June challenge – Urban theme

Summer holiday is time in a year, when we mostly do our best not to stay in big cities. The weather usually encourages us to stay outside enjoying summer. So despite it we have urban theme for you :) Create any project, that is about city, use at least one of our products and join our challenge :) And most of all – have fun :)

Here is the inspiration from our team:



I’m drawn to modern buildings that combine glass and metal. One of my favorite ones was in my childhood home town, Turku, where the old rope factory was turned into space for the Turku polytechnic and the Turku conservatory. The combination of the red bricks, old metal and then cutting edge glass walls was very much to my liking.
So for this challenge I used my love for the buildings such as in the picture as my jumping off point and added also another urban detail – I mimicked graffiti in the background and drew some letters there.


Urban life ,is like living in a modern joungle!! Being in time , is like a lion hunting you.Driving big distances, is like avoiding dangerous snakes .Stressing thoughts and qualms being perfect in amy way ,is like irritating mosquito bites… I have used the Homegrown collection 12×12 paper Snicker among with Verano Azul stickers and Cold country die cut elements, to express my own take of urban messy life!! Oh yes i dream of a relaxing life in nature but life wants me in a big city….


When Louise visited the USA many years ago she always tried to take the ‘Hop on hop off’ buses in all of the capitol cities that she stayed in. Not only did she get to see a good variety of interesting tourist spots but also she got to see the architecture and people in urban areas. The photo in this layout is one she took of the back streets of Washington.


When I think about something Urban, I imagine skyscrappers and no trees. So as an escape for me and for my family, especially for a summer period is to live in the countryside. Homegrown collection was an inspiration for it.

Here is a video showing the whole album:



Urban is such a cool theme! I just love everything about it. the grunginess, the earthy feel and I had just the perfect photo to match it. This is my daughter travelling on the tram in Melbourne on her way to work one morning. Very “Urban” don’t you think? I also wanted to test out the new “Homegrown” collection and see just how grungy I could make it. I felt it had a little bit of an urban feel to some of the papers and I was right. I love how versatile this range is!!

I must admit that I am not a fan of cities. I prefer nature and small villages. In March I had a great pleasure to visit Norway and I felt in love with this country. I love everything about it. The sea, forests, the raw nature and even the buildings.


I was born in capital of Warsaw and I still live here, so I spent almost whole life in a big city. Urban atmosphere is very specific – everyone is in rush during daytime and in the evening, everyone tries to relax and enjoy the sunset, beer with friends or ice cream in a cafe. I am not a city lover though. Yet I can see the beauty in it sometimes :)


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The rules are as simple as A, B, C:
- create any project inspired by the theme – Urban theme
- use at least one 7 Dots Studio product
- publish your project on you blog with a link to our challenge
- do not forget to include in your blog post our “inspirational circle” ( you will find it at the top of this blog post)
- use inlinkz and please link directly to your blog post, not to whole blog
Challenge is open till July 2016, 19th midnight CET
We announce winners by the end of the July. One lucky person will win four 6×6 designer pads!



Layout by Elena Olinevich

Hello, it’s Elena here today.
It is a bit sad but this is my last post as a DT member for 7 Dots Studio. I can not believe I’ve been a part of this team for the past 3 full years and I still can not believe how fast the time flies. It seems it was only yesterday.
However new faces and new blood are always a great source of bringing something new. So I want to thank Tusia, the owner, from the bottom of my heart for her kindness, generosity and friendly relationship during these 3 years.
And today I’ve got a Layout to share with you, that I made with the brand new Homegrown collection – such a good definition, especially when it concerns something about handmade.

I used the funny pictures of my kids. I decided to play along with the floral motifs of this collection, so I turned the background paper sheet 90 degrees, as I wanted the big flowers and leaves be the part of the complicated background for my Layout.

I also made some fussy cutting , using the same paper sheet from the 6*6 paper pad, and what I ‘ve done next – I enjoyed coloring them.

I also added the chipboard pieces from the same collection and made the focus on the flowers of the patterned paper.
To add more color to the grey background sheet I misted some sprays using the Burst stencil.

and applied the texture paste using the Floral Stencil.

I love to experiment with the collections and papers , but this time I played only with the one and the same – Homegrown.

Hope you have enjoyed my creations
and I am not saying farewell
I only say – Happy Papercrafting.


Products used:

7 Dots Studio – Homegrown – Happy
7 Dots Studio – Homegrown – Element Stickers 6×12
7 Dots Studio – Homegrown – pad 6×6
7 Dots Studio – Homegrown – Tags 12×12
7 Dots Studio – Homegrown – Burst Stencil
7 Dots Studio – Homegrown – Floral Stencil
7 Dots Studio – Homegrown – Chipboard
7 Dots Studio – Homegrown – Word Stickers 6×12

be bright be you by Elena Olinevich

I’ve received the new collections by 7 Dots Studio. You know how awesome they are.
However I tried to find something new. It’s quite easy to create with the papers using mixed media techniques, flowers and vintage or girly pictures. But what to do if you are going to create the Layout for a little kid boy, with no flowers and no light papers?
Well, yes, you only need to try and to experiment.
This is what I have done.

It was not so easy to use only tags and die cuts, none of layers with the patterned papers. But it was fun and easy to mix all the embellishments , arranged over 2 photos.

I’ve added the random stamping on the background.

I also used the stencil and made the paint splatters with it. It was a good idea to add the color to the background.

Finally I like the result, and I like to find those funny pictures of my son dancing in front of the camera.

Products used:
7 Dots Studio – Fortune-teller – Charted
7 Dots Studio – Fortune-teller – Splatter Stencil
7 Dots Studio – Fortune-teller – Chipboard
7 Dots Studio – Fortune-teller – Tags 12×12
7 Dots Studio – Fortune-teller – Element Stickers 6×12
7 Dots Studio – Fortune-teller – Die-cut Elements 6×12
7 Dots Studio – Fortune-teller – Clear Stamps
7 Dots Studio – Fortune-teller – Word Stickers 6×12