Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Meet our new Social Coordinators + a new contest + a new sponsor!

Thank you SOOO much to everyone that applied for our Social Coordinator spot here on our team. As always the choice is difficult so instead of 1 I decided to ask 2 people to join our team. The hardest word in the English language for me to say is "no".. I just cannot do it, so please understand how hard it was for me to have to NOT accept everyone that applied :( 

But anyway, please help me welcome .....

Tracey Sabella (USA)

My name is Tracey Sabella. I reside in northeast Ohio with my amazing husband, Gary. Our family and faith have always been an important part of our lives. We have been blessed with four wonderful children, and with two weddings in as many years, our family is growing. My life has been centered around our home and family. I stayed quite busy home educating our children for 19 years. One of my goals was to create a scrapbook of memories for each our children by encouraging them to delve into special passions including fishing,, music, art, writing, dog training, and debate. 

In 2007, I started putting those memories into real scrapbook form when our church formed a monthly scrapbook night. It didn’t take long to realize that while I appreciate the value of archiving our family history, scrapbooking is a wonderful artistic outlet for me. I'm a life long crafter and use many of those skills on my projects. I adore learning new techniques along the way and enjoy sharing my projects along with tips and techniques on my blog. I am blessed to be designing for Donna Salazar Designs, Really Reasonable Ribbon, and Scrapping Everyday Miracles. I am so excited and honored that Nadia has asked me to be part of this amazing team of talented OUAS scrap artists. 

My blog is Garden of Grace.http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Val Thorpe (South Africa)

My name is Val Thorpe and I live in Johannesburg, South Africa and I have been married to Simon for 37 years. We have two kids Clint (30) and Storm (27) my sons girlfriend Lin is expecting and I am going to be a granny to twins in March next year.  We also have four yorkies and a beautiful maine coon called Hansa.
I have always been involved in arts and crafts but about 10 years ago I got hooked into scrapping and I have never looked back. I am a SAHW who is spoilt rotten  I have an amazing studio in our home that is stocked like a small shop and that is where I can be found most days, all day.
My passion with scrapping is the stories, first and foremost, I want my family to know who we are and where we came from, our highs and our lows. I don't want them to look at photos years from now and say... that is pretty but who the hell is that?

I am so honoured to be part of this amazing team. 
Here is my blog Val-Belle's Ramblings 

Now, you need to keep an eye out for these ladies at our Facebook page HERE because starting from this month we ask you to upload your entries to over there and at the end of the month 1 winner will be chosen JUST from the Facebook page who will win a prize from our newest permanent sponsor ...

13 arts - Polish company created by Aida Domisiewcz aka Ayeeda. We provide original scrapbooking papers and mixed media products: water inks, pearl and chalk mists, water paints, many types of microspheres, acrylic mediums. We constantly work on new products to give you best scrapbooking and mixed media supplies for your artwork. Please visit our online shop (we ship internationally): http://13arts.pl/ and our blog: http://13artspl.blogspot.com/

Now just have a look at what one lucky RANDOMLY chosen participant will win this month!!! 10 colours of YOUR choice from the just released Ayeeda Paints. Guess what? I am on the 13arts Design Team and I have these paints and I can tell you they are AMAZING!!! SO you do not want to miss out on your chance to win these. 

So all you need to do is play along with our challenges each month and when you upload your layout here on the blog, please go on over to our Facebook Page and upload it there too and your name will be in the draw to win a 13arts prize at the end of month! And remember it is a random winner.. so anyone can win :) 

Now to get your creative juices flowing, here is September's challenge and the Design Team's gorgeous creations :) 

Journalling Theme: "Lucky"

You are free to interpret our theme any way you like but please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes some journalling (hidden journalling is fine)

Please welcome back the winner of July challenge and former Design Team member
Hi, I'm  Georgia, I'm 37, from Tasmania Australia where I live with my husband, teenage son and furry cat child, Oscar.
I would describe my style as modern grunge with a real love for art mediums and stamping. I create mostly 12 x 12 layouts and journals with the occasional off the page project and canvas. 

I currently design for Ingvild Bolme, 2Crafty Chipboard, Australian Scrapbooking Memories Magazine, Scrap365 magazine in the UK and Paperhaus magazine as well as running and designing for my own small online scrapbooking storeI am very excited and honored to be back at OUAS as a guest designer. OUAS is very close to my heart as was one of my very first design teams. 

To check out my more of work: www.startingtoscrap.blogspot.com
Georgia xox 

*sketch rotated and journalling is at the back of the page

Now here is what our Design Team came up with. Please click on their blogs for more details on their creations. I am sure they would love to hear from you !!!

