Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Scrap Around The World January Challenge 9 - A Soft & Beachy Mood Board from Kim Ewins {plus other challenge news from Inkido & Lindy's Stamp Gang!}

Hello beautiful people!  
Well I am FULL of the joys of Summer here today!!

 HAPPY NEW YEAR to every one of you & 
THANK YOU for all your support during 2013.  

I know I am indebted to so many of you who leave
 me wonderfully encouraging comments & I do try
 to spread some comment ♥ whenever I can.

Because I can't always manage to be everywhere 
at once I have put together a THANK YOU 
Giveaway for my followers HEREclosing 21st January.

Please click HERE to sign up to my You Tube channel
if you enjoy my videos & wantto see more.  I am posting
 a new video at least once a month now & keep them short!

I am here today to share the January challenge & news 
with you from Scrap Around The World {my new "baby"}  

Can you believe she is going into her 9 month?  
Well I can! That's because she has needed my constant attention 
for all of this time & I am sincerely hoping I can wean her soon!! 

Fortunately she has started to crawl so we are up & away!!!

Come back tomorrow for the Inkido Blog Hop -
 check out our latest challenge HERE while you are at it!

There is also a BEAUTIFUL new Colour Challenge live at
Lindy's Stamp Gang today, which I will be sharing here SOON.


 REVEAL & NEWS - see the reveal post HERE.

Welcome back to Scrap Around The World Challenge NINE
 hosted by Design Team member Kim Ewins from Australia!


We have all sorts of great things planned for you here this year & a few changes too, starting with 
splitting our monthly reveal in TWO, with 8 design team layouts being revealed on the 1st of the month, 
followed by another 8 on the 16th, as well as our usual Guest Design Team post on the 12th of each month 
& our Guest Designer post on the 20th - so all in all we'll be providing you with approximately TWENTY FIVE 
projects to inspire you each month! Then of course there is also our educational side where we provide
 TWO tutorials a month{either photographic step-by-step or videos} so we have plenty to offer you in 2014!!


As it's the beginning of a new year I'd like to acknowledge some people before we begin.  

Firstly THANK YOU to YOU for participating.  
Without players a challenge blog cannot function.  

    Then of course, to my Design Team - who produce a beautiful project
 each month, without fail, as well as posting, sharing, commenting & judging.

This journey has not been easy.  It has certainly had it's fun & satisfying moments
 but starting & running a challenge blog is difficult & I appreciate all the assistance 
& support I get, in spite of the inevitable setbacks I have had to overcome.

Finally we have a SATW admin team who help me hold everything together!  

When I first began I had little idea what I was getting myself into & naively thought
I could to everything myself & that everything would run like clockwork.  Well of
course that hasn't been the case & there have been many disappointments
but we are looking foward to a FANTASTIC 2014 & now have some great 
systems in place :)  Let me introduce the official 2014 admin team!

Kim Ewins recently joined us as our Guest Co-ordinator, liaising with our 
Guest Designers & Guest Teams & adding all their information to their
posts for me to complete.  Kim is my "right-hand man" lady!!

Di Garling began administering our Facebook Page  a couple of months ago,
with GREAT success &  has more than doubled our following there through
 her tireless efforts.  She is also in charge of promoting our challenges at
Paper People, All our Challenges are Here & Design Team Calls & will be
taking over the Wall of Fame from May 2014 when we move into our 2nd term.

Leonie Neal-Dawson has been with SATW since our inception & has recently
 taken over as our Education Co-ordinator, assisting me in liaising with our 
tutorialists & tutorial posts.  Leonie is the most down-to-earth, reliable &
dependable person I know & I am so grateful to have her help in 2014.

Together we form the Scrap Around The World HEAD HONCHOS
 & with the help of these 3 awesome admin assistants I can now look
 forward to 2014 & plan our awesome FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY
EVENT in May!  All I can tell you is IT WILL BE AWESOME!!



