Wednesday, 1 May 2013

My New Challenge Blog! Scrap Around The World!! Welcome to our May 2013 Challenge!!!

Yup you read that right!  Crazy me!!  I started a challenge blog!!!  What was I thinking?!?  Well certainly not that it would be a whole heap of work (which it has been!) but rather that the online scrapbooking world needed something new & exciting & after 4.5 years online myself it's time I gave back a little.

There's never going to be a 'right' time.  It's something I've thought about for about a year now & I'm never going to 'have' the time to do it unless I 'make' the time!

I hope it will be a great success 
(which of course depends on YOU as well as me, because I need participation for it to be worthwhile to manage). 

 Please take part when you can & support me & my team of talented & friendly ladies!  You can view the blog HERE and the URL is really easy to remember. 

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Our first challenge is up & running already!  


May 2013 Challenge 1

Each month we will present you with a mood board & a sketch, together with a mood board/sketch combo image for you to save to your computer & upload to your blog when taking part in our challenges.  

This month we have Agnieszka Bellaidea to thank for this gorgeous mood board!

She is our challenge host this month & will be monitoring the comments on the challenge post & answering any questions you may have (also directly in the comments).

All you need to do is be inspired by the mood board 
(in ANY way) & use our sketch as your starting point.  

How to use our sketches

As you would any other sketch.  We would like to see that it definitely inspired you & was your 'starting point' but you can 'make it your own' by flipping it, turning it, inverting it & moving things about if you like.  You can also change the photo orientation and number of photos to be as few or as many as you like.  

**** the above image MUST appear on the blog post containing your challenge entry please****

You also need to mention that you are playing along with the current challenge at Scrap Around The World & link up to it please :)

How to use our mood boards

Our mood boards are for your INSPIRATION only.  You can be inspired by one of the images, all of the images, or any number of them, or even parts thereof. For example, on this board you may be inspired by the colours (either all of them or just one, two or more) but you do not have to use any colours on the board if you don't want to.  Other aspects of the mood board that could inspire you are, for example, the beads, circles, fringing, cracks, texture, leather, chandeliers, turquoise, rust (colour or rusty elements) ie brass/metal.  Pink, purple, oranic shapers, swirls, feathers, fluff, fibres, distressing, ombre effects, flowers, bows, lace, flower-soft & filigree work (fine cut embellishments such as laser chipboard with detailed designs).

It's entirely up to you!  Be Inspired in any way!!


Here's my take on the challenge.  

Come back tomorrow for close-ups & details & more details about my layout - this post is long enough already!

Our challenges are open to everyone, anywhere in the world & 
all this month's prizes include FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING!!

This month our merit winner will receive the newest collection from
  Inkido! PaperCraft Scandinavia
(as well as an opportunity to Guest Design!)

2nd place will receive the brand new collection from 13 Arts

3rd place will receive a $25 chipboard prize-pack from
Scrapmatts Chipboard in Australia,
containing a selection of their latest releases!

Australian Made Laser Cut Chipboard to compliment your scrapbook pages, cards & papercrafting projects. Scrapmatts has a ning site that showcases our amazing talented international design team who post daily on our blog there, a Gallery, customer challenges & an online store. 

4th place will receive two sets of flowers from

Our RANDOM winner will receive this assorted pack of goodies
donated by me :)

The deadline for this challenge is midnight EST Saturday 25th May 2013.

So what do you think of my idea?!

Let me know then hop on over to the Scrap Around The World 
blog & leave us some love there!!


Shell said...

How exciting Helen WTG!! Good luck with Ur new venture. I'm sure it will b a huge success! The mood board and sketch look fab! Ill certainly play when I can!

Vicky Varvadouka said...

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck with your new venture!!!xx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

How EXCITING and HUGE CONGRATS too!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee your lo!! LOVING the colors and those amazing layers!!

Desire Fourie said...

