Tuesday 28 February 2012

Challenge #1 - AFRICA - Winners

Hello, everyone!
It is time to reveal the winning projects for our African challenge and the winner of the prize from "Little Things for Cute Creations"
So, here we go! 

Congratulations, ladies!
We would like to invite Anna (Ashley) and Mariaan Fouche to be our guest designer.
Please contact us on saustin"@"yandex.ru that we can give you all the details.

The winner of the prize from "Little Things for Cute Creations" is...

Congratulations to Rene' Sharp!
(please note that the prize was drawn among all the participants of Sketch # 1 and Challenge # 1)
Rene' please contact Evgenia at evgenia_sokolova"@"mail.ru

Thank you everyone for your great projects!
Don't forget to submit your layouts for our sketch # 2
Keep well and keep on smiling! :-)))

Thursday 23 February 2012

Meet the team - Jeaunes

Good day, our dear friends of Scrap Africa!
We hope that your day is truly good :-)))
Today is Jeaunes' turn to tell you about herself.
Enjoy and be inspired by her talent and creativity!

Here is what Jeaunes has to say about herself:
"There is not a lot to say about myself and usually it is the most difficult part, to write about you, 
but I will give it a go. 
I am 28 years old and have been married for three years, this past February, to a very loving and supportive husband (especially when it comes to my hobby).  I am an economist by day and a scrapbooker by night.  I am a HUGE animal lover, but more specifically a cat lover.  I have 2 cats named Zorro and Gobbelina.  Gobbelina is the older one and Zorro is my little baby, which I love to bits and even though he is a cat a spoil him rotten!
I love taking pictures, and I can never take enough, I will always take hundreds of pictures at an event or an outing, or even if we just go to the movies, I have to take a picture and it has to be scrapbooked.  I am one of those that people say to “Not another photo”.  But in the end, the picture and the memory is all you have left of an event and the memory may fade but the photo will never. 
I started scrapbooking at the age of 19, during my first year at varsity.  So it is now almost 10 years.  And I cannot believe how scrapbooking has changed from then to now.
I love the transformation that scrapbooking does to a picture.  It gives the picture new dimension.  No matter if it is the ugliest or prettiest photo, the moment it is placed on the right paper and embellishments, the picture just gets transformed into a masterpiece.  I find it very relaxing to make layout after layout. 
What inspires me the most is probably my photos!!!!!!!!!!  What I scrap on a day will depend on my mood and what I feel like scrapbooking.  It will also depend whether I have bought new paper from my favourite ranges as to what I scrap.  I am DEFINITELY one of those that firstly, have enough paper at home to open my own shop and secondly, that take pictures to match the paper I have bought."

To see more wonderful projects done by Jeaunes please visit her blog.

Don't forget that today is your last chance of submitting your projects for our African challenge.    
Thank you for taking your time to visit Scrap Africa today!
Wishing you all the best! ♥

Tuesday 21 February 2012

Giveaway Winner

Hello, everyone!
It is time to announce the winner of our blog's giveaway.
First of all we want to thank everyone for your support. We are happy to see that you are very enthusiastic to take part in our challenges and that you spread the word about Scrap Africa all around. 
Thank you everyone who took part in our giveaway. It seems that very few people like to receive gifts as the number of participants was surprisingly low. 
So let's hope that it is because most of you like to give more than you like to receive :-)))
Here is the results of the draw:

Congratulations to Canica van Loggerenberg!
Canica please contact us on saustin"@"yandex.ru for the father details on how we can get the prize to you.

Do not forget that you have time to enter the African challenge (sponsor Little Things For Cute Creations) and our sketch #2 (sponsor - Fab Scraps)

Thank you for visiting Scrap Africa today! Have a wonderful day!

Sunday 19 February 2012

Meet the team - Lynette

Hello everyone! We hope that you are having a beautiful day!
Today we want to tell you a little more you about our next very talented designer - Lynette Jacobs.

