We are a papercraft challenge blog offering a monthly Main Challenge based on a Word and a Creative Challenge,

open to layouts, canvases and art journal pages. PLUS we host a word-based Mini Challenge

on the last week of each month for cards, tags and ATCs. There is definitely something for everyone!

16 August, 2017

Special Guest Spotlight on
SOLANGE MARQUES


We have another fabulous Guest Designer to showcase for you this month,
and we know that you will love her!


Solange Marques is a wonderful mixed media artist whose 
professional training and background show in all her creations!
She definitely knows how to tell a story through her art
and her way with paints and other mediums allow her
to create glorious masterpieces whether they be layouts,
canvas or art journal pages.  A true artist, she sure is!

Let's learn a little more about Solange through her own words:

Hi! My name is Solange Marques. I live in the South of Brazil and I've been in love with scrapbooking since 2004. I am married to John for over 33 years and have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. They are always present in my creations.

I graduated in Architecture and Fine Arts, and perhaps that explains my huge passion for paint and their constant presence in my projects. I worked in a bank as a jewelry appraiser for 27 years until last month, and today I am retired 
and I can now create full-time.

In my scrapbooking art, I love mixing techniques, mainly involving paints and textures (watercolor, acrylic paint, modeling paste, and a lot of mediums). 
I consider myself a mixed media artist and I love the artsy style!

You can visit Solange at the following links:
BLOG  -  FACEBOOK  -  INSTAGRAM


followed by the beautiful project that Solange has designed for us!





Read below as Solange describes in her own words how she was inspired
by our word and how she chose to incorporate our creative challenge:

I love the word HARMONY which to me means balance, proportion, agreement, 
and I have tried to incorporate these elements into my art journal pages. 

Music is one of my great passions. LYRICal music gives me peace and 
balance. In other words, it gives me harmony. All this is connected, 
and I tried to transmit these sensations in my project.

What gorgeous art journal pages Solange has created using watercolor, 
stamping and image transfer techniques.  The music notes 
are the perfect addition for our creative challenge and you can 
just feel the harmony that was involved in her entire creative process 
just by looking at her art journal spread.
 
Here are some close-ups of Solange's creation:






A big THANK YOU to Solange for joining us as our August Special Guest!

We hope that you will take inspiration from Solange's creation
and that you will play along with our August Main Challenge.

You have until August 31st to link up!


08 August, 2017

Announcing our July Winners!


It's the 8th of the month, and you know what that means!

We have got some WINNERS to announce!

First of all, let us thank you all who participated.  We love it that we can 
help you 'explore' your creativity with our challenges each month and 
that you inspire us in return with all your wonderful projects.  Every month, 
we feel blessed to have so many talented followers and participants!


Well, you won't have to wonder any longer because here they are...


MAIN CHALLENGE WINNER
(as voted by our DT)

Congratulations Aleksandra, you are the winner of our July Main Challenge!
Aleksandra, please contact Janene at janene(at)thescrapbookdiaries(dot)com
to claim your $50 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES.


RUNNERS UP
(as voted by our DT, in no particular order)

DEBBIE BURNS  (entry 35)
Debbie, please contact Helene at helene(dot)magenta(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from MAGENTA.


OLA KHOMENOK  (entry 22)
Ola, please contact Tracey at tracey(at)lindystampgang(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LINDY'S.


OCTANGULA  (entry 46)
Octangula, please contact Jen at dustyattic(at)bigpond(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.


ANNIE CARIGNAN  (entry 20)
Annie, please contact Nick at nick(at)7dotsstudio(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO.


RANDOM WINNERS
(selected via Random.org)


DENISE A  (entry 3)
Denise, please contact Camilla at camilla(at)majadesign(dot)nu
to claim your $25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN.


MICHELLE MATTIE  (entry 45)
Michelle, please contact Sue at marketing(at)cocoavanilla(dot)com(dot)au
to claim your $25 USD value prize from COCOA VANILLA STUDIO.


MYSTERY WINNER
(hand picked by our Admin team)

HEMA  (entry 29)
One cannot help but fall in love with this layout at first sight - such bright colors in a chaotic yet gorgeous composition over a dark background and so many details to admire!  We loved Hema's story behind her choice of photo. It depicts a holy shrine in her country of India to which many pilgrimage every year.  With her colourful layout, Hema explored and paid beautiful homage to her country.

Hema, please contact Tanya at fabrikadecoru(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU.


