Thursday 2 February 2012

Challenge #1 - AFRICA

Hello everyone!
Sorry for being quite during the past week. We will not give you any excuses on it but will only say that life can be very unpredictable so enjoy every moment and cherish your loved ones ♥
Time came for our new (the first one!) challenge and here it is.
Because we wanted that our blog must be not just another scrapbooking challenge blog but a scrapbooking challenge blog with true African flavor our first challenge is dedicated to... Africa off course! Let us celebrate this amazing beautiful land.
You can create any kind of scrapbooking project - a lay-out, a card or an altered object - whatever you are inspired to make. The only requirements we have it must have the word "Africa" (or "African") in it (or on it) or it must look African and make people think of Africa when they look at it.
You don't need to live in Africa to take part in this challenge. May be you even haven’t been to Africa but we all can dream!
Let's see what we prepared for your inspiration for this challenge.
Many of you are familiar with the work of our guest designer but not many would know about her African connections. Please give warm welcome to...

Here is what Agnieszka shared with us:
My name is Agnieszka but in the scrapbooking world I go by Bellaidea.
Together with my husband - I'm still dating him - we're taking care of our two treasures - a Girl and a Boy.
I love traveling, taking photos, oranges and African bush aroma, cheesecake with real vanilla, Pavlova dessert, old; books, pictures and houses, doilies, trips with friends to Italy, evenings by the fireplace, milk chocolate from Lindl, mystery perfumes, nut ice-creams, reading books to my children(no matter they can read by themselves), audiobooks during long distance drives , praising people for their talent and creativity and meeting with other nice ladies for a cup of coffee.
My favorite place to spend great time is Kruger Park and Zimbali in South Africa.
I scrapbook for many reasons-to preserve memories, to make my kids remember I always care about them, to have MY time when I need it, to keep in touch with all my scrap-friend all over the work. My style is ecletic , part of romantic, touch of whimsy, lace, chipbords, doillies, torned corners, fussy cutting etc but never forget the most important is the photo and a story. Sometimes I hide my journaling when it`s very personal...
I cordially invite you to my blog, where you can find out what I'm doing at late night when my family members are sleeping: Bellaideascrapology


Here are amazing African projects from our team:

For this mini album Evgenia mostly used  Kaisercraft goodies, masking, misting and stamping techniques. The size of this album is 10 by 15 cm.
(You can find more details on this project on her blog)


Cathy made an altered caddy with an African flavor.  In her project she wanted to use the colors that mostly remind her of Africa. Blue African Sky, orange African sunsets, green African forests and hills and yellow African deserts.


Jowilna used a little quiche pan for her project. She layered it with African themed papers with texture to build it up. Then she matted a photo of a giraffe taken on a game farm onto brown card stock and added some "bling" around the edges. The rest of the 'pan' was filled with porcupine quills that she simply cut down using scissors and glued them inside in a totally random fashion. A fun decorative element and can even be used as a paper weight in an African themed decor setting.

Jeaunes Viljoen

Jeaunes made this card using the BoBunny range. She says: "What I liked the most about this range were all the stickers, especially the one with the lion paws and the row of animals at the bottom of the card. It reminds me of the Lion King :-)"


Lynette made this simple layout with Bazzill card stock, some handmade papers, added some texture with burlap and dried leaves.  She framed the "Explore" title sewing African beads around it...that took a bit of time but was totally worth it!

And now it is your turn!
We are waiting your projects until 23 February. Please use the linking tool at the bottom of the post to add your projects.
Please note that the link should be to your project not to your blog or gallery!
Please don't forget to read the rules.

You still have one week to submit your lay-outs for our current sketch and plenty of time to enter our give-away.

Sponsor of our first two challenges is internet shop "Little Things for Cute Creations"
There you can find a lot of very interesting and original embellishments for all kinds scrap projects.

Good luck everyone and keep well!


  1. Отличное задание! Заинтересовало и взбудоражило воображение!

  2. работы такие колоритные! альбом - супер!

  3. How lovely to see you here Agnieszka!! Gosh the world becomes really small thanks to technology! It's lvoely to have you here and hope to see lots more of you soon :)

  4. Hello Cathy! I was missing you! I hope you will play with us?

  5. I'm enjoying viewing all the layouts in this challenge. I haven't managed to view them all yet, but I'm getting there, bit by bit. I really feel like I don't know enough about Africa to participate myself in this challenge. So I'm just enjoying looking at everyone else's layouts instead. It's educational for me. :)


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