"Hello, my name is Lynette Jacobs. I live in Port Elizabeth on the east coast of South Africa. I have been married to Kobus for the past 33 years and we have three grown children. We have been blessed with four beautiful grandchildren (and another two that will be born in the first part of this year)…who are also the subject of most of my scrapping.
My husband and I founded a non-profit organization that provides for the needs of nearly 580 homeless and poor people whom we house at the Mission. This work is very stressful and emotional and scrapbooking provides me with much needed stress-relief. I started scrapbooking seven years ago and was instantly hooked. I love that my hobby can give me so much pleasure and at the same time create a legacy for my children and grandchildren.
Until recently I preferred doing only layouts that can be slipped into my albums. I have now developed a love for mini albums as gifts to my love ones and also love making handmade cards."

Make sure to visit Lynette's blog - you will be inspired by her creativity but even more so by her life - A work in progress

Today is the last chance to enter our blog's giveaway. Someone is going to have Christmas in February :-))) Don't miss it!

We are also waiting your projects for our African challenge and for our sketch #2.

Thank you for stopping by at Scrap Africa today!
Have a fabulous week, everyone!

Welcome to Scrap Africa and Our Giveaway

Hello everyone!
We are very excited to welcome you at our brand new challenge blog Scrap Africa!
Why did we start this blog? Simply because we want to showcase and celebrate the creative talent that we have in our beautiful land. At the same time we want to share it with the rest of the world and be inspired by others. While we will focus on scrapbooking in Southern Africa we hope that our challenges will attract scrappers from different parts of the world.

This is how it will work.
Every 2 weeks on Thursdays we will publish a new challenge for you. You will have 3 weeks to complete it. We will alternate sketch challenges for lay-outs with theme challenges. For our theme challenges you can create any kind of scrap object - it can be a lay-out, a card or an altered object as long as you follow the requirements of the challenge.

You can combine our challenges with challenges from other blogs.
Only make sure that you do not combine similar challenges together. You also cannot take part in two challenges on our blog with the same project (our challenges will overlap and therefore you cannot for example make a lay-out using our sketch and then enter same lay-out into the theme challenge on Scrap Africa).

Our design team will choose the best entries which we will feature on Scrap Africa blog. We will also choose someone to be our guest designer for one of the challenges.
We plan to have sponsors for our challenges. After every two challenges (a sketch and a theme challenge) we will randomly draw the prize winner among the participants.
We think that this new venture is something worth celebrating. And what is a celebration without a gift?

Copy the picture from this post and post it on your blog or in any other internet community.Tell your friends about Scrap Africa and our give-away. Then link your "hoot" with the linking tool at the bottom of this post and stand a chance of winning a gift pack with wonderful scrapbooking goodies to the value of R 300 from the authors of Scrap Africa.

***This give-away is open only for South African and Namibian scrappers. Only one entry per person.
Good luck and don't forget to check our first challenge!

Thursday 16 February 2012

Sketch # 2

Hello everyone! We hope that you remember that it is time again for out next sketch challenge. Are you waiting for some new inspiration? Then here it is! 

Sponsor of the following 2 challenges (sketch # 2 and challenge # 2) at Scrap Africa is Fabscraps

Fabscraps is the largest manufacturer of scrapbooking materials in Africa. The company produces very wide variety of wonderful supplies for any kind of projects and styles.

Our sketch

Today we have two very special ladies visiting us on Scrap Africa.
Please give very special and warm welcome to Helen Tilbury!

"Hi Everyone!  I am so happy that I was asked to guest design here at Scrap Africa this month!
I have been scrapbooking for the last 8 years, thanks to my daughter, who was invited by her friend to 
a scrapbooking workshop!! If it wasn’t for that, who knows how much longer it would have taken me to discover scrapbooking, but boy I am so glad I did as I eat, drink and breathe scrapbooking!!!
I am a Durban-based scrapbooker, having lived here for the last 6 years, after escaping Zimbabwe, where 
I was born and raised.
I have my own blog Scrap Addict where I share my love of scrapbooking and photography. I have been lucky enough to have been published in Creating Keepsakes magazine and Scrap Street Ezine as well as in a sketch book, “Working with Sketches” available online from Creative Scrappers.
I design for several international challenge blogs, as Once Upon a Sketch,  Bird is the Word and Sketchabilities. I work with products sent to me by Imaginarium Designs (an Australian chipboard company). I also work for “Scrapbook Kits with a Difference” – An Adelaide-based online scrapbook Page kit club,
designing layouts and cards for them each month and last but not least for a great little kit club in America called 3 Scrappy Boys, that sends me the latest and greatest products to design with.  If you visit me at my blog you will see links in my sidebar to all these awesome organisations!
I hope you play along, wherever you are in the world!! 
Thank you SO much to Scrap Africa for having me on board this month!"

