Wednesday, 23 October 2013


ARTastic is looking for monthly Guest Designers for 2014 and a yet to be determined number of Creative Team members.   Could this be you?

I don’t care if you have been scrapping for 8 months or 8 years or where you live in this big wide world of ours.  I don’t care what your style is or how much design team experience you may or may not have and I don’t even care if you use paper or your computer to create your work.  Everyone is welcome to apply!
What I do care about is your passion for the craft and your commitment to being part of the ARTastic team - be it for a one month guest slot or for many months as a team member.
I would ask you to create one layout/project per month using the inspiration and criteria provided.
I would ask for your commitment to post your work with a link to ARTastic on your blog/FB once your work has been revealed on the blog and promote us when and where you can.
I would ask for your commitment to comment on all entries as they are submitted for each challenge.
At the end of the month I will ask you to submit your votes for the winning entries.
You will need to have an active blog and it would be preferred if you are on FB so you can access our private group where we interact with each other.
Initial term for new Creative Team members will be 1st January to 30th June 2014 and will in all likelihood be extended.  Guest Designer positions will be allocated on a monthly basis throughout 2014.

Please email your interest to by November 6th, 2013 indicating if you are applying for a team position or for a guest designer spot - please include a link to your blog and a little about yourself. 

Monday, 21 October 2013

Introducing Helena Reinedahl ...

our second guest designer for October with her lovely take on our challenge this month ...

This is so very pretty - you forget how tiny those little hands can be !!

My name is Helena and I am a 35 year old librarian and I looove scrapbooking!

I live with my family (husband and three daughters aged 6 and 4 years and 4 months) in Sweden. Children, work, house and garden takes a lot of time, so scrapbooking is an essential hobby that helps me to relax. I also just love being creative and try to make beautiful things out of everything.

I began scrapping about 7 years ago, doing my wedding album, although I didn't realize it was scrapbooking I was doing... After that I got in touch with a scrapbooking group in my home town, and joined them for some time. I learned a lot during that time, but now I mostly scrap at home, late nights, when the kids are sleeping :)

I scrap in different ways, sometimes I'm only thinking about capturing that special moment when the photo was taken, sometimes I start with a sketch, some colours or a technique I want to use and then I pick some photos to match to the LO.

My scrapping styles are also different. Either lots of flowers in a sweet romantic style, or more rough with paint, colours, textures and masks. I like the clean and simple style but more often end up with "more is more". Favourites are alphas, masks, texture, flowers and vivid colours. I'm also almost in love with my Silhouette Cameo.

Thank you so much for letting me guest with you this month, my first GD assignment ever!

Here are some additional pages by Helena -

Welcome to ARTastic Helena.  We are delighted to have you join us on ARTastic this month.
Remember you have until 11.55pm on October 31st submit your entries.  We'd love to see your take on this challenge.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Winners and Grinners for September ...

It's time once again to announce winners from our previous challenge and also add some more monthly inspiration from our talented team.

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

and now onto our September winners
 another month of some totally delightful layouts so again a huge thank you to all who entered ...

Congratulations go to ...

  Cathie who has won a $25 gift voucher from Alacraft.
 Di who has won a lovely prize from Scrapbooking From Scratch.

 Chris Sexton who has won the Director's prize.

Random draw prize goes to Libby.

We would like to offer Margaret a guest designer spot for November.

Our Creative Team winner for September is the wonderful Helene who will receive a little RAK from me.

Well done everyone. If all these winners could please email me at with your postal details I will see your prize gets out to you.

AND NOW -  Some more October inspiration from our remaining creative team members ...
This memory jar came about when I spied a tiny nest that had been left on the ground at our place. It contained wool from my jumper, some of my hair and lots of my dogs. We leave little bird treats with these sorts of goodies out for them.

I added in some wooden stems and chipboard feathers.

I used a wooden camera and wooden person on my layout.

I have used bark from a birch tree and peacock feathers to create a new background for the photo of my daughter from when we visited Dairy Farm in Cornwall last year. The paper has wood panels pattern with birds and flowers so I have both real and fake wood and feathers on this page.
Using a wood veneer feather.
We'd love to see your interpretations of this inspiration this month - your project only has to include some wood OR feathers and these can be in any form.  Think wood veneer frames, arrows, speech bubbles, or use patterned paper in this theme - you could even just focus on outdoor photographs which contain trees ;)  
 Remember we happily accept all forms of paper crafting for your entry including digital and encourage 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 and/or colour challenge if you wish.  You have until 11.55pm on the last day of the month to submit your entry.

Next week we will be introducing you to the August winner of our guest designer spot, Helena Reinedahl.
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!!
Also stayed tuned for some exciting news concerning 2014 - details end of next week.


Monday, 7 October 2013

Introducing Deb Kupfer ...

our first guest designer for ARTastic for October with her amazing and truly inspiring take on this months challenge.

Hi! I’m Deb and super excited to be Guest Designing for this wonderful challenge blog.   I’ve been scrapbooking for quite a while now – around 13 years.  I look back on my earlier attempts at scrapbooking and can see how much it all has changed – scrapping styles – my style, but I still do love to go back through my older albums and enjoy the memories that they hold.  I love the idea that I can have such a great creative outlet for myself and know that in the years to come, my family will be able to enjoy the memories that I have kept for them.   I’d say my style is  “shabby/vintage” sometimes with a little bit of whimsy thrown in.    I love distressing, paints, mists, stains and generally getting messy on my layouts but I do love the pretties as well – the lace, the doilies and flowers.  I’ve had a heap of fun playing with this month’s challenge for ARTastic and would like to thank Jane for inviting me. 
Please visit me on my blog
Here are some more lovely examples of Deb's work ...

Welcome Deb.  We are delighted to have you join us.
Remember you have until 11.55pm on October 31st to submit your entries.  We'd love to see your take on this challenge.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

October on ARTastic ...

Oh my goodness it's October already.  Come on fess up ... who's already bought Christmas presents !!

This month we feature Salvation by Mia Taninaka.

Criteria - Wood and/or feathers (real or otherwise)
A little about Mia TaninakaThe little girl who once painted a forest all over her bedroom walls has grown up to be a wizard of fine line and expansive colour. Sydney born, Mia now lives and creates in the calm and elemental Bali. Painting predominantly with acrylics, watercolour and ink, Mia currently exhibits throughout Australia and Asia, always looking to expand her horizons. She likes to draw and paint on found wooden objects and panels, creating stunning colourful imaginative works inspired by her Japanese heritage and Australian roots.
We have some wonderful inspiration for you this month from our ever delightful creative team.

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on October 31st, 2013. We'd love to see your paper, digital, card or off the page submissions.  No back-dated submissions will be accepted and you may only combine with a sketch and/or colour/technique challenge.  Entries submitted which have been included in multiple challenges will not be considered for prizes.
Looking forward to seeing what you all create this month. 

Our first Guest Designer for October is the wonderfully talented Deb K .  Please call back next week to see her take on the challenge for this month.