Saturday 28 December 2013

Featured Educator - Riikka Kovasin - Quick & Easy Background Technique Tutorial

Hello to all our Scrap Around The World readers!
Here's hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas & that
 you are looking forward to 2014 - just around the corner!!

We are SO pleased with how many entries we have
received already for Zanka's fantastic December 
mood board -  bearing in mind what a busy time it
 is for most of us over the holiday season.  Don't 
forget to LINK UP SOON as we have some really 
cool prizes to be won & ONLY 4 MORE DAYS left!

See our current challenge {below} HERE.

Before 2013 comes to a close we have an exciting
 & inspiring video tutorial to share with you from
 DesignTeam member Riikka Kovasin from Finland.

If you don't know Riikka's work YOU SHOULD - she
is the IT girl of the scrapbooking world right now!!
Riikka has put together a video showing the clever
 background technique used on her December page.

As Riikka says :- "It's an easy way to add texture to a page
 & use up those last letter stickers in a pack - all you need 
area few simple supplies - letter stickers {alphas}, gesso, an 
old credit card/palette knife, mists or other colouring medium."

I love quick, effective videos & this one is just over 2
 minutes!  BRILLIANT!! Fabulous techniques Riikka,
 LOVED seeing your background come to life!

Thank you for sharing your expertise with us all at 
Scrap Around The World - we really appreciate you
 taking the time to record your process for our inspiration! 

To see more of Riikka's fabulous videos you can
 subscribe to her YouTube channel HERE.  If you 
enjoyed Riikka's video please LET HER KNOW 
by taking a minute to leave her some comment love. 

That's it for 2013!  THANK YOU everyone for your
amazing support.  Please continue to support us
here at Scrap Around The World, by playing along
in our challenges & sharing our posts on Google+
& Facebook & spreading the word about SATW! 

We also have a HUGE giveaway going on
 right now too - see our Facebook page HERE.

We are having another "Giveaway" with this fabulous prize for a lucky winner.
Rules of the giveaway are...
1. You need to follow SATW on Facebook!
2. You need to SHARE the image of the giveaway on your facebook page & TAG Scrap Around The World in your FB post.
3. You also need to FOLLOW US ON BLOGLOVIN (Pop over to our blog & click on the Bloglovin Icon) too easy.
Starts 21st December 2013 & ends 21st January 2014. Beautiful Pion Design Vintage Garden papers, stamps, stencil, Prima flowers, chipboard plus lots more to be won!

Post compiled with the help of Leonie Neal-Dawson.
{Featured Educator Co-ordinator}

Tuesday 24 December 2013

Guest Educator Corinne de France {aka March} with a Tag Tutorial!

Hi everyone!  Christmas is almost upon us so I am taking the opportunity 
to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to all who celebrate the birth of Jesus!!

If you are here today you are EXTRA AWESOME because it is the day before Christmas!
You should be baking gingerbread, etc, etc!!  Because we don't want to keep you long 
away from your loved ones we are sharing a TAG TUTORIAL today.  Tags are
quick & easy to make yet capable of giving you a QUICK CREATIVE FIX!!

*Remember we are allowing TAGS this month to help you create
over this busy festive period!  This month only though!!*

Today we welcome a very special lady - Corinne de France aka March,
to share a tag with you, made especially for us at Scrap Around The World.

Corinne has participated in EVERY SINGLE CHALLENGE we have ever held
 - all EIGHT so far - so for that she is definitely EXTRA AWESOME!!
Here she is!...

I am very thrilled & rather nervous, but also very proud, that 
Scrap Around the World has noticed my work & asked me 
to present a tutorial.  I am so excited for this opportunity! 

I am the mum of an adorable young girl who is the source of my
 inspiration, & I have a great husband who understands & accepts 
my passion.  I love all styles but I discovered mixed media 2 years
 ago & now I incorporate it into all my layouts & art journal pages.

I often also work with images or postcards brought back from my
 travels with my husband. I also love street art.  I live with my family
 in Lyon  which is a city in east-central France, situated between 
Paris & Marseille by the Mediterranean. 

