Pixels & Company

A Dose of Photography Inspiration

I’m not a professional photographer. And I’m not here to give you some fabulous advice about F-Stops or shooting in the RAW (and frankly I don’t even know what that even means! LOL). But I do take photos – and lots of them – on my phone (*gasp!), and I’ve found some fun ways to spruce them up for your layouts.

Obviously the internet is a wonderful place to find inspiration. And if you’re a Pinterest addict like I am, there are a ton of cool ideas to make your photos shine without a lot of effort! So lets talk about using props, shadows and angles…

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One major trend I’ve noticed this year is incorporating chalk to help tell a story. Using chalkboard props such as mini boards can be a fun way to add journaling or titles to your photos. Back-to-school photos are the perfect opportunity to do just that, by adding what grade the child will be attending. I gave chalk a try in the layout and photos below:

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Have a photo but no props? How about using the elements in your digi supplies to enhance the photo further. Samantha Bellerose did just that on her page. It looks like the leaves are popping out of the photo!

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Shadows

Why not try using your body as a prop? You can have a lot of fun using shadows to add a different perspective. This layout by Sabrina Poole (and the images blow), capture a sweet family moment in a unique way.

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Angles

But even with all the fun props or creative shadowing, just changing the angle in which you take the shot can make a big difference.

Here is another page by Sabrina Poole where her daughter took some selfies (cute!) from below – at her level. Even though the photos are off centre and slighly blurry, they tell a story and make this the perfect candid moment.

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Here is layout created by Tori Lynn. The photo was captured on the same level as the subject. By doing this it allows the moment to seem much more intimate.

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Natashya Bay chose to shoot the photo of her horse in a non-traditional way – which really captures the horses spirit.

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Sometimes we don’t even need to see the faces of our subjects to feel an emotion. In this layout by Dawn Farias, you can feel the genuine connection between these two children by the angle she has chosen.

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And then of course, shooting at different angles can just be plain fun! :) My daughter had a wonderful time helping me draw and pose for these photos.

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Well that’s it! I hope I sparked some inspiration for you today. Thanks for visiting!

Happy Scrapping!

 

3 Way Challenge – 20th – 26th Sept 2014

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Hello

Welcome to another 3 Way Challenge this month. This week we’re going to scrap with the beautiful This Year Fall Kit 2014 created by Shannon McNab of Scotty Girl Design.

 

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For this challenge, you can create a layout with this kit OR you can scraplift one of the example layouts below using two or more products by Scotty Girl Design.

 

The first layout is by Linda Roos – a perfect example of simple, yet still very creative and unique design:

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That’s how Linda describes her layout: “I love the deep and warm jewel tones of autumn, and the colours in Shannon’s kit is not an exception. Together with the beautiful and sophisticated patterns they form the perfect palette for an autumn themed layout. I felt I didn’t need to overload the page with elements; the papers did the work for me. The cute little leaves did add the perfect touch, though.”

 

Another one is by Arielle Gordon – who shows here how to scrap multiple photos without making the page look too busy. I love the title work on this layout, too.

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That’s what she says about her page: ” I absolutely love the colors and patterns in Scotty Girl Design’s This Year 2014 – Fall Kit. Especially the teal and woodgrain papers! I didn’t have any fall photos to scrap, we’re still in the 90’s here, but I thought it would be perfect for a recent family reunion. Since I had a few photos, I modified one of Simply Tiffany Studio’s Window System Templates. I think the woodgrain paper is perfect on the frame of this template! And I had no problem finding all kinds of fun bits and bobs in the collection to layer and tuck about! ”

 

And here’s my page (Anna Drozd):

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After seeing the kit for the first time I knew at once that it’s perfect for scrapping the photo of a leaf I took a few weeks ago. I really love the wide array of leaves (of different textures, colours and patterns) that Shannon put in her kit, so I just had to use them on my page. I’m also a big fan of lace and brushes, so I added some as well. The lovely word arts that you will find in this kit are ideal for titles or adding little finishing touches. And as it’s hardly posible for me to make a page without adding stitching and paint I threw stitches from a different kit by Shannon (Skinny Stitches) and some splatters by Dawn by Design.

