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 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 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 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!


  1. Great challenge and sketch this time too!
    ..and some awesome inspiration from the design team!
    Have to play along one more time ;)

  2. Looks like i have my fun lined up for the weekend...thanks for all the inspirations.

  3. WOW!!!!Amazing projects from the DT!!!Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Nadia your sketch is beautiful and I love your idea for the journaling. It is great to look at photos and remember why we are scrapbooking them in the first place. Thanks for your beautiful sketch and all of the inspiration!

  5. Love your sketch, Nadia, and the journalling challenge! You girls made me journal with your last challenge, and I have a feeling you will get me going this time, too *lol*

    And the DT examples are devine! TFS!

  6. Oh I am just soo hooked on this place. Thanks for another awesome challenge and of course the DT ROCKS!

  7. I just found this blog. Wonderful challenge and awesome DT works. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Hello girls!
    I was the one who forgot to put the journalling!
    But never mind, I already got the next project underway!
    The layouts are wonderful!

  9. Congrats girls - awesome inspiration there & each & every layout is beautiful for it's own reasons....the prize is also a huge incentive to play! Boy the judging for the last challenge is going to be tough with so many stellar entries!!

  10. Wow, such breathtaking projects, it's very inspiring to see them all!!! Thanks for it!!!

  11. Love this sketch and wonderful work from DT!! Thank you!!

  12. wow such beautiful layouts from the DT.. and this challenge really gets to the heart of scrapping i think.. why do we choose the photo and what is the story behind it... i hope i get time for this one too!!

  13. Love this challenge :) :) Great DT examples as well :)

  14. the LO's are all so beautiful... i love this sketch and the criteria should be a challenge as I dont usually say 'why?'. Trudi you have gobsmacked me yet again with your amazing artistry x

  15. Wow! Another great sketch and challenge! Those amazing lo's are so inspirational...Thank you ladies!

  16. I hope to get the time for this one. I missed the first sketch..
    Beautiful work from the DT..

  17. Un sketch plein d'idées et des pages magnifiques ! Félicitations à la DT, vos pages sont merveilleuses.

  18. WOW stunning creations much beautiful inspiration here!! Hope I can fit this one in as I didn't have time for the 1st challenge!!

  19. Love the sketch and dt layouts - so beautiful! Hey Nadia, just wanted to let you know that your countdown timer widget and the inlinkz countdown are two hours different!!! Just don't want what happened to US at Get Picky to happen to you too!!!! :) :)

  20. I am so excited to the entries! This would be so much fun! I hope you all come and join us

  21. gorgeous layouts from the dt, loving the sound of this challenge

  22. The design team's layouts are AMAZING!! Such gorgeous work. I just uploaded my layout. Thanks for a fantastic challenge!

  23. I loved this challenge!!!
    The sketch are very good!
    My entrance just put in inlinks.
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    from Brazil

  24. Here it is ! My project has been linked !
    Thanks for the DT's great work, and for this wonderful sketch !
    Kisses from France.

  25. Me again!!!...Love the sketch and dt layouts - so beautiful!...I've just linked mine... TFC... hugs...xoxo

  26. I love the sketch. Thank you for the inspiration:):)

  27. I really liked this Sketch, loved participating in the challenge!
    hugs from Brazil!

  28. Such a fun sketch and beautiful creations from the DT. I know I'm way late, but I wanted to let you know I did play. I had to wait until the Work in Progress gallery reveal to share my page. Here it is if you want to see what I made: