Monday 30 September 2013

Scrap Around The World Welcomes FOUR New Design Team Members!

Exciting news huh?!  Yup I have been busy, busy this month keeping things 
ticking over at Scrap Around The World as well as expanding our team! 
 We are taking over the world I tell ya!!  Haha!!!

 Well not exactly - but we do have some exciting news to share with you all today!
In no particular order I introduce you to our new Ambassadors!

Riikka Kovasin of Finland!!

Hello! I'm so thrilled & excited to join the amazing team of Scrap Around the World!
 I'm Riikka Kovasin - a Finnish mixed media style scrapbooker.
I'm happiest when I can combine my love of beautiful products with a chance to get messy!
 I live in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, with my husband & our two daughters.
My family is a constant source of inspiration & our 
daily life is the subject of many of my pages.
 I also love to create mini-albums, cards & canvases.
If you like my work you can see more from me on my blog HERE.
 & follow my other channels here:- Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
I am so thankful to be part of the new team at Scrap Around The World!!

Check out some of Riikka's very cool work!!

And also a double-pager from Riikka!
Don't forget you can enter our challenges with a double-page too!!

Riikka has been helping out behind the scenes for the last month & even managed
 to create a layout using our CURRENT MOOD BOARD for September - impressive!

Kim Ewins of Australia!!

Kim is joining us not only as an Ambassador but also as our 
Guest Design Team Co-ordinator
& will be responsible for compiling & publishing our Guest Design Team posts to our blog.

Hi! My name is Kim Ewins & I live in a city called Orange, 
 which is a 3-4 hour drive west of Sydney, Australia.
My husband, Roy and I have 8, (yep! 8!!) wonderful children together. 
They range in age from 23 down to 6 years of age, (5 sons & 3 daughters.) 
We recently found out we are to be grandparents early next year,
so that is very exciting……oh! The photos!!!
 I started scrapbooking about 6 months after the birth of my
last child in 2006 & now wish I had started so much earlier. 
 I am on four other amazing Design Teams:-,
 {our 2013/14 permanent sponsor - woo hoo!!}
My style is along the grungy, shabby chic lines but I love to try new things & mix it up!
I love  working with neutrals & pastels & lately I have
started venturing into water colouring on my layouts.
I love texture, buttons, lace trim, machine stitching & tea dyed canvas. 
A huge THANK YOU to Helen for this wonderful opportunity - I am so excited to be here!
I would love for you to check out my blog HERE & join as a follower if you like my style!!

Here are some of Kim's beautiful layouts...

And here is Kim's interpretation of our CURRENT MOOD BOARD for September!

Carla Marchee of The Netherlands!!

Carla is joining us as our ART JOURNALLER!
So she will be inspiring you with a DOUBLE-PAGE SPREAD each month!!
 {yes you can enter with a double-page art journal spread too as long as 
it is a minimum single page size of 14 x 19cm (5.5 x 7.5 inches) per page}.

Hi!  My name is Carla Marchee!!
 I started scrapbooking seven years ago after discovering it online! 
I fell in love immediately & have always loved working
 with photographs, capturing life's beautiful moments.   
I am inspired everyday by my amazing children {two boys!!}
First came Scrapbooking then came Mixed Media & now I am EVEN MORE in love!
I have always had a passion for Art & beautiful I get to combine
 them both together & I am happiest when I am doing so & love this hobby!!
Art Journalling provides me with the freedom to express my inner voice & I love
 to create art journal spreads, altered books & canvases as well as layouts.
I am so excited & honoured to have recently been invited by Helen
 to join her exciting new challenge blog as she discovered that I was
 looking for a new & exciting journey for my scrapbooking life.
I hope to inspire you & ignite your creative fires!! 
Please check out my blog HERE!!!

Here is Carla's interpretation of our CURRENT MOOD BOARD for September!

Di Garling of Australia!

Di is joining us not only as an Ambassador but also as our 
Guest Designer Co-ordinator
& will be responsible for liaison with our Guest Designers & Tutorial Contributors
going forward, as well as compiling & publishing their posts to our blog.

