Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October 2008 Creative Team Challenges! 37 comments  
      
   

Challenges to jumpstart your creativity

Posted by ScrapGoo

It's October!  And that means we are gearing up for cooler weather, upcoming holidays, and possibly more time indoors.  What a perfect time of year for scrapbooking!  Here is your monthly dose of inspirational challenges from the ACOT Creative Team: 


Ad Inspiration Challenge - By MamaK321 (Kristianne)

Paper or Digital

Ad inspiration is about taking ideas, such as colors, patterns, title or keywords, theme, font styles, and element placement, and using them to create your own layout. You can  break the ad inspiration down to a basic sketch, copy a prominent design straight from the ad, or you can alter a design to fit your own layout. Most ads are 8.5x11" but you can adapt the ad to fit any size. Remember, this is not a sketch and you are not required to follow every detail. The key is to really LOOK at the ad and find the pieces that INSPIRE you!

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Card Challenge - By bluejeans7 (Angela)

Paper or Digital

I have a simple and fun card challenge for you this month.  I want you to create a Halloween or Fall card using only stickers, paper and cardstock.  Inking and doodling is fine too.  Then brighten the day of a fellow ACOT Cherry by sending your beautiful homemade card to them!

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Color Challenge - by Art_Teacher (Laura)

Paper or Digital

October is probably my favorite month of the year...what's not to love?  Falling leaves, crisp nights, sunny days, the smell of campfires, apples and cider, toasted marshmallows, snuggling under a blanket...I love autumn!  At the end of September and beginning of October, where I live, summer gives way slowly to fall, with afternoons of bright sunshine and no humidity.  This is when it is most pleasant to be outside.  The colors I have chosen for this month's color challenge come straight from this beautiful time of year...sky blue, golden yellow, sage green, and brown are the colors I see most and I challenge you to use all 4 colors in a layout.  It doesn't have to be a fall layout, but you need to use those colors, as I have in my sample layout below.

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Digi CT Reveal Challenge - By Janello (Janell)

Paper or Digital

Create a layout based off of the Digital CT''s "Depth of Field" reveal.  See the reveal article here: Reveal Article and the tutorial here: Tutorial

Challenge open to paper or digital, since you can edit your photo and use it in a paper layout too!

Here is an example LO by mayerkt (Karin)


 

Digi Designer Challenge - By MamaK321 (Kristianne)

Digital only

Our featured digital designer this month is Laura Burger, create a layout using any of her products from our shoppe. 

 


 

Digi Do-Able Challenge - By ICanHasCherryOnTop (Tracy)

Digital only

Welcome to the first month of a brand new challenge, Digi Doables! Each month we'll be highlighting one of the wonderful scrappers here at A Cherry On Top. This month Laura Fiore has graciously allowed me to turn one of her fabulous layouts into a Digi Doable Template for you! You never know who we might select, and each scrapper who has their layout featured will receive 100 ACOT points!

For this challenge, go to the Digi Shoppe and download the free template here.  Then use that template to create your own layout. Flip it, change it, or just use it as it is, it's up to you.

Here's this month's template:

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And here's my take on the template:

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Not sure how to use a template? Go to the Digi Templates 101 tutorial and see how easy it is!


Digi Double Challenge - By nun69 (Angie)

Digital only

So for the 1st ever digi double inspiration challenge I chose these 2 LO's:

Are We There Yet: by scrappininAK

Aidan 5 Years Old: by JeanellePaige

From scrappininAK's page I chose the great black, green and white color combo for inspiration...notice it is a paper LO that I used for digi inspiration :)

From Jeanelle's page I used the single photo, circle mat, and two strip up the side and across the botrom for inspiration....

So go check out the gallery and find your inspiration today! be sure to give credit to the person inspiring you, it ALWAYS makes them smile to know you have used their LO for inspiration.

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My layout:

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Digi Technique Challenge - By bamablue (Glenda)

Digital only

Tear it up digi style. See the technique article here to see how you tear paper and then try it yourself and show us! New pages only. You can submit more than once, although you'll only have one chance at winning!

Have fun!


Faithbooking Challenge - By Keling (Sara)

Paper or Digital

On hiatus!


In The News Challenge - By LoveMyBella (Miranda)

Paper or Digital

 


Journaling Challenge - By Mommybruno (Cassandra)

Paper or Digital

Fear Factor: The month of October means many things to many people, but to me it's all about Halloween! I've always been a big fan of that holiday, especially all the spookiness that goes along with it. With that in mind, the challenge this month is to journal about something that scares you. Are you afraid of the dark? Spiders? Cantelope? Get those fears out on paper and share them with the rest of us!


