Monday, 2 September 2013

'Pain au Chocolat' Layout - Scrap Around The World - 7 Dots - Prima - Inkido

Hi everyone!  Phew the end of the month has come & gone & I have so much to share now!!  Let's start with latest challenge up at Scrap Around The World HERE.  There is LOTS going on at SATW this month - we are revving things up a notch there so go & take a look.  We have a Facebook Subscriber giveaway going on there at the moment too, with some lovely artsy jewellery on offer as the prize!

Welcome back to Scrap Around The World Challenge FIVE!

Please note we have modified our rules!!

{please read our "To be Eligible for Judging" further down
as there's a slight change there too}.

 1)  The sketch is now OPTIONAL - you do not HAVE to use it 
{but of course you are welcome to use it as a starting point
 & for your inspiration if you like!}, this makes it easy for you to 
combine our challenges with sketch challenges if you want :)

2)  We now accept art journaling pages BUT only double-spreads with a 
minimum single page size of 14 x 19cm (5.5 x 7.5 inches) per page.

3)  Our challenges will now run until midnight EST on the last day of the month
     {this means you have an entire month to complete the challenge - woohoo!}.


Our HUGE NEWS is that we have a 
Facebook Subscriber Giveaway
launching TOMORROW {Monday 2nd September 2013} so make sure to
LIKE us on Facebook & come back TOMORROW 
to see what you can win!


Our HUGER NEWS is that we have a MYSTERY GUEST
creating with this month's mood board on TUESDAY NIGHT!
{that's your HINT - anyone guess WHO IT COULD BE?!}
Come back on Tuesday to find out & get the link!!


For September we have a BOLD and GRAPHIC mood board
from Design Team member Gayle Price {Australia}.

Feel free to interpret the mood board in any way you like, 
using one image, several of them, all of them or even just 
one aspect of an image, using ANY COLOURS!    

For example:- You could use contrasting colours or contrasting elements
(rough/smooth - straight/curved - light/dark) text, alphas, bold patterns, 
doodles, scribbles, flourishes, rub-ons,detailed embellishments
 (ie:-lace,chipboard, metal/resin embellishments) masks & sunrays.

Even the topic you chose to scrap could be inspired by the board
{reading the board from the top left to the bottom right}
such as things you feel strongly about (image 1)
unconventional beauty (image 2) 
about your thoughts/feelings (image 3)
loved ones/a dependency (image 4) 
your wild side/things not everyone knows about you (image 5).


To be eligible for judging:-

You are required to show the image of the MOOD BOARD ONLY 
{you may show the sketch image but ONLY IF YOU USE IT}
 PLUS mention in your post that you are playing along at Scrap Around The World 
with a link back to the current challenge.

 Link  to YOUR BLOG POST NOT your entire blog & turn off your word-verification if 
you would like some of our Design Team members to comment on your entry.

Please check our RULES OF PLAY HERE before you begin your entry - thanks!

Here's my layout created for the reveal.

I liked the idea of a monotone layout but with more shades rather 
than JUST black & white {although any colours are permissible}.

The designers still get to work with the sketch even though it is now OPTIONAL FOR PLAYERS.  I didn't want lots of busyness at the top & bottom of the layout too so I used my gesso lid to create the big semi-circles you see at the top & bottom & layered with stamps rather than papers, for a lighter look.

I layered under my photo with stamps, mesh tape, gold metallic threads & staples, chipboard & torn papers from 7 Dots Studio, as well as corrugated board inked with brown & dabbed with a gold paint dabber.

I layered up my mesh tape & wrinkled up masking tape first then gessoed over the top of them.  That metal is a new one from Prima's Vintage Vanity Collection by Finnabair.

I used background stamps from Prima 
& the large butterfly stamp from Inkido.

I also layered up some of the negative section from
 the Ranger 'Pop Dots' (the sticker paper part).

I added some pencil scribbles {for the first time ever}, as well as mists from Lindy's Stamp Gang, rhinestone flourishes from Flourish with a Bling & chipboard from Scrapmatts.  

The winner of this challenge will be invited back to be our October Guest Designer, 
as well as winning this huge prize pack of 20 PIECES of chipboard from our sponsor 

studio cutout

Wycinanka is a Polish chipboard manufacturer whose products can be viewed HERE.  

You can find a list of retailers stocking Wycinanka in other countries HERE.

You can follow the Wycinanka blog HERE & follow them on Facebook HERE.

