Saturday, December 12, 2009

Challenge Extended

Only 4 entries on our Secret Garden challenge so far.
I was waiting to post a winner until we had a few more entries.
So I am extending the deadline for this challenge...until December 31st.

Our next challenge will be posted on the first of January.
Check back then for the Secret Garden Winner and a new Scrap-a-licious challenge!

Saturday, November 7, 2009


The Winner of the Alice & Wonderland Challenge is:

BRAINYBAIRN with this lovely LO!

Remember these still plenty of time to enter the SECRET GARDEN CHALLENGE!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Challenge #8: Secret Garden

It's no secret our newest designer's fave book is Frances Hodgson Burnett's "Secret Garden"

Your challenge this month:
Include PLANTS- leaves OR flowers (either in your photos or in products)
Include a SECRET -hidden journaling or pics, or the word SECRET in your title.

There's also a sketch (you can use it or not) up to you.

Some DT Inspiration...

KIMMY...there are photos and journaling hidden in the pockets.

JULIE... bright and cheerful and full of sunshine like Julie herself!

MANDY.... Love the kitty up the tree and the cute title too!

I hope you can join us! You have until December 3rd to enter.
Winner of the "Alice" challenge will be posted this Friday.

Monday, October 5, 2009


The newest member of our design team: Mandy Dodd/mandysea from Australia! :D

Here's a little bit about Mandy...

My style leans towards a love of Shabby Chic and Vintage, but I love to break out every now and then and do something different!

A bit about her favourite children's book...

I loved the suspense, the drama and the secrets within the story.

It’s an emotional journey within each character as the story develops.

I grew up loving ‘garden rooms,’ tree houses, birds and small animals!!

And it’s still reminiscent and very evident in my garden today!

I don’t think I stuck with any one author –

but rather the theme of nature with my favourite colour being green.

Check out how she ROCKED the Alice challenge!

I love the caterpillar!! He doesn’t say a lot but what he does say is profound to the shrunken Alice who was trying to swallow her anger…

‘Keep your temper’ was his advice.

‘Are you content now’?, then offered Alice two choices and disappeared!

And here is my daughter being the caterpillar……sage advice I think!

Sunday, October 4, 2009


Everyone's favorite cracktastic classic, that had to be written with the help of drugs...
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

You may also choose to draw inspiration for it's sequel : Through the Looking Glass

Some Ideas:
Try to incorporate one or more of the following:
playing cards, chess pieces, hearts, crowns, tea cups, tea kettles, hats, cats, mushrooms, caterpillars, flowers, rabbits, clocks, the color sky blue...

Some quotes:
'Curiouser and curiouser!'

`we're all mad here.'

'shall I never get any older than I am now?'

`Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.'

`Off with her head!'

"Drink me"

"Eat Me"

"I think she's pretty"

"There's no use in going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then."

See what the Design team did with it...

JULIE: inspired by the quote which describes her darling Brooke perfectly.
She's also got tons of flowers, a hat, some light blue, playing cards (a queen even!)
JULIE "I think she's pretty"

BREE: Bree sent this in way back at out DT call. I just loved it so! It's a canvas inspired by Alice. I love the 3D effect of the lace apron!

LOU: She's got playing cards and crowns galore on this pretty page about her sweet niece Kassi.

KIMMY: Inspired by the Jabberwocky poem in Through the Looking Glass. I had to memorize it in high school... still can quote most of it. I wrote the entire poem on the paper that I made myself in the center (using tissue paper/modge podge/ glimmer mist). I also included many elements from the Alice books in a collage around the poem: an illustration of Alice, a Queen of Hearts card, tea cup/tea pot tag w/ the words "drink me" on it, the tag from that Mad Hatter's hat, a cat, some Alice fan art, a crown, a garden, & a clock.

LORI: She used a quote from the book
"There's no use in going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then" and a lot of the same blue as Alice's dress, some flowers, and the word "journey" which is definitely a theme in the book.

Lori--Alice in Wonderland

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH IT? Show us by October 31st for the chance to win a prize!

