Tuesday, April 26, 2011

We have some outstanding entries so far, but just reminding you that you have just under 5 days left to get your entry in for the current challenge.

Up for grabs is a HUGE $50.00 and $20.00 voucher to use at Scrap Matrix!! 

Remember anyone can enter from anywhere in the world ..

Click here for the details. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

April 15th Challenge


Hi again everyone! 

Firstly a HUGE thank you for the absolutely amazing projects you shared with us in our previous challenge. We have seen entries come in from ALL over the world and I am so pleased at that! This is the vision that I had for this challenge blog, and I hope it continues this way. I love how people have journalled in their own language and I encourage anyone to do so! And please remember...it is not about how neat your handwriting is, or whether you spelled some words wrong. The whole point of this is to document a special time or create a card or project with some meaning behind it ..:o)

I can tell you that the winners of the last challenge might take a little longer to announce as I know that the Design Team will have quite a bit of trouble trying to narrow it down to their Top 6. I will announce the winners as soon as I get the votes in!

I wanted to again direct your attention to the TOP of this blog where you will find all the rules. Please read the challenge rules carefully as to avoid disappointment.  Don't forget too that you can translate this blog using Google Translator which is on the right hand side of this blog. Its not the best but you will get the idea!

Let me also remind you that although not encouraged, hidden journalling will be permitted as we understand that not everyone wants to share their deepest thoughts with everyone else. If you hide your journalling please direct us to where on your page it is and that you have indeed journalled.

Now moving on to our next challenge...

Your journalling criteria for this challenge is to write the reason you chose to scrap this photo 
(e.g. to remember this moment, to remember someone, to send a message to someone, because this photo makes you smile, the photo shows a personal achievement, your child's milestone etc. etc. )

Your journalling can be any type i.e. handwritten, printed etc.. and as long as you wish it to be. 

REMEMBER: If you are making a card or altered project you DO NOT need to include the journalling criteria BUT you MUST use a quote somewhere on your card or project.....

This is the sketch you need to follow..

and here is an example from our April Guest Designer Piradee Talvanna. THANK YOU SO MUCH for being our guest for April Piradee..we LOVED having you here!

Piradee has journalled her love for cupcakes! I cannot argue with you there Piradee :o) Piradee turned the sketch to its side! Just lovely. 

Our Design Team examples

Trudi Harrison's  reason for scrapping this photo is her love of watching her beautiful little girl play. So innocent and sweet. Trudi flipped over the sketch and provided us with a different option to scrap this sketch. 

Heather Jacob wonders what is going through the mind of beautiful Ella. She has used a stunning heart shaped piece of chipboard from Imaginarium Designs to express her love for this precious little girl. 

Natalie Elphinstone has created a mini album for her cute little girl Moriah's first birthday. Do you see how she has included the sketch in all the pages where her journalling is? Natalie says "A mini-album can be quite a daunting prospect. In fact, I had put off doing this project ever since my daughter turned 1 in November. It hadn't crossed my mind before that it would be so easy to put together each page like a mini-layout, and using the sketch made it a breeze!" And I have to agree with you Natalie..you have just given me an idea!

Steph Devlin has used the sketch almost precisely and this is what she had to say about her girl...her little dark beauty "My littlest girl is such a thinker. When she was a baby, you could see the cogs turning. Sometimes I find her sitting in a room by herself just having some time, and I wonder what she is thinking about". Steph has used hidden journalling as she felt what she had to say was too private to share.

Helen Tilbury documents her daughter's love for this woolly hat. Helen says : "I Loved the sketch &  stuck to it pretty literally - except for the orientation of the photos - as I really wanted to use these two to tell the story of my daughter's obsession with her woolly hat"

Irma Peredne tells us her reason for scrapping this photo is for her boys to remember how they spent the last day of summer before school started in this mixed media layout.  Irma has also adjusted the sketch by moving it to the right. Our talented artist also wanted to give you a little feedback on how she created this gorgeous project: "This is a 3D mixed media piece done on gessoed chipboard and backed by another chipboard piece with stacks of foam squares. The water holes are cut with a crafting knife; Inside each there's acrylic pebbles, reeds and die cut leaves peeking through. This is a thick piece so I trimmed off the side to fit in a 12"x12" page protector. More detailed photos on my blog."

