Articles in January 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010

February Challenges! 16 comments  

You're going to LOVE the inspiration!

Posted by ScrapGoo

Love is in the air... and so is a new set of challenges!  Consider these a valentine from the CT to you!! February is full of reasons to be knee-deep in your scrap supplies so check out our challenges and get papercrafting.  Someone you love will appreciate the TLC you put in all your creations and isn't that a big part of why we do what we do?  Have a sweet month!


- only one LO per challenge will enter you into the points drawing

- LOs cannot be entered into more than one challenge category

- *please* only enter LOs that meet the specific challenge instructions  

Ad Inspiration Challenge - By MamaK321 (Kristianne)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

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!

Altered Object Challenge - By JulesinParadise (Jules)

Paper or Hybrid Scrapbooking

I love tags and I have found some of the most interesting shapes come from manufacturers of clothing and other products. My challenge to you this month is to use at least 3 tags on a card, a layout or an altered object that come from a manufacturer. You may cover the tags but if you do, please post the originals along with your creation.

I used a variety of manufacture tags on this layout about my weight loss. I like the interesting shapes and how they reinforce my title and photos.

Have fun and I can't wait to see what you create with this month's object, manufacturers tags.

Card Challenge - By bluejeans7 (Angela)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

Create a Valentine's Day card with a decorative edge. You can use a border punch, trace a template, or even freehand your decorative edge. I used a piece of Bazzill scallop-edged cardstock to trace my edge. Can't wait to see what you do!

Color Challenge - by Art_Teacher (Laura)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

There are so many lovely shades of pink and it goes so well with so many colors. Black and pink for a sophisticated look, or pink and green for a preppy, 80's look, or pink and white for a soft, sweet look, or one of my personal favorites: brown and pink for a chic, modern look. Whatever you pair it with, pink is the color for February! For this challenge, I want you to create a layout in any shade of pink, from salmon to dusty rose to fuschia! Pair it with any color you like, but the layout must be at least 50% pink!

Countdown Challenge - By sarahwhithers (Jennifer)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

For this challenge you will create a layout using a countdown method of items. I will list five different kinds of things (eg. elements, papers, photos) for you to use in your layout. Every month there will be five new items for you to use. This month I'm doing a Valentine's day inspired one!

5 - Hearts
4 - Love Words (can be in title, journaling or elements)
3 - Different shades of red papers
2 - Kinds of flowers
1 - Rub-on or Stamp
You are welcome to use more than these items (eg. 5 love words instead of 4 is fine) just as long as you meet the required list and numbers asked for each. A page is seen below.

Digi CT Reveal Challenge - By Janello (Janell)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

This reveal is inspired by the digi CT reveal called "White on White"

Scrap a layout using shades of white!

Example layout: Smile by MamaK321

Digi Designer Challenge - By MamaK321 (Kristianne)

Digital only

This month scrap a layout using products from
Kelly Shults!

Digi Do-Able Challenge - By davsar and Smiley-Scrap8 (Sarah and Ronny)

Digital Scrapbooking

For this challenge, go to the Digi Shoppe and download the free template. 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.


Ronny's Layout:

Faithbooking Challenge - By Keling (Sara)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking


Create a layout that is inspired by the hymn, My Jesus I Love Thee, by William Featherston.

"Sixteen-year-old William Featherston of Montreal wrote this simple hymn shortly after his conversion in 1862. He died before his twenty-seventh birthday, ad this is apparently the only hymn he wrote.

"Young Featherston sent the poem to his aunt in Los Angeles,who then sent it to England, where it appeared in The London Hymnbook of 1864. Back in Boston, Massachusetts, Baptist minister A. J. Gordon was preparing a hymnal for Baptist congregations when he saw 'My Jesus, I Love Thee' in the British hymnal. He didn't like the music the words were set to, and he later wrote that 'in a moment of inspiration, a beautiful new air sang itself to me.' The simple tune he wrote perfectly complemented the simple words, and soon the hymn was being sung across America."

This is real love - not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. - 1 John 4:10-11

Taken from Great Songs of Faith, August 31.

For lyrics and to hear the music, visit: ... Thee/midi/

Hybrid Challenge - By Smiley-Scrap8 (Ronny)

Paper AND Digital Scrapbooking

On Hiatus

Journaling Challenge - By jjenni08 (Jenn)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

Your journaling challenge this month is to write about love. It can be for an object, a person, a special relationship, etc. The sky is the limit. Good luck and I can't wait to see all of the layouts!