Winners Post!

I owe some prizes!! How I love these posts!!

For the Horton Challenge: MandySea

& The prize is a spot on out DT if you've got the time! I know you're on several teams already, but we'd love to have you! :D

Sorry these two took so long. I kind of got sucked into the vortex called school.
Plus I was waiting on DT votes. Now I just have to make one trip to the post office.

Random winner for Charlotte's Web: ChrisA

Design Team pick for Charlotte's Web: Peggy!
We love the splattery paint background!

Email me your addy so I can get you your prizes!

I'll be back in a few with the reveal of our next challenge!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


The next challenge is due On the 30th! That's a week from today!
Get scrappin' ladies! Tell your friends!

I didn't forget our 2 bonus winners from the last challenge- I am still waiting on some votes form the DT. I'll post them with the next challenge and fill the envelopes a little fuller. :D


Monday, August 31, 2009

Challenge #6: Horton Hears a Who

Since we seem to get more participation when the deadline is farther away I've made the decision to make this a ONCE a MONTH challenge blog instead of every two weeks. Hopefully that will increase our participation even more. {Though this blog isn't suffering quite as much as Theatre Love, where we only had ONE ENTRY last month. *sadness* So go over there and check it out if you like musical theatre!}

On with the challenge!

When one thinks of children's books one of the first names to come to mind is Dr. Seuss. With is fun colorful illustrations, rhyming text, and life lessons embedded within his tales he's the PERFECT inspiration for Kiddie Lit! We chose Horton Hears a Who as our book this month, because it's one of our DT's favorites. So let it inspire your next page. You can use a quote from the book (like Julie and I did) or the theme of Empathy like Haggith did. Bright fun colors are a must and rhyming journaling is optional. You may also choose to use dandelions or elephants on your page... or the word WHO. Just have fun with it and tell us WHAT INSPIRED YOU!

Here's some DT inspiration for you!



Post a direct link to your creation here BY SEPTEMBER 30th to be eligible for the prize drawing. Seriously, the pages are getting so good it's too hard to vote on them any more!
Thank to all of you for playing and spreading the word about our little blog!

~Kimmy & the Kiddie Lit Team

Two Winners!

Usually I let the team pick the winner, but this time I did it myself.
This page was just absolutely stunning! Love how she interpreted the book!
Congrats Bec!!
email me your address and I will get out your prize!

I was so excited by the massive participation that I've decided to award a second prize to whoever the team decides they like best (besides the page above), so Design Team girls... email me your votes! Winner #2 will be posted later this week! Along with the winner of the ransom drawing of all of the participants of the last challenge!

I will be posting the September Challenge shortly.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Get Scrappin'

This challenge blog is suffering from lack of participation. :(
Everyone who makes a page for the Charlotte's Web challenge will be entered into a drawing for a prize, if you refer someone who makes a page (and tells us you referred them) and you get another entry. GO TELL YOUR SCRAPPY FRIENDS TO COME PLAY!!!

The challenge is extended to the end of the month, so go out there and pimp our blog!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Challenge #5: Charlotte's Web

Your next challenge is to be inspired by this children's classic by E.B. White.

Here's what the DT did. Show us what you can do and you'll win a fabulous prize! :)

Julie: She chose to use some of the web words and the theme of friendship.
I love how whimsical her page is!

Kimmy: I was inspired by the trip to the fair in the book... I used lyrics from the classic animated movie. (Yes I realize I got one of the words wrong! oops!)

Lori was inspired by the theme of friendship. She also used a fabulous quote from the book!
Lou was inspired by the words of praise in Charlotte's web. Instead of Some Pig... it's Some Kid!
And isn't he a cutie? Couldn't you just eat him up?

Some ideas to help you get started....
Charlotte's "Web words" : Terrific, Humble, Some ____, Radiant
Spider webs or farm animals in your design
Theme: friendship, farms, bugs, the fair, missing someone
Technique: colored pencil drawings

You are not limited to these ideas, they are just a springboard.
The rest is up to you! have fun with it.