I've just joined the team l'antre Scrap, who noticed my work & asked 
me to join them.  My blog is in French, but as art is universal I hope
 you will like what you see & become a follower if you do!

You can find it here...

1.  Distress the edges of your tag.

2.  Separate the layers of your paper napkin.

3.  Tear off the parts you want to use & position them on your tag.

4.  Paste down using gel medium or liquid glue & heat gently to dry.

5.  Apply gesso through a stencil, heating gently to dry off.
{This is a SPRAY GESSO - how awesome is that?!?}

6.  Using another stencil, apply thick gel medium then heat gently to dry off.

7.  Spray a concentrated amount of ink onto one particular area of your tag.

8.  Apply a light layer of gesso to a stamp, using a
 brush & stamp with it then heat gently to dry off.

9.  Use your fingertips to gently wipe acrylic paint onto the area of 
gel medium that is raised & dried, in order to highlight the design.

10.  Thoroughly dry off your tag & enjoy admiring 
your design!  Your tag is now complete!!

THANK YOU Corinne for a TOTALLY AWESOME tutorial!
So creative & artistic I am dying to try it out myself!

If you LOVED this tutorial as much as I did please
let Corinne know by leaving a comment, I'm sure
she would really appreciate hearing from you!

Lastly, if you are not a follower of Scrap Around The World,
on FACEBOOK, please sign up HERE & follow the instructions

Our December challenge is STILL OPEN!

It is closing on the last day of the month
 {31st December 2013}at midnight EST
  Click HERE for details!!

Friday 20 December 2013

December Guest Designer Tetiana Komarova {aka Taniko} of the Ukraine!

Our Current Winners and Features!


Please view our current challenge HERE

Today we welcome back the winner of our November 2013 Challenge,
Tetiana Komarova of the Ukraine as our December Guest Designer!

Hello! My name is Tetiana Komarova, however in the scrap world
 I use my nickname Taniko. I’m 25 years old & I live in Kiev, Ukraine.

Currently there are 3 important matters in my life -

 1)  my family {all my time is devoted to upbringing
 of my son Timofey - & my husband too sometimes!}

 2) my postgraduate studies – for already 2 years all my mental 
efforts have been thrown into the writing of my dissertation.

 3) Scrapbooking! In 2010 I plunged into this exciting world
 & still depend on it!!

I like to make works in different styles but my favourite is clean & simple
 for cards & mixed-media for the rest!   I adore mixed-media techniques
 because they give me the freedom to express myself & seem to be
 the best tool for the realization of creative potential. I like to make
 lots of layers, play with texture paste & paint, & use bright colors
 & fabrics on my pages.  You can find my blog *HERE*

Taniko used our current mood board for inspiration
 to create one of her stunning trademark pages.

I love the white base & ever-so-subtle masking work on her background.

The eclecticism of her pages makes Taniko's work unique!

Layers & textures are a sure-fire way to add instant appeal...

I adore the white mist spatters on the photo!  
Thanks so much for joining us Taniko!!

Please take a minute to leave some comment
love for Taniko today & don't forget to get
your entry uploaded soon - time is running out...

art journal pages & NO restriction on canvas size!
BECAUSE this is an especially busy month SO
we know that time is precious but you still want

Monday 16 December 2013

MORE Guest Design Team Inspiration! This time from Scrapmatts!!

Our Current Winners and Features!


Hello Scrap Around The World Fans!

***Don't forget about our current challenge HERE !*** 

Today we have some fantastic inspiration from the Design Team at Scrapmatts! 

They have used Scrapmatts chipboard on their layouts, all of which you 
can purchase directly from their online store in Australia HERE & they
will ship it to you anywhere - worldwide - at actual shipping costs!

 Scrapmatts is a permanent sponsor of Scrap Around The World.
They have been sponsoring our 3rd prize of $25 since we began
in May & they will continue to sponsor us for some month to come!

Let's take a look at what my teamies at  Scrapmatts have
created using our current mood board & optional sketch! 

