Saturday, February 26, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking Challenges

What Gets Me Up in the Morning

I completed this layout for a challenge at Sugar Hill's Digital Scrapbook Community.  Its called the Sweet Nothings Challenge because you have to create a layout without photos.  This month's challenge was to create a layout that answered the question, "What gets you up in the morning?".

This layout was inspired by Lynette Penacho who was the Treat of the Month this month over at the Sweet Shop.  The Sweet Shop is another great online community for digital scrapbookers.  Lynette uses a lot of blocking in her layouts. They are fabulous and really inspired me to try a new style.  You can see some of her layouts on her "get to know you" page.  Just scroll down.

I made this layout with a number of kits at Sugar Hill.  Miss Tiina and Victoria Feemster respectfully. Here are some previews of the kits. 

Pitter Patter by Victoria Feemster

Artsy Fresh by Miss Tiina

Doodleville by Miss Tiina

Play Park by Miss Tiina

Friends til the End by Victoria Feemster

So Into You by Victoria Feemster

Javalicious by Nicole Young Designs at Digi Scrapbook Place

I had a lot of fun doing this layout.  I have never scrapped a page without photos. And usually I am scrapping about the kids or an event, not myself. So it really was fun!  Scrap challenges are a great way to shake up the lay outs you are creating. They can give you new ideas, color schemes, and techniques just to name a few ideas that might challenge you to expand your layouts.

Another reason I enjoy challenges is that a lot of the scrap communities give you the opportunity to earn free kits and other digi scrap elements by completing their challenges..  For instance, DigiDesign Resort asks you to complete 6 challenges in the month, making you eligible for their huge collaboration kit that is revealed at the beginning of each month. Sugar Hill, on the other hand, gives you points towards each challenges you do. When you earn so many points you get a gift certificate to their store.

If you are new to digi scrapping, doing challenges can help you enter into these communities, where there are some wonderful people hanging out. Not a bad way to spend your time while scrapping.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Welcome to That Girl Scraps

Vintage Avery

I created this blog to share my passion for digital scrapbooking and to share some of my layouts.

This blog header is from the Blog Couture line designed by Irene Alexeeva. It is called Milkshake. Unfortunately I have not been able to edit the code to get the body of the template to appear. But the head is too sweet, don't you think?

Irene designs the most fabulous scrapbook kits I have ever seen. She has a store at Scrap Orchard if you would like to view her amazing talent.

I visit many Digital Scrapbook forum and participate in some of their challenges.  Its fun to put a twist on designing my layouts by following a set of criteria.  It helps me mix up my layouts and also pushes me to do things I wouldn't have necessarily thought of myself.   I have alot of my lay outs on an external drive attached to my laptop.  Most I haven't even printed yet because I am concerned about keeping them safe.  I lost all of my scrapbook pages during hurricane Katrina and so I feel very protective of the pages I have created since.  They are nice and safe on that little box on my desk. :D

I do post some of my layouts in galleries around the internet.  Usually to meet requirements for the challenges I am completing.  But I also learn alot from the other LOs I see in those galleries.

The layout above was completed for a challenge at Digiridoo Scraps.  The challege was a scraplift.  We were given a completed layout and asked to copy it in some way. Whatever, most caught out attention... it could be the positioning of the elements or the color pallette used.   I had never done the type of clustering done in the original layout so I tried it in mine. The main trick was to play with the shadowing so it looked like each element could be lifted off the page. The layout was made from kits at Digi Design Resort.Here are the kits if you would like to chaeck them out.

Vintage Rose Collaboration
These Special Moment by MC Designs
Natural Breezes Collaboration

Be back soon!