 

Here are our challlenges rules in short:

Don’t forget – Each page counts for one challenge and you cannot use one layout for multiple challenges.

Challenge layouts must contain at least 25% P&Co products to be eligible for prizes.

Participants will earn the following rewards for completing challenges:
2 challenges = 10% off
4 challenges = 20% off
6 challenges = 30% off
8 challenges = 40% off and a chance for a guest spot

This challenge must be completed by 11:59pm MST on the 26th of September.

Once you have created your layout, make sure you upload it to the Challenge Gallery. Then post it in the forum challenge thread as well as the September tracking thread in order to receive your points.

 

Have fun ;-)

Cropped! 2014 – Guest Judges

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It’s getting closer and closer, and we’re getting more and more excited! Today, we’re extremely proud to announce our distinguished panel of guest judges for Cropped! 2014. This diverse and highly-qualified panel of industry experts will join us in judging each round, and we couldn’t be more pleased!

Inside the Studio with Scotty Girl Design

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Shannon McNab of Scotty Girl DesignWe’re really excited that Scotty Girl Design is our Featured Designer this week (September 19-25, 2014), especially because today she’s sharing a peek into where all her digi magic happens! And for anyone who missed her first feature back in February, you’ll enjoy reading the original Q&A article here. She shares lots of fun tidbits, including what odd choice of music she listens to while designing.

Today, though, we get to see her design space.


Tell us a little bit about your office.
I share my home office with my husband, although I commandeered 2/3 of the room. And I’m lucky because I have a husband that’s quite the handyman. He built my desk for me last summer and I totally LOVE it!

Total side note, but it was quite an impressive feat given that he had to do all the work in our apartment’s garage and since we don’t have any shed storage downstairs, he had to carry all his tools up and down each weekend. And yes, that means that all his tools are stored inside our home (several of which take up about half of the craft closet). But that’s a story for another time…

My desk is about 10 feet long and spans almost the entire length of the wall. I wanted a desk where I could transition easily from designing on my computer to crafting, so having it be one long work station works so well.

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1. The Computer Station: My 27″ iMac is the most important design tool. I love having a large screen so I can see what my designs will look like at their full printed size. Right next to my computer is my printer along with a pen/pencil cup and my peppermint lotion. My hands get really dry, so I like having it within arms reach, plus the peppermint scent always puts me in a good mood.

2. My Crafty Side: The left side of my desk houses a scanner, a Silhouette Cameo, along with most of my crafting supplies (the rest are in my craft closet to the right of my desk). It’s also where I keep a big rattan basket of all my antique finds. I’m always on the lookout for interesting or vintage papers, buttons, and other ephemera that I can scan and use in my kits.

3. Business as Usual: The right underside of my desk is where all my business documents and general office supplies live. The top shelf is where I keep all my sketch pads and a large stash of colored pencils and Copic markers. I like to have them close by in case I get a great idea that I have to sketch right away.

4. Design Inspiration: My “art wall” was a must-have for me when I redecorated the office last year so I could showcase some of my favorite art pieces I’ve collected over the years (with room to grow). The Copenhagen poster I brought back from my “honeymoon” last year, the Scotty Dog piece in the top corner was from a family trip to Carmel, and the large striped “S” was acquired during a Pottery Barn sample sale (I’ve been meaning to update it with scrapbook paper or fabric). But my absolute favorite piece on my wall is the quilt square just next to my computer. My husband’s mother was cleaning out her garage and found several quilt squares hand stitched by his great grandmother. I love having a piece of his family history on the wall!

5. Hidden Gem: I also have a unique collection on display in my office. It’s a double doored cubby that I use to house my small Disney pin collection. I’m not an avid pin trader like lots of other Disney fans are, I usually just purchase limited edition or hard-to-find characters. Eventually I plan on moving it onto one of our bedroom walls and replace it with my hand painted cork board.

I hope that gives you a little glimpse into my day-to-day designer life. I think it also gives you a good sense of my personality, especially the fact that I am such a neat freak. Although, yes, I did clean up a little before taking this photo, but you can keep a secret right?!?