 LG Belarmino decided to create a 8.5 x 11 layout. How creative!!! LG's reason for creating this layout is to share with us her love and friendship with her two sisters.  LG says: "This is a fun sketch to play with. There are so much possibilities by simply flipping or rotating it. For my layout, I decided to do an 8.5x11 layout of my two best friends, my sisters" 

Rossella Palladino expresses her passion for scrapbooking in this layout. She described a beautiful day out, scrapping with her friends and being surrounded by papers. Rosella says: "This page represents my passion for scrapbooking. I used a fun background, flowers and colours to show that when I am scrapping I am relaxed and easy going. It was important for me to scrap this photo as it was taken at the last meeting with my scrap-friends, one of few happy and carefree days!".We hear you Rossella!

Bente Fagerbergdecided to turn the sketch on its side to accomodate her photos better. Bente explains her reason for scrapping this photo... "In the little envelope I have a little message from my DD. My journalling is in Swedish and says:"I love these photos because they remind me of a beautiful Spring day that we spent in the garden together. We re-potted seedlings and sowed new little seeds to get more flowers.You enjoyed it very much and were able to do it all by yourself."

Carole Janson's reason for scrapping this photo is pretty obvious..to remember a beautiful milestone in her friends life..her wedding day. Carole says I loved this sketch. It has such a spacious feel to it and really easy to add plenty of detail so it was perfect for my photo of my best friend Lauren and Josh on their wedding day" 

Lou Dalhstrom chose a beautiful vintage photo to represent Easter. The beautiful soft pastel colours, together with that little girl and bunnies chipboard  by our sponsor Scrap Matrix capture the warmth of the upcoming season. 

WOW!! I think there is SO much inspiration there. Thank you to my wonderful and super talented Design Team for your hard work.

Now its your turn!!

Don't forget our sponsor this month is

who have generously sponsored all our prizes this month. Remember, they will ship internationally to ANYONE at actual shipping cost!

So what does the winner get for this challenge?
As voted by the Design Team the winning entry will receive a HUGE

at Scrap Matrix to spend in the store here !!

The Design Team will also vote on their top 5 favourites and those 5 entries will be our FEATURED projects for this challenge. 

We will also have 1 randomly chosen winner amongst the rest of the entries. This person will receive a cool
to also spend at the Scrap Matrix store. 

THANK YOU so much Rae Cooper from Scrap matrix for your generous prizes! It was a pleasure dealing with you and hope to see you back here again soon. 

We hope to see more lovely entries from you! You have until midnight 30th of April, Sydney time (Australian Eastern Standard Time) to submit your entries. Please link your entries to the top right of the blog using the Link Tool. 

Have fun!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

April 1st **WINNERS**

Hi everyone..

It's time to announce the winners of our April 1st challenge. 

Before I announce the winners I would like to just quickly tell you that in order to be considered for a prize or a feature YOU MUST FOLLOW THE JOURNALING CRITERIA very closely. Besides the sketch, each challenge will have a set journaling criteria that you must include on your projects. Off the page or altered items and cards MUST have a quote on them in order to be in the running for a prize or feature. 

Our  *MAIN PRIZE* winner for the April 1st challenge, who also gets to come back in May as our Guest Designer is...

KYOKO of Japan

CONGRATULATIONS KYOKO!!!! Your layout was chosen by our Design Team out of 101 entries!!! 
You now have $AUS50.00 to spend at SCRAP MATRIX . Please email Lou here to get the details of how to claim your prize and please email Irma here regarding your Guest Designer spot next month.

Now these are the Top 5 as again voted by the Design Team. Can I just say here that there was probably 1 point different between all of these. Voting was SO close!


LORETA from Lithuania



SUSAN from the USA

CHERUBS from Lithuania

CONGRATULATIONS to the Top 5. You were all STAND OUTS and your layouts are ALL stunning!