  Alexandra Polyzou  compiles our WALL of FAME monthly & posts it.  It takes time to 
get it right, especially with our foreign players with names that are not easily spelt :)

Gayle Price keeps our Winners & Features list up to date in our sidebar
 as well as on our Winners & Features page {awesome for easy reference} 
as well as going above & beyond the call of duty in the commenting department!

Eila Sandberg is the most awesome & steadfast commenter I have ever known
AND provides sponsorship assistance whenever we are in a jam, as well as a 
willing ear & solid advice when needed!.

Agnieszka Bellaidea helps out whenever & where-ever she can & has
 been responsible for plenty of our fantastic sponsorship contracts.

Riikka Kovasin is a relative newcomer at SATW but deserves a special mention 
for her willingness to go the extra mile whenever she can,  including sponsorship
 & amazing video tutorials.

Since SATW began 8 months ago people have come & gone & it has been an almost
  non-stop job for me to build up a strong design team of not only fantastic designers 
but also reliable people to assist me in running this site, that needs daily attention,
  thorough forethought & consistent effort & team work. 

Thank you to everyone who has helped me to to this end.



Last but not least - our sponsors.  Garnering sponsorship was the one thing
 that always put me off starting a challenge blog.  I absolutely hated the thought
 of "asking" anyone for anything.  {I can now report that I have become a great beggar!}

So many AMAZING companies have been only too willing to help us out in return
 for some great advertising!  As you can see from the long list in our sidebar, 
we have had many companies, big & small, affiliating themselves with SATW. 

Our sponsorship schedule for 2014 is ALMOST FULL so anyone considering 
sponsoring us needs to please get in touch with me URGENTLY via e mail at
scrapaddict {at} telkomsa {dot} net.


We have some amazing prizes YET AGAIN this month & we hope 
that many of you will be able to participate in our January challenge!

As you will see we now offer a mood board ONLY, without a sketch, in order
 to assist you in combining our challenge with a sketch challenge if you want :)

Feel free to interpret the mood board in any way you like,
 using one image, several of them, all of them or even just
 one aspect of an image, using ANY COLOURS!  

To be eligible for judging:-

1.   You need to follow our 10 Golden Rules found HERE, which include :-

1)  Sharing the mood board image.

2)  Mentioning Scrap Around The World {in full - not just 
SATW} & LINKING BACK to the current challenge.

3)  Mentioning HOW you were inspired by our mood board.

4)  Linking back to your SATW blog post NOT YOUR ENTIRE BLOG.

If receiving comments from some of our Design Team members is important
 to you please ensure that you have WORD VERIFICATION TURNED OFF.



1st prize - Over US$50 prize- pack from Creativica
{Swedish Store - brick & mortar/online}

Bo Bunny Woodland Winter Collection {papers/stickers/alphas/chipboard}
plus co-co-ordinating Winter Themed stamps from Maja Design {Sweden}.
ALL SPONSORED BY CREATIVICA, including postage to our winner!

Creativica is a brick &mortar/online store founded by Karin Dahllöf in May 2009,
 situated on the West Coast of Sweden, one hours drive north of Gothenburg.

We are 3 women working in the store & also holding classes & crops regularly,
often with help of our talented Design Team. Come & see what we can offer YOU!

with daily updates.

2nd prize - 2 Crafty Chipboard valued at $30!

2 Crafty offers affordable & versatile laser cut chipboard products to the Australian 
& International Craft market, with over 700 designs, manufactured in Australia
 for scrapbooking,cardmaking, altered art, invitations & mixed media. Vanessa,
 the owner,  provides the highest level of customer support & is happy to discuss
 personalized orders with customers via their local scrapbooking store.

 2 Crafty has a fabulous blog Facebook page updated weekly with projects 
created by it's international Design Team.  Check out the 2 Crafty website
 for products available to wholesalers & ask your local store to order products
 for you if they don't have them in stock!

3rd prize - Scrapmatts Chipboard valued at $25!

