Wednesday, August 31, 2011

September 1st Sketch

There was nearly 90 amazing layouts entered during our birthday celebrations in August. I am astounded and humbled that so many of you took the time to play along with the sketches last month. I hope that you will do so again this month.

Today is also the first official reveal for the Spring / Summer team and to kick things off, we have the multi photo sketch.

The Sketch:

Entries are to be linked up to the box on the sidebar no later than 11.59pm September 30th to be in the running for one of this month's sponsored vouchers. Layouts must be created for this challenge only and not to be used for any other challenge or competition.

Back on the 5th with more inspiration.

September Sponsors

Spring has sprung and I am so looking forward to the warmer weather. Spring always make you come up with grand plans of what you can achieve and I too have my own list to attempt.

This month, we have a massive 5 sponsors generously donated vouchers to lucky Stuck?! winners.

Providing a $25 voucher - Scrap Therapy

Providing a $15 voucher - Red Earth Scrapping

Providing a $15 - Scrapbookit

Providing a $10 voucher - Scrapbook Savvy

And this month, we have the gorgeous Peta from Scrapbooking From Scratch, donating a $15 voucher as well.


Peta has a fabulous competition running during the month of September and she will be using the September Stuck?! sketches during the comp. A little bit more about it:

Have you lost your mojo? Need a hand getting those photos onto layouts? Well what are you waiting for - this comp is designed for you :)

Each day a new sketch will be added for you to play along with.

Daily, weekly and MAJOR prizes will be given – lots of random draws for everyone to have a chance to be a winner.

Major Prize is a 6 month Subscription to the SFS Designer Kit Subs [3 kits valued @ $135]

Albums, kits, shop vouchers and more will be given away. Including an eBook from a sketch blog [announced later in the week]

Come on over and join in the fun

– Forum chatting isn’t a must but you will have to join to be able to load your pages.

So be sure to visit and support our sponsors as they are so generous each month.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hello and Blog Hop Winner

Today is the final introduction to our new team members.

Tess Pretty might be last on the list but she is by no means the least.

A little about Tess:

Hi, my name is Tess and I live on the beautiful South Coast of NSW. I live with my gorgeous fiancé Austin and our Border Collie Echo. I work full time as an Administration Manager for a trucking company.

I have been seriously scrapbooking now for 4 years and find it is a wonderful way to relax at the end of the working day. My subjects are the people in my life. My nieces and nephews, my friends and their children, my gorgeous border collie Echo and my fiancé Austin, along with the places we visit and the things we do.

I love that scrapbooking is as creative as you want it to be and is forever changing, as is my style. It gives me a chance to capture my life in photos then tell my story. And my camera is never far from reach.

I have recently had layouts picked up by Scrapbooking Memories magazine and guest designed for Scrapbook Savvy twice. This is my first Creative Team position and I am more than thrilled to be working with so many talented ladies.

And her layout from our application sketch:

I also promised that I would share the winner of our Blog Hop in today's post. Unforunately there were a couple of hoppers who either forgot to email me the words at the end or comment on some of the blogs. The winner, as randomly drawn, is:

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1
Max: 17
Result: 5

which is Lizzy Hill. Congratulations on winning the gorgeous sold out August We're Savvy kit from Scrapbook Savvy. I will contact you today to arrange postage.

Don't forget you only have until midnight tomorrow night to get your layouts in for any of this month's 4 sketches. I am astounded at the amount of entries so far but would always love to see more.

Please make welcome

We are nearing the end of the introductions to the new team. Their first sketch samples will be doing up on the 1st / 5th September and I can't wait for you all to see what they have created.

Before then, let's introduce Raquel Pert.

A little bit about Raquel:

Hi, my name is Raquel, I'm 27, a primary school teacher and I live in Melbourne. I have a gorgeous fiancé and we are getting married in December, so no kiddies just yet! We have shared an amazing last few years where we were lucky enough to live in London. Wow! What an incredible experience we had, so many memories I am still left to scrap!

I LOVE to scrap, and my favourite parts about scrapping are not only the gorgeous products but also the fantastic online community that I have found since I started scrapping. I have not been on any DT's as such, though I work at my LSS teaching and also on their website, so that has helped me keep up to date in the scrapping world. I have been published in numerous publications and those details can be found at my blog,

My favourite things to scrap are the things that mean the most to me – those special people in my life who I adore! My boy, my friends and my family feature the most on my pages. I don’t quite have a word to define my style, however, I love coordinating different brands and mixing and creating my own colour combinations - and layering and clustering seems to feature on pretty much all of my pages.

And her take on our CT application sketch:

Come back tomorrow for our final introduction.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fresh Face

Sorry we were away for a few days between introductions, a funny little thing called life got in the way.

Today we are introducing new CT member, Helen Kinsela.

