Monday, November 5, 2012

Kim's November Challenge

 November.....thoughts of organizing that special day of the year are starting to enter our minds. It's always such a busy time....especially in this house....sigh!
Makes me feel tired just thinking about it.
Putting those festive thoughts aside, just for now..... it's time to introduce my Guest Designer for November.
drumroll please!!!!!

November's Guest Designer is.....
the very talented......
                                       Gwen Wruck

I decided this month to ask Gwen a few questions and to show us a photo of her scrap space.

Q1. How did you discover Scrapbooking? I'm a card maker from way back and saw scrapbooking at a Craft Show around 10 years ago... My mum who was with me at the time said "oh, you should do that" so I bought some paper and had a go :) My first layout was of my pet cat "Hamlet" and no, I will not show you - it's too embarrassing!!

Q2. Your top 3 scrapbooking online stores? Craft Queen ( because you will always find something unique, Scrap Friends for all the essentials ( and ETSY.

Q3. What type of camera do you have? My husband loves photography so we have a few cameras in our house!!... The main one I use is a Nikon D5000 it is a great camera that is not too technical - I also have a Nikon CoolPix S9100 which I have in my handbag at all times for surprise photo opportunities!
Q4. Favorite products at the moment? *Sigh* Now that's a tough question...just one?? I'm going to say Gesso.. I use it on almost every layout I am doing lately whether it be with a template or with Impasto medium swiped onto the background or to soften the colors of embellishments/flowers etc. I know its technically an art supply but for me, it is everywhere right now!

Q5. Who inspires YOU? I know its a cliché but what inspires me to create the most would have to be my family and their support of my hobby. I get so much joy from watching Caitlin (my dd) and Chris (my dh) look through our albums and WOW over the pages I have lovingly made for them. They don't see the "latest products" or how technically good or bad they are, they just love that I have created something for and about them. I so so LOVE a colour challenge for inspiration and using different colour combos. I also do a lot of blog hopping and am very addicted to INSTAGRAM for photo inspiration.

Thanks so much for inviting me to be November's guest design team member I feel very honored and I've had a blast!
And here is a pic of Gwen's Scrap/Craft Space.

Gorgeous space, Gwen!!!!

   So now you know who is helping the team to inspire you, lets take a look at this months CHALLENGE.
   I decided it would be fun to do a BASE CHALLENGE....that is where I give you the start of your layout and you build on what I give you.....

 The BASE looks like.....

and Gwen's take looks like...

 Stunning Gwen......Thank you so much for joining us at Orange Paperie & Co.... your work is beautiful!!!!
Now over to Mary.....

Kim Gave us a base to build on this month and I really enjoyed playing with Texture Paste and mists . Thanks Kim for the Great Challenge & Thanks to Annette for the Template I used for the circles.

Mary. X

Now the Devine Miss Annette....

Well the gorgeousness that is the lovely Miss Kim has given us a fantastic challenge for this month and I have to admit that I really enjoyed doing it. The base leaves so much room for intrepretation and creativity that the mind goes into overdrive.

This is my take on it, an adorable photo of my nephew Logan taken by a friend of my sister, the pic really called for quite a simple page to highlight, not distract or overwhelm.

I am totally loving BoBunny pp atm for black and white pics, the owl button was made by me, pretty clever chicky here.

Well I hope that you have as much fun as I have had and can't wait to see what you do with this.

Hugs and love Annette

And last but not least, ( my), Kim's take on the BASE challenge.... I kept it pretty simple as I just love this pic taken of Sidney last Wednesday (31st Oct).

So there we have it ladies.....hope to see lots of entries into this challenge and hope we have inspired and another BIG thank you to the wonderful Gwen for adding to the inspiration....

Cheers and Happy Scrapping from



  1. Lovely work ladies and Gwen 's work is so inspiring too.I'm off to create!

  2. wow what a clever bunch we are this month, gorgeous work all and yay for us having Gwen providing some more inspiration.

  3. Awesome layouts ladies and Gwen thank you so much for joining us this month, your layout is GORGEOUS !

  4. Beautiful pages girls and hope to join in but will see what happens!! Busy sorting out stuff for my mum and dad to go into care!!
    Hope u are all well
    Love and Hugzz xx