Friday 1 January 2016

A New Year, A New Team and A New Challenge.

Happy New Year Krafters!

We hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas
 and are ready to get your Kraft on in 2016!

Before we get into revealing the new challenge we would like to say a
to everyone that has supported, sponsored, encouraged, entered our challenges (you all rock!), have joined our Facebook group, commented, liked, shared or even just dropped by to have a look.
YOU have all helped in making our first year as a new challenge blog

on the scene an amazing one!
Thank you xx


 The New Year brings with it an NEW Kraft Plus Design Team
and we can't wait to share with you what these girls have been working on.

Thank you to all of you who entered the December Wanderlust Challenge.
Awesome work... AGAIN!
We travelled all over the world with you, being inspired along the way.
Winners will be announced very soon :)

In fact:
There are SO many talented creatives amongst you we thought that 
we will begin inviting one of YOU, our Kraft Plus Challenge participants, to be our
Special Guest Designer for the month.

First Guest Designer will join us in February.
Could it be you joining us in 2016? 


The New Year also brings with it an all new challenge!
 This month's challenge might have a few of you cringing and may take you right out of your comfort zone, but others will find it quite easy.

This month we want you to HANDWRITE on your entry! 

Not many of us like our own handwriting,

but this month at  K+ we  want you all to embrace it!
Putting pen to paper and writing on your work puts a bit of YOU on your creations, something that future generations will cherish (no matter how messy you think it is)

**Please note..we are after YOUR handwriting!  Not fonts or script stamps, rub-ons etc.**

Kraft + Handwriting
We welcome all kinds of craft as entries for our challenges, from traditional layout, cards, digital layouts, art journalling and tags etc. but please remember that it is all about the Kraft!!

Your work MUST be on a KRAFT BACKGROUND (not merely mounted on Kraft) to be eligible.

**Please take the time to read the RULES before submitting your entry**
and upload your entry via the inlinkz section in our side bar.

When uploading your entries please let us know which part of the world you come from, this makes it much easier for the DT when it comes to voting.

The Kraft Plus Design Team's work shines again this month.
Some of the girls found this pretty tough going, but in the end, enjoyed the challenge.
Some cleverly used handwriting as their title.
 Others took the opportunity to combine their handwriting with technology
 with fantastic results!
   Others grit their teeth and put pen to paper
with beautiful and sentimental journalling.
While others breezed through.
 "Celebrating the little handwritten notes my son is doing at the moment. Also using an handwritten title and journalling."
 "I created cut files with my handwriting and cut my background and used one of these as my title also. And for good measure, plenty of handwriting for my journaling."
"Here I go again waaay OTT!!! You asked for handwriting. Just added a BIT, LOL!!! "
Sandra Wallace

"I've handwritten my title and also added some handwritten words of encouragement here and there"
"Handwriting on layout is in a white gel pen but also in the title using a masking fluid pen and watercolours in a resist technique and also a few words in silver foil (using a heated foiling pen)"
"I added my own text to a sheet of Kraft cardstock using a black journalling pen to
create my own personalized layout base."

Agnus cleverly used black and white handwritten journalling

Paula used the challenge to document her love for the beach with stunning results

Amanda incorporated type and her handwriting to create a clever way to tell us a bit more about herself.

Mardi used the challenge as an opportunity to share some of her family history to create this beautiful layout.
(the true essence of scrapbooking!)

"Louise showcases her signature handwriting as a title for her super cool layout"

Anguree Jansen Van Rensburg

Anguree has cleverly  combined her handwriting with technology, by scanning her own handwriting and then using her Pazzles and scissors to create her own unique titles for her layout. Anguree also has hidden handwritten journaling behind each photo.

Ros added handwritten journalling  to create a beautifully sentimental layout.

Trudi has added some handwritten journalling to her stunning layout.


Sharmaine has handwritten and hand cut her title and has also handwritten her journaling
in pencil around the border of the page for this stunning monochromatic layout.

Leeann has come up with a clever way to  incorporate some unique and fun handwriting to her layout.  

What an inspiring group of creatives these ladies are!

International Guest Designer

This month the very talented
Marie Johansson

from Sweden
joins us  as our
International Guest Designer
for January
To read Marie's bio click here
And click Here to visit Marie's blog



Our Sponsors,  Prizes And Guest Designers

Kraft Plus Challenges would like to extend our thanks to our wonderful sponsors
for their generosity and support for our January challenge.
Each month we will invite  TWO Guest Designers from each of our sponsors to play along with our challenges.
Which means even MORE wonderful creations to inspire us all.

*Please note:  Unfortunately, due to high postage costs, prizes are for Australian residents only, but a Guest Design Spot will be offered to an international  entrant each month, to be chosen by the K+ Design Team 

The Sponsors for our January Challenge are

2Crafty Chipboard


**2Crafty are kindly offering TWO  $50 Prize Packs this month due to the generosity of previous winner Jasmine Shae
 (as she is paying her October prize forward. Thank you Jasmine x)   

(winners to be chosen by the K+ Design Team)

Marianne Johansson


To read Marianne's bio please click here.
To visit Marianne's click here

 2 Crafty Products used:
title: Today & Everyday
Circle lace panel
square collage panel
Delicate butterflies
mini sampler pack1
Catherine Giguere
To read Catherine's bio click here
To visit Catherine's blog click here.
2 Crafty Products used:
 Love- Loopy Font
 Frame Oval Ornate
 Handdrawn Feathers

Charm's Creations
Charm's Creations are kindly offering a $25 store voucher
(winner to be chosen randomly )

Sandra Brimelow
To read Sandra's bio click here
To visit Sandra's blog click here

Charms Creations  "ARROW" embellishments were used.
Amanda Hartmann 
Click here to read Amanda's bio
Click here to visit Amanda's blog

Charm Creations DIY Heavenly Heart and  Tab were used

What amazing work by the Guest Designers!
Love what they have come up with for the challenge.


And there is your challenge for January.
We hope you are inspired to grab your pens and start writing!
Have fun with the challenge and Happy Krafting!
We can't wait to see what you come up with.

Wishing you all the very best for 2016.



  1. Happy new year! What a great challenge once again! Wonderful inspiration from all the designers! Now to hide away to think and create!

  2. Beautiful reveal and so very very inspirational. Love them all. :)

  3. My gosh you ladies have some fantastic handwriting! I love this challenge however I hate my handwriting soooo....I guess I'll have to pull myself out of my comfort zone again :D Great challenge Sandra!

  4. A brilliant challenge idea that will certainly take me out of my comfort zone...but that's what a challenge is all about. So many inspirational ideas created by this talented design team of Krafters. After a few months away from scrapping I am looking forward to joining in, playing along and having some fun again. :)

  5. Love this challenge idea and the inspirational examples from the team. A fantastic way to start the year. :D

  6. Oooh! Looking forward to some amazing LOs based on the comments above!!! And wow! Talk about a massively inspiring reveal ;)!!!!

  7. Awesome new challenge!
    And such wonderful creations from everyone, very inspirational!

  8. Oh my a crazy amount of it all!


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