Monday 27 April 2015

Design Team Call

Hi Everyone

We are excited to announce a Design Team call!

We are growing and require new DT members to compliment the present team.
And we want YOU to apply.

We're looking for creative, innovative designers for a period of 1 year, starting June 2015.

Here's how: 
1. Send 3 blog links of your 3 favourite projects. We are not looking for specific styles, we are just looking for heaps of creativity and talent.
2. Email the links to on or before 20 May 2015
3. Please include a brief bio. Include your experience, link to your website and/or blog and if your work is posted in an online gallery, please include that link as well. 

We look forward to seeing your work!

Saturday 18 April 2015

TOP HATS and a Winner

Hello Everyone

You guys never cease to amaze us with your amazing creativity and projects! ;-)
So thanks so much to everyone who played along with our last sketch challenge.

Please don't feel disheartened if you are not a TOP HAT this time...unfortunately we can only choose 3 and it's never an easy choice! So please keep playing never know when your turn is up as a TOP HAT! get to that very thing....
Our TOP HAT for this challenge is this beautiful page by

Congratulations Kathleen with your gorgeous and detailed page! We loved the background and your absolute attention to detail! Such a stunning page! ;-)

Our second TOP HAT was this fabulous project by

Well done Mayoori on this beautiful and textured canvas! We loved the colouring and sentiment and just everything flowed so beautifully! ;-)

Our 3rd place TOP HAT is this gorgeous page by

We loved the photo and the amazing colouring of this page! It reminded us of beautiful sunsets and carefree days! Congratulations Vasso on this "oh so pretty" page! ;-)

Congratulations ladies on your stunning and beautiful projects! ;-)
We would love to see more of Mayoori's please could you email
for a Guest Design opportunity.

We also have this yummy prize from Scrap and Craft which is going to a random winner...

Scrap & Craft are a Cardmaking and Scrapbooking Supplier.


This yummy package will find it's way to 7. Jackie Edwards!
Congratulations Jackie! ;-)

This was Jackie's beautiful entry.

Jackie please email to claim your prize.

Thanks so much to everyone for playing along! It was such a treat for us! ;-)


Wednesday 15 April 2015

Pencil Challenge no.49

Hello Everyone

It's the second challenge of the month and so we have a super, new theme challenge for you!;-)

I think it's a real goodie and really got the Design Team thinking. Here's the challenge.
"The challenge is to use pencils on a project". Make a card or layout or even an altered project, as long as somewhere on your project you have used pencils.

To give you some ideas, here is a super article below that was in the Jun/Jul Scrap365 magazine last year.

Guest Designer Badge

Our amazing sponsor for this challenge is Zeus and Zoe, so we have some of the Design Team as Guest Designers. We are so thrilled to have Tusia Lech and Charlemagne Gargalicano Jnr and Sylwia Gryczuk.

Firstly here's a little about Charllie.

Charllie G.

   Hello I'm Charlemagne G. Gargalicano Jr., also known as Charllie Gee or Shimmerlyscrappy. I lived in Philippines, Bacolod City.  I'm 17 years old and was born on the 3rd day of May, year 1997. I am  a young college student with the passion for paper crafts , fashion designing , painting , graphic designing and sketching. I am taking  Bachelor of fine arts major in digital media arts at LA consolation College -Bacolod .
                                 I have always been creative , artistic and fun with the things that I love to do .Scrap-booking is  one of the things that makes me go nuts and say Wohoo !Well  in this industry art takes place in a wide crazy world , where art can be treasured into memories and junks could be turned into the most precious Gold . That's why I am hooked with this kind of art But most of my spare time I  do Digital works , painting , and Graphic designing.  I'm very thankful that  God planned this for me ,given me a chance to meet friends all over the world and given me the flare to do more stuff related to art . 

You can find my blog here : and you tube channel :

Charllie created this stunning and beautiful page.

Here's some closer details.

Isn't Charllie's styling and design just fabulous!!!! ;-)

Tusia Lech is up next and this is what Tusia had to say.

Tusia Lech

I love all kinds of media – if I would have to define my style, I would say that media are the only constant thing. 

My favourite colours are fresh, bold greens, blues and pinks, but at the same time I just love delicate, pale hues of beige, rose and white. However there is something in my projects, what can be found always – a positive, feminine style. 

Scrapbooking fills my whole life – it is all around me – in my private life and in my job career. I love the process of creation – I have created things since early childhood – all kinds of handmade things always attracted me. I cannot imagine my life without making some art. Even if I leave for a weekend, I always take my small “art-bag”, filled with art-journal supplies. 

I am lucky enough to be a designer in a few very creative places. I love drinking coffee, reading books, walking through the forest, watching flowers on the meadow, basking in the autumn sun and being deep in my inner world. I can say that I am happy person and wouldn’t change a single thing in my life.

Tusia created this vibrant and fun page.

Let's get a closer look at all those beautiful details.

Lastly, but not least, is Sylwia Gryczuk.

