Did you know that the MONTH OF CHALLENGES 7 over at The Lilypad have commenced. This is an annual event that runs the entire month of January. Your goal is to scrap every challenge and successfully complete each daily challenge. If you do you go in the running to be selected as a Pollywog (store CT). This years MOC (Month of Challenges) has kicked off with some awesome scrappy challenges to get you thinking and scrapping outside of the box and Im hosting DAY 9 of our month of challenges.

Todays challenge is a colour challenge and the colour of choice is WHITE!

The colour WHITE is the opposite colour to black and is by definition the lightest colour and is achromatic (having no hue). It is the colour of fresh snow, chalk and milk. There are many variations of white and of course our monitors show differently I thought we could use this colour swatch as a guide and as a reference for when or if you choose to recolour elements in your digi stash.
N.B: As a rule of thumb remember that when you start adding black to white you get grey and when you add yellow to white you get cream so please steer clear of really distinct hues of grey and cream as they are not considered white because you are now adding a hue to them.

There are also so many symbolic definitions of what white represents and I thought I’d list some here as they may just inspire you in picking a theme for your page so lets have a look at a few. Some of the standouts are brilliance, illumination, safety, heaven, goodness, spirituality, softness & perfection. In its broadest form white usually has a positive connotation and thats gotta be a good thing!

So here is the fun are going to be creating a beautiful white on white page. The only other colours allowed will be in your photo that is if you choose to use a colour photo however you are also most welcome to use a black and white photo if preferred. If you choose to add a title, you need to use either a white one or alternatively a white vellum or clear plastic/acetate alpha. If you include the date or journaling you can leave that black, but you should make them small enough that they don't dominate your page. If you use ephemera or a small element like a label or word art that has black in it, again keep those to a minimum so that your page is overall white.

To recap the rules:

  • Use only white elements and papers in your design (see above for Tints of White colour swatch as a quick reference guide).
  • The only other colour allowed on your page is in your photo however you can use a B&W photo if preferred.
  • Avoid distinct hues of grey and cream.
  • If you choose to add a Title you need to use either a white one or alternatively a white vellum or clear plastic/acetate alpha.
  • If you include the date or journaling you can leave that black, but you should make them small enough that they don't dominate your page.
  • If you have a small element like a piece of ephemera, a label or word art that has black included in its design, again keep those to a minimum so that your page is overall white.
How I created my page.
Here is my example page of my beautiful niece. I decided to use lots of paint textures on top of a canvas background. I pulled heaps of coloured elements that I thought I might like to add and then I played around with desaturating them to remove colour and tweaked the lighting values to convert them to white or a variation of.

I then built my page by adding the white stitching, mesh, foliage and plenty of flowers in varying shapes and form, to create movement and to also add contrast and depth. By adding dimensional shadowing and texture to my page it has created slight variations of white but you can see there is no base cream or grey included in my page.

Some tips on how to make white on white work.
For me when creating a WHITE ON WHITE page you have to consider texture, form and depth. So to get you started think about using items that are generally considered to be white like lace, doilies, photo mounts, cut files and textured or embossed papers.

If you’re looking to really step it up a notch consider playing around with styles and actions if your program allows it. This will enable you to add even more definition to elements in a textural way. Lastly and most importantly don’t forget to add depth by layering, stacking and finishing off with shadowing.

General Requirements:
Your page must be a new page in order to count for the Month of Challenges. Your page must also be posted in three places:

  • Uploaded to the TLP Gallery (not an outside hosting site).
  • Posted in your page thread you created in the MOC Layouts Folder. You should have one post per completed challenge page. If you complete all 31 challenges, your thread should contain 31 posts. Please do not comment in the participants’ page threads so we can keep them clean.
  • Posted in this thread. People can comment here if they wish.
Pages should contain at least 75% current Lilypad product (currently for sale in the store from either permanent designers or guest designers).
I can’t wait to see your WoW pages!

Em x


This month I am hosting the Random challenge over at The Lilypad which is a bit of a stash grab. I love challenges like these because you use product you may not have visited from your digi stash for a really long time. So have fun trawling through your TLP digital scrapbook product collection and find all those Labels, Tags and Tabs that are screaming out to be used. I would love to see heaps of them and when I say heaps I mean at the very least 5 should be used in your creation.

  • Sandwich Tags and Tabs between papers so they peep out from the top.
  • Stack Tabs, Tags and Labels to create some fun clustered layers.
  • Use Tags, Tabs and Labels to Journal on, add dates or key words to.
  • Use multiple Labels to add lists to.
  • Use Tags in a Bunting.
  • Create a collaged gallery of Tabs, Tags and Labels.

For extra inspiration I have put together a TAG YOU'RE IT PINTEREST BOARD  that has tonnes of great ideas to inspire your pages. Also here is a quick link to the LABELS & TAGS CATEGORY  in the TLP Shop. 

Below is what I came up with. A Christmas page of lil mister and his ’T’ light Christmas ornament.
Click on the image to see all the credits :)

Remember our monthly challenge rules:

Your page must contain at least 75% Lilypad product. Your page should be posted to the Lilypad Gallery and then linked to the DECEMBER Challenge Layouts thread so it can be tracked, and to this thread.

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).

I can't wait to see your TAG YOU'RE IT CHALLENGE pages in the gallery!


This weeks release by Simple Pleasure Designs is divine. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S is filled with so much vintage grunge its perfect for creating some really pretty & textured pages. I had so much fun blending papers from in this collection and did some serious stacking and clustering for extra layered dimension. You will surely love playing with this nod to Audrey Hepburn. Its a sweet collection filled with lots of beautiful embellishments, papers and everything else you’d need to create some really eye-catching pages! Here’s what I made below...





If you grab the Collection...
 you will also get this amazing pack of freebies created by some of the SPD CCT so don’t miss out, they are tonnes of fun and perfect for finishing off a page in record time!
Happy Scrapping and remember...
‘Always believe something wonderful is about to happen!'
 Em xox