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New World Scrapbooking Champions take their titles

By Mark Hayhurst 20 Feb 2019

The winners of the World Scrapbooking Championships, organised by the Academy of Scrapbooking and Arts, have been revealed.

The first World Scrapbooking champions come from India and from Germany.

The winner of the Creative Art title category’s Pro Division was Apexa Nagar, from India, and in the Hobbyist Division it was Germany’s Olga Kolov that claimed the prize

Kolov won the title with her work “Moment of Life”, using the Mixed Media technique. The judges were impressed by Olga’s technique and the harmony of her project.

In second place was Katarzyna Ewa Blakala, from Great Britain (“With all my heart” - mixed media), followed by Brazilian Luciana Fatima Warnowski (“Love” - mixed media).

Fourth place went to Italy’s Cristina Moriggi, followed by Claudia Guilhas, from South Africa, Sandra Erdmann (Germany), Cathryn Ledger (Canada), Christina Sedor (Canada), Candida Lorusso (Italy) and Einav Mordechay Noam (Israel).

As World Champion in the Hobbyist Division, Olga Kolov had the chance to compete against the Pros, taking an excellent fourth place.

Apexa Nagar, the professional Indian scrapper, overcame her opponents with the project “The only key to Success” (mixed media).

According to the judges, her work exceeded all the others in the criteria of presentation, technique, creativity and harmony.

The jury was chaired by Elena Consonni, Creative Director of the Academy, and made up by Alexandra Stapleton-Smith (USA/UK), Nuria Cuixart Mestres (Spain) and Barbara Schiassi “Barbarayaya” (Italy).

The jury revealed it was much harder to award the winning positions in the Pro Division due to the extremely high level and quality of the submitted projects.

In the end, the second place was won by another Indian scrapper, Monica Shukla, with her project “Treasured memories” (mixed media). She beat third placed Rikki Graziani, from Australia (“Christmas” clean & simple), by a small margin.

As already mentioned, Olga Kolov was fourth, followed by Karla Zara Ramirez Montenegro, from Peru, Monika Sadowska (Poland), Sandra Dry (UK) and Erin Short (USA).

In addition to their trophy, the two new World Champions will receive a personalised handcrafted hat from Busto and Sun.

All the finalists will receive the medal and the official apron of the competition and products from their sponsors.

The Academy is already working on the second edition and will soon reveal new titles that will be up for grabs.

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