 My name is Sylwia Gryczuk and I am originally from Poland but I live and create in  Claregalway Co.Galway.  I work with different mixed media materials such as acrylic, inks, watercolours, vintage papers, beeswax, fabric and 3D elements.
 I am very passionate about creating happy art pieces with a little bit of magic. I love painting Fairies, art journaling, collages, altered items and craft projects. In 2012 I have created TandiArt Studio, where I put my whole heart into white canvas, pages and 3D objects to transform them into something happy and soulful

Sylwia created this fabulous project.
Here's a clsoer look.
These journal pages are just amazing and so beautiful!
Sylwia also created a stunning video for this project and please do go and take a look at the creative process! ;-)

Thanks sooo much Tusia, Charllie and Sylwia for these stunning projects! ;-)

Please pop over to their blogs and find more of what you see, inspiration, creativity and fun! ;-)

We have some more inspiration from previous TOP HATS, Marina and Ekaterina and I just know these pages are going to "wow" you! ;-)

Marina Timofeeva


Marina created this colourful, beautiful and wonderful page!

Ekaterina Zenevich

Hello! I'm Ekaterina and I'm really honored to be guest designer at Scrap Africa. I live in Belarus with my wonderfully supportive husband and our son. My family is featured throughout my work, they are my world. My addiction to scrapbooking began about 2 years ago.  Scrapbooking is  the perfect creative outlet for me - there are so many different techniques, styles and yummy supplies to play with! I enjoy creating a variety of projects including layouts, cards, off the page projects, and the album. I love to create a lot of beautiful things, especially I find myself in Mixed Media. I love textures, gesso, modelling pastes, paints, sprays...  You can find me at

In this work, I used a pencil to draw a brick wall and the stars and also used a white gel pen to draw lines on the walls.

I so love this boy page for the amazing design and styling! It's so fabulous! ;-)

Thanks so much also to Ekaterina and Marina for your fabulous projects! ;-)

I am sure they would a appreciate a visit from why not pop over to their blogs and see more of their beautiful work! ;-)

Our Design Team has outdone themselves too and they have really created some beautiful projects to inspire you.

I have used my art journal for this challenge. I used copic markers to do the flowers.

I have drawn all the squares

I used watercolour pencils for the outlining and for the colouring of the flowers.

I used pencil to draw the background flowers & the title & then went over it with a thin sharpie to make them stand out.

For this challenge I decided to make a tag. I used my gelato pencils to make a background and then draw several butterflys with usual pencil

I outlined the stencilled images with pencil and blended it with my finger to reduce the colour and make the images pop. I also outlined my leaves with pencil.

Thanks so much to the Design Team for their pencilled and beautiful inspiration! ;-)

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, Zeus and Zoe Etsy shop is the sponsor for this challenge and there is a $30.00 gift voucher up for grabs, for one lucky person.  The postage will be covered too! ;-) So thanks so much to Marivic and Zeus and Zoe for this super prize!

Please pop along to this super etsy shop and have a look at the yummy goodies Marivic has to offer, as well as the blog for some creative inspiration! ;-)

Zeus and Zoe

Zeus and Zoe is the sister Etsy Shop to Berry71Bleu and sells one-of-a-kind crafting embellishments for scrapbooking, crafting, altered art, home decor and collage art. All tags are handmade and can be designed according to your preference. Please contact Marivic through her Etsy Shop to request a custom order.

You have until the 30th April to upload your projects.
We can't wait to see what you come up with! ;-)

Monday 6 April 2015

TOP HATS and Winners - Mood Board Challenge no.47

Morning Everyone

I hope that you all have had a good Easter and a relaxing long weekend.

We have some winners and TOP HATS to announce for our mood board challenge no.47.  We think that you really loved this mood board, as much as we did, because you really did create some amazing projects! So thanks so much to everyone who played along, as the projects were stunning! 
Just to let you know that the voting was really wide spread and that we really did have a difficult task just picking a TOP 3.

So here it is....this our TOP HAT for this challenge.....5. Ольга Коба....Congratulations Olga! ;-)

We absolutely loved this beautiful card, for the layers, design, colouring, textures and just everything! It was perfectly perfect! ;-)

Our second place TOP HAT goes to 2 ladies....
In no particular order....

Well done 6. Marelize

We loved the design and the soft and beautiful details and those beautiful summery blooms! The photo is super gorgeous too!;-)

Congratulations 16. Cudaczkowy Kącik! ;-)

We loved this detailed and amazing page! We loved the background and layers that make up this stunning and beautiful page! ;-)

Our 3rd TOP HAT is 4. Anna Rogalska (Poland)!
Well done Anna! ;-)

The complexity of this page is amazing and that background so very stunning! The layering and design are just wonderful! ;-)

Congratulations to all our TOP HATS, you ladies really did create amazing projects! ;-)

We would love to see more of Olga, Marelize and Kasia's work...
So please email for a Guest Design opportunity.

Now for our winners...

Firstly, this yummy EUR20.00 voucher from Scrapiniec.

Scrapiniec is Polish biggest and oldest chipboard manufacturer. They produce chipboard pieces in large variety of sizes and designs in Polish, English and even Russian language. Scrapiniec ships worldwide and fulfills also individual orders.

