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We welcome entries that are not traditional scrapbooking - such as art journalling, painting, cards, mixed media, off-the-page work. However you like to create - we welcome your work!

Monday, December 31, 2012

our featured guest designer for january 2013 ...

Well, we are starting the year off right.  Our first featured guest designer of the year is none other than  Julie Tucker-Wolek, who is no stranger to scrapbookers all over the globe.

I first met Julie when I used to play along with her challenges at These are a Few of my Favorite Things.  That was one of my favourite challenge sites before she closed it in 2011. Julie and I were on the design team together over at Scrapbooker's Anonymous - an awesome challenge site.  Julie was also the social director over at Sketchy Thursdays - another fabulous challenge website. She has been on the design team, or a guest designer at numerous other well-known companies and blogs.

Nowadays Julie hangs out at her own blog, and is on the design team at Lessology and at Scrap Africa.  She is one of the greatest encouragers out there for fellow scrappers. She visits many scrapbooking blogs each day and leaves positive comments for others. Her upbeat attitude is very catchy!

Welcome Julie!!

My name is Julie Tucker-Wolek and I have been scrapping since my son was born 15 years ago, but really got into it as a major passion about 6 years ago when my daughter was born. I create everything! Cards, layouts and altered projects!

Visit Julie at Life with the Tucker-Wolek Clan :)

monday's mentions 31 december 2012 ...

Wow, I cannot believe this is the last day of 2012!  It's been a good year in our household, ups and downs, but mostly just pleasant.  You can't ask for better than that.  I hope it's been the same for you.

... and speaking of Lizzy Hill, she is just delighted to be on the Scrap Friends design team for another term!

Monique Liedtke has been published in Issue 69 of Scrapbook Magazine!

If you or someone who plays along here has been mentioned or otherwise successful with their scrapbooking, please let me know at: anne.pennington@xplornet.com so that I can feature their success in another edition of Monday's Mentions.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Our winning participant guest designer for January 2013

We were so delighted when our friend and regular participant in our challenges, Lizzy Hill was the winner of our random draw amongst November's challenges participants to be one of our January 2013 guest designers.  Lizzy participants in many challenge blogs, so we know many of you know her and her lovely  work already.  She is a friendly soul, and a great encourager to others who play along with various scrapbooking challenges. Welcome Lizzy!!!!

My name is Lizzy Hill & I began scrapping in 2009 after coming home from a trip overseas. Mum encouraged me to ‘give it a go’ as a way of getting my photos sorted. It opened up a whole new world which I just adore. Blogging seemed to be a natural extension of scrapping – thus I’ve managed to combine a whole pile of ‘loves’ - photography, writing & scrapping! 

My style is madly eclectic. I’ll give anything a go…my fave embellie atm has to be Washi tape – oh! And buttons/badges are up there, too. I scrap cards & OTP’s [off the page projects] as well as layouts. I don’t consider myself artistic – but I do really enjoy colour combinations. That may come from my dim, dark past as a hairdresser! I was also an English teacher…but my boys are grown up, I have my first grand-child, & I’m pretty much enjoying the good life these days. Not complaining at all…

This is my 2nd term on the Scrap Friends Design Team, which is my first serious ‘gig’ & that’s been a learning curve that I’ve totally enjoyed. I’ve also been published a fair bit in Scrapbooking Memories – a fab Australian scrapping mag.

Basically, I LOVE the ‘love’ of belonging to the Scrappy Community…blog hops & challenges are such fun!  So on that note, I hope you’ll join in with AFSC…it was one of the first challenges I ‘had a go’ at, & I still enjoy them immensely! Happy scrapping…..


Stop by the blog here soon to see who our featured guest designer will be along with Lizzy for January.  Bet you can't guess who????

Monday, December 17, 2012

monday's mentions 17 december 2012

Kim Price was a winner over at Stuck Sketches for November!

Monique Liedtke has been chosen for the Imaginisce and Doodle Bug design teams!!

Sarah Groen was one of the top five featured layouts at Once Upon a Sketch for November!!

Congratulations ladies.!! If you have been mentioned or published anywhere, drop us a line at anne.pennington@xplornet.com so that we can mention you in an edition of "monday's mentions".

Saturday, December 15, 2012

15th december 2012 scrapbooking sketch challenge

Dani Christina won October's draw to be guest designer for December - so we are also featuring her work this month!! Also, this challenge is Kim Price's last time here as a member of our design team.  Kim has been selected for many design teams over the last while, so you will be able to see her wonderful work still all over the internet - so no worries about losing track of her awesome design skills!!

