Sunday 28 December 2014

January to June 2015 Design Team Announcement!

Hello everyone!  
It's time to say goodbye to some ladies here & hello to some new ones!

For some of our team their terms were up & not for others. 
 We have had quite the changeover of team members in 2014
 & it has all got a little confusing!  From now on we will not be adding
to our team at any other times than our DT calls - the next one of which
 will be at the beginning of June - so if you think you would make a great
ambassador for your country here at Scrap Around The World - & your work is
 of a superb standard {along with your work ethic too~!) then remember
 to come back in June & check out our next Design Team call.  

We are saying GOODBYE & THANK YOU to :- 

 Riikka Kovasin, our Instagram manager, & all round very helpful person!  
She will be SORELY missed along with her oh-so-natural TALENT,
cheerful disposition & constant diligence & willingness to help.
She has served MORE than her term with SATW & is very
much in demand, so we all wish you all the best sweetie!!

Admin Team - Instagram Manager & Finnish Ambassador

Alexandra Polyzou is also leaving us after a VERY long term!  Since the very
beginning she has been with us & in charge of our Wall of Fame & doing a 
magnificent job!  Just like Riikka, Alex has really grown her wings since
she has been with us at SATW & will be sorely missed for her very
sweet & helpful nature & her eclectic style!

Admin Team - Wall of Fame Manager & Greek Ambassador

Kim Ewins is also leaving us & will be missed for her oh-so-calm
disposition that I guess comes from being a mother of 8!  Kim
has been our Guest Co-ordinator, liaising with our Guest Designers
& Guest Teams for quite some time now.  A job that involves a lot
more than one would think, with back & forth revisions to get
everything perfect for you!  Thank you Kim!!

Admin Team -       Guest Co-ordinator & Australian Ambassador

Erica Houghton has also helped out regularly behind the scenes
for me, updating our winners in the sidebar & our Past Winners page.
Thank you Erica for being so reliable & drama free!!

Admin Team - Recognitions Officer & American Amabassador

Goodbye too to my very dear, long-term friend Marilyn Rivera,
who has created some stunning pages for us during 2014!

American Ambassador

Goodbye to Agnieszka Bellaidea who was honestly INVALUABLE 
to Scrap Around The World when we first began, she has been around
THAT long!  She found us almost every one of our first sponsors &
also produced our first mood board, which set the precedent for the
way we have created our mood boards ever since!!

Canadian Ambassador

Byebye too to sweet Amy Voorthuis!
Amy shared her lovely shabby style with us this year!!

Dutch Ambassador

Goodbye to one very talented lady, Anna Komenda, who is one of 
only TWO ladies to have ever won TWO challenges at Scrap Around
The World, so that alone really puts Anna into a different league!!
Anna we will miss you & your amazing work!

Polish Ambassador

Goodbye too to Anna Rogalska, someone whose style I greatly admire!

Polish Ambassador

Goodbye too to Kasia Bogatko with that sweet smile!!

Polish Ambassador


Before introducing you to our new ladies these are the ladies who

Admin Team - Facebook Page Manager & Australian Ambassador

Di Garling, our Facebook Manager, THE MOST CONSCIENTIOUS
practically single-handedly got our Facebook followers up from
a few hundred to over THREE THOUSAND!!  

We plan on being even more active on Facebook next year
 by dedicating some of our ladies to helping Di out commenting
 on all your amazing work there.  Our Facebook Community
 sure is one fun & vibrant place to hang out!!

Admin Team - Monitor, Feedback Manager & Canadian Ambassador

Pam Ellis is also staying on as our monitor.
Pam keeps track of EVERYTHING that happens at
Scrap Around The World!  She is my eyes & ears &
our comment warrior!!   EVERY MONTH she comments
on EVERY ENTRY - that in itself is quite some feat!!

Admin Team - Tutorials Manager

Heather McMahon has not been with us long so is also
staying on & proving herself oh-so-handy for helping out
with all sorts of stuff, mainly our Tutorials!!

Admin Team - Sponsorship Assistant & Finnish Ambassador

Terhi Koskinen is staying on as my Sponsor assistant,
as well as producing all round AMAZEBALLS projects!!

Admin Team - Mid-Month Reveal Poster & Polish Ambassador

Tusia Lech is staying on as one of our 
& also our mid-month reveal preparer!

Australian Ambassador

Rachael Funnell is staying on as our new Wall of Fame poster!

Belarus Ambassador

Tatiana Sidorenko stays on as our ambassador from Belarus
as she has not been with us long & her work is GORGEOUS,
not to mention she is seriously conscientious & a great DT member!

Brazilian Ambassador

Hera Sugitani is staying on as our Brazilian Ambassador!

Finnish Ambassador

Karita Vainio is staying on as our Finnish Ambassador!

