to Rachel for diligently inspiring us with her phenomenal creativity month after month.  She has been an enormous asset to our team and is already greatly missed.  We are and will continue cheering her on to what will inevitably be countless, great, success stories.  Be sure to stop by her blog and leave her lots of love.  Thanks so much for visiting, Studio friends!  Happy scrapping!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

10th September - Book Cover

Good Morning! Today's challenge is....

Inspired by a book cover; create a layout taking inspiration from a book cover. Maybe it's a book you have loved, maybe it's only the cover you love, you can use any book you like. (Please show us the book too).


This book page inspires me about flowers. 
So I cut few circles to make flowers. Then I added decoration to the corners. I use the photo that we had a travel in a B&B with the boos daughter to make cookie. It’s so fun and it’s a happy day.

I was inspired to use Maggie Holmes' new Carousel Collectionon my page by an old, Walt Disney Little Golden Book.  It happens to be Mary Poppins: A Jolly Holiday, but I wasn't inspired by the book content as much as I was by it's overall cover theme and color. 

My layout is inspired by my youngest and I's favourite book (and movie), The Life of PI, such a wonderful story! I have actually scrapped a photo of the book cover! My title, the tiger, waves, world map, tropical elements were all inspired by this book/book cover.

I must admit, I cheated slightly. I first made the page I wanted then went back to find a book cover!! Whatever works, right?! I'm a HUGE fan of the "For Better or For Worse" comic strips and have nearly all of her books. It's all about family . . . mothers, fathers, children . . . siblings!!!!

Please link up your layouts by 8th October for this month's challenges. 
We hope that this has inspired you to get scrapping.