View Full Version : Surprise Me Border Challenge

09-30-2012, 09:51 AM
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! However, sometimes a more traditional scrapbook page, featuring any number of photos, can be enhanced with the use of a border. These are the concepts that the Border Challenge is based upon. No matter what type of scrapbook page you create, to participate in the Surprise Me! Border Challenge you must .... well... create a border. Each month different challenges will be offered to you........ Here is what I have in mind for October.

We have been creating borders anywhere on our page, (side, bottom, top/bottom) depending upon... our preference, where we thought it fit best on a particular page, or for any number of reasons. This month I thought it would be fun for us to create a page with a TOP border. We've seen a lot of different border styles, but not that many "top only" borders... so let's give it a try!

Here is a sample of what I mean... this sample is from my Sporty Sass Stacked Papers. (https://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13_372&products_id=14283&zenid=198effc7deaed10369eb4e98ed446ec8)


Challenge Requirements:
1. Create a page layout which utilizes a TOP Border.
2. You may use any kit that you like. Please be sure to credit the designer.
3. Post your layout in the Surprise Me Border Challenge Gallery (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/g1344-surprise-me-21-challenge.html).
4. Come back and post your preview and a link to your gallery image in this thread.

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 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 look forward to seeing your imagination at work!

09-30-2012, 11:42 AM
Well, I didn't do last month's because I'm not really a two pager kinda person---but I jumped right on this one!!!


09-30-2012, 01:28 PM
here's my layout!
I used amber waves by Aimee Harrison.
I've never made a border, hope that what I did is right...
Thanks for the challenge!
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/windmill_in_normandy.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p107801-windmill-in-normandy.html)

10-01-2012, 06:37 AM
So is the Border suppose to be the MAIN focus??? Are we limited on how many elements to use???? I'm confused.. ;-) Are we suppose to MAKE our own border?? I'm not a designer.. just play along with everyone *LOL*

10-01-2012, 07:01 AM
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/thumbs/borderchallengeJSNPelican.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p107878-borderchallengejsnpelican.html)

Here's mine!
borderchallengeJSNPeli... (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p107878-borderchallengejsnpelican.html)

10-01-2012, 11:20 PM
Here is mine I hope this is correct:)
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/border-challenge.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p107970-border-challenge.html)

Jan Merkley
10-02-2012, 12:58 AM
Here is mine.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/medium/THINGS-I-LOVE-TO-DO.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p107971-things-i-love-to-do.html)

10-02-2012, 01:36 AM
Another fun challenge ;-)

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

10-02-2012, 12:51 PM
Mine is here below:

http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q244/Blessed2BeeAlive/BC_Renew_Shawn-N-Sara.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p107998-man-27s-2nd-best-friend.html)

10-02-2012, 09:12 PM
Hi Nancy! Glad you jumped right in here for this Top Border Challenge! You did great!

Oh, hivart, don’t you just love Aimee’s Amber Waves Kit? I think it might be one of my favorites of hers! I love the border you created. It is the perfect frame for your page.

Blue24k2000. The border doesn’t need to be the main focus. It just needs to be part of your page design. You are not limited to how many elements you may use, or what kit you may use. You will just select the kit(s) you would like to use, and use as many or as few elements as you would like to create a top border on your layout. Does that help?

Priss! Gorgeous Top border! Very classic and elegant.

Altimasport. What a darling photo of you! You look rather mischievous here!  Your border is beautiful and perfectly complements your page!

Jan, Your border is lovely! Love the torn musical sheet you have tucked in there!

Cyndi, the greenery and ribbon you used combine to make a very classic look!

How neat that you are all jumping in so quickly here! So glad you are!

10-03-2012, 12:30 PM
"Scarecrow Wannabe" is my absolute favorite kit from all that I have (and they are many)! :XX I just added one little hedgehog for charm, because it is typical for autumn stories in my country. We say that they collected winter supplies.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/border.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/border.jpg)

10-03-2012, 01:12 PM
Just wondering why my page is not displaying?


10-03-2012, 02:43 PM
Here is my Gallery Link (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/DigiliciousDesigns_365Project_September_2012_mama4 bears2.jpg), great challenge, thanks!

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/DigiliciousDesigns_365Project_September_2012_mama4 bears2.jpg

10-04-2012, 06:03 AM
Ups,Sorry for double post! So many beautiful LO, it's pleasure to be here !

Elk Fan
10-04-2012, 10:28 AM
<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1456/White-Space-Challenge-web.jpg" />

Here is mine.

Elk Fan
10-04-2012, 10:31 AM
OOPS! Sorry, I posted the wrong LO. Here is my entry.