Manufacturer Challenge - By 4peasinourpod (Pam)

Paper Scrapbooking

This month we are featuring Prima!

February is the month of love, so I picked Prima, because someone that I love (JulesinParadise) send me this sheet of hand stitched Prima paper that I had drooled over at CHA last summer. It is also pink (color of love) and my daughter (whom I love). You may use anything Prima on your layout or project. Have fun and remember to upload to the manufacturer gallery!

Musical Inspiration Challenge - By Kimandasmo (Cindy)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

This month's challenge is to use a song from your favorite musical as inspiration for a project. I did not chose my favorite musical but my DD's since my layout is about her. She loves the musical Mama Mia and I chose to use the song Dancing Queen(s) as my title for this month's challenge layout.

Here is my example:

One Word Challenge - By jjenni08 (Jenn)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

Bliss is watching your team finally make it to the Super Bowl!

Your one word challenge this month is to create a layout with the word "bliss". Good luck!

Photography Challenge - By nun69 (Angie)


This month's challenge is FUN! I want you to photograph yourself, a loved one, or even a pet in their favorite hat!!!! Even if you don't have cold weather I am sure you have a fun sun hat!!! So let's see them, girls!!

Scraplift the GCT Challenge - By Kimandasmo and SarahA (Cindy and Sarah)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

This month we are honored to have the amazingly talented Cimorosete as our GCT. Please check out her gallery, leave her some love, and chose a layout from her fabulous gallery to lift.
I chose to lift her layout... From the Heart:

here is my lift...

Scrap Your Life Challenge - By nun69 (Angie)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

So I know you all have some kind of dream...whether it be a dream vacation, a dream house, a dream of having a family, etc. I want you to dig deep and put that dream on paper. I would also like to challenge you to do it without an actual photograph, but this is not a requirement :) { I did mine with a drawing I downloaded form the internet!}

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

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

We've shared a ton of ways to use sketches with you over the last few weeks, so let's see what you can do with this's our runner up from the forum sketch contest, by Kristen (immom2anc)!

Here is Laura's:

And Pam's:

Supply List Challenge - By 4Peasinourpod (Pam)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

Beth is taking a much needed break from her challenge as she moves, so I am going to step in and help her out! (She did the same for me last August when I was overwhelmed with CHA, visiting Sus and Girl Scout camp)

Although...I DID make her pick the supplies I had to use!

So...this month, for Valentine's Day, she picked glitter, a heart and fabric.

So, just to twist it, I did a very NON-Valentine's Day layout. This is a layout about someone I love, though...Jules' husband Gene. We share a love for oyster shooters. Amongst other things, lol!

Theme Challenge - By ScrapGoo (Jess)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

Everywhere you go this month you'll see signs of sweetness.  Valentine's Day brings romance, love, and sweet goodies to tempt you!  For the Theme Challenge this month I want you to scrap about the things that make *your* life sweet.  I, of course, chose to scrap about my new baby boy who makes every day sweeter than the next.  You can choose to scrap about a person, a thing, or even the sweet treat that you just can't live without! 

Trends & Techniques Challenge - By Megamay (Meg)

Paper Scrapbooking

This month's technique and trend is going to be stitching. I have seen lots of 'soft' fabrics and embellishments in the CHA sneak peaks, and along with fabric I associate stitching. So, show me some stitching. It can be hand stitching, machine stitching, or faux. You decide.

Here is my example, where I used machine stitching.

Posted by ScrapGoo


Friday, January 29, 2010

Turn Back Time 4 comments  

digital layouts inspired by different eras

Posted by MamaK321

Blast from the Past or a Glimpse into the Future. The Digital Creative Team works with different time periods to insire their reveal layouts this week. This theme includes everything from the 1800's to the 1980's and beyond. You don't need photos from a particular time period to influence your period piece, be creative and find products that remind you of the colors and patterns of a time period and let that take your layout to an all new dimension.

miss fancy by GRACEpunches5

Roaring 20's by davsar

A Knight's Tale by Smiley-Scrap8

Amazing, Perfect, Beautiful by jjenni08

Back to My Future by Art_Teacher

Vintage by MamaK321


some of the products used in these reveal layouts include....

Posted by MamaK321


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Spectacular Sketchapalooza Day 8 6 comments  

our final day of sketch reveals

Posted by Kimandasmo

Today is the final day of our 2 weeks of Spectacular Sketchapalooza. We are ending with the wonderful card sketch provided to us by  Let me say a second thank you to Laura and Kazan for graciously allowing us to use this sketch.