Again, it doesn't have to be a LO, it can be a card, altered art project,or something else!

Please link your projects to this post by August 8th for your chance at the prize.

The Winner is....

Peggy!! We all loved your Clifford page! Email me and I'll send along your gift certificate!

The next challenge will be posted later tonight! :D

~The Kiddie Lit Team

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Vacations and things made us all a little bit behind here at Kiddie Lit.
A new challenge will be posted on Friday along with the Velveteen Rabbit winner...
so if you still want to play you can make a page inspired by that book and post it here by Friday!


Sunday, June 21, 2009

WE HAVE A WINNER... actually two!!

Sorry it took us so long to post these... I was away on vacation and then we had to have a tie breaker vote because you guys are just so fabulous!

Winner #1: Where the Wild Things Are Challenge


Winner #2: The Giving Tree Challenge


Congrats ladies... email me your addresses (
and I will get your prizes out this week.
I'll even toss in a lil' somethin' extra since you had to wait so long!

The Prize for The Velveteen Rabbit Challenge
will be a $20 gift card to
So get those pages, cards, or altered projects done!

Due: July 5th

Also.. wondering if anyone out there makes ATCs? I was considering doing an ATC mini challenge and wanted to know if there would be interest in that. Comment and let me know!


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Challenge #4 --The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams is my all-time favorite children's book....more for it's deeper meaning than it's simple story.
Here's one of my favorite parts:

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real." "Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit. "Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt." "Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?" "It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

For this challenge, please incorporate some soft TEXTURE onto your LO to reflect the texture of the rabbit in the story.
Other than that, it's up to you! Be inspired by the book, the illustrations, the words....

Here are some of the DT's projects to inspire you:

Kimmy was inspired by the velvet texture of the bunny and to remember a childhood toy:

Lou was inspired by the velvet texture of the bunny in the story (velvet flocked paper!) and the theme of "REAL":

Haggith says, "this is a layout about my doll that I used to have. I loved her so much. Journaling: "I have never loved a doll as much as I loved Janneke. She sadly died of a broken arm. My parents thought she was so ugly, but in my mind she is still the prettiest ever! :)"
Haggith - challenge # 4 - the giving tree

Julie faces the challenge of people's misunderstanding her sweet daughter Brooke's port wine stains, and yet always sees the beauty in her precious girl!
Julie T-W

Here's mine! I am always working to "become real":

Please join us for this challenge and link us up to your amazing creations by July 15th!
We'll also have a winner for The Giving Tree challenge soon! EDITED TO ADD: and we'll be announcing the Where The Wild Things Are winner too! Sorry about that, guys! :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

giving tree continued

Sorry about the delay in getting Kimmy and my pages up. They were both done on time, just not posted. I guess now you know who takes the pictures and emails our pages and such. And she is out of the country. LOL.



Monday, June 1, 2009

Challenge #3!!! The Giving Tree! :):):):):):):)

Hi all....

Julie here...and while Kimmy is having FUN in LONDON, ENGLAND....I am here to give you CHALLENGE #3!!!!! This time its all about the book, "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein...when Kimmy interviewed us for the DT...we had to tell her our FAVE children's book and my choice was this BOOK!!! I loveeeeeeeeeee this book to this day...and I even have a copy of it..right here in front of me on the computer! :):):):):):):)

Soooooooo this challenge is going to have a few things U can chose to do a LO, altered item, or card too....

The color GREEN!
The word GIVING!
Use a tree/leaves image!

Now....U can link up your projects right here until JULY 1st!!!!! And don't forget that U still have until JUNE 15th to get your "WILD" Lo's into us for our previous challenge! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Here is what our AMAZING DT has in store for U this time! :):):):):):):):)





We wil be back on the 16th to announce the winner from our "WILD" challenge!!!! Thanks for stopping by....and can't wait to see what everyone creates! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Challenge #1 WINNER!!!!!!!!

We loved ALL the submissions, it was SO HARD to chose a winner. You were all just fabulous! The prize goes to MandySea with this adorable trinket container.

