This month over at SIMLE PLEASURE DESIGNS FANS & FRIENDS page on Facebook, Beth is hosting a Big Picture challenge event. 

All you have to do is create a layout using ONE large photo as the anchor for your layout!! 
AND IF you create your layout using the “featured” kits you will get a $5 discount on the newly re-released VINTAGE INSPIRED BUNDLE. I subbed two pages one for each featured kit which is linked in the credits.

CAPTURED ON FILM BUNDLE | Simple Pleasure Designs

 INSTA FRAME LOVE BUNDLE | Simple Pleasure Designs 
ON THE EDGE no.1 PAGE DRAFTS | The Nifty Pixel

...oooh and as an added extra BONUS you’ll also receive this SWEET FREEBEE once you post your layout in the SPD FANS AND FRIENDS PAGE.

There are only 3 days left to play so get scrapping’ and join in on  the fun!
Hugs Em


Oh my this months palette for the BYOC collection over at The Lilypad is so Summery, with a nautical and tropical flavour. I have been scrapping up some Summer pages which has been a welcome relief from this slightly windy and chilly weather we’ve been experiencing this Winter. For many Aussies the weather up here in Queensland is moderate but for us softies we’ve had some cold over night lows that have been the coldest on record in over 15 years, and that has been a shock to our system. So as you can imagine beach inspired photos of sand angels, fish’n’chip dates down by the beach and splash parties have been a nice warm welcome from the chill factor.




This month I am excited to be hosting the Random Challenge over at The Lilypad, which I am calling ‘CUT OUT FANCIES’. I thought it would be fun to start cutting out negative space in our pages to create some bold eye catching design tricks in our digital projects; just as paper scrappers do in theirs when they use svg.files.

As you know the svg.file has become a popular way to add cut outs of pattern, quotes, titles and niches in paper scrapping. No more laborious fussy cutting when you can use a cut file! But in digital scrapping its even easier to create that same look, and something we probably do often without realising it.

So, this month, lets really make our CUT-OUTS sing and add some cut out negative space in our digital project. This technique is a fun way to enhance your page and create some extra special scrappy artworks.​
  • You could use a word art, quote or type a title to use as a mask to create a negative space cut out from your background paper.​
  • Maybe try a repeat pattern to cut out a bold background.​
  • Use a shape as a mask to house a photo, flair button or any other element of your choice.​
  • Then layer a solid or pattern paper underneath to create a peek’a’boo effect.​
  • Whatever you choose, the combination is entirely up to you so long as you incorporate a minimum of 2 UNIQUE cut outs in your page.​
In my page below, I have cut out some [Organic Shapes], to house some mixed media bits along with a [Title], I fashioned from a word art. I then added a [Block Border] and some ‘+’ signs scattered for added interest.​
Digital Credits:

For extra inspiration I have put together a PINTEREST BOARD CLICK HERE. It’s filled with lots of great cut out design ideas and some TLP product I pulled from the shop that could be handy to use in your project. I also pinned some great tutorials found on the web outlining different ways to create a punched/ cut out shape in your page.

Remember our monthly challenge rules:
You must use atlas 75% Lilypad product in your pages. Also, The Lilypad uses a percent system for our challenges; the number of challenges you participate in determines the store discount you will receive at the end of the month:

2 challenges = 10% off
4 challenges = 20% off
6 challenges = 30% off

If you complete 7 challenges, you will receive a coupon for 30% off, plus you will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate from the Lilypad! The first seven challenges will be posted on the first of the month; the eighth challenge is the BYOC challenge, which is posted on BYOC release day. Each page counts for one challenge (you cannot use one layout for multiple challenges).

 Have fun scrapping up a storm!