And a few things Helen had to say about herself:

Hi, I'm Helen (aka "countryscrapper" in some circles) and I collect paper and pretty things! Sometimes, all the lovely papers and pretties make their way onto scrapbook pages so I guess you could call me a scrapper LOL. I think I've always dabbled in papercrafts of some kind or another, but I caught the scrapping bug 7 years ago whilst pregnant with my first child and I haven't looked back (although I'm sure my long-suffering husband wishes otherwise).

The subjects of my pages are most often my 2 children, Caitlin (7) and Ciaran (5) and the aforementioned hubby, Marty. This playing with paper hobby has also led to a keen interest in photography, a natural progression of course, and so I find myself guilty of taking photos for the purposes of scrapping those memories rather than just for memory's sake. Surely I'm not the lone ranger here ...?

We live and work on our family farm in Central West NSW which encompasses a large cropping and grazing enterprise, so farm and business life for us is never dull or boring. It can be extremely challenging and stressful at times, but it is a lifestyle that we love and appreciate and wouldn't swap for quids.

For some crazy reason I decided last year that being a stay-at-home-mum, housewife and farmers wife (read: farm office work, farm "go-fer", personal secretary etc) wasn't enough so I took the plunge and Red Earth Scrapping was born. This little baby of mine is an online papercrafting business incorporating a shop, forum & gallery, and I also hold workshops with some local ladies at home. It allows me to combine my passion with a home based business and so far, despite being relatively small, it's all good. I extend a warm invitation to you all to pop in and say hi at Red Earth Scrapping and browse the shop where I'm sure you'll find a heap of great products at great prices.

Red Earth Scrapping has been a regular sponsor of Stuck?! Sketches and now that I have been honoured with the chance to join the Stuck Creative Team I am even more proud to be involved with two fabulous scrapping sites. I look forward to the sketches each month and hope I can bring you all a little inspiration with my work.

And finally, Helen's take on the CT application sketch:

Back tomorrow with another introduction.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Birthday Blog Hop

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the Stuck?! Sketches Birthday Blog Hop. This morning, our CT members will be revealing a word on their blogs. You must collect all of the words. The words are just a list, they do not form a sentence, so no being tricky and skipping any of the blogs. Once you have finished, email the list of words to, along with your name and location by midnight Sunday August 28th. You must also comment on each of the blogs to be eligible for the prize drawing.

The prize on offer for this hop is generously donated by Sarah at Scrapbook Savvy, an August We're Savvy kit valued at $25.00. The winner will be determined randomly from everyone who emails the correct list through.
To get started, leave a comment here to let us know you are playing and then start at the top of the list with Celeste's blog.


Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Someone Familiar

If you have been following the Stuck?! blog for a while, you would know that today's new CT member is actually a returning member. Charmane Koch had been on the team for over 2 years before deciding to take the last term off. I am glad to say that she is back now and I am looking forward to seeing layouts from her again.

A little bit about Charmane:

My name is Charmane Koch, and I have been scrapbooking since May 2004, a couple of months after my son Chei was born. Since then, I haven't stopped! There's not a day that goes by that I don't do something related to scrapbooking {or think about it!}

After living in Melbourne for the past 15 years or so, I have recently moved to South Australia, with my partner and 3 children, Chei {7}, Harmony {5} and Ryarne {almost 2} to be closer to my family and give the kids a new way of living. My partner Ashan, got into Photography around the same time as my scrapping, so we both have similarly related passions!

In the years that I have been scrapping, I have been on numerous Design and Creative Teams, published numerous times in Aussie mags such as Scrapbooking Memories, Scrapbook Creations & For Keeps {when it was around!}. I have also taught online classes from 2006, which has been rewarding and challenging too!

I am so stoked to be back on the Stuck?! Team, I find that when I truly am "stuck" Sara's sketches always help me get started. My style changes from time to time, but at the moment I am loving paint, stitching, distressing - I also love handmade items - they are definitely a must on my pages!

I look forward to inspiring others along with the fab team at Stuck?! Sketches :)

And her application sketch layout:

Another introduction tomorrow.

Monday, August 22, 2011


We have another new Creative Team member to welcome today, Chantelle Huizenga.

And a little bit about her:

I'm a SAHM to four amazing boys who keep me very busy and motivated. You will often find them gracing my scrapbook LO's. And I'm married to a wonderful man who is very tolerant of my craft additions!! I've been crafting for over ten years, mostly scrapbooking but have enjoyed stamping and cards too! I love where scrapbooking is at the moment and enjoy keeping up with the latest products and trends. I see scrapbooking as an art - I love colour and design and really enjoy challenges that allow you to explore and step outside the square.

I'm thrilled to be joining the Stuck Sketches Creative Team and look forward to sharing my work with you soon.

And Chantelle's fabulous take on the application sketch.

We are also sending our thoughts to CT member Crystal as she is going through a tough time at the moment and taking a break from Stuck?!. We wish her all the best and encourage her to stay strong.