So are you a fan of Scotty Girl Design? Do you want a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to her shop? If so, then just leave a comment on this blog post and tell us which of her products is your favorite and why you love it. (One winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends at 11:59 PM MT Thursday, Sept 25, 2014.)

Printing on a Journal Card

This is my third year working on a Project Life album, and along the way I’m always picking up new tricks. Since I like to purchase traditional Project Life supplies as well as use my digital stash from Pixels and Company, I mix and match my pages for a hybrid album. One of my favorite new tricks is to print digital text onto a physical Project Life card, and today I’m going to show you how you can do it, too!

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I decided to use a card from the Project Life Coral Edition, designed by Deena Rutter. I’m using Adobe Photoshop CC for this tutorial, but you can do this in an earlier version of Photoshop or Elements.

1. First, you need to create a new Photoshop (PS) document and set the dimensions to the same size as your journaling card. I’m using a 6×4 card, so that’s what I chose. Make sure your background color is set to “white.”

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2. Before we continue, you’ll need to use a ruler to measure the dimensions of your journaling space, in order to create a text box for your journaling. Make sure the rulers are turned on in PS, and drag a guideline to your desired measurement. I used guidelines to mark off where the red paper design ended, and to figure out where the “take note” triangle is, in order to place my text boxes around it. I also left some space around the edges of the card. I typed “text goes here” to show you where my text boxes are in this example.

Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 12.20.32 PM3. Now that I have my text boxes, I can type in my journaling, add a title, dates, etc. Here’s what my journaling looks like on the card.

Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 12.30.05 PMAlternative step (2&3): If you’d like, instead of measuring and using rulers/guidelines, you can scan the card onto your computer, drag it into PS, design your text, and then delete the scanned layer, and you’ll have the same thing. See example below :)

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 2.48.21 PM4. For printing, you will need a printer with an adjustable paper tray (if you don’t, keep reading!) in order to print directly on the card. Put the journaling card into the tray, and be sure your printer’s paper tray is adjusted to fit the journal card so that it will print straight. Also, check your printer settings for which way your card needs to be facing … mine needed to face up with the red design towards me.

Alternative step (4): If you don’t have the adjustable tray, I’m providing you with this PS template to print out your cards using a full sheet of paper.

If you have rounded corners on your journal card, choose the “rounded corners” layer and turn off the “straight corners” layer. If you have straight corners on your journal card, choose the “straight corners” layer and turn off the “round corners” layer,

Flatten the file and print it out on an 8.5×11 piece of paper.

Then, you can stick a piece of scotch tape on the journal card, and adhere it to the outline box on your template paper.

Open the template again in Photoshop, duplicate all your text layers we created earlier to the template file.

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Turn off all outline layers and put your template paper with your journaling card attached into the printer tray. Check your printer settings for which way your paper needs to be loaded … outline facing up or down.

5. Then just go to file -> print. Under print settings, check the paper size is set to 4×6 (or 8.5×11 for the alternative step).

Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 12.58.07 PMThen slip your card into an album, you’re done!

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Cropped! 2014

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It’s time for Cropped! 2014, and we want to get this party started!

 

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Based on Food Network’s hit TV show Chopped, our version will have contestants working their way through five rounds, submitting themed layouts every week in hopes of becoming the Cropped Champion. Each round will represent a course – from aperitif to dessert – and will include four mystery ingredients that need to be incorporated into the layout as well. And, just like our TV counterpart, a panel of judges (from within the scrapbooking industry) will decide who moves forward to the next round, and who is CROPPED.

Each time a contestant makes it through to the next round, they will receive an additional prize package, and be that much closer to becoming our Cropped Champion! Last year we gave out over $2,000 worth of prizes, and we can’t wait to unveil the prizes for this year!

New this year: Play along each week, and you’ll be eligible for a prize of your very own! Each week, one non-registered (or previously eliminated) entry will be chosen randomly for a P&Co gift certificate, and at the end of the contest, one non-registered (or previously eliminated) entry will be chosen for our second prize bundle! Every entry counts, so the more weeks you play along, the better your chances! *One entry allowed per week.