* Using September's Scraps Of Elegance kit*

Svetlana Austin (South Africa)

Kim Price (Australia)
**Imaginarium Designs chipboard frame and lettering
**Scrapbook Fantasies ribbon/trim

Cathy Cafun (Australia) 
*Imaginarium Designs chipboard title (cut apart)* 
** hidden journalling on 2 tags**

*Imaginarium Designs chipboard butterflies*

Melenia Agapides (Greece)
***Imaginarium Design Alphas

*Imaginarium Design chipboard clock used*

*Hidden journaling
*Imaginarium Designs chipboard: Double Oval Frame with Dragonfly, Photo Frame 1, Circle Frame with Brackets, Heart***

Anna Zaprzelska (Poland)
**Hidden journalling

Renata Moni (Brazil)
*hidden journaling (inside the envelopes)

(Journalling at the back)

Hilde Aaslund (Norway)

The winner of this challenge, will win our main prize this month from our September sponsor and will also be invited to come back in November as our Guest Designer.

Our main sponsor for September is

Scraps of Darkness kit club kits are designed for artists who wish to take scrapbooking to another level. We strive to include the latest and greatest items on the market that will enable you to create not "just a layout", but a piece of art.  And don't let our name fool you - while we regularly include items for those who like to create "darker"  layouts, we also want to inspire you to venture into what we consider Alternative Scrapbooking, such as Steampunk, Grunge, and Technique based layouts and projects.Each month, we offer a Main Kit and several Add On Kits that coordinate with the Main Kit.
In addition to offering monthly kits, we have an online store, and offer free shipping to kit subscribers for store purchases that they would like shipped with their Main Kit.  We also have an amazing and diverse Design Team that never ceases to inspire with their gorgeous creations.  Our forums are a lively warm community of supportive scrappers and unique challenges. Stop by and visit our gallery where you can see work from both our Design Team and our subscribers!

Scraps of Darkness is donating their September main kit valued at US$35.95 with free shipping (picture to follow) for our September winner

Now here are the prizes from our monthly sponsors!

Imaginarium Designs chipboard, is donating a chipboard pack full of their newest releases valued at AU$50.00 , with free domestic and international shipping 

Scraps of Elegance kit club is a store credit voucher valued at US$35.95 value, with free Priority shipping within the USA, or free First Class shipping for international winners!

The Flying Unicorn online store is donating a US$25.00 gift voucher to spend at their store with free domestic and international shipping ! 

Julia Cotrim Scrapbooking  is donating a patterned paper collection with free domestic and international shipping

Sassy Scrappers is donating a AUS$25.00 prize pack with free domestic and international shipping 

Scrapbooking Fantasies is donating a ribbon pack  for 2 winners valued at over AU$10.00 each plus with free domestic and international shipping 

Njoyfull Crafts is donating one of the above prize packs or similar valued at AU$20.00 with free domestic and international shipping 

Get Creative Embellishments is donating a prize pack valued at 15.00 Euro,  shipped free anywhere in the world

SA Crafters is donating a prize pack valued at US$15.00 , shipped anywhere in the world. 

Digital Designs by Olga, is offering a $10.00 voucher to the online store 

Fancy Flair Designs is donating a store voucher

The deadline for this challenge is midnight August 25th Australian Eastern Standard Time


  1. Thank you Nadia for the opportunity to be on your amazing team!! I'm so excited and honored to be part of OUAS!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

  2. Big congratulations to both Valerie and Tracey as your new Social Co-ordinators!!!So happy to see another South African face on the team!!!Well done girls!

  3. big congrats ladies! Tracey, way to go!
    Gorgeous new sketch and amazing inspiration! Will have to make some time this month to play along! :)

  4. Congratulations Tracey and Val, and welcome to the team!

  5. A big congrats and welcome to our new ladies!! So glad to have you!!

  6. How exciting :) Congrats ladies, and to you too Nadia on OUAS growing every day :)


  7. How exciting :) Congrats ladies, and to you too Nadia on OUAS growing every day :)


  8. Big congrats, ladies! Tracey, so excited for you!!!!

  9. Wow girls! Beutiful reveal!! I´m soooo inspired now! Hugs!

  10. Thank you so much :D Thanks Nadia for this opportunity of working with such an amazing team... and to my co co-ordinator... looking forward to working with you too Tracey :) Wonderful reveal for this months sketch... So much inspiration from the most talented ladies :D

  11. I think the date to enter could be wrong. Aug?

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