View Full Version : Surprise Me! (Border me!)

06-05-2012, 11:18 PM
Sometimes when I create a layout, I want the photograph to be the only thing on the page, except perhaps for a date and/or very little text. Yet at the same time, I want some added interest. I have found that borders really come in handy when I find myself in this spot!

My challenge to you this month is to create a layout where you use one photograph to tell your story, and then create a border to coordinate with your page. You may use any kit you like, and you may also use templates if you desire.

Please post your layout HERE (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/g1344-surprise-me-21-challenge.html) in the Surprise Me! Challenge Gallery by the last day of the month. Then come back and post your layout here in this thread so we can see, with a quick glance, the amazing work you have done!

What do you earn by participating? Well, theStudio offers a 10% discount on ALL of your purchases for the following month. So, if you participate this month and get a layout posted (AND post a link here in this forum), you will receive 10% off of every purchase made next month! No coupons are required. The discount will automatically be applied to your purchase. How easy is that? And YES, this is on top of any sales prices too.

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Here is mine, using one of my borders from Dreamin of Daisies! (https://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13_372&products_id=11630)


Studio4 Designworks
06-06-2012, 12:06 AM
I love the look of these kind of pages. Sometimes the photo is just so fabulous - you just have to show it off. As you've done here - fabulous looking. I'm going to try and sneak some time in and do one myself!

06-07-2012, 02:49 AM
that is one beautiful photo, will see what I can do for this one

06-07-2012, 07:21 AM
okay this is what I did- hope its okay

Bright Eyes
06-07-2012, 01:57 PM
I was wondering what photo I could use for this challenge. Happen to walk outside this morning and saw that my special Sunrise Day Lily was in full bloom. So glad I got a photo of it then as by this afternoon the heat was causing it to wilt slightly.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/Sunrise_Day_Lily_copy.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p98833-sunrise-day-lily.html)

Thanks for the challenge this month. Making the border was loads of fun.

06-07-2012, 05:41 PM
Here's my {sort of} bordered page:
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/GrassValleyLake.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p98859-grass-valley-lake.html)

06-07-2012, 07:51 PM
I've been trying to figure out what to do with this pic since I took it last May, I love how this turned out! And that's her big brother stepping up to the plate in the background! I was actually trying to take a picture of him!

06-07-2012, 09:57 PM
Thanks, Darlene and Claire. This was truly a lucky shot. I was focusing in on th center of the flower when I noticed the lady bug. I quickly changed my point of focus, snapped, and within a millisecond that little ladybug had scurried over the edge of the flower!

Your bird photo, Claire, looks just like a split second in time as well! Lovely capture, and your border is equally lovely!

Your flower shot is beautiful, Kay! I love that the flowers are so new that they aren't any hot spots or blemishes on them! Beautiful border too! Love the yellows and the wood look!
I live about an hour away from Lake Arrowhead, Dona, and my brother-in-law and his family live there year round. A beautiful capture of this lake, and I love the border you created! The grassy element and dragon fly are just so perfect here!

Jody, your capture of this adorable little girl absolutely must have center stage, just as you have done here! The border is just lovely, so sweet and feminine, capturing the colors she is wearing. Beautifully done!

Thanks to everyone for joining in!!! I look forward to seeing some other borders and awesome photos here! Invite your friends!

06-09-2012, 12:14 PM
Saw this dog at the beach and just had to get a photo. It was huge.


06-09-2012, 02:54 PM
This is adorable! I love the border you created, with the sand and paw prints. The grass and driftwood just carried my eyes right up that border! Lovely! Thanks for joining in the Border Challenge!

06-11-2012, 10:07 AM
Here's one from me.
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/Aly_FairWeekend3.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p99020-fair-weekend-3.html)

06-11-2012, 04:34 PM
Kiss Me (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p99039-kiss-me.html)....our sweet little Tiana


06-12-2012, 06:45 PM
Here is my effort:
had an enormous amount of fun doing this.
<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/here-comes-the-sun-web.jpg" />

06-13-2012, 05:47 AM
My page: I added a border by StudioRomy, but added more elements and background papers
<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/Summer-Escape.jpg" />

06-13-2012, 08:26 AM
I have been out of town, and was happy to come back and see more of your great borders!
Your photos are great, and all worthy of taking top billing in your layouts! That carnival ride looks rather frightening to me though! Used to love those things, though! :) The photo of Tiana is just darling, and the young girl in yours, debdux, is just pure fun. Love the harbor photo, sandie; it makes me want to go on vacation! All of your borders really add to your layouts, I believe. You've done a really nice job. Thanks for playing along!!

06-13-2012, 06:35 PM
My border had to be wider due to some issues with the photo (had to straighten it). Hope that's OK! Here's my layout (this is my cousins little boy):
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/2012_6_Jun_ZachLighthouse.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p99234-zach-27s-first-lighthouse-visit.html)

06-14-2012, 03:04 PM
Here's mine with an extracted photo of my GDs in 2007.

Becousin (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p99295-becousin.html)


06-14-2012, 09:54 PM
What a fabulous idea! Thanks for the tip :)

<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/medium/SurpriseMe062012.jpg" />

06-15-2012, 03:09 AM
Love this challenge, thanks for hosting! Here's my layout:


Gallery link:

06-15-2012, 09:42 PM
This was fun. Thanks for hosting

06-15-2012, 10:23 PM
Oh, wow! These are awesome! Each one is beautiful, each one unqique.. from the flowing ribbons to the tucked in flowers... Great job! Off to the gallery to get a closer look! Thanks for joining in!

06-16-2012, 10:47 AM
Here is my layout using a picture of my Grandson Tyler when he was younger.



I just love the colours and echoed them in the border.

06-16-2012, 09:12 PM
Fun challenge.
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/PS_-_SM_June_c.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p99568-pssm-june-c.html)

06-17-2012, 12:08 AM
I always think about doing this, but never have. THANKS


06-17-2012, 10:39 AM
Wow, lots of gorgeous photos and borders! Great layouts!

06-18-2012, 07:35 PM
Here's mine!

06-19-2012, 09:16 PM
Here is mine. Thanks for a great challenge.
Elaina's Birthday (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p99757-elaina-27s-birthday.html)

06-20-2012, 04:14 PM
Finally got mine done. I had wanted to use a different photo, but just couldn't get a border that worked. Really enjoyed the Artist in Me kit. Thanks for the great challenge.


06-21-2012, 08:43 PM
Oh, these are wonderful! I just love how each border is different and how they all truly spotlight your awesome photos! Thank you so much for sharing your talents here!!!

06-22-2012, 03:56 PM
Thank you for this fun challenge. Here is my layout:

06-24-2012, 02:08 PM
Sounds like a worthwhile border to cross: Awesome Challenge!!

06-24-2012, 03:00 PM
Here is mine

<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/myndinronprom2012.jpg" />

06-24-2012, 06:16 PM
Love looking at all of these. It is a great idea for a challenge and for future scrapping. Super job, all.

06-25-2012, 07:17 PM
Terri and Debbyann73... Thank you for adding to our great border collection here! It's fun to see all of the different ideas we all have for borders! Your photos are lovely, and you have both highlighted them beautifully! LOL to you Cyndi - "border to cross".. ROFL! Makeeyesup - thank you for your encouragement and kind words!

06-27-2012, 03:26 PM
Here is mine, please click on the picture below:

http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q244/Blessed2BeeAlive/Challenges/597_DeliciousScraps_BornInAmerica_Sara.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p100058-born-in-america.html)

06-27-2012, 07:45 PM
Ahh.. What a darling dog!!!!! He looks so soft! Super cute border - love your use of the Made in America tag!

06-28-2012, 12:52 AM
Ahh.. What a darling dog!!!!! He looks so soft! Super cute border - love your use of the Made in America tag!

Thanks!! I C you like the eye patch too!! Yes: I had my dog pose for that :pic: Thanks for Pam's comment as well.

06-29-2012, 11:49 AM
These are all fantastic. I am blown away.
Here is mine.http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/Garihunes2011.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p100119-garihunes2011.html)

06-30-2012, 03:27 PM
What a great capture, Brenda! I love how you have used the horizontal border to mimic branches, and used the pink elements to bring out the pink in the fruit the bird is chewing on! Beautiful job! Thank you for joining us!

CM Silly
07-28-2012, 11:29 AM
OOPS! It appears that I didn't do the challenge correctly. When making my layout, I remembered that the challenge host wanted us to use one photo and make a border(s) that went along with the picture and that was all I remembered. So much for my memory..lol I guess I'm going to write all of the instructions down at the beginning of the month, when there are multiple requirements. Well I hope that you will accept my goofed up entry anyway. I did use one photo,but I was being sneaky, I just broke the photo in pieces to fit into the template I wanted to use. Sorry, I goofed. I guess I surprised you..tee hee Isn't that the name of the challenge? lol

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/500/Amber_Shaw_Ct-_My_Hearts_Desire_2_-_Page_002_600_x_600_.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/member-galleries/p102249-delight-2fmy-heart-27s-desire-by-cm-silly.html)

Miss Pepper
11-08-2012, 07:43 PM
Great challenge, Karen. Here is mine