Thursday, January 31, 2008


The winner for Challenge 10 with Emile Ahern is "Good Dogs" by Jacquie! Please email us your address so we can get your RAK to you.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Challenge 10 - Slide Show!

You guys have some gorgeous layouts - I'm sure glad Emilie's choosing the winner for this challenge instead of us. Check back later this week for a winner!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Challenge 11: After all, sometimes it is all about the PHOTOS

This technique challenge will get your creativity sparked by using your traditional scrapbook supplies or a Digital element to make those photos stand out!

Your Assignment: Create a layout of any size using one of the following techniques to your main photo! Post a link in the comments with your layout and indicated what technique you used. One winner will be chosen on February 10th for a $15 Gift Certificate to Two Peas in A Bucket.

Thanks for joining us at the Playground!

Here are your techniques to choose from:

Option 1 Create a Storyboard with your photos
#1. Is a digital option using Photoshop to create
#2. Same concept using traditional paper supplies

Option 2 Add text or a title to your photo
#1. The digital option uses Photoshop Elements to add several png elements - the "winter" and snowflake" as well as text. Elements are from the Winter Snowflakes kit by Amy Hummel.
#2. Using traditional paper supplies - stickers and rub-ons - the same elements were added to the photo

Option 3 Distress or add a frame to your photo's edges

Option 4 Create a Polaroid picture using digital brushes or traditional stamps.

Option #1: Using a picture that is already printed, use stamps and or paper to create an image that appears to look like an old polaroid image.

Option #2: Using digital images in your image editing program create an image that appears to look like an old polaroid image.

I liked these digital brushes and stamps because they had that old emulsified appearance.

Digital stamp and rubber stamps are by Lazar StudioWERX

Monday, January 14, 2008

Challenge 10 with Emilie

Emilie Ahern is the Communications Director for Tinkering Ink and our Guest Host for this challenge!

From Emilie :

I love the look of brads or bling in a perfect shape to highlight a photo or journaling. I used to use a pencil to try to draw lines and then erase them. Until one horrible day when I finished my entire layout and the pencil mark would not erase. Then I had a light bulb moment. Simply draw, trace or print the desired shape onto a scrap of lightweight vellum. Then cut around the shape and lay it on your layout. Then place the bling or punch holes for brads (I have also stamped) along the edge of the shape. Using vellum means you can see exactly where you are lining up the brads. You can even save you vellum "templates" for future use. Try doing heart shapes on your upcoming Valentines layout or card.

Emilie's Challenge: use brads or bling to create a shape. It can be a circle, heart, star, wave ...anything!

And Tinkering Ink has generously donated a RAK for one lucky winner -- a full set of their new Valentine's line called Beloved as well as every single set of their new rub-ons!

Emilie's layouts: Emilie sent us two for the challenge! She used Tinkering Ink's Beloved collection for the first one, and added bling in a circle on both of them.

Here's what the Playground girls came up with:

Becky used Cloud 9 Design's Raindrops to make flourishes on her layout. You can see a close-up of her flourishes to the left.

Alicia made the butterfly trail by lightly sketching with the design in pencil then filling it in with black brads.

Deborah used a Heidi Swapp Silhouette shape that had a dotted edge on her layout, adhering crystals over the dots.

So, don't put away that bling yet -- post your creations to this thread by Sunday night, January 27th to be eligible to win the RAK for this challenge.

Challenge 9 - Slide Show

Once again you guys have blown us away! Here are your creations for our "Bling in the New Year" challenge - all 55 of them!

And the winner is "Snow Baby" by Jenn (ScrapRascal). Just check out the detail on this layout. She has glitter all along her torn paper edge and green crystals accenting her daughter's hair. Jenn, please email us your address so we can get a RAK out to you!

Challenge 10 will be up later today - and wait until you see what we've got for you!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Slide Show!

All I can say is W-O-W. The layouts for Challenge 8 - Stamping on Raw Chipboard were fantastic. And without further ado, here's the slide show ...