Now ladies...the Design Team and I have been so stunned with not only the amount of entries, but also how absolutely gorgeous all your projects were. We ALL had such a hard time trying to narrow down our Top 6 out of over 100 entries...so even though we normally feature our Top 5 and the winner, here are some more that caught our eye...

        Chantelle from Australia                                         

Vicky Varvadouka from Greece

Lynnda Hosni from Australia 

Rachael Funnell from Australia

Agneja from Lithuania

Well done to these 5 as well!

And last but not least...we have our RANDOMLY chosen winner....


Number 65 is Kristal with this entry

Kristal you have won $AUS20.00 to spend at Scrap Matrix. Please email Lou here to claim your prize. 

Thank you so much for your beautiful entries and we hope to see you back here again.

Bye for now!

Friday, April 1, 2011

April 1st Challenge + Meet our Guest Designer Piradee Talvanna

Hi everyone! 

Here we are with our very first challenge. Firstly I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that has supported us in the past week...to all our new followers...to our wonderful sponsors and to my outstanding Design Team, who I must have stressed a little in the last few days...

Before I post the sketch and the criteria, I would like to remind you to have a quick read of the challenge rules and how this will work , which you will find located on the right hand side of this blog!

So on with our very first challenge...

Remember you can create a layout, card or any other project you can adapt this sketch to. If you are creating a card , off the page or altered project, the journalling criteria does not apply to you. You can use the sketch and a quote instead

Journalling criteria : Your journalling has to be HANDWRITTEN and at least 25 words long. 

and here is the sketch for your inspiration 

First up a HUGE welcome to our very first Guest Designer...the lovely 

Piradee Talvanna of Thailand

Hi Everyone, I'm Piradee Talvanna from Bangkok, Thailand although I'm currently working and living in Singapore with my dearest hubby. It was when I relocated to Singapore in mid-2008 for work that I discovered and fell in loving with this hobby. For me scrapbooking not only allows me to explore and challenge my creativity but also helps me de-stress after a long day at work. And the best part of it all, are the strolls through my LSS (I think I'm more of a hoarder than a scrapper) - that allows me to be a kid again (in a big candy/well scrapbooking store).
A very big thank you to Nadia for this amazing opportunity to guest design here !

Here is Piradee's take on the sketch...

Here is an example from one more Guest this month... Rae Cooper, the owner of Scrap Matrix, our April sponsor. Welcome! 

**WOW! Rae's layout was picked up for publication by a magazine!!! How exciting! WELL DONE RAE!!!***

Thank You Piradee and Rae for your wonderful layouts! 

Now on to the rest of our Design Team examples

Helen Tilbury 

Nadia Cannizzo

Irini Liolia

Gerry Van Gent

Irma Peredne

Nerrida Mitchell

Lou Dahlstrom

Rossella Palladino

As mentioned earlier our sponsor this month is 

who have generously sponsored all our prizes this month. Remember, they will ship internationally to ANYONE!

So what does the winner get for this challenge? 

As voted by the Design Team, the winning entry will get to come back in May as our GUEST DESIGNER and design alongside our Design team + this time the winner will also receive a HUGE

at Scrap Matrix to spend in the store here !!

The Design Team will also vote on their top 5 favourites and those 5 entries will be our FEATURED projects for this challenge. 

We will also have 1 randomly chosen winner amongst the rest of the entries. This person will receive a cool

to also spend at the Scrap Matrix store. I hope that the random draw will encourage people who are new to this craft or do not feel as confident in  sharing their work with others, to still participate in our challenges. We love to see EVERYONE'S interpretation of our sketch and criteria. 

And here are just some of the products Scrap Matrix have available as a kit..

We sincerely hope you have been inspired somewhat to start creating!!
We cannot wait to see your entries. Please upload your project to your blog or online gallery, and link DIRECTLY back to it through the link tool at the bottom of this post. 

You have until midnight, Thursday, 14th April Sydney time (Australian Eastern Standard Time) to link your entry. Please see the clock located on the top of this post for time references or the bottom of the link tool will tell you how long you have left!

Have fun!