Hi there, my name is Di Garling & I live on the sunny east 
coast of Australia with my hubby & my little dog Tilly. 
I have two grown up sons & I am going to be a first time Grandmother in January! 
 I am so excited - I can't wait - just think of all those baby layouts!! 
  I started scrapbooking in 2005 & I am just as addicted now as I was way back then. 
I own a scrapbook store I started  in 2006 &  am currently on two other design teams -  
2 Crafty Chipboard & Green Tara {Flowers, etc}.
My style is a mix of eclectic & shabby with a modern twist!.
  I adore texture & colour & love using different mediums to create my backgrounds. 
Attention to detail is my motto. 
I would love for you to take a peek at my blog HERE.
 I would like to thank Helen for inviting me to join Scrap Around The World 
& I look forward to working with both her & her talented team.

Here is a small sampling of Di's incredible talent!!

So there you have it!!  More exciting developments going on at SCRAP AROUND THE WORLD!

Please take this opportunity to leave some comment love for our new Ambassadors!

{and our old ones too!} Remember that they work here for the ♥ of the game
 only- there is no remuneration for them but your sweet words which are like 
music to their ears :) as well as the sheer pleasure of being a part of 
something worthy & the joy of contributing their inspiration!  

So three cheers to ALL the Scrap Around The World Ambassadors 
THANK YOU in advance
 to our four new Ambassadors that I know will do us proud!!

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Canvas Tutorial from Lisa Griffith!

*View our current challenge HERE - only 5 days left to get your entries in!!*

Yup one of our favourite regular players {and past winner!} has sent in a lovely CANVAS tutorial to share with you!

{yes you can make a canvas for your entry as long as it is a minimum of 8 inches square}.

  ENJOY & remember to leave some love for dear Lisa!

"My name is Lisa Griffith & I live in the US with my husband of 13 years & our 7 year old son Liam. I have been scrap booking since my son was born but it is within the last year that it has developed into my passion! I love it so much because it combines my love of photography & my love of all things vintage, & having time to express myself creatively is so relaxing & rewarding. 

One of my favourite things to do is to go to estate sales and antique markets to hunt for treasures such as vintage photographs and magazines, old postcards and letters, sewing notions, or bits of old lace that I can incorporate into my layouts. 

My style is feminine, shabby & distressed, I like my designs to have an antique worn look like an old tattered book & I love using lots of inks & flowers. I have helped design kits for The Scrapbook Diaries & I have recently started my brand new blog!  I am so excited to share my tutorial with you here today!'


This is what Lisa has to say!  "Anyone who is new to doing a canvas & hesitant about it 
- no need to be!  It is much like creating a mixed media layout, with the same mediums
 & techniques, just a different format. So here are the steps:-

Step 1.  Choose your photo & your theme then gather your materials together. 
I chose a beach theme & photo from my recent vacation. 
I gathered up shells from the beach but also cheated a little bit and bought some!

Materials List:-

12x12 canvas
Stencil/Mask {mine is from Prima}
Gesso, Modelling Paste & Gel Medium {I used Liquitex}
 Some pieces of lace & cheesecloth
White Acrylic Paint
Various mists {I used Tattered Angels}
different seashells, acrylic
Various embellishments {I used wood pieces from KaiserCraft,
 Prima flowers & crystals}

Step 2. Prime your canvas with a thin layer of gesso & let
 dry naturally or dry off using your heat/embossing gun.

Step 3. Using your mask apply a thick layer of modelling paste randomly, in
various areas on your canvas & let it dry, either naturally or using your heat gun.

Step 4.  Adhere pieces of fabric or lace plus torn strips of paper, 
remembering that what matters here is TEXTURE not colour.

Step 5. Paint over your added lace/fabric/paper using white acrylic
 paint. Add several coats so it is nice & thick.  Push a few pieces of
 cheesecloth into the wet paint for even more texture.  Wait for
 everything to be thoroughly dry or dry off with your heat gun.

Step 6. Start applying your mists { I used yellow, orange & gold} & keep going
 until you are happy with the result.  The more you mist the more drips you get
 so add more if you like the 'drippy' effect.  If the colours appear too bright
you can blot off excess with a paper towel or dilute using a water spray.

Step 7.  Once dry, adhere some ephemera items for interest. Now adhere your
chosen embellishments (shells, wood, flowers, etc): adding more mists if desired.

(Gel Medium works great as a glue too as it dries clear  -
 I applied it in blobs then sprinkled small shells into them).  

