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03-01-2013, 07:19 PM
Welcome to the Surprise Me Border Challenge for March!

Did you happen to browse thru the Featured Designers Gallery last month? I was thrilled to see all of the wonderful layouts that were created using the "Love is in the Air" Featured Designer Collaboration between Maurine (Let Me Scrapbook) and me (SnickerdoodleDesigns). As I was looking, one in particular caught my eye because I thought it was a fabulous example of an unusual way to use a border!


So this month's challenge is to create a border and use it in an unusual way...I'll leave it up to you to determine what "unusual" is!

So here are the rules:

* You may use any kit you wish.
* Post your layout in the Surprise Me Border Challenge Gallery (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/g1344-surprise-me-21-challenge.html)
* Come back here and post your preview and a link to the Surprise Me Border Challenge Gallery in this thread. This makes it super simple for us to find your layouts in the gallery, and we thank you for taking this extra step!

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.

And, by the way, congratulations to the Layout Artist, btmo-Pat, for being the random winner of the Love is the Air Collection! (https://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13_372&products_id=18742&zenid=5c86cc1ea9c0a06b8663f9bfa6805f34)

03-01-2013, 09:39 PM
Here's mine


03-02-2013, 06:07 AM
Here's mine Karen. I don't know whether you would call it a border or a cluster; I live to think of it as a bit of both.
I've used Laitha's extremely beautiful kit, Never Forget. This is such a fantastic kit to scrap with!

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/Mum-and-Bill.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p120990-mum-and-bill.html)

03-02-2013, 08:11 AM
Looks like a border to me, Robin. It's a "cluster-border" and a beautiful one at that. What a sweet story!

03-02-2013, 09:29 AM
Here's mine. I'm so happy to already have a layout finished this month - I've been trying to do at least one a day. :)

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/2013_01_01_John_Peanut.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p121006-a-man-and-his-dog.html)

03-02-2013, 02:03 PM
Here's mine. I used the fence in Karen's kit and then added lots of leaves and flowers.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/DSS-March-border-chal-VINTA.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p121023-march-surprise-me-challenge.html)

03-02-2013, 09:12 PM
Sweet challenge. I had fun with this, thank you for the challenge!

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/medium/my_aunt_stephie_copy.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p121060-my-aunt-stephie.html)

03-05-2013, 02:46 AM
Cute Border Ideas. My Border came from a need to tie all three of my morning photos together. Remembering this Border Challenge gave me a way to do it. The memory page was started with a photo cluster that I layered with some elements from the DSS Blog Hop Kit Always. The paper is also from the Always kit.
Find it Here (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p121193-apc-spring-like-morning.html)

03-05-2013, 06:04 AM
WOW, some really cool border effects going on her ladies. I love them all

Elk Fan
03-05-2013, 10:53 PM

Miss Pepper
03-06-2013, 02:46 PM
Thanks, Karen. Love this challenge! :) http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p121292-florida.html

03-08-2013, 05:55 AM
Thanks Karen...this one was a challenge,not sure I nailed it but had fun trying.Here`s my link
Ciao trish

03-08-2013, 11:25 AM
I used Lillian's Garden. (image linked)
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1333/lilliangarden_web.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/snickerdoodledesigns/p121418-petting-zoo.html)

03-08-2013, 08:38 PM
I agree, Boo! There are some wonderful borders here! I know it was a "challenge" with a lot of flexibility, and you all are not disappointing! Off to the gallery to get a closer look! Thank you for participating!

03-09-2013, 06:34 PM
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/608/bld_romanticgardner_lo1_britnkaysmemaw2.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p121500-honey.html)

03-09-2013, 07:41 PM
Here are my layouts for this month:




These pictures are from trip to Cottage Grove, Oregon in October 2011. I've been wanting to scrap them as a remembrance of the trip and chose them for this challenge.

I used Karen's (aka Snickerdoodle Designs) "Artist In Men" kit. I love the colors in the kit and they seemed to fit with the pictures.

The pages are a bit busy, but this time I’m presenting information and I think the layout works OK.

03-10-2013, 10:54 AM
mine turned into a double pager. I had a lot of photos
Puppy Love
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/500/Puppy-Love4.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/member-galleries/p121540-puppy-love.html)

Bright Eyes
03-10-2013, 01:31 PM
Since it is March and St Pat's day is just around the corner, I chose to do an Irish page. I made a 'cluster border' and did the page in a monochromatic of greens.

My great-grandmom was of Irish descent. She had her father's eyes and their last name was Angel... so mom always referred to my eyes as "Angel Eyes". She would sing Irish Eyes to me when I was young.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/Irish_Eyes.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p121558-irish-eyes.html)

Always enjoy your border challenges.

03-11-2013, 12:07 PM
I love coloring outside the lines ...

<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/flowerCreekLane_preview.jpg" /> (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p121641-child-of-art.html)

03-13-2013, 07:23 PM
I hope this fills the brief. Photo is of my mother (June), my aunts and my grandmother

03-14-2013, 09:59 PM
I did my border on a diagonal through the middle of the page.

03-18-2013, 02:07 PM
I guess I"m on a roll with borders I made this one with both a picture for a border and a scrapped border.
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1425/faithful_web.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/two-moose-designs/p122553-blessed.html)

03-19-2013, 01:46 AM
<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1081/JacobandJulesweb.jpg" />
Credits in Gallery (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/imafishtank/p122589-jacob-and-jules.html)
Crazy thing- the color palette was just that- the color palette. I don't know if it was meant to be used or not, but I love it!!

03-19-2013, 09:19 PM
What great imaginations you all have. I love seeing the different takes on the "unique border" theme! Thank you for your participation!

03-21-2013, 12:04 AM
I will be the first to admit, I put boarders in unusual places all the time. :)
Thanks for a fun challenge, Karen. Here is my entry which can be found in the gallery HERE (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p122735-i-love-sunrises.html)
This layout was created using this weeks Featured Designer Challenge Mini Kit, Hello Sunshine.

03-24-2013, 09:11 AM
Thank you for hosting Karen.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1457/DSS-March-2013-Surprise-Me-Border-Challenge-000-Page-1.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/studio-challenges/p122928-march-2013-surprise-me-border-challenge.html)

03-24-2013, 12:32 PM


Thanks this was so much fun and the LO's are amazing:)

03-25-2013, 06:19 AM
Great idea for the challenge this month

Here is mine


Gallery Link (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p122971-surprise-me-border-march.html)

03-25-2013, 06:30 PM
HERE is MINE (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p122993-i-am-strong.html)................I made a corner border (giggles)

I made this to be printed out and framed for my new bedroom :)

TYVM for challenge :)


03-25-2013, 08:54 PM
Here's mine

03-26-2013, 09:56 AM
Oh my, every LO is absolutely wonderful; such creativity. The ideas y'all have given me are endless.

03-28-2013, 02:13 PM
Great Challenge..my favorite actually!! Submitted two pages this time, I couldn't help myself, was having too much fun. :((


03-29-2013, 12:37 AM
Here is mine!
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1344/dss-march-suprise-border.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/surprise-me-21-challenge/p123190-suprise-me-border.html)

03-30-2013, 02:24 PM
Oh, I totally agree, GrannieEv! Everyone is SO different! I love that about challenges! We all think different, have different styles, and like to focus on different subjects. Very cool! Thank you all for playing. I am excited about next month's challenge too! (Hint: think title) :)