MINI CHALLENGE WINNER
(as voted by our DT)

Irit, please contact Jen at dustyattic(at)bigpond(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.


Lastly, here are a few HONOURABLE MENTIONS who have not made it 
into our Top 5, but who received a high number of votes from our DT:

RETO  (entry 33)
ANAT WEKSLER  (entry 41)
LYDIA GUIJT  (entry 31)
MARTINA STOYCHEVA  (entry 14)
ANNA MARKOVSKA  (entry 51)
TOURNELINE  (entry 23)
ESTER  (entry 53)


Congratulations to all our winners
and again a huge THANK YOU to all our participants!

We encourage all you merit winners, honourable mentions and participants
whose project was featured on our Facebook page throughout the month
to grab your badge from our left sidebar and proudly display it on your blog.

To learn more about all our wonderful and generous sponsors,
click on the SPONSORS tab above.

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is currently underway and we hope that you will join in!
Link up your project by August 31st at 11:59 pm EST.



01 August, 2017

August 2017 Main Challenge
HARMONY & SONG LYRICS


Are you ready for our August Main Challenge?!

We know that you will love it and so we hope 
that you will play along in large numbers!


Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.
The challenge is open to layouts, canvases and art journal pages only.
Make sure to carefully read our instructions below.

Word Inspiration - HARMONY
Creative Challenge - SONG LYRICS

What does the word HARMONY inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project 
or simply be inspired by it.  Since, as you are aware, words are 
an integral part of our challenges, we want to know how 
this month's word stimulated your creative process, 
so please do explain in your blog post how it inspired you!

We all enjoy music and are inspired by it! The lyrics of a favorite
song flow through our head and evoke strong emotions,
whether they be happy or sad, uplifting or nostalgic.
There's a song for every mood.  So take any SONG LYRICS
from a tune that inspires you and add them to your project!

VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER ABOUT MTW RULES!
To be eligible to win, you have to incorporate both requirements of the challenge, 
the word inspiration and the creative challenge.
Just look at our designers' projects and descriptions as examples.
You must also include our board image as well as a link to our blog in your entry post.  AND you may combine our challenge with no more than 2 other challenges.

Please check out all our challenge rules in the RULES tab above.


Now let's see what our amazing DT have come up with
to showcase this month's word and incorporate the creative challenge!




Valerie: Since my son was born, I try to live in HARMONY with myself, with him and with the fact that I will never be alone again. I used the technique of image transfer to add some music notes on my background. I added the words 'love you' because I was inspired by the song 'I Will Always Love You' by Whitney Houston
and its truly beautiful LYRICS.


Anguree: I was inspired by my current favorite song, 'Something Like This' by Coldplay and the Chainsmokers.  The SONG LYRICS describe how the guy doesn't think that he fits the criteria of heroes like Superman, Batman or Hercules, but she tells him she needs no hero. She just needs someone to turn to and someone she can kiss. There is something really special about having that person in your life and living in HARMONY for many years. As in any good composition, it's granted that the tune needs adjusting at times, but all in all it's about working together,
being there for one another, and celebrating true love.


Elena: I find HARMONY in many things: architecture, art and Yoga. I tried to combine all these things in my canvas. In my creative process, I often include pleasant music to listen to while I create - it makes my creativity flow and brings me inspiration.
This time I listened to the beautiful SONG 'Stay Wild' by Beau.
I used the title of the song as the title of my canvas.


 Kavitha: I love rain - the sound, the smell. Everything about it makes me feel so fresh and joyful. It keeps me in HARMONY with nature.  I incorporated the creative challenge on my page by using LYRICS from one of my favorite rain songs by Tamil.


AGA BARANIAK
Aga: In my mind, a human being should experience pain, suffering, happiness and peacefulness. They not only provide our existence with HARMONY and balance, but also show that all things in our lives happen for a reason. People help people.  The SONG 'People help the people' by Birdy inspired me to create this art 
journal page to illustrate these sentiments.


LILIBLEU
Lilibleu: For the HARMONY theme, I chose a picture of my son on which he is all smile - so happy, in pure harmony with himself. I also put the word directly on my page. For the SONG LYRICS challenge, I opted to use as the title the name of a very famous French song 'Y'a d'la joie', performed by Charles Trenet, which perfectly illustrates the joy of my photo.


CAROLINE ELLIAM

 Caroline: I always find my own HARMONY in Summer! I feel so much better under the sun than under the snow. For that reason, I chose the song 'Summer Paradise' from my favourite Canadian band, Simple Plan, adding a few of its LYRICS 
on my page as journaling.


