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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!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

announcing our guest designer for october 2012

I am so very pleased to announce our featured guest designer for October. 

Hello, I am Anupama Choudary from India. I am 39, married to an actor, and a SAHM to Saanvi (7) & Karishnu (5). Even though I did my Masters in Business Administration and trained in Interior Design, I found my true calling as a scrapbooker. I started scrapping in early 2010 and have since started my own home studio, Once Upon A Time, to make artist-edition scrapbooks and frames on order for local clients. I mostly stick to the shabby chic style for my studio orders. However, for my personal layouts I like to experiment with mixed-media. You can see my work at www.scrapbooksfromindia.com
Thank you, Anne, for inviting me to be a Guest Designer for October. I am honored to be a part of your design team.
Anupama - I am honoured to have you as part of our team!!! - Anne

Please remember also, that along with our featured guest designer each month, we will also have a winner picked randomly from our entries to be a guest designer. I think the best way for us to implement this new initiative is to have the winner guest DT in the month following the date the designer is announced.  Ie. if your name was chosen from amongst the entries for September, we would announce your name early October along with our prize winner and faves, and you would then guest design for us in November.  In that way, you can guest design for two challenges, one on the first, and one on the 15th instead of just one (the 15th) if you were to guest design in October.

Monday, September 24, 2012

monday's mentions 24 september 12

Our designer Mitra Pratt and past designer Sandi Taloumis are guest designing for Lessology this month.  The usual stunning work that I expect to see from all the girls who design here can be found a the link below:


Sunday, September 23, 2012

added incentive

Come on ladies - we have a respectful number of followers on this blog who have not been coerced to join in any way - yet we don't see you play along with our challenges!  So many blogs coerce lurkers to join the membership of the blog with prizes - but our followers have joined by choice.  Where are you - why don't we see you play along?  Do you play along at home without posting??? Don't keep it to yourself - we want to see your work and be inspired by it!

Are you shy because you do not think you create designer quality work??? That's not what this blog is all about.  We want to visit your blog, see how you interpret our challenges and sketches, know you and what makes your world tick.  Everyone inspires others in some way. And we are about fun and friendliness and encouragement for each others.

Do you create designer quality work and don't want to waste your energy on a blog that doesn't receive as much traffic as the top blogs??? Well, then, you are missing out on meeting a lot of very nice ladies here.  You are also missing out on opportunities to leave some honest memories for your children, families and friends when you are gone, or memoirs for yourself when you are old, because our challenge prompts encourage you to scrap some meaningful memories of your own from your past, but sometimes present life.  As scrappers we are prone so much more often to scrap the children etc. and not ourselves. We challenge you to leave a legacy of YOU. And, if you started playing along, this blog would increase in traffic which would increase your own traffic on your blog.  Increasing our numbers will increase yours.

Added to the reasons you should play along here is that our 15th of the month challenges are very free and open - all you are required to do is interpret the sketch - that's it! No prompt, no rule that you can't combine it with other challenges, you are only required to have some fun with it.  This allows you to play along with other challenges, which again will increase your traffic and give you opportunities to be inspired by others!!

So, what is going to make you play along with us besides what I have written above???? I cannot offer you a million dollars.  I can't afford large kits and the shipping prices around the globe.  My incredibly captivating personality has not fascinated you so far ... :). So how about the opportunity to be a guest designer and be featured all the next month that you have played along??????  We will continue with our invited feature designers, and also randomly choose amongst participants one player to be a guest designer every month.

If this opportunity does not entice you to play along - drop me a line at anne.pennington@xplornet.com to tell me what will.

So - ladies who have already played along this month - your name will be entered into a draw to be a winning guest designer next month along with our featured designer for every one of your entries. Those of you who have yet to enter will have the same opportunity when you do submit an entry this month for either or both of our challenges. Every entry gives you a chance!

Happy Sunday!!! Come play with us!!!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

monday's mentions 17 sep 2012

Our designer Kim Price and one of our participants in our challenges Anupama Choudary were winners for August at Once Upon a Sketch.  Congratulations ladies!! You can see Kim's creations here on the design team, and you can look forward to seeing more of Anupama's unique style here soon!

I was in Toronto yesterday at the World's Biggest Book Store and treated myself to a new (to me) magazine called Art Journaling and was delighted to see that our guest designer for July Stephanie Sch├╝tze had written an article which featured her work for the issue that I purchased.  Beautiful creative work!! 

If your work has been mentioned elsewhere, or published - please let me know so that I can feature you in this posting each Monday.  You can contact me at anne.pennington@xplornet.com.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

faves and winner for august 2012 challenges ...

Our faves for our challenges this past month were:

and our winner of two SEI word albums was:

See her entry above.

Wiosanka - please send me your mailing address at anne.pennington@xplornet.com!!

Congratulations ladies - thanks for such awesome entries, and PLEASE play along again with our challenges.  We love to have you here and be inspired by your work!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

15 september 2012 sketch challenge ...

Here is this month's sketch challenge:

Scrap about whatever subject you would like to along with this sketch.  This month we are playing for another word album by SEI and a chance to be chosen as one of the faves by the design team.

our guest designer Screppa

Just link your entry on the right.  We can't wait to see how you interpret this sketch!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

faves and winner coming this weekend

Hi scrappers - this is even later than usual - sorry - but my computer completely died, and I've just bought a new one yesterday.  I am busy moving over files from my back up.  Hubby didn't want all my stuff temporarily downloaded to his computer, so I've been patient.

I will soon be caught up on my file restoration ...

Monday, September 3, 2012

monday's mentions

Oh my gosh - we have so many friends that we are proud of this week.

I opened the latest issue of Scrapbook Magazine and found that our guest designer for August, Paula Flavia was published in issue No. 66!!

Margaret Walz was a winner over at Kraft it Up for her entry for July!!

Billy-Jean Beveridge was a winner of the Reach challenge over at Bird is the Word.

Vibeke Harila was a winner over at Once Upon a Sketch for their July challenge.

Lastly, I heard that our designer Kim Price is guest designer over at the Scrapbook Store. Wow, quite an honour, and if the Scrapbook Store was smart, they'd keep her on for the regular design team.  If they don't, someone else will scoop her up ... I'm glad we did!!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

1 september 2012 challenge

September is back to school in North America – scrap about a teacher or someone who inspired you, believed in you, helped you in some way.  If you have a photo of them, use it.  If not place a photo of you or something else that is representative of how they inspired you. This month we are playing for another word album by SEI and a chance to be chosen as one of the faves by the design team.

Removed for publication - 
Congratulations Sarah!!!


our guest designer Screppa

coming this evening - our new challenge

Good morning everyone.  My computer died a horrible death two nights ago, which has delayed our next reveal.  It will be up early evening today by 8 PM EST. 

The design team has made some lovely designs - it will be worth waiting for!!!