Friday, April 25, 2008

Join us for a chat tonight!

We'll be over at ScrapbookGraphics for an online chat tonight, April 25 at 10 PM Eastern time. There will be some fun hybrid-appropriate prizes to give out that night as well as lots of laughter and chatter! Hope to see you there.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Challenge 17 - Break the Borders

Whether you work in 12x12 or 8 1/2 x 11, you probably sit down to work on a page and move elements around within those dimensions until you get the look you want. But who says you HAVE to make everything fit nicely within the page boundaries?

My challenge to you this week is to "Break the Borders" and have one or more elements poke off the edges of your layout. Do it to focus attention on a specific part of the layout, or just do it for fun.

You have until Sunday, May 4th to post your entries either here or on the threads at 2peas or Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Here is what some of the team did:

DEB: Deb used patterned papers and number stickers off of her page. See how that little bit of torn paper draws your eye in to the parenthesis and photo?

BECKY: Becky used clips to highlight her strip of photos. One clip hangs over the edge of her layout. Cute AND functional.

JEN: I chose to hang 2 elements off of my page - the wooden embellishment on the left side and the button on the right. They are subtle overhangs, but they help focus your eye on those sections of the layout. FYI, the layout was done with this month's kit from Studio Calico.

More layouts will follow, so check back!

Challenge 16 - Slide Show

We hope everyone enjoyed trying something a little different for this challenge, and the great kit provided by! Check back for our next challenge and winner. Without further ado, here's the slide show:

Monday, April 7, 2008

Challenge 16 - Go Hybrid!

Karen Bowers is guest hosting this challenge for us. She's a Crew member at a leading digital scrapbooking site. This week's challenge is to go hybrid!

From Karen: While I've been digiscrapping for 4 years now, using traditional paper supplies is not totally natural. It was hard to get my brain around the idea of scrapping without a computer, and my first ever hybrid layout for the Method Playground's Challenge #2, inking without stamps. It definitely was not my prettiest layout, but it got me over the hump, so now I can actually touch those crafting supplies.

I'm offering a hybrid challenge to you all. Traditional scrappers (what we digi folk sometimes call paper scrappers), I challenge you to make a card or layout using some digital supplies. For first timers, I suggest you choose one piece of a kit (a digital paper or a flower) to print out and add to your piece. There are many many available on the internet, for free or for pay and you can find them easily with a search engine. The Studio Girls at ScrapbookGraphics designed and now give you a mini kit called Impressions of Healing and Calm (the full kit is for sale in our store).

Digital scrappers, the challenge is to add some sort of flower to a card or layout. Take an old silk flower apart, find a pressed flower, pull out a marker and draw a flower, print out and cut out one of the flowers from the kit above and glue it on, go into a scrapping store and buy a flower, that's up to you. Just add one!

For any scrappers more comfortable with hybrid scrapping, feel free to go for it. Mix up digital and traditional scrapping as much as you please. Dazzle us and inspire us!

Please post links to your layouts in this thread, and if you want to post them over at Scrapbookgraphics in our Hybrid Gallery, too, that would be sweet (but not required). I just promise you praise on your layouts if you do! Cards and/or layouts need to be posted by Sunday, April 20th to be considered for the RAK.

Also to make it even more fun mixing up digital and traditional scrapping, the Method Playground and ScrapbookGraphics invite you to a chat April 25 at 10 PM Eastern time over at ScrapbookGraphics. So let's mix it up on our pages and with each other! We will have some fun hybrid-appropriate prizes to give out that night as well as lots of laughter and chatter!

And now the cards our team made:

Karen used Lorie Davison's Bouncing Brownies and Bunnies kit and paper from Doris Castle's Cabana Bliss kit both from She painted the Grungeboard crown and added some flowers from Michael's.

Deborah used digital paper and elements from the kit to make her card. She used the Calm Label as a clipping mask with one of the kit papers, added the flower and string and printed it out on matte photo paper. After trimming the card she stamped a sentiment and added a button.

Jen made her card in Photoshop and printed it out. She then printed out another set of flowers, cut them out, inked them and attached them with foam dots. To finish it off she added the buttons and the rub-on sentiment.

Becky did her layering in PSCS, printed and then trimmed to fit the card to a brown cardstock base. This is a great way to create an all occasion card that's easily reproducable that could be mounted on different colors of cardstock for different looks.

Alicia used the brown paper in the kit for her card. She printed out the Frame Accent, layered it with a Die Cut and added bling to it.

Challenge 15 Slideshow and Winner

This was a hard one to pick a winner, my DD who's 5 had a clear winner in her mind, but I had to go with Mr Potatoe Head, the picture in this layout is so cute and I love the journaling and of course the creative Paper Piecing! LULU, please email us your address and I will send out your RAK! Congrats and THANK YOU to everyone for playing along!

Look for a new challenge post this afternoon!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Two More Days to submit to the Paper Piecing Challenge-RAK

You have till Monday to post a link to your submission. Ive got fun {NEW} goodies from Making Memories to give away to one lucky person!

*** Get ready for a new challenge/technique coming on Monday, this will stretch your creativity! ***

PS: Sandy if you see this, can you post your CK link again; it didnt show up all the way! :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

RAK Winner

Did you think I forgot about our "How did you hear about MP" RAK??? Ok, I will admit it... I did. But never fear, I have finally picked a winner. I chose poster number 30 (in honor of my sister's 3oth birthday yesterday). I promise I did not read the posts ahead of time to pick anyone in particular. ;)

The winner, therefore, is Mandy Lynn.

Congrats! Email me your address (a link is on the right side) and I will send you a little something.

Thanks to everyone who participated. It was really cool to see how some of you found us!