DI GARLING
 Di: I have based my layout on my two grandchildren.  They are so very different in so many ways, yet they always get on so well... in perfect HARMONY. 'Ebony and Ivory', just like the Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder SONG, 
sums them up perfectly. I love them both so much.


HEATHER MCMAHON
 Heather: I rarely ride bikes so the word reminded me of the time when I surprised myself by really enjoying this particular ride. I felt surprisingly in HARMONY with the bike and my beautiful surroundings. The LYRICS to 'Bicycle Race' were perfect for my page, plus the band Queen has the most amazing musical harmonies ever!


NICOLE DOIRON
Nicole: I have been wanting to scrapbook this theme for a while now, and what better opportunity than with this challenge. I have been a huge fan of Tori Amos for many years, and her music never ceases to inspire me. The word HARMONY made me think of her kinship with her piano - she actually normally has two on stage with her and even plays them both at the same time! Picking LYRICS from just one song for the creative challenge would have been an impossible choice as I have so many favourites, so I used a collage of some of her most memorable lines. In my opinion, there is just no other songwriter like her - she is one of a kind!


 Heike: What is HARMONY for me? It's living together peacefully. This is something that we can learn from our children, the harmony between people with different skin colour, or the harmony in the music, a great example being on the piano.
These LYRICS from Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney "Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony" were my inspiration for this challenge.


JANICE NICHOLLS
 Janice: For the challenge this month, I was inspired to scrap this gorgeous photo of Sarah and Callum, taken on their wedding day. HARMONY is pure love, young love oozing goodness and joy. They are so in love and so happy together. To watch them on their special day gave us butterflies. They danced their first 
wedding dance to the song 'Better Together' by Jack Johnson. 
The SONG LYRICS are printed onto the background.


MARY CATT
 Mary: The word brought to my mind something I used to do as a kid and I still try to do now as an adult. I love to stay up late during Summer nights to stare at the stars.  I still try to count them, thinking how could I ever reach them! On those nights, I'm having a feeling of absolute HARMONY. For the creative challenge, I chose to use LYRICS of the 'Serenade' song by the Steve Miller Band 
which was one of my favorites back in the day.


TORSA SAHA
Torsa: HARMONY means mutual understanding. I find harmony in love, in a very special relationship where one trusts the other person blindly for a lifetime. It is when I know that the person will be behind me always in case I fall, and no matter what happens, he will be there always. I have portrayed that type of harmonious love through my layout, with my favorite SONG, Celine Dion's 'My Heart Will Go On'.


What wonderful inspiration from our most amazing DT
- a very harmonious group, we must add!


And now, on with the prizes...


All our prizes include free international postage!

MAIN CHALLENGE WINNER
(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from 13ARTS
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

Here is more information about this month's 1st place sponsor:
13arts is a Polish manufacture specializing in scrapbooking papers, artistic mediums, microbeads, stencils and a variety of embellishments for scrapbooking and mixed media. 13Arts was established by Aida Domisiewicz aka Ayeeda over 3 years ago and it was the first company in the scrapbooking industry which put together under one brand all basic products needed for mixed media art - over 50 colors of mists, inks, water and acrylic paints, acrylic mediums, heavy gesso perfect for paper crafts, microbeads and more.  All our products, made in Poland, are of top quality and low prices.  We are innovative, unique and cooperate with the best designers 
and stores all over the world.


4 RUNNERS UP
(as voted by our DT, in no particular order)

$25 USD value prize from PION DESIGN


$25 USD value prize from SCRAP & CRAFT


$25 USD value prize from LEMONCRAFT
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

$25 USD prize package from 2CRAFTY CHIPBOARD
(image below is for illustration purposes only)


2 RANDOM WINNERS
(picked at random from all eligible entries)

$25 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET
(image below is for illustration purposes only)


$25 USD value prize from CUTS2LUV
(image below is for illustration purposes only)


MYSTERY WINNER
(hand picked by our Admin team - an entry not in our Top 5, 
but that has that special something that captured our attention)

$25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU


We are very grateful to all our generous sponsors for these fabulous prizes!
To learn about any of them, click on the SPONSORS tab above.

We are looking forward to seeing your entries into our
August Main Challenge HARMONY & SONG LYRICS!

Link up your projects using our LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by August 31st at 11:59 pm EST.