French Ambassador

Lydie Denis is relatively new to our team
 & staying on as our French Ambassador!

Indian Ambassador

Jaya Raghuvanshi is also relatively new to our 
team & staying on as our Indian Ambassador.

Norwegian Ambassador

Marianne Johannson is our newest DT member
 & Norwegian Ambassador & ART JOURNAL SPECIALIST.

Polish Ambassador

I am happy to say that Zuzia Bodakowska
 is staying on as our Polish Ambassador.

So we have 13 LADIES STAYING ON & 10 LEAVING!!



Athanasia is one of our Greek Ambassadors.

"Hello!  My name is Athanasia & I'm very happy to be on this great team!
 I live in Greece & I am a music teacher in elementary school.  In my spare
 time, when I am not playing the piano, I love making handicrafts,
 felting, altering things & of course scrapbooking!

 I love scrapbooking because it combines such a vast range of media types,
 not only with memories of my life & my family, but also with emotions & ideas
 that I have in my head & want desperately to express!!

My inspiration always comes from the photograph I use & the limitless
 choices & combinations of mixed media techniques. I love to use gesso,
mists & stamps!   Through scrapping I have found the best way to
express myself & fulfill my artistic desires!  You can find my blog HERE"

Fiona joins us as another of our Australian ambassadors!
There certainly are several extraordinarily talented ladies down under!!

"Hi! My name is Fiona & I live in South Australia with my husband.
 I have 2 adult children who have both moved away to pursue their careers.
 I have been a scrapbooker for almost 15 years now but I have only recently
discovered the online world of challenges & design teams!

 I'm enjoying meeting so many amazing & talented people & having a chance
 to share my love of creating as well as being exposed to a never-ending stream
 of  ideas, techniques & wonderful creations from my online compatriots!!

 My work is contemporary & I absolutely love using mixed media on my projects.
 Since I've discovered modelling paste, gesso & watercolours I love using them
on everything I create!!  I currently design for 4 other teams ranging from a
 Facebook-based challenge group through to a kit club.

I dabble in making video tutorials that I like to share on YouTube too & cannot
WAIT to be a part of SATW & share my love of creating with you all.
You can find my blog HERE." 

Jelissa joins us as our Singaporean Ambassador.
Jelissa is part of an elite group {anyone else love that
line from "Couples Retreat"?!?  As she joins our soon
to be ex-DT member Anna Komenda as one of only 2
ladies to ever win TWO challenges here at SATW!

"Hi, I'm Jelissa & I'm from Singapore, where it is summer almost
 the entire year round!   In my previous life I was a forensic scientist 
with the crime lab but now I'm a home-maker who teaches scrapbook
 workshops  as well as designing for various Design Teams, 
amongst many other things that keep me busy!

I started off as an underwater photographer but moved my camera
 on to dry land & began taking photos of my sons as they were born :)
 In 2010 I discovered scrapbooking as a way of showcasing these photos 
& preserving the wonderful memories of my family. 

My style has evolved over the years & I do a lot of mixed media work with
 a strong focus on creating backgrounds & layers, with an artsy but also
 shabby, feminine feel. Scrapbooking is a way of life for me now.  

 I'm so honored to part of Scrap Around the World, as it has been an
 important part of my art journey thus far.  I really look forward to sharing 
my creations with you. You can find my blog HERE"

Nicole joins us as our Canadian Ambassador,
our Guest Co-ordinator & our CANVAS SPECIALIST.

"Hello!  I'm Nicole Doiron from Canada's beautiful east coast. 
 I share my life & home with my boyfriend of 8 years, Yves, & our furbaby, 
Sugar the cat. I often sing in the shower & I have a quirky sense of humour. 

I have always had an artistic side... drawing, writing poetry & trying different crafts.
 I work in a regular day job & can't wait to get home every day to my studio!!

 I started scrapbooking in 2004 & have never stopped. 
I create mostly layouts, both single & double, 
as well as cards, canvases & altered items. 

My overall style is shabby chic with lots of flowers!
  I love to get my hands dirty with different mediums like gesso, 
molding paste, mists & paints!  I am thrilled to join Scrap Around The World 
as I've been a fan  from the beginning.  This is truly a dream come true for me!
You can find my blog HERE."   

Pascale joins us as our French Ambassador!

"Hello Sweeties! My name is Pascale &  I live in France, near Tours,
 with my 2 teenagers.  I started scrapbooking at the end of 2010.
One of my hobbies is photography & over the years I’ve taken a LOT
of pictures!!   but they always stayed on my computer.

I’ve always liked handicrafts, so scrapbooking has proved the perfect way
to combine both of my hobbies as well as being a way to express my
creativity & showcase my photos. Flowers have always been an integral
part of my creations & I have gradually started to use mixed media as well.

 My style is free, vintage shabby & I would love for you to visit my blog HERE."

