Wednesday 15 June 2016

Special Guest Designer - Virag Reti / New Design Team Members - Mary Catt & Kerstin Filou

Hello Everyone

We have a Special Guest Designer today, Virag Reti...a really warm welcome Virag! ;-)

Virag was a previous TOP 3 and is with us today, to share her take on the current mood board.

Firstly, here's a little about Virag.

My name is Virág Réti and I live in Budapest, Hungary. Virág means flower in Hungarian. I work as a marketing manager on weekdays, but my passion is scrapbooking. This is not just a craft activity for me, it is my real holiday and time for relaxation. My scraproom is a calm island in this busy world. I started scrapbooking 5 years ago, but last year when I met with mixed media scrapbooking techniques in an American YouTube video I felt that I found my line, the technique what I was looking for. My style is a little vintage and grunge, sometimes romantic and shabby, but I cannot define exactly. I am able to reform day by day. My favourite products are chipboards, flakes, beautiful papers, paints, mists, nowdays flowers, tags. I am able to prepare layouts in different styles, it depends on my mood, the embellishments and the papers I use. I am a coffee lover. I love singing loudly, but my voice is horrible. And I know, I am a bit crazy, because normal is boring for me. :)

Here's the gorgeous canvas that Virag created.

I used rose patterned stencil on the background and than I colored the flowers with pink pastel mist. Green and yellow colours are made with rainbow powder. For the second step I stamped grunge patterns with grey ink and I used triangle stencil with white modelling paste to brighten the background a little. My photo was taken in Alsace, France last summer in a charming little village. 
And I put a word sticker onto the photo: Take time to smell the roses. 

Virag created a gorgeous and beautiful canvas.  The stencilled roses and soft colouring, along with the beautiful photo and sentiment are just perfect for the mood board.

Thanks so much Virag for creating this stunning piece.  Please pop along to Virag's blog and you will find amazing inspiration and creativity! ;-)

Today we also welcome to 2 Design Team Members to the team...

Mary Catt has been with us for a little while now, but I had not formally introduced her.
So welcome Mary and we are delighted to have you on the team.

Hello! I'm Mary and I live in Greece. I'm married to a wonderfully supportive husband and we have three children. I met scrapbooking two years ago and I can honestly say it was love at first sight. I love mixed media style but I also like to experiment with other styles too. The only thing I can tell for sure is that I can't create without flowers and embellishments. I use them, in all my projects, a lot. I find lots of my inspiration in everyday life and when I scrap I feel so happy that I totally forget everything around me. 
I'm very happy to be here as a Team Member and I want to thank Scrap Africa for that honor!

Here is a gorgeous page of Mary's, just as a little "taster" of her work and we hope you will pop along to her blog to see more of her beautiful work! ;-)

Secondly, a warm welcome to the team too, is Kerstin Filou! ;-)

My name is Kerstin-Inga Peters, aka Kerstin F. and I come from Germany.
I have been creating for many years now, always in search of new techniques and yet unexplored territory in craft  land. I'm a modern girl with a big vintage heart and love the things that are old and nobody wants anymore, because they have a history.
My big passion are colours and textures. With Scrapbooking, Mixed Media Style and Art Journaling I have found 'my' perfect favourite genres - as it combines words and pictures, thoughts and feelings, and the application of various innovative techniques and the idea of telling stories.
I love to work with stencils and chipboards on Layouts or other mixed media projects, because this a perfect addition and there are so many opportunities to create.
I'm a DT in Scrap FX, SanDee & Amelies Steampunk Challenge and a
member of DecoArt Outreach Blogger program
I have a gallery on scrapbook. com, Pinterest and Facebook.

Here is a stunning page of Kerstin's and hope you will also pop over to her blog, to see more of her creativity and inspiration! ;-)

Welcome Kerstin and we really look forward to seeing all that you create! ;-)

Lastly, don't forget about our gorgeous mood board.
You have until 30 June to upload your projects!