Contact Bree with your mailing address, so she can get you your prize!

Everyone PLEASE keep those projects coming! We loved the all participation this time around!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Volume 2 :Wild Things

Challenge #2 is here!!!!!
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
If you are not familiar with the book...
movie trailer--> (I am so excited!!)
No specifics on this one except use the word WILD somewhere on your page :D
Just be inspired by it somehow, anyhow.

Post your project (card,LO, or altered object!) in the comments to this post by June 15
and please let us know what about the book inspired you!

Here's some DT work to inspire you!

I was inspired by the colors and the nature motif of this book... on my LO, I tried to bring that to life! :):):)
Lori: I was inspired by the muted colors and woodsy images and I loved the line in the book that I used for my title: "let the wild rumpus begin!"

Haggith: I was inspired by the colors of the jungle, especially the colors orange, green and blueish/grey. And the flowers and trees. And a bit inspired by the little boy running around getting all mischievous!!! :)

Journaling: "I love your free spirit; your laughs, your smiles; your running around. You make me happy"

Kimmy: I was so inspired I made 2 pages. This one includes my favorite line from the book, a jungle made out of flower trees and my wild little niece romping about with the wild things I printed off the internet.
This was my original idea. I had this adorable wrapping paper and these great KI papers that matched the color scheme of the book.

Lou: I was inspired by the color and shapes on the endpages of the book.
Bree: The title "King of the Wild things" is a line from the book, and my journaling says ( I love you so much I could eat you up.. like in the book)
Also the clouds and stars in the sky for the "gloomy night without making it too gloomy...

The winner of challenge #1 will be posted later this weekend, just waiting on a few votes from the DT! :D


Have a WILD week!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Volume 1: Wizard of Oz

I am SOOOOOOOOOOO excited to kick off our first challenge just in time for National Scrapbook Day! I hope you can all play along and be inspired by our awesome design team!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

Your challenge:
Choose 2 OR MORE of the following to include on your layout, atc, altered project, or card.

THE SHOES: red OR silver sequins or glitter (in the book the ruby shoes are
actually silver)
DORTHY'S DRESS: blue gingham OR white eyelet lace
YELLOW BRICK ROAD: use the color yellow somewhere
TWISTER: twisted ribbons
EMERALD CITY: green background OR only use green embellishments
OZ ICONS: rainbows OR hearts OR bubbles
MUNCHKIN LAND: a grouping of 5 or more flowers OR something teeny tiny
WORDS OF WISDOM: the quote "No Place Like Home" OR the word "Wonderful" OR any other quote from the book.
MUSIC: lyrics from any "Wicked" song or song from the movie (as they were
both inspired by the book)
OZ VINTAGE: one of these images:
THEME: friendship OR journey OR home

Design Team Projects:

Lou created this "wonderful" LO with silver glitter, and wings... there's also rainbows and a lot of green in there!

I used blue gingham (my neice's dress), Yellow brick road (that's a painted prima ribbon package!) , "journey" & wings. The picture itself makes me think of The Wizard of Oz...

Bree made this awesome altered book/frame. Look for a tutorial from her later this week!!!
She used wings, green, journey, and something tiny.

Haggith created this stunning layout with a green patterned background, the theme JOURNEY, and look at all those hand cut & doodled on bricks!!! The Quote on the page in teeny tiny letters (Think munchkins!!) says..."just follow the road this crazy life will take you! I know you will make it!"

Check out Julie's blue gingham dream! That rainbow frame is freaking awesome! Those are "Wicked" cool lyrics too! The flowers are the perfect touch! Who says you can't use flowers on a boy page.

I am lovin' Lori's dreamy LO. Those are some of my favorite "Wicked" lyrics...and just look at all that GREEN!

Don't make your project ABOUT the book,
inspired by it!

The prize for this challenge was donated by Bree... one of her fabulous Crop Suey Kits!
Please post a link to your project here as a response to this post no later than midnight on May 15th. Thank you & have fun!