 Sonia Thomason {Australia}

Scrapmatts Product used:-
 Butterflies CB1027 & CB1028
Leaves CB1115 & Scrap Words CB1199

Jenny Garlick {Australia} 

 Scrapmatts Product used:-
 Arch Window Frame CB 6038, FLOWERS CB 5092, 
Butterflies CB 1158 & CB 1007, & Ornate Frames CB 4056

 Crece Thomas {Australia}

 Scrapmatts Product used :- CB1158 Butterflies 20
The word Cherish comes from the pack CB6071 Assorted Words 07
CB5082 Leaf Spray 02 & the beautiful window - CB5102 Window 02.

Holly Connors {Australia}

Scrapmatts products used: CB5035, CB1200, CB5103

Kim Ewins {Australia}
Also a member of Scrap Around The World & my "right arm'!! 
{Kim is not only a fantastic designer but also a huge help
 behind the scenes - co-ordinatingour guest appearances!}

 Scrapmatts Product used :- CB4058 Australian Federation Detail 03, 
CB1197 Scrapwords 05

 THANK YOU so much SCRAPMATTS for your beautiful creations!

Only NINE DAYS until Christmas so we appreciate it is a very busy time
for you all - which is WHY we are offering AMAZING prizes this month!
We are REALLY trying to tempt you!!  AND...  We are allowing
TAGS and single art journal spreads this month ONLY as we
 know it is such a busy time for everyone in December. 

If the Scrapmatts team has inspired you {as it certainly has me}
please take a minute to leave them a comment letting them know!

For more awesome Scrapmatts inspiration check out their Gallery HERE.

Thursday 12 December 2013

Guest Design Team Inspiration from 7 Dots Studio!

Our Current Winners and Features!

 Hello Scrap Around The World fans!

***Don't forget about our current challenge HERE !***

Today we are bringing you a new dose of inspiration, 
courtesy of  the absolutely AWESOME design team from
 7 Dots Studio, our MAIN SPONSOR  this month - check out
our reveal post {link above} to see the 3 amazing collections
they will be sending out to the winner of our December challenge!

Just have a look at their spectacular projects
 based on our mood board & optional sketch! 

Marianne Johansson {Norway}

Ana Paula Leal {Brazil}  

Anna - Wiosanka {Poland}

Tanya Batrak {Ukraine} 

Elena Olinevich {Belarus}

Irina Gerschuk {Russia}

A massive THANK YOU to Tusia & her insanely
 talented team for this fabulous inspiration!

 We hope it has set you in a creative mood & tempted you to 
play along with our challenge this month!  We are allowing
TAGS and single art journal spreads this month ONLY as we
 know it is such a busy time for everyone in December.

If you don't already follow the  7 Dots Studio blog now would be
a GREAT time to add them to your reader!  Please leave some
 comment love for these incredibly talented designers!!

Sunday 8 December 2013

November 2013 Wall of Fame!

***Click HERE to view our current challenge***


1st - Taniko - Ukraine


2nd - Anna Komenda {Moriony} - Poland
3rd - Pascale B- France
4th - Mona Pendeleton - USA
5th - Rachael Funnel - Australia


  Sarah Groen - New Zealand
Laetitia - France
Leila Cardoso - Brasil
Zeneva Kovic - Australia
Terhi - Finland 

***Winner, Features & Finalists please feel free to right-click & save
 the Wall of Fame to add to your resume, as well as grabbing 
the correct badge from the sidebar to display on your own blog!***

Please support us by playing along with this month's mood board! 
{sketch optional}.

Posted by Alexandra Polyzou.

Wednesday 4 December 2013

November 2013 Winners, Features & Finalists!

Hello Everyone! Time to announce our November 2013 Challenge winners! 
 Thank you so much for all your fantastic entries!! We closed at 68 entries this
 month!!!  So many fabulous colourful entries - we all enjoyed having a peek
 at what you each made & did our best to spread the comment love around :)  


Prizes to be claimed on or before the 15th of the month
 please, otherwise they will no longer remain valid.

Replies will NOT be sent BUT if you do not receive your prize 
within 6 weeks please contact the email address given 
{& copy me on scrapaddict {at}} so we can follow it up.  

We trust our sponsors to be honest & reliable but we cannot be held 
personally responsible for prizes that go awry, although this would
 be the exception rather than the norm, having never happened to date.