Monday 6 June 2016

TOP Hats and Winners - Scrap Africa Sketch no.74

Hello Everyone

We have some winners and TOP Hats to announce! ;-)
But firstly, a BIG thanks to everyone who played along! We loved each and every project and so loved seeing your creativity and inspiration! ;-)

So without further adieu, here are our 5 TOP Hats! ;-)

TOP TOP Hat...Congratulations to
We loved the splashy and artsy background, along with that vintage photo! Just stunning! ;-)

2nd Place TOP HAT
Well done to 6. Kerstin F.! ;-)

We loved the cogs and clocks and the earthy colouring! ;-) Just amazing! ;-)

3rd Place TOP Hat
Congratulations 15. Katerina Laiopoulou (Greece)! ;-)

We loved the earthy and beautiful colours, along with the stunning styling! ;-) So gorgeous! ;-)

4th Place TOP Hat
Well done  Melenia! ;-)

We adored the vibrant and eye catching design, along with the beautiful colours! So fabulous! ;-)

5th Place TOP Hat
Congratulations 13. Vasso Sofou GR! ;-)

We loved the photo and the clean, yet so effective styling! Just beautiful! ;-)

Congratulations to all you really knocked our socks off, with your beautiful work! ;-)

We would love to see more of Cindy Samsama and Katerina's work, so please email for a Guest Design opportunity.

For this challenge, there was a R300 FabScraps surprise parcel up for grabs.

...and a R300 BoBunny surprise parcel up for grabs.
Congratulations to 20. Tanya SonataJoy! ;-)
You win the FabScraps parcel! ;-)
This was Tanya's gorgeous entry! ;-)
Congratulations also to 32. Chiao-Yu Yang (Taiwan), you win the BoBunny parcel! ;-)
Here was Chiao-yu Yang's beautiful entry.
Please email to claim your prizes.
Thanks again to everyone who played along! We thank you and really hope you will play along again 
soon! ;-)

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Scrap Africa Mood Board Challenge no.75

Hello Everyone

Welcome to June and welcome to a new Scrap Africa Mood Board Challenge! ;-)

We hope that you enjoyed that last months challenge ran for a month, and this month is no different! You have a WHOLE month to play along with this gorgeous mood board! ;-)

You can create a card, tag, layout, an altered project, journal pages or even a digital project!
You can create whatever you like! ;-)
We would just love to know what inspired you from the mood board and the sentiment behind your project!;-)

Guest Designer Badge

As always we have some amazing Guest Designers to inspire you.
These amazing ladies are previous TOP HATS and create with so much passion and love.

A warm welcome to Bente Fagerberg and Erina Katerina.

Here's a little more about Bente, firstly.

Hi I'm Bente. I am a Norwegian lady living in southern Sweden and I've been scrapbooking for I guess six-seven years now. I still love it. I love that I'm preserving my three daughters memories through my pages, but that's not the whole truth about why I am doing this. I am doing it mostly for me,...because I enjoy it!
Since March I am working full time,-or more sometimes, and it can be hard to find time for scrapbooking. But even when I am not playing with paper, paint and all kinds of supplies I am definitely thinking about it! :-) I love the smell of new paper and the touch new flowers :-)
I have always been happiest doing my own brand of shabby chic, but at the moment I am very much enjoying everything mixed media. I find it's so liberating !
After I started working full time I cut back on design team work. I am currently designing for an awesome French paper company called Les Papiers de Pandore.
I have been proud to design for some great teams during the last few years including  Lemoncraft, Scraps of Elegance, Blue Fern Studios and Sizzix

I have a blog Paper and Glue Heaven and you are most welcome to visit me there.

Bente created this fabulous and beautiful page for this mood board.

The colouring, styling and gorgeous photo, make for a stunning, stunning page! ;-)

Thanks so much Bente for creating this soft and beautiful page for us.
Please pop over to Bente's blog to even more inspiration! ;-)

Secondly, here is a little more about our second Guest Designer Erina.

I'm Erina and I live in Crete island of Greece, with my beautiful family !!!
From small kid I had an artistic mood and i was practicing for many years
through painting !!! In 2011 at my trip to England I learned the magical world of
crafts !!First from the cards and later with my first lessons in scrapbooking!!
The scrapbooking enchanted me, mainly because I could keep alive my memories 
and accurate the history of every picture !!I love all the styles of scrapbooking but mostly
i make greeting cards, layouts and mini albums!! A world of fun and mostly relaxing !!!

Erina created this stunning and gorgeous page.

Isn't that background just amazing, with all the textures and elements?

Here's some close-ups.

Thanks so much Erina for this fabulous, fun and fresh project! ;-)

To see more of Erina's beautiful work, please pop over to her blog here! ;-)

On 15th June, we will have another Guest Designer feature and so remember to pop back here on the 15th June! ;-)

Now let's see what the Design Team created.

Kerstin is our newest Design Team Member and we are so excited that she has joined the team.  I will share more about her on our 15 June post! ;-)

Thanks so much to the Design Team for their gorgeous inspiration.

Now we would love to see what you create.

For some inspiration too...there are also 2 random prizes up for grabs.

2 x R300 BoBunny surprise parcel up for grabs.
You have until 30 June to upload your projects! ;-)

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