 

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Registration is open now, and the first round will begin at 12:01 AM (MDT) on Friday, September 26, and runs through 12:00 PM (MDT) on Wednesday, October 1. Round timeframes are as follows:

 

  • Registration: Now – September 25
  • Round 1: Aperitifs | Sept 25-Oct 1
  • Round 2: Appetizers | Oct 3-8
  • Round 3: Seafood | Oct 10-15
  • Round 4: Entrée | Oct 17-22
  • Round 5: Dessert | Oct 24-29

Cropped contestants will receive more detailed information prior to contest.

 

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To register, please complete the entry form here.

 

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

1. Contest is open to anyone 18 and older. Entrants under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian’s permission to enter this Contest. Employees of Pixels & Company (Sponsor) and their guest judges, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household are not eligible to enter. Contest begins 9/26/14 and ends 10/29/14.

2. To enter, please sign up using the above form.

3. Entries must be the sole work of the entrant.

4. Pixels & Company (and their panel of industry judges) will select contestants to proceed to the next round based on the following criteria:

  • Did the contestant accurately complete the assignment for the round?
  • Did the contestant incorporate the mystery ingredients into their layout, and how creative were they in doing so?
  • Does the layout contain 100% P&Co products?
  • Do the layouts express meaning through journaling, art or photographs?
  • Do the layouts present innovative principles or techniques?
  • Are the photographs clear, sharp and expressive?
  • Does the contestant make good use of color and product to convey the meaning of the page?

A panel of judges will determine who progresses on in each round. Contestants agree to be bound by these rules and the ruling of the judges, whose decisions are final. Each Friday, the contestants who have passed through to the next round will be notified via email, with instructions for the next round and a link to download the four mystery ingredients. They will also be announced in P&Co’s regular Friday newsletter. The Cropped Champion will be notified by email on or about 10/30/14, and announced publicly 10/31/2014.

5. Prizes are non-transferable, and may not be redeemed for cash.

6. Entry constitutes permission to use the winners’ name, picture, likeness, and city and state of residence for purposes of trade, publicity or promotion for no additional compensation except where prohibited by law. All entries must be original and must not infringe on any third-party rights.

7. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

3 Way Challenge **PLUS** I Sept 7 -13

Hi there, it’s Janelle M here with the next edition of the 3 Way Challenge.

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely looking forward to the change in weather that comes with this new season. Plus, usually, I find I have a bit more time to scrap now that school is back in full swing (at least here in the U.S.)

This week we have selected the gorgeous kit, Autumn Splendor, by Laura Passage aka Wishing Well Creations. In fact, we’re so psyched to be scrapping with a fall kit that we’ve invited a couple of Laura’s CT members to join us in the challenge this month, hence the **PLUS** in this week’s challenge title — six layouts instead of just three. Fun!!!

To participate in this challenge, you can create a layout with this kit OR you can scraplift any one of the layouts below using two or more products by Laura/WWC

 

This first gorgeous page is by Laura’s CT member, LeeAndra Fouts. Don’t you just LOVE all her beautiful layering? And the fun black & white pictures? This layout makes me smile.

Here’s what LeeAndra had to say about the Autumn Splendor kit, “Autumn kits are some of my favorites to use (and collect!) so I knew that I had to use this kit of Laura’s with some of my photos from last year. I especially loved that this kit had some pops of blue and grey along with more traditional fall colors. In fact, I wanted to showcase the colors so much that I desaturated my photos so that the bright pink coat my daughter was wearing in them wouldn’t clash with the overall scheme. I used the leaves included in the kit to reinforce that these photos took place last fall (since that may not be immediately apparent from the close crops I did on them) and took place outside/in a natural setting.”

The next example is by site CT member, Rae Clevett. Using the dark background makes all the elements really shine. And that picture! If you’ve never noticed Rae’s beautiful pictures before, hop over to her gallery and take a peek.

Here’s what she had to say about working with Autumn Splendor, “The wordart in this kit is perfect for those fall photos. I love the balance of lighter and darker tones in the color palette, especially the silver tone. Not only are there beautiful flower and leaf stickers but there are fun wood veneer pieces. This kit is a must-have in my stash.”