The winner of this voucher is 19. Vasso Sofou! Congratulations Vasso...this was Vasso's gorgeous entry.

Secondly, is the super voucher from PPBN Designs.

“Here at PPbN Designs, I design SVG cutting files and graphics that will fit any design or craft need you have. My designs are easy to cut, easy to piece together and will give your scrapbooks, cards, party supplies and crafts a homemade touch that everyone will love! All of my cuts come with high resolution graphics that are also perfect for digital scrapbooking too! Please visit us and take a look around our shop. If you are looking for something but can’t find it, no worries! Just send me an email and I’ll do my best to create it for you!”

11. Юлишна wins this $30.00 voucher from PPBN designs. So a very big thank you to PPBN designs.

This was Yulishna's beautiful album.

Congratulations to our winners! Please email to claim your prizes.

Thanks so much to everyone who played along! We so loved seeing every project made! ;-)


Wednesday 1 April 2015

Sketch Challenge no.38

Hello Everyone

It's the start of a new month and so we have a new sketch challenge for you. We would love for you to play along.

You are welcome to interpret the sketch however you want, to create a page, card or altered project.

Guest Designer Badge

As always we have a super, amazing Guest Designer to provide some inspiration.
This lady is a fabulous creator... Jackie Clark.

Hello there! My name is Jackie Clark, and I am honoured to be guest designing for Scrap Africa. A little about me: I am married to my high school sweetheart and together we have 3 young sons and a dog. We live in Vancouver, Canada, and enjoy the West Coast lifetstyle - skiing in the winter and spending time on the ocean in the summer. Most of my work centres around my boys, and I love to combine different media and bright colours into my work. There's nothing I love more than a sketch challenge, and I was so inspired by this month's sketch that I couldn't stop at just one layout - I had two different ideas swirling around in my head, and decided to run with both of them.
I'd love it if you'd pop by my blog for a visit: Scraps of Brilliance

Here's the first page.

For the first layout, I combined gesso, paper scrap triangles, mists, embossing powder, stamping and chipboard to create the backdrop for my photo, sticking to earth tones and geometric shapes for a masculine feeling.

A couple of close-ups.

For a grungy, textured feeling on the chipboard piece, I layered black gesso, embossing powders (which I heat set, them dabbed with a paper towel while wet to lift some away and create texture) and mists

I stamped the background with black ink, and while it was still slightly wet flicked some embossing ink across the background, and added two iridescent embossing powders to the background. You can see the texture it lends to the background in the photo above.

For my second layout, I selected a chipboard frame to use in the place of the frame in the sketch, and built my layout from there, adding bright colours inspired by the photo to the background, and using black lines and white splatters to ground everything.

A closeup view of some of the background work. In order to achieve the patches of blue and pink, I added super heavy paint to crumpled plastic wrap and stamped it onto the background, adding splatters of mustard yellow mist once it was dry to add a little more dimension.

I wanted the chipboard brickwork to look as though it grew out of the background paper, and I achieved this by colouring it with an off-white chalk edger (actually pastel violet), adding script stamping in metallic purple, and then going over the whole thing roughly with beige.

The chipboard frame was painted with shimmering mists and a paintbrush, with details scribbled in roughly with a pencil crayon.

I tucked the flowers in between the layers of chipboard and propped the picture up using foam tape.

Thanks so much Jackie for these stunning pages! They are really fabulous! ;-)
Please pop over to Jackie's blog to see more of her delightful work.

We have some more Guest Designers to share their takes on the sketch.
Let the seeds of inspiration flourish!!

Mary from Greece - she was a previous TOP HAT, she created a soft, delicate and beautiful page for us.

Hello! I'm Mary and I'm really honored to be guest designer at Scrap Africa. I live in Greece with my wonderfully supportive husband and our three children.
I started scrapping a few months ago and I can honestly say it was love at first sight. I'm still in the experimental stage, so I can't really tell which exactly is my style. I love shabby chic layouts as well as mixed media projects. The only thing I'm sure about is that I love flowers and embellishments and I use them a lot.
When I create I feel very happy and I totally forger everything around me. I get my inspiration from my children, from the nature and of course from all those talented scrappers around the world which are sharing their work with us.
I'm very happy to be here as a guest designer and I want to thank Scrap Africa once again for choosing my page!!!

Beatriz Sanchez was also a previous TOP HAT and she created this gorgeous page for us.

Here's some close-ups.

Thanks so much to Mary and Beatriz for their beautiful inspiration.
Please pop over to their blogs, on the links above, and see more of their beautiful work.

The inspiration does not end, as we have the Design Team to share their projects with you too.

I made a double page layout for this challenge and added the detail on the left instead of the right.

Thanks so much to the Design Team! We really hope that the creative juices are now flowing and that you will play along with the challenge.

We have a gorgeous prize up for grabs.
A random winner will win this beautiful package below from Scrap & Craft.

Scrap & Craft are a Cardmaking and Scrapbooking Supplier.


This is definitely a package to get your hands on! ;-)

Please upload your projects by 14 April 2015.

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