Thursday, October 29, 2009


Here are the pics of the RAKs that are up for grabs for this challenge. Both were donated by Studio Calico and are former, SOLD OUT add-ons. This could very well be your last chance to get your hands on these add-ons, so come play with us!


To read a great tutorial on how to put together this envelope book, go check out:

Remember, you have until Sunday night at midnight, EST.

One RAK will go to the player who I feel really embraced the challenge, and the other will be RANDOMLY CHOSEN, so everyone has a great chance of winning!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Challenge 53: Make Patterned Paper With Cardstock

Things are new and fresh here at Method Playground! We have 5 new team members who are sure to breathe new and fresh ideas into the blog, and we could not be more excited about it.

Times of change always make me look back and reflect, too. I decided that this challenge would blend the old and the

Let's go back to our first ever challenge and do it again!

I highly encourage you to flip back and see what folks did with this challenge the first time around, but for those of you who want to get right to it, here it is:


That's it. Make just a small accent piece or transform a whole piece of paper into a new pattern using cardstock. The choice is yours.

As always, you have 2 weeks to submit your creations for a chance to win a RAK. (More on that later). The deadline is 12midnight e.s.t. on Sunday, November 1.

Here is what the team did:


Kimmy created 2 patterned papers. For the black one she glimmer misted the colored scrap papers, punched out the butterflies and adhered them to the black glimmer misted paper in a pattern. For the white background piece, she splattered glimmer mist in coordinating colors all over the page.


Helga took the challenge a different way and created her patterned paper using Distress Inks, water and stamps.


Amanda created the green scroll background with her Cricut. The silver cardstock in the foreground was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then sanded (making the raised image appear to be brushed metal).


Michelle used five different techniques to create her own patterned paper swatches.


Miwako created her patterned paper by starting with a base of ivory cardstock. She used her favorite distress inks (especially Tim Holtz's tattered rose) and also stamped with acrylic paint onto the background.

I used a small punch to punch orange circles out of cardstock, which I then glued to a piece of graph paper, making a patterned paper on top of a patterned paper.

Deborah used a mask and Maya Road mist on her background cardstock. The black cardstock has die cuts layered on top.

Now let's see what YOU can do with cardstock!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Announcing Our New DT Members!!

Please join us in welcoming our new Playground Girls!

Amanda Berens
I am 32 years old, have been married for 9 years, and have been scrapbooking since 2003. I once swore I would never scrapbook, back when all I knew of scrapbooking was that it was expensive and formulaic. However, out of frustration with a box of random photos and boredom with my current craft endeavors, I took a beginner's scrapbooking class and haven't looked back since. In 2007, I began dabbling in mixed-media techniques and started to develop my own style. My husband calls it "deconstruction". I usually don't use an item the way it is intended to be used, I look at an item and ask myself, "now, what ELSE can I do with this?". My day job is civil engineering, I like to see myself as a kind of personal superhero...."Engineer by Day, Mixed-Media Artist by Night" (complete with costume change from business casual to painty jeans and tank tops).

Michelle Neddo
I am a stay home mom to three boys, and married to my high school
sweetheart. I have been scrapbooking, in one form or another, since the
80's (gosh, does that make me sound old?) I love challenges as a way to
stretch my artistic limits. I am absolutely tickled to be a member of this
creative team, and can't wait to pull out all the stops & have a ball on the
playground with you!

Kimmy Jaster
I am a single, 30 year old, 4th grade teacher. I live in the same small Arizona town that I grew up in. I've been scrapbooking more than half my life.I started way back in junior high school, and boy has my style changed since then! I don't have any children of my own, but my adorable 3 year old "niece" Kaitee, ( who is really the daughter of my best friend since kindergarten) is my pride and joy. I love taking pictures of her and scrapbooking her. I love being messy when I scrapbook: paint, glimmer mist, and glitter are a few of my favorite things. I also love using unconventional things and trying new techniques on my layouts.

Miwako Shinohara

My name is Miwako Shinohara, I'm 39 years old, and live in Japan with
husband, 2 girls twins (4 years old) and 4 cats. I love cats, flowers,
sweets and craft of course scrapbooking is special. I like to create a lots
craft in my dairy life and I want to find a small joy at every single day by
such creations.
I've started scrapbooking in June of 2007, previously my main hobby was
flower arrangement works. So, I try to mix a lots craft works in
scrapbooking freely. Anyway, I'm honored and so happy to join Method
playground DT because I love to try new technique and find a something. I'm
currently on the DT for SUN-K Co.(Japanese scrapbooking shop).

Helga Vergara

Hi! I'm Helga Payawal-Vergara and I'm from the Philippines. I am happily married to my very supportive husband Gilfred. Scrapbooking has been my creative outlet since 2003. I love to scrap photos of my family especially our son Ike. He is so lucky that I got into this hobby even before he was conceived. I was able to document his growth and milestones. As a scrapbooker, I love to layer papers and different elements. I usually hand cut paper designs to use as embellishments. I like to use multi-photos on my pages. Since I usually scrap photos of my son I usually use bright colors. I love to combine red and blue or yellow, orange and brown simply because they are colors that would complement boy layouts. I also love to experiment and combine different techniques just so I won't get bored with my designs. This has also made me a better scrapbooker.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

New Design Team Members Chosen

A heartfelt thanks to all of you who took the time and energy to apply. We were so impressed with your work and your willingness to put yourself out there. We had such a hard time with this decision - we wish would could have added so many more people. Please PLEASE continue to play with us at Method Playground.

Look for a post later this week with our newest gals and then we'll be back on with the challenges!