Third page – is by Corrin Kosifou of Laura’s team. The page is obviously gorgeous, but it’s the journaling that takes my breath away – Wow!

This is what Corrin had to say about this kit, “It is always the colours that make me want to use a kit, and I loved the Autumn gold and browns here, but the mix of deep browns and then the light aqua/blue reminded me of this photo of my daughter that is a few years old, but still one of my favourites, a perfect match! Laura’s kits always have a great mix of flat and 3D elements, I love the stickers (the unique shapes of the leaves & flowers, and the berries on their branches), and then the string to give some dimension – it looks like something I could have made with scissors and glue etc. but this way is so much easier!”

Alright, that made three – here comes the portion of this week’s challenge that makes it a “PLUS” – three more pages. I love the idea of having more pages to admire. I’ve said it before, but I really do find it endlessly fascinating to see how many different styles and layouts can come from one kit!

Next up is site CT member, Laura O’Donnell. I kind of giggled when I first saw her page because it really almost looks like one of the leaves from her photo ended up on the page. How cool – and what a great realistic element!

Laura said this about Autumn Splendor, “I like the additions of grey and purple to the traditional fall colors. The wordart has some great sentiments and the mix of drawings and natural elements are fun to layer. This is a very versatile kit!”

The next layout is by Jan Sowder from the P&Co site CT. This page also uses the Zephyr Template by Karla Dudley – I’ve linked it because if you are as blown away by this page as I am you’ll probably be looking for it. This way it’s easy to find. I really love how the drawn elements give this page a whimsical feel so perfect for the photos.

And what did Jan say about using Laura’s new kit?   “I love the beautiful fall colors in this kit and the variety of elements. They will compliment all of my fall photos as well as any late summer ones I might have. I especially loved the variety of patterned papers and unique flowers.”

And last is my (Janelle Miller) page.

When I first opened this kit I knew it was going to be so fun to use. The addition of the aqua colors to a more traditional color palette gives it a whole new fun feel. Although I chose not to use some of the more realistic elements on this particular page, I fell in love with them and plan to use this kit for several more pages this fall. And I’m super excited to add those realistic leaves to my fall Project Life pages

Don’t forget – Each page counts for one challenge and you cannot use one layout for multiple challenges.

Challenge layouts must contain at least 25% P&Co products to be eligible for prizes.

Participants will earn the following rewards for completing challenges:
2 challenges = 10% off
4 challenges = 20% off
6 challenges = 30% off
8 challenges = 40% off and a chance for a guest spot

This challenge must be completed by 11:59pm MST on the 13th of September.

Once you have created your layout, make sure you upload it to the Challenge Gallery. Then post it in the 3 Way PLUS forum challenge thread as well as the September tracking thread in order to receive your points.

I can’t wait to see your pages. On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!

 

 

 

Inside the Studio With Laura Passage

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Laura PassageWe’re really excited that Laura Passage is our Featured Designer for the coming week (September 5-11, 2014)… because it means that we all get a chance to learn more about her once again! For anyone who missed her first feature back in February, you’ll enjoy reading the original Q&A article here. It’s full of lots of fun info. You can also read more here about how she got her start in design… and about the fact that she likes sneak off in her house to hide from her kids while she’s eating her secret chocolate stash.

Today, though, she’s here to give us a glimpse of her design space (literally making this post a true “inside the studio” experience!).


Where do you do your design work?
Truth? I think I mentioned this in my Q&A article last winter, but… most of the time, I design on my laptop while sitting on the couch and watching TV with my husband after the kids go to bed. It’s super fancy. I use one of my youngest son’s old Sesame Street board books as a table for my wireless mouse. I guess I’ll call that Design Space A. ;)

I also have a home office space (Design Space B), which is really just one long desk along a wall in our guest bedroom… but in reality, I only work up there in the mornings when my youngest is at preschool. Even though the upstairs office has much better light and offers way more inspiration, the evening workload always takes place downstairs on the couch so I can spend time with my husband (watching bad TV!).