<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/Top-border-challenge-web.jpg" />

10-04-2012, 07:49 PM
here is mine.
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1333/hayday2_web.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/snickerdoodledesigns/p108265-hayride.html)

10-04-2012, 09:43 PM
Felis, your layout is darling, and I love your border! You did a great job of including those pink buttons! And I am so happy you added the little hedgehog! He is just as cute as can be and certainly looks like he just belongs there!!

Margaret C... did you get your question answered yet? If you are a new poster, it might be that you need to be "verified" before your posts show up. Admin is asking for a 24 hour turn-around on this, as they are currently short one Admin Assistant.

Darling LO, Pam, and the border is just as cute as can be!!! What a darling photo too!

Elk Fan! I was so busy looking at your layout and the photo of the squirrel, that it took me a few seconds before I saw your 2nd post. (Fabulous shot of the squirrel!!!) On the other hand, your grape vine border is pretty amazing too! Beautiful LO, and I love how you brought the vibrant pink into the page.

Gorgeous cluster border, Cynthia! I love how you duplicated that folder paper to serve as a base for your flower clusters, and how you tucked the photo in there. Really pretty!

Awesome layouts! I am delighted to see you all here too!

ks ps
10-05-2012, 01:06 AM
Here's my layout with my special little angel. http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p108292-little-girl-with-many-interests.html



10-05-2012, 07:47 PM
Here's mine ... Lucky for me, the designer of the kit (our own Karen of Snickerdoodle Designs) kindly included some outstanding borders ... hope this isn't cheating ... ;-)

<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/sammie_in_wonderland.jpg" /> (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p108385-sammie-in-wonderland.html)

10-05-2012, 09:37 PM
Went in a different direction with this one... this isn't my usual style kit, but trying something different.

<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/medium/Unknown001-copy.jpg" /> (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p108394-heritage.html)

10-05-2012, 10:00 PM
What a fun challenge! Thanks so much for hosting - here's mine:


10-06-2012, 01:53 AM
I've never done a border challenge before, so this was quite an adventure..

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/Border-Chall-Oct-2012.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p108409-father-dear.html)

10-06-2012, 09:56 AM
mine became a double page...I had a lot of photos. This was fun.
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/Week-39-The-Weekend--BoatRide-Madeira-Beach.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p108434-the-boat-ride.html)

10-06-2012, 02:58 PM
Here is my LO for this challenge.


10-06-2012, 06:10 PM
Oh, Carol.. what a cutie! I love that this layout shows her different personalities!! Love the border! So perfect for this page!

LOL, Jill! We.., since you DID add to the border with the other flowers and the branch, we’ll call it good! Actually, we’ll call it great!  Very cute page! Love the scene you created!!

NoAVampireLvr… I wouldn’t know this isn’t your style! It’s a lovely page, and your border is very intricate and perfectly suited for this page!

Vrmoondance.. what a fun border! Love the colors of it, the fun repetition of the flowers, and the elements tucked in so nicely! Beautiful border!

Winston.. this is lovely! Love the 2 different papers you used for your background, and the cluster – border is just beautiful! Love all of the elements tucked in, and the balance is perfect.

Beautiful, Michi!! I love the photo blend, and you always have the most interesting dates! Neat way to show lots of photos, and I love the border!!!! It beautifully balances all of the color at the botton, in your photos!

Berny – I love the color you chose to use for the frame. It brings out the grey/blue of his feathers! Beautiful border… the colors really make it pop off the page!

10-10-2012, 03:05 AM
I don't think I have ever used just a top border on any of my layouts. Thanks for this great challenge, got me thinking :)

Here's my layout:
Gallery link: http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/member-galleries/p108720-once-tiny.html

10-11-2012, 04:38 AM
I've wanted to make a border with alpha and this is my chance !
The alphas in this kit is big enough and has simple texture ! So here it is :
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1387/jusmedigital-autumnspice-sosh02.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p108853-autumn-spice.html)

10-12-2012, 09:58 AM
Love your layout, Janelle! The top border is just beautiful! (If you get a chance will you post a preview here, so everyone can easily see? It’s too pretty to be missed!)

Soshanna – what an ingenious idea – a border made with an alpha! You did a great job, and I love your unique idea here!

10-13-2012, 09:28 AM
Here's mine ...
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/516/2012_10_Oct_Apples_Hosea10_12.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p109042-plant-goodness.html)

10-13-2012, 12:45 PM
Seeing your really good pages, I have to do a page too. Here is my LO for this challenge using the newest release of BooLandDesign: WAITING (https://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13_408_409&products_id=15553)

In gallery HERE (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/member-galleries/p109070-kiss-me-darling.html)!


