Monday 18 March 2013

Top 3 - Sketch no.15

Hi Everyone

We had some super entries again for this sketch challenge! It never fails to amaze us at the diversity of the interpretations and the wonderful talent out there! So thanks to all who played along.

So without further adieu, here are the top 3.

We loved the interpretation of the sketch and the super layering, details and colouring! Such a beautiful and dreamy layout! Congratulations Wiosanka! Beautiful work!

The detailing on Keren's page was fabulous and the layering and accents also so gorgeous! Well done Keren, we really did love this page!

This gorgeous and bright page, certainly caught our eye too! We loved that sweet photo and the fabulous, clean styling! Super layout Irina, and so beautifully done!

We would love to see more of Wiosanka's work and so please can you email us at for the details of a future challenge! ;-)

Congratulations ladies, you really did create some awesome pages! ;-)

For the Fabscraps random winner:


This goes to Tilla! Congratulations! Please send your details to

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Please don't be disheartened if we haven't chosen your layout this time, as it might just be yours in the TOP 3 next time.

Thanks again to everyone who played along, we really do appreciate your projects!

Friday 15 March 2013

Challenge no.15 - Cardstock

Hi Everyone

We are really excited to bring you today's challenge. We really hope you are going to enjoy it, as much as we have! Today's challenge is about CARDSTOCK ONLY.

The host is Patricia Basson and her challenge to you is this:

Use only plain card stock, NO patterned papers. But you are asked to use at least 3 colours of card stock or more if you want to...and these you can alter by stamping or embossing, whatever way you want to.

For this challenge, we have an exceptional creator and I am sure that many of you will know her and also recognise her signature style. Our VERY special guest designer this month, is the super Heather Jacob.

Hi there, my name is HEATHER JACOB.
Firstly I am so honoured and delighted to be guest designing  here at Scrap Africa.
Thank you so much Denise for inviting me .
Now a little about me, I am happily married to my wonderful, supportive “soul mate” Baden and my Family feature throughout my work and there is nothing more important to me than my family. To me this craft is the perfect combination of art, photography, beautiful paper, and glorious words.
I especially love to choose some elements, cast a spell and see what happens, to create a dream and follow it through. Subtle shadows, light and color are all ingredients for casting the spell. I am in harmony with my garden and its inhabitants, connecting with the beauty that surrounds me. For me it is all-consuming, inspiring and a natural expression of my inner self, which I love to weave into my works.
I am inspired by colour and texture … I love to include stitching, chipboard, journaling, muslin, fabrics, metal elements, inking, masking and texture paste. Off the page projects and altered art are a fave of mine. I see my style as “CLASSIC” with layering and attention to detail…I tend to lean toward monochromatic themes with a little shabby chic/grunge thrown in .. I feel very lucky to be on a number of design teams and I have work published in Scrapbooking Memories, Scrapbook Creations, Australian Scrapbook Ideas.
Warm hugz from Heather x
My blogs

Now Heather has 2 layouts to share with us. One that she did when she started scrapping and one from the present. Firstly, let's have a look at the "old" one.

Isn't this a stunner? It is so beautiful!!!

As if this is not gorgeous enough, check the present page.

This is perfectly, perfect in every way!!!! Super stunning and so amazing...and all cardstock!
I so love Heather's style and am totally in awe of her amazing talent! ;-)

Here is how Heather created this page:
I used a background of white cardstock , trimming one inch from one side.
Lay this over two layers of of cardstock / purple card and grey card.
Trimming each piece to allow some to show both  sides.
Distress each layer and machine stitch together .
Cut strips of taupe, purple, celaton, turquoise green , grey, black and border punch two strips.
Layer these and add diecut leaves, “cottage Cutz/foliage”, flowers, add some bling brads, clock, circle sticker/string , chipboard inked in, Versa color ink / atlantic blue .
Use a mask on white background, Versa color / Celaton, and Atlantic.
Randomly Stamp with Versa color /black .
Add title and doodling .
My 9  colors are all from Kaisercraft cardstock
Pale grey, dark grey, black, white, purple, turquoise, taupe, smokey grey, celaton.
Enjoy creating and hugz from Heather x

We have some more guest designers for inspiration, one being a lady who also applied for the DT.

 Amber van Niekerk - isn't this a beautiful interpretation of the challenge?!

Amber printed a photo on 2 of 12 x 12 white cardstock & the matting of other photos on cardstock. Some flowers & stamping were used to finish off the layout.