Let the Music Move You Challenge - By Kimandasmo (Cindy)

Paper or Digital

 ---Let The Music Move You---

Here is a new monthly challenge for you- every month I will pick a song or maybe an album or maybe the artwork for an album. I want you to use it as your isnspiration for a layout. This month I decided to start with song lyrics -- ones that everyone should be able to grab some inspiration from. It is -------- LOVE ME TENDER  by Elvis!!!!

Here are the lyrics--
Love me tender,
Love me sweet,
Never let me go.
You have made my life complete,
And I love you so.

Love me tender,
Love me true,
All my dreams fulfilled.
For my darlin I love you,
And I always will.

Love me tender,
Love me long,
Take me to your heart.
For its there that I belong,
And well never part.

Love me tender,
Love me dear,
Tell me you are mine.
Ill be yours through all the years,
Till the end of time.

(when at last my dreams come true
Darling this I know
Happiness will follow you
Everywhere you go).


Here is my example--
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Manufacturer Challenge - By 4peasinourpod (Pam)

Paper only

They came on the scene in America with pearls and rhinestones, as well as incredible alterable products.  This Australian company has now included paper, rubons, flowers and other amazing products.  They are one of the hottest new scrapbooking companies...KaiserCraft!  The value and quality of their products is hard to beat, and the fact that the paper is double sided gives you even more product for your money.

I created a layout using the Fun in the Sun line:

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You may create a layout or altered project using any Kaiser product.  Please upload in the maunufacturer challenge category, and have FUN!


One Word Challenge - By nun69 (Angie)

Paper or Digital

For this month's One Word Challenge...it is "UNIQUE"...use it in any way, shape, or form you can on your LO!!!

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Photography Challenge - By nun69 (Angie)

Photography only

It is all about continous shooting with your camera this month...so lets see those shots!


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Pick an Element Challenge - By suslvgeo (Sus)

Paper or Digital

This is for a new monthly challenge by me. It will be to pick an element from a layout example I give you. Basically I will highlight a fellow ct gal's layout and I will have picked one element. It could be a shape on the layout, the title, the color combo, clustering or in my case this month, the rub on stitching. Basically an element from the layout highlighted is what you will need to use.

Pick an element from this LO by bluejeans7:

I chose the rub on stitching element for my LO: 


Scrap Your Life Challenge - By nun69 (Angie)

Paper or Digital

For this new challenge we will be challenging you to dig down deep and scrap those moments in your life that you may not normally scrap about…things such as childhood memories, your bucket list, write a letter to your 16 year old self, scrap about that special childhood birthday that always brings back good memories, what are those regrets that you have in life, etc.

So for this very 1st challenge I challenge you to scrap about the “Simple Things in Life” that make your everyday life worth living...it can be anything from your family, to your faith, to your pets, to just being healthy and getting up every morning…so dig down deep and Scrap YOUR Life!

{p.s. THANKS to Tracy for the WONDERFUL template to work with!}

here is my LO....

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Sketch Challenge - By Laura Fiore and 4peasinourpod (Laura and Pam)

Paper or Digital

Jodie(2rowdyboys) was generous enough to let us use one of her sketches for the October Sketch Challenge! She has a sketch blog filled with very cool, doable sketches. Sketches are the perfect way to get the creative juices flowing...you can follow them exactly, or use them as a jumping off point to your own design. This month, show us what you can do with this sketch:

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Laura's LO:

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Pam's LO:

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Supply List Challenge - By Beth-W (Beth)

Paper or Digital

This month's Supply List Challenge is to use buttons, ribbon and rub-ons (digi can use a brush or similar element). For an extra challenge this month, incorporate polka dots somewhere in your LO. If you do the extra challenge, pm me after you upload your LO that you completed the extra challenge. I will put all of the names in a hat and pick a winner for a RAK from me. :)

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Theme Challenge - By ScrapGoo (Jess)

Paper or Digital

Did you know that October is full of food inspiration?  October is National Popcorn Popping Month, Seafood Month,  Cookie Month, Nation Vegetarian Month, Eat Country Ham Month, National Pizza Month AND has National Angel Food Cake Day, World Egg Day, National Dessert Day, National Nut Day, World Pasta Day, Oktoberfest, and of course Halloween!  (phew!) For this month's Theme Challenge I want to see you scrap something food related.  It could be your latest food obsession (like my LO about biscuits), a favorite meal, the massive pile of tempting Halloween candy you've got, or your family's most loved meal for example.  Just show us something edible! 

 

 


 

Trends & Techniques Challenge - By katarria (Kathy)

Paper or Digital

With so much worry about the economy, it's more important than ever to use up our scraps!  This month, I want to see you make two projects using the same set of papers/embellishments.  In my example I used American Crafts patterned paper and felt embellishments to make one layout and three cards.  I used scrap cardstock for the cards and then die cut the titles so I wouldn't waste chipboard!  Let's see how thrifty you can be!!