10-13-2012, 03:09 PM
Top borders are not something I usually think of. Thanks for the challenge. Here is my page. I used Apple Orchard by Carin Grobe Desings.
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/Big-Hill-Roll.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p109081-big-hill-roll.html)

10-13-2012, 03:46 PM
I just love the Surprise Me Border Challenges!!!! There are becoming one of my faves!!!! Thanks for such a great challenge again!!!
I used A-Manda Creations kit Spooks & Spells!!!

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/cheyhalloween2007.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p109087-cheyhalloween2007.html)

10-13-2012, 10:55 PM
Fun challenge!

Gallery Link (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p109120-navigating-the-maze.html)


10-14-2012, 09:29 AM
Lisa, what a lovely page you have created! I love that the scalloped border really brings in the colors of your BG page, and your cluster is beyond amazing.

HI Melly! Your page is lovely, and your border is beautiful. The challenge this month is to create a “top border.” I’ll bet you could easily move that border to the top of the page and still have it be just as amazing! If you try that, will you leave both pages up, so we can see how versatile borders truly can be?

Love your page, and the top border, Brenda! I like that you have some of the apples “spilling” out of the curved shape that you used as your top-border-base!

Now THAT is one spooky border, hichchei!!! I like how you have the elements dangling from the orange curved shape. Very interesting!!!

Hi Jen! What a neat border! I love how the intricacies of your curved shapes really fit the theme of your page. Great idea! (And it looks like a fun day too!)

10-14-2012, 09:00 PM

10-14-2012, 10:56 PM
I couldn't find a truly interesting border in my stash so I opted for cutesy instead. Here's mine:

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/THE_STUDIO_BORDER_CHALLENGE_OCT_2012_THIMBLES_THRE ADS_2x2_WEB.jpg

10-15-2012, 02:00 AM
Here is mine:
<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/Girls-Camping-Trip---web.jpg" />

10-15-2012, 02:54 PM
Thanks Aimee Harrison for the Blueberry Pickin kit. And thanks too to Karen for the great challenge.
The gallery is filled with some really wonderful layouts. Way to go everyone.

Here's mine:


10-15-2012, 08:59 PM

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/Hayride1.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p109338-hayride.html)

10-15-2012, 10:10 PM
Here is MINE (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p109345-fright-night.html)

The photo is a little girl that came into our work, I was kinda of weirded out she was so small and so jason like, lol (young parents, kill me)
Kit :: Spooktacular by Nibble Skribbles
Page tear by Chelle’s Creations

10-15-2012, 10:27 PM
Oh, yikes, Tamie. I'm with you on this one. Looks like she is supposed to be Caspar the Friendly Ghost, but I don't remember Casper carrying a knife. :) Cute top border there... and it goes perfect with your page design!

10-15-2012, 10:28 PM
Well, that was totally weird... I posted comments prior to Tamie's page, and yet now I don't see them... hmmm.. I wonder if I didn't hit the Publish button...

Love your delicate, feminine border for your Sweet Samantha page, Jodie! So perfect and fitting for this page.

Eileen, what a CUTE layout. I left a note in the gallery saying I thought this would make the most adorable greeting card! Cute top border, and like how you anchored it with the buttons on the title.

Debdux, Love the intricacy and the plain FUN of your border! It really fits well with your page theme! Looks like a blast!!!

Pam, this is lovely! Love the way you have tucked the flowers in among the draped paper pieces Really beautiful!

Cathy! I am totally cracking up right now! I happened to see this layout in another gallery and thought.. CATHY! You should be entering my Border Challenge with this awesome border! LOL.. and here you are! ;) Thanks! I love your clustering in the border, and the page is so nicely crafted!

10-16-2012, 06:36 AM
HI Melly! Your page is lovely, and your border is beautiful. The challenge this month is to create a “top border.” I’ll bet you could easily move that border to the top of the page and still have it be just as amazing! If you try that, will you leave both pages up, so we can see how versatile borders truly can be?

Oh Iīm so stupid... havenīt seen the word "TOP" and wondered why everybody use the boarder at the top:m8D:o
I will have a look, if Iīve the psd stored. Wether I will make a new one...:w

10-16-2012, 08:44 AM
So, here I am again! Iīm sorry, but I delete the psd by my last computer clean up, also I made a new page with a TOP ;) boarder:

Gallery-Link (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p109381-birdie-lara.html)

Hope itīs okay now!

10-16-2012, 07:37 PM
Ohhh... I'm sorry you had to redo it.. but have to admit you made me laugh when you said you wondered why EVERYONE was doing top borders! LOL!!! This is gorgeous! This as beautiful as the first!

10-16-2012, 11:40 PM
Thank you for hosting Karen.

Autumn Leaves Are Falling (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/studio-challenges/p109487-october-2012-suprise-me-border-challenge.html)


10-17-2012, 04:04 AM
Ohhh... I'm sorry you had to redo it.. but have to admit you made me laugh when you said you wondered why EVERYONE was doing top borders! LOL!!! This is gorgeous! This as beautiful as the first!