Every single one of us agreed that Taniko had embraced the challenge 
so wholeheartedly that she just HAD to be the winner!  I'm sure YOU 
will all agree with our choice too!!  Congratulations Taniko!  
Taniko hails from Ukraine.

Please e mail our Guest Designer Co-ordinator, Kim Ewins
 at kimewins {at}  if you would like to be our 
December Guest Designer.

Please email Leonie at leoniend12 {at} with the title
 NOVEMBER 2013 SATW WINNER in the subject line, together
 with your full postal address, so she can get your parcel of 
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard shipped to you asap.  

And BIG CONGRATS from us all at Scrap Around The World 
- we love your style & the enthusiasm you display on your pages
 & would love to see you continue playing along here with us!!

2nd place goes to Moriony!  {Anna Komenda} of Poland!!
Yes, twice in a row - you have won MORE 2Crafty chipboard!!!

Please contact Di Garling at vgarling {at} with the title 
2CRAFTY CHIPBOARD WINNER SATW NOV 2013 in the subject line, 
together with your postal address,so she can get your prize shipped asap!

{Please let Di know you won this prize last month too so she can send you
some different pieces!  There is a huge variety & we can't wait to see how 
you use all the lovely chipboard you are accumulating LOL!!} 

3rd Place goes to Pascale B. of France for this beautifully put together 
page!  She has won a $25 pack of chipboard from Scrapmatts chipboard
 in Australia.  Please email me at scrapaddict {at} asap with 
the title SCRAPMATTS WINNER NOV 2013 SATW in the subject line 
so I can get your prize shipped to you asap.

4th place goes to Mona Pendeleton of the USA for this 
lovely creation!  You have won a $15 voucher to the
 Purple Pumpkin store.  Please go to the store HERE,
 select your prize then e mail Sam at purplepumpkincrafts {at} with your selections & your postal address. 
PRIZEWINNER in the subject line of your email.

5th place goes to Rachael Funnel of Australia, 
for this amazing page!   You have won some beautiful 
Prima goodies from Eila Sandberg - please contact her
 directly via Facebook , with your full postal address, so
 she can get your prize shipped off to you asap.  Please put 
SATW NOV 2013 GIVEAWAY WINNER in the subject line.
Please sign up as a FOLLOWER of Eila's blog HERE 
if you are not one already :)

6th place goes to Sarah Groen of New Zealand for this 
super page!  We LOVE your background & would like to 
offer you a Featured Educator spot for a future month! 
 In other words, please show us all how to do it!!  

Please contact Leonie at leoniend12 {at} 
in the subject line if you are interested!!  

7th place goes to Laetitia of France for this effervescent delight!!

8th place goes to Leila Cardoso of Brazil for this happy page!

9th place goes to Zeneva Kovic of Australia for this beautiful creation!

10th place goes to Terhi of Finland for this sweet page!

The random winner of our HUGE Bo Bunny prize
 is Milagros C Rivera from Puerto Rico!

Please e mail me at scrapaddict {at} to claim
 your prize,  giving me your full postal address & putting
 "NOV 2013 SATW RANDOM WINNER" in the subject line, 
so I can get that out to you asap!

A note to our players!!

We are on the lookout for friendly & encouraging members of our SATW community, to feature as our future "Featured Educators" {a once a month tutorial spot}.  So remember to keep supporting us by playing along & letting us know your thoughts in our comment section {even design team members love encouragement too!} & if we spot a really interesting technique on your challenge page we may just ask you to show us all how you did it! 

 Photo OR video tutorials are both acceptable!!  
So keep visiting, keep playing, keep chatting to us
 in the comments & have a lovely December :)

Here is our current mood board & a reminder of our SPECIAL DECEMBER RULES!

We all know how busy the month of December is SO we are changing our rules FOR THIS MONTH ONLY - we are allowing TAGS and ATC's!!  And there is NO LIMIT on the size of your layouts, canvases or art journal spreads!!  You can even do a single art journal page!!  We understand that this month is about spending time with your families, creating memories to be scrapped in the future, so we are trying to help you save time & still get the chance to be creative, just in a shorter time frame if necessary!!