Sandra Przybylska

Sandra joins us as our English Ambassador
 as well as our new Instagram Manager!

"Hello! My name is Sandra Przybylska & I'm a mother of one lovely baby boy.
 I started scrapbooking in July 2013 & it has become my biggest passion.

 I love creating layouts, cards, Project Life pages as well as altered projects
 & art journal pages.  I always create with paints & stamps & can't live
without Mixed Media!  I cannot wait to be inspired here as well as to
 inspire you!  You can find my blog HERE."

Tanya joins us as our first ever Russian Ambassador!

"Hi! My name is Tanya Dudkina & I live in the wonderful city of Saint-Petersburg
in Russia. I'm 22 years old & happily married.  I can't imagine life without
 scrapbooking, art & traveling. I enjoy each moment of my life & I love that
 scrapbooking allows me to share my thoughts & emotions & gives me 
total artistic freedom to express myself. 

I'm absolutely in love with mixed media & shabby chic
I love trying new techniques, mixing up new paint combinations
 & experimenting!  I also love teaching scrapbooking classes & am 
constantly inspired by my wonderful students!  I'm sooo happy to be
 in such an amazing team!!  You can find my blog HERE."

Tiphanie Sunshineandscrap

Tiphanie joins us as another of our French Ambassadors
as well as one of our ART JOURNAL SPECIALISTS!

"Hello!  I'm Tiphanie & I'm French, a full-time mom & am fascinated by the 
universe of scrapbooking & the arts associated with it. I'm a big dreamer,
 full of imagination. Scrapping is a mixture of philosophy & therapy for me. 
It is a leisure in which I represent my dreams & my reflections on the world.

 I always try to express an emotion in what I'm doing, whether it is through
 the photo or in the page itself. I began papercrafting in 2012 with cards
 & decorating boxes, but I quickly grew tired of those so continued on 
with scrapbook pages.  I have a very free style that uses a lot of  ink & painting. 

I'm honored to be an ambassador for the Scrap Around The World 
team & to share creations with you.  You can find my blog HERE"

Valia Katzaki

Valia joins us as another of our Greek Ambassadors.

"Hello!  I'm Valia Katzaki & I live in Athens, Greece.
 I am happily married with 3 children {a teenager & two toddlers}  - 
a lethal combination!  I started scrapbooking 3 years ago & have
 been hooked ever since! I love flowers & chipboard embellishments 
& always incorporate them into my layouts, even when I am scrapping my boys. 

I love colour & working with muted tones as well as beautiful, bright, saturated 
ones too!  I love shabby & romantic styles as well as getting my hands dirty 
with mixed media to customise my work into something uniquely ME!

 I am really honored to be part of the Scrap Around The World team 
along with SUCH talented ladies & I cant wait to share my love 
for papercrafting with you all! You can find my blog HERE."

Veera joins us as another of our Finnish Ambassadors.
Finland is quite the land of talented scrapbookers!!

"Hello! My name is Veera Saarivuo & I live in Finland, near our capital,
 Helsinki, together with my husband. About 2 years ago I found the wonderful
 world of scrapbooking. Scrapbooking to me is all about documenting memories
 & life's little details. I find inspiration & topics for my layouts from my friends
 & family, our vacations abroad & from my everyday life.

My style is clean & simple with white space & delicate details.
 I'm so honored to be a part of the Scrap Around The World team 
& can't wait to share my projects with you.  You can find my blog HERE.''


And of course I am staying on too LOL!!

Site owner/Sponsor Co-ordinator/Team Lead & South African Ambassador

You can find my blog HERE.  I am the owner & manager here at 
Scrap Around The World & it sure is one fulfilling job!!  It is a dream
come true for me to work with such a talented bunch of ladies
 & continuallymeet & be inspired by so many hugely creative 
& inspirational people.  

I work hard to keep Scrap Around The World on the top of it's game by
bringing you a constant stream of inspiration from ladies that are not
only very accomplished artists but also team players, who integrate
with the SATW community & share their time & knowledge with our
players too.  

In May Scrap Around The World will be 2 years old!  I can't believe it!! 
 Time sure has flown & really SATW is like another child to me now 
as there is hardly a day that goes by that I do not have to attend to
 some need or other LOL!!  

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has ever been a dedicated
designer here.  Your time & talents have not gone unnoticed or 
unappreciated & thank you too to our players, who keep us going! 

 As well as to our amazing sponsors, some of whom are extremely
 generous with not only our prizes but also now sponsoring product
 discounts to our new team.  No-one should have to work for no
remuneration & I am so pleased to have instigated what I hope will
be the way forward for challenge blog teams, to benefit from 
designer discounts from a wide spectrum of different vendors.

Please support us in 2015 & we'll do our best to bring you a wide 
range of  great monthly inspiration as well as fantastic top-quality 
prizes,recognition, Guest Teams, Guest Designers & tutorials!!