Here’s a look at my true office space…

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If you pay close attention, you can see that this space isn’t completely finished. I began painting the room over a year ago (it’s called Williamsburg Blue, but this photo makes it look rather purple… which is hilarious, given that I hate purple), but I never finished. The story: I didn’t ever want to have to move the heavy file cabinets on either side of the desk in order to paint the wall in the future… so I painted it before setting up the space to function as an office, and then I got sidetracked and never finished the rest of the room! See the blue painter’s tape along the baseboard on the left? Yup… it’s been that way since, well, let’s not talk about it. Haha!

One of my least-favorite features is the ugly brown office chair… but it’s a necessary evil. A work-related injury, years ago when I was still coaching college soccer in 2006, resulted in an emergency back surgery. Comfortable office seating with good support has been a must ever since… even if it’s “not cute.”

One of my favorite things, though (again, not cute… but functional!) is my adjustable computer desk addition. My awesome husband found it and bought it for me as a Christmas gift last year, and it allows me to switch from a sitting position to a standing position in 5 seconds flat using the spring-loaded lift-and-lock function of the desk — a total must for someone with chronic lower back issues! Here’s a closer look…

 

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Another of my favorite parts of this work space is the wooden thread rack that I hung on the wall and re-purposed in order to act as a storage space for scrapbooking and crafting supplies such as washi tape, baker’s twine string, and other ribbon/etc. These things used to be piled in a plastic bin in a closet… but it’s way easier to remember what I have (and make sure I use it) when I can see it in front of me. Also, anyone who is familiar with my designs knows that I suffer from a pretty severe case of Rainbow Love Disorder, so this should not be all that shocking…

 

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Another embarrassing thing you’ll notice if you look at the first photo closely (and yes, I’ll point it out!)… I am a paper piler. I have piles all over the place. It’s actually pretty ridiculous, and it drives my husband crazy. The entire right-hand file cabinet console is covered in everything I want to add to my paper scrapbooking / Project Life-style album (memorabilia, kids’ artwork, etc.). The entire left-hand file cabinet is littered with paper scrapbooking supplies (I have an addiction to chipboard items, 3×4 cards, and vintage paper ephemera). I love scanning the old vintage stuff and including it in my kits/products. Here’s a look at one of my piles of clutter (er, no… “vintage treasures”)…

 

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As you can tell, I love anything fun and colorful… and my home office reflects it. I also never have enough time in life, and things are always in a constant state of chaos (piles of paperwork, to-do lists scattered everywhere, etc.)… and my home office reflects it! Haha. I find that if I surround myself with the cute and colorful stuff (even despite the messy piles), then I’m never lacking for ideas and inspiration.


So, are you a fan of Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage? Leave a comment on this blog post and tell us which of her products is your favorite (and why!), and you could win a $10 Gift Certificate to her shop. (One winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends at 11:59 PM MT Thursday, Sept 11, 2014.)

ETA: We used random.org to choose a winner… and the winner is the 15th comment on this post — barbaraj! Congratulations! :)

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For everyone else who didn’t win… you should have already received an e-mail from Laura with a “consolation prize” for each of you… so make sure to check for it!

 

Challenges | September 2014

Where did August go, I think I blinked and missed it!  As we all work to settle back into a routine, challenges can help you to keep growing and connect with the community. Check out what our talented CT has done this month.

First up is our photo challenge. Hosted this month by Raquel, she challenges us to document something we or a loved one cherishes.  Here’s her layout:

 

P&Co September 2014 Photo Challenge

Mandi has challenged us to record something in the form of a supply list. Here’s her take on the prompt:

P&Co September 2014 Journaling Challenge

 

Jen E is hosting our Template Challenge for September.  Her template has a large focal photo, and some nice spots for embellishing. 

 

P&Co September 2014 Template Challenge

Sabrina hosts the recipe challenge, 5 ingredients + your creativity = one great layout. Take a peek at what Sabrina created:

 

P&Co September 2014 Recipe Challenge

Christy has a fantastic palette  for this month’s color challenge, I can’t wait to see what you all make as you play along, here’s her take on the challenge:

P&CO September 2014 Color Challenge

 

Congratulations to crazycat1126. She is our Guest CT member for September. She completed all 8 Challenges in June, earning her a 40% off coupon and a guest spot on the team.

