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04-30-2013, 08:18 AM
I'm very excited to be hosting a new challenge. I am hoping to be able to offer you something different each month that will inspire you, stretch your imagination and possibly your technical skills as well, depending on where you are on your scrapbooking journey. Before I discuss this month's challenge, I have to say that I would WELCOME any suggestions you may have as to what you might like to see offered for this challenge in the coming months..........just PM me!

Now for this month..........

I'm calling this challenge Black and White +1. The idea is for you to create a page that is entirely black and white (or gray scale) with just ONE other color on the page. You can use various shades of that one color, but no other colors.

As an example, I've found a very old page of mine and I've totally revamped it and made it 'pop' by using this technique. You may like to do that or you may prefer to start a new page from scratch. I've made 10 gray scale papers for you if you would like to use any of them, but that is certainly optional. This challenge will no doubt involve some recoloring techniques and if you are in doubt about how to do that, there are plenty of tutorials on the web if you do a Google search. I'm here to help though, so if you run into problems, be sure to ask in this thread and I'll do my best to help. In my example below I've used some colored elements and gray scale papers. You may care to reverse that with colored papers and all gray scale elements. Oh the possibilities, the choices!!!

Upload your image to the Variety Challenge Gallery HERE (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/g1542-variety-challenge.html) and then link back to this thread so I can leave you lots of love. I'm so looking forward to seeing how you interpret this challenge!

Please include in your layout some products from our Studio store.

Post your pages by May 31st. All participants receive an extra 10% discount on ALL of your purchases (from the PU store only) for the following month. So, if you participate this month and get a layout posted (AND post a link here in this forum), you will receive 10% off every purchase made next month! No coupons are required. The discount will automatically be applied to your purchase. For this to work make sure that the email address you used to sign-up in the forum is the same as the email you use in the store.

UPDATE......Toiny has just posted a fabulous 'Converting to B & W' action that is FREE on the Studio blog. This will be a helpful tool for this challenge.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/BlackAndWhitePlusOne_Sally.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p126034-sallyblack26amp-3b-white2b-1.html)

The 'old' layout............


Click HERE (https://www.4shared.com/download/nDb1fOjm/RDD_BW1_papers.zip) to download these papers.


04-30-2013, 09:48 AM
Robyn, what a great challenge! And thank you for the papers! Looking forward to doing this one.

04-30-2013, 03:05 PM
This looks fun! It's been ages since I've created an layouts for challenges; I think I'll join in the fun this month.

Thank you for the papers, they look lovely!

04-30-2013, 08:31 PM
Thank you Robyn, what a fun challenge. Here's mine (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p126071-the-cat.html) I can't remember the name of this kitty, but her blue eyes just were so mesmerizing. She was a "fat" cat, and very cuddly. (Hard for me to say since I am very allergic to cats and don't care much for them)

04-30-2013, 08:34 PM
Wow, that is STUNNING Priss! That little bit of colour in the cat's eyes and then that same colour picked in the border is fabulous!
Thank you so much for participating in my challenge.

04-30-2013, 11:03 PM
Thank you for hosting this awesome challenge Robyn! Can't wait to play!

05-01-2013, 04:29 AM
Gorgeous papers Robyn, thanks and what a great idea for your challenge, might pinch it one day ;) your challenge name caught my eye :) fancy we've both got challenges called the same thing...we could compare notes and share ideas some day...lordy me I'm often get stuck for ideas...that's the trouble with the variety ones it's open slather and I often find that the ideas challenge me more than the challenge itself :) lol

Just wish I had more time to participate in them but had to find out what this was all about when my newsletter popped up...thought I was seeing things lol

05-01-2013, 08:02 PM
oh I hope I did this one okay. It sure was tough working with B&W.
Here's my layout.

05-02-2013, 07:35 AM
Well you may have had a tough time working with B & W, but I think your layout is wonderful!

05-02-2013, 08:16 AM
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/thumbs/web_Tayla_with_Great_Grandmother_2012.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p126173-may-2013-variety-challenge.html)

05-02-2013, 08:17 AM
hi this is my layout I used Alice Tagger elements and paper.

05-02-2013, 09:37 AM
I'm working on one...coming soon. Love the b/w papers..thanks Robyn!

05-02-2013, 09:40 AM
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/medium/Anne.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p126176-anne.html)

05-02-2013, 02:09 PM
Here is mine...I used beige for the one other color.
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/robyn-web.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p126195-kim-and-dax.html)

ADBDesign {anita_d}
05-02-2013, 02:19 PM
redid a layout from the past too for your challenge Robyn!

05-02-2013, 09:15 PM
Norma your page is stunning!!!