For 2015 we now have the following countries represented:-

Australia - Di Garling, Rachael Funnell, Heather McMahon & Fiona Paltridge
Belarus - Tatyana Sidorenko
Brazil - Hera Sugitani
Canada - Pam Ellis & NIcole Doiron
Finland - Karita Vainio, Terhi Koskinen & Veera Saarivuo
France - Lydie Denis, Tiphanie SunshineandScrap & Pascale B
Greece - Athanasia Papantoniou & Valia Katzaki
India - Jaya Raghuvanshi
Norway - Marianne Johannson
Poland - Tusia Lech & Zuzia Bodakowska
Russia - Tanya Dudkina
Singapore - Jelissa Mei
South Africa - Helen Tilbury
United Kingdom - Sandra Przybylska

Wednesday 24 December 2014

A Special Tribute Post to ALL our past WINNERS!
Scrap Around The World Eye Candy!!
Plus a Breakdown of the Nationality of our Winners!!!

Hello all!  If you are reading this today, the 24th December 2014, 
congratulate yourself for being so well prepared & for spoiling
 yourself enough to treat yourself to a coffee or tea break on your
 favourite challenge blog :) Scrap Around The World!!

We decided to let our design team off their tutorials this month to give
everyone more free/family/friends time to prepare for the holidays,
so instead we have a fun SURPRISE feature for you today -
ALL OUR PAST WINNERS!!  All 18 of them!!!

Pretty cool idea we came up with huh?!?
Thanks to our new Tuturials co-ordinator Heather McMahon for
gathering together all the information needed for this post to be possible.
Sit back & enjoy the ride as we take you on a trip down memory lane,
the past 18 months of glorious inspiration & victory!!

May 2013 Challenge 1 Winner - Arnlaug Koppang  {Norway}

June 2013 Challenge 2 Winner - Lisa Griffith {USA}

July 2013 Challenge 3 Winner Kim Ewins {Australia}

{Kim caught our eye here & shortly after was invited 
to join our design team & has been with us ever since!}

August 2013 Challenge 4 Winner -  Po Prostu Asia {Poland}

September 2013 Challenge 5 Winner - Zeneva Kovic {Australia}

October 2013 Challenge 6 Winner Jelissa Mei {Singapore}

November 2013 Challenge 7 Winner - Taniko {Ukraine}

December 2013 Challenge 8 Winner - Elena {Russia}

January 2014 Challenge 9 Winner - Tanita {Russia}

February 2014 Challenge 10 Winner Anna Komenda {Poland}

Anna has always been a regular player at SATW & a part of our design team in 2014.

March 2014 Challenge 11 Winner - Anna Rogalska {Poland}

We held a DT call soon after Anna submitted this layout & Anna applied & joined SATW!

April 2014 Challenge 12 Winner - Fiona Paltridge {Australia}

May 2013/2014 EPIC Challenge 13 Winner - Tatyana Sidorenko {Belarus}

Go HERE & HERE to see our other 9 Epic Winners!

Soon after Tatyana was invited to join the SATW team - you can see why!!

June 2014 Challenge 14 Winner - Brandi Matos {USA}

July 2014 Challenge 15 Winner - Nupur Patel {India}

August 2014 Challenge 16 Winner - Galina Sazonova {Russia}

September 2014 Challenge 17 Winner - Yulia Mozhova {Ukraine}

October 2014 Challenge 18 Winner - Jasmine Shea {Australia}

November 2014 Challenge 19 Winner - Olga Ryzhkova {Russia}

19 Challenges to date with winners from all around the world!  
As we had TEN EPIC WINNERS in May for our Epic Anniversary Event
I decided to do a fun tally of the countries our winners currently reside in
& came up with some interesting results!

Since SATW began we have had one winner from Norway, one from France,
one from Greece, one from India, 2 wins from Singapore {both from Jelissa Mei!}, 
one from Belarus, one from Ukraine, 3 winners from the USA, 4 winners from Australia,
 4 winners from Russia & EIGHT WINS FROM POLAND!! {2 wins from Anna Komenda!}

That tells me that the Poles know a thing or two about scrapbooking!
They are well in the lead with Russia & Australia hot on their heels!!
I hope they have inspired you to create top calibre entries, wherever
you live in the world, & keep a keen eye on them for inspiration! 

Time to get your game faces on ladies & gents!!
After all the turkey eating is over tomorrow & the next day
 you will still have a few days left to get your entry in.  


See our latest challenge here
 Remember our time-saving December rule -
 tags & ATCs allowed FOR THIS MONTH ONLY!!

***From Scrap Around The World, we wish all our players, fans & Facebook 
Supporters a very merry Christmas to those who celebrate it, 
to all a safe & joyful holiday season.***