 

I hope you’ll join us in the forum and play along. You can earn discounts for participating and even get the chance to be a guest on our Creative Team for a month. Participants will earn the following rewards for completing challenges:
2 challenges = 10% off
4 challenges = 20% off
6 challenges = 30% off
8 challenges = 40% off and a chance for a guest spot

If you complete all 8 challenges by 11:59 PM MST on September 31, you will receive a coupon for 40% off, plus you will be entered to win a guest spot on the P&Co Creative Team! The first five challenges will be posted on the first of the month; the remaining challenges will be posted weekly. Each page counts for one challenge, and you cannot use one layout for multiple challenges. Challenge layouts must contain at least 25% P&Co products to be eligible for prizes.

Filed under Challenges by Sarah Hemmert @ 6:39 pm

DIY Quilted Canvas Wall Decor and Hybrid Roundup

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Hello! How’s your weekend? Arielle here with a fun and easy project! I love little “artsy” things, especially little canvases. This tutorial will show you how to make this little quilted canvas wall decor. They would make such a cute little gift, don’t you think?

What you’ll need…

  • Digital kit & print outs – I used a kit from KimB’s Designs,  Best Medecine
  • Square punch 7/8″ of thick card stock (to use as a template)
  • Circle punch 1 1/4″
  • 4×4″ canvas
  • Buttons or other embellishments
  • Modge Podge
  • paint brushes and paint (optional)
  • washi tape (optional)

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Step 1 – Set up your digital prints. I set up a document of my patterned papers in long strips, at least 2 1/8″. I set up an identical page with solid colors, the printed one of each back-to-back. That way my circles would be solid on one side and patterned on the other. I also set up and printed a sentiment and coordinating strip of patterned paper, about 2 1/2 long.

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Step 2 – Punch a piece of heavy card stock with the square 7/8″ punch. You will use this as a template to fold your circles. You will need to punch out 13 circles.

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Step 3 – Place the square template into the center of each circle and fold the edges over.

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Step 4 – Arrange the squares prior to adhering them to you canvas. As you’ll notice, I painted the top of my canvas yellow, but left the sides unpainted. In arranging your squares, remember to plan in a space of 3 consecutive squares, to add your sentiment.

Step 5 – Apply Modge Podge to the back of each square and adhere to the canvas. I adhere the first square to the top left corner, flush with the top and left side. Then I apply the the one assigned to the top right corner, flush with the top and right side. Once they are in place, I can add the middle 2, making sure to space them appropriately. Then adhere the rest.

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Step 6 – Apply your sentiment to the empty space and add buttons or other embellishments.

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Step 7 – You can see I finished the side with color-coordinating washi tape.

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 And that’s it – a fun little wall canvas! If you make one of your own, please add a photo of it to the hybrid gallery and come back and leave a link in the comments – I would love to see it!

 

Hybrid Projects From Our Creative Team

We’re showing off some gorgeous hybrid creations from our Creative Team members today. This is a “roundup” of hybrid projects uploaded by the CT into the hybrid gallery recently. We would LOVE to see your hybrid projects, too – please show us what you’re up to! Each project below is linked to it’s page in the gallery so you can check them out!

 

Rosette Clothespin Wreath
by MelanieRitchie

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Mousekeeping Tip Envelope
by RachelAlles

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Hybrid Layout
by JenniferBarksdale

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Kindergarten Hybrid Layout
by ErinTaylor

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Custom Cell / iPod Case
by JenPapadimitriou

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6×8 Pocket Pages
by Laura ODonnell

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Altered Composition Books
by Laura ODonnell

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Hybrid Planner
by JenniferEvangelista

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3D Hybrid Baby Card
by DianeHoward

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Balloon Mobile
by LindaRoos

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How Sweet Hybrid Card
by Laura ODonnell

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Farmer’s Market Tags
by MandiBuchanan

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Hello Summer
by ErinTaylor

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Travel Book
by MandiBuchanan

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‘Awesome’ Hybrid Card
by KatherineHansen

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Happy Camper
by CareyBridges

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Vacation Mousepad
by JenniferEvangelista

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Sunshine Hybrid Card
by ArielleHGordon

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