Tone K. won a previous challenge and she created this amazing layout for us as well.
The details on Tone's page are just so super!

Tone used these supplies:
- white and grey bazzill
- flip notes from (Pink Paislee - the orange one)
- stencil from The Crafters Workshop + Dylusion
- doily
- viewmaster 
- bingocard from an old game
- washitape + tape from 7 Gypsies + Tissue tape from Tim Holtz
- stamp from Studio Calico
- wood details from Studio Calico (stars, word and camera)
- letters are thickers + Adornit
- punch from EK Success
- dylusion spray to make the splashes

Thanks ever so much to Heather, Amber and Tone for your beautiful projects! 

Okay, we certainly have lots more inspiration for you and the DT have so enjoyed creating for this challenge! We really did have fun! So here is what we created.

To create my page I started with a white piece of cardstock then I added texture paste and Glimmermists. I then preceded to stamp all over it. My yellow matt has also been stamped on. I have cut my title out of cardstock as well. All the flowers are made from cardstock along with the other embellies. The only things added that are not cardstock are the split pins and some bling. 


For my page i used 4 colors of cardstock. I made a kind of Graffiti wall on the grey piece with modeling paste and a stamp. After i added the red piece with a mask misted on it and for the black and red piece i made a border with a punch and gesso. The flowers and bicycles are  also from the same cardstock. Items non cardstock added are the buttons, roses, cord and chipboard letters.


I used 4 different variations of purple cardstock, and then distressed the edges and cut to various sizes.  I used gesso and stamping for depth and texture.


Paste texture was used and applied with a stencil to the cardstock and embossing added, stamps and sprays.  Cardstock colors: blue, gray, white, and added butterflies.

I used dark brown, pink and light grey cardstock for this layout.
I spritzed the grey cardstock with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist {pink bubblegum}
and Perfect Pearls Mist {heirloom gold}.
The pink tag and doily border I inked with Ranger Distress Ink.
Photo: Johann Buys - The Studi


Here is what I did to create the look on my layout --- I took 3 pieces of Core-dinationsTim Holtz card stock ... and I stamped around all their edges -- then I took some Tim Holtz Distress inks and inked the edges over my stamping :)

I used white, pink and brown cardstock. The white was coloured using Mister Huey inks and then cuttle bugged using ink.


I have used a light blue green cardstock for the main section of my card which was inked with Weathered Wood distress ink after the embossed image had been added.  It was then layered on another piece of light blue green cardstock before being added to a slightly darker blue green cardstock base.  I have used the same darker blue green cardstock to add a diecut flourish to my floral cluster and a yellow cardstock for my diecut butterfly.

I used aqua cardstock for the background.  Stenciled gesso circles and then splattered some brown glimmer mist.  I then used white embossed cardstock matted on brown cardstock for the photo mount.  I punched borders from five different coloured cardstock and layered them at the bottom.  The sun and "kisses" is also cut from cardstock.

I have used a white cardstock background and cut the 'cross word' overlay from black cardstock using my Silhouette machine. I've also used 2 shades of orange cardstock to back my photo.

I used kraft paper for the base, watercolor paper, and paper with cotton for pastels ... so... There is some washi tape and a stamp (embossing)...

I used a green card stock as my base. My background is a light cream card stock that was misted with Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade Mists and stencilled with coloured gesso. I embossed the tan card stock in an inked embossing folder. The green strip was stamped and embossed with Ivory Embossing Enamel. I used white card stock for the Die cuts. The concertina flowers are made with a cream card stock that was stamped with green ink....

 I used green cardstock for the base as well as white grey and brown cardstock on my layout. I stamped stars and misted some black Studio Calico Mr Huey's on the background.

I used all the primary colours as well as white for the base of my layout.  I embossed some of the elements and sanded them to make them stand out a little bit more.  I distressed the edges of my photo mats and used my sewing machine for some stitching!

We really hope that we have inspired you and that your creative juices are flowing!

If you play along this month, there are 2 super prizes up for grabs!
One random prize is this giveaway from Patricia. Blooms are certainly a scrappers
best friend! :-)

Then we have another super random prize and that is a $35.00 voucher from Zeus and Zoe.
Please check out this wonderful etsy shop!

Thanks so much to Marivic for this wonderful voucher!

You have until the 31st March to submit your projects and we really look forward to seeing your creations.

Wednesday 6 March 2013

Meet Marelize Frisby

Hi Everyone

Today I introduce you to the last new DT member, and that is Marelize Frisby.

Here is a little about Marelize.