Another intro tomorrow.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Over the next few days I am going to be posting a little more detail about our new CT members.

Our first new member, is Celeste Vermeend.
A little bit about her:

I have been scrapbooking for almost 8 years. I first scrapbooked my baby twins premature birth and their stay in hospital. It was a stressful and emotional time and I felt I needed to document it more creatively and that led me to my local scrapbook store. The rest is history! I am now a mother to five. Having had two more little ones after my twins and oldest daughter. I live a busy and chaotic life that I wouldn’t have any other way – most of the time! My love of scrapbooking eventually led to photography. And I now run a small business from home and I love it. Up until my last two children were born I had been regularly published in all three Australian scrapbooking magazines. I have held a DT position on the now defunct For Keeps magazine. I was also a Scrapbooking Memories Master in 2008. I no longer submit my layouts for publishing preferring instead to enter online challenges. I feel honoured to be a part of the Stuck Sketches design team and am very grateful for the opportunity to step back into a designing role after quite a long absence.

And Celeste's application layout:
I will be back to introduce another new member tomorrow.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Birthday Bonus Sketch #2

Good morning!

Today we are back with our second bonus sketch and the final sketch for the month. It is also time to say goodbye to some of our CT members, as this is the final reveal for the current team.

The Sketch:
Linda E:
Entries are to be linked over in the sidebar no later than midnight August 31st to be in the running for one of the sponsor provided vouchers up for grabs every month. Layouts are to be created for this challenge only and not to be used for any other competition or challenge.

There is still a blog hop to come this month (25th) so make sure that you keep coming back as the prize for that one is a fabulous We're Savvy kit from Scrapbook Savvy.

And on a final note, we are saying goodbye today to Anthea, Elise, Jasmine, Julie, Karen, Linda E and Louise. It's been a pleasure to have these girls on the team and I wish them all the best in their future creative endeavours.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


... our Spring / Summer Creative Team!

There were so many fabulous applications that  as usual my decision was quite hard. I narrowed it down and we have the following line up for the new term.

Firstly, the returning members are:

Crystal Goulding -
Felicity Wilson -
Linda Zanotto -
Melinda Thompson -
Sarah Ward -
Tara Scobie -

And our new faces are:

Celeste Vermeend -
Chantelle Huizenga -
Charmane Koch -
Helen Kinsela -
Raquel Pert -
Tess Pretty -

Visit the girls blogs to check out samples of their work. I will share more about them in the following days.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

August 15th Sketch

Good morning scrappers!

We are back today with our regular mid month sketch. This sketch is provided by CT member Karen Wilson and the girls have done a fabulous job, creating beautiful layouts to inspire you all.

The Sketch:
Linda Z:
Entries are to be linked over in the sidebar no later than midnight August 31st to be in the running for one of the sponsor provided vouchers up for grabs every month. Layouts are to be created for this challenge only and not to be used for any other competition or challenge.

Only a few days to go until our new CT announcement. I can't wait.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

July Winners

We had an awesome 44 entries for our July sketches. Numbers like that make me happy as I love seeing people taking the time to create layouts for our challenges in the busy lives we all lead.

Unforunately, I only have 4 vouchers to giveaway but the winners of those vouchers are:

Receiving a $25 voucher from Scrap Therapy
Sue Plumb
Receiving a $15 voucher from Scrapbookit
Tess Pretty
Receiving a $15 voucher from Red Earth Scrapping
Monique Follett
And receiving the randomly drawn $10 voucher from Scrapbook Savvy
Karen Hansson
Congratulations ladies. I will forward your contact details on to the store owners and they will be in contact with you shortly.

Friday, August 5, 2011

**Sponsor Update - Red Earth Scrapping & Scrapbook Savvy**

FREE POSTAGE offer at Red Earth Scrapping!

How does free postage on your next pizza box of scrappy goodness sound?

Well, pop in to the RES shop before next Wednesday 10th August to take advantage of this great offer during our FIRST BIRTHDAY month celebrations.

Use the code "FREEPOST" during checkout to redeem this fabulous offer.

Minimum purchase required is $25 and free postage deal is not valid with any other offer/discount/voucher
With all the new CHA coming soon, another retreat on the way and the new kits due in REALLY soon, I need to move some stock!!

Please help me by stocking up on all your scrapping essentials at this ridiculous sale price!!!



The only exclusions are kits, mags & albums which are ALL 10% OFF so you're still getting great bargains on these!!

There is no free postage during the sale and no vouchers will be accepted.

Hope to see you in the store!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

August Bonus Sketch #1


Today we are back with the first of our birthday bonus sketches. This sketch is provided by the talented Julie Winks.

The Sketch:
Linda Z:
Entries are to be linked over in the sidebar no later than midnight August 31st to be in the running for one of the sponsor provided vouchers up for grabs every month. Layouts are to be created for this challenge only and not to be used for any other competition or challenge.

July winners will be announced tomorrow.