It is time for the December scrapbook sketch challenge.  Here is our sketch is month:

 and our featured guest designer  Dani Christina

Can't wait to see your take on this sketch.  No prompt, just base your layout on the sketch - and link your layouts up to the linky tool on the right!!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Our freaking faves for november 2012 ...

Some lovely entries again for both of our monthly challenges.

Our favourites for the 1st of November 2012 challenge are:

Our favourites for the 15th of November 2012 challenge are:

And our winner for the change to guest design for the month of January 2013 is:

Lizzy Hill!!!!

Congratulations Lizzy - e-mail me at anne.pennington@xplornet.com so that I can send you January's challenges!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

monday's mentions 3 december 2012

Kim Price was selected as part of the new design team over at Once Upon a Sketch.  So happy for you Kim, have been glad to have you as part of our design and wishing you well on your new journey.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

1 december 2012 scrapbooking challenge

This month our Sandra Scott, who plays along regularly with us, suggested we make a generation layout.  So, we made her a guest designer this month for her great idea!  And then Dani Christina won October's draw to be guest designer for December - so we are also featuring her work this month!!

So show us your generation layout - maybe you have a wonderful 3 or 4 generation photo that you treasure?  If so, feature it.  Maybe a nice photo of your grandparents?  Then scrap it!! An object that belonged to them?  Scrap it or scrap a photo of it!

our winner of our October 2012 challenge and guest designer  Sandra Scott

 and our featured guest designer  Dani Christina

Can't wait to see your generation photos - just link them up to the linky tool on the right!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

our guest designers for december 2012

Sandra has been playing along with us regularly, and we thank her for sending us the suggestion for this month's 1 December 2012 challenge.  We are very pleased to have her as a guest designer this month, and recommend that you visit her blog to see her lovely work!!

I'm a happily married retired lady and my husband and I have four adult children and six grandchildren who are subjects of my scrapbooking. We live in Australia and love to travel our beautiful country and intend to do more now we're retired.

I started scrapbooking in 2007 and don't really have a style of my own yet because I swap and change while trying to guess what the challenge sites want to see. Sometimes I love nice clean lines and other times I love to distress, fussy cut and ink everything.

I feel that I'm improving each day and have started to Art Journal and use mixed media; it's fun getting messy and I love to see what the end result brings. I've found this a great way to learn how to use mixed media and then transfer it to a scrapbook page.

Dani participated in last month's challenge and her name was drawn to be our guest designer this month. Her work is lovely! Please visit her blog to see for yourself.

I'm Dani Cristina,
already 30 years old, living with my husband in the sunny state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
I knew the art of scrapbooking in 2010, but before I occupied myself with oil paintings and drawings, then I fell in love with this new way to preserve memories and share with people so friendly.
I'd say my style is artistic, like working with textures and technique Mixed Media too.
I'm happy with the invitation and I hope you enjoy my participation.

You can find more of my work here;

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

15 november sketch challenge

This month we are playing for a chance to be randomly drawn as a guest designer along with our featured guest designer in January.
Here is our sketch for you to interpret - please post a link to your layout by 30 November 10 pm EST.

our winner of our September 2012 challenge and guest designer Margaret Walz

 and our featured guest designer Vibeke

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

our freaking faves for october and our next winner of a guest design spot ...

Wow - great participation last month!!

Our faves for 1 October 12 challenge were:

Our faves for 15 October 12 challenge were:

and the random winner of our guest design spot for December was Dani Cristina.  Dani - please e-mail me at anne.pennington@xplornet.com so that I can send you the challenges for December.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

monday's mentions 12 november 2012

Congratulations to Vibeke and Monique Leidtke were winners of the October challenge over at Once Upon a Sketch! Beautiful work ladies, so proud of you!!!

My work was a gallery inclusion in Issue 67 of Scrapbook Magazine.  Alas, I cannot find a copy over here and there are no longer copies available from the company!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

1 november 2012 scrapbook challenge ...

Hallowe'en has just passed - and it is time to get ready for Christmas - but wait - it is also time for our November 1 challenge!!

Our challenge this month is to:

 Scrap about your first job. If you have photos of you from that era, include one, or any other photo that is significant about that time. Include a bit of journaling if you like of your memories. Did you like it? Hate it? Were you nervous?
I don't have photos of my first job, but I do of my third - at the tender age of 17 or 18.  Always feel free to adapt to our challenges but keep in the same spirit as much as you can. 

This month we are playing for a chance to be randomly drawn as a guest designer along with our featured guest designer in January.

Lindy Gillespie

Out for publication!! Congratulations Sarah!!!

our winner of our September 2012 challenge and guest designer Margaret Walz

 and our featured guest designer Vibeke