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15 October, 2016

Special Guest Spotlight on

Most of you will have already been wowed 
by the artistic talent of our very Special Guest this month! 

FIONA PALTRIDGE has made herself known in the scrapbooking community
as her creations seem to always emanate from a beautiful freedom of expression,
such as we all strive for on our own creative path.  She is a master of colours and
will no doubt be able to inspire you greatly with the October challenge!

Let's get to know Fiona a little more through her own words:

"Hello, my name is Fiona and I live in South Australia. I have been creative all of my life dabbling in a little bit of anything creative I could find over the years. I have scrapbooked for more than 15 years but only recently have I discovered the online world of challenges, design teams and the best friends a girl could ever ask for. As a scrapbook artist, I would have to say I don't have a "style" as such, except that I do include ephemera into my work almost every chance I get. 

I have had a whirlwind of an entry into this supportive community and have been blessed enough to have been given opportunities to teach all over Australia at expos, in local stores and scrapbooking retreats. I currently design for several international companies including 7 Dots Studio, 13@rts and Viva Las Vegastamps. I am also a part of the Aussie kit club "Scrappy Chat Designs" headed up by Beck Beattie and, lastly but certainly not least, I am part of a wonderful Polish challenge team called Scrapki-Wyzwaniow (yes, I can pronounce it, after many videos from my fellow team members and a LOT of practice!)  Next year, I'll be joining a couple of new teams so keep an eye out for those announcements!

I write a regular article for Scrapbooking Memories magazine and have had the privilege of collaborating with so many wonderful artists on many different projects including the e-book "80 Artists Around the World".  I am so honoured to be invited to join the More Than Words team for the October challenge."

You can visit Fiona at the links below:

Here's a reminder of our October CHANGE & OMBRE challenge
followed by Fiona's stunning take on it!

Here is how Fiona describes how she was inspired by our word:

"I believe CHANGE can be a funny thing. On the one hand, we need to change to be able to move forward in the world, but on the other hand, there are some things I really don't like having to change. In general, I'm ok with change. I work in an ever changing environment and like to keep up with current trends so change is inevitable and I manage it well.  However, when it comes to changes in my personal life, I find myself struggling... especially with the changes that have occurred so quickly right in front of my eyes like my children growing into young adults. They have grown up way too fast and although this change in life, from child to adult, I know is so important for them, it is really hard for me to let them be 'grown ups'. I am still practicing how to let them go.  I have gotten better, but every now and then they remind me 
"Mum, it's ok... I've got this."  

So I titled my page 'Never Change a Thing' but journaled around the design with words of wisdom that encourage their growth such as 'Change is always a good thing' and 'Change makes us stronger.  It turned out a very conflicting page, but I think it has been good therapy for me to remember that 'it's ok... they've got this'."

And now let's see how she incorporated our creative challenge:

"My creation is based around my handmade OMBRE background.  I have a link to the tutorial so you can learn how it came together and maybe give it a go yourself.  I style my layout on one of my favourite designs that I fondly refer as "The Elephant".  With the ombre, I felt that it suited it perfectly, the way it cascades down 
the page just like the colours do."

You can watch Fiona's creative process by clicking below!

What a stunning interpretation of our challenge!
Fiona has taken the time to really think about our word and be inspired from it.  She was able to not only create a gorgeous layout, but also to document a touching story around it based on what the word CHANGE represents to her.  Her OMBRE background looks fabulous, gradually changing from dark greyish pink to lighter shades of the same colour which goes ingeniously well with her design.

Now it's time for some close-ups:

Fiona, thank you so much for joining us this month as our Guest Designer and for this incredible piece of inspiration that we are sure will have all our followers run to their scrap space with their head and heart full of fabulous creative ideas!

So, now it's your turn to embrace CHANGE and show us your true OMBRE colours!

Link up your October Main Challenge project by October 31st !


  1. Wow - this is truly amazing! I'm off to watch the video!

  2. Stunning as always Fiona, now I am off to watch your video. So lovely to have you as our guest designer this month. 😄😄😄

  3. Amazing take on the challenge Fiona!

  4. Absolutely FANTASTIC layout Fiona.. Thanks for been our October guest designer...
    Will go & check out the video... TFS! x

  5. I watched the video to see how you created this amazing layout. Simply stunning Fiona!

  6. Lovely layout stunning n thanks for the video

  7. I love the passion we find in Fiona's work!

  8. Amazing LO. Love the bold red background. Hugz


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