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Reader Comments ...
11/1/08 12:08 am
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You move out the challenge gallery fast! Dang...12:01 10/31 and just finished the sketch challenge...I should have made it more simple I guess! (LOL) Oh well... now to see if I can make it work for a Nov. challenge - which I see in the gallery...

10/28/08 1:49 pm
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Great Ideas & Great layouts!!

10/8/08 12:38 pm
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WOAH, that's a lot and they're awesome!!!

10/6/08 10:31 pm
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omg ... where do i start!!?!?!

10/4/08 2:57 am
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wonderful challenge - i hope to do at least a few!

10/3/08 8:25 pm
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Me too Renee! I was so freaked! I think my heart rate is back to normal now.

cat1393 . Long Island, NY
10/2/08 9:31 pm
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looks like a lot of fun w/ the challenges...will do my best!

10/2/08 8:35 pm
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Ok...Awesome challenges!! Except...I totally screamed when I saw that freaky clown from, IT! There is nothing that scares me more than that freaky clown. OMG! I can stop my panic attack and move on. *Ü*

10/2/08 7:31 pm
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absolutely GORGEOUS examples and the new format is much easier to keep track! THX :)

10/2/08 6:21 pm
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Okay--another question about the Pick an element challenge....last month I THINK I missread this one....WE can pick any element from the given example---OR , we need to use the element that sus picked? Last month I thought we had to use her choice--which was the ribbonslide,,,BUt now, reading it this month, I think that we can each pick what we want out of the LO???

10/2/08 1:44 am
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Great stuff this month! I hope I actually do some of them for once.

10/1/08 6:28 pm
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Great challenges - I may have to do the song lyric for sure since that was the song we danced our first dance to at our wedding dance (1975). Brings back some good memories!

Cimorosete . Elkton, MD
10/1/08 4:56 pm
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These challenges are great!! I can't wait to get started.

craftyfool . Montana
10/1/08 3:57 pm
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YAY for new challenges!

10/1/08 3:20 pm
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I like the "Music Move You" Challenge. Sounds Fun. Time to put my thinking cap on

Charleneanne . Central Valley California
10/1/08 3:14 pm
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Great challenges.

crisdam . FL
10/1/08 3:14 pm
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Great challenges!

10/1/08 2:47 pm
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Great challenges! BUt I notice there are more digital ones...if you don't do digi--doe that make you ineliegilble for points? (I know last month some people completed all the challenges...is that what is required?)

10/1/08 1:25 pm
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These are super. I have a list ready to try a few.

Beautiful layouts!

10/1/08 12:39 pm
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Jess I have never done the challenges before, but this month you rock girl! I will be trying them, I am hoping to complete at least 6 of these. You are the best my friend. love you

10/1/08 12:25 pm
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Wow, so many great challenges! I am feeling very inspired!

10/1/08 12:03 pm
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Great challenge & FABULOUS projects! Thanks!

10/1/08 11:54 am
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Fantastic Layouts!!!

-Shannon- . Simi Valley, California
10/1/08 11:53 am
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Wow, there are some fantastic challenges in here! I need to try and re-download everything so I can play. *sniff sniff*

10/1/08 11:38 am
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Fantastic article and challenges! Thank you for another great month of inspiration!

zanettac . Ohio
10/1/08 11:08 am
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Awesome challenges!

Kara . Howard County, Maryland or Woolford
10/1/08 11:05 am
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Awesome challenges as usual. I am really going to try and do some this month

10/1/08 10:00 am
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wonderful challenges - thanks for all the inspiration

10/1/08 9:58 am
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Great article! WOW ALOT OF CHALLENGES THIS MONTH. I think more then last two months. They are fantastic. :) Great job to all the CT/DT GIRLIES! :)

10/1/08 9:57 am
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Great job on the article, Jess! Great challenges this month!

10/1/08 9:55 am
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Awesome job on the article Jess!!
And FABULOUS challenges again this month ladies!!

10/1/08 9:45 am
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I love the format of the challenges in an article. It's great to be able to go to one place, and see all the challenges.


10/1/08 9:35 am
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AWESOME AWESOME--cant wait to get started!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10/1/08 9:34 am
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Yay! They're here! GReat article Jess...love your bio!

I can't wait to do some of these challenges...printing this article now and putting it with my calendar!

10/1/08 9:27 am
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Wow, so much to choose from.

10/1/08 9:17 am
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Great job, Jess! Also, great job to all the CT members for some fantastic inspiration!

10/1/08 1:46 am
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FANTASTIC challenges this month!!

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