Saturday, 16 August 2014

Winners and an Announcment

Hi everyone!

Apologies it's taken so so long to  post who the winners of the last team challenge were - things have been crazy around here for a while now and when I say "here" I mean in the homes of all Scrapwhisperers! LOL

So firstly - the winners were..........


Stephanie chose the winning team and this is what she said:

"This is a tough one! But after looking at the layouts from all three teams I think my choice would be team number two!  I really liked all the layouts and was really impressed with all the progressions from layout to layout. Each layout has their own version of the background from my original layout and they each compliment their pages. It's pretty neat to me how it went from person to person with each of them leaving their own mark on how it was translated. Great job to all the ladies!  I also really like how the last layout was so much "calmer" than my layout, it really opened my eyes up to always considering that sometimes less really is more.That's a pretty neat challenge site"

So congratulations to team Rosey! Sadly there are no prizes on offer anymore but we hope you had fun playing the game.

Now onto the announcement. 

We've been thinking long and hard about the Scrawhisper site for sometime now. Fewer people have been visiting since we stopped offering prizes and doing weekly challenges, less people are actually finding time at the moment to scrapbook and although we tried to keep lots of posts happening on the site, life just gets in the way and it's pretty difficult thinking of new content to keep things interesting for our visitors. We rarely get comments on posts and we've not had many people signing up for the latest team game either - we have enough for about 1 and a half teams so far.

Scrapwhispers has been around for a number of years now and as you are aware has changed frequently to try and keep people interested. We have decided we don't want to lose all that history, but equally we cannot continue in the format we are with little feedback etc. We have no idea who is even reading this announcement! :)

So - on that basis we've thought long and hard and have decided that we will be taking a Summer break from Scrapwhispers. Everyone wants and needs to get out in the world to enjoy the summer sunshine whilst it is here, make lots of lovely memories and take huge volumes of photos - and then in the autumn when we are back everyone will have have lots of great things to scrap! :)

We're not defeated just yet - but we think a vacation will help us regroup, refocus and refuel!

Hope you all understand. If you have signed up for the new team game already your name stays on the list - See you in October!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Team Nilsa - Big Reveal

Sorry for the delay - technical issues! Today is the big reveal for Team Nilsa....

Remember the original layout?

Nilsa took it and replaced the background hearts with hexagons. She faux stitched with a pen through the centre and placed her small square photo on the top right of her page. She added some embellishments and stars and added a two word title to the bottom of the photo. 
My Love by Nilsa

Next up was Karen - she kept the hexagon pattern to the back of her layout and stitched through the centre - she also embellished with stars and kept the photo square, mounted on red and to the top right of the page. She added a two word title and some stickers. The layout is very similar to Nilsa's. 

So Serious by Karen 
Then was the turn of Sherri - she changed the background hexagons to squares with content each each of them with a cabin / camping theme. She increased the size of her photo and placed it landscape on her page. She embellished with tree's and added a two word title under her photo. 

Cabin Fever by Sherri
Next up was Sarah and we see the reintroduction of stars in the background of the layout. She moved her photo down the page to the centre slightly and kept a two word title but slanted it slightly. She added some embellishment with images and a star with some journalling in. 

Cool Man by Sarah 
Next was the turn of Terry and she continued with the star theme, but squished them more to the centre of her page. She added a border either side of the stars and a strip of paper down one side. She returned to a smaller square photo and kept it in the centre of her page. She added a title to the top left of the page and some journalling strips along the bottom. 

Starman by Terry
 Finally it was the turn of Natascha - she increased the size of her photo once more but matted it on black like Terry did. She kept the border strips and stars but reduced the stars in number and embellished with gems. She added some flowers to the top of the photo and a strip of paper down the right hand side of her page. She added some strips of journalling on the bottom but in a line, not staggered as Terry had done.

Fasching in der firma by Natascha

Sign up for the next round

It's that time again! 

Want to play the next game?

Then all you have to do is email Georgina:

with your name and email address

Friday, 1 August 2014

Flash Back Friday - Karry Weaver

This Friday we caught up with a previous DT member.. Karry Weaver! She was on our DT from October 2008 until July 2010!

This is what she had to say.....

Things for us just in the past year have been immeasurably crazy. Last fall my oldest daughter went off to college. Then in March my son left for the Navy. And now here it is May and we’ve moved into a new house. This is just all par for the course for us though. Having four kids makes life all the time exciting.

I haven’t scrapped in about a year now. A while back I started an Etsy store making wedding invitations. I also was making them for a few local wedding shops. Now I look back and that was just a bad idea. It took all the fun out of paper. It didn’t take long and I wasn’t scrapping at all. Just invitation after invitation. (And programs and save the dates and the occasional banner. Lol)

Moving the past few weeks though. Packing up all my scrappy stuff has really really got me hankering to do some scrapping. (Just a note amount how much scrap junk I have…My entire kitchen took 12 boxes to pack up…my scrapbook junk took 9. Ridiculous?)