"I loved working with Evgenia’s sketch and flipped it over, added a couple of portrait-orientation photos
in place of the 3 landscape ones & used some gorgeous American Crafts “Campy Trails” papers
to create this layout about my 2 oldest kids.  I also used some Studio Calico mists and a
Crafter’s Workshop Chicken Wire stencil.  Most importantly I have used a gorgeous chipboard fence
From FABSCRAPS, a South African based company, that is sponsoring Scrap Africa this month!
I love to add “artiness” to my pages by playing with paints, mists, masks and stencils & also strive
to include meaningful journaling to everything I do as well."

Our next guest designer is extremely talented and creative Cheryl Boglioli

Cheryl Boglioli is a Florida native, wife, and mother of one teenage daughter.  She studied Graphic Design at the Florida School of Commercial Art in Tampa, Florida and earned a degree in Business Management.  Cheryl is a paper crafter, mixed media artist, and educator and even dabbles in a little photography..  She loves to stay on the cutting edge of new products, techniques, and technology as it pertains to the crafting industry.  Cheryl has spent the last few years creating an artistic resume.  Several of her designs have been published and she has gathered quite a following.  She achieved CHA Designer Member status in 2011.  Cheryl is a certified Tattered Angels Educator and currently on the Helmar USA Design Team.  Cheryl is available to travel and teach at your local scrapbook store or event.  

Cheryl flipped the sketch and turned it into a mixed media canvas rather than a photo layout. 
 She used FabScraps papers Heritage Scrips & Burlesque News as well as metal embellishments.  The metal on the bottom of the birdcage and a metal square cut in half for the bottom corners of the canvas are also from Fabscraps.
If you would like to find more details on this project then please visit Cheryl's blog - Cheryl's Window

And here are the layouts from our "in house" team.


Svetlana flipped the sketch and made a double page spread. She used Fishing Tails paper and chip-board seagulls from Fabscraps in her layouts.


Cathy turned the sketch on its side and used one photo instead of three.

Jeaunes used the Sugar and Spice range from Fabscraps.

Jowilna used her favourite Fabscraps product - card stock, for matting her photos onto it. She says: "I love the colours and thickness of their card stock and use it often. I also love their chipboard letters which I used here."

Lynette says: "I love the background paper that I used for this layout.  It is called Shabby Chic Stitched...I teamed it with the red and cream dotted classic Black Birds paper.  The photo's are of my grandson and son on the tractor at their small holding.  He insists on helping daddy and as you can see it is hard work for such a small little boy;-)"

Now it is your turn. You have until 8 March to make your layouts and stand a chance of winning wonderful prizes from Fabscraps
There are two prizes for grabs to the value of R250 ($35) each. 
The random will choose two winners among the participants on 23 March after the closing date for our second challenge.
The prize will be posted anywhere in the world.


You still have 1 week to enter your African projects for our first challenge. Don't miss it!


If you are on Facebook then come and join Scrap Africa 

Thank you for joining us today! Have a wonderful creative day!

Tuesday 14 February 2012

Sketch # 1 - Winners

Hello, dear friends of Scrap Africa!
Happy Valentine's day to all of you! ♥ 
We wish that your lives will be filled with love, happiness and joy!
And remember that love is not truly love if it is not given away :-)))
Today is the day to reveal the winners for our first sketch
We must say that it wasn't easy to choose just a few layouts among so many wonderful projects we received.
It was even harder to choose just 1 or 2 to be our guest designers. But since it is our first challenge and since today is a special day we decided that we will make a little celebration as well.
So.... are you ready? Here are the winners:


Congratulations, ladies! 
And now to our guest designers. They are 
Ladies please contact us on saustin"@"yandex.ru for further information.
Thank you everyone for your participation! 
Remember there is still a lot of time to enter your projects for our African challenge and don't forget to take part in our giveaway - there is a really wonderful prize to be won!
Have a wonderful day!

