Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Welcome to our second guest ...

Say Hello to Christel Overgaard, our second guest designer for October with her beautiful layout inspired by our artwork this month.

Hello!  My name is Christel Overgaard and I live in southern Sweden near the sea. I am retired and love it. About 12 years ago I came into contact with scrapbooking and it has developed into a great interest and a wonderful hobby. I have a big family and it´s my big motivation when I do the layouts, I fill binders to all the children and grandchildren. Therefore, I mostly do layouts, but some cards will also be made when needed. I like to photograph, I am a member of a photo club and it is a good combination with scrapbooking.

I like to interpret drawings and pictures and participate in many challenges each month. I probably can ot say I have any particular style, but like to challenge myself with new things. I get inspiration by looking around at all the talented scrapbookers and websites. 

I am so glad to be a guest on ARTastic this month and hope that I can inspire others. Thanks!

Please visit my blogg 

Thank you so much for joining us during October Christel - your work is just beautiful.

There is still time to play along with us at ARTastic this month - some lovely prizes on offer and as the saying goes "you have to be in it to win it"!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Welcome to our first October guest ...

Kim Ewins with her take on our inspiration artwork this month.  This page is just gorgeous - so soft and beautiful and I love the photo Kim has used!
 I was inspired by the blues in the background.

Hi all,

My name is Kim Ewins. My hubby, Roy & I have 8 children.....No it's not a blended family.....they are all ours and we have a TV. (You would not believe how often people say this to me!!!!) I first began scrapbooking back in 2006, after the birth of my last child. I have had the pleasure of being part of some fabulous online Design Teams & have also been privileged to have helped in the classrooms & also taught at both the Melbourne & Brisbane Scrapbooking & Papercraft Expo’s back in 2012- 2013. I have also taught at Joy’s Paperworks annual Scrapbooking Day which is held in Young & also at the Cootamundra Scrapbooking Day.

Current Design Teams-

My previous Design Teams include-
Scrap Around the World (mid 2013- 2015),
Tresors de Luxe
CSI (color, stories, inspiration)
Scrap the Boys
Stuck Sketches
Heart & Soul Artists.
I have also been published in Scrapbooking Memories.
My style….hmmm? I love layers, mixed media, stamping, neutral & pastel colours, and buttons….sometimes shabby, sometimes grungy.

I would like to thank Jane for inviting me to be the October 2015 Guest Designer for the ARTastic Challenge Blog.

My blog address is -

Some more of Kim's gorgeous work ...

Thank you for joining us this month Kim.  The pleasure has been all ours!

Remember ....

You still have time until the end of the month to upload your own take on this challenge.  All details are on the blog sidebar. We'd love to see what you can do with our inspiration this month.

Next week as a special treat we will have Christel Overgaard, join us as our second guest designer for October with her take on our inspiration.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Our mid October reveal ...

Welcome to our mid month reveal.   We are working with this beautiful painting by E Phillips Fox called The Green Parasol (1912).

CRITERIA this month is VINTAGE style

This vintage layout is of my maternal great grandmother who passed away 45 years before I was born. I used this photo because I love the outfit, the hair do, and the formal setting of the photos of that time. It always makes me think of times long gone, which is the same effect I have when I look at the inspirational artwork. I’m so happy that I can combine my love of scrapbooking with my love of family history as I have done here. The lady in the painting looks so relaxed and casual, unlike my lady, but the idea of my great grandmother being surrounded by flowers pleases me. “The Green Parasol” also inspired my colour scheme.

This was a really beautiful painting! In my card I was inspired by the soft colors and the beautiful flowers.

I was inspired of the green in the picture, the dress and flowers. I tried to go a bit romantic with the feel of my page.  The photo is an old one of me when I did my graduation 1994!

 I was inspired by the colours in the painting.

I was inspired by the beautiful flowers in this painting and I've added in some small vintage style embellishments and fabric to complete my page.

and another layout from me this month

I loved the soft green the artist used in this painting - it just makes the scene feel so peaceful.  A perfect colour to use for this double page wedding spread. 

Now it is your turn, we'd love to see what you can do ...

 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 a new entry for our challenge and you are most welcome to combine with a maximum of two additional challenges.  We offer two prizes determined by team vote and one other prize purely chosen by random draw - so anyone can be a winner regardless of style or level of experience.  You have until 11.55pm on the last day of the month to submit your entry.

Please pop back on the 22nd when we introduce you to our October guest designer, the very talented  Kim Ewins.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

October 3T's and some September winners ...

I will be announcing our September winners shortly but first I would like to introduce you to our next edition of Tips, Tricks and Techniques for 2015 - this month presented by team member Wendy O'Keefe.

Hello Scrapbooking Friends,
It’s Wendy here today to give you some tips on how to incorporate ephemera or paper memorabilia in your digital layouts. There are many ways to use memorabilia on traditional layouts – in memory pockets, in envelopes, glued to the page, etc., but it’s not always immediately obvious how to do it on a digital page.
My first tip is to keep any bits of paper that remind you of an enjoyable experience. It could just be a tatty ticket, or an advertising brochure, which may appear to be insignificant at the time but you will be amazed at how much they can jog your memory when it comes time to journal your experience. You will often find that, far from insignificant, you can incorporate some parts of the memorabilia in your layout.

