Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Helen's September Create Your Own Background Challenge

Another month has just flown by and another month is starting anew with another brand new challenge here at Scrap-It-Lah.  This month,  we are pleased to announce that our in house DT - Helen has come up with another brilliant challenge for you. Before we get to the challenge,  here are some information on Helen for you.

My name is Helen Tilbury & I live in Durban, South Africa, with my scrap-tolerant husband Shane & our four children – Chelsea (18), Jack (16),Reilly (13) and Cami (11). I love all things paper-related and am also a keen photographer. I’ve been paper-crafting for 8 years now am showing no signs of stopping any time soon! In fact I have enough stash to start a store so I’m going to be scrapping the rest of my life just to get my money’s worth out of it.

When I’m not taking photos, scrapbooking or blogging I’m doing stuff with the kids, taking them to their activities; extra lessons, sports matches or  sleepovers! I love connecting with other bloggers from all over the world love that I have a huge bunch of online friends ; hope to travel the world one day and visit them all. When I’m not pursuing my passions or doing my “mum” job I love to relax with a magazine ; eat a delicious meal prepared by my hubs, who is a great chef…yes! I’m a lucky girl!!

Currently I am designing for Colour Combos Galore, Inspired Blueprints, Once Upon a Sketch, Bird is the Word, Scrapbook Kits with Jules, Pretty Paper Petals and Scrap-it-Lah. You can find my blog @

Back to the challenge now and a Big Thank you for Helen for such a creative challenge.  You will  be pleased to know that you had some of your fellow DTs step out of their comfort zone for this challenge.  :)  Don't we all like a good challenge once in a  while?  For more information on Helen and her beautiful works of art,  please head over to her blog here.

Before we start with the challenge details,  we would like to announce some 5 simple new rules when participating in our challenge:

5 Simple Rules for playing along at Scrap-it-Lah Challenges

1.       Please create a NEW layout for each challenge but you are welcome to combine with other challenges, as long as your layout was specifically designed with Scrap-it-Lah in mind and created AFTER the challenge details were posted!

2.       Please remember to mention Scrap-it-Lah somewhere in your blog post; create a link back to the correct challenge post at Scrap-it-Lah.

3.       Please include the challenge requirements within your blog post – you are welcome to copy; paste these off the Scrap-it-Lah blog.

4.       Please also mention the deadline the challenge ends and let everyone know what prize is up for grabs!

5.       Remember, you must be a follower of the Scrap-it-Lah blog to be “in with a chance to win”

Without further ado, here are the specifics of Helen's challenge:

Create your own mixed media background, using printed paper as a base.  Be sure to include at least 3 different paint colours in whatever effects you fancy. This can be using stamps,  bubble wrap,  etc etc - its all up to your imagination.

Also ensure that you have at least twelve words on your layout, which can include the title, date (if you want to include one) and the journaling (or even be one REALLY long title if you like!)

Here is Helen's take on the challenge:

DT Azura played it so well with her paints.

DT Helene claims to out of her comfort zone in this layout but Helene - its such a stunning layout. If you were out of your comfort zone,  it's really not showing.

DT Fon Mee artsy take is another pleaser.

DT Nad "grunged" her layout but still managed to add some softness with the butterflies and flowers.

DT Yatie's take is a bright and striking layout with her use of bold colours.

DT Amelia played it so well with so many elements in her layout.

Are you inspired yet?  Check out below for the potential RAK that you will win if you take part in this challenge.  We have selected the Studio Calico Debate Team Kit as the winning RAK. Getting excited already?  All you have to do is to link your layout below and leave us a comment to join in the challenge.  What are you waiting for?  Start scrapping today!

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All you would have to do is to send in your submissions (we only accept layouts) via the link above by midnight 12pm, 30th September 2011 (Malaysian time). If you have any problems with the link submission, please notify us at Kindly note that we are unable to entertain any project that is sent after the stipulated time and please note that the project sent should solely be submitted for the Scrap-It-Lah challenge and not for any other challenges. Yes, we welcome international submissions as we would love to see Scrap-It-Lah grow.


  1. wow.. great work for all the DTs!!
    come on, have some fun and join in the challenge!

  2. Wow you girls all did an absolutely awesome job - just loving what I'm seeing - huge congrats!

  3. Just couldn't resist the challenge! Enjoyed creating my layout.

  4. Just loved this challenge. Thanks Helen. And good work all the DT girls. Lots of inspiration here!

  5. Thanks for a fab challenge, i love the inspiration you all provided and am so happy with how my layout turned out. :)

  6. Awesome challenge and I had so much playing along. Looking forward to the new challenge soon.