Stamp randomly across your canvas.  Double check that you are happy with 
everything & you have completed your misting before finally attaching your photo.

Thank you Lisa!

So there you have it!!  Creating a canvas DEMISTIFIED!!!  Remember to leave
 some comment ♥ for dear Lisa & let us know if you have learnt something new today :)

Visit "The Paper Attic", Lisa's fabbo new blog full of more glorious inspiration!

Sunday 22 September 2013

10 Golden Rules {to make your scrapbooking life easier & more fun!}

See our latest challenge HERE.

Please take a minute to read through our NEW & UPDATED rules.

Things are getting simpler for you here at Scrap Around The World
as we head into our 6th month already! 
 So take a peek to keep yourself in the loop!!  
Happy Sunday!!!

I have copied & pasted the '10 Golden Rules' from our page tab up top.

1.  We are a South African based challenge blog with an international design team
 & encourage all scrapbookers & art journalers to join in, whatever your style
& wherever you live :) {ALL our prizes are always sent out internationally}.

2.  We accept scrapbooking pages/layouts & canvases with a minimum size
of 8 x 8 inches.  We also accept art journal DOUBLE-SPREAD pages
(minimum single page size of 14 x 19cm/5.5 x 7.5 inches per page).  We do
not accept digital entries, off-the-page projects, altered items, ATCs or tags.

3.   To play along all you have to do is use our ANYTHING on our MOOD BOARD
for inspiration & LET US KNOW what it was that inspired you!  For example one
of the images or more than one of them, or perhaps just the general mood/theme or
the colours.  As we are NOT a COLOUR CHALLENGE SITE you don't need to
 use any colours from our mood boards UNLESS YOU WANT TO (if you do you
can use as many or as few as you like).  Our sketches are OPTIONAL. 

4.  You need to post the image of our mood board in your post AND mention
 that you are playing along with us at 'Scrap Around The World' -
 including a link back to the challenge reveal post to be eligible to enter.

5.  You need to be a blog owner to play.  (so you can link up to your blog).

 Please don't link up to galleries as often this is problematic if our design team 
are not members of the same gallery & therefore cannot gain access easily.

6.  You may combine our challenges with any other challenges
 that allow it or any of your design team work.

7.  You may submit as many entries as you like!
8.  To enter our challenges you need to add your creation to our linky tool
on the right-hand side of our blog RIGHT AT THE TOP,

{To do this click on the title of your post then copy & paste what
 you see in the address bar - the ENTIRE URL into the linky tool}

Please do not link to your entire blog as this makes it difficult to find your post
 & therefore could result in us being unable to comment on or judge your entry.

Then add your NAME & COUNTRY to your title on the linky tool - this is so
that if you are a finalist or featured we get your location correct on our Wall of Fame
as this cannot be changed once it is  created & if you don't tell us we have to guess... :)
9.  In the unlikely event that our linky tool is malfunctioning we will accept links
 in the comments section but for this reason only,
if all is working as per normal please use the Linky!
{& if the linky malfunctions & is repaired please return & add your layout to the Linky}.

9.  The onus is on the prize winners to email me at scrapaddict {at} telkomsa {dot} net
on or before the 10th of the following month.  Prize winners are to please provide
their postage details (full name & full postal address) together with their name &
WHAT THEY HAVE WON in the subject line.  

Our challenges will run ONCE A MONTH and be revealed on the 1st day of every
 month.  Entries are due in by midnight (Eastern Standard Time - US) on the LAST
DAYof each month, with winners announced around the 4th of the following month.

We feature TEN ENTRIES every month.  Finalists are voted for by our Design Team
& we have ONE winner, FOUR features & 5 finalists who each get a badge to
display on their blogs.  We also draw a random winner monthly so anyone can win!

Wherever possible prizes will be awarded to our top 5 entries plus our random winner.
The merit winner is invited back as our Guest Designer the following month & is featured
in his/her own post together with a head shot, 10 sentence bio & any relevant links.

We do our best to ensure that each entrant receives a comment from a few of our
design team members IF they do NOT have Word Verification on their blogs
{if you do it is less likely that you will receive comments so if they are
important to you please select COMMENT MODERATION instead}.

Tuesday 17 September 2013

September 2013 Guest Designer Po Prostu Asia of Poland!

