Saturday, 15 June 2013

A slight change, more inspiration and some May winners ...

It seems our criteria this month might have been overly ambitious so in the interest of fair play and normal blood pressure !  I'm going to change the criteria for June slightly. To the current entrants and the ARTastic creative team I give extra big pats on the back for ingenuity and perseverance and thank you for your outstanding efforts in coming up with some amazing pages :)

So for the remainder of the month we will accept any entry that has at least 3 recycled items on it.  This is really easy to do - think product packaging, buttons, lace, clothing tags, shopping dockets, junk mail, cardboard from any box, coins, tokens, old birthday cards, pieces of fabric, twine, foil, scraps of paper, etc etc.

Why not have a closer look at what our first team members used on their layouts and now the inspiration from the second group shown below and perhaps use some of their ideas.

I used old clothing labels (tags), back of packaging, doily, buttons from old clothes, burlap, paper (and flower) is from the kids art project making recycled handmade paper (!!) and bakers twine from my kitchen. So really I only used a bought scrapbook page for my base.
My piece is a vinyl sample and I have used a children's book for the images. All the other elements are from the leftover stash.
I have used a brochure from our hotel, money I kept, tickets and a snippet of a map. There is some cork, hessian and an old doily too. The background is actually from the backing of a Prima Alpha pack, loved the words!
...using torch bulbs and string
I've used wallpaper in place of patterned paper, flowers cut from a vintage vinyl tablecloth, old buttons, lace and an old office invoice.

And now - our May winners and grinners ....

We'd also like to thank our two main sponsors this month, Peta from Scrapbooking From Scratch and James from Alacraft, for their generous support.

ARTastic followers can enjoy 20% off at Alacraft with discount code ARTS20.
Alacraft has free product giveaways every month. Please visit the site and enter your email address on the homepage or on the page indicated in the link and you will be automatically entered into the draw for $25 of free products for that month. People are welcome to enter as many months as they like, they just need enter their email address each time.
 Alacraft is a family business originating from an established bricks-and-mortar store and stocks a range of quality materials including lace, ribbon, yarn, scrapbooking supplies, stickers, iron-on motifs, quilting fabric, craft flowers and much more.
  Check out Alacraft today!


Scrapbooking from Scratch is an online scrapbooking site specialising in Designer Scrapbooking Kits but we carry many other scrapping products from NEW releases to those essential items we all need. My talented design team work with 1 -2 kits per month each to give you inspiration & ideas.

Please note my kits are never released on a set day of the month - just whenever I receive new stock so join my newsletter or connect with me on Facebook to get the latest release notifications and updates on blind challenges and monthly comps. 

Congratulations go to ...

Stephi who has won a $25 gift voucher from Alacraft.
Deb K who has won a lovely prize from Scrapbooking From Scratch.

Chris Sexton who has won the Guest Designer's choice prize from Tone-Lill
Lizzy Hill who has also won a small RAK - Tone-Lill loved both of your pages

 Random draw prize goes to Valerie.

We would like to offer Jackie Edwards a guest designer spot for July.

The Creative Team winner for May actually goes to me, Jane  - thank you team for your votes :)
The special prize for those who participated in our NSD celebrations and submitted an entry for May goes to Dale T.

Congratulations everyone.  Could the winners please email me at with your postal details and I will see your prize gets out to you.


We'd love to see more entries this month and since I've made it easier for all of you there are no excuses!!   Remember we happily accept all forms of paper crafting for your entry and encourage both digital and international submissions.  All we ask is that you create an original entry for our challenge although you are most welcome to combine with a sketch challenge if you wish.  You have until midnight last day of the month to submit your entry.

Next week we will be introducing you to last months winner of a guest designer spot,
Renee Johnson.
Don't forget - Each month we will be selecting someone from amongst our entries to be a guest designer for one of our upcoming challenges - it could be you!!


  1. Congrats to all our winners, & to all the marvellous new LO's from the DT's - excellent!

  2. Thanks you sooo much for the RAK...I'm really, really thrilled:):):) And congrats girls, for your wins:):):)...& Debi is spot on - the mid month reveal is FABBO!!!!

  3. Oh wow! thanks so much. Such gorgeous entries from everyone for the May challenge. And yes, loving all the fabulous DT layouts ..... very inspiring.

  4. im really happy that you like my layout, Thanks to all of you.
    Im away för holiday so I cant create for June the Challenge a lot.

  5. Jolly long post but worth reading. Congrats to everyone. Some real thinking out of the box this month with entries.