:DD Yes: sometimes Iīm so happy about a new challenge, have stright an idea.. and than I donīt read good enough... and I have to read a little bit slower by doing in english... :o

10-17-2012, 07:58 AM
What a lovely page, Diane! I really like the use of the colorful paisley paper as the border, with the beautiful cluster on top. It really brings out the colors in your photography. Beautiful page!

10-17-2012, 11:23 PM
Happy Fall. Great Challenge Karen

10-20-2012, 09:24 AM
Here is my take on the Surprise me boarder challenge, I used the new release Misty Morning (https://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13_408_410&products_id=15742&zenid=a722375e6c068ed073858d517b129f8e) by BooLand designs to create my layout

my layout is in the gallery HERE (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p109945-like-a-garden.html)

10-20-2012, 02:49 PM
I had a blast with this one - with a great kit by Janet B designs!!
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/bcalberti_FadedAutumn_JanetB_BorderChallenge_Magic ColorsOfAutumn_web.jpg

10-22-2012, 11:41 AM
Hi Karen! Great layout, and LOVE the spider in your photo! LOL! What a fun place to visit! Your cluster is just lovely, and I love the crow looking on.. Great top border! Love the way you tied it all together with the ribbon.

Lovely, top border, Ella! I love that you used photos in it. Very creative! Super layering too! Really neat journaling also.

This is lovely, Barb. Love all the intricate layering in your border. It is so full of interest! And a lovely page in general too!

mamma wendy
10-23-2012, 05:18 AM
Here is my page! using an Aimee Harrison Collection

10-23-2012, 06:54 AM
Border using Poppy Page kit by Booland Designs and papers from Vintage Christmas by Booland Designs.


10-23-2012, 07:59 AM
What a super sweet border, Wendy. I love the scallops you put on it and how the heart extended just a bit over the edges of the paper border.

Very nice page, Sandie. I really like how you entwined the ribbons and string to create the base of the border.

10-23-2012, 08:01 AM
Thank you for posting your images here so all can see! Please be sure to finish the posting process as described here:

3. Post your layout in the Surprise Me Border Challenge Gallery.
4. Come back and post your preview and a link to your gallery image in this thread.

Thank you!!!!! It makes it easy for everyone to pop into the Gallery and leave comments for you.

10-25-2012, 06:25 PM
This was really fun and so many beautiful and creative ideas. I rarely do top borders, but now I see how awesome they can be. Thank you Karen for the challenge.

10-25-2012, 09:18 PM
Thanks, Judy! I'm so glad you enjoyed the challenge and tried something new for you. You did an awesome job with the entire layout, and I especially love the border. It is so natural and perfectly fits the flavor of your page! (Thanks for using Granny Finch's Garden as part of this awesome page too!)

10-29-2012, 02:19 AM
Took me all month to get the inspiration for my border. Then today while cleaning my Hard Drive I found the perfect set of pictures for my Favorite Kit this month. The sweet elements in Karen's Hay Day add on kit made a Very Conservative Top Border. :XX

George's Hair Cut is in the Gallery Here.


10-29-2012, 08:00 PM
LOl! Love the quote you used here! And what a cute border! Love how the crow is looking on! Thanks for joining in the challenge!

Bright Eyes
10-30-2012, 10:44 AM
Good thing I happened to recheck here.... Thought I had uploaded this page to the border challenge but it wasn't here!

I ended up extending my border around one corner a bit so I could tuck the photo into it.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/feli-lilas-beyond-the-darkness-brighteyes01.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p110849-time-flies.html)

Always love these border challenges. Thanks for hosting it.

10-31-2012, 11:47 AM
I hope I'm not too late! Here's my attempt:

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1391/Come_Forth_LQ.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/the-urban-fairy/p110932-come-fourth.html)

10-31-2012, 02:55 PM
Was going through all the beautiful LO's and realized this was suppose to be a TOP border.....so I redid my page...sorry about that should have been paying attention!!! Here it is again :)

10-31-2012, 08:05 PM
Kay, you look like you have the most FUN at your Red Hat parties! Great border, with such gorgeous colors to match your photo colors. And love the word art too!

Suzette – What an awesome photo!!! So totally love that! Love the paper you chose and the frame fits so perfectly too! You’ve created a gorgeous border that perfectly fits the page! Lovely!

Nandy, thank you for redoing your LO! It is beautiful! Love the different colors you brought into your page, tying them together with the border!

It's been great to see all of the different types of borders you all have come up with. They have all been so different! I've really appreciated seeing the different techniques you have used, as well as seeing your personalities shining thru your layouts! Thank you for joining this month's Border Challenge!