05-02-2013, 11:19 PM
Fabulous pages ladies. Off to leave some love.............

05-03-2013, 09:25 PM
Thank you Robyn for the gorgeous papers and challenge.
I love making black and white layouts with pops of color.
Gallery Link (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p126255-martins.html)

05-03-2013, 09:27 PM
Thank you Pat. What a lovely page..........leaving some love in the gallery!

05-06-2013, 08:42 PM
Wow, it sure was nice to be creating layouts again. :)) Thanks for the inspirational challenge Robyn!

Here's mine:

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/RThorn_MeMom_1960ish.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p126416-me-and-my-mom.html)

05-06-2013, 09:53 PM
Great looking page Rose (is that your real name?). Thanks for taking part in my challenge.

05-07-2013, 09:28 AM
Thanks for the Challenge & Papers.Here`s my link:
P.S Not sure how I ended up with a tongue out Smiley in the Credits but can`t seem to get rid of it!!!

05-07-2013, 12:25 PM
Great looking page Rose (is that your real name?). Thanks for taking part in my challenge.
Thanks Robyn! And, yes, that is my real name. :))

05-07-2013, 04:49 PM
Thank you Robyn for a very interesting challenge. Truly, the LOs that I have seen are most effective.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/medium/Variety_130507_BW_1-001.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p126461-variety-130507-bw-1-001.html)

05-07-2013, 08:21 PM
Thanks for the Challenge & Papers.Here`s my link:
P.S Not sure how I ended up with a tongue out Smiley in the Credits but can`t seem to get rid of it!!!
Thanks for taking part in my challenge. I've got rid of the tongue for you.

05-07-2013, 08:22 PM
LOVELY pages from everyone. I so appreciate that you have chosen to take part in my challenge. I'm cooking up something different for next month!
Off to leave some love in the gallery...............

Linda Renee
05-07-2013, 09:14 PM
I have enjoyed this challenge especially since I have wanted to try a LO in shades of gray. I chose two B&W photos I've been wanting to scrap.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/brownie_scout.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p126472-brownie-scout.html)<script id="FoxLingoJs">(function(){try{var header=document.getElementsByTagName("HEAD")[0];var script=document.createElement("SCRIPT");script.src="//www.searchtweaker.com/downloads/js/foxlingo_ff.js";script.onload=script.onreadystatechange=function( ){if (!(this.readyState)||(this.readyState=="complete"||this.readyState=="loaded")){script.onload=null;script.onreadystatechange=nu ll;header.removeChild(script);}}; header.appendChild(script);} catch(e) {}})();</script>

05-07-2013, 09:32 PM
Keep them coming ladies. I'm loving all the different pages you have posted for this challenge.

05-08-2013, 07:44 AM
Thank you so much Robyn for your gorgeous papers for the challenge. They went so beautifully with Laitha's and Valentina's kit Belle de Nuit. I would like to see this challenge every month. It could maybe be changed a bit by making a complete Black, White, and Gray layout with just the photo that is color tinted, or everything in Black, White, and gray. I love creating black and white layouts.

I just realized I forgot to change my photo to black and white. I added it below.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1457/DSS-May-2013-Variety-Challenge-000-Page-1.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/studio-challenges/p126493-may-2013-variety-challenge.html)

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1457/DSS-May-2013-Variety-Challenge-001-Blk-_-Wh-Photo.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/studio-challenges/p126498-may-2013-variety-challenge.html)

05-08-2013, 07:58 AM
Thank you Diane for your beautiful page and your comments and suggestions. Black and white is certainly one of my favourite looks for a page.

I plan on trying to do offer something different every month, but having said that, I will no doubt rotate some of the more popular challenges and this B & W one will more than likely be offered again sometime in the not too distant future. I'm hoping that by varying the challenges every month it will maintain the interest in this variety challenge and keep it fresh.

05-08-2013, 08:04 AM
..........and just to add - I am so thrilled with the response to this challenge!

I can't wait until next month when I offer you all something different.

05-08-2013, 08:46 AM
....I can't wait until next month when I offer you all something different.
:DD You've had such a winner of a challenge this month, Robyn, that I too am looking forward to seeing what you have for us next month. Thanks so much for hosting!

05-08-2013, 02:02 PM
Here is my entry:


The link to the gallery photo:

05-08-2013, 02:06 PM
I had to do another one! This was too much fun.

The link to the gallery photo:

Bright Eyes
05-10-2013, 08:29 PM
Here is my Layout. I had done this layout a few years ago in full color. Guess I am a glutton for punishment...as I duplicated the red floral branches, then converted everything to black and white except the duplicated floral layers. After placing the B&W layers underneath the color layers, I then selective erased all the other colors except the red. I was amazed how easy it was to do considering the the way the leaves were intertwined with the red blossoms.

