the Australian scrapbooking challenge blog devoted to all things HANDMADE

Friday, January 1, 2016

January 2016 Challenge!

Happy New Year and welcome to 2016!
We are so excited here as today we start the new year with our new design team line-up, our first challenge of the year and a brand new sponsor too!

To kick off the year, we thought we would ease you in gently with a simple mood board challenge. This one has been designed by me (Sue) and is designed to reflect the current summer season here in Australia.

You are welcome to use the board to inspire you however you wish, just don't forget to tell us what inspired your creation, and of course, make sure you include at least one handmade embellishment. You are also welcome to enter items other than traditional 12x12" layouts - cards, Project Life spreads, art journal pages, off the page creations - as long as they meet the challenge criteria and are created solely for our challenge.

This month we are excited to welcome Cocoa Vanilla Studio as our sponsor

Cocoa Vanilla Studio is the brainchild of Australian designer Zoe Pearn. She has a long history of design in both the scrapbook and fabric industries, having worked as a product designer for major companies in both Australia and the USA.
Zoe says - 
We are a proudly Australian scrapbooking company, bringing you beautiful quality designer papers and accessories to help you capture your memories in style and Make A Beautiful Life Story!
Our products are designed for scrapbookers by an avid scrapbooker with a passion for design. We want to make beautiful products that will make beautiful scrapbooks and crafts, and as such we try and offer the best quality and innovative products through Cocoa Vanilla Studio.
Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook:

You will spot plenty of Cocoa Vanilla Studio products used by our design team for this month's challenge - let's take a look at what everyone created...

Cocoa Vanilla Studio flair & woodie
(All other papers and embellishments also by Cocoa Vanilla Studio)

Flutterby Designs flair

Handmade umbrella & thongs

Studio Fourteen40 flair and chalked tabs and Charms Creations cloud

D-lish Scraps flair; Rainbow Splendour wood veneer cloud and vellum bow
(Cocoa Vanilla Studio paper and die cut ephemera)

Cocoa Vanilla Studio flair; Charms Creations clouds and heart
(Cocoa Vanilla papers, die cut ephemera, stickers, blooms)

Cocoa Vanilla Studio flair; Charms Creations cloud; 
Rainbow Splendour wood veneer cloud and vellum bow
(Cocoa Vanilla Studio paper, ephemera, stickers, wood veneer)

How's that for inspiring??? What an amazing array of work from the team so far! (You will see the other half at our mid-month reveal.) So now that we've shown you the challenge, revealed our awesome sponsor and inspired you with our creations, the rest is up to you! 
Get 2016 off to a creative bang and Show Us Your Stuff! :)


  1. I must say, I LOOOOOOVED that mood board when I saw it....& cocoa vanilla sponsors..... & then the GORGEOUS pages by the team. Man! I've GOT to make time for this challenge.!!!! Thanks for the inpiration:)

  2. Hi Ladies, I am just wondering if it is me being blind or is the link up not available yet? Cheers :D

    1. I don't think the linky is up for this challenge yet! Will let the boss know :)