2nd place will receive paper collection 'Grey Rainbow' from Polish company 

Company Shop

"Dedicated to bring you happiness & satisfaction with every moment spent 
scrapbooking with Studio 75!  We know that keeping your experiences positive 
is important so we prepare our papers and embellishments with care for every 
single detail. Our Designers put their heart & soul into their work so we can
 offer you items that spark your imagination & give you endless pleasure -
 papers, tags, stamps, charms, chipboard, art journals, album bases & more!"

See their full range here in their online store.


3rd place will receive a $25 chipboard prize-pack from

 in Australia,containing a selection of their latest releases!

Australian Made Laser Cut Chipboard to compliment your scrapbook pages, 
cards & paper-crafting projects. Scrapmatts has a Ning site that showcases an 
amazing talented international design team who post daily on the blog there, 
a Gallery, customer challenges & an online store. Come join in the fun here!

Below is just one example of some of the awesome products they stock HERE.

CB5102 Window 02

4th place will receive a $15 prize-pack of your choice from 

Purple Pumpkin!

They stock a huge range of embellishments, washi tape, motex tape, etc 
in their online store HERE

Purple Pumpkin

Purple Pumpkin manufactures high-quality embellishments of a fun & funky nature!

They are Australian based & specialize in fabric buttons, handmade flowers,
 resin, twine & washi tape.  They have a great blog that is constantly active & they hold monthly challenges open to all, with Guest Designer positions up for grabs as well as awesome prizes of Purple Pumpkin loveliness! 

Below is just one example of the many products stocked in their online store.

Our RANDOM WINNER will receive this amazing pack of goodies
 from the very generous Natalie May, owner of Etsy Store

"Natalie May - Wife to Trev, mum to Jessica.
 Scrapper, Papercrafter & all round Happy Person! 

I live in Adelaide {South Australia} teach Scrapbooking & Cardmaking
 & love my life in the Scrapbooking & Papercraft Industry.  Happiness is...
teaching others, making pretty stuff & sharing all the cool stuff I create with - 
ribbons, charms, flowers, moulds, resins, mixed media metals & washi.

The deadline for this challenge is Monday September 30th 2013

Thanks for the visit!  I'll be back tomorrow 
with a very exciting announcement!!
See you all soon :)


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwww! This is gorgeous! I love love love the colors, the layers and the butterflies!!

Riikka Kovasin said...

Stunning layout! Love the grungy look!

Tracee said...

Gorgeous layout Helen I spent ages looking at all the layers of scrapiness you have created Tx

juscrap said...

This page is gorgeous Helen! I really love this! xx

Gayle Price said...

Love your page !! So many beautiful layers and details. xx

Lynnda said...

WOW WOW WOW Helen.... I love this ... its so beautiful!!!

how much I have missed coming over here....


Keren Tamir said...

This is just so stunning Helen!! A fave in my book. I love that butterfly stamp.

Linda Eggleton said...

WOWW!!! This is sensational, Helen...I love it so much, from the textures to the gorgeous colours & layering. Well done on nailing this one! I really love this sketch, but kinda struggling with the board - will have to put my thinking cap on & hope I have enough time this month to fit it in before heading off o/s. Have a great week!

Val Thorpe said...

First of all I love the mood board and sketch for this month.... :D secondly I really love your layout. That background page is just amazing with all the layers and textures... Just gorgeous Helen... Great prizes up for grabs too :O

Camila Borssoi said...

Hi Helen, what a amazing layout! Love the mixed midea backgeound and all the layers in it.

sandi said...

Wow Helen this is just absolutely STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!! Love what you've done here!!!!

Heather Jacob said...

exceptional piece of art Helen . love it all xoxo

yyam said...

Oh wow.
Really love your choice of colours here. The restraint really adds to the allure of this page. As always, embellished to perfection!

Sabrina Sulaiman said...

Helen I always sigh when I looked at the prizes at SATW.. it also made me want to go to Poland. Goshh. You know they have all the pretty scrappy stuff!! How to get them? Grrrr...

Anyway, this LO is certainly one of your best! Loving the whole look of the page, excellent work, beautiful job!!

Hope you are well there,

Fi said...

Love the colour palette you've used with this page it compliments the photo perfectly.

Mitra Pratt said...

I agree Fi! Love the gold edges of the cardboard, so lovely!

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful layout Helen! Love all the layers and texture! I hope to join along :)

Lynette said...

Love the rich layers and textures. Beautiful layout.

Sandie Edwards said...

A favourite lo of yours for me, it is so beautiful... your daughter looks so much like you!!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Love that sketch! Some of your photos have broken images, just to let you know.

Desire Fourie said...

Just stunning. Love the autumn colours.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Denise van Deventer said...

Gorgeous page you created for this challenge! I just love the colours and the styling is just fabulous! A definite favourite for me! ;-)