I hope you have enjoyed the last 2 weeks of sketches and all the different themes and ideas we have covered for you. I hope that somewhere along the way you have gleaned some inspiration that you can take with you.


Lets take another look at the sketch first:


We start with Pam and this bright happy and oh so sweet card.

Next comes Megan with another sweet little cupcake of a card.


Laura has supplied us with this beautiful congrats card.


Cindy gives us this pretty Thinking of you card.



Here are some links to the wonderful products that ACOT provided us with

Posted by Kimandasmo


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

MORE SKETCH WORK!!! 5 comments


Posted by Laura Fiore

Well, everyone, by now you have had just about as much variety at using a sketch as we on the Creative Team can share! The reveals this month have shown you how to use themes with sketches, how to make sketches work with your style of scrapping, how to take a sketch and make it your own ...

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

***Spectacular Sketchapoolza Continues*** (week 2) 4 comments

sketch by Scrappininak (Heather)

Posted by megamay

This is the second round of pages created by the CT using this wonderful winning sketch by Scrappininak (Heather). I just loved the unusual shape to the photos and the way they are clustered in the corner. This sketch was so easy to work with!

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Spectacular Sketchapooloza Day 5 5 comments

a new week of reveals based on sketches

Posted by Kimandasmo

Last week you some saw some awesome sketches and some very different takes on those sketches, this week will be continuing with the sketches and more reveals. Today we are revisiting the sketch done by the amazing Becky Fletch, do not forget to check out her site

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Digi Reveal: White On White 12 comments

Posted by MamaK321

This week ACOT's Digital Creative Team is bringing to you a WHITE ON WHITE reveal.  Our focus this week is brought to you in honor of our Winter season.  We created our layouts using papers and elements in shades of white ...

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

January Creative Team Spotlight 8 comments

Shining the SPOTLIGHT on your challenge projects!

Posted by Laura Fiore

This month, the Creative Team decided to shine the spotlight on some amazing projects that you've created for the monthly challenges. We love how so many of you participate in the monthly challenges we throw out there for you, so we definitely thought it was time to show off some of your work!


Sarah chose Blessings by killarney rose ...

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

****Spectacular Sketchapalooza Continues!**** 10 comments

A fabulous sketch by our own Juliana!

Posted by SarahA

Here is our last sketch of the week. Juliana offered to make a sketch for this week, and we all loved it! 

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Making Memories Metal Embellishments 0 comments

Posted by heidi

View this video to see the "Metal Embellishments" Collection from Making Memories:


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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

***Sketchapalooza Day Three*** 11 comments

with a FANTASTIC sketch by Becky Fleck from PageMaps!

Posted by suslvgeo

Today is day three of our massive sketch reveal for you all! I hope that you all are enjoying them and finding them helpful!!

Todays sketch is done by the WONDERFUL Becky Fleck. She is a goddes when it comes to sketches and she is an amazing person to boot ...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

****Spectacular Sketchapalooza**** Day 2: Cards 10 comments

With a spectacular sketch by 2sketches4you!

Posted by Beth-W

Are you guys ready for day 2 of the Spectacular Sketchapalooza

There are tons of blogs out there that offer free sketches and inspiration.  One of my favorites to find card ideas is

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Monday, January 18, 2010

***Spectacular Sketchapoolza*** Introducing the Start of two Sketch weeks! 18 comments

Showing you how to adjust a sketch to meet "your" needs

Posted by suslvgeo

A couple of weeks ago we asked you ladies what you would want to see for upcoming reveals. We seemed to notice a trend, not so much for techniques and ideas but more for themes, such as teen, older boys, men, adult etc. What we realized is that sometimes it is hard to see past the theme of the layout and possibly make it into a theme that fits your needs ...

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Featured Digital Designer - Shawnery's Designs 6 comments

Posted by MamaK321

The creative team had a blast working with Shawnery's Designs.  Her creations are super fun and cute - just like she is (check out her profile picture under reelynn and you'll know just what I'm talking about) ...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January Digital Creative Team Spotlight 2 comments

Inspiration for those New Year's scrappy resolutions.

Posted by Smiley-Scrap8

It's a new year and with that comes goals that all of us set (even though we may not keep) to fill our albums with memories. Let this issue of the digital creative spotlight jump start your creative juices so you can give yourself a pat on the back while you display all of the your lovely pages in the gallery here ...

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