Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR with our January challenge!!

(please note the winners of our December challenge will be posted soon)

Helloooooooo!! Happy new year! It is already the 1st here in Sydney :) One of the best things about living in this country is that we get to celebrate everything FIRST (almost ) . 

How exciting to be starting one more year. I hope you all have a good one and find some creative time. 

Now, let me present you with our new challenge and tell you 2 changes that will occur in 2014. 

First, we are extending the due date of the entries. Yes, instead of the 25 we are giving you some extra days to enter our challenges. The challenges will now end on the LAST DAY OF EACH MONTH. 

Secondly, we will also have a second reveal on the 15th of each month. Our HUGE team has been split into 2 smaller teams and we will show you even more inspiration on the 15th! 

So let me take a moment to THANK YOU all for your continued support of our blog here. I truly and honestly LOVE running this, even on the VERY BAD and BUSY days when I wish I stayed in bed LOL! I do it because of all of YOU, because of all the AMAZING artists that support me and my little dream here. I do it because of INCREDIBLE sponsors that donate a lot of prizes because they believe in OUAS and I do it because I have a lot of help now from Tracey, Val and Lizzy LOL :))) 

This month our BRAND NEW TEAM also makes their first appearance  :))


Journalling Theme: "Lesson learnt..." 

You are free to interpret our theme ANY WAY you like. It is for your inspiration and this theme word DOES NOT need to be part of your title or journalling. But please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes journalling (hidden journalling is fine). Acceptable journalling is MORE than just a sentence, or generic writing such as date/place etc. It needs to be present and at least 3 lines long. Remember, hidden journalling (under a photo/tag or behind your page) is perfectly fine but please DO let us know in your post where your journalling is! 

Please help me welcome our winner from November, the lovely...

Rachael Funnell (Australia)

HELLO! my name is Rachael Funnell,I live in on the outskirts of Cowra NSW with the man of my dreams/husband Jason,been together with this man for 18 years now (married for 10) We have 2 absolutely eautiful children Ethan (11) & Chloee (9)..... I just adore all of my family members!But! we all need a little me time right! & for me I like nothing more than to sit in my scrapping room to create & preserve those precious memories I’ve had with them..I have been scrapbooking for just over 6 years now & am still loving it!!

SUPER HAPPY to be the guest designer for January... Thank you to Nadia & the team for having me...

 Now here is what our Design Team came up with. Please click on their blogs for more details on their creations. I am sure they would love to hear from you !!!

Yuko Tanaka (Japan)

Zaneta Glowa (Sweden)
(Journaling is documented on a tag behind the photo)

Elena Olinevich (Belarus)

Ana Paula Leal (Brazil)
journaling Grace Lyrics by Jeff Buckley

Daria Pneva (Russia) 

Georgia Heald ( Australia)
*Hidden journaling on the back of the layout

Wilma Voermans (Switzerland)

Aida Domisiewicz (Poland)

Song Li (USA)

Val Thorpe (South Africa)

The winner of this challenge, as voted by the Design Team will be invited to come back in March as our Guest Designer. 
They will also win the main prize from our main sponsor for January which is..

Whichcraft do you do? Whichcraft offers unique laser cut wooden embellishments and items to alter.  Based in Australia, Whichcraft started as a hobby for Kerry and has now progressed to a zibbet store, youtube channel and facebook page. New designs and product developement are ongoing so there is always something new coming out. Stock is kept on hand so orders are packed and shipped quickly and efficiently and Kerry's customer service is second to none! Offering some custom cutting and flat rate international shipping worldwide Whichcraft has something for you, no matter Whichcraft you do!

Whichcraft has donated a minimum of AUS$40.00 prize pack with free postage to anywhere in the world for our January winner. 

Now here are some more AMAZING prizes donated by our wonderful permanent sponsors for 2014.

First up is our Facebook sponsor. Please don't forget to upload your entry to our Facebook Page HERE for your chance to win this price..

13arts is donating 10 colours of their gorgeous paint tubs , in your choice of colours, with free domestic and international postage. 

7 Dots Studio will donate a prize pack full of their product valued at US$50.00 with free domestic and international postage. 

The Flying Unicorn online store is donating a US$50.00 gift voucher to spend at their store !

2Crafty Chipboard is donating a chipboard pack to the value of AUS$50.00 with free domestic and international postage

Swirlydoos kit club is donating their monthly kit valued at US$36.50 with free domestic and international postage

Die-namites dies is donating a prize pack to the value of US$30.00 with free domestic and international postage

Lindy's Stamp Gang Store
Lindy's Stamp Gang is donating a US$20.00 gift voucher with free domestic and international shipping..

Scrappers Garden online store is donating a prize pack to the value of AU$20.00 with free domestic and international postage

Scrapbooking Fantasies is donating a ribbon pack  for 2 winners valued at over AU$10.00 each plus with free domestic and international shipping 

Wiff Of Joy stamps is donating 1 stamp set from the Stephanie Schütze Design collection stamps valued at  EUR14.90 with free domestic AND international postage. 

The deadline for this challenge is January 31st (Australian Eastern Standard Time - Sydney Time) 2014!!


  1. Gorgeous Reveal! Love the sketch and fabulous theme!

  2. Wow those layouts are mind blowing stunning.. what a great theme too.. will have to really think about this one... so many lessons in life I have learnt... Happy New Year OUAS!!

  3. Brilliant art from each of the DT members and a fab challenge to kick of the New Year :)

  4. Gorgeous work by the whole design team!

  5. What an amazing kick-start! Thank you so much for fabulous inspiration ladies! xox

  6. beautiful, beautiful work ladies! and special shout-out for Rachael for her lovely take on the sketch!

  7. oh my your DT inspiration is just amazing. Superb pieces of scrapping. Thank you for the great sketch. Happy New Year to the team.
    Ann xxx

  8. This is a beautiful sketch and the DT layouts are incredible. All three of us at Scrapstorian completed this one, it's great to see such different layouts from one sketch. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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