My name is Marelize Frisby and I live in beautiful scenic Perth in Western Australia. I have been married to my wonderful husband for nearly 23 years now and we have two teenage children, Mark (19) and Joanne (17). I grew up on a farm in Namibia and worked and lived in South Africa for many years, until we moved to Australia in 2005.
I started scrapbooking in 2004, after some prompting from a friend. I have always been a crafty person and studied and practised Fashion Design before I had children. I am currently on the Design Team for The Scrapbook Store, an Australian online store and am the DT coordinator for said store.  I am fortunate enough to have been published in Scrapbooking Memories on a regular basis and have written a series of ‘How To’ articles which appeared in the magazine on a monthly basis throughout 2012. I don’t think I have a specific style as I like to explore and experiment with new techniques. I love adding flowers and distressed layers to my pages and will often try and make my own embellishments.
What I love most about scrapbooking, besides it being my creative outlet, are the people I’ve met and friendships I’ve formed. I am thrilled to be part of this amazing team and to have the opportunity to work alongside such wonderfully talented ladies.
You can find my blog here:

Here is some of Marelize's work.

I am sure Marelize would love it if you made a turn at her blog!

We are really pleased that Marelize is on the DT and we look forward to many more projects from her!

Monday 4 March 2013

Winners - Hearts Challenge

Hi Everyone

I hope that your week has started well and that Monday has not been too bad!

We have some winners to announce today, for our Hearts Challenge! We had a wonderful 52 entries and were really so excited by that! So a BIG thanks to everyone that entered, it was so great to see the creativity and wonderful projects! We had a difficult time, deciding between all the super projects!

So here are the top 3.

Congratulations to Tania Martyns! Tania takes tops honours on this challenge, with her gorgeous and romatic layout! The detailing is just stunning and the colouring perfect for love! Super, super layout!

Next up is this gorgeous layout by Victoria.
We loved the layering, photo and of course, the hearts! Well done on a beautiful layout!

And in 3rd place, was this gorgeous page by Debbie.
The mix of different papers and that sweet photo is just fabulous!

Congratulations ladies, you really did create stunning pages and all 3 are top class! ;-)

Now for our random winner, who wins these 2 kits below from Scrapkits.

2 amazing kits that can look like this when you will assemble them

The winner is no.53, Jennilee Meyer Sale, who entered on our Facebook page. Congratulations!  Please can you email us at with your details.

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And last, but not least, the winner of the beautiful gems, is IrinaR. Congratulations!
Please could you also email us your details!

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Thanks so much again, to everyone who played along! We really do appreciate your support!


Friday 1 March 2013

Sketch Challenge no.15

Hi Everyone

Today we have another wonderful sketch challenge for you!
We have some wonderful Guest Designers  for inspiration, as well as the inhouse DT.
So we would love for you to get creating and play along with this challenge.

So without further adieu, here is the sketch.

Elena (from the Ukraine) was one of the ladies who had applied for the Design Team, when the call went out and we really did love her work and so still wanted to showcase her talent here at Scrap Africa! So we asked her to design a layout for this challenge. Isn't this just gorgeous?
Elena has such a beautiful style!
If you would like to see more of her beautiful work, then please follow the link to her blog.

Elena Morgun

Karen Martins was a previous "Top 3" and she created this stunning page for us.

Here is what Karen had to say:
 I am a trainee manager with a passion for scrapbooking! Now a journalist asleep (as the Freemasons). I am Mother of two beautiful children, Julia and Thiago, occupying most of my pages! Wife to M├írcio Martins is my accomplice in this life. 


The textures and detailing are just beautiful! A really stunning layout!

Thanks so much to Elena and Karen for their beautiful pages!

As always, we had our wonderful Design Team, whip up some wonderful projects too and so take a look at these below.

Elena Smoktunova

Elizna Parsons

This is a lovely way to use old CD's...just cover the CD with your photo 
and cut it out neatly...then sand the edges...easy! ;-)

Lyudmila Kodyma

Marelize Frisby

Mary Potapovich

It was a hot summesr day. I was sitting on the bench, with my men were running around, and held the children's bike ... I screwed up my eyes from the sun and all I wanted to do was ride with the wind, on the big bicycle... But this year we  have forgotten and not bought a bicycle again  .... Now I'm waiting for next summer!

Thanks to the Design Team, they really excelled themselves and really created wonderful projects!

As always, we have a goodies bag up for grabs from Fabscraps.
A random winner will be chosen.


You have until the 14th March to submit your projects.

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