I started scrapping right after my youngest kiddo was born…she is almost 9 now. So I've been scrapping eight years or so! Time flies! I need to get back into it.

And albums…gosh. I know exactly how many there are. I just unpacked them all! They are HEAVY when they are packed into boxes.  I have eight hugely overstuffed 12X12 albums and six - 8.5X11 albums. Then there are more mini albums and scrap journals than I’m able to count. Then I also have a 13 inch tall box mostly full of pages that I just don’t have room for in albums.

I loved loved loved all the scrap whisper challenges. I can’t for the life of me narrow down what challenge was my favourite -  How lame, I know. I just know I want to play again so badly. I look forward to playing along with some new challenges soon!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Team Rosey

Hi again everyone! Today I'm delighted to share with you the layouts from Team Rosey! 

Here is a reminder of that cool layout we had to scraplift from:

Hello Handsome by Stephanie Buice
First up was Rosey - she did a great job in keeping the layout very near to the original. She switched the heart background up a bit and added in stars and flowers too, but still stitched through the middle of them.  She stitched a border around the edge and layered a cluster of cards, stars, hearts and stickers on the left of the page. She used one square photo and added some hearts on either side as well as a fancy photo corner.

75th by Rosey D

 Next up was Nora and she gave her layout a Disney theme! She switched the flowers in the background for Mickey Mouse ears and drew on faux stitching with a pen. She kept the hearts and stars across her page as embellishments and added some gems in the same places as Rosey did too. She kept a square photo and moved her title to a box.
Feel the Magic by Nora M
 Next up was Angie who made a boy themed page. She took away the hearts in the background instead adding circles, hexagons, triangles, cogs, and zig zag patterns. She stitched through these too but rather than stitching around the whole of the outside of the page she stitched a small section on each side. She kept the paper layering and a square photo to the top right of the page and added a heart near her title which she incorporated together.
Love you boys by Angie O
 Susi was next and she took a different view of the layout. She brought back hearts which she placed along the bottom edge of her page and added rows of different embellishments instead (buttons, gems). She changed her photo to be a standard portrait size and layered it on top of paper which she also layered with stickers. Her title was placed to the bottom right of the photo.

Love you to the moon by Susi G
 Stephanie B was next to step up to the scraplifting plate. She moved her title to the bottom edge of the page in place of the hearts. She changed the gems and buttons to a line of handwritten journalling and added some stickers in straight lines to the top of the page. She didn't layer any papers but instead used colour blocking which she added her landscape style photo to.

Berlin by Stephanie B
 Finally it was the turn of Anamarie who kept the colour blocking theme - she switched back to a portrait style photo and made it larger, moved her title to the left of her page and added some flags for embellishments. The stars made a comeback too in a straight line to the top right of the page. She kept with the travel theme too.

Yosemite by Anamarie

So there we have it! Two teams down - one more to go! Come back tomorrow to see what team Nilsa have to share.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Team Georgina - Big Reveal

It's that time again! Big reveal time! I have to say that we've had great fun with this original layout from Stephanie Buice, so many techniques to play with and such a fun vibrant layout. 

Hello Handsome - by Stephanie Buice

Georgina took a go first - she increased the sizes of the hearts in the background and created faux stitching with her biro pen. She replaced the paint splatter with some gems but kept the cluster towards the left of the layout with a heart, star and square card.  She kept to one photo and added some stickers and layers to the photo. She added faux stitching around the outside of her page and kept quite close to the original. 

Chicken Yoga - by Georgina Hefferman
 Next up was Nora N. She moved to a blue card stock and replaced the hearts with a sequence of patterned paper circles instead. She scattered stars over the page for her embellishment and added tape instead of photo corners. She added 5 more photos and made them smaller but still put them in a frame. She added a pink frame around one of the photos and kept the placement of the title.

of her own Show - by Nora Noll 
 Then it was the turn of Alexis who decided to create a digital layout.  She kept the circles in the background but made them smaller and increased the size of space inbetween them.  She reduced the number of photos down to one again and added a frame with some buttons on each corner. She journalled on her page in a bracket shaped journalling spot. She split her title down one side and across the bottom of her photo.

Duck Goose by Alexis H
Following this was the turn of Jenn K.  She kept the circles on her background but this time spread them across the page more. She switched the journalling up by adding a tag and musical embellishments but keeping them in the bottom left side of her page. She kept one photo and slanted this slightly, moving her title entirely to the left of the photo. She layered this on top of patterned paper and with some stickers over the top.

Follow the leader by Jenn K 
 Finally the layout was passed to Amanda K. She kept the circles in the background of her page but made them all different sizes to create a muted background. She flipped the template of the layout too and moved her photo to the left of her page, the title to the right and the journalling she reduced in size and moved to the bottom right of the page. She brought back the stars too adding one to the corner and two strips along the top and bottom.  The photo was layered on top of patterned paper and everything kept straight.

Hello Grandma - by Amanda K

There we have it - quite a transformation don't you agree? Come back tomorrow to see Team Rosey's layouts!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Sneak peek

Just a little teaser from one of my team's LOs. Can you guess who?