Monday 13 February 2012

Love is in the air

Hello everyone! We hope that you all had wonderful time and ready to embrace this new week :-)))
Are you all ready for the approaching Valentine's day? 
Do you celebrate it or is it just another day for you?
I think that it shouldn't really matter if we make anything special out of this day or not, as long as we do not forget to give our love together with small and big gestures of it to our dear ones as often as possible. 
Today we want to share with you some projects made by our design team that can inspire you to say "I ♥ you" on any given day of the year.
Valentine's cards by Evgenia

"Loving you" lay-out by Cathy

"Memories like these" lay-out by Svetlana

Mixed media canvas by Svetlana

Tomorrow we will announce the winners of our first sketch challenge.
We are waiting to see your projects for our AFRICA challenge and don't forget to enter our blog's giveaway - there is still time.
Thank you for visiting our blog today! Have a beautiful day!

Thursday 9 February 2012

Meet the team - Cathy

Hello everyone! We hope you are having a wonderful day!
Today is Cathy's turn to tell you more about herself.
Enjoy and be inspired by her amazing work!

Hi everyone!! My name is Cathy and I’m a scrap-booking addict of epic proportions but then again I think most of us fall into that category. I live in a little sea-side village off the east coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. Together, my husband and I run our own construction company. I do the admin and he is out in the field. I would love to say that I share my life with my hubby and seven dogs but the fact that he is never at home and we only see one another once every three months or so means that I actually share my life with my dogs who are my constant companions and I cannot even begin to imagine my life without them. So, I guess I will edit this once he is home again on a permanent basis .. lol!

I have a beautiful daughter who is now 24 and whom I am very proud of and love dearly .. just wish she wasn’t so camera-shy! I can’t wait to be a grandmother. She has her own ideas about that though. I am also godmother to little Isabella, my niece whom I also love to bits and she is my favorite scrapping subject seeing as you can chase my daughter into the sea with a camera. I also love scrapping my pets as their time with us is so short and I like to preserve as many memories as I can of them whilst they are still with me.

Whilst scrapping is my number one hobby, I am also an avid reader and I devour one book after the other. I love my kindle and buying books is seriously starting to compete with my scrap-booking budget. Do I have a budget?? Well, that is debatable. I also enjoy taking long walks with my dogs .. that would be one dog at a time. They each get a turn on a daily basis or else it would be a case of them taking me for a walk.

I really do enjoy the simple pleasures in life and one of my greatest pleasures have to be a long hot bath at the end of the day and then getting into my bed. I have a thing for crisp, white cotton sheets that smell like sunshine and summer and I love peanut butter sandwiches made with home made bread. I’m addicted to coffee and drink far too much of it but it also helps to keep me awake a little longer at night which means I can read a little while longer. I love the smell of the earth after the rain. I love the exuberant way my dogs greet me every morning and the new challenges brought on by every new day. I love the cry of a fish eagle and I love it when the swallows return to their little nest on my patio every year. I am passionate about wild life and animals in every respect and I love the bushveld and camping. I am also fiercely protective of my own personal space and I am very comfortable with my own company. So all in all one could say that I am a happy individual and one last thing .. I LOVE happy endings and everything and anything that is orange-flavoured!

I am extremely honoured to be part of Scrap Africa’s DT and am loving every minute of it and am very proud of the talented ladies who form part of the team and again, last but not least .. thank you to Svetlana and Evgenia for taking the iniative and starting our very own proudly South African blog.

Here are a few of Cathy's beautiful lay-outs.

Thank you for visiting Scrap Africa today!
You still have few hours to enter your lay-outs for our first challenge.
We will publish the results on Tuesday, 14 February. 

Tuesday 7 February 2012

Be Inspired!

Hello everyone!
We decided to give you some more inspiration for our new challenge - AFRICA.
Here are a few African projects from our design team to give more ideas on what can be done.

Cathy Lane


Lynette says: "You can see that we live close to the Addo Elephant park...we often visit this place to the delight of the little ones."


If you would like to see more details on this mini-album made from envelopes you can check it at Svetlana's blog.

There is still time for you to submit your lay-outs for our first sketch challenge.
And don't miss our blog's giveaway!
Thank you for visiting us today! Have a wonderful day!
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