Australian Made Laser Cut Chipboard to compliment your scrapbook pages,
 cards & paper-crafting projects. Scrapmatts has a Ning site that showcases
 an amazing talented international design team who post regularly on the blog
 there, a gallery, customer challenges & an online store. Come join in the fun here!

Below is just one example of some of the awesome products they stock HERE.

CB1118 Floral Desgin 05

4th prize - A selection of Purple Pumpkin products, to the value of $15.

Purple Pumpkin

Purple Pumpkin {Australia} manufactures high-quality embellishments of a fun & funky nature,
 specializing in fabric buttons, handmade flowers,resin, twine & washi tape.  
They have a great blog that is constantly active & they hold monthly challenges 
open to all, with Guest Designer positions up for grabs as well as awesome 
prizes of Purple Pumpkin loveliness!  

They stock a huge range of embellishments, washi tape, motex tape, 
etc in their online store HEREBelow is just ONE EXAMPLE
 of the many  products stocked in their online store.

5th prize - 5 packs of Prima embellishments & miscellaneous blooms donated by 
Design Team member Eila Sandberg.{to be eligible for this prize you must be a
 follower of Eila's blog so please follow the link & sign up for some amazing inspiration}.

Random Prize - Sunshine Love Collection from Studio 75 {Poland}

Company Shop 

 "We are dedicated to bring you happiness & satisfaction with 
every moment spent with scrapbooking items by Studio 75.

 We know that keeping your experiences positive is very important 
for you so we prepare our papers and embellishments with care
for every single detail. Our Designers put their heart & soul into
 their work so we can offer you items that spark your imagination
 & give you endless pleasure - papers, tags, stamps, charms,
 chipboard, art journals, album bases & more!"


The deadline for this challenge is Thursday 31st January 2014!

Please leave some comment love for our amazing Design Team
 or let us know  what you think of our mood board & prizes!
Here's to a wonderful year ahead!!

Here's my layout  - will share it again, with close-up shots, 
technique details & supplies list here SOON too!


Lynette Jacobs said...

Awesome challenge yet again and your page is a stunner.

Helen, I want to thank you for the friendship and encouragement through the years and wish you a wonderful 2014. xxx

sandi said...

Oh Helen what a wonderful post.....great way to show your group how thankful and happy with them that you are!
Your lo is stunning as ever! So much here, all put together so perfectly. Love the background stencil and color as well.

alexandra s.m. said...

What an incredibly beautiful page Helen!
Thank You! and Happy new Year!

Elaine coustley said...

Interesting layers here. Great design & colour selection.I like the flowers & sprigs of what looks to be rosemary , that is what caught my eye plus the lacy edge you have given a couple of leaves. x

Cassandra aka Scrap Savvy said...

Your baby is looking quite marvelous! Love what you started there Helen. Such fabulous inspiration for scrappers all over the world. Thank you for making this big planet just that much smaller and friendlier in a beautiful creative manner. Looking forward to seeing how it soars in 2014!

Another wonderful creation, my friend! Brought a smile to my face as the first thing that struck me was the colours of the cups and saucers and low and behold... you did a take with the colours. Wonderful layers and details to highlight that beautiful photo! All the best for you and your family in 2014.:)

Lynnda said...

Loving your layout Helen! Absolutely gorgeous! hugs...x

Beatrice Lawson said...

Happy New Year Helen and hope your baby keeps growing and bringing you joy! I know it us a wonderful place for scrappers to get inspired, learn and play....

FiKenward said...

Hi Helen, hope you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year. Looks like your Challenge site is going in leaps and bounds, congrats. Lovely layout with an adorable picture.

Eila Sandberg said...

Thank you so much Helen for this beautifully written post!! Thank you also for everything we have shared, your support and friendship during 2013. 2014 has kicked off beautifully! Really love your take on this month's moodboard, it is unusually soft in its details. Just so beautiful! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, take care. xoxo