*** See our challenge HERE & remember our deadline date has changed 
to the last day of the month & our sketch is now OPTIONAL!*** 

Today we welcome the winner of our August challenge,
Po Prostu Asia from Poland, as our September Guest Designer!!

{isn't she beautiful?  Just saying'!}
She also has an awesome-sauce blog HERE.

"Hello! My name is Asia {in the scrap world I use my nickname
 Po prostu Asia}. I'm 17 years old and I attend high school. 
I live in Poland.  I started scrapbooking in 2011 & now I am addicted! 
I love colours, masks & stains, but don't think I have one particular style. 
I really like to try new things :)
I make everything - cards, albums, notebooks, but I totally love layouts!
I'm currently on the Design Team for a great Polish online-store,
I'm so excited to have had the wonderful opportunity to be a 
part of Scrap Around the World, thanks so much for having me!"

Asia worked with our current mood board above.

Absolutely awesome in my opinion!

Just look at all those layers!!

And I just LOVE the hand-drawn lines around the edge of her pieces...

Mind-boggling that Asia is just 17 years old too...
WOW!  Obviously she has a phenomenal natural talent!

Thank you so much for joining us Asia!!
Please remember to leave some comment ♥ {love} for her :)

Thursday 12 September 2013

Your Weekend Inspiration - Courtesy of our September Sponsors - Wycinanka!

Yes we are back ALREADY!!  
We have some MORE inspiration to share with you
 from the awesome team at Wycinanka!  They are our 
VERY GENEROUS First Prize Sponsors this month!! 

 For those of you that have not heard of Wycinanka before - 
where have you been?!  Just kidding...!!!  Wycinanka is a Polish
 company that manufactures & sells THE MOST AWESOME 
chipboard, at very reasonable prices!  Their selection is ginormous!!  

Check it out HERE!!!  You can follow the Wycinanka blog HERE too - 
for even more fantastic inspiration!

Wow!!  Thank you Zuzia Bodakowska  for this incredible layout!!

Ciri has also created this OUTSTANDING piece for us!  Thank you Ciri!!

Sanna Lippert made this fantastic graphic design for us! Thank you so much Sanna!!

Sandy Ang contributed this wonderful interpretation - thanks Sandy!

Isn't this a SUPER 'clean & simple' page by Kasia Beta?  
Just goes to show that CAS can still look artsy - thanks so much Kasia!

Last but not least Linda Grovan Arre!
  Lovely artistic take on our mood board - thank you so much!!

Woooo!!  What a ROCKING team from Wycinanka!!
That was an awesome line-up in my opinion!

I hope that you have been inspired here AGAIN today ♥
Please remember to stop by & leave a comment for these 
dear girls who have worked so hard to provide incredible
 inspiration pieces to share with you!!  

Have a wonderful weekend & remember to enter our latest
 challenge using the mood board  you see above!  

Our sketch is now OPTIONAL and for your inspiration only :)

Sunday 8 September 2013

Guest Design Team Inspiration from Inkido!

Hello there Scrap Around The World fans!
Today we have some extra inspiration to share with you,
from one of our previous sponsors, Inkido!  {Papercrafts Scandinavia}.

Using our current mood board {and optional sketch} - 
Just look at what their talented designers have come up with for YOU!

First up we have our old friend  Bente Fagerberg from Sweden.

Bente was clearly inspired by the theme of the mood board & has shared such 
a true sentiment with her daughter - great use of our mood board from Bente!

Next up we have Ulrika Blomfelt, another talented Swede!

Ulrika was clearly inspired by the bold & graphic nature of
 the mood board,not to mention the colour scheme too of course!

  Thank you Ulrika for this stunning contribution!!

Karin - Kajsan also contributed a wonderful page.

Karin has made such a beautiful layout - love all the white & the soft touches of black!  
Proof that black & white can still be gentle, romantic & shabby if that is your style!!

Lastly we have the super-talented Emeline Seet of 
Singapore with one of her amazing signature-style layouts!
    Gorgeous!!  I love how Emeline was so clearly inspired by the tender 
        image of mother & daughter, hence chose such a sweet photo of her own child.  

I hope that you have been inspired today!

Please leave some LOVE for these talented ladies & pop 
in at the Inkido blog HERE for even more inspiration!!

You can buy Inkido products online HERE.

Don't forget about our Facebook competition 
HERE as it ends tomorrow!!