Huge congrats Helen with this wonderful new venture of yours and I know that it will be a huge success with you at the head of things and your wonderfully talented team.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Karen said...

Wow Helen!!!! This is very exciting news!!
I wish you all the best with this new venture, I know your enthusiasm will ensure it is a great success!

sandi said...

How exciting Helen! Looks like a great challenge! I'm sure your site is going to take-off very well!

Lynette said...

Congratulations Helen...and you layout is is the prizes.

Eila Sandberg said...

Mwah to ya Helen and thank you soooo much for all the hard work burning the midnight oil on many a night to ensure that everything is perfect on launch day and forward!! Thanks ever so much for having me on the inaugural team, so happy to be working with you and the other gals! Here's to us! xoxoxoxo

Alison said...

I am SO excited for you Helen! never fail to impress me with your enthusiasm for our 'hobby' off to check out the new site
Alison xx

Fluffy said...

Congratulations Helen, looking forward to playing along. Your DT are amazing as indeed are you! Tx

Marjie Kemper said...

Congratulations, Helen! What an exciting new development for you in your creative life. Your design team looks AMAZING and I love the concept of the sketch + board = challenge. Will share it on my FB and look forward to playing along.

KellyCreates said...

Congrats on your exciting new adventure!

juscrap said...

Thanks for being part of this adventure, your layout is perfect. xoxo

Michelle Ramsay said...

Awesome Helen and all the best with your new entire

Lea said...

Yay Helen! Such a huge undertaking but you'll do great! Love this first challenge and the prizes are amazing.

Evgenia Petzer said...

Congratulations on your new adventure!:) good luck! and LO- one of my new FAVEs of yours! LOVE it!!!

Cathy Sanders said...

Absolutely wonderful Helen... hope that your enthusiasm lasts and lasts and that this new venture grows by leaps and bounds.

Laurence said...

It's fantastic Helen, I have no doubt that it will be successful beyond your expectations !

Rachael Funnell said...

How AWESOME Helen! CONGRATS & WTG girl... It looks like a FANTASTIC Challenge!! over I go to follow... x

Rachael Funnell said...

Whoops!! forgot to say That your layout is TRULY GORGEOUS.... LOVE IT!

Vicki said...

Congratulations Helen and wishing you all the very best with your new venture :)

Lizzy Hill said...

OK, so you're the one you mentioned the CRAZY word.....but regardless of that, WELL DONE YOU...I keep going to all this different media & making the same comment..but soooo pleased, excited & looking forward to sharing this journey with'll be awesome saucesome [as Mitra would say!!!] & I know it'll be a huge success....:):):):)

Debbi Tehrani said...

Huge congrats, Helen! It's definitely a lot of work, but lots of fun and rewarding too. I hope you get joy out of this, and I do hope to play when I get some time! Looks like lots of fun! Love the idea of the mood boards. And what an amazing team you've gathered!

Adriana B said...

congrats Helen, so happy for fun.
Looks like an amazing talented DT on board, looking forward to have time to join in :)

Lynnda said...

How exciting and huge huge congrats too!!! I love your beautiful layout as always..... hugs...x

Wilna Cremer said...

Helen, I just know you are going to make the most awesome success of this. I wish you all the very best.

Pumpy said...

I will jump in and give it a go Helen. xx

Val Thorpe said...

Nothing says local is lekker like one of our own putting together an awesome INTERNATIONAL challenge blog like this. I wish you all the very best with this and you team is so devine. :D


I'm gonna partecipating, from Italy :)
thank you very much, I love challenges, I put your brand new challenge blog on my bookmarks :)

Dolly B said...

Congratulations on your new challenge blog,I have just been over and had a look, so much inspiration the DT have offered. Love the colours of the mood board, hope to join in

Mitra Pratt said...

Kudos to you Friend All the way over on the other side of the planet coming up with a nice friendly challenge blog! I wish you great energy and cool ideas for new challenges! Hugs from NY!