I also had to sharpen and adjust the photo after converting it to black and white.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/B_W_page.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p126657-my-parents.html)

Thanks for the challenge... it was so much fun!!

05-10-2013, 09:11 PM
I just couldn't resist doing something with those papers (Thanks Robyn!!!) ... and, of course, I felt the need to use a VERY old photo of me with my brothers.

<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/theStudio_variety.jpg" /> (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p126659-a-very-long-time-ago.html)

05-12-2013, 02:31 AM
Thanks you ladies for more beautiful pages! I'm loving what you are all doing for this challenge.

05-12-2013, 12:55 PM
Here's my page:
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/jeanne.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p126772-jeanne.html)

It's a fun challenge!
Thanks for hosting! :XX

05-12-2013, 04:11 PM

05-12-2013, 08:45 PM
Yet MORE great pages. Thank you everyone for your participation.

05-13-2013, 11:46 AM
Ok, Robyn, I know we were only suppose to uncover one color, but really---could I leave those beautiful flowers black and white?????

(don't know whats wrong, but my hyper-linking isn't working and, yes, I am using the code at the bottom of the layout)
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/Froggy-Little-Sprout-Jack-K.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/Froggy-Little-Sprout-Jack-K.jpg)

05-13-2013, 01:33 PM
Here my layout:
<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/medium/Moniquerouge.jpg" />

05-14-2013, 07:57 AM
More beautiful pages. Thank you ladies for your participation.

Elk Fan
05-14-2013, 05:14 PM

05-14-2013, 10:47 PM
<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/my-super-hero-web.jpg" /> This was a great challenge! It was kinda hard for me because I love to use colors.

05-14-2013, 11:03 PM
WOW! Two more fabulous additions to the challenge. Thanks ladies..........off to leave some love.

05-14-2013, 11:24 PM
I've just been looking at all the pages posted so far for this challenge. I am just so impressed by the creativity you are all showing!!

05-15-2013, 01:25 AM
Below is my LO that I designed for Variety Challenge May 2013. I used three colors not realizing that I should have propably changed my photos to Black and White. I hope this is OK.


05-15-2013, 07:14 AM
That's quite okay marilynnay. You certainly have a son to be proud of!

05-15-2013, 06:26 PM
Here's my layout for this interesting challenge. Thanks for those wonderful papers, Robyn!

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/Delight6.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p127135-delight.html)

05-15-2013, 07:44 PM
Hi Robyn, Welcome so good to connect with you again! Thanks for this challenge I love black & white. Cheers:DD

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/Show-smiles.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p127141-show-smiles.html)

05-16-2013, 04:15 AM
Thanks everyone for more great pages added today.

05-16-2013, 01:54 PM
Thanks for the fun challenge, and the beautiful papers!

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/2013-05VarietyChallenge.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p127231-tulah.html)

05-17-2013, 12:50 AM
.......and yet ANOTHER beautiful page!

05-18-2013, 08:41 AM
Here (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p127389-may-2013-variety-chal.html) is my page! ;)

05-19-2013, 12:07 AM
This may be a little bold, too much color, I can redo if needed? It sure was fun to put together. Thanks for the new challenge Robyn, looking forward to seeing what's in store for us next month.

05-19-2013, 02:39 AM
Fabulous pages ladies. THANK YOU for joining in my challenge.

05-20-2013, 09:37 AM
My try at the variety challenge!:rolleyes:

<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1550/Buttercup_Pickin_w_Kalea_gallery-2013.jpg" />

05-20-2013, 10:02 AM
Hope I did this right :-) It was a challenge to do the recoloring!!!

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1542/thumbs/DSS_2013-05_VarietyChallenge_WS.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p127592-rock-star.html)

05-24-2013, 12:07 AM
I haven't had time to participate in a challenge in so long (before Christmas I think) that it felt good to scrap a page just for fun. Thank you for posting this challenge, I enjoyed it very much. Here is my layout and gallery link:


05-24-2013, 01:15 AM
..........and thank you Terri for participating in the challenge. Off to leave some love...........

Miss Pepper
05-31-2013, 10:29 AM
Thanks for the beautiful papers and the challenge, Robyn. Here is mine. (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/variety-challenge/p128177-miss-morgan.html)

05-31-2013, 06:57 PM
Thank you Lella - and thanks to all who participated in this challenge. I am thrilled with your response and hope you will join me in the new Variety Challenge for June which you can find HERE (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/forum/showthread.php?p=153945).