I kept this advertising flyer as a prompt for my journaling.

I actually ended up using it as a main component of my layout when it turned out that I hadn’t taken any good photos to scrapbook. I’ve used the flyer to show you three different techniques of how you can use it on your digi page.
First, I’ve just used the actual flyer as a photo on the page. I did this by scanning the flyer, saving it in photo format, and adding it to my layout. This is probably the easiest way to use the flyer and, as you can see, the journaling is the hero on this page.

Second, I’ve extracted the picture from the flyer and used it as an embellishment on my page. After removing the background I added a 3D edge and a shadow to the picture of the puppets.

Finally, I’ve made the picture of the puppets and integral part of the background. This I did by enlarging the embellishment I created for my second layout, removed the 3D edge and the shadow, and softened the edge instead. Then I changed the opacity of the altered picture to around 80% (so it would blend in better) and flattened it against the background paper.

Now I have a layout to remind me of a fabulous experience, even though I didn’t manage to get any photos at the time.
Thanks for taking the time to read my tips and techniques.


Thank you Wendy - this is such a clever technique and is really very effective.

and now onto our September winners .....

Thank you everyone for playing along with us last month - we had some really fabulous entries and it was incredibly difficult to come up with our voted upon winners. 

 Regina Chandler is our winner of the prize pack from Flourish with a Bling. 

Haley Hamblin is our winner of the prize pack from Mystical Scrapbooks.

Our random draw winner of a lovely prize donated by myself is #12 - Giorgia Rossini

Giorgia Rossini for Paper House

Congratulations ladies.

Could the winners please contact me with their postal details.  You have until the announcement of the winners for next  month to do so. Don't forget to grab our winners badge from the sidebar.  Could I just remind everyone that while we welcome you combining with other challenges our limit is two - so ours plus two others only and this includes items you may have done as part of a DT.

Our Creative Team highlight from last month is Mary.  She will receive a little surprise something from me.

Don't forget to enter this month's ARTastic challenge.  All the details are in the left sidebar. Remember you have until the end of the month to submit your entry.

Please pop back on the 15th when we will have more delightful team inspiration to show you. 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

October on ARTastic ...

and another month rolls on through .. Welcome to October!

This month we hope to inspire you with this beautiful painting by E Phillips Fox called The Green Parasol (1912)

CRITERIA this month is VINTAGE style

A little about Emanuel Phillips Fox 

Born in Melbourne in 1865 to a legal based family, he first studied art at the National Gallery School in Melbourne before moving to France and England between 1887 and 1892 to study. He spent time at the magical destinations of Etaples and Giverny, as well as St Ives, the open-air painting hub of England. Returning to Australia, in 1893 he took over the lease of Charterisville in Heidelberg, and created a studio in which he taught outdoor painting techniques in the summers. Fox also co-established the Melbourne School of Art, which proved serious competition for the National Gallery of Victoria school over the 1890s. Having taught for nearly a decade, during which his portraits were in demand, Fox left for England in 1901, and lived in Paris from 1905 to 1913. He and his wife Ethel Carrick Fox made many brilliantly-coloured impressionist studies of beaches, striped bathing tents and markets in France and North Africa; of all the work of Australian artists of the period, the Foxs’ paintings look the most French. In 1913 he returned to Australia, marking the occasion with an exhibition of some seventy works. Fox passed away in 1915 from cancer.

And now some inspiration from the first of our team ...


I was inspired by the garden and the soft, romantic colours. I utilised lots of vintage elements to pretty up this container for my scrapping flower supplies.

I took my inspiration from the lady and the flowers in the painting and the soft tones.


To create my background I have stuck lace and a doily to my page and then used gesso over the top
of my whole page to blend them into my background. I then stencilled a doily stencil with modelling
paste and finally I used green and brown spray mist as inspired by the painting.  I finished my page with my photo backed onto vintage papers which I distressed.

This month I took inspiration from the colours, the flowers and the little black dog.

I chose to create a romantic layout using papers and embellishments with a vintage look.


I loved the soft feel of this artwork and it's setting within a garden with lots of beautiful blooms in evidence which I have tried to replicate on my page.  This is a gorgeous vintage photograph of my Aunt when she was 3 years old and I totally love everything about it - from the bow in her hair to the little shoes on her feet.

And now it is your turn ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on October 31st, 2015.  We'd love to see your new paper, digital, mixed media or off the page entries. Why not try doing a pocket page spread?  Please no back-dated submissions.  

 You may combine our challenge with a sketch and a product/technique challenge (so two additional challenges).  Please include our inspirational picture and challenge details on your blog post as well as provide a link back to us at ARTastic  ... and don't forget to tell us how you were inspired by our challenge.  

You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation.  International entries are very welcome. 

Please pop back on the 8th for The ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques brought to you this month by Wendy O'Keefe. 

Our September winners will also be announced at this time so please make sure you call past.